Visual Arts

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About the Visual Arts Department

We learn most efficiently through visual cues, so in the 21st century visual literacy is essential. Our classes and instructors provide the means to improve observation skills, become fearless problem solvers, stretch the imagination and master skills in student’s preferred medium.

Reasons to Engage in the Visual Arts

 1.      Build observation skills.  To draw well you must observe carefully.

 2.      Problem Solving.  To create a painting, you need to solve problems – lots of them.  Beginning with the decision of what to paint, what size and media will best suit, where to put the first stroke, what colors are needed…As the work progresses, the artist will be confronted with issues of composition, technical skill and style.

3.      Learn from your mistakes.  Not all works of art are successful, but ALL contribute to learning. In art the focus is on exploration and learning, NOT the right answer.  One painting or drawing is a step in a larger journey of exploration and discovery.

4.      Think Creatively.  Sometimes referred to as “thinking outside the box”…  There are multiple solutions to each design problem.  Artists are trained to continually search for better, different, unexpected solutions.

5.      Visual literacy.  Learn about color and make better fashion and interior design decisions.  Learn about visual design in advertising and make better buying decisions.  Learn about painting and composition and see everything – museum works, architecture, and commercial products – in a whole new way.

6.      Express yourself.  Explore how you feel, put that on canvas.  Visual arts provide an alternate language of expression that can be therapeutic and freeing.

7.      Create visions.  Imagine something better, different, new.  Then create it in paint, stone, clay. “Without vision, the people will perish”.

8.      Enrich your life.  Participating in the arts makes life better.  See all of the above.
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Schedule

 

Private Instruction is offered on our Private Schedule.

Session 1: September 5 – November 12
Session 2: November 14 – January 21
Session 3: January 23 – April 1
Session 4: April 3 – June 10
Summer 2017: June 19 – August 19
Please refer to Calendar for closings and holidays.

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Private Instruction

Private and Semi private lessons in all media are available. Private rates are $46 per hour. Semi-private is two students at $23 per hour, per student. Contact Phyllis Moser, Director of Visual Arts at phylmoser@gmail.com, to inquire about these programs.

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 Summer Session Classes

** Please note: Because the Institute provides materials and specialized tools for its Visual Arts classes, we recommend that students enroll 48 hours in advance of the first class **

CS10 Little Artists     (Ages 4 – 6)

Phyllis Moser     June 24 – Aug. 19

Our little artists will draw, paint, build, and craft. Our projects will be summer themed – in the garden, in the forest, and at the beach. The emphasis is on fun and exploration, but we also teach care of materials and clean up. Dress for mess – paints are involved!

Sat. 9:00 – 9:45 AM

$90 ($80 Members) 9 wks.

To register, click here.

 

CP20 Just Paint     (Ages 6 – 12)

Shawna Hansberry     June 21 – Aug. 16

Students will work with watercolor, oil pastels, and acrylics. Works will be created on a variety of surfaces, giving students a chance to explore each medium’s possibilities. Inspiration will be drawn from our favorite artists, books, games, and movies.

Wed. 5:30 – 6:30 PM

$90 ($80 members) 9 wks.

To register, click here.

 

CS20 Super Sized and Very Small     (Ages 6 – 12)

Shawna Hansberry      June 21 –  Aug. 16

Students will build with paper, cardboard, polymer clay, modeling clay, and other materials to create oversized objects and miniatures inspired by their favorite games, artists, and movies. We will draw the microscopic and team together to paint a mural and create marble runs.

Wed. 6:30 – 7:30 PM

$90 ($80 members) 9 wks.

To register, click here.

 

CP19 Color Pop      (Ages 6 – 12)

Danielle Wynen      June 26 – July 31

Students will use watercolor and acrylic to learn how to mix colors and create paintings that pop and glow with color. They will be introduced to artists and illustrators famous for their use of color. We will also draw inspiration from fabulously colored animals and landscapes.

Mon. 6:00 – 7:00 PM

$70 ($65 members) 6 wks.

To register, click here.

