ART SCENE: Find your creative self at North Tahoe Arts |

ART SCENE: Find your creative self at North Tahoe Arts

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North Tahoe Arts is please to announce two series of summer art classes in the Corison Loft at 380 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. The classes are open to visitors and residents. Karen Ellis, executive director at NTA said classes were a direct response to community requests. Coming soon, a new website to allow visitors and residents access to NTA events and classes, such as the recent book signing by local author Jannine Gallant, artist demonstrations and other cultural events.

and#8220;It’s a natural extension of an art center and we hope to continue to engage the public in activities that are of value and interest to our community,and#8221; said Ellis. Call North Tahoe Arts at 581-2787 or e-mail for sign ups and information.

This eight-week series is Monday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. Open to anyone 18 years or older. Younger participants may be accepted with the instructorand#8217;s approval. The class problems and homework challenges are designed for beginning to intermediate students, but any level of expertise is welcome. A series of challenges and still life problems will explore the use of four basic design elements and#8211; line, value, texture and shape. Various drawing media may be explored including graphite, pen and ink, conte crayon and charcoal. Students must supply their own materials. Class dates are June 21 through Aug. 9, cost is $180 for NTA members or $230 for nonmembers. Or drop in for $35, members and $40 nonmembers, if space is available. Sign up and payment deadline is Wednesday, June 16.

Pat Nelson is a well-known artist and teacher residing in Tahoe since 1974. Teaching experience includes drawing, printmaking and fiber arts privately and in colleges. Her exhibition experience includes invitational and juried shows in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and New Mexico. Nelson owns and manages Star Tree Studio, a multimedia art studio.

In this six-week workshop Eva will go over the basics of watercolor painting, including color theory, traditional as well as unconventional methods of applying paint on paper, pouring, glazing, wet-into-wet, dry into wet and dry brushing techniques. The use of resist, sprinkling of salt and other experimental effects will be explored. No previous drawing or painting experience is required. The emphasis is to create in an environment where students feel free to play and experiment with colors and methods.

Classes are Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., July 15 through Aug. 19. Cost is $115 for NTA members and $150 for nonmembers. Drop in for $35 members or $40 nonmembers. Sign up and payment deadline is Wednesday, July 8.

Eva Stramer Nichols is a multi-media artist and has been teaching adult art workshops privately for three years. She recently completed her Artist in Residence at Mendocino Art Center where she taught art classes for seniors, adults and children. She taught at Vocational Colleges while living in Denmark and holds degrees in International Studies and Cross-Cultural Business Studies. She has conducted workshops in California, Nevada, Wisconsin and Australia.

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