Art Classes and Workshops


Blues Music Art
This is a creative musical art workshop involving listening to the real true old blues while painting blues musicians, musical instruments and historical blues scenes. Come and listen to Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Big Momma Thornton, Sonny Boy Williams, Howlin' Wolf and Slick Ballinger!

CrossroadsParticipants will be asked to bring in musical instruments they may wish to draw and paint and/or photographs or pictures of musicians playing the blues.

A brief history of blues is given. Most people view the blues as troublesome times and hardships. Though blues often are about trying times, the music goes far beyond this. It is about overcoming tough times, feeling free by expressing emotions and also having fun.

Blues can be downright gut related, real, healing, and invigorating. It's emotional. Every one of us can relate. From sadness to joy, this music speaks.

Deep roots begin in African-American history originating out of Southern plantations in the 19th Century. Slave sharecroppers who slogged in cotton and vegetable fields sang while they did this drudgery work. The music came from African spirituals, chants, works songs and rural farms and drum music.

Blues came in the Mississippi Delta upriver from New Orleans where Jazz evolved from. Blues and Jazz influence each other. Delta blues grew up the Mississippi to cities and changed into electric Chicago blues. Later the blues changed to rhythm and blues rock and roll. Norene had a super opportunity of visiting Clarksdale, Mississippi where much of the real old blues evolved from and she got to hang at juke joints listening to many fine blues musicians.

Jimbo MathusWe will work with pencils, pastels and acrylics.

You will learn:
  • Shading—Working with black and white
  • Sketching tools and techniques
  • Layout and design
  • Mixing colours
  • Perspective on musical instruments
  • Drawing the human figure in action playing music
We will work from:
  • Displays
  • Art books and photographs
  • Films on occasion for inspiration
Norene offers group instruction and focuses on individual attention.