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ART BEAT: Hudgens Center introduces schedule for spring classes

The Hudgens Center for the Arts will be kicking off its spring roster of classes March 22, and it has some wonderful new ideas and offerings for adults and children.

Along with the wide variety of classes, it has creative new opportunities to enjoy the arts in a more leisurely way with its Lunch and Learn Brown Bag Fine Art Series and the newly created Art in the Afternoon Series.

Lunch and Learn is five Friday noontime events beginning March 26. Patrons bring their own lunch to enjoy as an artist gives a demonstration on his or her particular specialty. Each Lunch and Learn will feature a different discipline, which will include oil painting, watercolor, ceramics, drawing and printmaking. Patrons can even get their hands dirty trying a new technique. The cost is $100 for members and $120 for non-members for the series.

Lunch and Learn was a catalyst for the Art in the Afternoon Series. According to Hudgens Center spokesperson Kelly Haggard Olson, "Art in the Afternoon came out of previous Lunch and Learn participants' desire for something further. They had enjoyed Lunch and Learn and wanted more!"

And so the newly devised Art in the Afternoon Series will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays from April 21 to May 19. Participants will enjoy learning about other fine arts disciplines such as acrylic painting, photography, pastels, collage and colored pencil. The price is the same as for the Lunch and Learn series.

Classes are also available, and they are an enticing collection of creative opportunities. Multiple Mediums: Maximum Fun is an introduction to the arts with Elizabeth Stallings.

"Students will get to explore different media, and most of the supplies are provided by the Hudgens Center," Olson said.

The class will meet for eight weeks from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning March 24. Participants will study acrylic painting, oil painting, ink, color pencil, oil pastel and mixed media collage. Students can discover the techniques and materials that most suit their artistic expression, supported by demonstrations and specific exercises. The cost for this workshop is $160 for members and $180 for non-members.

Artist Linda Lindeborg will lead a watercolor technique boot camp with her class Basic Watercolor for eight Tuesdays beginning March 23 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Not only is this a wonderful way to learn watercolor, it also qualifies as a 20-hour continuing education class. The cost is $160 for members and $180 for non-members.

There are six other classes that offer the 20-hour continuing education opportunity, with subjects that include drawing and painting, but also include jewelry making, fiber art and two new photography classes.

Carol Bowman leads fiber classes for all levels. Students will build their own loom, warp it and learn to weave, making their own wall hanging or pillow. Basket weaving with cotton coiling and projects with burlap and various fabrics are included. The cost for this class is $190 for members and $210 for non-members.

The photography classes offer a complete education with Digital Camera Basics and Advanced Digital Photography. As if this weren't enough, another whole collection of one-day workshops is available, teaching everything from making your own soaps and toiletries to introducing the new photographer to studio lighting basics. The Hudgens Center is also well known for its ceramics department, and a full slate of clay classes is also available.

To see a full description of classes, dates, times and cost, classes for children, and summer camps, visit www.thehudgens.org or call 770-623-6002.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer. E-mail her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.