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Fall Registration Opens at Dorchester Center for the Arts

Written on:August 15, 2017
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Dorchester Center for the Arts

Registration is now open for fall classes at Dorchester Center for the Arts. Download the catalog online at dorchesterarts.org, or stop by 321 High Street for a copy. Classes begin week of September 12, 2017.

For those interested in taking a class, but not sure what to expect, plan now to attend the Instructors Open House on September 9,2016 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Held concurrently with the Second Saturday Gallery Reception, the open house will include instructors showcasing their art and discussing their work, performing demonstrations in their medium, and answering questions about their classes. A perfect opportunity to get to know the teacher and the art form before you register. The instructor art will be on display in the galleries throughout the month of September.

New class highlights include:
Beginner’s Wheel / Instructor: Patrick Jurena

September 13 – October 25, Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. (no class on October 18)
The perfect class for newcomers to the wheel. Learn the basic tools and techniques needed to
throw a variety of vessels on a pottery wheel. Participants will create cylinders and bowls, learn the fundamentals of making more complex projects, and glaze their own works. Class includes all tools and materials, but students should have trimmed fingernails and dress to get messy! Open to ages 16 and up. $125 DCA members, $155 non-members.

Hand Appliqué Quilting: Wall Hanging / Instructor: Stacey Pulk
September 13 – November 15, Wednesdays, 1 – 3 p.m.

This class explores hand appliqué techniques. Students will learn how to transfer a pattern onto
material, learn stitches involved in hand appliqué, how to hand quilt using echo quilting, and
develop finishing techniques to make a wall hanging. Students will complete a quilted crab wall
hanging with their choice of red or blue fabric. Materials packet included. Bring a pair of scissors and straight pins to the first class.
$95 DCA members, $135 non-members. $20 materials fee payable to instructor.

Photo: Hand Applique Quilting by Stacey Pulk

Hand Applique Quilting by Stacey Pulk – Contributed Photo

Songwriting for Everyone / Instructor: Paul Harrison
September 13 – October 4, Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

This class is for anyone with an interest in writing songs. This includes folks interested in writing but with no musical experience as well as those who play a musical instrument but have only played songs written by other people. Experienced songwriters welcome, too. You do not have to play an instrument, and what you write about is up to you! The objective of the course is for all participants to write one or more songs. To help reach that goal, class will include discussion about favorite songs and what makes them appealing; the primary songwriting parts (verse, chorus, etc.) and structures; sources for songwriting topics and fun writing exercises to help create lyrics; and support for each other through the writing process. So come write a song!
$50 DCA members, $70 non-members.

Photo: Paul Harrision

Singer Songwriter Paul Harrison – Contributed Photo

Intermediate Drawing / Instructor: Jennifer Cristaudo
September 22 – October 13, Fridays 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Drawing is a skill continuously developed throughout life; one’s attention to shape and detail is something that constantly grows as well. This course is designed for individuals seeking to enhance their previously explored drawing skills. Students will explore line quality, value, form, and composition. Various media will be utilized as one draws from life, explores style, and culminates the class with a finished self-portrait. Tips to enhance skills independently as well as homework assignments will be shared. For the passion, expression, and experience-oriented
students! Materials list available upon request. $75 DCA members, $105 non-members.

Photo: Line drawing by Jennifer Cristaudo

Line drawing by Jennifer Cristaudo – Contributed Photo

Additional fall classes include stained glass, fused glass, watercolor and oil painting, beginning and advanced drawing, carving, printmaking, fiber arts, voice, guitar, and a variety of one day workshops. Come discover the arts at DCA! For additional information on programs and events, visit online at dorchesterarts.org and follow DCA on Facebook.

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Calendar items:
August 25, 7-9 p.m.: Friday Night Live – Coffeehouse Open Mic
August 26, 7:30 p.m.: Variety Show with Sharon Gilroy “Once, Twice, Three Times – a Lady?”
August 27, 1-4 p.m.: African Drum & Dance in the Performance Hall, presented by AlphaGenesis Community Development Corporation

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