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Start 2020 Creatively at Oxygen Art Centre! Adult Education Semester Lineup Launched!

Start the New Year off right and sign-up for one of Oxygen’s exciting new courses. With day, evening and weekend courses in an array of different disciplines there is something for everyone.
The talented Rayya Liebich will be offering Resurrecting the Lost Art of Letter Writing. Rayya explains her inspiration behind this course: “Modern correspondence through Email, Twitter, and texting provides efficient communication but the old-fashioned letter was a tool that connected us as human beings.” Re-discover the gifts of this powerful literary form by crafting imaginary letters and postcards, letters of gratitude, and time capsule letters.
Oxygen is offering two professional development courses for creatives of all mediums and levels. Beyond a Doubt, with poet and visual artist Susan Andrews Grace, starts in February and is a cross-discipline seminar for practicing artists and writers who would like to sharpen their skills for perseverance. The second professional development course is the Inaugural Oxygen Art Shack Workshop with artist Ian Johnston. Ian explains: “It’s a visual arts professional development free-for-all! Over four evenings of group conversation we will harness the hive mind and the experience of the participants and explore a self-identified group of professional development issues such as proposals, statements, audience, networks and researching opportunities”
Do you love the quality of oil paints but avoid them due to their potential toxicity? Well we have the course for you! Introduction to Oil Paints Using a Non-toxic Process with Kristy Gordon is a one-day workshop where students will learn how to select non-toxic materials, their properties and how to use them in oil painting.
Natasha Smith will once again be sharing her love of collage, printmaking, painting and assemblage Be Creative – Mixed Media Explorations, a process-based course that focuses on the act of being creative: developing an idea, experimenting using various media, and evaluating work as it develops.
Beginning in February learn the foundations of drawing and painting with Deborah Thompson in her very popular courses: Pencil to Paper and Beginner’s Brush 1. In Pencil to Paper participants will work from still life, photographs, and their imaginations while investigating drawing fundamentals. Discover the basics of painting in the 2-day weekend course Beginner’s Brush 1: On the first day explore shape, mark, tone, and space and on the second day dive into the very basics of colour mixing and theory as they apply it to painting.
Oxygen is excited to be welcoming interdisciplinary artist, prOphecy sun to the faculty who will be offering an innovative new course: Sonic Imaginaries: Compositions for the Anthropocene. It is a hands-on workshop that explores more-than-human relationships, voice, smartphone technology, improvisational techniques, and found sounds taken from urban and rural environments such as wind, birds, cars and refrigerators.
Did you know that you can borrow ukuleles at the Nelson Public Library? So there’s no excuse not to take Beginner Ukulele with Catherine McGrath this spring. The course is designed for people who have zero or little experience playing ukulele and will begin with the very basics.
Oxygen keeps class sizes small, hires only experienced professional teaching artists, and works hard to meet the needs of our creative community through the adult education programming.
For more information on courses and to register: www.oxygenartcentre.org,  education@oxygenartcentre.org.
Photo cutline: Kristy Gordon – Demo