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PSAD introductory classes for high school students and community members begins October 17

Working a potters wheel, learning to draw the human form, creating a unique piece of jewelry, or crafting a sculpture with a welding torch are just a few of the artistic avenues that can be explored with introductory classes offered by Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) beginning October 17.

As part of West Community and Technical Colleges fall community education offerings, PSAD is offering Saturday Intensive classes designed specifically for high school students and additional classes for adults in the community. Each class will be held October 17, 24, 31 and November 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class locations, instructors and pricing varies for classes.

These classes are designed to provide a variety of art experiences for beginners who have always wanted learn something new and be creative at the same time, said Kevin ONeill, WKCTC community education director.

Saturday Intensives

Figure and Portrait Drawing
$25 (includes all materials)

PSAD, 409 Broadway
PSAD Associate Professor of Art Randy Simmons will help students enhance their observational and drawing skills through work from a clothed model. Students will enhance their portfolios and learn how to
use charcoal and erasing techniques to expand the tonal range and quality of their work.

determine and apply figure and facial proportions.

create a compelling self portrait from a photo of themselves.

Jewelry and Metals
$25 (includes all materials)
Ceramics/Small Metals, 919 Madison Street

Sarah Renshaw, PSAD adjunct instructor will show students how to create unique pendants, bracelets and cuffs. Student will learn to
saw, pierce, and form metals and other materials.

use rolling and other techniques to give the metal pattern and texture.

rivet multiple layers together as a means of cold connections.

Community Offerings

Introduction to Wheel Throwing and Working with Clay
$120 (includes $10 fee for studio supplies)
Ceramics/Small Metals Building, 919 Madison Street

PSAD Ceramics Studio Technician Nich Daunis will teach the basics of throwing forms on the potters wheel. Finished works will be Raku fired, a technique in which red-hot ceramics are placed in containers of combustible materials, creating beautiful surface effects. From start to finish, this fun-filled course can be habit forming. An additional cost of $12-$24 may be incurred for clay according to use.

Welding for Artists and Hobbyists
Sculpture Building, 919 Madison Street

PSAD Sculptor-in-Residence Cody Arnall will cover the basics of ARC welding as well as Oxy-Acetylene welding. Safety and best practices will be covered with an eye toward providing basic skills for participants who would like to know how to weld but not within a vocational context. An additional estimated cost of supplies is $80; supplies available through PSAD.

Saturday Intensive classes for ceramics and community classes for painting with watercolors and figure drawing will be offered in November.

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.