Beginning Digital Camera

This course is for first time owners of a digital camera who want to use the darn thing! You will learn about the camera’s buttons, dials, icons and other features and will have an opportunity for a one-on-one session with the instructor to learn the specifics.

Dennis Murphy (dwmur@frontier.com) has been involved in photography for several decades and has experienced the culture shock of giving up film and the need to learn a completely new technology just to take a photograph.

Basic Needlepoint

Learn basic stitches of basketweave and tent, plus mosaic, Scotch, Goblein, plaid, etc. We will use embroidery thread, perle cotton, Persian wool, and some fancy yarns from the instructor’s collection. Students will choose from a heart, square, or star design. Required materials will be provided by the instructor. Cost of Materials: $20, to be paid to the instructor at the first class.

Art of the Square

Josef Albers’s famous series of paintings titled “Homage to the Square” is the starting point for this course that will investigate art that is square in format. Most paintings throughout history have been rectangular – why is that? What happens when an artist breaks the rules of composition? Why was Albers such an important artist to his students and followers? Asheville Art Museum celebrates the legacy of Albers with Homage, an exhibition curated by Nancy Sokolove; we will tour the exhibition during one class session.

Writing from the Body

Experience how poetry and prose can be rooted in the body and the senses as much as in the logical brain. Learn how physical activity can be an entrée to enhancing your creative writing and how the mind and body are interconnected. This is a great opportunity to explore images and ideas from a body-centered perspective. We will show you how to engage in simple yoga and other meditative movement to find space between head and hand, between the breaths, between the thoughts and heighten the senses. No yoga experience is necessary. Materials Fee: None.

Having Fun with Color in Painting Pastels WORKSHOP

Study a unique technique of applying pastel to paper that breathes life into your paintings. After a short demonstration in the art studio, weather permitting, travel to an outdoor location where we will paint, discuss methods, and have fun. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a brief critique of the work done in the class as well as other work you may want to have reviewed. Materials Cost: Estimate $100 for participants to purchase recommended supplies at www.aswexpress.com. A list of supplies will be provided by the instructor.

Introduction to Woodturning WORKSHOP

Fee:  $105/member; $115/nonmember

THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; CENTER MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED TO ENROLL

Learn the basics of woodturning and safety while completing at least two projects: a ball & cup toy and a tea light holder. The workshop is taught in an encouraging atmosphere with an emphasis on fun. Materials Fee: $5/person payable to instructor. Each participant will work at a wood turning lathe, and use tools that are provided.

WILD WORDS! A Pain-free Writing WORKSHOP

Fee: $75/person

THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; CENTER MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED TO ENROLL

Honor your own stories, feelings, and desire to write. No matter what your writing experience, you’re welcome here. Learn exercises that help you discover what you care about, why you care, and then write courageously. You’ll write, share, and receive feedback in a safe, supportive space. Prepare to be surprised and enriched by a variety of voices, including your own.

Weave a Gathering Basket: Introducing Creative Basketry WORKSHOP

Fee: $90/person

THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, CENTER MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED TO ENROLL.

Learn the twining method of weaving, beginning with an easy to master garlic storage basket. Explore the basic techniques and gain the skills to try more ambitious twined baskets. Within a few hours you will be immersed into the world of creative basketry. Materials Fee: $10/person payable to instructor. Instructor will provide tools & handouts.

A Primer in Appalachian Ribbed Basketry: The Potato Basket WORKSHOP

Fee: $155/member; $165/non-member

THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; CENTER MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED TO ENROLL

Learn the basics of ribbed basketry while you create your own traditional potato basket. This technique can be your springboard to other sizes and styles of baskets. Learn tips and tricks of weaving, basketry terms and the rich heritage of crafts in our region. Materials Fee: $18/person payable to instructor. Instructor will provide tools & handouts.

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