Pottery classes and more offered at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Register now for some of the many art classes offered at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

The Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society is offering a variety art classes.

Starting April 4, the very talented John Le Flock will be instructing a Multi Art Class for ages 12 to 16 that will move students through sketching and drawing techniques, painting, animation and street art. John will share with his students the excitement of being an artist and help them to see the many possible careers that an artist is involved in. Classes run Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. There will be four sessions over four weeks. Cost: $75 (taxes included) and includes a beginner set of materials.

Starting April 5, potter Molly Magid will instruct a Clay Hand Building Class for youth ages 10-15. This program will give the students an experience with all the techniques needed for making successful clay articles. Each session will include instructions on handling the material, joining pieces together, and how the clay transforms in all the stages between wet to final glazed piece. Classes run Fridays, 3:30-5 p.m. There will be eight sessions over 10 weeks. Cost: $150 (taxes included), and includes one bag of clay, glazes and firing.

Starting April 6, a second round of the adult Wheel Throwing Class will start with instructor Maria Polatas. Adult students will be taken through the entire process from creating on the wheel to the finishing of their work through glazing and firing. This is an eight-week course, with seven weeks of wheel work and the eighth week for glazing. There will be a one-week break between the seventh and eighth class in order for all the work to dry properly prior to firing. Classes run Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be eight sessions over 10 weeks. Cost: $180 (taxes included), and includes one bag of clay, glazes and firing.

Starting April 9, kids aged five to nine are welcome to try their hand at pottery with Kids Clay, instructed by Jeanine Bowen. Come discover what clay is and its exciting uses and history. Explore texture, form, shape and the tools we can use to create them. Let the imagination run wild. This is a great class for developing self-esteem, confidence and art appreciation thru a 3-D form. Come join the fun, in a structured and respectful environment for kids to explore their creativity while learning the endless possibilities of clay art. Classes run Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. There will be five sessions over six weeks. Cost: $80 (taxes included), and includes clay and firing.

Starting April 10, teens ages 15 and up can explore pottery in Teen Wheel Throwing with instructor Sue Schellenberg. Students will be taken through the entire process from creating on the wheel to the finishing of their work through glazing and firing. There will be a one week break between the fourth and fifth class in order for all the work to dry properly prior to firing. Classes run Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be five sessions over six weeks. Cost: $135 (taxes included), and includes one bag of clay, glazes and firing.

Starting April 15, Clay Open Studio will be offered on Mondays for adults wanting to continue on their own. These are non-instructional sessions that allow you to use our studio to practice on the wheel or finish work started in class. Only work produced at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from clay purchased here can be fired in our kilns. These sessions are not designed to accommodate production potters but to allow students to develop their skills. Drop-in potters are expected to have taken at least one class session prior to signing up for drop in or be approved by the pottery technician or an instructor. Drop-in times are Mondays, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $6 per drop-in, or $50 for a 10-session punch card (taxes included).

Teen Manga for ages 15+ will start on Saturday, April 20 with instructor Melissa Ramsden. Manga is the very popular Japanese style of comic art. Students will learn the fundamentals of Manga drawing in various situations and expressions. Classes run Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. There will be four sessions over four weeks. Cost: $60 (taxes included), and includes a beginner set of materials.

Registration for any of the above-listed classes can be done online or through the Cultural Centre’s box office. 604-391-SHOW(7469). www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

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