Art Guild announces weekend classes

Published 9:49 pm Thursday, January 12, 2012

Those who attend Saturday’s classes will have the opportunity to create artwork by heating and molding glass. -- Desiree Taylor

Growing up, you may have been told to never “play with fire,” but this weekend, the Selma Art Guild gives you permission to.

This Saturday, mold and manipulate your own glass creations using fire from a kiln at the guild’s first “infused glass” class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., inside the gallery. Under the instruction of guild artist Jo Taylor, learn how to create necklaces, earrings or pins from pre-cut glass.

Guild president Sally Jordan, who has used the medium in the past, said there’s no need for prior experience before getting involved.

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“You don’t have to plan it in detail for it to come out looking nice,” Jordan said. “With painting you need to kind of plan out what it will look like or you need someone instructing you there. You don’t need any experience (with infused glass), so that’s kind of nice.”

Jordan said the art form is also nice to use as home décor.

“It’s a lot of fun to just create and find out after its been fired, what it really looks like,” Jordan said. “It’s nice to put on your wall in addition to paintings, etc.”

The cost of the class is $50, with a limit of 10 participants. Everything needed is included in the price of the class. For more information or to register, call 872-1500 or email

Jordan said the guild will also hold paint parties titled “Take pArt in Art,” beginning Thursday, Jan. 19 and 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for adults, and Saturday, Jan. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for grades sixth through eighth grades.

A class will also be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for third through fifth grade students. Jordan will teach the adult class, which will feature painting landscapes and still life projects. The cost of each session is $20 and will include all supplies, instruction and snacks.

Jordan said many future projects for the guild are in the works.

“We’ll have art programs for home schooled students (and) public tours for students, businesses and clubs,” Jordan said.  “We’re also going to do an art book club, which is new, at the end of February; the book is ‘Girl in Hyancinth Blue,’ by Susan Vreeland. “We’ll be also celebrating two members, who are turning 100, birthdays sometime this year,” Jordan said.

“The public can (also) schedule birthday or bridal parties on demand (at the guild). Call 875-4262 to register.”

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