Petersham Art Center announces October classes


Staff Report
Published: 9/26/2021 5:13:25 PM
Modified: 9/26/2021 5:13:27 PM

PETERSHAM — Petersham Art Center has a full schedule of October classes to welcome the public to enjoy the autumn season.

On Saturday Oct. 2, from 9 to 11 a.m., instructor Karen Healey of The Dappled Ewe crafts center will teach participants how to create needle-felted patchwork pumpkin and acorns. Healey is a juried fiber artist who has taught rug hooking and felting for many years. The pumpkin and acorn creations are perfect for holiday decorating and gifts.

Norm Eggert, an expert photographer who has been teaching photography classes for over 25 years, will be presenting “How to Make Great Photo Compositions,” a beginner’s class designed to help improve photographic composition. There will be a total of four classes on Wednesday evenings, Oct. 13, 20, and 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 23, students will take a field trip, where they will be able to get on-the-spot advice from the instructor. Students should have an adjustable digital camera.

Sue Morello’s “Weave a Holiday Basket” has already filled, but people may call to be put on a waiting list. The class is Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will make a pie-carrying basket with expert instruction from Morello, owner of Sheldon Farm Baskets in Barre.

Artist Katie Walsh of Petersham welcomes children to “Gesture Drawing,” for children ages 6 to 9, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 to 11 a.m. In this fun and fast-paced class, children will learn how to draw quick impressions from nature and figures. In this approach, all students are successful observational artists and will enjoy moving, laughing and observing their environment in new ways.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m., Walsh will help students ages 9 to 12 design and create “Plaster Creature Sculptures.” On day one, students will design and create the base for the favorite creature of their choice. On day two, they will paint and embellish their one-of-a kind sculptures. This is a hands-on class that will allow student to learn and utilize basic sculpting and painting techniques. The result will be a hand-created creature sculpture to treasure.

Walsh is an accomplished artist who is currently the art teacher at Murdock Middle School in Winchendon. She also has been teaching art to elementary-aged children for many years and has received artist grants from the Petersham Cultural Council.

To register for classes, call PAC at 978-724-3415, or email Chris at Covid precautions will be in place during classes for the safety of teachers and students.

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