New Arts Education Center Holds Classes in Schuylkill Haven

On August 30, the Walk In Art Center at Schuylkill Haven unveiled its brand new arts education center. It has since rolled out a full schedule of classes for adults and children starting the week of September 18.

“Our class schedule is a mix of what we call ‘basic’ classes and one or two night classes for special projects or the classic Paint ‘n Sips,” said Heather Butler, coordinator of the WIAC education.

“Those who have been waiting for beginners classes are in luck,” Butler said, “and WIAC offers foundation classes that teach the basics of acrylic and oil painting, watercolor, drawing and sketching, collage, sculpture and clay, and even poetry.”

Butler explained that there’s even a knitting class for those who want to try.

In addition to these basic classes, there’s a fun class for teens called “Strange Things and Monsters” with a theme to match the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things,” and several one-night paint and sip classes with different seasonal topics.

In addition to beginner pottery classes, those with some experience are encouraged to visit the Art Ed Center on Monday and Thursday evenings for Clay Open Studio. A small monthly fee will allow people to attend as many Open Studio parties as they wish each month. People interested in fiber arts — weaving, knitting, etc. — can also take advantage of the Fiber Arts Open House on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We now have a facility large enough to accommodate all types of art and creative exploration,” said Jacquie Engel, Executive Director of WIAC. “It’s equipped and unlike any other center in the region, and we want everyone to come and have a look – so join us!”

Visit walkinartcenter.org to check out and register for classes or visit the WIAC Facebook event page at facebook.com/walkinartcenter. The website also contains information on vendor opportunities, family events and more.

WIAC’s educational program is sponsored by the Wilmington Trust, and all center events and activities are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Ameriprise Financial.

The arts education center at the Walk In Art Center in Schuylkill Haven. (Courtesy of Walk In Art Center)

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