Community Day debuts at ULL's Festival of the Arts

by Dominick Cross

The UL Lafayette College of the Arts will host Community Day with free workshops on Saturday as part of the 2012 Festival of the Arts.

The UL Lafayette College of the Arts will host Community Day on Saturday as part of the 2012 Festival of the Arts.

Community Day's workshops are free and are a part of the festival for the first time - and for good reason.

"We're really excited about it because we want to be relevant to the community and this gives us a chance to invite elementary, middle and high school students and their families to come and participate in the works shops," says Fawn Larson, community liaison for the UL Lafayette College of the Arts. "A lot of  people really don't know everything we offer over here.

"It's mainly to invite the community to learn what we offer and just have more involvement. We hope to expand in the years to come," she says. "We're hoping to grow it from here."

Community Day combines activities from the Department of Visual Arts and the School of Music & Performing Arts.

It is a great chance for children and adults to participate in workshops on various art techniques, to receive free musical instruction and demonstration, and to participate in music jam sessions.

Community Day begins at noon and goes until later that evening, concluding with a ULL Jazz Program concert. Most of the visual arts workshops take place noon to four, with the music, dance, and jam workshops also in the afternoon.

The Visual Arts portion of Community Day will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on the UL Lafayette campus in and around Fletcher Hall.

Professor Amiee Howard's metal and jewelry workshop, noon to 2 p.m. at Fletcher Hall, [Room 305] has garnered the most attention.

"That one is all the way full right now," says Larson. "Maybe there's one or two spots open, but that's definitely a blowout."

There will also be musical workshops and a jam session later in the afternoon for those who wish to attend.  Other offerings of Community Day will include live music on the grounds, a bake sale, face painting, and games.

Below is the schedule of workshops. To register for workshops, please call 482-1426.  Reservations are required, and early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. For more information visit music.louisiana.edu/spark.

Sign up for Workshops by calling 482-1426. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message with your preferred events, name, and contact number. Events requiring reservations are numbered.  Reservations are first come, first served.

UL Community Day Schedule of Workshops

The Visual Arts Schedule is as follows:

  1. Printmaking
    12–4 p.m. Ages 13 to 18,  15 seats available,  Fletcher Hall, Room 301A/301B
    Dive into the history of printmaking with Professor Brian Kelly, as you get to experience one of the classic printing techniques such as linoleum block cutting or screen printing.

2 ) Metals and Jewelry 12–2 p.m. (session A), 2–4pm (session B),  Ages 15 to Adult,  12 seats available/session,  Fletcher Hall, Room 305. Come explore the exciting artistry of metalwork and jewelry with Professor Aimee Howard. Students in these sessions will each create a one of a kind jewelry piece through the traditional technique of Enameling. This process entails fusing powdered glass to copper, creating a smooth, ornamental glass coating on the surface of the metal.

  1. Photography
    12–2 p.m. (session A), 2–4pm (session B),  Ages 8 to Adult,  8 seats per session,  Fletcher Hall, Room 315. Explore the power of the silhouetted form with Photograms. Led by Professor Jamie Baldridge, participants will develop their own photographic silhouettes using objects with unique texture and form in a darkroom setting.

  2. Playing Around with Experimental Drawing-An Experimental Drawing Workshop for Children
    2–4 p.m.  Ages 5 to Adult (Adult supervision required for children under 10),  20 seats available Visual Arts Annex, Room 110. Led by Professor Chyrl Savoy, participants will receive an introduction to the world of experimental drawing through the exploration of materials and techniques to produce various mark making approaches to then help put together Images of special interest areas.

  3. Experimental Drawing

12–4 p.m. Ages 13 to 18,  15 seats available,  Visual Arts Annex, Room 103
The sky's the limit with this large-scale charcoal drawing session with Professor Scot Sinclair. Come prepared to get your hands dirty as you experiment with drawings that go beyond small drawings, or doodles, and utilize your whole arm and body to create large-scale work.

  1. Art in Motion

12–2 p.m. Ages 13 to Adult,  15 seats available,  Visual Arts Annex, Room 107. Attendees will learn about Artist Alexander Calder and then will explore motion using metal flashing as a medium to create mobiles intended to move on their own.

  1. Symbols of Place

12–2 p.m. Open to all ages,  Open for public participation.,  Visual Art Annex, Foyer. Come participate in the creation of a public art piece that explores individual's interpretation of and connection to personal symbols of place. Participants will explore place through the use of non-traditional painting tools.

Experimenting With Color

2–3 p.m.  (session A), 3–4pm (session B),  Ages 5 to 12,  10 seats per session,  Visual Arts Annex, Room 107. In this workshop students will experiment with color theory after a brief lesson on artist Kandinsky. Participants will complete a collaborative piece using Kandinsky's Farbstudie as an example.

  1. Space Painting

2–2:30 p.m.  (session A), 2:30–3pm (session B), 3–3:30pm (session C), 3:30–4pm (session D),  Ages 15 to Adult,  10 seats per session,  Visual Arts Annex, Building Exterior. In this workshop participants will use spray paint and unconventional techniques and materials to create imaginary celestial environments.

The Music and Performing Arts Schedule is as follows:

Evening of Dance Open Rehearsal/Open house in McLaurin Hall studios

11am-8 p.m.  (Open House) ,   All ages ,   McLaurin Hall Rooms 103 and 104. Observe rehearsals with student choreographers for Evening of Dance with talk-back session on the creative process

Jazz Improvisation Clinic led by Professor Jon Noffsinger

1-3 p.m. Fletcher Hall Auditorium.All ages. Members of the community are welcome to bring their instruments to join in, or just observe.

Jazz Instruction Breakout Sessions led by members of the ULL Jazz Program 3:30-5 p.m. Angelle Hall, all ages. Members of the ULL jazz program will lead free jazz instruction breakout sessions organized by instrument. Members of the community can bring their instruments to participate or observe.

Traditional Music Jam Session 3-5 p.m. BeauSoleil House,  All ages. Bring your instrument and sit in on a traditional jam session organized by Professor Mark Dewitt with members of ULL's Traditional Music Ensemble.

ULL Jazz Program Concert 7:30-9 p.m. Ducrest-Gilfrey Auditorium. Free.

For a complete schedule for the Festival of the Arts, go here.