Children’s Fraktur Art Workshop w/ Rachel Yoder

Bring die Kinner (the children) out to learn about fraktur art and the popular PA Dutch folk art motifs (hearts, tulips and distlefinks). The Children will create their own crayon resist water color paintings focusing on symmetry, color palette and what the motifs symbolize to them.
This workshop is free, but donations for supplies are appreciated.  To register, email and let us know how many will be participating so we can get a head count!
This workshop runs in conjunction with Rachel Yoder’s exhibition of work in the same style.

Rachel Yoder, a PA Dutch folk artist with deep familial roots in the Oley Valley, will exhibit her work at Clay on Main’s gallery from January 27 to February 17.  The opening, on Sunday, January 27 from 4-6pm, is free and open to the public.  Viewers can expect to see brightly colored painting of abstracted figures and patterns derived from plants and animals in a bold graphic style, often painted on wood.  Her work is focused on contemporary interpretations of fraktur style painting and portraits of der Belsnickel.  She has exhibited at Tyler School of Art, Kutztown University and The Hex Factory gallery.  Yoder explains, “Clay on Main is where I have always envisioned my work being able to shine; especially since my family is out of Oley, and it’s a very special and sacred place to me.”

Yoder earned a BS in Art Education from Tyler School of Art in 2011, then spent three years teaching art in Philadelphia before deciding to return to the Oley Valley where she has deep Pennsylvania Dutch roots in the Fisher and Deturk families.  Besides being close to family, the area is also a rich source of inspiration for her artwork because of the palpable Pennsylvania Dutch culture and heritage of this area.  This past spring, she also received her MFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University.

In addition to paintings and decorative objects, Yoder is also an author and illustrator; she has illustrated two bilingual children’s books.  She both wrote and illustrated Penny Olive; Davey Applebutter was written by Douglas J. Madenford.  Both books were written to engage young people and help preserve Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Yoder lives and works in Boyertown, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.

Drawing- Beyond Graphite w/ Ron Schira (4 Part Series)

Human beings have been drawing for tens of thousands of years, and we still find pleasure and peace in this simple, meditative exercise.  The course will cover realistic and/or abstract observation of spaces, quality of line, light, shadow and color. Students may use the materials of their choice; suggested materials include charcoal, colored pencils, oil pastels, chalk, or watercolors, and of course paper –  a 16×20″ tablet of 90# is fine.  (Cheap is good). Devices such as iPads or Androids can be used for research. Instructor Ron Schira brings to class his decades of experience as an artist who draws, as well as the perspective he’s gained as a visual arts critic.

Drawing: Beyond Graphite will provide working artists and novices alike with an opportunity to focus and create in a supportive environment, while benefiting from Mr. Schira’s extensive experience in a wide variety of media and his acute understanding of what makes a drawing work.

Wednesdays 7/11/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8  5-7pm

$150 ($130 with member discount)

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Cartooning w/ Ray Lapinski (4 Part Series)

Drawing is a wonderful way to communicate when words don’t do the trick.  You’ll learn the basics of cartooning, including basic anatomy, and character development, including dialogue and expressions.  Students will create a three page storyboard.  As a rising senior at the LV Charter Arts High School, Ray Lapinski will be able to relate to your perspective while also providing guidance and demonstrating techniques that will help you convey your story.  Ray is a 2017 National Scholastic medal winner.  Students will bring their own 8”x12” sketchbook to class; colored pencils, pencils and ink will be provided.

The cartooning class is open to all ages, but is an excellent choice for kids and teens since Ms. Lapinski has an intuitive understanding of the perspective of youth, combined with a solid understanding of technique.

Wednesdays 7/5/17, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26  12-2pm

2017-18 Series

$150 ($135 with member discount).

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