For many, wintertime is a good excuse to stay indoors and pursue artistic endeavors. The Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC) is offering a wide array of classes in January and February to help get those creative juices flowing.
Serah Mead will teach a somewhat out-of-the-ordinary art class called “Love Your Letters Typographic Poster,” a three-session workshop on Jan.18, Jan. 23 and Jan. 25. Mead will share techniques she learned from an “experimental typography” class she took one semester at a San Francisco art school.
In this workshop, Mead will teach participants how to create their own large-scale poster using unusual type and letterforms to create specific feelings and meanings. She’ll provide a variety of tools such as charcoal, paints, paper, pens, and various letterforms in different fonts. Cost is $40.
“I’m super excited about it,” Mead said. “I was taught by an amazing typographer and graphic designer in San Francisco.”
The workshop culminates with a poster show opening at the MARC on Friday, Jan. 27.
The entire family may want to come out for one or two Family Art Nights – one with the MARC and WabiSabi on Wednesday, Jan. 18, using recycled materials, and a second evening with the MARC and the Youth Garden Project on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Both Family Art Nights are free.
Moab astrologer Shari Zollinger is teaming up with MARC Director Meg Stewart to teach a unique two-day workshop on Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11 that combines art with astrology.
“The focus of this class is to create an artistic object based on our personal natal birth chart,” Zollinger said.
When people register for the class, they will be asked to give their birth date, time of birth and place of birth. With that information, Zollinger will create individual birth charts to give to participants in class.
If you don’t know the time of your birth, don’t let that stop you from attending.
“We can work with that,” Zollinger said.
Art supplies will be provided, although Zollinger also encourages participants to bring objects from home such as yarn, trinkets and beads, for making symbolic wall hangings that represent aspects learned from studying one’s own birth chart.
Zollinger said the alignment of celestial bodies when one is born provides a “map of the psyche,” that is “chock-full of personal information about ourselves.”
Cost for “Astrology and Art: Creativity and Your ChART” is $50. Friday night includes a potluck. On Saturday, participants are asked to bring their own lunches. People are asked to register by Feb. 3 as space is limited.
On Friday, Feb. 17, the public is invited to create performance art (or just come and watch) at “Rock the MIC is BACK!” – an open night-type of event where people share music, poetry or comedic acts and other talents. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Spoken word artist Cali Bulmash will host the event.
Other art classes offered this winter include block printing on paper, taught by Andrea Grace; an “Ooh La La Line Drawing” class with Katrina Lund; and oil painting taught by Phil Wagner.
Shirley O’Kelly will teach a class in February showing people how to create a mala bead style bracelet or necklace using traditional prayer beads. Also in February, O’Kelly will teach a bubble painting class.
On Monday mornings in January from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Scott Ibex will share art, crafts, music and stories with toddlers. Each session will include at least one special guest presenter or performer. Cost is $5 per family.
Activities, workshops for all ages ongoing through February
What: Winter art classes and workshops
Where: Moab Arts and Recreation Center, 111 E. 100 North
When: Ongoing; continues in January and February 2017
Information: 435-259-6272; www.moabmarc.com
To see a complete schedule of classes, including times and costs, visit www.moabartwalk.com/winterarts2017. A minimum of six participants must be registered a week prior to the first class session to ensure the class is a go. Some scholarships are available.