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Museum Muses

 By Ellen Reynolds
Samples of eleven workshops are on display at the Texas County Museum of Art and History to encourage potential students. Workshops are taught by local artists who are talented in their field and want to pass on skills to others. The following is a list in chronological order. More classes may be added later.
     On April 15, Margie Moll will teach students to intertwine beads and rings on leather straps forming a Macramé Bracelet. Students may pick the color of their beads.
     Watercolor with Tissue Paper taught by Ellen Reynolds, is a successful method for beginners to learn to paint. Students will paint two scenes, a seascape and a mountain view, by painting glued down layers of tissue paper that form the waves and mountain ridges. This will be on May 13.
     Back by popular demand is Fabric Backed Plates with Jan Rensch. Students will glue their choice of fabric to a clear glass plate forming a unique cookie tray. This is a two-day project on June 3 and 4 due to drying time needed.
     Another repeat with a different angle is the Dot Art Picture Frame taught by Ellen Reynolds. An unfinished wooden heart shaped frame will be painted black with starbursts of colorful dots forming flowers or whatever the student desires. This workshop is on June 10.
     Several years ago, Jan Rensch taught us how to weave a scarf on our fingers without the aid of knitting needles. She will teach Finger Weaving Scarves on June 17 and will have several scrumptious yarns to pick from.
     Watercolor Tulips is just the workshop for aspiring fine artists. Basic composition and painting skills will be taught on June 24, by Ellen Reynolds.
     On July 8, students will choose just the right beads from teacher, Margie Moll's amazing collection to string on coiled wire making a Wrap Bracelet.
     Using a different technique, Jan Rensch will help students form a Wire Wrapped Pendant on July 15. Students will have a choice of stones, wire, and chain.
     On July 22, copper jewelry expert, Margie Moll will teach a workshop called Charm Necklace. This chic necklace involves beads, tassels, and burnished rings with a stamped copper message of the students’ choice.
     Beaded Bracelet workshop with colorful beads and clasps strung on leather will delight students on August 5. Then on August 12, students may make a matching pair of Beaded Earrings. Both classes will be taught by Jan Rensch.
     Each of these workshops have samples on display at the museum along with sign-up sheets. The workshop prices are very reasonable. Students will leave the museum with a successful project after each workshop, proud of their new skills. Serious minded youth are welcomed to join adults in most of these workshops.
     Come by the museum any Monday or Tuesday from 11:00 to 5:00 to sign up for a workshop or call the museum at 674-4799 for more information.


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