Archive for January 2012

Winter/Spring 2012 Painting Classes   Leave a comment

Paint Palette

Contemporary Abstract Painting

Free your creative spirit in this exploration of color, texture and application styles.  Led by local contemporary abstract artist Jennifer Kaye, you will build the confidence you need to attack that blank canvas without painting a single tree.  Please bring a canvas no larger than 24×24 to the first night of class. $75 for 6 classes.

Feb 18 – Mar 24          S          2 – 4 pm              Course # 179660

Apr 14 – May 19          S          2 – 4 pm               Course #  179661

Painting: Abstracting from Nature

Students will use nature and organic forms to generate well-developed abstract paintings. By observing and recording some elements of a subject, students will learn when to improvise and when to veer from the literal. We will experiment with elements of design and composition and focus on the process of arriving at an image. $60 for 6 classes. Ages 16 +

Feb 18 – Mar 24          S          12 – 2 pm         Course # 181198

Apr 14 – May 19          S          12 – 2 pm          Course # 181199

Register online today, or call (317) 327-7135.

Posted January 30, 2012 by GPAC Arts in Classes

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Saturday A.M. Art Kids   Leave a comment

Kids working on a chalk drawing

These all-inclusive Saturday art classes are designed to build skills and confidence in multiple disciplines.  All materials included.

Clay Handbuilding (Ages 7-12)

Learn basic clay handbuilding skills while having FUN! Students will learn pinch, coil and slab building methods. They will also learn glazing, clay studio safety and how their work gets fired in the kiln.  $75 for 6 classes.

Feb 18 – Mar 24                S              9:30-11:30am     Course # 179365

Apr 14 – May 19                S              9:30-11:30am     Course # 179366


2-D Media (Ages 7-12)

Feeling inventive?  Have a blast while taking part in this open-ended arts experience.  Explore various artistic tools and materials as you create works of art in a friendly, engaging and creative environment.  $75 for 6 classes.

Feb 18 – Mar 24                S              9:30-11:30am     Course # 179364

Apr 14 – May 19                S              9:30-11:30am     Course # 179367


Let’s Make Books! (ages 7-12)

Does your aspiring artist like reading and paper crafts? Then bookmaking is just the class for them. In this class, young bookmakers will explore various ways of making a blank book that they can then fill with their words or art. $75 for 6 classes.

Feb 18 – Mar 24                S              9:30-11:30am     Course # 179363

Apr 14 – May 19                S              9:30-11:30am     Course # 179370


Register online today, or call (317) 327-7135.

Posted January 29, 2012 by GPAC Arts in Classes

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Vintage Movie Night: Coney Island (1917) and Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)   Leave a comment

Coney IslandThis winter and spring, join film historian Eric Grayson as he presents “Fallen Stars,” a film series featuring actors who were ostracized from Hollywood.

Coney Island (1917) and Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916) Featuring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

In Coney Island, Fatty Arbuckle travels to an amusement park where he competes with Buster Keaton for the heart of a girl, which leads to havoc.

In Fatty and Mabel Adrift, the beach front house where Fatty and Mabel live has been “launched” out to sea by villains. When Fatty and Mabel arise, they find their beds floating in a sea of water.

Arbuckle was accused (and eventually exonerated) of causing the death of Virginia Rappe in 1921.  He was able to obtain work only as a director afterward and died on the day he signed a contract for his big comeback in 1933.

Jan 28     7 p.m.     Tickets $3.00

Buy a movie pass and see 6 movies for the price of 5, plus free popcorn!

Questions? Call us at (317) 327-7135.

Posted January 20, 2012 by GPAC Arts in Events, News

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Free Activities at the GPAC   Leave a comment

Are you interested in meeting other people interested in the arts? Would you like to have a free outlet to get creative with others? Do you seek new information on techniques, ideas, and events? Do you want to experience all of this FOR FREE? Check out the following meetings, events, and workshops hosted here at the Garfield Park Arts Center:

Creative Journeys with Sketchbooks and Journals

Do you keep a sketchbook or journal? Would you like an opportunity to meet with others who share your interest and be inspired by their work? Are you interested in sharing information on the newest pens, paints, and other supplies? Then join us! This group is open to journal and sketchbook artists of any skill level. We’ll discuss methods, materials, and media. At every meeting we’ll have discussion, share our work, and engage our minds with a fun sketching/journaling exercise. Registration is not required.

