NEWBERRY — Everyone is capable of being artistic and showing their creative side. The Newberry Arts Center wants to help bring out your child’s or even your own artistic side by offering classes for kids, teens and adults.
This is the second school year that the Newberry Arts Center has held the after-school classes.
“We’ve advertised these classes for ages 6 to 15. The different ages meet on different days, so students six, seven and eight have been meeting on Tuesday afternoons, nine, 10 and 11 meet on Wednesday afternoons and teens from 12-15 meet on Thursday afternoons. Any teen 16 years or older is welcome to join our adult classes,” said Marquerite Palmer, who will be instructing the teen classes, along with Megan Gordon and Anne Hightower-Patterson White.
Adult classes meet in the evenings and there is one adult class that meets on Wednesday mornings, where the adults will be working on pottery.
“We start the classes in September and they end in May, but the students are welcome. If someone is just now hearing about this and didn’t know we had classes, they’re welcome to call us and join a class and we’ll figure out the cost,” said Palmer. “It’s a great way to kind of get a taste of the arts and think about summer camps, because summer camp is coming up soon.”
The NAC also is offering two Saturday watercolor classes for teens, taught by Hightower-Patterson White, on Feb. 4 and March 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $65.
After school classes which run from Jan. 18 through May 3 cost $225, but for those joining in either February or March the NAC will pro-rate the prices so that they are only paying for the classes they take.
Teen classes run from Jan. 19 to May 4 and are also $225. There are also discounts offered for having multiple children in a class.
“We are working on creating scholarship funds for students who cannot afford the full price of class and anyone interested in contributing to our kids and teens scholarship program or if someone is interested in taking a class and wants to see if they qualify can contact me,” said Palmer.
The different age groups will work on a variety of projects including pottery, painting, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor. During each class, students will do exercises that will help get their creative juices flowing and get their minds thinking.
“There’s an art lesson with each class. It’s not just making something and taking it home. We are wanting this to be more of a real art education where they are learning concepts, the principle’s and elements of art and things that they can take on if they decide to stay with art later,” said Palmer. “One of the benefits of an art education is when you participate in creating, it relaxes you, takes stress away and it opens up new ways of thinking. Creating art develops higher order thinking and higher order thinking is necessary in all your subjects in school. It’s just a benefit to everyone who is participating in a art class.”
For more information on classes, contact the City of Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 803-321-1015 or Marquerite Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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