Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour Stops At UNM-LA

Students in Barbara Yarnell’s Ceramics class wedge the clay in preparation for beginning new pieces. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
Students transfer designs onto clay tiles. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will participate in the Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour (LAAST) Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15.
UNM-LA Instructors Barbara Yarnell and Patrick Harris invite the community to view student work from their ceramics, drawing and painting classes. 
“This not only provides the public a chance to meet the student artists and view their work, it also helps the students develop their voice as artists,” Yarnell said.
To show their work professionally during LAAST, students learn to how to display, price, and sell their work.
“The community members always ask really interesting questions,” Harris said. “Students have a chance to explain their own work. People are surprised that we have such a vibrant art community here at UNM-LA. And such diversity of students – from high school to homeschool, the traditional students and the working students, as well as retired folks. The classes are much better because of that.”
The ceramics class will exhibit a variety of functional and sculptural ceramic forms that showcase their ability at hand building, throwing, slip and glaze work. The art of reduction firing will be well represented with works in Raku.
Students from the drawing class will show large works in charcoal on paper; portraits and landscapes are featured. Artwork from the painting class varies wildly. Each student imagined, designed, and painted an original work in oil or acrylic.
The instructors agree that the Studio Tour is an important opportunity for the students. For many it is their initial experience in explaining what they do in a larger context than the classroom. 

“We give students the creative and supportive space to develop their style. The Studio Tour gives them an opportunity to learn how to use words to share their vision,” Yarnell said. “There are a number of students who take clay classes that are not typical degree seeking students. Some of my students submit works of art for entry into shows at Fuller Lodge Art Center, or go on to show and sell their art in other venues.”

UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr., is stop #2 on the Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour. Instructors and students will host a reception serving snacks and drinks 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Jeanette O. Wallace Hall.
UNM–Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at http://losalamos.unm.edu.

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