Fine art, crafts workshops offered to students, local residents

lifespan-expoWestern Carolina University’s Arts and Cultural Events Committee is partnering with the university’s Art Education Club and Fine Art Museum to present a hands-on workshop series for students and local residents.

The workshops, featuring fine arts and crafts activities that coincide with the Fine Art Museum’s exhibitions and Thursday receptions, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. one Thursday each month in Room 150 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. They are offered to students free of charge and to community members at $20 for the series of four workshops.

Space is limited, and attendees are required to pre-register. Students can register by emailing Talitha Bowers at and local residents can register by contacting Bobby Hensley in WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education at

Materials and instruction are being provided courtesy of the Fine Art Museum, Arts and Cultural Events, and the Art Education Club. No previous experience or skill are required.

Workshop themes are constructed to reflect concurrent exhibits in the Fine Art Museum. Participants are encouraged to attend artists’ talks and receptions from 4 to 6 p.m. at the museum and then come to Room 150 for a hands-on activity that will generate pleasing art and crafts. The schedule includes:

-Thursday, Jan. 19, with an opening reception for the exhibit “Women Painters of the Southeast.” The workshop “Impasto Painting” will engage participants in painting a still life with a palette knife in the style of many Impressionists. Color mixing theories will be presented.

-Thursday, Feb. 9, with an opening reception for the exhibit “Soft Diplomacy: Quilting Cultural Diplomacy in Liberia.” The activity “Piecing a Quilt Top” will engage participants in piecing together a quilted pillow top, and they will learn about the characteristics of different types of fibers.

-Thursday, March 16, with an opening reception and performance by animator and designer Miwa Matreyek. During the activity “Creating an Animated Film,” participants will walk through a tutorial about animating simple designs via Flash computer programming.

Thursday, April 20, with a reception for the 49th annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition. In “Spring Watercolor Painting,” participants will create watercolor paintings of the region’s spring landscape and flora.

For more information about the series, contact Brandon Lokey, assistant director for campus programs, at 828-227-7206 or by email at