The Highland Arts Council will gearing up for the presentation of its fourth “Art of Soul,” a workshop of artistic fun for ages high school to 104. Whether you are an artist, enjoy playing with artistic supplies or are simply an art enthusiast, Art of Soul has something for you.
Each session will offer some games and experiences for enhancing creativity all through your life. If you’ve always wanted to experiment with artistic expression or learn to unblock your flow of creativity, Art of Soul is just what you need. Organizers promise a fun-filled experience.
Session I, felting with raw wool: On Feb. 18, you will receive step-by-step instruction for felting with raw wool presented by Christi Dei, a fiber artist living in Highland. She is member of Art St. Louis, and her felt work was shown in a live runway show by ManneqArt this past summer. She was the runner up for the “Imagine Art Award” during the juried portion of ManneqArt’s Wearable Art Show 2015.
Session II, watercolor: On Feb. 25, Lynnette Schuepbach will show how to complete a watercolor piece of art. Schuepbach has authored and illustrated seven books and is the chair of Art in the Park and president of Highland Arts Council. She has had solo art exhibits and speaks to groups bout writing and illustrating.
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Session III, creating with polymer clay: On March 3, Peg Bellm Carnley, a professional artist, will help you create with polymer clay. Bellm Carnley creates one-of-a-kind items using polymer clay and is a frequent exhibitor at Art in the Park. The intricate way she manipulates colors creates unique art each time.
Session IV, working with pastel chalks: On March 10, you will receive step-by-step instruction for using pastel chalks. Paulette Todd, owner of Kids Art Club and Paulette’s Painting Parties, will give the basics for expressing yourself through pastels. This is the fourth year that Todd has shared her work with Art of Soul.
Session V, using alcohol inks: On March 17, Kathleen Hammock and Karen McAdams help you to experience alcohol inks using colored Sharpies and alcohol on four porcelain tiles. Hammock is a retired attorney and mediator turning now to the arts. McAdams is a local artist who developed her own style using alcohol inks after attending Art of Soul.
About Art of Soul Classes
Dates & Times: Participants will meet on Thursdays beginning Feb. 18 through March 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Place: The Social Hall of Evangelical United Church of Christ, 2520 Poplar St. in Highland.
Cost: The cost of the entire expansive five-week experience is $25 for Highland Arts Council members and $30 for non-members. All materials are included in this cost.
What to expect: Each workshop will offer games and instruction in a specific artistic medium. You will go home with at least one project from each workshop. You’ll discover how to capture creative ideas step by step and build on those experiences.
To sign up: Online at HighlandArtCouncil.org or call (618) 558-0054.