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Erie Art Museum Summer Art Classes Now Accepting Students

Art Classes Now Enrolling Students

Erie, PA, May 05, 2007 --( The Erie Art Museum is now enrolling adult and youth students for its summer semester of art classes which beginning Monday, June 11.

Art classes and workshops are open to beginners and pros and are offered in areas of photography, painting, ceramics, jewelry, drawing, framing and dance.

Classes are taught at the Erie Art Museum or on location by some of the region’s most accomplished artists. A complete list of current classes follows.

Digital Photography
Instructor: Art Becker
Covering the basic use of a digital camera, students will learn how to compose and capture the moment, how to photograph still and moving objects, how to use light, and how to work in low light conditions. Classes will meet on location, weather permitting. Students will also learn how to use simple photo editing software. Although a camera with interchangeable lenses is ideal, any digital camera is acceptable for use with this class.

6 weeks, starting Monday, June 11, 7 – 9 pm
$135 ($100 members), materials not included

Gouache Studies
Instructor: Heather Hertel
Gouache is similar to watercolor but opaque so you can layer the paints like oils, allowing you to develop a painting until it pleases you. Students meet at the Museum and then travel nearby to work on a series of small outdoor studies on location. Rainy days will meet in the classroom. All levels of ability are welcome.

4 sessions - Tuesdays, June 12, 19, July 10, 17. 9 am to 12 pm
$85 ($50 members), materials not included

Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Wilda Sundberg
Using transparent watercolors, students work on location when weather permits and at the Annex on rainy days. Instructor gives demonstrations and critiques; emphasizing technique, color, and design. Beginners have the opportunity of working with advanced students in class. Limit 12.

6 weeks , starting Thursday, June 14, 12 – 3 pm
$90 ($55 members) ,materials not included

Landscape Painting
Instructor: Fran Schanz
This class is structured for beginners to advanced painters. In a workshop setting, students have the opportunity to interact with each other, as well as the instructor, to maximize the class experience. Class meets at a scenic location.

7 weeks, starting Thursday, June 14, 7 – 9 pm
$90 ($55 members) materials not included

Oriental Painting
Instructor: Esther Sung A. Hong
Beginning students will learn the basics of oriental painting focusing on the four paragons: the orchid, the bamboo, the plum, and the chrysanthemum. Intermediate students will learn how to paint a few flowers and a variety of fruits. Advanced students will learn how to paint trees, rocks, mountains, and waterfalls for landscapes. Limit 6.

6 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 13, 4 – 6 pm
$125 ($90 members), materials not included

New Approaches to Life Drawing
Instructor: Deborah Sementelli-Hoenes
In an open studio setting, students will work from photos and from a nude model to create quick gestures and work up to longer poses. Limit 10.

6 weeks, starting Tuesday, June 12, 7 – 9 pm
$100 ($65 members), materials not included

Instructor: Jessica Stadtmueller
“Bellydance: Partnering and Hafla” One of the greatest joys of bellydancing is dancing with each other. This session, students will focus on dancing with a partner, learning fun combinations designed for pairs and groups. In addition, we will plan a “hafla” (bellydance party) at the close of the session, complete with a performance, drumming, ethnic potluck dishes, and of course, bellydancing! All levels welcome. You do not need a partner to sign up. Students are not required to perform at the hafla, simply to come and have fun! Limit 16.

8 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 – 8 pm
$90 ($55 members)

Seed Bead Jewelry
Instructor: Christine French
Students will explore different beading and jewelry techniques using a variety of materials. As they master new skills, students will create a seed bead centerpiece for a necklace, beaded buttons, cabochons, round beads, a seed bead chain, beaded earrings, pins, and bracelets. Limit 20.

6 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 13, 4 – 6 pm
$165 ($130 members), material fee $30
(includes supplies for 5 pieces)

Framing Basics Workshop
Instructor: Joseph Allen Popp
Learn all aspects of basic framing, including layout, cutting mats, and closing techniques. Bring one work not exceeding 16” x 20”. The fee covers materials, except frames and glass, which may be ordered. Limit 6.

2 sessions, Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18, 6 – 8:30 pm
$45 ($40 members)

Introduction to Weaving
Instructor: Karen Loell
Weave a sampler on a prewarped loom. Learn to read a simple draft, become familiar with parts of the loom as well as practical weaving experience. Class held at instructor’s in-home studio. Limit 2.

2 weeks starting Saturday, June 16, 9 am – 12 pm
$95 ($60 members)

Adult Pottery
Instructor: Kathe Umlauf
Get your hands in some clay! Working with clay relieves tension and activates one’s innate creativity. Students will focus on wheel throwing, slab work, and hand building. Beginners learn essential techniques and intermediate students work more independently. Each student will create several finished pieces. Students will have the option to make-up missed classes and work in the studio on weekends.

