Arts & Culture

Fine Arts Institute Provides Creative Outlet

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2010) − This fall the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Institute is allowing the community to express its creativity by once again offering noncredit art education courses for adults. Those interested can choose anything from PhotoShop to woodworking, even jewelry making and blogging workshops are offered. There is something for every type of personality.

The Fine Arts Institute offers a variety of 15 noncredit courses, three of which target beginners. The lengths of the courses vary, allowing those interested to choose from short workshops to courses that meet weekly. UK Fine Arts Institute courses will be offered evenings, and even weekends, for those who are unable to attend during the week. Fees for the art courses vary depending on the length of the class and the type of art being taught.

Classes being offered that have a registration deadline of Sept. 1 include:

- "Beginning Metal Working" taught by Jeremy Colbert, a sculpture and ceramics technician at UK Department of Art;
- "Beginning Photoshop" and "Advanced Photoshop and Adobe Programs"  instructed by Lennon Michalski, local artist and instructor at UK and Eastern Kentucky University;
- "Woodworking" taught by the head of the UK woodworking program, Lynn Sweet;
- "Creative Drawing and Painting" and "P.E.M.A. Painting Class" taught by professional artist Christine Kuhn;
- "Ceramics" instructed by Jill Stofer, a professional clay artist, local art instructor and owner of Main Cross Gallery; and
- "Jewelry I: The Power of Cold Connections" instructed by jewelry artist Dwayne Cobb.

Shorter workshops being offered with registration dates after Sept. 1 include:

- "Basic Blacksmithing and Forging Workshop," registration deadline Sept. 20, and a "One-Day Mold and Casting Workshop," registration deadline Oct. 11, both taught by Colbert;
- "Digital Photography Two-Day Composition and Creativity Workshop," registration deadline Sept. 13, and a "Blogging Two-Day Workshop," registration deadline Oct. 11, taught by Morgan Siler-Cecil, a writer, blogger and photographer;
- two "Watercolor Two-Evening Workshops," registration deadlines of Oct. 11 and 25, taught by professional painter and educator Helena Michel Pappas;
- "FeltLOOM One-Day Workshop," registration deadline Nov. 5, with artist and writer Laverne Zabielski, and; 
- two "Beginning Photoshop One-Day Workshops," registration deadlines Nov. 1 and 8, instructed by Michalski.

All course and workshop instructors are specialized in the field that they will be teaching.

With the exception of "Jewelry I: The Power of Cold Connections," all of the classes offered this fall by the UK Fine Arts Institute are going to be held in three different buildings on campus: the Reynolds Building located on South Broadway, the Fine Arts Building on Rose Street, and the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. The jewelry class will be located on Huntertown Road in Versailles. The UK Fine Arts Institute is presented by UK Department of Art.

For more information on the UK Fine Arts Institute Fall 2010 Course Schedule and registration, contact Jane Andrus at (859) 257-8151 or email her at