 

CP21 Summer Draw and Paint      (Ages 6 – 12)

Danielle Wynen      July 11 – Aug. 15

Students will increase their drawing and painting skills using markers, pastels, acrylic, and watercolor paint. Inspiration will be drawn from the garden, the sea, and animals – real and imagined.

Tues. 6:00 – 7:00 PM

$70 ($65 members) 6 wks.

To register, click here.

 

CE10 Introduction to Lettering – Alphabet Soup     (Ages 8 – 14)

Phyllis Moser     June 22 – July 20

Young artists will use calligraphy markers and traditional markers to experiment with letter forms. We will work with typeface and hand lettering, learning the classic forms and creating our own hand lettered projects

Thurs. 6:00 – 7:00 PM

$55 ($50 members) 5 wks.

To register, click here.

 

CS21 Time Travelers      (Ages 13 – 17)

Shawna Hansberry      June 21 –  Aug. 16

Hop into the time machine and set your imagination free. Where would you travel? Past, present, or future? Get inspired by your favorite destination, time traveler, or tale. Projects range from Steampunk constructions, futuristic architecture, fantastic machines, and dreamscapes.

Wed. 7:30 – 8:30 PM

$90 ($80 members) 9 wks.

To register, click here.

 

CP21 Paint Studio      (Ages 13 – 17)

Danielle Wynen      June 26 – July 31

This class gives young artists the opportunity to explore topics tailored to their interests. Emphasis will be on mastering color, improving drawing, and painting skills. Watercolor, pastels, and acrylics will be used.

Mon. 7:00 – 8:00 PM

$70 ($65 members) 6 wks.

To register, click here.

AD01 Risk-Free Introduction to Composition and Still-life Drawing      (Ages 15 +)

Thomas Dareneau      June 26 – 29

This course is designed for all levels of students: from those who always wanted to learn to draw, to those who used to draw, to those who need some more studio time for their portfolios. Each class will be focused on exploration of skills from abstractions to perspective, from value scales to collaborative critiques. Perfection is not the goal, getting a better understanding is.

Mon. – Thurs. 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$70 ($65 members) 4 sessions

To register, click here.

 

AW61 Introduction to Graphics      (Ages 15+)

Thomas Dareneau      July 24 – 28

This is a hands-on course for those who’d like an introduction to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and basic graphic design. We will explore several free online tools, as well as Photoshop and the Adobe Suite including Prezi, Aurasma, and Padlet. The Institute does not provide computer access, please bring your own device. WiFi is available. Photoshop and Illustrator offer 30 day free trials, please sign up on your device prior to the course start date.

Mon. – Fri. 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$70 ($65 members) 4 sessions

To register, click here.

 

AW62 Calligraphy      (Adults)

Phyllis Moser      July 31 – Aug. 3

These sessions will focus on basic Roman and Italic forms on which most hand lettering and printed fonts are based. You will be introduced to basic tools, materials, and techniques. Practice sheets and resources will be provided so students can continue to explore this art form on their own.

Mon. – Thurs. 6:00 – 7:15 PM

$65 ($60 members) 4 sessions

To register, click here.

 

AD02 Drawing Nature      (Adults)

Phyllis Moser      Aug. 7 – 10

These sessions focus on natural forms: flowers, trees, fruits, vegetables, animals. Pencil, markers, watercolor, and oil pastels will be used. Emphasis will be on careful observation and technique.

Mon. – Thurs. 6:00 – 7:15 PM              

$65 ($60 members) 4 sessions

To register, click here.

 

AW63 Altered Book     (Adult)

Phyllis Moser      Aug. 14 – 17

Altered books are a wonderful combination of collage, free form painting, and journaling. No artistic experience needed – just a willingness to experiment with gesso and glue and play with color and texture. Your book may reflect your personal life journey, celebrate a special event, or be a collection of your favorite inspirations. We will up-cycle a used child’s board book for this project.

Mon. – Thurs. 6:00 – 7:15 PM

$65 ($60 members) 4 sessions

To register, click here.

