Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Painting, illustration classes on tap at Valley Center for the Arts

Have fun, try something new this summer

Amazing 1-2-3 Acrylic Painting
Instructor: Deneen Datcher
Adult class begins: Monday July 1, 2013
Mondays: 6pm to 8pm
Sundays: 10am to 12noon
8 week course
at the Valley Center for the Arts
119 Caroline Street, Derby CT 06418
Kids classes (ages 8 to 15) begin Monday July 1, 2013
Mondays: 10am to 12noon
A fun and popular workshop! Students will complete a painting in each session! A total of 8 paintings. Learn color mixing, composition and various acrylic painting techniques. If you never painted before but always wanted to try, this is the place to start and if you do paint this class will teach you some new and exciting techniques. Anyone can learn to paint in this class! Come give it a try.
Cost is $85 for 8 Weeks.

Beginner's Illustration Workshop
Instructor: Steve DiRienzo
6-week course
at the Valley Center for the Arts
119 Caroline Street, Derby CT 06418
Learn basic illustration techniques and how they apply across several mediums. 1-1/2 or 2 hour sessions meet once a week and materials will be required as the course progresses. A fun and interesting workshop for budding young artists who are just discovering their talents, as well as those serious about honing their skills for a career in the arts.
One-On-One or Group Instruction Available for
both Youth & Adult Levels
Contact us to inquire about new session dates and times. The workshop can be tailored to any age group, any size or any schedule!
Cost is $70 for 6 Weeks.
call: 203-516-0822 (203.516.0VAC) or email: for scheduling and to register or for additional information!

Instructor: Frank McLaughlin
Back in the 1970s, the late Dick Giordano and Artist Frank McLaughlin established “The Comic Art Workshop”... a place where budding cartoonists and comic freaks could go once a week to learn the techniques of comic art from working pros. The response was immediate and overwhelming!
Well, our first sessions were a rousing success, so classes for are forming now! Saturday afternoon session at:
The Valley Center for the Arts
119 Caroline Street, Derby, CT 06418
3PM to 5PM
Class size is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis. Cost is $90.00 for TEN WEEKS! To register call us at: 203-516-0822 (203.516.0VAC) or email us at:
Put half payment down and pay the remaining half at 5 weeks!
Hurry space is limited!

Artwork outside Gallery at 37 draws interest at festival

The weather Saturday was picture-perfect for downtown Derby's annual street festival.

Donations of any size are most welcome! We appreciate the support.

A passerby chats with arts council member and portrait artist Beverly Borucki-Becker and her husband, Dennis.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Members promote council, Gallery at 37 at annual festival

This is the Valley Arts Council's booth on the Derby Green, taken in the morning on Derby Day Saturday. Photo by Steve DiRienzo, Valley Arts Council vice president.  


Pictured clockwise from left, a portrait of the late N.Y. Yankees catcher Thurman Munson by Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo, a graphite drawing of the Chrysler Building in New York City by Valley Arts Council Vice President Steve DiRienzo, and a photograph of a trestle bridge by arts council member Bill McGowan. Photo by Patricia Villers

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Aristotle on art

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."

This quote from the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who lived a looong time ago (384 B.C-322 B.C.), could have been said yesterday.

It serves as a reminder that the more things change (in art as in life) the more they stay the same.