Recently, I directed a stage performance of The Vagina Monologues. We had a cast of almost 30 women, approximately half of whom had never in their lives set foot on stage to perform. Brave. The process reminded me how risky it feels for some people to create art. I forget, as I create art every day and often only stop to eat, watch a movie or write this column.
It's unfortunate that making or practicing art feels out of reach for some people, because art is actually something everyone can do, regardless of what materials are in front of them or their own abilities or talents. But stepping into a room, where you are unsure what you'll find, can feel intimidating. The truth is, I have never seen anyone walk away from an art class regretting that they did that. Usually, the regret goes the other way.
Here is a list of upcoming art classes taught in our community by people who love art and teach art in very accessible ways.
The Sagebrushers Art Society has been around since before the majority of people who live in Bend even knew Bend existed—1952 to be exact. They've been a source for artists to connect and learn. Participants need their own supplies for this class and should bring a photo to work from. The fee is just $10 and you may find that you'll want to jump in and become a member and take advantage of the other great classes they offer throughout the year.
Every Wednesday through February
Sagebrushers Art Society
117 SW Roosevelt Ave.
$10 for non-members
Know Jo(e): Painting with Coffee Workshop
I have written about Karen Eland's classes before, but now the Deschutes Public Library is offering you a chance to try it out for free! Eland has a wonderful practice of teaching that's so easy and accessible, you won't view coffee or paint the same way again. Because it involves painting with just one medium, students learn all about paint color gradation and layers of paint can build up to create an image. Plus, participants go home with a small painting they won't be embarrassed by!