Grant winners will teach classes

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Larry Kasey, HCAA treasurer and Gathering chairman, left, recognizes Rodney Reveal as winner of the $600 Prize of Distinction during the HCAA’s fourth annual Gathering of plein air painters. (photo submitted)

Larry Kasey, HCAA treasurer and Gathering chairman, left, recognizes Rodney Reveal as winner of the $600 Prize of Distinction during the HCAA’s fourth annual Gathering of plein air painters. (photo submitted)

Four members of the Hamilton County Artists Association are recipients of teaching grants from Nickel Plate Arts Initiative and will offer four hours of beginning art instruction. The HCAA members selected include Mike Janosky, oils; Robin Peet, acrylics; Rodney Reveal, watercolors; and Penny Roberson, oils.

“The grant stipulates that instructors will teach two, two-hour classes with the purpose of introducing various artistic media,” said HCAA member Ken Bloomhorst. “All materials for the class will be provided as part of the grant.”

Bloomhorst said classes begin later this month and continue through May.

“Entitled ‘Try It… You’ll Like It’ the group of classes is designed to give an introduction to painting in several different ways. The hope is that this taste of art will encourage people to continue on their artistic journey,” he said.

Co-vice presidents of the Hamilton County Art Center and Birdie Gallery Leroy O’Dell, left, and Mike Janosky. (Photo by Mark Johnson)

Co-vice presidents of the Hamilton County Art Center and Birdie Gallery Leroy O’Dell, left, and Mike Janosky. (Photo by Mark Johnson)

Classes include:

Easy Oil Painting with Penny Roberson – Penny Roberson’s two classes are designed to learn from the masters and problem-solve painting techniques. Then, with this information, students will copy another painting of their choosing. The first class “Hello, Van Gogh!” will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on March 28. The second class, “Hello, Monet!” will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 25. Cost is $20 per session.

Easy Watercolor with Rodney Reveal – “Dive in to Watercolors” will be demonstrated by Rodney Reveal with sessions on April 23 and 30. Both classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided by the instructor and step by step demos will be given. Cost is $20 per session.

Making Art Together with Roberson and Peet – “Making Art Together,” a parent/child class, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27. The first half of the session will show fun and easy techniques in watercolors. Roberson will guide the parents and children to feel comfortable with that medium. After a short lunch break, the children will be introduced to the acrylic medium. Peet will offer a kid-friendly creation that will encourage further exploration in acrylics. The cost of the one-day class is $60 for one parent and a child.

Easy Acrylic Painting with Robin Peet – Peet invites beginners to “Unleash Your Creative Spirit with Acrylics!” Participants will produce two personal paintings: one involving a special photograph and the other exploring linear images and color. These will be offered in the evening to allow everyone an opportunity to attend. Sessions run from 7 to 9 p.m. May 2 and 9. Students will be asked only to bring a black and white or sepia photo. Cost is $20 per session.

Easy Oil Painting with Mike Janosky – Janosky will provide a casual and fun way for beginners to experience the feel of oil painting and explore the effective use of color. The six-color palette will be introduced and utilized in completing exercises and a finished piece. His two sessions are entitled “Beginning in Oil: Color in the Landscape” and will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on May 6 and 13. Cost is $20 per session.

All classes will be taught at the Hamilton County Art Center and Birdie Gallery, 195 S. Fifth St., Noblesville. To enroll in the classes, visit www.hcaa-in.org or email info@nickelplatearts.org. Individual instructors can also be contacted: Janosky at janosky@comcast.net; Peet at rpeet1@yahoo.com; Roberson at sprobers@mac.com; and Reveal at RAReveal@gmail.com. Participants are asked to register a week in advance of the class.

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