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Art for Everyone: Eight Classes from Metro Parks

25 Feb

Winter’s bluster bringing you down? Then it’s time to get creative. Why not start an art project – Metro Parks and Tacoma School of the Arts are offering eight visual arts courses including painting, photography, glassblowing, jewelry and ceramics.

Watercolor Lakeside
Find your inner Monet! Instructor Pamela Gassman leads students ages 15 and up in painting their own free-form watercolor lake or forest landscape.
Location: Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. NE in Tacoma; 253.591.5504
Fee: Center card $18; Tacoma resident $23; non-resident $25
#59950   02/23 – 03/01   Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm

Glassblowing at M-Space
Experience the wonder of molten glass and make a unique blown-glass float with the artists at M-Space.
Location: M-Space, 2310 S. Holgate, Tacoma 98402
Fee: $66
#59943   02/25   Saturday   3:30 – 7:30pm

Ceramics, All Levels
Beginners ages 18 and up will learn basic wheel throwing in this class at Tacoma School of the Arts. Advanced students may explore relief-textured surfaces. Instructor: James Gosselin.
Location: Tacoma School of the Arts, 1950 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma (enter through the gray door at the back of building in the alley)
Fee: Tacoma resident $99; non-resident $108
#59955   02/27   Monday   6 – 8:30pm

Passion for Pastels
Learn the vibrant power of pastel drawing in this class by Cynthia Snyder. Supplies provided: a $10 value!
Location: South Park Community Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way; 253.591.5299
Fee: Tacoma resident $104; non-resident $114
#59939   02/28 – 03/20   Tuesdays   6 – 8pm

Drawing Techniques of the Masters     
Instructor Allison Morse teaches young artists, ages 11-15, the basics of still-life drawing, and how to create images that resonate with color, shading and depth. Supplies provided: a $70 value!
Location: Tacoma School of the Arts, 1950 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma (enter through the gray door at the back of building in the alley)
Fee: Tacoma resident $109; non-resident $119
#59953   02/29 – 03/28   Wednesdays   5:30 – 7pm Continue reading

TAM Brings Hide/Seek Exhibition to the West Coast

25 Feb

How have gender and sexual identity shaped the creation of modern portraiture? Quite profoundly, as seen in an internationally-acclaimed exhibition, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, coming to the Tacoma Art Museum from March 17 – June 10, 2012. Hide/Seek debuted at The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in 2010. Its much anticipated stop at TAM provides the opportunity to share this groundbreaking survey with audiences on the West Coast.

“I Look Just Like My Daddy” by Cass Bird. Collection of the artist.

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture traces the evolution of sexual identities through a diverse range of artworks including video, paintings, sculptures and photographs. It brings together an unprecedented collection of nearly 150 years of American art representing a range of identities, from exclusively same-sex to exclusively straight. Iconic American artists from Thomas Eakins and John Singer Sargent in the 1870s to Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keefe, Jasper Johns, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol in the modern era all explored the definition of sexuality and gender as they continually reshaped modern art and as they reflected society’s changing attitudes about the individual’s pursuit of happiness and freedom of expression.

"Susan Sontag" by Peter Hujar. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

“Tacoma Art Museum stands uniquely positioned to present Hide/Seek,” said Stephanie A. Stebich, Director of Tacoma Art Museum. “We sit in a diverse and welcoming community that values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas. At the museum we see ourselves as a safe place to present works of art that express different points of view.” Continue reading

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