Cattaraugus County Arts Council launches Pinterest-inspired art classes

ALLEGANY – The increasingly popular website Pinterest has taken the creative world by storm and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council is pleased to present a series of art classes inspired by the site. Pinterest works as an online visual discovery tool, allowing users to collect ideas and “pin” them on their own virtual inspiration board. During this new series of classes, students will explore their own creativity and discover some of the most popular projects that Pinterest has to offer.

The inspiration for the series came from arts council staff who have regularly come to use the online tool for everything from decorating ideas to class planning. CCAC’s Programs and Grants Manager Courtney Mealy will lead the class.

“We’ve noticed that the popularity of Pinterest has really empowered a lot of people to explore their creative sides. These are folks who may not consider themselves artists but have a great deal of artistic talent and interest. Pinterest provides a wealth of inspiration and we’re taking it a step further by walking students through the creative process and introducing new mediums and techniques in a fun and relaxed setting. We know that sometimes it’s hard to squeeze in time for your own hobbies and interests, and the class schedule was designed with that in mind,” she noted.

The Pinterest Inspiration series will launch at 6:30 p.m. today with a Garden Stepping Stone tutorial. Students will learn how to make a concrete mosaic stepping stone that incorporates pieces of glass, ceramic tile, pebbles, and more. The gardening theme continues on June 9 with Ceramic Garden Stakes and on June 16 with Paper Flowers. Students will learn a variety of techniques to produce stunning, life-like flowers from crepe paper, tissue paper, and much more. During the June 23 session, the class will learn to work with leather and produce a wallet or clutch and on the June 30 they will enjoy an introduction to functional pottery with Ceramic Plates. The final class on July 7 will cover the art of Paper Quilling, a decorative paper folding technique first popularized during the Renaissance and now enjoying a huge rise in popularity.

Students who wish to enroll can sign up for individual classes for $35 each or register for the entire series for $200. All classes will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cattaraugus County Arts Council at 100 W. Main St. in Allegany. To register or for more information, contact Courtney Mealy at courtney@myartscouncil.net or 372-7455.