Variety of art workshops set for February at Renaissance Center

Release Date: 1/22/2003. Expired: 2/24/2003

February’s art workshops at The Renaissance Center in Dickson will include making glass bead necklaces, hand-tinting photographs, calligraphy, manipulating Polaroid photographs and painting china.

“This spring is perhaps the most varied schedule of workshops we have had in the short history of The Renaissance Center,” said Bob Kucher, senior director of Visual Arts. “We are adding many new mediums as well as bringing back some of our more popular workshops from the past. There is no better example of that than the five workshops we have planned for February.”

The month begins with a Glass Bead Necklace Workshop with David Allsbrooks 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

Students will design and string a necklace made from handmade glass beads. The class includes a demonstration on melting glass to create the beads. The workshop is already full.

“David and his wife, Susan, have been very popular at the center for their stained glass and mosaics classes and workshops,” Kucher said. “Now David has added a new art form to his repertoire with his glass bead necklaces.”

The following weekend Glenna Butts returns for another Hand-Tinting Black and White Photographs Workshop. Scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, the workshop has a student limit of 15 and tuition is $85.

In this workshop students will become knowledgeable in hand-tinting black and white photography. The black and white photograph will be provided and each student will leave with one finished photograph.

“Hand-tinting pictures was extremely popular in the early days of photography and is making a big comeback,” Kucher said. “In fact, the grand prize winner in the recent Photography Exhibit at The Renaissance Center was a hand-tinted photograph.”

Gwen Daniel, an art teacher in the Dickson County school system, will host a Calligraphy Workshop 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The student limit is 12 and tuition in $35.

Students will learn the basics of calligraphy while practicing with different size letters and materials. Participants will realize the art of beautiful handwriting while creating a variety of sample work, including invitations, banners and certificates. Students who would like to bring their own calligraphy set are welcome to do so.

“Gwen is an inspirational teacher for students in this area and was recently named Art Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Art Educators Association,” Kucher said.

Butts returns the following weekend with another popular workshop on Polaroid Transfer and Manipulation. The workshop is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. There is a limit of 15 students and tuition is $65. There also is a separate $20 supplies fee.

In this workshop students will explore several processes using instant Polaroid films. Students will start with image transfers, and then emulsion lifts/transfers. By learning both techniques, participants can readily envision expanded creative potential in working with a singular photographic image.

Students will also experiment with SX-70 manipulation. The basic equipment to begin creating transfers is available for use, and film is provided. This is a hands-on workshop, and enrollment is limited so that each student can receive individual instruction and assistance. Each participant should leave the workshop with several pieces suitable for framing. All participants are encouraged to bring 10 or so of their favorite slides although some will be available in the workshop.

“Some of Glenna’s manipulated photographs are part of the permanent art collection at The Renaissance Center,” said Kucher. “Her techniques have proved to be very popular in past workshops.”

The month concludes with a three-day workshop on China Painting with Dee Blackburn. The workshop will be 1-4 p.m. Feb. 24, 26 and 28. The student limit is eight and tuition is $80 for all three sessions. Tuition does not include a $15 supply fee.

Students will “grow” flowers and fruit on china. Students will learn about the application of the china paint, composition, depth perception and design. All students will complete at least one finished piece of china.

“Dee will show us how to turn those forgotten pieces of china into decorative additions to the home that can become family heirlooms,” Kucher said.

“We are excited about this interesting mix of workshops featuring some new techniques as well as popular ideas from our first three years,” said Kucher. “We are constantly looking to expand our art workshops with fresh ideas and welcome your input.”

For more information on any of the February art workshops at The Renaissance Center, contact Kucher at (615)740-5565. To register for a workshop, call Laura Jackson at (615)740-5533.

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

Visit the Visual Arts Workshops page for more about the workshops.

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