BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE –
We are fortunate in Mena to have several artists who not only produce beautiful artwork but teach others as well. Niki Dempsey is a successful artist in many fields; she has worked as a professional artist, is a trained florist, a talented writer, and is currently teaching a series of teen classes for the gallery. On Saturday, September 30, from 11 am to 1 pm at the art gallery, 607 Main Street, she will be conducting a class on making a simple wreath for the fall season. The techniques used for making this can also be used to make wreaths for any other season: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, or wherever your imagination takes you. The $20 fee for the class includes all materials needed to make the fall wreath.
Lorraine Timmerman will conduct a series of four classes on Tuesday evenings: October 10, 17, 24, and 31. Each class will run from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Materials required are: drawing tablet (acid free paper), graphite pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B or Ebony), and a kneaded gum eraser. The fee for the series of lessons will be $50.
The classes will focus on value, composition, perspective, and improving your work. Many have likely seen examples of the beautiful drawings and watercolors by Lorraine, and she is very good at sharing her skills.
In January, Barbara Tobias will do a series of four classes on creating pencil portraits. For these classes, we will cover the various effects that can be achieve with a graphite pencil, types of pencils available and what they do, common facial shapes and sizes, and how to adapt these to get a good likeness. These classes will also be on Tuesday evenings, but the day is subject to change if enough of the class prefers. A fee of $50 will cover all four classes. The materials for Lorraine’s drawing class can also be used, or you can take the class with just a graphite pencil, a kneaded eraser, and a sketch pad.
Space is limited, so reservations are in order for all these classes. Please call the gallery at 479-394-3880 to reserve a space.