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Art Sessions at the Falls of the Ohio

 

Join instructor Mike Gibson for art classes at the Falls of the Ohio! During these month-long classes sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana and the Falls of the Ohio Foundation, artists will learn fundamental drawing techniques and hear about the historical significance of the Falls of the Ohio. Each class offers something different and engages participants in different areas of the Falls of the Ohio State Park’s Interpretive Center. This fun mix of art and history is great for teens and adults of all skill levels. Each month-long session is only $65 and materials will be provided for those who don’t have the needed supplies! Members of the Falls of the Ohio Foundation receive a $5 discount on each session!

Session 1 – $65.00: Sketching Fossils from the Museum’s Archives

Artists will learn fundamental drawing techniques while creating sketches of fossils brought out from the museum’s archives. Artists will get an education on the geological history of the Falls of the Ohio and learn about the species of fossils while they are creating. The artists will also get the opportunity to view rare fossils most visitors don’t get to see.

Information Materials
January 4, 11, 18, 25

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost $65.00

• Vine Charcoal Fine
• Compressed Charcoal
• White Conte
• Drawing Pencils 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B
• Kneaded Eraser
• Drawing Eraser
• 9”x12” Bristol Drawing Pad
• Masking Tape

Session 2 – $65.00: Sketching Exhibits at the Falls of the Ohio Museum

Artists will learn fundamental drawing techniques and utilize those skills by drawing sketches of (self-chosen) exhibits throughout the museum. Artists will gain a better understanding of the historical significance of the Falls of the Ohio, as well as the significance of good stewardship of the aesthetic of our area.

Information Materials
February 1, 8, 15, 22

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost $65.00

• Vine Charcoal Fine
• Compressed Charcoal
• White Conte
• Drawing Pencils 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B
• Kneaded Eraser
• Drawing Eraser
• 9”x12” Bristol Drawing Pad
• Masking Tape

Session 3 – $65.00: Wine Glass Painting at the Falls

Artists will learn the skills and techniques of using enamels to paint on wine glasses. Each artist will get to paint a fossil of their choice and gain a bit of knowledge about that fossil.

Information Materials
March 1, 8, 15, 22

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost $65.00

• Wine Glass
• Assorted Detail Brushes
• 1 Set of PLAID Folk Art Enamels
• Small Box of Q-Tips
• Small Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol

About the Instructor, Mike Gibson: From Jeffersonville, Indiana. Gibson’s work involves several different artistic approaches, from oil painting to watercolor and experimenting with installation. Gibson works with subject matters that he feels are things that are often overlooked. Gibson carries a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kentucky College of Art and Design at Spalding University.  As a veteran, Gibson uses his art to help fellow veterans who are dealing with PTSD and other mental issues through a program he created called Warrior’s Path, which also uses outdoor recreation and community service. The emotional and healing power of art is what he finds most intriguing in the creative process. Gibson has also lead an art group with mental health patients at the Robley Rex VA Medical Facility in Louisville, Kentucky, through the Arts and Healing Program sponsored by the Kentucky Center for the Arts. In January, 2015, Gibson began teaching painting at the Warriors Transition Battalion at Fort Knox, Kentucky as well as teaching painting to veteran students at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.