Linda Branch Dunn, one of ACA’s veteran art teachers and a consummate artist whose work traverses a wide cross-section of artistic mediums, has a busy Fall ahead of her. Teaching two workshops and one 4-week class just this Fall semester, Dunn has her work cut out for her – and couldn’t be more excited.
"The students are the best,” she says. “They come after work, put down their troubles and give their full energy. I encourage them to experiment. Their creativity amazes me.”
Dunn, who has been working with ACA for close to 5 years, will bring her boundless enthusiasm for the arts to ACA this Fall for another semester of arts-filled fun. In “Gelli Plates & Monoprints,” which started on October 1st and runs through to October 22nd, students have the opportunity to stamp with found objects, make stencils from everyday materials, and use Gelli Plates to create layered images.
In her “Art to Mail: Holiday Cards” workshop, running on November 14th from 12:30 – 4:30 pm, students will create vibrant, expressive collage cards for loved ones to share and enjoy. It’s the perfect place to create some wild and wonderful gifts just in time for the holiday season. And in “Collage Workshop,” taking place on November 21st from 12:30 – 4:30 pm, Dunn will guide students as they bring together found materials and original imagery to create amazing collage artwork.
Dunn is eager to teach such a wide variety of cutting-edge arts courses. “Each of my classes is a small meditation: time to recharge, relax and play,” says Dunn. But she especially notes her excitement in being able to devote 4 weeks to the Gelli Plate and Monoprint process. “It is a simple technique with infinite possibilities,” says Dunn. “I hope some students will bring their work to my collage class in the spring!”
A long-time lover of and advocate for the arts, ACA has a special place in Dunn’s heart. “A community art center feels like home. I grew up around artists, and always preferred a controlled, creative mess. I think most jobs leave us hungry for the chance to create.”
Advice for artists? “Take heart from the artists you admire,” she notes. “Look at Nature. Study what catches your eye. Go wild, then knoll your workspace. Reread Corita Kent’s Art Department rules. Ask a piece what it wants. Keep going. And enjoy the trip.”
If you’re interested in any of Dunn’s upcoming workshops this Fall, visit our website at http://www.acarts.org for more info or to register. We can’t wait to see what you create this Fall!