By Tina Taylor
If you have ever used your artistic skills in being creative, you know it just makes you feel good inside as you express yourself.
Artist D’Ann Dunbar has lived most of her life in the Florida Keys and has painted and sold many of her island paintings over the years. Her business is Dunbar Artworks and Oil Paintings. She will be the new art teacher at Fair Park Senior Center, starting Monday, July 8, from 1 to 3 p.m.
As an artist, she says she does not feel the need to be strict when it comes to the value of art.
"I have seen too many 'winners' in art competitions that broke 'rules,'" she said.
This is good, because everyone should be proud of their ability, individualism and ultimate style when painting artworks, whether it is realism or of a more whimsical nature.
She will be teaching many facets of painting techniques using acrylic and oil paints, with a realistic style. Along the way, you will learn the elements of setting up a good composition, values, space, form and shape, as well as direction of lighting, shading, shadowing and blending that is needed to convey this element with balance and some color theory of mixing. Different ways to use the brush like scumbling, stippling, wet on wet, dry brush, possibly fine detail on dried layers of paint as well as painting with "pallet knives" only will be discussed. She will be leading her participants into paintings of trees, lighthouses, barns and the sky. You will also learn glazing and sealing your artworks and much more.
Dunbar will be painting live at the center Friday, July 5, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Come by to meet her and watch an artist at work.
Whether you are new to art and painting on canvas, or you want to advance your current skills further, this will be a fun, interesting and informative get together, certainly to be adjusted to the aptitude of each participant. Check in to the center for more information, a materials list and to get signed up.
Do not forget to also get signed up for Marc Burnett’s drawing sessions to be held June 24 and July 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the center. Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville supports the senior center by sponsoring the arts at Fair Park.
Fair Park is an active place for seniors in Cumberland County and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some extra activities at night. The center is across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as online versions of the center’s monthly newsletter “Newsline.” Call them at 484-7416 for more information.