Waukegan Park District offers Art for all Ages

by Tina Johansson

The Waukegan Park District is setting out to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy art, and to create art.

On July 12 the park district and its Cultural Arts Department will begin offering five visual arts classes. The program will run through August.

Three of the classes which have been held in the past, include Beginning Drawing, Adult/Intermediate Drawing, and Watercolor. The two newest classes are Wire Sculpture, and Mobiles/Kinetic Art, with local artist Tim Flynn. All of these classes are held at the Visual Arts Center located at 533 Grand Avenue.

Instructor Pat King will begin the program on July 12 by offering a two-day workshop in Watercolor from 10am-3pm. The class will allow students to develop skills in watercolor by observing various demonstrations and techniques. All skill levels are welcome to join the class. Students will bring their own supplies from a provided supply list.

On July 21, instructor Tom Bartlett will be holding two five-week long classes for Beginning Drawing, and Adult or Intermediate Drawing. Held once a week on Thursdays, Beginning Drawing will run from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. This course requires no experience, just an interest for drawing. Adult or Intermediate Drawing will run from 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. The Adult or Intermediate Drawing class is open to adults who are interested in drawing, as well as adults with more experience. Students will cover the basics of drawing, including perspective, line, light and shadow. Students only need to bring a 9×12 sketch pad and pencils.

New to the visual arts line-up are two wire sculpture classes instructed by local artist Tim Flynn. During the summer, these classes will both be week-long courses from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Starting on August 1 and running through August 5, students ages 10-15 can join Mr. Flynn in creating wire sculptures. In the classes offered from August 8 through August 12, students will be creating mobiles and other moving art pieces. Wire Sculpture and Mobiles/Kinetic Art allow students to create and explore three-dimensional art in a unique way. The classes will cover the basics on bending and twisting wire into different shapes and objects, how to use sculpting tools, and safety. These courses will be offered again in the fall, with both youth and adult opportunities.

For further information, please call the Waukegan Park District Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740. Register online at www.waukeganparks.org.

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