A new round of Try It! workshops gets under way at the Alliance for the Arts in November. The workshops are designed to enable both members and non-members to give an array of art classes and workshops an inexpensive try before making a larger commitment of time and resources.
This round of Try It! Workshops begins Wednesday, November 7 with two drawing classes for adults and children taught by Megan Kissinger. In her own fine art, Megan traditionally employs charcoal or paint on canvas. Her compelling compositions reveal her fascination with light and line. “I can get lost,” the fine artist admits, “in late afternoon and twilight shadows—sweeping and arching lines— and in scenes like the dappled light of oak hammocks and pine scrub.”
Long-time Alliance instructor David Hammel offers two Pottery Try Its for adults and kids on Thursday, November 8. David made news recently for the record-setting clay chain that he and his von Liebig ARTScool classes made over the summer. David brings the same level of enthusiasm to every class he teaches and project he undertakes.
On Saturday, November 10, Sue Hansen presents her next Art Attack workshop, which allows kids to dabble in painting, drawing and sculpting, while being exposed to classical music and jazz. Sue was the leader of the Alliance’s 2012 Mini Michelangelo’s Camp and has a background in music, having played the French Horn in bands, orchestras and theatres. She also plays guitar, and composes and sings children’s music. Sue’s goal in her classes is to create an atmosphere of creativity, learning, discovery and joy.
On Tuesday, November 20, Terry Lynn Spry offers a Try It of her Painting Studio class. Terry Lynn has been teaching at the Alliance for several years now, and her painting classes are among their most popular offerings. Terry Lynn characterizes her style as “creative with a bite, and she unabashedly considers painting to be “better than chocolate and kind of like breathing; you just don’t want to stop.” If you hurry, there’s still time to catch her current exhibit at Arts for ACT Gallery in the downtown Fort Myers River District.
The Alliance Try It! Program offers FREE single sessions for members, or $5 for nonmembers. Additional November classes include Beginner & Advanced DSLR Photography, Memoir Writing, Fair Use & the Visual Arts, Fine Art Acrylics, Youth Painting, Mixed Media and Palm Art. For more information go to www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state-designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance’s 10-acre campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard. To become a member, please visit http://www.artinlee.org/JoinUs/membership.html or call 239-939-2787.
Be sure to visit the Alliance website to download the entire catalog of adult classes. For more information go to www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787.