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Hands-On Training in Art, Crafts Available at AACC

May 13, 2010

      Whether your interest lies in ceramics, drawing, painting or working with fiber arts, Anne Arundel Community College has a bevy of noncredit, continuing education courses to choose from this summer. Many courses are new and others are back by popular demand.

      Kick off your artsy summer with hands-on, eight-week pottery classes for beginners or advanced students.

      “Basic Pottery Wheel” (ARS 360), a day or evening class that starts June 21 or June 23, introduces this art form and teaches centering, shaping and forming bowls, cylinders and plates as well as decorative glazing techniques. “Intermediate Pottery Wheel” (ARS 361), also offered during the day or at night starting June 22, teaches complex techniques such as shaping lids for containers and jars, forming spouts, attaching handles, use of washes and more. Both classes are at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn.

      New summer drawing classes are “Designing and Illustrating Children’s Books: Level 2” (ATS 331), July 14-Aug. 11; “Drawing and Painting the Still Life” (ATS 329), June 21-24; and “Comics 1: Design and Creation” (ATS 324). All three are offered on the Arnold campus.

      Two new painting classes are “Watercolor Exploration” (ATS 327) and “Watercolor 2: Vibrant and Luminous” (ATS 328). Taught by Gail White on the Arnold campus, these hands-on classes are ideal for all levels of painters. These classes have varying start dates and times in June and July.

      Two new fiber arts classes are “Cross Stitch and Embroidery Basics” (CFT 367) and “Create Cross-Stitch Cards” (CFT 366). Taught on the Arnold campus by Kim Strampel, these one-day workshops are offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday in July.

      Taught by experienced artist instructors, these and other personal enrichment art classes are limited in enrollment size to allow individual attention. Register at least one week prior to the start date to avoid cancellations. Costs vary by course. Registration is under way. For information, call 410-777-2325 or visit