Combat the winter blues by enrolling in an Art Center class

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By Kirsten Laskey

Sometimes a splash of paint or a piece of clay is an effective way to beat the wintertime blues. The Art Center at Fuller Lodge is offering a multitude of classes to keep people’s minds engaged and interested throughout the winter months.

Classes begin Feb. 1 and run through March 27.

Registrants may notice a few new classes in the schedule this year.

For instance, Richard Overfield, who is one of the mentors for the mural project, which the Art Center, Los Alamos High School and CB Fox are collaborating in, will instruct the Purpose of Painting as well as Color Theory: The Technical and Psychological Aspects of Color for Artists.

Another mentor in the mural project, Jean Kempinsky, will teach Painting Techniques and Faux Finishes. In addition, Kempinsky will instruct Moving and Free Standing Sculpture.  

Another new class is Becky Hackenberry’s How to Prepare Consignment Artwork for Submission to the Art Center at Fuller Lodge’s Shop.

Sande Anderson will teach beginning and intermediate silk painting while Eileen Loro will instruct two classes – one on Appalachian Melon Basket and another on Appalachian potato basket.

John Werenko, executive director of the Art Center, said he is excited to see new faces teach some of the classes. “What I’m really excited about is we’re having teachers come as far as Albuquerque to teach here. That these teachers are coming to us because of our efforts to outreach to the region (is exciting).”

He said he is also happy to see a wide variety of classes being offered. The art classes, he said, are “quite varied. (It’s) a pretty broad range that we are looking at.”

Plus, the schedule offers more than just the traditional fine art media painting and drawing, Werenko said.

It’s important for the Art Center to offer these classes to the community because it is under contract with the county to provide education services for all ages. Werenko said this is an important obligation to the community.

“If (we) restricted to one age group … then we wouldn’t be serving the needs of the community, which we are obligated to do.”

He encourages the community to attend these classes “because we have the best visual arts program in the county and the best facility in the county for offering these things. And we have highly professionally trained teachers … all these are really vital to making these (classes) a great experience for people.”

Plus, the classes can cure cabin fever and combat the winter blues.

“I think taking art classes during the winter time can dispel the winter doldrums,” Werenko said. For a complete list of the classes, visit the Art Center’s Web site at www.artfulnm.org. For more information or to register, call the Art Center at 662-9331.