Ages 16+ / Free

Jan. 8


3 – 5 pm

Feb. 12


3 – 5 pm

March 11


3 – 5 pm

May 13


3 – 5 pm

Garfield Poetry Circle

Explore the beauty of language through readings and discussion. For enthusiasts or those new to reading and writing poetry, this group celebrates the artistry of poetic expression. Registration is not required.

Age 18+ / Free

Jan. 15


3 – 4:30 pm

March 18


3 – 4:30 pm

April 15


3 – 4:30 pm

May 20


3 – 4:30 pm

Indiana Photographic Society

This club for photographers, photo-historians and enthusiasts meets weekly. Activities and topics include photo critique, review, survey of techniques and hands-on instruction. The Society exhibits the work of its members at locations around the state.  No registration required.

Ages 18+ / Free

Jan. 4 – May 30


7 –  9 pm

Arts for All

Discover your creative side! Families can explore performance, visual and language arts through fun, hands-on activities. Arts for All themes engage participants more deeply with the GPAC’s exhibits. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Arts for All is open every Saturday from 12pm-4pm and Sunday from 1pm-5pm. Walk in any time during those hours to participate.

Remember, there are ALWAYS free things to do at the GPAC during open hours. We welcome you to check out the exhibit or draw using our drawing boards, paper, and pencils.

Posted January 17, 2012 by GPAC Arts in Arts For All, Events

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Arts for All Outreach: Mexican Paper Cutting   Leave a comment

Paper cutting

The GPAC Arts for All Outreach staff and teaching Artist Beatriz Vasquez-Schlebecker are teaming up to bring a fun, hands-on arts activity to your neighborhood.  Beatriz is a Mexican American artist who specializes in the beautiful, traditional Mexican folk art known as “papel picado” wherein elaborate designs are created by cutting delicate and colorful paper.  All ages welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.


All programs are Tuesdays 5-8:00 except where noted:

Jan 24                    Christian

Jan 31                    Watkins

Feb 7                     Krannert

Feb 14                   Windsor

Feb 21                   Rhodius

Feb 28                   Broad Ripple (1-4PM)

Mar 6                    Washington

Mar 13                  Municipal Gardens

Mar 20                  Bethel

Apr 10                   Brookside

Apr 17                   Douglass

Apr 24                   Thatcher

May 4                    Riverside (Celebrate the Arts event 6-8PM)

Questions? Give us a call at (317) 327-7135.

Posted January 16, 2012 by GPAC Arts in Arts For All, News

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Vintage Movie Nights Pass Now Available!   3 comments

6 Pack Pass Card

Purchase a Vintage Movie Nights pass and save! This pass gets you into 6 Vintage Movie Nights for the price of 5, and you will also get free popcorn when you present your punch card at the concession window.

Please bring your pass to the GPAC and have the lobby attendant punch it each time you come in. The GPAC is not responsible for lost passes—no record of movies viewed is kept. Passes are non-transferrable (only the person listed on the pass may use the credits) and must be presented with ID. No refunds once pass has been picked up.

 Passes can be purchased at the front desk, or by calling (317) 327-7135.

Posted January 15, 2012 by GPAC Arts in News

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Snowman fun on a day with no snow…   Leave a comment

In an unusual bout of warm, sunny weather last weekend, we made clay snowmen with some kids in Arts for All. After finishing their commemorative 100 Years Clay Tiles, a group of creative kids thought it would be nice to build “claymen”. Check out their creations!

For more photos, check out the Garfield Park Arts Center on Facebook:

Posted January 14, 2012 by GPAC Arts in Arts For All