The ArtsCenter Photoblog

July 11, 2010

ArtsCamp 2010

Filed under: ArtSchool, Kids — Lyndsay Booth @ 9:44 pm

ArtsCamp 2010 is in full swing for local children of all ages.  Students are exercising their creative skills in all different fields of art from comic book drawing to sculpture making to dance and fashion.  Several camps recently ended and students held a sharing day to show off to friends and family what they had been working so hard on over the past week or two. Take a  look below for some photos. Some camps are still open. Check out more information here or contact The ArtsCenter.

The entire class contributed making this pot.

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April 22, 2010

ArtSchool Class: Hip-Hop Dance

Filed under: ArtSchool, Dance — Tags: , — Lisa Pepin @ 11:38 pm

Remember how we’ve been posting pictures from all of The ArtsCenter’s awesome classes? You’re in luck–ArtSchool summer class are now open for registration! To find out more, go here.

In the meantime, here are some photos from LaShawn Jones’s hip-hop dance class!

–Lisa

Two dancers applaud as instructor LaShawn Jones shows them the next moves they will be learning.

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April 11, 2010

ArtSchool Class: Plates and Platters

Filed under: ArtSchool — Tags: , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 7:29 pm

Instructor Ronan Kyle Peterson teaches a wheelthrowing class entitled “Plates and Platters” at the ArtsCenter on Wednesdays, and I dropped by a class! The class wanted me to clear up a common misconception about wheelthrowing–it’s not like “Ghost.” Judge for yourself below!

–Lisa

A student works on one of a set of goblets.

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March 24, 2010

ArtSchool: Introduction to Pastel Painting

Filed under: ArtSchool — Tags: , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 11:04 pm

Today I dropped into Herb Slapo’s Introduction to Pastel Painting class and shot some of their artwork. They’re in the third week of their class and already making some beautiful pastel drawings! Check out photos below (more after the page break–click “more”).

Later on I’ll be posting more photos from a Hip-Hop Dance class and Plates and Platters pottery class. Stay tuned!

–Lisa

Instructor Herb Slapo helps a student get started on her pastel drawing of underwater waterlilies.

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October 6, 2009

Festifall!

Filed under: ArtSchool, Kids, Outside, Preview — Tags: , , , , , — Lyndsay Booth @ 1:02 am

Last Sunday afternoon, the town of Chapel Hill held its 37th annual Festifall as a celebration of local art. Held downtown, Festifall showcased more than 100 exhibitors and featured art from over 75 artists from all over the state. And the ArtsCenter was part of it! We had not one, but two booths. Festifall visitors could color a leaf, make a clay animal, or have a portrait drawn. Check out some photos of our staff and visitors.

On another note, new executive director Ed Camp will be holding a few meet and greets in the coming weeks, so come out, get to know him, and share some of your ideas for the ArtsCenter. The times and dates for the meet and greets are:

Oct 7 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the ArtsCenter

Oct 11 4pm-6pm at the ArtsCenter

Oct 29 5:30pm-7:30pm at Jesse Kallisher Studio across the street

Nov 13 6pm-9pm at the ArtsCenter

A young Festifall visitor pauses in her coloring to pose for a picture. When asked what her favorite thing about coloring was she replied, "the color orange."

A young Festifall visitor pauses in her coloring to pose for a picture. When asked what her favorite thing about coloring was she replied, "the color orange."

New Executive Director Ed Camp answers questions about the ArtsCenter for someone new to the area.

New executive director Ed Camp answers questions about the ArtsCenter for someone new to the area.

A young boy adds final touches to his goblet.

A young boy adds final touches to his goblet.

Staff member Natalie hangs a leaf colored by one of the booth's visitors.

Staff member Natalie hangs a leaf colored by one of the booth's visitors.

Girls stand in line to get their portrait drawn.

Girls stand in line to get their portrait drawn.

A not so fury friend dries before his new owner takes him home.

