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Afro-Brazilian Traditions: Feb 22
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Afro-Brazilian Traditions: Feb 22

$25

with Mark Becker

Calendar Feb 22, 2024 at 6 pm

Afro-Brazilian Traditions – Capoeira Angola & Samba de Roda

Led by: Mark Becker

Thursdays: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

6:00-7:30pm

Library

Registration Deadline: 1/11/2024; 1 week before each subsequent class

Skill level: Beginner

Registration fee: $25/class OR $100/series

 

Course Description:

In this course, participants will be introduced to the richness of Afro-Brazilian movement, music, language, and culture through the traditions of Capoeira Angola and Samba de Roda. This course will be designed with all ages, skill levels, and physical abilities in mind and will have a welcoming environment where community members can learn from an instructor with 19 years of experience in a hands-on, active, and joyful space.

 

Capoeira Angola is a martial art that combines fluid, low-impact movements with music to encourage self-expression and self-control. Samba de Roda is a musical tradition that combines several percussion and stringed instruments in a call-and-response setting that also welcomes dancing from participants. All these traditions have their roots in the Congo region of Africa but were developed and shared with the world in Brazil.

 

About the Instructor:

Lead instructor Mark Becker, a student of Capoeira Angola in the tradition of Mestre João Grande who has studied under Contramestre Denis Chiaramonte for 8 years, with 19 years of experience in the art of Capoeira. He is also a student of traditional Samba Chula, an art form from the Recôncavo region of Bahia, Brazil while also serving as the Director of the Bloco Gavião, a community drum ensemble focused on Afro-Brazilian drumming traditions such as samba-reggae, maracatu and afoxé. Mark has a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois and enjoys designing learning experiences for all ages to feel belonging in the exploration of Brazilian culture.

Figure Drawing (full series)
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Figure Drawing (full series)

$175

with Vivian Krishnan

Calendar Feb 26, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Figure Drawing

Led by: Vivian Krishnan

Mondays: February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25

6:00-9:00pm

Library

Registration Deadline: February 19, 2024; 1 week prior to each subsequent class

Skill level: All Levels

Registration fee: $60/class OR $175/series

 

Course Description:

Draw from a live model through lightly instructed sessions. Open to all levels: beginners, intermediate, and advanced professionals. Participants are invited to join in five sessions that focus on quick gestures, long poses, and both costumed and nude models. Each session will include a demonstration that touches on fundamental techniques of life drawing. Your registration also includes one drink ticket.

 **Most materials will be provided. Students are responsible to bring their own 18"x24" newsprint drawing pad.

 

About the Instructor:

Vivian Krishnan is a multimedia artist with works that cross the vast stage of storytelling, from designing costumes for theatrical characters to writing and illustrating diverse children’s books. She received her bachelors in Durango, CO focusing on Printmaking and Sculpture as well as earning her MFA at UIUC in Theatrical Design. Vivian is a life-long learner of many mediums and is excited to see how art continues to play a role at Allerton.

Figure Drawing 2/26
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Figure Drawing 2/26

$60

with Vivian Krishnan

Calendar Feb 26, 2024 at 6 pm

Figure Drawing

Led by: Vivian Krishnan

Mondays: February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25

6:00-9:00pm

Library

Registration Deadline: February 19, 2024; 1 week prior to each subsequent class

Skill level: All Levels

Registration fee: $60/class OR $175/series

 

Course Description:

Draw from a live model through lightly instructed sessions. Open to all levels: beginners, intermediate, and advanced professionals. Participants are invited to join in five sessions that focus on quick gestures, long poses, and both costumed and nude models. Each session will include a demonstration that touches on fundamental techniques of life drawing. Your registration also includes one drink ticket.

  **Most materials will be provided. Students are responsible to bring their own 18"x24" newsprint drawing pad.

 

About the Instructor:

Vivian Krishnan is a multimedia artist with works that cross the vast stage of storytelling, from designing costumes for theatrical characters to writing and illustrating diverse children’s books. She received her bachelors in Durango, CO focusing on Printmaking and Sculpture as well as earning her MFA at UIUC in Theatrical Design. Vivian is a life-long learner of many mediums and is excited to see how art continues to play a role at Allerton.

 

Colored Pencil II

$200

with Sally Walsh

Calendar Feb 29, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Colored Pencil II

Led by: Sally Walsh

Thursdays: February 29; March 7, 14, 21; Make up day: March 28*

1:00-3:30pm

Studio

Registration Deadline: February 19, 2024

Skill level: Intermediate

Registration fee: $200/series

**Registration without supplies: $155

 

Course Description:

A continuation of refining skills and techniques, each class will be a new topic and technique exploring mixed media, and special effects.

Participation in Colored Pencil I is not necessary to take part in Colored Pencil II, but some experience in drawing, color theory or previous experience with colored pencil is needed.

**Students will need the following supplies.

If you plan to purchase your own supplies, please indicate on your registration

-- mixed media sketch book (spiral bound preferred)
-- a see thru plastic ruler, any color
-- a kneaded eraser
-- #2 pencil
-- Prismacolor (recommended) colored pencils, more than 12 colors.
-- small plastic hand held pencil sharpener

 

*Please note the final date in this series is a make up class in case a week was cancelled due to bad weather.

