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Arts classes offered

Children will learn about the arts at a special eight-week workshop at the Summerland Community Arts Centre beginning later this month.

The program, Where The Wild Things Are: Animals Real and Imagined, begins Jan. 18 and continues every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m.

It will cover drama, visual arts, mask making and more.

Linda Beaven, coordinator of the arts centre’s workshops, said the series is for children between the ages of seven and 13.

“They’re going to learn some basic art and drama skills,” she said.

“They’re going to have a tonne of fun and meet other kids.”

She added that arts programs such as this one are important since art instruction has been cut in schools.

Beaven and Claire Carlson will teach the drama portion of the program. Sue Gibbs will teach a session on making wild animals from clay.

Karan Bowyer will teach children to draw and paint.

Carlson will hold a session on mask making.

The last session will be a wild rumpus and a showcase, Beaven said.

Exploring art

The Summerland Community Arts Council is offering a number of adult classes throughout the winter.

Jan. 22: Jewelry Making (Teens) with Karen Griggs (our artist in residence.)

Jan. 22: Jewelry Making (Adults) with Karen Griggs.

Jan. 29: Soap Making with Marion Carrier. Participants will learn the chemistry of soap, how to use essential oils, earth pigments, and herbal colourants to make handmade natural soap in a wooden soap mold. 

Feb. 12 and 19: Painted Canvas Floor Cloths with Liza Dore. Prep, design, and finish a colourful floor cloth using canvas, gesso, acrylic paints and varnish.

March 5: Drawing and Composition with Karan Bowyer. Use drawing tools like charcoal and graphite to create depth and volume to objects. Learn perspective and composition.

April 16: Water Colour with Dale Matthews.

May 14: Nuno Rusca Felting with Barbara Wellbourne. Nuno Rusca Felting takes a gossamer base fabric like silk, fine cotton, rayon or wool, and transforms and enriches it with a light weight application of wool. This produces a texture, or “rusca” (Latin for “bark of a tree”)

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