Session One: 5 weeks starting Sunday June 17, 6-9 pm, Wednesday June 20, 12:30 - 3:30 or 6-9 pm, Thursday June 21, 12:30 - 3:30 or 6-9 pm

Session Two: 5 weeks starting Sunday July 15, 6-9 pm, Wednesday July 18, 12:30 - 3:30 or 6-9 pm, Thursday July 19, 12:30 - 3:30 or 6-9 pm
$150 ($115 members) includes all glazes, firing, and 12 pounds of clay

Independent Study-Advanced Ceramics
Instructor: Kathe Umlauf
For established artists who wish to utilize the studio at their convenience. Two years of Clayspace classes or instructor’s permission required.

10 weeks starting Friday, June 15.
$400 ($365 members) tuition includes 200 pounds of clay, glazes, and firing costs

Clayspace Open Studio
During weekends Clayspace is open to all current students at no additional charge. Those not currently registered for a class may use the studio for a small fee. Skilled ceramicists are on hand to provide assistance and advice. Clay available for purchase at a nominal charge.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, June 16 - August 12.
$20 ($15 members) per day includes glazing and firing

Parent-Child Pottery
Instructor: Kathe Umlauf
A chance for adults and kids to learn together. Adults may bring children aged 4 and older. Children able to work independently will experiment with creating small sculptures and vessels. Adults can work with their children and can focus on wheel throwing, slab work, and hand building. Everyone will create several finished pieces. Students will have the option to make-up missed classes and work in the studio on weekends.

Session One: 5 weeks starting Wednesday June 20, 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Session Two: 5 weeks starting Wednesday July 18, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
$160 ($125 members) per pair, includes all glazes, firing, and 12 pounds of clay

Portfolio Preparation for Teens
Instructor: Kathe Umlauf
Ideal for high school students applying to art schools or majoring in art in college. Students will hone and expand their skills as they create clay works of originality and and depth. In this focused environment students will reach personal goals as well as build an impressive college entrance portfolio. Prior clay work suggested but not mandatory. Instruction on photographing artwork included. Bring two or three pieces of your own work to the first class.

5 sessions meeting daily, 9 am - 12 pm starting Monday June 11 or
5 sessions meeting weekly starting Thursday June 21, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Students will meet one more time to paint or glaze fired pieces.
$130 ($115 members) includes all glazes, firing, and 12 pounds of clay

Clay for Kids
Instructor: Kathe Umlauf
Students aged 6 to 13 explore basic pottery methods by making original sculptures, tiles, and vessels. Students will work independently at their own pace. All kids will be challenged according to their ability and create, glaze, and fire several wonderful and original works of art.

Session One: 5 weeks starting Wednesday, June 20, 10:30 am - 12 pm
Session Two: 5 weeks starting Wednesday, July 25, 10:30 am - 12 pm
$75 ($60 members) includes all materials

Drawing Basics for Young People
Instructor: Susan Stone
Students aged 10 to 13 will learn basic drawing techniques by working with various still life set-ups and portraits. Students focus on shading and perspective. Limit 10.

6 weeks starting Saturday, June 16, 10:30 am – 12 pm
$70 ($55 members) materials included

Printmaking for Kids
Instructor: Bethany Seib
Kids aged 5 - 10 will design and use their own print plates, learn how to print with everyday objects, like shoes and potatoes, and other fun and cool techniques! Printmaking is a wonderful chance to experiment with color and the basic elements of design. Limit 10.

Session One: 4 weeks starting Monday, June 11, 5:30 - 7 pm

Session Two: 4 weeks starting Monday, August 6, 5:30 - 7 pm
$65 ($50 members) materials included

Art Camp for Kids
Spend a week (or two) in the galleries, learn from teaching artists, and make lots of art!

For children aged 7-11
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 1 pm
$135 (per week) includes all supplies, snacks and Museum membership.

June 18-22, Fantasy Week
Create original costumes, accessories, headgear, and create your own character, all amidst the great art of the Museum.

June 25-29, Animal Week
Prowl our galleries, stalk our permanent collection, and paint, draw and sculpt animals in the wild, tame and imaginary.

First Thursdays for preschool kids
Every first Thursday of the month from 10 - 11am the Museum offers a special program for 3-6 year olds and their families. Led by Museum staff, children and adults explore the art right in the galleries with storytelling, art-making, and music. Cost is $5 per child. Meet in the Museum Annex at 423 State Street.Space is limited. Please call ahead and reserve a place. 459-5477

July 5 - Animals in a Box
Using Diane Fox’s evocative photographs as inspiration, we’ll make our own shadow puppets.

August 2 - Color Explosion
We’ll investigate multi-colored sculptures made of glass and light and create paintings that glow in the dark.

September 6 - My Cup Has a Belly Button!
We’ll explore Eva Zeisel’s playful designs, find hidden animals and body parts, and make our own pinch pots.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 5,500 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Contact: Tammy Roche (814) 459-5477

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