Calligraphy, pottery and portraits highlight May workshops at Renaissance Center

Release Date: 4/21/2004. Expired: 5/30/2004

Calligraphy, pottery and portraits are the highlights for art workshops in May at The Renaissance Center in Dickson.

Pottery instructor Kathy Carter starts the month off with a Raku Workshop 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 1. Raku is a method of fast firing clay with near instant results. The workshop consists of lecture and glaze sessions in the morning and raku firing in the afternoon. There is a student limit of 10 and tuition is $40.

After learning the basics of raku, students have additional opportunities to fire pottery with three Light Up the Night Raku Firings on Fridays in May. Students can bring their bisque ware to glaze and fire at the workshops 3-9 p.m. May 14, 21 and 28. There is a student limit of eight per session and tuition is $45.

For students who just need some time to work on their pottery projects, Carter will hold Open Studio Workshops 9-9:30 p.m. May 10, 17 and 24. The open studio is designed for experienced clay workers needing extra studio time with a little technical backup. Tuition is $35.

Gwen Daniel returns with her popular Calligraphy Workshop 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 1.

Students can 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,” said Daniel. “This is a make-it-and-take-it workshop, with all students taking home their own creations.”

Students who want to bring their own calligraphy sets are welcome to do so. There is a student limit of 12 and tuition is $35.

Also returning in May is the popular Portrait Workshop with award-winning portrait artist Connie Erickson. This five-day workshop is offered 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 17-21.

Erickson has won several American Society of Portrait Artists competitions and is a well-recognized and collected painter from Franklin, Tenn. In this five-day workshop she will emphasize the fundamentals of size/placement, composition, form, vale, color and anatomy.

The workshop begins with a three-hour demonstration on Monday morning, during which Erickson will demonstrate and instruct on every aspect of creating a portrait. Topics to be covered include surfaces, paints, brushes, drawing the head and figure, toning the canvas, blocking in, mixing skin tones, edges, posing and lighting the model.

“The Portrait Workshop has been extremely popular in past semesters with people coming from out of state as part of their vacations to participate,” said Camille Hickerson, senior director of Visual Arts at The Renaissance Center. “As each student works from the models, Connie will give generous individual guidance and critique.”

There is a student limit of 15 and tuition is $240. Participants can contact Hickerson at (615)740-5565 for a supply list.

May 3 is the deadline to register for the return of the Millinery Workshop with Jan Davidson. The two-day workshop will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4-5.

Davidson uses old-world techniques to produce custom, handmade hats and veils. She trained at the Melbourne (Australia) School of Millinery and has taught millinery courses throughout the country. This workshop, Fabric Covered Buckram and Sewn Braid, will allow students to create three hats in an intensely hands-on setting.

There is a student limit of 10 and tuition is $165. The registration deadline is May 3 and Davidson’s previous workshop at The Renaissance Center filled up quickly.

For more information on Art Workshops at The Renaissance Center in May, contact Hickerson. To register for any workshop, 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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