WCAC hosts summer workshops

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Jul. 10 | Modified: Jul. 10

Summer vacation is in full swing in Watauga County, but that doesn’t mean learning a new — and fun — skill is completely out of the equation for summer excitement.

The inspire those listless minds this month, the Watauga County Arts Council and Blue Ridge ArtSpace is gearing up for a new schedule of workshops and classes.

All classes and workshops will be held at the ArtSpace, which is located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone.

A Summer Guitar Crash Course, held from July 14 to 25, will give prospective students a basic introduction to guitar chords and reading music in a group setting. Students will also learn finger-style picking, music notation and how to play a real ensemble, according to the arts council’s website.

The class is designed to accommodate children as young as 7, as well as adults who might want to accompany their child.

Registration deadline is July 12, and the cost is $120 for 10 sessions. Guitars are available for lease for $10.

In light of the Industrial Revolution and other technological advances, knitting is becoming a lost art in the mountains of North Carolina.

Fortunately, the ArtSpace has unrolled a beginner and intermediate knitting course for those looking to revive the medium.

The classes will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. July 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 6. Registration deadline is July 11.

According to the WCAC, this class will provide both the beginning and intermediate knitter with the level of instruction they need and the inspiration provided only within a group of knitters taught by a master knitter.

Encouraging the inner creativity in children at a crucial age can be paramount to their development, which is why the WCAC is sponsoring an ongoing series of drawing classes for children ages 8 to14.
These classes explore basic drawing techniques using a wide variety of tools. The classes are paid monthly in advance. The fee is $16 per session.

The WCAC is also sponsoring a fun and creative workshop that will teach participants to make a rainstick with recycled products. Children will create an ornamentally decorated rainstick and will have fun expressing their unique styles through creativity plus movement, according to the WCAC website.

To register for classes, visit http://www.watauga-arts.org, or call (828) 264-1789 for additional options.

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