Did you know that North Wales was the home of a late 19th century artist who created more than 200 historical paintings — causing writer to Edwin Augustus Peeples to say, “There is probably not an American History book which doesn’t have a Trego picture in it.”
Outside of the history books, the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia has recreated Trego’s March to Valley Forge on pillows, mugs and more.
Find out more about the life and work of this North Wales neighbor in a talk by Joseph Eckhardt, author of So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego, on Wednesday, November 2, 7 p.m., at the Trego Arts Center at St. Luke’s, 125 N. Main St. in North Wales.
Design your own Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Mask at the October Make Art Monday!
The Mexican tradition of sugar skulls is for families to decorate their loved ones’ Day of the Dead altars with both large and small handmade sugar skulls. Children who have died, represented by small sugar skulls, are celebrated on November 1. The larger sugar skulls represent the adults, whose celebration takes place on November 2. It is believed that the departed return home to enjoy the offering on the altar.
We’ll be decorating Day of the Dead Sugar Skull masks with traditional designs at the next Make Art Monday, October 21, 7 p.m. at the Trego Arts Center at St. Luke’s, 125 N. Main St., North Wales. $5
Hones your skills, learn a new medium, or simply set aside time to create with an art class through North Penn School District’s Community Education program. Find something for children, teens, and adults!
To register for North Penn Community Education Program Art Classes, click here.
ADULT MULTIMEDIA ART Instructor: Barbara Moss Buscher, NPAA Tuesdays, 7=9 p.m., 8 sessions Start Date: September 24 (no class November 5) Fee: $129 Description:This Class will explore a variety of techniques based on different styles, genres and folk art with each project. Media will vary and may include pen & ink, printmaking, watercolor, drawing, alcohol inks, collage, fabric arts, and three-dimensional projects to create original works of art. Demos and examples will be provided. All skill levels welcome. A $40 materials fee will be payable to instructor on first night of class. Please bring pencil and notepaper to class.
OIL/ACRYLICS — AGE 15-ADULT Instructor: William Letvenko, NPAA Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., 10 Sessions Start Date: September 24 (no class November 5) Fee: $129 Description: Beginning and skilled artists will learn basic oil painting techniques, color theory, composition, and rules of perspective. Parents are required to attend the first class with school-aged children to get information regarding materials needed. Fee includes one canvas board.
NEW! DRAWING SECRETS: WITH A VIEW TO PAINTING Instructor: Caroline Niesley, NPAA Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., 7 sessions Start Date: September 25 (no class October 9) Fee: $129 Description: Improve your drawing skills with expressive line, three-dimensional value, and comparative measuring. Sessions include adding color to your drawings with dry & wet mediums. All skill levels welcome. Supplies discussed in first class.
NEW! INTUITIVE ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP Instructor: Colleen Brand, NPAA Mondays, 7-9 p.m., 5 sessions Start Date: September 23 Fee:$83 Description: Intuitive Painting is a liberating experience for all skill levels. This workshop offers a variety of new techniques and painting departures to energize your paintings and your life. Using acrylic paints, experiment with layering colors, adding texture, creating mark-making, and pouring paints. Paint pouring is a form of abstract painting using fluid paints and allowing gravity to move the paint without a preconceived notion of final product. Explore a series of artistic exercises to support letting go, connecting to intuition abstracting your work and letting go of judging our work. Supply fee $45 payable to instructor first class. Please register 1 week prior to first class to allow for ordering supplies.
SATURDAY CHILDREN’S CLASSES
CARTOONING — AGES 7-11 Instructor: Caroline Neisley, NPAA Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m.,8 sessions Start Date: September 28 Fee: $129 Description: Learn about penciling, inking, materials, Manga & American character design, action poses, storytelling, drawing & making comics. All levels welcome. Fee includes materials
OIL/ACRYLICS — AGE 10-ADULT Instructor: William Letvenko, NPAA Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 10 sessions Start Date: September 28 (no class November 30) Fee: $129 Description: Beginning and skilled artists will learn basic oil painting techniques, color theory, composition and rules of perspective. Parents are required to attend the first class with school-aged children to get information regarding materials needed. Fee includes one canvas board.
