Noted Winfield Muralist and Art Educator Maggie Bicker will offer a drawing class this fall designed especially for adults. The class is sponsored in a cooperative venture between Winfield Arts and Humanities Council and Gallery 1001 in downtown Winfield.
“It makes me sad to hear adults say, regretfully or a bit defensively, ‘Oh I can’t draw!’” Bicker said. Though most folks will never be DaVinci, she insists everyone with vision can learn to express a simple idea visually. If you can write and print your name, you can learn to express ideas on paper and take pleasure from the skill. She explained that there are drawing opportunities in almost any profession, to share ideas, processes, or issues with others.
Bicker will provide instruction and coaching in the art of seeing—really seeing—the world around you. “People learn to write by seeing and recognizing the letters in the alphabet. If you can write, you can draw,” she said.
“Part of the problem is cultural,” Bicker continued. “We are taught to think in symbols. Hence, lollipop trees, and those little ‘tulip type’ flowers are taught to little kids and many never grow beyond. Learning to really see doesn’t typically happen. Culturally, we value that skill less than others. As a result, too many folks miss the wonder and the beauty in the world around us. So this class is about the skill of really SEEING that wonder, which allows learning to represent a bit of that wonder through drawing.”
The drawing classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00 until 8:00 in the newly created adult classroom at WAHC in Baden Square. Classes start September 5 and run through October 24. Participants can sign up through the Winfield Arts and Humanities Office. The fee for eight classes is $50, plus a nominal fee for supplies which Bicker will select and provide at the first class. Supplies will be less than $10 and will include a sketch book, pencils, pens and appropriate erasers.
If you have an interest in polishing your skills in the art of drawing, or gleaning tips from a master instructor, this class is for you. Space is limited, so don’t wait too long. Call Winfield Arts and Humanities today 620-221-2161, or drop by their office in Baden Square to register.