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Shafer: Experts best way to learn art technique

Journal and Courier, August 5, 2015

Tom Shafer

This is not a review of a specific art exhibit but a review of some local programs that art lovers can take advantage of in order to learn how to make art.

Tippecanoe County has numerous venues that exhibit the beautiful arts and crafts, and fine arts that are produced locally. Dedicated artists who spend many hours each week in pursuit of artistic perfection create these works of art. We also have others who love looking at and creating art but do it on a more limited basis. Perhaps they can be referred to as art hobbyists, or individuals who are advancing toward a time in their lives in which they will have more time to dedicate to their craft.

For individuals who do not have the space or studio materials to work at home, Lafayette and West Lafayette provide two excellent locations where folks can develop their passion and abilities in their chosen artistic medium.

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and Morton Community Center offer teaching studios for young and old alike. Art classes involving many artistic disciplines are offered throughout the year at both locations. The instructors who present these outstanding learning experiences are local artists who continue in their own art production.

Both locations offer introductory through advanced classes in ceramics. At Morton, Gail Johnston and Virginia Russell instruct students in hand building as well as wheelwork. There also is a course on glaze techniques and the properties of glazes. For the past five years, the Art Museum’s Jeff and Jane Boswell have headed the ceramics studio. Their pottery courses range from introduction to advanced instruction on all aspects of ceramics production. Peer teaching is an important part of the classes.

Painting at Morton includes instruction in acrylic, oil and watercolors. Local artists Rena Brouwer, Jeannette Rehmel and Chris Kuchta conduct classes on fundamentals as well as the advanced creative process. Decorative painting as well as drawing and the art of batik also are offered. If you would like to learn how to use your digital camera and take better pictures, local well-known photographer Glenn Chang offers such an experience.

Two-dimensional studios at the museum include pastels, watercolor, drawing and printmaking. Local artists who have perfected their medium teach these classes. Instructors include Ron Burgess, Lorie Amick, Anne Parks, Becky Brody, Elizabeth Lincourt, Jennifer Reitmeyer and Jasmine Begeske.

All of these studio classes offer expert instruction and will help each and every student advance not only in their technical abilities but in their knowledge and appreciation of art.

Read more and/or Register for a class at the Art Museum