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Posted: 09/04/13

Starkweather will offer
new fall creative classes

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer

      Learn everything from illustrating and music theory to painting acrylic masterpieces with palette knives this fall.
       The Starkweather Arts Center has produced a fall 2013 schedule of creative classes, with sessions available as soon as mid-September and as late as December.
       Tracey Ladd, Starkweather Arts Center director, said the center is offering the classes as another way of encouraging art education and appreciation.
       "We'd like to provide the community with a high-quality experience with art and creating art," she said. "It's really just looking at our mission as a non-profit organization and trying to come up with the programming that is really going to make an impact in the community."
       Classes are broken into youth, adult and special need sessions for ages 13 and up. There is also a Friday workshop series that rotates the subject and instructor from week to week.
       Ladd said classes are held during the day or in the evening to try and accommodate for all schedule types.
       "We do have evening classes, and that's for everyone who works during the day but still wants to take an art class," she said.
       The classes include subjects like figure drawing, watercolor, music theory and collage printing. The Friday series ranges from sketching to creating a mandala, a tool used for meditation.
       Private group lessons are also available, which Ladd said can be for anything from a Scout troop to a ladies night out. Groups can call ahead to set up a private lesson.
       Ladd said artists of any level, whether they're just starting out or advanced, can attend any of the classes. She said the center wants to promote a laid-back atmosphere for its students.
       "A lot of our instructors are very welcoming to beginners as well as all skill levels," Ladd said. "We have a wonderful group of teachers who are very accommodating."
       Materials are included in most classes, but some adult classes include a materials fee on top of the class cost. Ladd suggested calling the art center or going online to obtain material lists.
       "Some of them it's very simple, it could be paper, graphite and erasers," she said.
       A discount is offered to members of the Starkweather Arts Center. Membership is $25 for individuals and $35 for families.
       The schedule can be found on the art center's website or by stopping in at the center. Registration can be completed at the art center, online, mailing in a registration form or by calling, and must be done at least two days prior to the class.
       For more information, call (586) 752-5700 or visit www.starkweatherarts.com. The Starkweather Arts Center is located at 219 N. Main Street in Romeo.


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