This class is designed for students with little or no previous experience in calligraphy. The Italic hand, also referred to a Chancery, developed in 15th century Italy and spread to Europe and England. It was originally created and used by the pontifical chancery. It is elegant, fluid, and often decorated. This is a six- week class that enables students to work correctly in the space and to be familiar with the tools of the trade. It begins with the lowercase letters, which cover pen angle, size and spacing; then moves to capitals, flourishing, and layout and design. Simple projects are introduced to give students a way to use and share their new calligraphic skills. Practice is encouraged between classes to get students comfortable with lettering. Once the students learn the broad edged pen, they move on to other hands such as Black Letter or an easier step, Romans.
This class is designed to teach the basic rules and skills of Mah Jongg, a game that originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius. To this day, it remains the most popular game in Asia. Mah Jongg is a fascinating rummy-like game, combining skill and luck, played with tiles rather than cards. There are several versions of the game, including American Mah Jongg and Chinese Mah Jongg. We will learn the American version. It uses a card of standard hands, which is published by the National Mah Jongg League in NYC and changes every year. The card tells exactly what combination of tiles is needed to win. The Mah Jongg set will be provided, but each student will have to purchase a Mah Jongg card. One can be purchased for $8.00 from the National Mah Jongg League 212-246-3052 or from Where The Winds Blow 281-578-7571.
Put your landscapes and still life painting aside for a short while and learn how to set up and paint abstract art with educator and abstract painter, Shiela Lipkin. The principles and ideas will be presented in the first class as well as how to set up your first abstract painting. In the remainder of the classes, new ideas for making the art will be presented as well as critiques and discussions of the paintings. All media welcome and only odorless mediums can be used with those who paint with oils. Please bring paints, palettes, and 12x12 or 11x14 canvases to start. (A limited enrollment class)
Most people are unaware that if they can thread a needle or catch a ball, they can also sketch. The trick is getting into the right side of the brain and this is all the magic that is needed to start sketching! In this applied art class, we will employ the use of exercises to get the right side of our brains working “right,” learn how to shade our drawings and how to represent proportions, (that is how large or small an object is in relation to others), and we will study one point perspective as well as how to set up a portrait. Confidence will be gained as we learn and practice these sketching skills one step at a time. Though designed for beginners, intermediate artists can also benefit from relearning basic drawing fundamentals. (First class required attendance. Course fee includes sketching materials. A limited enrollment class)