Temple, TX and surrounding areas News


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1/25/2017 Member News
Registration Open for Spring Classes at the CAC

The Cultural Activities Center’s spring classes are now open for registration and include a color workshop using pastels, LEGO classes and camps, Social Media for Artists, creative writing and more. Visit cacarts.org for full descriptions and to register.

On February 11 from 9am-noon, exhibiting artist Julie Howard will lead a pastels workshop, Let There Be Color. Using soft pastels, the workshop will break down the theories of color and composition into tools that you can use. It focuses on how to think about a painting, simplify a color plan, create a focal area so it stands out, and use color theory to create harmony. It is a hands-on workshop where you will be working on your own paintings, with a lot of personal time with the instructor to ask questions to help you further understand how to utilize the concepts discussed. Participants should have some experience with soft pastels and bring their own pastel set, bump sticks, kneaded erasers, and their own photos to use as a reference and inspiration for the painting. Cost is $60 for ages 14 and up.

The Central Texas Art League (CTAL) of the CAC is hosting a Social Media Workshop for Artists on March 4 at 9am-noon for ages 16 and up. Led by CTAL President Bonnie Chapa, artists will learn how to sell art and network with other artists and businesses on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus. Besides setting up accounts separate from a personal account, the workshop covers protecting images of art on the web and rights to artist’s media, connecting social media accounts for efficiency, and basic social media practices. The workshop is free to all CTAL members and $75 for non-members. To learn more about CTAL and to join, visit cacarts.org/central-texas-art-league.

Texas Partners Federal Credit Union is hosting a complimentary workshop on Financial Planning Basics with Eric Lindner on March 7 at noon. Participants can bring their own lunch to the “lunch and learn” workshop and learn how to make better decisions regarding their finances. Registration is not required, but anyone who is interested in attending is encouraged to RSVP on the Texas Partners FCU Facebook page or email Britni Rachal at brachal@texaspartnersfcu.org.

Grab a pencil and paper and jump on board your own train of thought for the ‘write’ of a lifetime. Children’s Creative Writing continues with widely published and acclaimed poet Cynthia Linzy, who teaches visualization exercises and tricks for improving reading, writing and creative skills. Held on Wednesdays starting February 1 for ages 8-12, students can attend at either 10-11am or 3:45-4:45pm. Cost for the month is $35, and students will need to bring a composition book to the first class.

Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Classes continue on February 23 with two classes to build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. Laws of Motion, held on Thursdays at 10:30am-noon, explains terms like inertia and mass using simple words that give students a foundation for understanding concepts they will delve deeper into in years to come. For now, they get to build fun stuff out of LEGO bricks and create a positive association that science is fun! The five-week course is $40 for ages 4-10. Robotics for ages 8 and up will let students experience cutting edge technology and the newest generation of motors, sensors and software. Using the EV3 program and an intelligent brick, students will build a draw bot that can hold a pen and write with it. Robotics is also held on Thursdays beginning February 23 at 10:30am-noon and is $60 for the five-week course. Classes will skip the week of spring break and run through March 30.

Tot Spot continues with fun crafts and story time in the galleries for preschoolers 2-6 years old. Held every third Monday at 10am-11:15am, registration for each class is $3/child for members and $5/child for non-members. February’s class will be moved up Feb. 13 due to the President’s holiday with crafts to include Valentine hearts and cards. March’s Tot Spot is on Mar. 20 with Easter egg art and a bunny mask. A list of crafts for each month is listed on the CAC’s Pinterest page and website at cacARTS.org.

Spring break LEGO camps from Play-Well TEKnologies returns this March with morning and afternoon sessions. Pre-Engineering for ages 5 to 7 will lead young builders in creating boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars as well as using special pieces to make their own unique designs. This camp is $169 on Mar. 13-17 from 9am to noon. In Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO, campers 8 to 12 will power up engineering skills to build arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars and a Battletrack. This camp is also $169 on Mar. 13-17 from 1-4pm.

The new Dance and Movement class taught by yoga instructor Sarah Boggan improves balance and motor performance for those with mobility disorders including Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. Held on Wednesdays starting February 1 at 10-11am, the class aims to improve movement and emotional well-being with socialization. Cost is $10/class or $35/month for ages 15 and up.

The Cultural Activities Center, located at 3011 North Third Street in Temple, TX, offers classes and programs for all ages throughout the year. Current adult classes include writing, dance and movement, clay and yoga. Visit http://www.cacARTS.org or call 254-773-9926 for more information on upcoming events and to register.