Jacksonville Center brings in special guest instructors for May art classes
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts invited a group of special instructors to bring new classes to The Jax for the month of May. The classes are being offered for a limited time and include Kaleidoscope making, Introduction to Precious Metal Clay, Plein-Air painting and Portraits in Clay.
The classes begin with Scott Cole’s Kaleidoscope-making class on May 11-13. Scott comes to The Jax from his home in western North Carolina where he teaches regularly at the John C. Campbell Folk School. He has been making his copper, brass and aluminum encased and etched kaleidoscopes for more than 20 years.
Precious Metals Clay artist Annie Armistead will visit The Jax on Sunday, May 13 for a five-hour workshop on making jewelry from precious metal clays. PMCs are a special malleable material with precious metals powder mixed in, allowing the user to hand-form jewelry that will be fired to a solid form.
Bedford-based plein-air artist Ed Gowen will teach his class May 18-20. Although essentially self-taught, Ed has studied under such masters as Kevin MacPherson, Ralph Oberg, and Charles Sovek. This class will take its inspiration directly from the Blue Ridge Mountains by spending at least half the workshop outside on the parkway or other space around Floyd.
The month will draw to a close in The Jax’s pottery studio when Mike Lalone, pottery studio manager at the John C. Campbell Folk School, brings his skills in sculptural work to The Jax for a weeklong workshop on ceramic portraits, May 21-25.
All classes at the Jacksonville Center require pre-registration. Register online at jacksonvillecenter.org or call during business hours at 745-2784. The new satellite location, the Jax Galleria, offers class registration downtown at The Station on Locust Street.
– Submitted by Amy Avery-Grubel, Jacksonville Center for the Arts
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