CF Appleton Museum of Art announces fall classes

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, has announced the Fall 2023 schedule of studio art classes for children and adults.

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Posted August 31, 2023 |

New this fall, a three-week class for ages 5-7 called Art Adventures. [Courtesy of the College of Central Florida]

For youth 

The Museum & Me Pre-K program for ages 2-5 returns from 10:30-11:30 a.m. bimonthly on Tuesdays. The program introduces children to the museum through story time, a brief gallery visit and a corresponding art activity in the Artspace. 

For children ages 8-12, Art Explorations offers a six-week session focusing on hand-building with clay, scheduled for after school on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 11. 

Just for teens, a six-week clay class focusing on wheel throwing will meet on Saturdays beginning Oct. 14.

A three-week art class for ages 5-7, called Art Adventures, meets on Saturdays beginning Oct. 7 and will introduce pint-sized Picassos to creating art in a studio environment. 

A new program called Museum Happenings is designed with homeschool and independent school students in mind. Meet an educator in the lobby and pick up a special activity sheet to complete in the museum galleries, then visit the Artspace for an accompanying art project led by the education team. This program meets on Sept. 20 and Oct. 25.

A special holiday-inspired workshop on Dec. 9 allows children and an accompanying adult to make art together. Create a clay horse ornament inspired by the colorful wooden Dala horses of Sweden.

A six-week class for teens will teach students how to shape clay on a pottery wheel. [Courtesy of the College of Central Florida]

For adults

The Art 101 workshop series returns, with Paper Quilling on Sept. 12, Abstract Mood Painting on Oct. 10 and a Fall Leaves Colored Pencil and Watercolor workshop on Nov. 14. All materials are provided for these single-day, three-hour workshops. 

A Reduction Printmaking class on Sept. 30 will have participants creating multicolored, layered prints using a single print block during one four-hour session with E. Marie Fielding. 

Other single-day workshops include a charcoal drawing class led by Christina Szakonyi that meets on Oct. 14, and an Art Deco Mandala Painting workshop with Lisa Russo that meets on Dec. 9.

Multiweek classes for adults include Dig Into Clay Wheel Throwing that begins Sept. 30. The six-week session is offered on Saturdays and is open to potters of all skill levels.

“The Appleton Clay Lab features 11 pottery wheels and is the only one of its kind in the area,” said Hollis Mutch, museum educator, in the news release. “We welcome all students, from beginner to advanced.”

Visiting artist Anthony Acrkill will lead a master class in figure drawing. Pictured, the sketch for “Reaper,” a painting by Ackrill that is part of the Appleton’s permanent collection. [Courtesy of the College of Central Florida]

Master class

The Master Class Series welcomes acclaimed visiting artist Anthony Ackrill. Focused on teaching the basics of figure drawing from life with charcoal or pencil, participants will learn the steps of establishing a solid rendition of the model. Ackrill trained as a student at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy for five years, where he then taught anatomy, figure painting and figure drawing. Ackrill’s painting, “Reaper,” is part of the Appleton’s permanent collection.

“By adding several new programs this year, we are pleased to meet the increased need in our community for arts and education,” said Jason Steuber, Appleton director, in the release.

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