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The art of weather at Staunton Augusta Art Center

Weather!  Now, that’s something we’re all talking about this summer.  In two weeks, campers at the Staunton Augusta Art Center’s Summer Studio will learn how weather has been artistically portrayed through the ages and they will learn techniques to create their own dynamic interpretations.

This last week of Summer Studio will be held Aug. 6-10, 10 a.m.-noon, in the R. R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New St., across from the Visitor Center and parking garage in historic Downtown Staunton. 

Pre-registration is required by calling 540-885-2028.

Fees: $85 non-members/$75 members.

“Interpreting the Seasons” for ages 4-5 will be taught by Sarah Beth Latane.  We have enjoyed having Sarah Beth teach with us before and she also teaches at the Montessori School.  The kids just love her (we do, too!).  This class will explore how artists have interpreted weather happenings in the past; our aspiring artists will create their own 3-D weather patterns using mixed media.  There are several spaces left in this class.

“Weather and Culture” for ages 6-8 will be taught by veteran public school teacher and artist Maribeth Nolde who is doing a great job teaching all ages year-round here at the Staunton Augusta Art Center.  Maribeth has done her research and will be teaching students the importance of weather in early cultures and how this matter of survival was expressed artistically.  Maybe a new totem will be created to keep derechos away!  Only one space is available for this class after which we will start a waiting list.

“Techniques in Weather-related Paintings” for ages 9-12 will be taught by artist and private school teacher Allison Church; we are glad to have her back this year.  MBC intern Savhanna will be assisting with her youthful enthusiasm.  This age group of 9-12 year olds continues to amaze us with their sophistication in the arts and their motivation to acquire more skills as they develop their talents.  They will study how moving weather and skies have been portrayed by famous artists and, based on art history and theory, they will use similar techniques to create their own interpretations. Two spaces remain for this class.