Creative art courses available to public

Batik cloth, prepared here in Indonesia, is an example of an art form that been around for hundreds of years.
Batik cloth, prepared here in Indonesia, is an example of an art form that been around for hundreds of years.

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is accepting registration for creative art courses and workshops for adults. Having a hobby is a powerful step toward being more successful. Whether it’s drawing, painting, glazing or even hat making, recent studies show that a creative outlet can do wonders for your career.



Jan. 30 – March 5

Drawing with Gabrielle Wheaton
Saturdays, 10:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

This course covers basic drawing skills – from proportions to rendering – and is a mainstay in NGCI’s education programming. Trained at the Academy of Realist Art, instructor Gabrielle Wheaton excels at helping students realize their potential for drawing – even those who have no experience. One former student said, “I would never have believed that I would be able to accomplish what I did in this course. Truly amazing!” Students will be working from suitable photographs. Supplies are provided.
Cost: $200



Jan. 30 – March 5

Artist John Broad will be teaching courses at the National Gallery this February.
Artist John Broad will be teaching courses at the National Gallery this February.

En Plein Aire with John Broad
Saturdays, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Paul Cezanne once noted: “Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” This course is designed to achieve exactly that. This is the perfect opportunity for a comprehensive overview of art journaling, sketching and speed painting. Experienced instructor John Broad covers the spectrum from abstract to figurative in watercolors and acrylics. Get in-depth instruction on styles and techniques John has mastered over the years, all while enjoying the morning outdoors. Basic materials are provided for use, additional supplies available for purchase in the NGCI Gift Shop.
Cost: $200



Feb. 2 – 23

Basics in Batik with Michelle Dennis-Powell
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

The word “batik” originates from the Javanese word “tik,” meaning “to dot,” and has come to be used as a generic term referring to the process of dyeing fabric through a resist technique that covers areas of cloth with a dye-resistant substance to prevent them from absorbing colors.

Batik is both an art and a craft and is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been part of an ancient tradition that has evolved with new and exciting techniques.
This 10-hour course covers a variety of these methods. Materials are provided and the Art Café is open until 6 p.m.
Cost: $200



Feb. 8, 9, 11 and 12

Laura Anderton is known for her exceptional handmade hats.
Laura Anderton is known for her exceptional handmade hats.

Hatter Workshop with Laura Anderton
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join local milliner Laura Anderton for this creative workshop to prepare your accessories for the annual Ariane Dart Tea Party – NGCI’s spring fundraiser. This course offers a hands-on introduction to textiles, fibers and block shapes. Students can expect to learn how to create a simple headpiece from design concept to finished product. No experience is necessary, but basic sewing skills could prove advantageous. Materials are provided and the Art Café is open for lunch.
Cost: $400



Feb. 6 – 27

Painting with Lorna Reid Saturdays
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Lorna Reid excels at small group instruction and eagerly shares from her vast experience as an art educator. This course explores the properties of watercolors, acrylics and oils, appropriate use of additional media and the care and use of brushes, palettes and palette knives. Working on abstracts, experimentation is encouraged to jolt your creativity while providing the opportunity to learn this art form. Basic materials are provided.
Cost: $175

For more information or to register, contact the National Gallery Education Department at [email protected] or (345) 945-8111.

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