 

About the Instructor:

Sally Walsh is a retired art teacher from Richland Community College in Decatur, IL. She has over 30 years of teaching experience and has led previous art classes at Allerton.

Afro-Brazilian Traditions: Feb 29

$25

with Mark Becker

Calendar Feb 29, 2024 at 6 pm

Afro-Brazilian Traditions – Capoeira Angola & Samba de Roda

Led by: Mark Becker

Thursdays: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

6:00-7:30pm

Library

Registration Deadline: 1/11/2024; 1 week before each subsequent class

Skill level: Beginner

Registration fee: $25/class OR $100/series

 

Course Description:

In this course, participants will be introduced to the richness of Afro-Brazilian movement, music, language, and culture through the traditions of Capoeira Angola and Samba de Roda. This course will be designed with all ages, skill levels, and physical abilities in mind and will have a welcoming environment where community members can learn from an instructor with 19 years of experience in a hands-on, active, and joyful space.

 

Capoeira Angola is a martial art that combines fluid, low-impact movements with music to encourage self-expression and self-control. Samba de Roda is a musical tradition that combines several percussion and stringed instruments in a call-and-response setting that also welcomes dancing from participants. All these traditions have their roots in the Congo region of Africa but were developed and shared with the world in Brazil.

 

About the Instructor:

Lead instructor Mark Becker, a student of Capoeira Angola in the tradition of Mestre João Grande who has studied under Contramestre Denis Chiaramonte for 8 years, with 19 years of experience in the art of Capoeira. He is also a student of traditional Samba Chula, an art form from the Recôncavo region of Bahia, Brazil while also serving as the Director of the Bloco Gavião, a community drum ensemble focused on Afro-Brazilian drumming traditions such as samba-reggae, maracatu and afoxé. Mark has a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois and enjoys designing learning experiences for all ages to feel belonging in the exploration of Brazilian culture.

Figure Drawing 3/4

$60

with Vivian Krishnan

Calendar Mar 4, 2024 at 6 pm

Figure Drawing

Led by: Vivian Krishnan

Mondays: February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25

6:00-9:00pm

Library

Registration Deadline: February 19, 2024; 1 week prior to each subsequent class

Skill level: All Levels

Registration fee: $60/class OR $175/series

 

Course Description:

Draw from a live model through lightly instructed sessions. Open to all levels: beginners, intermediate, and advanced professionals. Participants are invited to join in five sessions that focus on quick gestures, long poses, and both costumed and nude models. Each session will include a demonstration that touches on fundamental techniques of life drawing. Your registration also includes one drink ticket.

  **Most materials will be provided. Students are responsible to bring their own 18"x24" newsprint drawing pad.

 

About the Instructor:

Vivian Krishnan is a multimedia artist with works that cross the vast stage of storytelling, from designing costumes for theatrical characters to writing and illustrating diverse children’s books. She received her bachelors in Durango, CO focusing on Printmaking and Sculpture as well as earning her MFA at UIUC in Theatrical Design. Vivian is a life-long learner of many mediums and is excited to see how art continues to play a role at Allerton.

Macrame Workshop

$75

with Macy McCall

Calendar Mar 7, 2024 at 6 pm

Macrame Wall Hanging

Led by: Macy McCall - TwinFringe

Thursday, March 7, 2024

6:00-8:00pm

Auditorium

Registration Deadline: March 4, 2024

Skill level: All Levels

Registration fee: $75

 

Course Description:

Join Macy McCall of TwinFringe for an evening of macrame! In this workshop, you will learn beginner macrame knots and create your own wall hanging to take home. A variety of colors will be available to customize your piece. All skills levels are welcome for this workshop and all materials are included. *Participants must be able to stand for the majority of class*

 

About the Instructor:

Macy McCall is a fiber artist in Champaign IL who started her fiber art journey in 2018 when she first learned about macramé. By 2020 she started her small business, TwinFringe, in which she sells her artwork and teaches a variety of workshops. She has taught in many different locations such as Parkland Community College, Allerton Park, local plant shops, and private events. Besides macramé, Macy is learning how to weave as well, which has been an exciting endeavor as she continues to explore the beautiful world of fiber art.

Full Course

(SOLD OUT) Barn Quilt Painting

$90

with Jane Cade

Calendar Mar 9, 2024 at 8 am

Barn Quilt Painting

Led by: Jane Cade

Saturday, March 9, 2024

8:00am-12:00pm

Auditorium

Registration Deadline: March 2, 2024

Skill level: Beginner

Registration fee: $90

 

Course Description:

No barn? No problem! Join the barn quilt movement by creating your own painted quilt block for beautiful decor you can use on the inside or outside of your home. Choose from a cardinal or patch star design upon registration. A wide variety of colors will be available to choose from at the start of class. You'll begin with a pre-primed board with the design of your choice already drafted. You will then tape and paint - with careful attention to detail. Once painting begins, you'll work at your own pace. Instructor Jane Cade will share history of barn quilts, techniques, tips, and discuss how to properly seal your finished piece after the paint has dried for 48 hours. Leave with a 20x20" quilt block to keep for yourself or share your talents and give someone the perfect gift.

 

About the Instructor:

Jane Cade is a retired teacher from Clinton Junior High School. She has been painting barn quilts for 8 years and sells her work online and at craft festivals. She teaches classes at Parkland Community College and will be teaching classes at her workshop beginning next year.

Full Course




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