There are many new classes offered at BIG ARTS this season, including African dance and African drumming, Writing for Theater, Weaving, Creating Sculpture with Basket-making Techniques, Guided Improv Dance, Italian for Travelers, Painting with Alcohol Inks, and Applied Drawing Basics. There are several new mindfulness and health classes, including Using Meditation to Enhance Creativity and Using Self-Hypnosis to Improve Sleep.
Ndakhte Ndiaye is a master drummer and choreographer from Senegal, West Africa, and Artistic Director of a twelve-member West African performing dance troupe. In her African Drumming class, learn to play ancient rhythms on the Djembe and Djun-Djun drums, which are provided. In her African Dance class, Ndiaye starts with leading a warm-up and stretch. Each movement is explained, demonstrated, and then first practiced slowly. Drums and choreography are then added so that students gain a sense of ‘performance-
Jazz singer Kathy Kosins has been teaching her “Improvisation on Canvas” workshop at performing arts schools and universities for more than a decade. The class will focus on freedom of expression in the abstract, using texture and color to paint from intuition. Students will create visual interpretations of music by the Jazz Greats. Kosins has been in numerous gallery shows both as a solo artist and as part of a group show. Commissioned paintings by Kosins are held in private collections throughout the U.S. and South America. Fore more info go to http://www.kathykosins.com/
Fiber artist and instructor Maia Tsinamdzgvrishvili comes to BIG ARTS from the Republic of Georgia. BIG ARTS Founders Gallery hosts her “Silk Road” fine arts textile exhibit March 4 – 30. Her one-day class Saturday, March 9, will teach students techniques in wool felting and how to make silk paper.
Mixed media artist Cathy Taylor is a featured artist on artacademylive.com and has created two educational DVDs; Watercolor Collage and Mixed Media Collage. Her work is represented in museums, nature centers and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (award winner), National Watercolor Society, High Country Watermedia Society, and the National Collage Society (award winner). Her new class, “Painting with Alcohol Inks,” will help students make pieces that look like stained glass, using Ranger alcohol inks on plastic paper. No painting experience is needed.
Annette Brandes, Certified Health Coach, is an Institute of Integrative Nutrition graduate. She primarily works with Baby Boomers who are in need of amended nutritional digestion, enhanced sleep patterns, reinstated energy, and healthier bodies. Brandes and fine arts instructor Ann McCarty will teach classes in Mindful Eating, Sugar Blues Detox, and Health Coaching using meditation, movement, creativity exercises, and fun art to open students’ creative side.
“Shake Your Soul and Dance Your Body” is a class in the guided improvisational form of dance. Marsha Wagner will train students to heal and relax their nervous system, release stress, energize the body, and awaken creativity through easy, natural, dancing set to the pulsating rhythms of World Music. Wagner began her professional career at age 16 as a dancer in The New York City Ballet. For 30 years her career in dance included Broadway’s musical stages, television appearances, instructing, and working as assistant choreographer for many shows including the famed Radio City Music Hall’s Annual Christmas Spectacular. She currently teaches Pilates and writes theater reviews for The Islander newspaper.
Gerard Damiano’s new technology classes will teach students how to use Facebook and social media, iPads, iPhones and smart phone apps, OS X and iOS6, cloud computing, and more.
Teresa (Frandina) Jacobs will teach a class in basic Italian phrases and cultural practices to enhance the traveler’s experience in Italy. Jacob was born in Italy and has travelled extensively. She holds several post graduate degrees in languages (Italian, Spanish, English, teacher education and school administration)
Ann McCarty has taught for 14 years to both children and adults at the Alliance for the Arts, Art League of Bonita Springs, Pine Island Art Association, and other venues. McCarty has an Associate Degree in Art, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and a skill set learned from Nina Conner. McCarty and her students have won awards in many local, state and national shows. Her work is in collections around the world. Her Applied Drawing Basics class will enhance the beginner and intermediate students’ skills in value, contour, cross contour, gesture, mass, hatching, proportion, perspective and memory drawing.
Former elementary school teacher Edith Flagg will teach a beginner’s weaving class. Students will learn to prepare a warp and complete a cotton scarf project on a rigid heddle loom.
Community Chorus practice begins October 16, meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at BIG ARTS. The Community Band resumes rehearsals October 22, and meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael & All Angels Church. No auditions are required for the Band and Chorus, and all are welcome to join.
BIG ARTS Workshops are sponsored by Sony Corporation of America.
There is a 20 percent discount on workshops for BIG ARTS members. Contact BIG ARTS office or website for class locations.
For further information about workshops, classes and events at BIG ARTS, or to become a member, stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, call (239) 395-0900, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org, or log on to http://www.bigarts.org/