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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology e-Newsletter

June 2009 - Vol 5, Issue 6


  • Rare Find--Sculpting AND Drawing
  • Creating Memories in your Sketchbook
  • Make Silver Beads without Metalsmith Work
  • Discover the Wild World of Lichens

Rare Find--Sculpting AND Drawing


Imagine having the ability to sketch your father's face from memory, or being able to capture the subtle curve of a woman's shoulder using clay. Artists from DaVinci to Degas have challenged their artistic abilities by learning to paint and sculpt the human form.

Sitka is offering a rare opportunity to experience both mediums in one dynamic workshop led by an artist who works internationally.

M.J. Anderson is a well-loved Sitka instructor working part of the year in Oregon and part of the year in Italy. Check out her website to see her stunning work at www.mjandersonsculpture.com.

Figurative Sculpture in Clay and Life Drawing are being combined into a 2-day workshop offered on Saturday and Sunday, June 13th & 14th. M.J. will work with each individual to develop skills in sculpting clay or drawing. Select either drawing or sculpting for your focus.

If this strikes you as an amazing opportunity yet you still have questions. Please call us at 541-994-5485 or email jalenecase@sitkacenter.org.

Life Drawing AND Figurative Sculpture in Clay
June 13 and 14 (Saturday and Sunday)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuition: $165
Model Fee: $40
Materials Fee: $45 (Figurative Sculpture in Clay students only)
Total Cost for Drawing option: $205
Total Cost for Sculpting option: $250

Creating Memories in your Sketchbook


Sketches are an art form unto themselves. Beyond a simple scratchpad for ideas, sketchbooks allow you to capture memories and moments in ways a photograph never can.

Let Ken O'Connell masterfully guide you in taking your sketchbook to the next level. His vast experience will illuminate new ways of working with multiple media tools in your sketchbook.

Ken's class will inspire you want to get out and start sketching! kosketch.blogspo t.com

Spirit of the Rough Sketch
June 6th to June 7th (Saturday & Sunday)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuition: $195
Materials Fee: $10
Total Cost: $205

Make Silver Beads without Metalsmith Work

You don't have to be a metalsmith to create silver beads! How amazing is that?

woellThere is an incredible product called precious metal clay that allows you to sculpt beads using the clay. The final result is silver beads for use in jewelry, art projects, and decoration.

Fred Woell brings his education and experience in metalwork and sculpting to the world of precious metal clay. He has taught metals for 18 years at the college level and has work displayed in permanent museum collections.

New Tricks with Precious Metal Clay
June 12th (Friday)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuition: $75
Materials Fees: $135 (Precious Metal Clay)
Total Cost: $210

Discover the Wild World of Lichens


Can you believe these are lichens growing in the Cascade Head area? They are intricate and beautiful and hidden in places you may never see unless you know how to find them.

Explore the habitats where they grow and collect samples in this lush, green Coastal Temperate Rainforest.

Two extraordinary instructors will guide you throughout the day. Kurt Heckeroth is a botanist with 27 years of working with plant material. Sarah Greene is a retired Forest Ecologist for the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forest Service. After this workshop, you will see things on your next hike that you've never noticed before.

Lichens of Cascade Head
June 14th (Sunday)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuition: $80
Total Cost: $80


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