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Posted July 7, 2012 | Leave a comment
Summer classes to begin at Shenandoah Arts Council
By Josette Keelor -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer classes are in the works at The Shenandoah Arts Council, at 811 S. Loudoun St. in Winchester.
At Peter Stetler's drawing class, "They'll learn fundamentals of drawing," he said recently. "It's traditional ... you know, just trying to draw accurately."
His six-week art-school-level course, "Learn to See and Draw: Drawing Fundamentals 101," is open to teenage and adult artists and education level.
"I've been doing it for 55 years," he said.
"You could say, unless they reach a certain level of comfort [they] won't be able to draw, but [that's] not true," Stetler said. Passion is just as important, he said.
"It's a big gift to try and point out to someone what their talents are," he said, "and then that can guide your technical development."
He encourages teenagers interested in pursuing art as a career to attend the class.
"They can get a good solid beginning and foundation," he said.
The Drawing Society meets at the arts council each month, he said, and is free to attend.
"If you can use a knife and fork and drive a car, you can draw," Stetler said.
The six two-hour classes will be held on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. from July 10 through Aug. 14. The cost is $125. For more information and a list of materials to bring, call 665-0269 or email email@example.com.
Stetler's wife Maggie also will lead a six-week art course this summer. "FREE-ing the Creative Artist Within You" is now in its fourth year and so far has been a hit.
"I use a technique called free writing," said Maggie Stetler, a published poet, artist and Reiki practitioner. "And I use mind, body, spirit techniques."
The process involves a lot of writing, she said, but it's more about art than writing.
The point is to "bring out your creative self," she said. Artists, just like writers, can find themselves creatively blocked, she said. "In your life you want to be more creative ... personally grow."
Her class helps artists to break through the barriers preventing them from being as creative as they might be.
One trick she uses is dancing, "to stamp out our negative thoughts."
Each week she'll focus on a different creative tactic, like exploring dreams and considering spirits.
"It's a very healing, transformative-type workshop. It verges on being like writing therapy," she said.
"You're going to reconnect with nature and celebrate your natural creativity."
The class will take place Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., July 23 to Aug. 27. The cost is $135.00. For more information, call 665-0269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other upcoming classes at the arts council include the following:
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