Summer classes offered at the RCCAC

The Randolph County Community Arts Center is offering several new classes and summer camps.

“Hands On Art: Culture & Sculptural Media Camp!” will be offered June 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages Kindergarten through 5th grade. The instructor is Ashley Cameron. The cost is $100.

The class will feature relief sculptures, tile mosaics, clay, jewelry making, weaving, printing, recycled sculptures and more. Students will dive into the cultural history of Mexican, Chinese, Navajo Indian Art and American Art. They will understand the culture by getting into the art history and making the same type of art that each different culture makes. Students will have hands-on projects that will allow then to be creative and engaged in the movement they must make to form and create their art. This camp is aimed at the K-5th grade student. The class has a 10-student maximum so register early.

“Searamics Pottery Camp” will be offered June 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages Kindergarten through 5th grade. The instructor is Jennifer Wagoner and the cost is $100.

Jellyfish windchimes, fish plates, octopus bowls and more will be featured. Kids will be introduced to creative, functional pottery through press molding and sculpting ocean life tableware. Great for little ones beginning the journey into the world of pottery, this camp is aimed at the K 5th grade student.

“Tribes and Traditions: An Exploration of the Arts of Native America” will be June 30-July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages Kindergarten through 5th grade. The instructor is Virginia Hicks and the cost is $160.

Students will “get back to Mother Nature and Father Sky,” with an exploration of the different art forms associated with the Native American people. Campers will find themselves constructing six-foot totem poles, drawing with sand and weaving on a makeshift loom. Story maps using symbols instead of words, dream catchers and mask-making will provide an interesting afternoon while Native American tribes and symbolism will be explored as students design necklaces, shields and vests. Stories, dance, food and poems will enrich the projects, as students become familiar with the Native American culture. This camp is aimed at the K-5th grade student and has a 12-student maximum so register early. Students are required to bring a packed lunch each day.

“Monsters & Minions Pottery Camp” will be offered July 7-11 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages Kindergarten through 5th grade. The instructor is Jennifer Wagoner and the cost is $100.

Students can use their imagination to make monsters, minions, dragons or anything else they can dream up. Does your monster have three heads but only one arm? Learn sculpture skills to make monsters of any shape and size. Kids will be introduced to creative, functional pottery through press molding and sculpting. This camp is aimed at the K-5th grade student.

“Multi Media Art Class” will be Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. for ages 13 and up. The instructor is Danielle Cade and the cost is $120.

While exploring the culture and art of India, students will use a variety of media to create and process projects like drawing, markers, watercolors and more. Focusing on color will help creating projects such as Mandalas, Warli Art, Mehndi, Flower Stringing and more. Enjoying some Indian music and tasty snacks will create a more invigorating experience. Class will begin July 2 and run through July 30.

“Sensational Storybook Art: A Multimedia Exploration of Children’s Literature and the Art it Inspires” will be offered July 28-Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages Kindergarten through 5th grade. The instructor is Virginia Hicks and the cost is $160.

Amazing textural masks based on “Where the Wild Things Are” and foil-etched owls based on “Owl Moon” are just two of the wonderful ways in which children’s literature can jump off the page and come alive in the hands of a child. In this week-long camp, students will create a tye-die seahorse on color-diffusing paper, a snowman collage, an amazing three-dimensional hat, complete with all the trimmings, and styrofoam animal prints, as well as many more amazing creations. All this while reading aloud, listening to adventures and writing their own short stories. This camp is aimed at the K-5 group. It has a 12-student maximum so register early. Students are required to bring a packed lunch each day.

“Open Pottery Studio” will be offered at a date and time to be announced. The self-directed class is for adults and costs $90.

Enjoy the company of other potters while you throw or hand-build at your own pace. There is no instructor, just a studio manager. One bag of clay is included in tuition; additional bags are sold at $30, which includes glaze and firing. Basic pottery skills are a must.

“Pottery: Hand & Wheel” will be offered Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m., or 6-8 p.m. for pre-teens, teens and adults. The instructor is Susan Pell and the cost is $100.

This class is designed for beginning artists as well as experienced potters. Beginning students learn the fundamentals of hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel, including centering, raising the wall, thinning, shaping and trimming. Experienced students will refine their throwing/building skills and learn new techniques to bring their pottery to a higher level. The 1-4 p.m. class is for teens and adults age 16 and up; the 45:30 p.m. class is for middle school and high school students age 1016; and the 6-8 p.m. class is for teens and adults. The classes begin July 9.

“Life Drawing” will be offered Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for adults. The cost of the self-directed course is $45.

Intermediate to advanced artists can participate in this open studio, a wonderful opportunity to draw from a clothed model. Supplies are not included. The tuition fee covers the model. Class begins July 10.

“Why Paint Watercolors” will be offered Thursdays and Fridays from 6-8 p.m. for teens and adults. The instructor is Danielle Cade and the cost is $150.

Find out why watercolors are so addictive in this class. This progressive course offers the students an understanding in basic drawing, but also a stimulating lesson designed to sharpen skills and expand imagination with watercolors. Understanding different materials and applying technique and the use of color, students learn from what they “see” as opposed to “what they know.” They will learn to paint from life, nature and still life and use the sense of freedom that watercolors demand. Class will begin July 10 and run through July 25.

“Water Media” will be offered Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for adults. The instructor is Ken Waddell and the cost is $120.

Basic techniques will be covered, such as using brushes, paint and papers, as well as color mixing and composition. Students will learn to choose and use colors effectively, build a strong foundation of lights and darks, and use a variety of application techniques. Instruction will be tailored to the skill level of each individual student. The class will have a limited enrollment. “Water Media” is offered twice: the first session will meet April 3, 10 and 17. The second session will meet June 5, 12 and 19.

Contact the Arts Center to register at 304-637-2355 or dani@randolpharts.org

The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The Arts Center’s Art Education programs are supported by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and AES Laurel Mountain, LLC. Funds have been provided in part by the Carol Lambert Judy Scholarship Fund and the El Gran Sabor “El Gran Fest,” and anonymous donors. For more information on classes and events, visit the website at www.randolpharts.org or go to the Arts Center’s Facebook page.