ABOUT ART – By Janice Guinan: Let your artistic side out

A number of people are waiting to show you the way

Published on January 3, 2017

Acrylic painting titled “Dreaming” by local artist and instructor Christene Sandeson.

TRURO, N.S. – “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” (Quote attributed to Gloria Steinem).

Do you dream of expressing and developing your artistic side in 2017?  There are opportunities to learn from experienced art instructors who are generous with their talent and knowledge in the town of Truro. For a number of years, ongoing classes have been offered at the Marigold Cultural Centre, the Douglas Street Recreation Centre and at Thrown Together Pottery.

Nancy Crowe-Samson is a well known local artist who has been offering watercolour painting classes for over seven years at the Marigold Cultural Centre, 605 Prince Street. Watercolour can be a challenging medium to master, but is a very versatile and flexible medium and there are a variety of techniques you can learn to develop your skill. Each session at the Marigold includes a weekly demonstration, one-on-one instruction and the opportunity to try something new.

An evening watercolour class begins Jan. 18 at 6:15 p.m. and runs eight weeks. Registration is through the Marigold Cultural Centre box office, 902-897-4004. Cost is $130 plus HST.

“Spaces are limited,” she says, “but because of the small size I can accommodate various levels of student ability.

Art classes at Douglas Street Recreation Centre, 40 Douglas Street, offer  instruction in a variety of mediums. Participants are asked to provide their own materials (pencil, coloured pencil, watercolour, acrylic and oil painting), and instructors are qualified to assist with instruction in all media. Lyndia Wellwood and Christene Sandeson co-teach these classes to adults on Monday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. and Monday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 “We try to limit each class to 15 participants and our January sections are almost full, but each month is a bit different as people come and go,” says Sandeson. “We close during holidays and when schools are cancelled due to winter storms,” said Sandeson. “We take adult art students from ‘where they are,’ and as teachers, we circulate the room helping individuals as they develop their work.”

These classes run in four-week sections with the next commencing Jan. 9. Cost is $50. To pre-register or for information on what to bring to your first class, contact Christene at <acsandeson@gmail.com> or Lyndia Wellwood <lyndiabaird@eastlink.ca>.

Other creative opportunities of learning abound in Truro. Thrown Together Pottery located at 37 King Street, has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and has a great reputation for excellent pottery classes. Owner and instructor Danielle Sawada has spaces available for her Saturday classes which begin the week of Jan. 10. There is a maximum of eight participants in each class, with functional and sculptural techniques taught.The cost is $265 plus HST which includes 22 lbs. of clay. If interested, call Thrown Together Pottery at 902-895-9309 or email throwntogether@ns.sympatico.ca

“Pottery is a great way to take your mind off the things that preoccupy your mind and learn a new skill at the same time,” said Sawada. “Pottery is a language you have to learn; it takes a while to become fluent, but in the meantime, you make a whole bunch of unique and functional pieces that will inspire you to keep trying. Finished pieces are microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.”

Following your artistic dreams can also yield numerous health benefits for the mind and body, so by taking some classes you can turn your dreams into realities and look forward to all the creative possibilities 2017 has to offer!

Janice Guinan is a local artist who passionately believes in the importance of visual art. Her About Art column appears each week in the Truro Daily News. Guinan also writes a weekly column for the Colchester Weekly News. Both can be viewed online at www.trurodaily.com. Contact her at janice@janiceguinan.com.