 

AW60 The Contemporary Salon of Enlightenment and Discourse      (Adults)

Thomas Dareneau      July 10 – 13

This course will be a discussion group in the style of the French Enlightenment, only instead of arguing politics we’ll be eating snacks, drinking wine, and discussing Contemporary Art (1990 to present day). There will be films, conversation, YouTube clips, interactive “projects,” and more. Some particular artists of interest may include Ai WeiWei, Jeff Koons, Oliver Herring, Carrie Mae Weems, Do Ho Suh, Mark Dion, and probably BANKSY. Never heard of them? Good, then we have lots to talk about.

Mon. – Thurs. 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$70 ($65 members) 4 sessions

To register, click here.

 

CE05 Artist-to-Artist Honors Workshop     (Jr/Senior High Students)

  Rich Houck     July 10 – 14

This scholarship honors course is open to all students accepted into the Junior/Senior High School Juried Art Exhibit held at the Yocum Institute in January 2017. Miss the art show but still interested in this awesome opportunity? You can submit your work to the artist for review and registration approval. Students will study in a relaxed format, developing their visual art skills and exploring new media.

Mon. – Fri. 1:00 – 4:30 PM

$35 flat registration fee, 5 sessions

To register, click here.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                             

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Faculty

Phyllis Moser

Phyllis Moser

Phyllis Moser, Visual Arts Director at Yocum Institute, is a visual artist (specializing in acrylics and mixed media) as well as an accomplished calligrapher and designer. In her position at the Institute she oversees program design and development. Phyllis holds a BS in Art Education from Kutztown University and has studied calligraphy with Timothy Botts and Shiela Walters. Her work can be found in private and institutional collections across the country, including the Postal Museum of the Smithsonian. Her most recent exhibit (August 2014) was “Emerge” at Albright College. This interactive exhibit explored how technology can change and enhance our experience of art.  www.phyllismoser.net

 

 

Jodi Bossler oversees our clay instruction at the Yocum Institute, working with all ages in group and private lessons. She has been an instructor at the Institute for 11 years encouraging young students to explore the visual arts through drawing, mixed media, clay, and fiber. Jodi holds a MFA in Photography as well as teacher certification from Kutztown University.

Tammy Updegrove  is an accomplished artist in multiple mediums including but not limited to charcoals, pen and ink, and acrylics. She is a published illustrator for Reading Reading Books and the Greyhound Love Series in addition to designing worksheets for Early Childhood Education.  Tammy was also selected to teach art techniques on an episode of John and Kate Plus 8.  For the past 8 years Tammy has worked at the Institute where she teaches Children’s Visual Art Classes and outreach programs. She enjoys helping her students explore the world of art and encourages them to discover thier natural artistic abilities.

Rich Houck has been recognized as an inventive and versatile artist in a variety of mediums. Known primarily for his paintings, over the past twenty years, he has exhibited in solo and in group shows throughout the Northeast United States, and in Rome, Italy. Rich holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where he studied under Rohrer and Steve Jaffee. He is an adjunct professor at Alvernia College and instructor at the Yocum Institute. Rich Houck is the 2014 recipient of the Coggins Award, recognizing his professional achievements and service to the Berks arts community. www.richhouck.com

Shawna Hansberry has been a faculty member at the Institute since 2011. She has taught mixed media, bringing great enthusiasm to her classroom. She is a PA certified K-12 art teacher taking graduate courses at the University of the Arts. She teaches after school programs, and has just completed a season as a “long term substitute” with the Reading School District.

Julia Ramsey is a knitwear designer and a fiber artist. Her custom knitwear collection emphasizes handwork, craftsmanship and appreciation for raw materials. Her work has been included in major knitwear exhibits in the US and abroad. Recent exhibitions include the Fiber Show in Chesterton, MD, and an exhibition in Verona, Italy. At the Institute, Julia teaches knitting and stitching classes. Visit her website: www.juliaramseyknitwear.com

Kayla Ackelson is an srtist working in several mediums, some of which are watercolor, collage, and mixed media. Kayla received her BFA from Millersville University in December of 2014 and since then has been working in the arts and exhibiting her own work. Her artwork is driven by her interactions with nature, memory, and so much more: www.kaylaackelson.com
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