Expanded Art Classes at the JCC this Winter

Ever thought about taking a class on watercolors, oil painting, collage or jewelry making? The JCC has all these classes planned beginning January, all taught by local professional artists.

The classes give beginners an opportunity to stretch their creative muscle and expand their ability to make beautiful art for themselves, family and friends.

Luci Mistratov is a new instructor to the JCC. Since 1998 she has been an instructor for Kalinigrad University as a lecturer in computer art and watercolors. She has a Ph.D. in art education and will teach Watercolor for All Levels

Award winning artist Debra Lott, a south Florida transplant to Kentucky, is inspired by the human form. “Beyond my artistic endeavor is also a desire to elevate each person’s value, to create awareness and to promote their position with a visual expression of their spirit.”

Her social-justice themed paintings have been featured in the National Art Education Women’s Caucus four years in a row, as well as the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts at Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University, Boston, and the St Louis National Caucus for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. Lott will teach Oil Painting.

For the first time, the JCC will offer jewelry-making classes with Yulia Pogrebinsky. “In this all-inclusive class I will provide you with the techniques, tools, and materials, as well as tips, tricks, and pointers to make your own unique, beautiful pieces,” Pogrebinsky said. By the conclusion of the four-week session, participants will have made a pair of earrings, a bracelet and a necklace, and have learned the skills to go on and make more.

After learning the basics of beaded jewelry, artists can expand their options by learning to work with wire. In this all-inclusive class, participants will make wire embellishments, rings and pendants. Pogrebinsky will teach Basic Beading and Basic Wire Wrap.

Linda Erzinger is also a transplant to Kentucky from Florida. She arrived in Louisville to get a master’s degree in expressive therapies at the University of Louisville then worked for many years as an art therapist.

In her collage class, students will learn how to make their own visually interesting collage compositions using magazine photos and photos from home. Students will complete two projects, with the second having a Valentine’s Day theme featuring loved ones, which they can save for themselves or give as a gift.

Beloved long-time instructor Sue Huttenlocher isn’t going anywhere. She will continue to teach watercolor classes at the JCC this year, too.

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