West Virginia University at Parkersburg is offering community members two non-credit art courses, ceramics and bronze casting, during the coming Spring 2015 semester. No previous skills are needed for either of the classes, which cost $120 each. These classes can be purchased by those interested or as a unique gift for a friend or family member.
Non-credit courses offer greater flexibility with personal schedules and less pressure to work quickly. Not paying for credits also makes the class cheaper for community members who can learn a new skill without pursuing a full program.
The ceramics course helps individuals learn and refine ceramic skills; particularly, throwing on the potter’s wheel and glazing finished works. By the end, students will have created some pieces of functional pottery they can keep and use.
“It’s a great way to relax and perfect for those that would like a creative outlet,” said Zachary Orcutt, assistant professor of art at WVU Parkersburg. “It’s also great for retirees or those that work during the day. I currently have several students that keep coming back for both classes.”
The course in bronze casting combines the art of sculpture with metal working using the lost wax process. Students will learn how to work directly with wax, model with clay and make various types of molds. Students have the flexibility to make almost anything they can think of and once the work is created, it will last forever.
“Anyone that has ever been curious about how a sculpture is made into metal would really enjoy the class,” said Orcutt. “Bronze casting is only offered at one other school in the whole state, so WVU Parkersburg’s course is a shining little jewel in the Mid-Ohio Valley.”
To sign up for the non-credit courses or purchase a course as a gift, contact Deborah Lockhart at 304.424.8277. Spring semester classes begin January 12.