Drawing Classes to be Taught at Historic Patterson School campus

Ed Dyer“How to Draw” is offered as a series of eight classes on the Patterson School campus Wednesday and Saturday mornings beginning on Saturday, June 11 and continuing through Wednesday, July 6. The morning classes will be held from 9am to noon in the Wiese Dorm Art Studio.

“Like reading and writing , drawing is a fundamental life skill, and knowledge of drawing will reinforce your understanding of the visual world. Contrary to popular belief, the ability to draw is a learned process,” explains instructor Ed Dyer, who has recently moved to North Carolina from New Orleans. Ed is a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Degas Pastel Society. He earned his BFA degree from Boston University in 1959, and his MBA degree from Yale University in 1970.

“Students will learn how to see;” says Ed, ” drawing is 50% observation.” Ed will teach composition, drawing fundamentals using basic forms, and elements of shading. Classes will cover the use of values, and accurate measurement techniques for proportion. Students will learn to create textures and soft / hard edges for impact. Each session will become more challenging as skills are acquired.

The workshop will be hands-on, with demonstrations and individual guidance. “If you want to take your drawing to the next level, this workshop is for you,” says Ed. Classes are designed for the beginner and intermediate student, adults and young adults, with three full hours of drawing in each of the eight sessions. Individual guidance and evaluation, and informational handouts are all included. Media will be charcoal and graphite on newsprint. A list of inexpensive materials will be issued.

Ed Dyer will be featured as Artist in Residence at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock for the week of August 8 -16, and will be on hand there to discuss his work. The Cottage is the vintage studio of Blowing Rock painter Elliott Daingerfield, now restored and managed by the Blowing Rock Historical Society.

“Learning to draw skillfully is the surest way to achieve mastery in your painting, no matter what the medium , ” Ed explains. The Patterson School Campus is located nine miles north of Lenoir on Highway 268, just past the Chapel of Rest. Visit Ed’s website at Ed Dyer Fine Art, and to register for classes, call the Caldwell Arts Council at (828) 754-2486. Fee for the 8-day series is $250.

Empower Personalized Fitness

empower fitnessWe are very excited to partner with Empower Personalized Fitness from Durham, NC for our first ever retreat weekend at The Patterson School. Empower is an innovative fitness and wellness company and they are launching a new venture called Empower Expeditions to showcase their unique fitness philosophy – ThinkFUN, Get Fit, Eat Well.

Their very first Expedition is coming up June 3rd – 5th at The Patterson School and as I learned more about this retreat it struck me that this experience would REALLY RESONATE with some of you. I am including a link to a little eBook about the programming and bios of presenters so that you can learn more about this weekend of relaxation, wellness and fun.

This week only there is an Early Bird Special Price of $429 which includes 2 nights accommodations, 6 delicious chef-prepared meals, plenty of wholesome snacks and participation in 9 educational sessions to help you connect with nature, discover your resonant energy, and ultimately create and experience the life you envision. Don’t worry, there’s also time on the schedule to relax, socialize, and do whatever you want!

Empower already has a diverse group of individuals coming from the Triangle area, and they are looking for pioneers to help blaze the trail for this new venture. Future plans include taking Empower Expeditions to Sonoma Valley and even Italy so you don’t want to miss out on this first experience.

Read the e-book and learn more at www.becomepowerful.com/expeditions