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Marigold Cultural Centre, By Melanie Grant

New teachers, classes offered alongside old favourites

The Marigold is lucky to have such excellent Fine Arts Education instructors. As we launch our spring session, we’re reminded just how diverse their talents are.

Take Nancy Samson for example. She’s been teaching watercolours at the Marigold since we opened our doors. Originally trained as a commercial artist under Wayne Falle right here in Truro, Samson went on to learn from Joy Laking and Regina Cooper. After refining her craft while her children were young, she has been teaching now for just over 15 years. How lucky are we?

Our spring session finds Samson offering three watercolour classes: Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. for adults, and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. for young people.

Another veteran of the Marigold Fine Art Education classes is Leana Todd. Originally trained at Rosebud School of the Arts near Calgary, Todd has been teaching and performing for 15 years. With short films and stage productions under her belt and having taught at the Neptune Theatre School in Halifax, we’re excited she’s offering another Drama and Improv class this spring at the Marigold. Children aged 9 to 13 can learn from Leana on Mondays at 3:30 p.m.

An experienced teacher, but new to the Marigold Fine Arts Education classes, is guitar instructor Amy Brandon. Starting with a Bachelor of Music from Carleton University, Brandon brings to the Marigold eight years of teaching experience in a diverse range of styles, from classical to rock and from Celtic to jazz. We’re looking forward to our spring session where she’ll offer basic group guitar lessons and an interesting Marigold Guitar Jam class, where students learn to play with others. The Guitar Jam classes are Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. and her student’s Group Guitar classes are Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.

Daniela Schlie is our Spanish and Paper Maché instructor. Originally from Rosario, Argentina, Schlie did her training there at the National Arts School. Spanish classes will be Monday evenings at 7:30 and Paper Maché for kids is Monday at 3:30 p.m. and for adults Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Ted Powell is our newest instructor. He’s starting at the Marigold in our spring session leading the African Drumming class on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. There you’ll have a hands-on introduction to the basics of hand drumming, African polyrhythms and the music of the Mali Empire. We’re thrilled to offer such an interesting class!

We feel so fortunate that not only are these talented instructors right here in Truro, but they’re offering their expertise for our Fine Arts Education classes. Our spring session starts near the end of March. For exact start dates, prices and to register, visit our Website at www.marigoldcentre.ca or call the box office at 897.4004.

Melanie Grant is the fundraising coordinator and MacLellan and Moffatt Financial Art Gallery curator at the Marigold Cultural Centre. She lives in Truro. www.marigoldcentre.ca

Organizations: Marigold Cultural Centre, Rosebud School of the Arts, Neptune Theatre School Carleton University Group Guitar National Arts School Mali Empire Moffatt Financial Art Gallery

Geographic location: Truro, Calgary, Halifax Celtic Rosario Argentina

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