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Heating Up the Forge; Teaching Online; All Our Fall Youth Classes

Join us On-Campus or Online this Fall!

No matter how you want to learn this fall, we have class solutions for you and your family.
Many adult classes begin this week; youth classes begin next week.
There’s still space and time to sign up, so don’t delay.
See class descriptions and pricing HERE, and register HERE.
Have a question? Contact us at info@guilfordartcenter.og, M-F.

Teaching Kids Online

GAC instructors had to do a quick pivot this summer. Our usually full summer youth program had to move online, which provided unique teaching challenges for our instructors. Not surprisingly, they rose to the occasion and provided quality experiences for our youngest artists. What did they learn? And what made for a successful online session? We asked GAC Summer Youth Instructor Cheryl Tuttle to share her thoughts.
How did the kids do learning online?
It was fun to work with them on screen. They were really seasoned to the idea after working virtually in school, so it wasn’t a big transition for them. We’d often start with a story, which allowed them to settle in and get comfortable. The biggest challenge was if someone lost a video connection; I’d have to adapt my communication to just audio for them.
What activities worked well?
The kids loved painting as a group. Often they would watch me, but then finish up on their own. And there was a so much pride in showing their finished project to the group. They loved to be in the spotlight and talk about their work. They especially liked watercolors and acrylic painting.
Any recommendations for parents/kids thinking about taking a class?
Online classes can be just a fun as in-person classes for the kids. They love to be comfortable in their home. The biggest help parents can offer is to provide a quiet environment with some decent lighting and a good internet connection. Then enjoy sharing what the kids have accomplished – you’ll be amazed at how much we get done in a short amount of time!


Want to try Blacksmithing or Bladesmithing?

The GAC forge is back in action! Our fall semester offers plenty of options to get in the forge in Sept and October. If you’re a beginner, no problem – there are plenty of introduction classes. Other classes include making frontier knives and hatchets, hand-forged blades, Japanese blades, cookware, Bowie knives and more. Get all the info on our classes and workshops here.

GAC Members Week is October 1-10

Get your holiday shopping started early this year! We’re filling the shop and gallery with work by hundreds of artists. Doors will open Thursday, October 1 at noon. Our hours are a little different in our Shop now, so plan ahead and make sure to wear your mask! We’ll be open Wednesday – Fridays from 12-4pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm
GAC members will receive 15% off all purchases during our Members Week on October 1-10. If you need to renew your membership, click here to receive this benefit!

Youth On-Campus Classes & Workshops
Ages 6+
4 Wednesdays beginning Sept 23. 4-6pm
Instructor: Amy Peters
From Keith Haring to Lucy Sparrow, come explore the dynamic, colorful and topical world of pop art. Explore a variety of media, including painting, drawing and 3D. Tuition $120; GAC members $108
Ages 7+
4 Tuesdays beginning Oct 20. 4-6pm
Instructor: Amy Peters
Learn about masters of art history, ranging from Basquiat and Bonnard to Hopper and Hockney. Explore a variety of media, including painting, drawing and 3D. Tuition $120; GAC members $108
Ages 8+
4 Tuesdays beginning Sept 22. 4-6pm.
Instructor: Amy Peters
In this class, learn about artistic partnerships – Friday Kahlo and Diego Rivera; Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock; Elaine and Willem de Kooning – to see how these artists influence each other. Tuition $120; GAC members $108
Youth Online Classes & Workshops
Ages 5+
6 Tuesdays beginning Sept 22. 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Cheryl Tuttle
Together step by step, create some fun funky colorful paintings of cats, hearts, flowers, monsters and portraits. Tuition $135; GAC members $121.50
Tuesday, Nov 3. 4:30-6:00 pm
Instructor: Cheryl Tuttle
Together we will create a critter out of your hand made pom poms. Now you’ll know how to make pom poms of all sizes on your own – lots of future possibilities! Tuition $22.50; GAC members $20.25
Tuesday, Nov 10. 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Cheryl Tuttle
Learn to make your own colorful and creative accordion book in a box. You can make these over and over to give away or put on display. Tuition $22.50; GAC members $20.25
Ages 8+
4 Mondays beginning Sept 21. 4:30-5:30 pm
Instructor: Alice Chittenden
Even if you’ve used colored pencils before, there are many more techniques to learn! Make gradations, color blending, cross-hatching, to name a few. Students will be assigned projects but also encouraged to create work inspired by their own experiences. Tuition $60; GAC members $54
4 Mondays beginning Oct 19. 4:30-5:30 pm
Instructor: Alice Chittenden
Learn clay working skills as we sculpt and build objects reflecting the things we like. We will be using white self-hardening clay. After the pieces dry thoroughly, we will paint and seal them. Tuition $60; GAC members $54
All Ages
Sunday, Dec 6 3:00 – 4:30 pm
This workshop provides an opportunity for families to be creative together, welcome the holiday season and enjoy family time in a relaxed and fun manner. Materials needed are not costly and some substitutions can be made. Make a cup of hot chocolate or cider and join us! Tuition $22.50 per person; GAC members $20.25 per person

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