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A Word From Our Education Director

AAHC membership has its perks. Just ask Marilyn Witt, Vida Hilbert, or Melvin Marlow, who frequent “Three Dollar Tuesdays” in the Art Annex Shaffer Studio. This $3 “member only” gathering of artists finds watercolor, oils, pastels, and general creativity covering canvas and paper. Located on the corner of 15th & Broad, the Art Annex’s Shaffer Studio reveals this inviting studio space: a large, well-lit room amply equipped with easels, tables, chairs, and drop cloths. Many windows, including vistas of the Arts Park, give an open-air quality to this studio space.

An exciting addition to our instructional repertoire is Virginia Deaton. Gini is a certified Bob Ross instructor and offers affordable oil painting classes monthly at the Art Association.

Another exclusive for Art Association members is “Open Clay Studio”. Conceived by Austin Custer, Open Clay affords member artists the opportunity to utilize the pottery room. Most Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm, members pay $5 to use pottery wheels, tools, slab roller, as well as included space in kiln firing loads. (Excessive clay, glaze, & kiln space additional)

Austin Custer & Sarah West began a Glass Slumping (Google it) class a few years ago, which continues today with instruction by Angela Dishman. Students ages 21 & over bring their bottles, or use ours. Slumping classes may be arranged upon request. Interested persons may contact Angela Dishman.

Member kids have had fun also during the last decade with the “Kid’s Kiln Club”. Basic pinch, coil, slab, and wheel techniques are taught by Angela Dishman. A computerized kiln was purchased several years ago with the help of Kiln Club funding (the club’s original purpose.) This beginner to intermediate class is open to member and non-members, ages 8 & up, and includes 3 two hour sessions. Families, home school, church groups, and others are also welcome to schedule a workshop.

In addition, member opportunities include a venue for creating and organizing instruction of your own art. Past courses offered by members include Drawing, Watercolor, Oils, Wheel Throwing, Figure Sculpting, Stained Glass, Play Writing, Scrap-booking, Children’s Courses, Seasonal/Holiday Arts & Crafts, and even Yoga!

So, yes, AAHC membership has its perks. Educational Programs are offered to members at lower class fees. Any member interested in teaching or attending classes, or who have an interest in being part of our Education Committee, please contact me at your convenience.

Angela Dishman
AAHC Educational Programs