Special Report from the Turchin Center for Visual Arts. By Lynn Rees-Jones. April 26, 2018. BOONE, NC – The Turchin Center for Visual Arts (TCVA) is perhaps best known for its dynamic art exhibitions that are housed in the large brick and glass building on King Street. What many do not know is that, upstairs, on the second floor of the Arnold P. Rosen Family Educational Wing, is a spacious art classroom that is home to Appalachian State University art students during the academic school year. During the summer, the classroom becomes available for community use, and the Turchin Center offers a variety of art workshops for kids, teens and adults. Several new workshops are being offered including Saturday workshops for children. Pre-registration is required.
Art Workshops for Kids and Teens
Toddler Power Hour NEW!
Ages 3 – 5, Cost: $5/class
Toddlers will explore art through engaging hands-on activities with sculpture, painting, story time and more! They will gain confidence in self-expression and artistic exploration while learning about color, texture and shapes.
Creative Kids Studio NEW!
Dates: Saturdays, May 12 & 26, June 9 & 23, July 14 & 28, Aug 11 & 25, Time: 1 – 2:30 pm
Ages: 6 – 10, Cost: $10/class
Creative kids will be inspired and create colorful memories! Students will learn new skills as they create sculpture, drawing and painting, using a wide variety of materials. As they design their very own unique creations, they will learn about craftsmanship, artistic styles, art history, the power of self-expression and expanding their self-confidence.
Drawing from Life
Dates: June 18-22, Time: 10am -12 pm
Grades: 3-8, Cost: $85
Young artists will explore and develop skills, confidence and creativity in drawing from observation. They will learn to draw realistically by looking at objects such as photographs, still life, self-portraits and the landscape. Beginning with focused drawing exercises, they will then move toward long-term drawing projects.
Dates: June 25 – 29, Time: 1 – 4 pm
Grades 1 – 5, Cost: $100
Campers will grab their passports and travel around the world to experience cultural history and international art. The trip starts in Panama, then travels south to Brazil, across the ocean to Ghana, Ukraine, Middle East, India, China, Australia, Fiji and will finish in the state of Alaska. Students will learn about techniques, styles and art created in each of the countries including printmaking, painting, mosaics, and more.
Mixed Media Mania – NEW!
Dates: July 9 – 13, Time: 1 – 4 pm
Grades: 4 – 9, Cost: $100
Students will mix it up with mixed media mania! They will create art with a multitude of mediums including paper, paint, pastels and printmaking to create treasure boxes, masks, portraits, altered books and mosaics. The class will also include art criticism and art history.
Dates: July 23 – 27, Time: 1-4 pm
Grades 4 – 8, Cost: $100
This class is all about TRASH! Students will have a blast creating fun works of art using recyclables including water bottles, bottle caps, grocery bags, zip ties, plastic lids, cereal boxes and so much more! They will make animal sculptures, assemblages boxes, mosaics, alter boxes, and Chihuly-inspired hanging sculptures! The class will also include art criticism and art history.
Art Workshops for Adults (16+ years)
Beadology 101 NEW!
Dates: Tuesdays, May 22 – June 26, Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
In this well-crafted beginner beading class, students will learn the basics of stringing and design, including a review of raw materials and proper use and application of tools used for jewelry-making. Projects will include necklace and earring designs, several types of bracelet designs, wine charms, earrings, and an intro to wire and chain. All supplies are included in the class fee. Additional materials are available for purchase during class.
Metalsmithing 101 NEW!
Dates: Tuesdays, July 10 – August 7, Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Metalsmithing 101 will introduce students to the basics of metal working including technical skills, building and problem solving. Emphasis will be on the fundamentals of working with hand tools to gain proficiency in sawing, riveting, soldering, simple forming and finishing techniques. Through small projects, students will learn to incorporate these skills to create unique jewelry designs. Supplies are included in the class fee. Additional metals and materials are available for purchase during class.
About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, named for university benefactors Robert and Lillian Turchin, fulfills Appalachian State University’s long-held mission of providing a home for world-class visual arts programming. The largest facility of its kind in the region, the center presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support the university’s role as a key educational, cultural and service resource. The center presents multi-dimensional exhibits and programs and is a dynamic presence in the community, creating opportunities for people