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Poems Without Words

An Artful Life: Drawing for Beginners - Beginning Watercolor

"My motivation for making art," says Laura Stack, "is to contemplate and grapple with the mysteries of the natural world. Painting and drawing are as much a language to me as is speaking or writing, and are a form of mediation that allows us to connect to our physical and emotional selves."

Stack, a Minneapolis-based artist who exhibits her work nationally and internationally, teaches in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. In June, she will teach two courses for LearningLife, An Artful Life: Drawing for Beginners (begins June 18) and Beginning Watercolor (begins June 25). Both courses will encourage participants to develop their observational skills while using various media and art-making techniques. Throughout the studio-based sessions, there will be plenty of time to practice new skills and receive one-on-one guidance from Stack.

Once a standard component of a well-rounded education, artistic expression has been relegated to rarefied study and made less accessible to the everyday person. We admire expressive art, surely, but how many of us are prepared to dive in and start creating?

Stack says, "Some people have a natural ability, and some people need to develop their skills. After teaching observational drawing for over 15 years, I see students learn to draw who never imagined they could draw more than a stick figure. I encourage students to discover their natural drawing or painting sensibility through the realization that painting and drawing are physical acts that embody each person's unique mark, gesture, and expression."

To learn more about Stack and view her paintings and drawings, visit laurastackart.com.

Photo credit: Laura Stack, Fluere 12

Course Details

An Artful Life: Drawing for Beginners

Monday−Thursday, June 18−21, 9 a.m.−noon, $245

Beginning Watercolor

Monday−Thursday, June 25−28, 9 a.m.−noon, $245

Laura Stack, MFA, University of Kansas, is a Minneapolis artist who teaches in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. She is represented by Circa Gallery, is a member of Rosalux Gallery Collective, and has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally.

Cancellations are subject to a 10 percent processing fee if received five or fewer working days before the program start. Refunds are not granted if you cancel on or after the first day of the program. Notice may be emailed or faxed to 612-624-5359.

Published on June 18, 2018