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Art & Culture

100     Ten Award Winning Films from Ten Countries

Come join us for another ORICL film discussion class!  A movie will be selected from a country where it has won cinemagraphic awards.  Camera drawingAfter the viewing, there will be a discussion about it.  A different country and film will be featured each week.

Fred Martinson is a retired art history professor from UTK, specializing in Japanese and Chinese art.  He holds a PhD.

Dr. Phil Hamlin is a native Tennessean.  He has taught a wide variety of courses at UTK since 1964.  His particular interests in philosophy include: the teaching of philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of art, the philosophy of religion, philosophy and narrative (literature and film), and applied ethics.

Ten sessions:  Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17 and 24

101 Dichroic Glass Pendants                                                                      Class Fee = $15

Dichroic glass sparkles wonderfully – flashing different colors depending on the angle you look at it. Developed for use in the space program, it is now a popular material to use in jewelry making. In this class, you will make a fused glass pendant, choosing glass from a variety of colors, textures and patterns to produce your own unique design. The pendants will be fused for you in the Art Center’s kiln and we will attach a bail to complete the pendant in the second class. Then they are ready to be worn on a chain or cord and admired by everyone!

The classes will be held at The Oak Ridge Art Center – 201 Badger Avenue.

Ruth Prince teaches glass fusing, enameling and metal clay classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center and serves on their advisory board. She has a BA in math and computer science and a BFA in painting, both from UT, Knoxville.

Two sessions:  Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., October 23 and 30

102     Beyond Beading Basics                                              Class Fee = $15Pic of beads

A peek into the world of beading, students will try their hand at designing jewelry by beading a bracelet.   At the beginning of the session, different bead and stringing types will be discussed and a demonstration of the process will be given. The second hour of class will be a hands-on designing and beading session with students stringing their own bracelet of glass beads and a matching pair of earrings.

Class will be held at The Oak Ridge Art Center - 201 Badger Avenue.

Leah Marcum-Estes is the Director of the Oak Ridge Art Center.  As a museum professional and arts educator for over 30 years, she has worked with artists and techniques in Tennessee and Kentucky.

One session:  Tuesday, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., September 30

103 Art a la Carte Film Series

pic of film reelArt a la Carte is a series of brown-bag luncheon learning programs designed for those interested in the arts – both artists and arts appreciators. Films concentrate on art history, museum collections, interviews with artists and/or demonstrations by various artists, and the creative muse or spirit.   Films are approximately 60 minutes long (some may be slightly longer).

Classes will be held at The Oak Ridge Art Center – 201 Badger Avenue, and will be hosted by the Oak Ridge Art Center staff.

Three sessions:  Fridays, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., September 26, October 24, and November 28

104 Playing with Nature’s Elements                                Class Fee = $30pic of clay slab

Students will work with clay to make a simple hand built, slab tray.  They will learn to roll out slabs and add decorative designs and embellishments using leaves or flowers (vegetation) by impressing them into the surface of the clay. The piece will then be bisque fired, before students return for the second session to glaze. Students will return for the 3rd session to pick-up their finished work. Classes will meet in the pottery studio at the Oak Ridge Art Center – 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge. Students should wear washable clothes and shoes and be prepared to play in the “mud.” Pre-made pieces will be available to purchase, glaze and fire for an additional fee.

Bill Capshaw is a member of the Advisory Board of the Oak Ridge Art Center, where he oversees the planning and operation of the pottery studio and teaches beginning to advanced classes.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics) in 1971 and a Master of Fine Arts (Printing Process) in 1974.  In addition to teaching at the Art Center, he has given workshops at facilities such as the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Vanderbilt University.  As a professional artist, he competes locally and on a national level, has received many awards, and is represented in many museum collections.

Three sessions:  Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, October 2, 9, and 16

105 Just Draw – It’s More Than Art

drawing of handsExercise your brain with drawing. Sharpen observation skills, spatial relationships, and keep your eye-hand coordination sharp. Learn to focus on objects, analyze their shapes, and see basic shape families. See light and shadow in a new way. You may even find drawing becomes a form of meditation. This class is an introduction to drawing for fun and mental exercise. Minimal materials are needed (9 X 12 sketch pad, ebony pencils, kneaded eraser, magic rub eraser, and charcoal pencil) making this is a portable art form so you can take supplies with you for everyday practice and fun.  Students should come to class with the needed materials.

Class will be held at The Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue.

Kris Strohschein teaches drawing and painting for beginners to intermediate students at the Oak Ridge Art Center. Having taught in school systems around the region, she completed her public school teaching career with the City of Oak Ridge, where she taught at Robertsville for 24 years. She holds a BA in Art Education and a MA in Guidance Counseling from Moorehead State University.

One session:  Thursday, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., September 11

106 Mixed Media Art Class                                                                                       Class Fee = $10artist painting

In this class, students will learn some mixed media techniques and create interesting compositions. The emphasis is placed on the creative processes and using art as a tool for relaxation, so both beginners and intermediate students are welcome.

Materials that students should bring to the class are markers, colored pencils, a few nylon brushes, and watercolor paints. These do not have to be expensive; the basic school supplies are okay. Other materials can be used as well if a student has them at home, and I will provide the rest.

Marta Goebel-Pietrasz started her art training in the Art School in Gdynia, and Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland. She holds a BFA in Studio Art (concentration in printmaking) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, at the UTK.  Marta is a member of the Oak Ridge Art Center and Arts and Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN, has taken part in about 40 art exhibitions and taught art classes in her home studio. She has been living in the United States since 1995.   Her artwork may be viewed at her website,

Eight sessions:   Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m., September 18, 25, October 2 ,9 30, November 6, 13, 20

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