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Art Classes Now Enrolling Students

Erie, PA, February 28, 2008 --( The Erie Art Museum is now enrolling adult and youth students for its spring semester of art classes beginning Monday, March 31, 2008.

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. For instructor resumes and additional information, visit A complete list of current classes follows:

Beginning Digital Photography
This class covers both the technical and artistic aspects of taking good pictures.

Oriental Painting

Beginning students will learn the basics of oriental painting focusing on four paragons: the orchid, the bamboo, the plum, and the chrysanthemum.

Beginning Drawing and Painting
This class will introduce basic techniques to adults who have little or no art experience.

New Approaches to Life Drawing
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.

Landscape Painting
Students work in their choice of oils or acrylics to hone their present skills and learn new ways of approaching landscapes.

Watercolor Painting
Using transparent watercolors, students work on location when weather permits and the Annex on rainy days.

Precious Metals Jewelry Making
Students will learn jewelry fabricating and casting techniques.

Beaded Jewelry Creation
Exploring different beading techniques, students will create a variety of seed bead jewelry.

Henna Body Art Workshop
Learn about this ancient temporary tattoo tradition practiced by women across Africa and the Orient.

African Dance
A great way to learn about culture, get exercise, and have fun.

Ceramics For Adults
This class covers making vessels on the wheel (mugs, bowls), hand-building techniques (tiles and sculpture), proper handling, and glazing methods.

Parent Child Clay
Here is a chance for children to learn alongside a parent, grandparent, or adult friend.

Terra Cotta Portrait Head
This class will focus on the poetry of the human face.

Terra Cotta Flowerpots
Learn how to make flowerpots and planters for everyday use.

Ceramics For Kids
Learn hand-building techniques and how to throw on the potter's wheel.

Clay Tiles
Create up to 10 tiles from low fire clay and finish with acrylic paints.

Clayspace Independent Study
For individuals who wish to utilize ClaySpace at their convenience.

First Fridays – a Preschool Program
Every first Friday of the month from 10-11 a.m. the Museum offers a special program for 3-6 year olds and their families.

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.

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Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche

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