Are you 11 years old or older? Do you have an interest in art? If you answered yes to both questions, then you may want to sign up for the African American Visual Artist Guild’s (AAVAG) Annual Art Day.
Guests can learn how to sculpt, draw or paint realistic-looking scenes. There’s no charge, but guests are encouraged to pre-register by Sept. 19. Only the first 15 to register for each class, or a total of 45, will be accepted.
“This is AAVAG’s major community event,” said general membership secretary Clifford Darrett. “The Annual Art Days have always been a success, and we are planning on having it twice a year.”
The three-hour workshop will be followed by lunch at noon with an art education class in the afternoon. Participants can register for one of three workshops:
1. Charcoal drawing with James Pate. Participants will produce an 18-inch-by-24-inch realistic charcoal drawing that will morph into an abstract drawing. They will also learn the basics of manipulating the charcoal medium to build form and composition.
“I want the imagination of the participants to be challenged as the development of these drawings unfold,” Pate said.
2. Painting trompe l’oeil with Erin Smith-Glenn. Participants will learn about the “fool the eye” technique of painting.
3. Clay sculpture with Olu Bandele. Bandele is a visual artist and realtor from Cincinnati.
These Annual Art Days were begun in 1994. The workshops for this event are sponsored by the Twentig organization and Kroger. Twentig Inc. is a volunteer women’s organization established in 1990 as a scholarship fund for black art students to honor Davis.
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