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Summer Fun at the Turchin Center

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Article Published: Jun. 26 | Modified: Jun. 26
Summer Fun at the Turchin Center

This summer, ASU’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is offering children the chance to explore their creativity through a series of arts-oriented workshops.
Photo courtesy of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts


Workshop Schedule

Making Markers Magical
June 23 to 27, 9 a.m. to noon
Instructor: Charlie Frye
Ages: 6 to 10
This workshop focuses on teaching painting techniques using water and the pigment from magic markers. More information:

Mixed Media and Markers
June 23 to 27, 1 to 4 p.m.
Instructor: Charlie Frye
Ages: 11 to 14
Participants will combine collage, drawing, marker-painting and printmaking techniques to compose one of a kind works of art. More information:

Action Figures
June 30 to July 3, 9 a.m. to noon
Instructor: Kay Bishop
Ages: 6 to 11
Children will learn how to capture movement and expressions as they learn to draw the human figure using paint, collage and clay. More information:

June 30 to July 3, 1 to 4 p.m.
Instructor: Kay Bishop
Ages: 12 to 16
Participants will learn about various modern artists and create a self-portrait each day in the style of each artist using various mediums and techniques. More information:

Kids Art Week
July 14 to 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Instructor: Rosa Dargan Powers and Kelly Snider
Ages: 7 to 12
Explore the animal kingdom through art! Children will create mammal masks, underwater-themed watercolors, insect prints, felted finger puppets, mixed media collages and animal paintings using Mexican folk art amate paper. More information:

Color: A Visual Sensation
Aug. 11 to 15, 10 a.m. to noon
Instructor: Tunde Afolayan Famous
Ages: 6 to 11
Children will engage in painting exercises that demonstrate principles of color harmony, while expressing the movement of light. More information:

Introduction to Design
Aug. 11 to 15, 1 to 4 p.m.
Instructor: Kay Bishop
Ages: 11 to 15
Covering the basic design principles, beginning with typography, composition using a grid, black and white studies and color studies, students will design a promotional poster, book and T-shirt. More information:

Mixing It Up: Kids, Art and Books
Aug. 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Instructor: Judy Robbins
Ages: 4 to 7
Using different mediums like collage, painting and sculpture, kids will study images from popular children’s books to complete an art project. More information:

 - From the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

School’s out, but the Turchin Center’s in session.

This summer, Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is offering a series of children’s arts workshops.

With topics ranging from self-portraits to action figures to design, the workshops are open to children of all ages.

“Participants experience the creative energy of being in a community focused on art making, being around other students who are engaged with the materials, willing to take risks and discover the ‘what ifs,’” said Pegge Laine, who heads the TCVA’s Education Outreach program. “While students are introduced to new skills, these workshops are geared to process rather than product, to experiencing color, texture and design in new and exciting ways.”

The instructors who guide them hold art degrees and hail from the world over, Laine said, noting that many have worked as art teachers in public schools and universities.

“They have also have served as artists in residence throughout the Southeast and teach privately in their studios, possessing both artistic skill and a desire to enhance the creative process in children,” she said.

The Turchin Center has offered the workshops since it first opened in 2003, Laine said, adding that space is still available in this summer’s lineup. For more information, including registration and pricing, visit To register, call( 828) 262-3017. All workshops will be held in classroom 3200 of the Turchin Center, and all supplies are included with the registration fee.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are accepted. For more information, call (828) 262-3017, or visit

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