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Summer Art Studio 2015

Summers are a buzz at River Oaks Square Art Center!Over 150 kids will particpate in this Visual Art program for ages 5-13. The Summer Art Studio is Central Louisiana's largest and oldest Visual Art program. Sessions begin on June 8th and end on July 31st.The 2015 Summer Art Camp themes are as follows:Session 1 (June 8-12): Taste of Louisiana. Campers created works of Art inspired by the countries that influenced the culture of Louisiana. They created culinary dishes from France to Spain, clay spirit dolls, and mix-media works, inspired by the beauty of Louisiana's unique landscapes.Session 2 (June 15-26): Character Creation. Cartoon's, comics and fantasy characters all come from one's imagination. Campers are designing their own characters - Creating a story, developing the dynamics of the face, the art of exaggeration and body construction, culminating into a 3-d ceramic figure.Session 3 (July 6-17): Express Yourself with Color. Campers will use colors, lines and shapes as a form of self-expression in this colorful session. Throw paint like Pollock, draw like Munch and create mixed-media masterpieces while listening to music. Campers will learn how color and music can influence the art they create.Session 4 (July 20-31): Eco Art. Explore the natural world to find your Eco-friendly inspiration and learn about protecting our environment. Through clay, paper mache, recycled and found objects, campers will create unique one of a kind Eco-masterpieces. A special thank you to our instructors: Jason Gray, Amy Thomas, Lindsay Moore, Pat Phillips, Brenda Howell, Wang Ling Stokes, Leslie Elliotsmith, and Leah Morace!We would also like to thank our 2015 Summer Camp Sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Gregory Dowd, Gray and Beverly Easterling, Elizabeth and Kyle Randall, Red River Dermatology, and Alexandria Pediatric Dentisry.

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Mix-Media Workshop with Christine Sauer

Sauer Workshop
May 28 - 29, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.$50.00 per person for the two-day workshop. Participants will use acrylic paints, fabric and yarn scraps, combined with netting to make wonderfully textured paint sandwiches, which can be cut into all kinds of shapes and used for art.Stitching and embellished with beads, wire, thread, yarn and more. Participants will prepare a 12"x12" gallery wrapped canvas using paint and collage papers to showcase their creations. The artist will demonstrate creative options for all steps of the process and will provide samples of workAll Skill Levels. Basic experience with acrylics and stitching helpful.Call 318.473.2670 to pre-regersterPart of the GAEDA Education Series 

River Oaks Prepares for Summer

River Oaks prepares for Summer as National Ceramics Exhibit continuesInaugural Dirty South Mug Call & Competition, Men Who Cook and Summer Arts Studio Downtown Arts CenterThe Inaugural Dirty South Mug Competition and Show, held since April at River Oaks Square Arts Center, displays mugs as true art. Over 125 entries were submitted via an online adjudication process and 89 mugs from 22 states were selected – the furthest entry comes from artist Hesheng Chen in Seattle, while the closest entry came from River Oaks very own Carole Steele. Guest Juror for the competition is nationally renowned potter Tom Coleman, who was also on hand for a two day demo session as part of the River Oaks Education Series sponsored by GAEDA. Considered by many potters as one of the best in the Nation, Tom has been featured in numerous galleries, and has both written and been the subject of much published review in his fifty years of ceramics. Tom prefers to work with porcelain and stoneware and has been part of the NCECA national clay conference for years as a lecturer and featured demonstrator.“The final exhibit features well over 100 mugs. We have already gained national recognition from other art centers across the U.S and broadened our artist base which was our ultimate goal. River Oaks has jumped on the national stage and made a huge impact and we could not be more proud,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director for River Oaks. “At the same time, we are of course gearing up for Men Who Cook and Men Who Mix at River Oaks, which is one of our two major fundraisers for the year. Tickets usually sell out in advance – I recommend buying them before the event, we do not want to turn away anyone at the door. We are looking forward to seeing our men and all the guests on May 16!”Rounding out the preparations for the upcoming summer months is all the planning for the popular Summer Arts Studio – River Oaks’ popular summer camp that also tends to sell out well in advance. “We have four fun-filled themed sessions again this year and the response has been incredible,” says Aubrey Bolen, River Oaks Artistic Director. “Two sessions are completely full with a waiting list already and the other two are filling up quickly. River Oaks is feeling the love!”The Mug Show remains on exhibit until May 23 and was made possible in part by GAEDA.  

Dirty South Mug Award Recipients

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