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Chaffee Art Center offers new classes, workshops

RUTLAND - The Chaffee Art Center is currently offering several classes throughout the spring, with a variety of new classes also coming this summer. Some of the current classes include a Life Drawing Open Studio class every Thursday night from 5 to 8 p.m. The class is open to all media and the group provides easels, drawing boards and a limited supply of materials. The cost is $10 or $5 for Chaffee members.

Writing As An Art Form invites both experienced and less-experienced writers of all kind to meet and explore a variety of writing styles and skills every Friday morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is free and donations are appreciated.

Watercolor artists Robert O'Brien will present Painting Flowers In Watercolor, a course open to all abilities and age groups, with some drawing experience recommended. The course will teach basic floral watercolor techniques with an emphasis on composition and values. It will also focus on painting from photo reference of flowers within a close-focus motif. The class is set for Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other upcoming summer classes include Colorful Impressionism in Pastel, hosted by Robert Carlsen on August 20 and 21 (registration deadline Aug 12) , Exploring Foundations and Traditions of Art with Chester Kasnowski on September 17 and 18 (registration deadline Sept 9) and Realizing Realism: Wonders of the Woodland Landscape with Carsten on November 6 and 7 (registration deadline Oct. 28).

Chaffee is also celebrating their 50th anniversary with a youth poster contest, open to students in grades K-12th grade. Participants create 11' x 17' posters which include an image of the Chaffee. Posters may be entered until the deadline on April 23, and are judged on creativity, design and neatness. First and second place prizes will be awarded to grades K-6 and 7-12.

Other upcoming events include a Human Landscape traveling exhibition beginning on April 22, a spring Green Drive Fundraiser and an Art in the Park get-together in August. To learn about these and other upcoming events visit the Chaffee Art Center Web site at www.chaffeeartcenter.org or by calling 802-775-0356.

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