Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Still time to register for fall classes at GCC

Although the 2013 fall term of Gila Community College started August 19, it is not too late to register.  And if you are over 55, there are no tuition fees.

 Three of the most popular classes are beginning drawing, beginning acrylic painting and beginning watercolor.  Instructor J. Jeffrey takes her students through all the basics with weekly lessons, demonstrations and a lot of student practice.  The drawing class meets every Monday from 8 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and the painting classes meet Tuesday morning, 8 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Also still available is a nonfiction creative writing class taught by Gazette Blog Editor Jim Keyworth.  It includes biography, autobiography, memoirs and literary journalism.  The class meets Thursday evenings starting this week.


For the GCC beginning and intermediate acrylics students, Home Depot store manager David Kane, in the name of Home Depot, donated two (2) 4x8 foot Masonite boards, cut into 41 boards for the students to use the same as they would a high-priced stretch canvas. Lumber Associate Tom Haaby cut the Masonite to the students’ specifications, with very little waste. When Tom was finished there were 41 boards, varying in standard canvas sizes from the smallest 4x6 and largest 18x24.

The students will now cover one side of the Masonite with gesso,  a thick white acrylic compound used commercially to cover the various surfaces on which acrylic and oil painting artists use.  Canvas boards of this quality when purchased in art supply stores are costly for many of the art students who are usually on limited budgets.  

 The students, the instructor and the Dean of the College,, Pam Butterfield voiced their appreciation to Home Depot and especially to Mr. Kane, Tom Haaby and to Chris Wakefield, the Home Depot lumber department manager.

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