Arts & Culture

Ceramics to PhotoShop: Discover Your Inner Artist


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2010) − Discover your inner Picasso this summer by taking an art class offered by the University of Kentucky Department of Art. These non-credited courses are a part of the UK Fine Arts Institute, which this summer will also include weekend workshops to accommodate those participants with busy schedules.

This summer's 11 courses teach a variety of art disciplines, from traditional mediums to new technologies. This year's regular session classes range from four to nine-week courses with fees starting at $140. Regular session courses include:

"Beginning Metal Working" instructed by Jeremy Colbert, UK sculpture and ceramics technician;

"Beginning PhotoShop" and "Advanced PhotoShop and Adobe Programs" taught by local artist Lennon Michalski;

"Ceramics" instructed by Jill Stofer, UK and Lexington Montessori School instructor and owner of Main Cross Gallery;

"P.E.M.A Painting© Class" and "Beginning to Draw and Paint" taught by professional artist Christine Kuhn; and

"Blogging Bootcamp" taught by blogger and photographer Morgan Siler-Cecil.

New this summer, the institute is also offering four weekend workshops for those unable to commit to the longer four to nine-week sessions. Fees for these workshops range from $60 to $100. Courses include:

"P.E.M.A Painting© Workshop and "Intensive Introduction to Life Drawing Workshop" taught by Kuhn;

"Digital Photography Composition and Creativity Workshops" instructed by Siler-Cecil; and

"The Zen of Watercolor Workshops" instructed by local artist and author Helena Michael Pappas.

Since the founding of the Fine Arts Institute in 1993, hundreds of adults have developed a range of skills from the institute's instructors. Summer 2010 courses and workshops will be taught by highly skilled and experienced instructors that live and work in the Bluegrass.

In addition to the new weekend workshops, there will be two four-week sessions available for adults. The first begins June 14 and runs through July 7, with the second starting July 12 and ending August 4. The longer nine-week sessions start June 14 and end August 13. Weekend workshops vary in start dates with the first beginning June 12 and last one ending July 17. Classes are located throughout the Lexington area, with the majority scheduled on UK's campus.

For more information on UK Fine Arts Institute classes and registration, visit the institute online at or contact Jane Andrus by phone at (859) 257-8151 or through e-mail to