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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 25, 2017

Fairfield Art Association offering free art class with Elaine Duncan

Jan 31, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Elaine Duncan, who created this mixed media piece, will lead a free art class Feb. 7 at the Fairfield Art Association Studio.

Fairfield Art Association announces the opportunity to take a free art class with instructor Elaine Duncan from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 7 at the association’s studio in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Duncan instructs a regular art class every-other-week titled “Art for your Sake.” It is an opportunity to try being creative, with no experience needed.

Duncan is a well-known local artist and experienced instructor, who has worked in a variety of media, from ceramics and jewelry to painting and collage. She has a way of leading the class with both group and individual attention, bringing out the best of each student. Duncan believes making art is an enjoyable process and a natural expression of the unique creative energy within you.

“You do not have to have any special ability, talent or aptitude to make art and have fun doing it,” she said. “In this class, we will be using different materials in our spontaneous art-making. You do not have to know how to draw or paint, you only need bring yourself and an open attitude.”

Anyone interested in the free class should preregister, if possible, with Duncan by emailing her at elaine@elaine-duncan.com. Those who cannot email can just show up that day. Materials will be provided.

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Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Feb 01, 2017 13:10

Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Grinnell College students lined up on the first floor of the Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center Thursday evening, patiently waiting their turn to make a personal set of reusable chopsticks from wood harvested to make way for the new Humanities and Social Studies Complex.

“This is a great way to recycle wood from campus into something I can keep with me,” said Evan Feldberg-Bannatyne ’20, as he used a hand plane to smooth one of the four sides of one of his chopsticks.

“Plus,” he added, “my roommate is from Shanghai and he promised to help me master the art of eating with chopsticks.”

“This is a fun way to promote Asian culture,” said Rong Guo ’19 of China. “I like watching how the chopsticks are made. I use them, but I never knew how to make them.”

Hoang Cao ’19 puts his chopstick-wielding skills to the test by competing in the timed contest to transfer the most marbles from one bowl to another.While waiting for their turn at one of the four jigs, some students competed to see who could use chopsticks to transfer the most marbles from one bowl to another in 1 minute. Scores ranged from 0 to the winning total of 25.

No previous woodworking skills were needed, but it took most students from 15 to 20 minutes to use a special jig and planer to transform two slender sticks of walnut or sycamore into a smooth pair of chopsticks.

“I was impressed that so many students were willing to wait in line to make their chopsticks,” said Karen Edwards, associate dean and director of International Student Affairs. “They were enthusiastic about the chance to create a meaningful souvenir.

“Due to the popularity of the event,” Edwards added, “it will likely be repeated on other occasions this spring.” The next opportunity for students to make their own chopsticks will be during the Wellness Fair on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Sponsoring the inaugural chopstick-making event were Facilities Management, the Department of Chinese and Japanese, the Office of International Student Affairs, and the Institute for Global Engagement.

Photos courtesy of Takahiro Omura ’17.



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