A not so furry friend dries before his new owner takes him home.

A young girl colors at ArtsCenter's booth.

A young girl colors at ArtsCenter's booth.

Staff member Jason adds some details to a creation while a goblet dries in the sun.

Staff member Jason adds some details to a creation while a goblet dries in the sun.

Mosaic tiles made by kids at the Artscenter's festifall booth about to be bisque fired at the Artscenter studio. They will next be glazed in preparation for eventual display at the Artscenter.

Mosaic tiles made by kids at the Artscenter's festifall booth about to be bisque fired at the Artscenter studio. They will next be glazed in preparation for eventual display at the Artscenter. (Photo by Jason Abide)

October 1, 2009

ArtSchool Class: Bollywood Dance

Filed under: ArtSchool — Tags: , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 8:15 pm

Dina C. Fifadra teaches Bollywood Dance on Thursdays at the ArtsCenter. Bollywood dance, named for the prolific Indian movie industry, combines the styles of classical Indian dance, belly dancing and hip-hop with a little bit of mystique and a lot of great music.

The next section of the class meets Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m., Oct. 29 to Dec. 10. Sign up here.

Below are photos!
–Lisa

Students learn the moves to a new dance.

Students learn the moves to a new dance.

A student practices her bollywood dance moves.

A student practices her bollywood dance moves.

Fifadra shows the class the dance for a new, faster song.

Fifadra shows the class the dance for a new, faster song.

Two students practice the hand movements that go along with the new dance.

Two students practice the hand movements that go along with the new dance.

Students practice last Thursday's dance before jumping into the new one.

Students practice last Thursday's dance before jumping into the new one.

Fifadra shows the class how to do motions of a dance.

Fifadra shows the class how to do motions of a dance.

September 25, 2009

ArtSchoo Class: Portrait Painting

Filed under: ArtSchool — Tags: , , , , — Lyndsay Booth @ 2:13 am

First, an apology to all of those looking for some shots of the Great Big Gone concert. I experimented a little and the experiment didn’t work out like I planned resulting in very poor quality photos. So instead I am going to make my first post  in a bi-monthly series on the ArtsCenter’s portrait painting class. I’ll be spending some time in the class every other week or so documenting the students’ progress. I know very little about art, drawing, or painting (I can’t draw a straight line even with a ruler) so hopefully I will learn a bit and be able to share that with you. Hopefully as the class progress I can also get a few students to share some of their experiences with me. Below are some shots from the first day of class.

-Lyndsay

Students hard at work at their easels.

Students hard at work at their easels.

A student concentrates on his portrait.

A student concentrates on his portrait.

Learning to portray facial dimensions accurately.

Learning to portray facial dimensions accurately.

Two different interpretations of the same model.

Two different interpretations of the same model.

A student works on his portrait.

A student works on his portrait.

A student adds detail to her sketch.

A student adds detail to her sketch.

September 22, 2009

ArtSchool Class: Indian Cooking

Filed under: ArtSchool — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 9:26 pm

I got to go to Rani Imandi’s Indian Cooking class tonight at the Century Center! The group made dosa, a south Indian dish, with sambaar (a soup), coconut chutney, potato curry, lemon rice, idli (a cake made with dal) and rice pudding. It was delicious!

–Lisa

Students cook their dinner dishes in small groups.

Students cook their dinner dishes in small groups.

Ingredients sit on a countertop before the cooking begins.

Ingredients sit on a countertop before the cooking begins.

A student chops up an onion to make potato curry.

A student chops up an onion to make potato curry.

Marie Joe Saunders puts stirs the ingredients for coconut chutney in a blender.

Marie Joe Saunders puts stirs the ingredients for coconut chutney in a blender.

Kourtney Davis, Rachel DiSantostefano and Melissa Bailey share a laugh while they wait for their potatoes to cook while making potato curry.

