Exciting Lineup of Art and Music Workshops

Release Date: 1/13/2004. Expired: 2/28/2004

The Renaissance Center offers an exciting lineup of art and music workshops in January and February that ranges from puppets, calligraphy and tie-dyeing to blues guitar, fiddle and vocal health.

“These workshops represent great opportunities for everyone to enjoy a wide variety of art activities,” said Camille Hickerson, senior director of Visual Arts at The Renaissance Center. “We are especially looking forward to the professional development opportunities presented for elementary school teachers in a special puppet workshop.”

“Our workshop schedule offers something for just about all skill levels, from some guitar and fiddle basics to special instruction on maintaining the health of your singing voice,” said Elaine Sherrill, senior director of Music at The Renaissance Center. “On top of that, we have two very special blues guitar workshops taught by one of Nashville’s best country-blues pickers.”

Kathleen Lynam, a puppeteer from Tennessee and Wolf Trap artist, will present a Meeting Famous Americans: A History Lesson Through Puppetry workshop on Jan. 24.

A professional development opportunity for K-4 teachers, the workshop will show how to take your students back in time to meet George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through puppets with historically accurate, computer-generated faces. In this workshop, originally taught at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., explore activities that develop your students’ understanding of the lives and times of these great Americans and learn ways to bring your puppet to life using performance techniques shared by Lynam. Come and see how puppets can promote students’ language development and historical understanding. Each participant receives a hand puppet, three faces and accessories. All supplies are included. The workshop is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 24 and tuition is $50.

That same day is a Rhythm Guitar for Beginners workshop for teens and adults.

Participants can learn the five basic chords that will enable you to play a multitude of songs in three different keys. This workshop is great for song leaders, teachers and those wishing to accompany themselves or play in a band. Rental guitars available day of workshop or you may bring your own. The workshop is 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 24 and tuition is $30.

Taking care of your singing voice is the focus of a Feb. 7 workshop.

The Truth About Singing is a special workshop that explores the mechanism of vocal production and ways to protect those special vocal cords. The instructor is Jennifer Turner, a master’s degree graduate in voice from the University of Georgia, private teacher of both voice and piano, and continuing student of vocal science under Dr. Cleveland at Vanderbilt University. The workshop is 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 7 and tuition is $30.

The day also has a workshop on fiddle basics.

The Basic Fiddle Workshop is for players ages 12 and older. It will consist of basic fiddle technique taught in a one-day setting. There is a limit of eight participants and a fiddle is not provided. The workshop is 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 7 and tuition is $40, which includes an instructional book. The workshop will be offered again April 3.

Two popular art workshops return on Feb. 7.

Tracy Copenhaver brings back her Tie-Dyeing Workshop for adults and children 12 and older. Participants will learn the fundamentals of tie-dyeing from beginning to end. Students will select from specific patterns and complete three shirts. This workshop is a real hands-on experience. All materials and dyes are included and there is a student limit of 15. The workshop is 12-4 p.m. Feb. 7 and tuition is $40.

Dickson County teacher Gwen Daniel, a recent Art Educator of the Year for Tennessee, returns with her popular Calligraphy Workshop. 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 quotes. This is a make-it and take-it workshop; all students will take home their own creations. Students who would like to bring their own calligraphy set are welcome to do so. There is a student limit of 12. The workshop is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 7 and tuition is $35. The workshop will be offered again May 1.

Nashville blues guitarist Dave MacKenzie presents two special workshops on Feb. 28, prior to his 7 p.m. concert in the Performance Hall.

The first workshop is Open Tunings & Slide Guitar (for intermediate players). This workshop covers the two major open tunings, G & D, as they were used by legendary blues greats like Robert Johnson, Elmore James and Muddy Waters (among others), as well as examples of their adaptation and continuing use by contemporary musicians like Ry Cooder, Lowell George, Bonnie Raitt and the Rolling Stones. The workshop is 12-2 p.m. Feb. 28 and tuition is $35.

The day’s second workshop is Country Blues & Ragtime Guitar (for intermediate players). Participants will explore fingerstyle guitar, including Texas and Piedmont styles, with examples from the playing of musicians like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Blind Blake, Robert Johnson and more. Students will learn how this material went on to influence contemporary styles like rockabilly, R&B and modern blues guitar. The workshop is 3-5 p.m. Feb. 28 and tuition is $35.

Anyone registering for both blues guitar workshops on Feb. 28 will receive a $10 discount.

For more information on workshops offered by the Art Department, call (615)740-5565, or the Music Department, call (615)740-5545. To register for any of these or other workshops, call (615)740-5533. The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts 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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