Two Beginner Craft Classes

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06MouseWoodcarving has evolved into a true art form among North Carolinians, with works ranging from intricate caricatures and animals popular with the Cherokee and Mountain people to decoys carved by duck hunters along the Outer Banks. Historically, the Cherokee Nation has held woodcarving in high regard.

If you would like to learn the basics of this traditional, Appalachian craft, Tri-County Community College community enrichment instructor Larry Sams will be teaching day (1:00-4:00 p.m.) and night (6:00-9:00 p.m.) woodcarving classes starting August 14 on the TCCC Peachtree campus.

Each six-week class is open to all levels of experience and will use hand tools, gouges, and other woodcarving accessories. The class will meet on Thursdays and the instructor will explore various types of tools and wood during the first class so students will understand what types of materials that they need to purchase. There is a supply/insurance fee, in addition to the regular course tuition cost.

paintingAnother class that will be starting August 12 is Basic Watercoloring and will be taught by Darlene Heaton.

Don’t be misled by those who tell you that watercolor is a difficult media for beginning painters. Watercolor is a great media for aspiring artists, and there is a minimum of equipment needed compared to many other painting media, so jump right in, the water is fine.

In this class you will learn characteristics of the colors on the palette and how they interact on watercolor paper, properties of transparent and opaque colors, and other unique features that pertain specifically to watercolor paintings.

During the six-week class students will practice painting skies, water, trees, rocks, landscapes, and flowers. This class offers exciting adventures for new painters and hopefully will renew the passion for experienced watercolorists. This class will meet on Tuesday afternoon from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

To register for either of these classes or any other the many community enrichment classes taught at Tri-County Community College, call Lisa Long at (828) 835-4241.