Kourtney Davis, Rachel DiSantostefano and Melissa Bailey share a laugh while they wait for their potatoes to cook while making potato curry.

Onions and spices for potato curry cook in a pan.

Onions and spices for potato curry cook in a pan.

Mary Jacques and Shannon Gigliotti add ingredients from a mortar and pestle into their rice pudding.

Mary Jacques and Shannon Gigliotti add an ingredient to their rice pudding.

Students and teacher Rani Imandi, center, cook a south Indian dinner.

Students and teacher Rani Imandi, center, cook a south Indian dinner.

Indian dishes sit in their pans right before students dug in. From left: dosa, flat wide and pancake-like; rice pudding with nuts; potato curry that will be rolled in the dosa.

Indian dishes sit in their pans right before students dug in. From left: dosa, flat wide and pancake-like; rice pudding with nuts; potato curry that will be rolled in the dosa.

Rani Imandi folds up the sides of a dosa around a potato curry filling.

Rani Imandi folds up the sides of a dosa around a potato curry filling.

Carolyn Sartor smiles with a bite of rice pudding.

Carolyn Sartor smiles with a bite of rice pudding.

Mary Jacques readies a bite of dosa frm her plate full of south Indian food.

Mary Jacques readies a bite of dosa frm her plate full of south Indian food.

Skip Ryan takes a bite of her Indian food!

Skip Ryan takes a bite of her Indian food!

September 6, 2009

Register your child for the AfterSchool program now!

Filed under: ArtSchool, Kids, Outside — Tags: , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 7:06 pm

Spaces are still open for kids in grades K-5 in the ArtsCenter's AfterSchool program!

Spaces are still open for kids in grades K-5 in the ArtsCenter's AfterSchool program!

There are still spaces open for kids in grades K-5 in the ArtsCenter’s AfterSchool Arts Immersion program!

The program provides transportation and homework help while helping children develop their artistic abilities.

The AfterSchool program runs until about 6 p.m. daily and also runs “mini-camps” on teacher workdays.

Monthly tuition is $225, and transportation is an extra $85 per month. Mini-camps cost $50 for the whole day.

Click here to register, or click here to learn more about the AfterSchool program!

Below are some photos of the kids playing outside and painting pottery (all by me except the bottom, which is Lyndsay’s)!

Campers take a break from playing basketball to smile for the camera.

Campers take a break from playing basketball to smile for the camera.

Two campers paint the sky blue on pottery tiles they made at the ArtsCenter.

Two campers paint the sky blue on pottery tiles they made at the ArtsCenter.

A camper smiles for the camera!

A camper smiles for the camera!

Two AfterSchooler's share a book.

Two AfterSchoolers share a book.

August 31, 2009

Registration for Youth Performing Arts Conservatory Now Open

Filed under: ArtSchool, Kids, Preview, Theater — Tags: , , , , , — Lyndsay Booth @ 4:49 pm

The ArtCenter is now accepting applications for the Fall 2009 Youth Performing Arts Conservatory

Photo courtesy artscenterlive.org

The ArtsCenter is now accepting applications for the Fall 2009 Youth Performing Arts Conservatory!

The Youth Performing Arts Conservatory offers a variety of classes for aspiring young actors of all ages. There are classes for children and teenagers in the first through twelfth grades.  Students will participate in  improvisation  exercises, theater games  and short plays to help them develop well rounded theater skills.

In addition to building  theater skills, students will have opportunities to build self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills.

Registration is open to all who are interested. No previous experience or auditions are required.

Classes are taught by the Conservatory’s staff of theater professionals. Staff members have diverse backgrounds in theater, television and education. Many are active in the Triangle theater community and several teach performing arts at other schools.

Classes begin in mid-September and run through December. Meeting days and times vary by class. For more information on specific classes, schedules and fees visit the Youth Performing Arts Conservatory page on the ArtsCenter’s website.

Classes start soon and space is limited so reserve your spot today by turning in an application!

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