More Than Movies: Creative outlets abound for adults at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | September 13th, 2016 10:19 am

Do you have a creative outlet? Or have you always wanted to explore the arts but felt that you lacked the time? I know that is how it is for many of us, but what if you found out that having a creative outlet is good for your health? Would that encourage you to get those creative juices flowing?

Well, according to an article from the America Journal of Public Health (“The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature”), having a creative outlet is good for us physically and psychologically. Whether it is music, visual arts, writing or dance, there is a connection to engaging in the arts and improved health. Artistic activities can reduce stress, improve mood, lower blood pressure and more.

My favorite creative outlet is jewelry making.

A couple of jewelry-making friends and I try to get together each week (Of course, we don’t meet during film festivals; there are just too many good films to see!) to work on projects, whether we made bracelets, fabricate rings or fashion necklaces. Those couple of hours we spend each week are pure relaxation and enjoyment for me. I also try to take at least one class or workshop at the Dietrich each season. These classes are really a fun way to try something new and dabble in the arts.

This fall the Dietrich will be presenting a variety of classes and workshops for you to try. While you are at it, consider recruiting a friend or two to take a class with you and make it a fun time to catch up and create a memory.

If you are like me, and would like to explore jewelry making, the Dietrich’s own Esther Harmatz will be teaching two workshops on the subject. She will teach “Jewelry Making: Intro to Glass Fusing” on two Wednesdays: from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5.

During the first class, students will learn the basics of small piece fused glass work, as they create one or two glass pendants of their own designs, which will then be kiln-fused. In the second session, students will learn how to finish their pendants and make them into necklaces to keep or give as gifts. No experience is necessary.

All the materials and supplies will be provided, and the cost for the series is $60 per person.

Harmatz will also be teaching “Fun and Easy Stained Glass Jewelry” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. During this class, participants will learn how to make a variety of fun jewelry, such as earrings and pendants, from glass pieces, plates or mini mosaic tiles. They will learn foiling and soldering as well.

Admission is $65, and as with all of Harmatz’s classes, she provides everything students will need.

For those who would like to learn pastel painting, master artist Millie Schelling will teach a series on Saturdays throughout the fall.

My husband Omar has taken a couple of her previous class series, and I must say he is really becoming quite the artist. From what I have witnessed through Omar’s classes is that pastel painting is a medium unto itself. You don’t blend colors; you build and layer color. In these classes, Schelling will guide artists in the purchase of their own materials to creating a masterpiece. She will show how to play light again shadow, layer color over color and develop dimension and rich texture. Her passion for pastel painting and sharing it with others really shines through in her teaching.

For people who would like to work on visual arts at their own pace, Open Studio and Portfolio Prep may just the thing. With the guidance of artist-in-residence Steve Colley, participants can experience drawing, painting, pottery or sculpture. He will take students from whatever experience level they are at to where they want to go with the medium of their choice. Classes are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, through the end of November. Participants can take one or many classes. Admission is $15 per class.

For more information about these and other classes, or to register, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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