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Introductory art classes for high school students and community

The Paducah School of Art and Design is again offering introductory art classes for area high school students and community members as part of West Community and Technical Colleges fall community education offerings.

With a Saturday Intensive class in ceramics designed specifically for area high school students and a painting and drawing class for the community, these classes are a great way for participants to try something new and delve into a world of creativity in a fun and educational atmosphere, said Kevin ONeill, WKCTC community education director.

The class schedule is as follows.

Saturday Intensive
November 14, 21, 28, December 5
Ceramics - $25 (includes all materials)
9:30 A.M. 12:30 P.M.
Ceramics/Small Metals Building, 919 Madison Street

Students in the ninth-twelfth grades will join PSAD Ceramics Studio Technician Nich Daunis to learn the basics of clay construction and the properties of clay as an artistic medium. Each student will create raku-fired pottery, either functional or sculptural. Students will learn:

forming and joining through pinch, slab and wheel thrown techniques
glazing and raku-firing techniques
proper use of kilns and safety measures

Community Offerings
November 4, 11, and 18
Watercolor for Beginners and Beyond
6:30-9:30 p.m.
409 Broadway
Age: Adult

Learn to paint in watercolor and explore this versatile painting medium with Anita Rodriguez-Fitch, PSAD adjunct Instructor. Students will learn traditional watercolor basics, as well and more experimental techniques. Class cost: $120; supplies not included. An additional estimated cost of supplies is $25. Supply list is listed below.

watercolor paint - tubes, pans or cakes, watercolor brushes - #12 round, #8 round, 1" flat, #4 detail brush
9x12" Strathmore student watercolor paper block
number 2 writing OR drawing pencil
eraser white, support board IF using loose sheets
painter's tape for masking off large areas
water containers no glass; clean plastic margarine tubs can be used
paper towels

November 14, 21, and 28
Figure Drawing
9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
409 Broadway, downtown Paducah
Age: Adult

PSAD Associate Professor of Art Randy Simmons will be the instructor for this introductory drawing class. Students will draw from the nude model with both short and long poses. Focus will be on gesture drawing and body proportions. Students may use whatever drawing media they wish but charcoal is the recommended choice. The estimated cost of supplies is an additional $10-$15. Supply list is listed below.

block and vine charcoal
18 x 24 newsprint pad
kneaded or white eraser.

To register for classes, call (270) 534-3335 or online at;S=22.

PSAD, a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree, as well as studio art classes for students of all levels and disciplines. Classes are offered on WKCTCs campus; at 409 Broadway in downtown Paducah and 919 Madison Street in Lowertown.

New students can register for spring classes at WKCTC beginning November 2. Call 1-(855) GO-WKCTC or visit for class offerings. Spring classes begin January 11.