By: Carrie Heath, June 3 2024
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is thrilled to announce that Stacy Kelley will be returning for this summer’s artist-in-residency, but will be offering classes for adults this time. “Learning to See Like an Artist: Building Your Visual Language Toolbox” is for adults who would like to improve their drawing skills. Accurate drawing skills are a core essential to communicating visually. For this 5-day residency students will focus on observing from life and learn how to transfer what they see in 3 dimensions to a 2-dimensional surface. They will be exposed to techniques employed by old master artists to create successful representational drawings.

Stacy explains, “Drawing is the art of form. In this class, participants will learn tips and tricks to make their art journey even more rewarding. They will learn about simple tools (and some more advanced tech tools) artists use to arrive at pleasing compositions, get correct proportions, and render convincing 3D forms on 2D surfaces. They will learn about controlling a chosen medium, achieving realistic single tone renderings, and how these renderings will support the realistic feel of full color works.” Students will have the opportunity to evaluate and display their work.

Stacy Kelley is a teaching artist with the Northern Tier Partners for the Arts. Stacy provided one of the most sought-after items in our recent art auction fundraiser, an oil
painting still life of roses called “Forever Valentine.” Rewarding art experiences all throughout her school years eventually led Stacy to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Her love of drawing, and interests in communication, design, and psychology have inspired her through the years.

Classes will be held on 5 consecutive Wednesdays, starting June 26 through July 24 (July 31 rain date) and will run from 11AM-4PM with a lunch break from 1- 2PM. All materials will be provided.

Registration is free and limited to 10 students. Students must be able to attend all five days, since the lessons build on each other. Interested students should pre-register with the director of the Gmeiner by either calling 570-724-1917 or emailing [email protected].

These classes are offered for free thanks to fundraising by Art's Friends and a grant from the Bradford County Regional Arts Council. “This project was made possible
through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA Arts in Education
Partner in this region is Northern Tier Partners for the Arts (NTP4Arts). NTP4Arts supports Arts in Education Residency programs in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming,
Sullivan, and Tioga counties. NTP4Arts’ Arts in Education Residency Program strives to provide intensive on-going arts experiences that affirm the creative potential of each
person, enhance technical knowledge and ability, inspire creativity, stimulate the expression of personal vision, and applaud excellence.”