What creative endeavors have you dabbled in this summer? Bring a piece of your work — finished or in progress — to share with others at the first meeting of the 2019-2020 season.
“It’s been a great tradition to kick off the year seeing what everyone is working on right now,” said Kim Newell, North Penn Arts Alliance president. “Folks can share pieces that are successful or something that’s been a challenge and get a little advice.”
The first meeting of the 2019-2020 season is Wednesday, September 4, at the Trego Arts Center at St. Luke’s, 125 N. Main Street in North Wales. Parking is in the back.
Join others in an evening of creativity and fun at Make Art Monday. Make Art Mondays are monthly two-hour workshops, held the third Monday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales.
Try your hand at a wide variety of subjects and media in the company of other artists. Costs for $5.
Check out what’s coming up in the next few months:
9/16/19 Polynesian Medicine Sticks: Please bring your own stick approximately 1 1/2”diameter by 12-18” long, we will supply everything else you will need. These sticks are made to represent the gods or deities that rule in nature and usually take the form of human face or figure wrapped in fabric or bark.
10/21/19 Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Masks to commemorate Dia de Los Muertos which is celebrated on November 1st.
11/18/19 “Paisley” Note Cards. Paisley patterns are based on Persian fabric designs and consist of kidney/ teardrop shapes embellished with floral patterns.
12/16/19 Holiday Ornaments: create festive ornaments from colored tissue paper and Styrofoam, these ornaments can be combined to create topiaries or larger centerpieces.
DRAWING WITH CONFIDENCE FOR TEENS AGES 12 & UP Instructor: Carolyn Niesley Monday 4-6 p.m., 6 sessions Sept. 16 – Oct. 21 Cost: $118 includes basic supplies
Description: Improve your drawing skills at your own pace. Individual instruction geared to your interests. Sketching, comparative measuring to increase precision, perspective and how to add three dimensional values will be discussed and demonstrated. Draw from life to make drawings from your imagination look real. Draw plants, people & animals. Different drawing mediums will be explored.
BEGINNERS/ INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR Instructor: Barbara Moss Buscher Tuesday 1-3 p.m., 8 sessions Sept. 24-Nov. 19 (no class Nov, 5) Cost: $125
Description: Learn color theory and composition basics. Exercises utilizing your own photos, still life, and your imagination, will be explored using various color harmonies and painting techniques. Supplies to be discussed in first class. Returning students will continue their journey with watercolor by experimenting with various techniques and subject matter. Please bring a notebook and pencil to class.
BAMBOO BRUSH INK PAINTING WORKSHOP for Adults Instructor: Ashley Walter ONE DAY WORKSHOP Tuesday 8/6/2019 Time: 10 am- 2 pm Cost: $75 includes supplies PLEASE REGISTER BY JULY 20! Description: In this fun, fast-paced, technique-based painting style, students will learn how to depict birds, bamboo, fish, trees and more using black Sumi ink and Bamboo brushes.
Paint in the style of the Masters with Paint Party instructor Vicky McGarry!
PAINT PARTY PAINTING ages 10 thru adult Instructor: Vicky McGarry Day/Time: Thursday 6:30-8:30pm Remaining Sessions: 7/18, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15 Cost: $25/session plus $60 supply fee payable to instructor at first class Description: Paint along with Vicky while learning a variety of techniques and artist’s styles, in a paint party atmosphere. Create a finished painting each week. Personal attention to each student. All skill levels welcome.
All North Wales Borough residents qualify for Buy One Get One Free art classes run by the North Penn Arts Alliance (NPAA) at the new Trego Arts Center at St. Luke’s Church, 125 N. Main St. in North Wales.
Bring a friend, pay for one cild and your second child goes for free, or take two classes! There are plenty of options to choose!
Click here to go to the North Penn Arts Alliance’s Art Classes page.
Note: This offer is NOT available for the NPAA courses held at North Penn High School through the North Penn Community Education program.