Wayne Center for the Arts has winter programs

Wayne Center for the Arts has winter programs

The Wayne Center for the Arts is ready for a new season with new programs, a new exhibit in its galleries and myriad classes for students of all ages and experience levels.

The Wayne Center for the Arts will kick off 2023 with the opening of its winter classes. Students of all ages and experience levels will find a creative outlet in visual arts, clay, music, creative writing, theater, dance, and expanded programming in digital arts and STEAM.

“We are adding new instructors and new opportunities to expand skills in our digital arts programming,” program coordinator James Buckey said. “Younger students (age 11-14) will enjoy an introduction to arts technology in our Graphic Design Sampler. We’ll also explore the possibilities and challenges surrounding the current trend of creating art using artificial intelligence. Other exciting new classes in macro photography and podcasting will give students the opportunity to enhance their skills or explore new hobbies.”

In addition to the new classes in the digital arts department, Buckey also coordinates workshops in the STEAM Lab including workshops in February for age 8 and up.

“STEAM really explores where art can align with more technical applications like science and technology,” Buckey said. “Our aim at WCA is to explore the creative application of this knowledge and these skills to inspire innovation.”

This session’s STEAM workshops include resin pouring and using chemistry to grow crystals.

With the new year also comes new exhibits in the center’s Gault and Looney Galleries. The fifth annual Wayne/Holmes Artists’ Exhibit will open with a reception on Jan. 12 and run through Feb. 10. The exhibit will feature 50 pieces on display from 27 artists from Wayne and Holmes counties. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Jan. 12 from 6-8 p.m.

Another upcoming exhibit will be the “Almost Dark" exhibition, created, curated and hosted by the teen arts advisory board. The teen arts advisory board of Wooster provides an opportunity for Wayne County students to develop hands-on, arts-based job skills. They are currently calling for artists of any age to create supernatural art of all mediums to be displayed under black lights. Those interested can find details at www.WayneArtsCenter.org. Applications are due Feb. 18.

Wayne Center for the Arts also will offer a free program called Art Connection, sponsored by a private donor. It will provide a space for adults to express themselves through the arts and to build community. Each class will explore a different art medium including painting, drawing, printmaking and mixed media. Each new student will receive a basic art supply kit to encourage ongoing artistic expression. Classes will be held Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and March 8 from 6-7 p.m. Registration for each class is required at www.WayneArtsCenter.org.

A new program called Creative Sparks will offer an art workshop for children and caregivers to build connection and encourage cooperation. These classes also will be offered free of charge and will take place Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 18 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration for each class is required at www.WayneArtsCenter.org.

For more information about all classes, events and programs, visit www.WayneArtsCenter.org or call 330-264-2787.