The North Carolina Center for Creative
Retirement will offer a series of hands-on winter workshops on
topics ranging from photography to cartooning. The courses, which
are open to students of all ages and skills, will take place January
through March at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center.
Professional photographer Wendy Newman will lead the “Family Photo
Portrait” workshop from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and from 9
a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 30. The workshop will focus on how to pose
children and families for the ultimate portrait. Students will
participate in demonstrations and photo shoots using live models.
The second class will address the photos taken and challenges
encountered during the shoot. Students should bring their own
digital camera with which they have a basic familiarity. Cost for
the workshop is $135.
Artist Jane Snyder will teach “Animal Portraits” from 5-8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6-7.
The workshop will address the development of accurate drawing skills
and rendering facial features, fur and feathers. Students will use a
combination of mediums such as graphite, colored pencil, pen and
ink, crayon and watercolor. All skill levels are welcome. Cost for
the workshop is $175.
Professional cartoonist Bill LaRocque will teach “Cartooning Art for
Children” for students ages 8-12. Participants may choose one of
three offered class times, including 9:30-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
or 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. This workshop will channel
children’s natural interest and enjoyment into greater confidence in
their abilities to express themselves through graphic arts. Art and
drawing fundamentals are covered, and all skill levels are welcome.
Students should bring a 5-by-9-inch white paper pad and a pencil
with an eraser. Cost for the workshop is $25.
Writer and yoga instructor Fran Ross will lead “Writing from the
Body” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 6. The workshop will
explore the connection between simple yoga and creative expression.
Students will gain insight into how stretching and meditation can
enhance the writing process. Previous writing experience is helpful,
but not necessary. Students should bring writing materials, a yoga
mat and comfortable workout clothes. Cost for the workshop is $50.
For more information, to register for the workshops, or to pay with
credit card, call the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement