March 8, 2016

Art of Building a Community


Join us in building our community through art! Classes have started, and more to follow!

Art of Building a Community

Class schedules have been updated!   Sign up now!  Class sizes are limited!  

Gold Buckle Champion teaches the fundamentals of art to everyone for free.  This is a 16 week course, divided into 4 classes each.  Sign up NOW!  Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date!


Fundamentals of Art – Drawing.  This 4 week program that covers the first 6 basic essentials to art – Line, Shape, Form, Value, Texture and Space or Perspective.  Additionally, students will be given instruction on composition.  Students will have several exercises to do and will create an original artwork based on their knowledge of these 6 essentials of art

4 consecutive weeks course       Cost:  FREE.  Limited to 12 students

(We can start a new class from the beginning, but we need at least 4 people to do this.  Email Lisa Bower, to set this up)?

Fundamentals of Art – Color.  This 4 week program covers the basics of Color Theory and Composition.  Students will create color wheels, learn about color schemes, how to mix colors and what makes for a great composition. Students will have several exercises to do and will create an original artwork in color using acrylic paints.

4 consecutive weeks course       Cost:  FREE.  Limited to 12 students

Self-Identity Portrait.  This series encourages students to think about themselves in terms of symbolism.  In this program, students explore what factors such as race, religion and family shape their personal identity. They will then create self-portraits made up of objects, symbols and/or imagery that represent various parts of their identities.

4 consecutive weeks course       Cost:  FREE.  Limited to 12 students

Western Heritage Project    These lessons will cover what Western Heritage is and what that means to the students today.  Western Heritage is a lifestyle.  This includes work, family, community.  Western Heritage was the generation that instituted the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” program.  Nothing went to waste and values were high principles of living.  These included family, hard work and pride in craftsmanship.

4 consecutive weeks course                      Cost:  FREE.  Limited to 12 students

Additional Art Classes  Acrylics, Biro Technique (Ball Point Pen Beginner and Advance), Crochet 101 & 102, Learning to Weave, Coffee & Color Book, Clay Figure Sculpting,  Water Color Pencils, and more!

Additional Art Classes
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Colored Pencil Drawing Classes.  Using colored pencils, students will learn about the various types of colored pencils, learn how to apply varying pressure to create certain effects.  They will also learn application techniques, the “5 Do’s to Better Hues” and how to burnish to achieve realistic representation.  Besides drawing exercises, students will create a final painting using the lessons learned

4 week course.  Cost:  $20.00 per student (includes all materials).  Limited to 12 students

Clay Figure Sculpting.   Students will learn to mold and knead earthenware to create a clay figure.  They will learn terms used in working with clay.  There will be two weeks to create a sculpture, then a week break while the figures are dried and fired.  Then there will be 2 weeks to paint and decorate their figures.   Finished products will be finished with an acrylic sealant.?

4 week course (over 5 weeks).  Cost:  $20.00 per student (includes all materials).  Limited to 12 students

Learn to Weave.   Students will create their own loom and learn how to set it up a loom with the warp and weave yarns.  They will learn the terms used in weaving and then design and make their own woven creation.

4 week course.  Cost:  $20.00 per student (includes all materials).  Limited to 12 students

?Crochet 101.  Learn the basics of crocheting starting with creating a granny square.  Instructions are given on how to make single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches to create your granny square.  All supplies are provided to for the first assignment.  From there students can make scarves, hats, more granny square to make a blanket or other unique items.  Yarn for their final product will be furnished by the students – this allows them to pick their colors and style of yarn.

4 week course.  Cost:  $20.00 per student (includes some materials).  Limited to 12 students

Learn to Paint with Acrylics.  Students will learn techniques on how to handle acrylic paints.  This includes creating an underpainting, setup your paint palette, the application of paint – wet and dry techniques, mixing paints, how to keep paints from drying out while in use and much, much more

4 week course.  Cost:  $20.00 per student (includes all materials).  Limited to 12 students

Learn to Paint with Watercolors.  Students will learn techniques on how to handle watercolor paints.  This includes developing the drawing and layout, setup your paint palette, the application of paint – wet and dry techniques, mixing paints.

4 week course.  Cost:  $20.00 per student (includes all materials).  Limited to 12 students

Oil Painting with Lisa Bower.   These are customized classes to fit individual needs.  In these classes you will learn painting fundamentals, use of brushes to create varying brush strokes, blending and mixing colors, composition, indirect vs direct painting and more.  Classes will run in 4 week increments and can be setup directly with the instructor to determine dates and times.

4 week course.  Cost:  $20.00 per student (some materials supplied).  Limited to 12 students

By our actions, we wish to demonstrate the legendary proceedings of the men and women, unafraid of hard work, who founded the west, and the lifestyle that gave them the courage it took to endure its hardships and lead them to a better life.

In the 1800’s every large ranch held a rodeo or a cutting and invited the entire community out to be involved. This was the “Art of Building a Community”. They revealed crafts, sold wares, exchanged recipes, but most of all, they shared laughter and ideas. They worked side by side to teach and guide their children and developed a strong community.

Gold Buckle Champion continues the tradition of our Western Heritage by teaching and guiding our children. Our focus is on developing the creativity in our children through our art program, Art of Building a Community. Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other academic achievements. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

According to a Mississippi State University study, effective classroom arts integration can reduce or eliminate educational achievement gaps for economically disadvantaged students.

Gold Buckle’s goal is to teach the fundamentals and basics of art to parents and grandparents, to allow them to be comfortable with art.  From this we can develop a volunteer base that can go into the schools to teach the basic fundamentals of art on a regular basis.

Our amazing artists will also be teaching art classes for those who are not interested in volunteering, but would just like to develop additional skills and learn the concepts of art. Art is not just good for the soul, but for your health as well.

Here’s how some researchers described the impact that visual art activities had on their patients…

"Art Filled Occupational Voids, Distracted Thoughts Of Illness"
“Improved well–being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones”
“Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression”
“Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions”
“Reductions in distress and negative emotions”
“Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks”
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