February 2018 at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas

Creative Arts Center of Dallas, 2360 Laughlin Drive, Dallas, TX 75228
Register Today for Session 2 Classes
Session 2 begins the week of March 26th, but it’s not too early to sign up to make sure you get your spot.

Save the Date for Blue Plate Special
CAC’s cornerstone fundraising event, Blue Plate Special returns in the fall of 2018 on Saturday, October 6th at 2616 Commerce in Deep Ellum.
Stay tuned.

We’re opening our doors for our first Instameet here at CAC on February 10th from 10 am – 12 pm! Saturday is our busiest day of the week with student artists working in Jewelry, Mosaic, Glass, Painting, Ceramics, Stone and Metal Sculpture… Photo opportunities are endless (think fire and mud…).

Art as a Second Language Designed for Seniors
In collaboration with Dallas Parks Recreation, Creative Arts Center is offering a series of workshops for seniors at recreation centers in Dallas. Please see below for the February schedule. Each
workshop will have 12 spots available. Please register at one of the recreation centers below
or call 214-671-1601.

Join our Live Figure Drawing & Painting Group on meetup.com
We’ve created a group on meetup.com for anyone interested in fine art live figure drawing or painting.
Held at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, these figure labs are conducted on a drop-in basis and cost just $15 for members or $20 for the three-hour uninstructed session which are facilitated by a professional artist. The morning session from 10am to 1pm is a series of shorter poses ideal for drawing and the afternoon session from 1:30pm to 4:30pm consists of one long pose ideal for painting or a more completed drawing. Each lab is limited to 10 participants.

Register for a Workshop
Too busy to sign up for a class? Try one of our February workshops… Several interesting workshops are coming up including Small Boxes and Lockets, Digital Printing on Clay and Indigo Dye 101.
More info…

On Creativity…
The Nasher Sculpture Center is presenting a must-see, jaw-dropping, simply stunning exhibition through April 28. First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone is the first ever museum exhibition to present ancient handaxes and figure stones as works of art. Proposed by American artist, Tony Berlant, who has amassed a large collection of Paleolithic stones, research for the exhibition lasted nearly a decade and brought in notable archeologists, anthropologists, historians, neuroscientists and artists from around the world.
The oldest artifact is a large pebble found in South Africa – The Makapansgat Pebble – is the earliest known example of a hominin (our pre-historic ancestors) recognizing and collecting a found object that resembled a face, demonstrating a capacity for symbolic thinking. But what’s evenmore astounding is this artifact is estimated to be 2.3 million years old!
Artist Unknown, Makapansgat Pebble, ca. 2.5 million
The word “artifact” comes from two Latin words – arte or “by skill” and factum or “to make”. So, when the Neanderthals began shaping stones into tools, they essentially were the very first makers. And those makers evolved from making just simply utilitarian tools, to developing an aesthetic intent.
As Dr. Naama Goren-Inbar, a professor of archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, pointed out in her talk at the recent  Nasher’s 360 Speaker Series, artistic process is evident everywhere, including planning, spatial thinking, contingency and cooperation. Archaeologists have been able to determine that select handaxes were made by the same individuals. Pre-historic man discovered that tools could be both functional and beautiful.
You can travel back in time to discover the origins of sculpture and artistic intent on Feb 10 from 10am to noon as you create your own stone carving during the Nasher’s Rock of Ages Workshop.

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