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Central Shenandoah Arts Events - Harrisonburg VA Arts Events


Spring and Summer 2013 Workshops and Classes

For a list of ongoing classes taught by Spitzer Art Center member-instructors, click here.

Silver Metals Workshop

Two days of creative fun with Sarah Lock, MA in metalsmithing/jewelry! Learn to use tools and techniques: create chains, set stones, form/forge sire, solder with torch, cut sheet metal, master jewelers was, pliers, hammers, files, etc. Tools and some materials provided. Silver/stones available at cost or bring your
Ages: 16 and up (maximum 6 students) 
Cost: $190/180 (members), includes materials 
Date: March 9-10, 9:00am-4:30pm (register by March 2)

Ukranian Easter Egg Workshops

Learn the Pysanky technique of layering beeswax and dye, using special tools to decorate eggs. Cynthia Shank (BS Art Ed.) will share its history and meanings of symbols and colors used. Take home 1-2 eggs per class. 
Ages: 16 and up 
Cost - $30/25 (members), +10 for supplies, due to instructor at class 
Workshop 1 
Date: March 16, 9:00am-12:00pm (register by March 9) 
Workshop 2
Date: March 23, 9:00am-12:00pm (register by March 16)

Relief Printmaking

Enjoy the exciting world of printmaking through linoleum and woodcut with Barbara Gautcher (MFA, BA in Fine Arts). Learn the process or improve your skills. 
Ages: 16 and up 
Cost: $80/75 (members), includes all suplies 
Dates: Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25; 6:00-8:00pm (register by March 28)

Art for Tots

Come explore art materials with your little one! Artist/educator/early childhood intervention specialist, Charlotte Shristi will introduce one simple art principle per session while encouraging exploration, freedom of expression and learning to love the process of creation! 
Ages: 1-4 (children past the oral phase, please) 
Cost: $35/5 class package (to be redeemed any Monday), $8 for walk-ins 
Dates: Every Monday starting April-July, 10:00-10:45am (register by March 25)

Encaustic and Mixed Media Class

Learn techniques for combining visual art forms and the confidence to experiment fearlessly! Artist Charlotte Shristi (BA Fine Art; will teach how to layer objects, wax, paint, photographs and drawing media. Learn encaustic painting using molten wax to build texture and embed objects. Safety to be an emphasis.  
Ages: 16 and up 
Cost: $80/75 (members) for 4 classes 
Teacher to call with materials list. Provide your own or ask teacher to order materials at cost. 
Dates: Saturdays in April, June, July; 9:00am-12:00pm (register by the 15th of previous month) 

Oil Painting (two class options)

Elaine Hurst ( is offering "Painting the Burg" plein air (painting outdoors) to paint different locations around town, as well as an oil painting class for all levelsfocusing on light, color and value. Students to supply their own materials. Contact Instuctor at 433-2199 for more info. 
Ages: 16 and up 
Plein Air
Cost: $100/95 (members) for 4 weeks
Dates: Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 9:30am-12:30pm (register by April 30) 
Oil Painting
Cost: $150/144 (members) for 6 weeks
Dates: Tuesdays, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 9:00am-12:00pm (register by June 4)

Encaustic Painting/Mixed Media

Artist Karen Eide will offer this lab to introduce classic encaustic painting techniques and explore how to combine them with contemporary processes: surface embellishment, image transfer, incising, collage and combining with oil painting, pastels, markers and inks. 
Ages: 16 and up 
Cost: $70/55 (members), teacher to call with materials list/large format painters need to provide some of own materials and board
Date: Saturday, May 11, 10:00am-4:00pm (register by May 1) 

Glass Beadmaking (two class options)

Glass bead artist Dinah Mitchell (MA) will offer beginner workshop on basics of lampworking, winding hot glass onto a mandrel, safety, equipment/tools and basic techniques for round and barrel beads, frit, dots and stringer. Students will have time to practice at the torch.
A six week beginner/intermediate class will cover the above as well as how to use a hot head torch, make bicone, tablet, and heart beads, twisties, and encasing!
Materials provided for both classes. Wear all natural-fiber clothing. 
Ages: 16 and up (4 student limit) 
Introduction to Glass Beadmaking Workshop
Cost: $50/45 (members) plus $10 for materials due to teacher at class
Date: Saturday, May 18, 10:00am-2:00pm (register by May 11) 
Glass Beadmaking Class
Cost: $160/150 (members) plus $30 for materials due to teacher
Date: Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9; 6:00-8:30pm (register by May 28)

Beginning Acrylic Painting

Kim Juda Souder (BS Art Ed.) will introduce students to paints and supplies needed, techniques including layering, blending, color, brushwork, and composition. Students will take one or two still life paintings home. 
Age: 16 and up 
Cost: $80 includes supplies/$70 if providing own supplies, for 4 classes 
Dates: Wednesdays, June 19 & 26, July 3 & 10, 5:30-7:30pm (register by June 12)

Silk Scarf Painting (two workshops)

Jewel Yoder Hertzler (BS Art Ed.) has worked with silk painting and watercolors for over 30 yrs. In her first workshop shell demonstrate how to create a unique abstract design using silk dyes and various special techniques. 
In a second workshop a traditional resist method of using dyes will be used to outline floral motifs, then painted with a watercolor-like method. Bring photos, plants or use patterns supplied. All supplies and one silk
scarf provided. 
Ages: 16 and up 
Abstract Silk Scarf Workshop
Cost: $30/25 (members)
Date: July 13, 12:30-2:30pm (register by July 6) 
Botanical Silk Scarf Workshop
Cost: $40/35 (members)
Date: July 27, 12:30-3:30pm (register by July 13) 

Children's Workshops

Ages: 5-10 
Cost: $15 per child 
Registration: One week before workshop 

Jewelry Making with Jewel Yoder Hertzler (BS Art Ed.)
Twisting wire into spirals and meanders and creating your own plasticine clay beads! Go home with a braclet and necklace! 
Date: May 18, 10:00am-12:00pm

Collage Beach Scene with Jewel
Create a collage format sky and water scene using layers of tissue paper, adding real beach sand and shells! 
Date: June 8, 12:30-2:30pm 

Bird Collage with Kim Juda Souder (BS Art Ed.)
Learn about birds and their habitats whil creating a collage with fun materials! 
Date: July 17, 5:30-7:30pm 

Drawing and Water Color Painting with Kim
Students will first draw and then paint an animal and surrounding landscape to learn watercolor techniques. 
Date: July 24, 5:30-7:30pm

Greeting Card Workshop with Kim
Well make our own greeting cards for any occasion. Envelopes included. 
Date: July 31, 5:30-7:30pm

Additional Information

The instructor reserves the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollment is not met. In this case, a full refund will be issued. Please contact the instructor directly by phone or email with any questions. Most instructors will offer private lessons if desired--please ask.

Spitzer Art Center is located on the corner of West Market and Willow Street, just a few blocks from downtown
Harrisonburg. There is a parking lot behind the Center. Parents are welcome to use the waiting areas while their children take classes. Parents will be asked to fill out a form before children are left for instruction.

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