Patterson Library receives grant for adult art classes

WESTFIELD – Patter-son Library in Westfield is offering free art classes for adults in 2013 thanks to a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

The first class is Figural Drawing with Audrey Dowling for four consecutive Thursdays, today to March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Future classes include Exploring Pastels with Alberta Parker and Plein Air Painting with Tom Annear. All classes are free, although participants are asked to bring their own supplies. Class size is limited; interested individuals are encouraged to sign up by contacting Patterson Library.

Local artist and art gallery owner Audrey Dowling will teach drawing from the human figure in Figural Drawing. Using a variety of drawing media, students will be taught various forms of drawing including gesture, contour, shading, color and mixed media. In addition to having a live, clothed model to draw from, a different still life will also be set up each class as an alternative to add into the figure drawing or as an additional alternative drawing subject. Students will explore ink, charcoal, drawing pencils, colored pencils and gouache or acrylic.

Exploring Pastels with Alberta Parker will be held Thursday evenings from May 9 to 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The course will include an introduction to materials, strokes and color mixing. Students will create a sampler of various techniques and color combinations. A final project will incorporate skills learned throughout the class.

Plein Air Painting with Tom Annear will be held Thursday evenings from June 6 to 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will meet at Patterson Library, then travel to the painting location.

The class goal is to complete at least two paintings at two locations, including the vineyards at Johnson Estate and Greystone Nature Preserve.

Call 326-2154 to reserve a space for each or all Art Escape Classes and to acquire a supply list, or email Nancy Ensign at Patterson Library’s Art Escapes program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Re-grant Program administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.