NHIA Offers Programs at Kimball-Jenkins

Jennifer Robertson on 09.10.15

The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) will be holding three community education programs at the Kimball-Jenkins Estate in Concord, NH this fall. Artists from the Concord, NH community will teach the programs. Deirdre Riley, Nicholas Cheney, and Erin Sweeney are all accomplished Community Education (CE) and Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) faculty and practicing artists in their field.  Deirdre Riley is an exhibiting painter and has taught drawing and painting for NHIA’s BFA and CE programs for many years.  Nicholas Cheney is a writer, storyteller, and teacher.  Erin Sweeney is a printmaker, bookmaker, and mixed media artist that has taught and exhibited widely. 

“We’re very excited to be working with the Kimball-Jenkins Estate. It’s a natural partnership given our mutual commitment to promoting the arts in particular to members of the community who want to practice art as a leisure activity,” said Chris Archer, Director of Community Education at NHIA. “Whether students are new to NHIA programs or seasoned practitioners, they will find the same great experience whether they attend classes in Manchester, at our campus in Sharon, NH or now in Concord, NH.”

The programs include:

Introduction to Figure Drawing
Sep 22 – Dec 8 (12 weeks), Tuesdays, 6–9pm

This class investigates technical approaches to perceiving and rendering the human form. It is geared toward developing an understanding of the visual impression and how to see the whole versus the parts in a more "finished" drawing. We will be interpreting the figure in terms of values, shapes, relating masses of light and dark patterns. Focus will be on rendering form, lost and found edges, light effects and atmosphere. Formal elements will be reviewed to suit individual skill level. This course will help strengthen drawing ability of the experienced as well as beginner artist. Model fee included.  A materials list will be available upon registration. Prerequisite: None.

Storytelling for Non-Writers
Sep 24 – Oct 29 (6 weeks), Thursdays, 6-9pm
Nov 5 – Dec 17, no class Nov 26 (6 weeks), Thursdays, 6-9pm

Do you entertain your friends and family by telling great stories?  Got some interesting life experiences you’d like to share?  Are you are intimidated by the idea of writing down those favorite anecdotes?  If so, this is the class for you. Our goal will be to transpose the stories you carry with you onto the written page, whether short fiction, essay, or autobiography.  The form and genre are up to you.  We will look at examples from various kinds of writing and utilize fun exercises to stir the creative juices.  We’ll help improve each other’s work through friendly revision and lively class discussion. You will learn just how easy it can be to turn your favorite yarns and memories into written pieces for personal artistic satisfaction, and (maybe) even publication.  All experience levels are welcome; just bring your enthusiasm and your ideas. Prerequisite: none

Bookbinding Weekend Workshop                                               
October 17 & 18 (2-days), Sat & Sun, 10am–4pm

Over the course of two days, students will bind two complete books using two different bindings - a case-bound sketch book using a variation of the long-stitch on tapes and an exposed-spine binding using a one-needle coptic binding. Day one will be spent preparing our text blocks, sewing them up using a variation of the long stitch on tapes, and then creating a case (covers) for our bound text block.  Day two, we'll prepare our second text block, section wraps, and covers for our one-needle coptic binding, sew, and you'll have a second finished book--both ready for writing, drawing, or gifting! All materials and tools will be provided.  Prerequisite: none

For more information about these programs visit www.kimballjenkins.com/artclasses or email CEregistration@nhia.edu.