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McCreary Center to open new building in January with three art classes

The McCreary Center of Somerset Community College is set to offer a variety of new art programs with the opening of a new building in January, 2010. Now is the time to register for one of these new classes.

According to Darlene Libbey, the SCC art instructor, the College will be offering three art classes in the new building for the Spring Semester which begins on Monday, January 11.

Libbey will be teaching Drawing I and II in January. Both classes will be held together on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

If you have always enjoyed drawing and want to work toward improving your skills, Drawing I would be perfect for you, Libbey said. Students with a little more experience would probably enjoy Drawing II, but since the classes will be held together, everyone will be working to discover their ability and improve their skills. I will be working with each student one-on-one. Everyone will be getting individual attention.

Libbey will also be teaching an Introduction to Art class (Art100) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

We will be looking at the basic question, What is art, Libbey explained. Well look at the work of artists from different periods. Well discuss various forms of art from sculpture to painting.

Later, as the expanded SCC Art Program grows in McCreary County, we will be adding classes in ceramics and sculpture. We will have some wonderful new equipment including potters wheels and a kilns to help develop artists, Libbey said.

All three classes are 3 credit-hour courses. The tuition for a 3-credit hour course at SCC is $375. Students will also be responsible for purchasing art supplies for the two Drawing classes.

Anyone interested in signing-up for one of the art classes should fill out an SCC admissions application. The application can be found on-line at www.somerset.kctcs.edu. One the application is submitted a non-degree student can register anytime before classes begin on Jan 11.

Libbey graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master of Fine Arts and attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Libbey has taught art in Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky. She also worked as an art gallery assistant in New York City.

She has been teaching art at SCC for the past six years. She is active in the community as a member of Watershed Arts Alliance and a member First Presbyterian Church in Somerset. Her artwork has been displayed nationally in art exhibits in Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, California, and New York. Internationally, her work has been shown in galleries in Mexico and Kenya.

Anyone interested in taking an art class can contact Libbey by e-mail at darlene.libbey@kctcs.edu. Her telephone number is (606) 451-6811 or call toll free at (877) 629-9722, ext. 16811.

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