Explore art through the Art Center at Fuller Lodge’s fall classes

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By Kirsten Laskey

When it comes to art, there is no age requirement. Individuals do not need to be an adult to explore their creativity. Therefore, for its fall 2009 classes and workshops, the Art Center at Fuller Lodge is opening its doors to the younger generation of artists.

These classes for elementary through middle school students include Alternative Perceptions, Clay: Fun, Form and Function, Drawing of the Animal World, Portraits of Self and Others and Tie Dye.

Nancy Coombs, communications coordinator at the Art Center, said these children’s courses are being offered because “in elementary school they get one art class a week at school. This is a chance to explore further with a professional artist and also interact with other students interested in art… it’s a great experience. It’s more focused on art than being in school.”

Additionally, she noted that for middle school students, the classes give “them a chance to keep pursuing their interests in art and gives them an education in art,” Coombs said.

 She added many students attend Art Camp during the summer and the fall classes allow them to continue exploring their skills.

For adults, a few of the classes being offered are Gloria Gilmore-House’s ceramics course, Richard Guzman’s Oil Painting: Refining and Understanding the Skills of Seeing and Selecting, Heather Ward’s Techniques in Charcoal, Debra Steinman’s Pine Needle Basketry and Sande Andersen’s Working with Silk.

Enrolling in these classes or others will allow aspiring artists to receive instruction from professional artists and share accomplishments and frustrations with peers.

“It’s also a way to get yourself motivated,” Coombs said.

Sometimes people fall into the habit of pushing their art off to one side but the Art Center courses, Coombs said, “forces you to take the time for art.”  

Other advantages include not having the stress of grades, and the teachers at the Art Center tend to adapt their curriculum to fit the needs of the student.

Plus, “I think the teachers really enjoy teaching in Los Alamos,” Coombs said. There are a lot of people in Los Alamos who possess a large amount of talent.

Classes begin Sept. 28 and registration will be taken right up to the day a class starts. To hold a class, at least five people need to be enrolled a week before a course starts.

For more information, go to the Art Center’s Web site, www.artfulnm.org or call the center at 662-9331 to get a schedule in the mail.