STAA is committed to providing an ambitious, multi-media educational program for artists of all ages. STAA’s faculty is comprised of working artists, current or former art educators at the high school or university level, and visiting Artists-in-Residence from around the U.S.A. Instructors are rigorously vetted to ensure students receive the highest quality art instruction in the classical tradition of mentorship, providing guidance in studio art production and critique.
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Mailing Address: 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, Louisiana 70433.
Introduction to Picture Book Writing
DATE: Saturday, January 17, 2015
TIME: 11am - 4pm (with a break for lunch)
FEE: $60.00 | $70.00 non members
AGES: Adults ages 18 and up
INSTRUCTOR: Leslie Staub
If you’ve ever been interested in writing or illustrating picture books for children please join published author/ illustrator Leslie Staub for this one day workshop. Almost everyone has experienced the magic and power of picture books, to comfort, to move, to enthrall. What makes them so powerful? What makes a great picture book manuscript great? This class will provide an overview of the very exacting requirements of picture book writing, the basics of how the business works, and most importantly, will provide hands on tools to help you develop your ideas. During the workshop, students will create, the essential tool, a storyboard for picture book writers and illustrators; as well as a blank picture book “dummy”.
Whether you’ve only dreamed of writing or are in the process of trying to get your stories published, this workshop was designed to inform, support, and inspire you on your way to creating your own picture book magic. Introduction to Picture Book Writing will serve as the groundwork for further in-depth classes on the art of the picture book with a concentration on the development of individual manuscripts.
The Art of Watercolor: An Introduction to Painting in Watercolor
DATES: Tuesdays, January 20 thru April 7
TIME: 9am - 12pm
FEE: $450 members/non-members
INSTRUCTOR: Laura Allums Mitchell
This is a ten-week introductory course of study designed to provide the student with a knowledge of the approaches, materials and skills necessary to create a painting in watercolor applying the wet on dry technique. Topics include: materials, brush strokes, properties of color, methods-quick sketch, layered and sectional development, water cycle, washes, glazing, edges, color wheel and color mixing. Students learn in a non-threatening small group environment through demonstration and application of techniques. Supply list available. The specific dates for this workshop are: Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, Make up day: April 7
Advanced Observational Drawing
Six Week Course
DATES: Wednesdays, January 14-February 25
TIME: 6pm - 8pm
FEE: $150 | $160 non-members
INSTRUCTOR: Ralph Townsend
For more advanced students who desire to build their portfolio and explore new media. The Advanced Drawing class series is designed to provide individual review, guidance and projects to help student working on developing their skills and personal concepts. It will focus on various methods of approaching observational drawing skills, gesture, volume, space measurement, composition, value and creativity. Instructor Ralph Townsend has been teaching in the Talented Art Program in St. Tammany Parish for over twenty years. Supply list available. The specific dates for this course are: Jan 14, 21, Feb 4, 11, 18 and 25
Concrete Relief Sculpture
Four Week Course
DATES: Tuesdays, January 20 - February 10
TIME: 6pm - 8pm
FEE: $110 | $120 non-members, supplies included
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Eddy
This class is an exploration of using concrete in a decorative, layered, relief form. Michael will lead you through the process of creating a multi-layered clay mold using linoleum stamping and pressed objects in repetitive patterns and finish with colored metallic patina. Students are strongly encouraged to bring small items to stamp into the clay that will further personalize their relief sculpture. The specific dates for this course are: Jan 20, 27, Feb 3 and 10
Pottery Wheel Throwing
Four Week Courses
THURSDAY SESSION: January 8, 15, 22, 29
MONDAY SESSION: February 2, 9, 23, March 2
TIME: 6pm - 8:30pm
FEE: $95 | $105 non-members, supplies included
INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Hock
In these four-week sessions, students will be guided through the basics of wheel throwing. More advanced students will be given more challenging instruction based on their skill level. Each session will provide students an opportunity to create such functional items as cups, bowls or vases, add handles or lids and learn the glazing and firing process as well.
Explorations in Abstract Painting
Six Week Courses
DATES: January 14 - February 25
MORNING SESSION: 10am - 12pm
AFTERNOON SESSION: 1pm - 3pm
FEE: $150 | $160 non-members
INSTRUCTOR: Anne Cicero
(If only one session fills, we will combine sessions) Supply list available.
Discover the joy of expressive painting and learn innovative acrylic/mixed media painting techniques with artist and New Orleans Academy of Fine Art instructor, Anne Cicero.
Students will learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques and gain a basic understanding of the visual language of line, shape, color, and texture in a series of weekly painting exercises to develop abstract thinking skills and abilities. Students will be introduced to abstract artists, basic color theory, collage and other contemporary formats in an effort to develop personal stylistic themes. The classes work in acrylic/mixed media on paper and other surfaces such as canvas or board. All levels welcome.
Life Drawing Group - ON WINTER BREAK, BACK MARCH 2015
DATE: 3rd Tuesday of each Month
TIME: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
FEE: $20 |$25 non-members
No instructor, Group gathering
Fee includes rental facility, life model, wine and cheese. Bring your own drawing utensils and paper/newsprint or whatever you wish to draw on. The session will include a few short warm up poses, then usually 15 to 30 minute poses with a break for food and beverage. All levels of experience are welcome. This is a great opportunity to work with fellow art enthusiasts and keep your skills sharp while working from a live model and even learn from each other. Adults only; under 18 with parent permission. For information please and to reserve your space, contact Bill Badon at 504-812-0973 or email@example.com
Life Drawing Group: Figure Drawing-ON WINTER BREAK, WILL BE BACK IN MARCH 2015
No Instructor, Group gathering
3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
FEE: $25 / $20 STAA members; includes rental facility, life model, wine and cheese.
Bring your own drawing utensils and paper/newsprint or whatever you wish to draw on. This is a laid back group of art enthusiasts that gather to learn from each other and draw. All levels of experience welcome. Adults only; under 18 with parent permission. For information please contact and to reserve your space call Bill Badon at 504-812-0973 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Tammany Photographic Society
Second Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm
Open to all interested professional and amateur photographers, meeting on a regular basis to engage in activities intended to enhance creativity and technical skills and to promote the understanding of photography as an art.
Open Ceramics Studio
Artists who wish to work on a pottery wheel, a slab roller, or need to kiln-fire work, but don’t need class instruction, call 892-8650 and ask about Open Studio in STAA’s ceramics studio. Daily and monthly rates are available. For more information, email email@example.com
or call (985) 892-8650.