Classes at RCC offer a chance to spark creativity

ASHEBORO (Dec. 18, 2018)

Have a New Year’s resolution to spark your creative side?

Starting in January, Randolph Community College is offering classes in drawing, painting, pottery, and line-dancing.

“Basic Fundamentals of Drawing and Cartooning” introduces the basic fundamentals of drawing and creating caricatures and cartoon characters. Students will discover drawing materials, elements of design, basic forms, simple cartoon forms/characters, naturalistic drawing and cartooning, imaginary creature drawing, caricaturing people and animals, the “gag” cartoon, the basics of superheroes and villains, and sequential art.


Instructor Bill Lunsford studied cartooning in New York City and worked alongside well-known talents such as John Buscema and Don Heck, both who worked with Marvel Comics on such titles as “The Avengers,” “Daredevil,” “Ironman,” “Silver Surfer,” and “Conan the Barbarian.” After studying in NYC, Lunsford returned to North Carolina where he spent more than 25 years in advertising as a storyboard artist and illustrator.


The course (#68410) is from 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 22-Feb. 28 in room 109 of the Design Center on the Asheboro Campus. The cost is $70.


Instructed by professional artist and local historian Henry Bowers, “Painting the Landscape in Oils and Acrylic” will help beginning and intermediate students develop drawing and painting skills in the studio. Classes will include hands-on exercises with lectures in design, color theory, and marketing.


Bowers has been painting for his entire adult life, and has studied with several nationally-recognized painters including Ellena Basa and John Seerey-Lester. His goal is to save the ever-changing historical North Carolina landscape for future generations through his paintings. Bowers was recognized as the 2013 North Carolina Historian of the Year for his efforts in historical preservation.


The class (#68302) meets from 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 7 in room 122 of the Administration/Education Center on the Asheboro Campus. The cost is $70.55.


“Pottery I: Basics for Beginners,” which is designed to provide the student with a well-rounded understanding of the pottery-making process from start to finish, will meet from 5:30-9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 8-May 14. Upon completion of the program (#67684), students will possess a skill set necessary to work successfully in clay. Topics covered include using the wheel, forming, firing, and applying glaze.


“Advanced Pottery” is scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 8-May 14. This course (#67683) is designed for individuals who have completed Pottery for Beginners or already have a basic understanding and experience in pottery. The course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to start their own pottery businesses or to work for a pottery business. Students will work on designing bowls, vases, and lidded jars, and will become more familiar with using the kiln and finishing techniques. Students also will develop and explore their own personal design aesthetic.


“Pottery Studio Lab” will be offered from 5:30-9 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 7-May 15. This course (#67682) is designed for individuals who have completed Pottery I and/or Advanced Pottery, or are currently taking a pottery class. It will provide students with hands-on instruction that will support and continue to build their skills as potters. Demonstrations will be given to discuss new techniques and to enhance skill building. A special focus will be placed on creative expression and design methods, as well as Raku and gas-fired pottery.


The cost for each pottery class is $255.55, which includes insurance. Classes are at The Pottery Center on the Asheboro Campus at 629 Industrial Park Avenue.


If you are looking for a fun, low-impact exercise activity, “Line Dancing” begins Tuesday, Jan. 8. Dancing for an hour equals an average of 2,000 steps and 75 calories burned.


In the class (#68456), which meets from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12, students will get moving to some of today’s biggest music hits and learn to move with confidence and stay fit while having fun. Students will learn several line dances including “The Wobble” and the “Cupid Shuffle.” This course is for any and all, beginners to advanced dancers.


The class meets in the gymnasium in the J.W. “Willie” Plummer Vocational/Technical Center on the Asheboro Campus. The cost is $30.55.


For more information or to register for any of these classes, call 336-633-0268.