ART BEAT: Art classes for all ages abound at the Hudgens Center

Painting, drawing, clay, photography, printmaking and more are all being offered at the Hudgens Center for the Arts during their fall session which begins the week of Aug. 23. Located in Gwinnett Center at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, this large and welcoming facility is a family arts resource with something for all ages.

Angela Nichols, Hudgens' director of education and public programs, said, "There are so many new and exciting ways you can experience the arts at the Hudgens this fall. We have added one-day painting workshops for those with busy schedules, some exciting glass workshops presented by C3 Studios and a new clay class for younger children."

Classes for adults run the gamut from what one would expect, such as classes in drawing and painting, to classes for the beginner in photography and even an introduction to Photoshop CS5. There are also classes in jewelry making, an "easy drawing class," and "drawing to become a better painter class." The pottery department is active as usual with hand building, wheel for all levels, and Raku classes available.

Kids have a lot to choose from as well. Pastel drawing, acrylic painting, contemporary abstract acrylic painting, basic drawing and cartooning, watercolor and a pottery introduction as well as wheel for beginners are offered.

Two intriguing new classes are a combination of music and visual art. The adult version is titled "Introduction to My Musik Art for Adults." Taught by Donaleah Dedrick, the Friday noon class is described as being for those who always wanted to learn an instrument, but never got around to it.

Students are invited to discover that recreational music-making provides some wonderful stress relief. The class combines piano music with art to "replenish your creative energies. This combined experience of music and visual art is extended to the younger crowd, too. Another class titled "My Musik, My Art Child and Parent Class" invites a parent or caregiver to accompany a child age 24 months to 6 years old for an exciting class that encourages the child's discovery of the piano, instruments, sounds, art and movements, while listening to live and recorded piano music. Another class for children titled "My Piano, My Art" for ages 5 to 8 years old is described as a piano-based art curriculum for children providing a balance between the discipline necessary for playing the piano and the enjoyment one receives from creative music making and creative art.

Students will listen to both live and recorded piano music and find inspiration for their art.

A number of one day workshops are also scheduled for the fall for the Hudgens' ceramic students. Nichols said, "We have a really exciting Ceramics Mini Workshop series scheduled with four very high caliber instructors: Mark Knott, Anne Rafferty, Vernon Smith and Maria Dondero. Also, in conjunction with our current exhibit, 'Pressing Matters: Atlanta Printmakers Studio Annual Members Exhibition,' we are offering a two day Green Printmaking Workshop with local artist, Linda Lindeborg on Sept. 2 and 3."

Descriptions of each class and information on how to register are found on the Hudgens' website, www.thehudgens.org. Interested students can also contact the facility by calling 770-623-6002.