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
Life Drawing Group
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
Reading Fat Books for Fun: Ulysses by James Joyce
DATE: Mondays, April 14 - May 19
TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
FEE: $70.00 per person
Is Ulysses on your "life list" of books to read? This this opportunity to read it and enjoy it!
Reading Fat Books for Fun is an easy and enjoyable approach to some of the world's best literature. In a series of informal meetings, you are guided in your literary journey by Susan Blalock, Ph.D. Susan has many years of teaching experience and a love of literature.
TO REGISTER: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or if you don't have email, call 985-966-5291
Simply Sketching: Basics in Drawing
DATE: Saturday, April 26
TIME: 10:00am - 3:30pm
FEE: $65|$75 non-members, includes model fee
This workshop will focus on the easiest way to sketch when on the road or in your studio. Using very simple materials the class will begin doing three value sketches inspired by their own photos. In the afternoon, sketches will be done interpreting a clothed model. These sketches are works of art in their own right but are also very helpful 'maps' to creating paintings. Perspective, measuring, and other drawing tools will be demonstrated. Instructed by artist, Carol Ordogne.
The Sensational Still Life: the alla prima method
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 29 at 10am-5pm & Wednesday, April 30 at 10am-4pm
FEE: $200|$250 non-members
No matter what your medium, or which subjects you love to paint, the direct observation and immediate response of working with the still life is a great way to reignite your creativity and spark new ideas.
Join award-winning Big Sur Artist, Erin Lee Gafill for a two-day exploration of still life painting like you've never painted before. The workshop promises to be fun, inspirational, and informative. Erin will demonstrate using oil paints, but the workshop is applicable for acrylics painters as well. Whether you are a seasoned professional artist, or you've never picked up a paintbrush, there will be something in this workshop for you. The workshop will cover composition, color, drawing approaches, value, point of view, light, shadow and more.
Erin Lee Gafill is a fifth generation California artist. She lives and paints in a log cabin in Big Sur, California. She teaches painting and creativity workshops online, around the country, and in Mexico. Erin is in the creative faculty of Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico and Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Her work shows locally at St. Romain Interiors in Madisonville and Ariodante Gallery in New Orleans, and in fine art galleries in California, Texas, and Tennessee.
A reception at St. Romain's Interiors in Madisonville featuring Erin's work will be held at 6:00pm on Wednesday following the workshop..
Life Drawing Group: Figure Drawing
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (985) 892-8650.