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Instructor Highlight: Creativity, Expression, and Inspiration

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Educational Alliance Art School at Manny Cantor Center is gearing up for Spring and Summer Sessions filled with creativity, expression, and inspiration. Limited-time discounts for new students are available now!

We talked to our instructors to find out what motivates them to share their creativity, and how community arts programs enhance student learning.

Thomas Legaspi
Painting in Acrylic & Oil | Thursdays | 10AM-12:30PM | 4/11– 6/13 | $375

“Sharing and exchanging lessons about creativity is what I love about teaching art. I primarily am an oil painter, however I use frequently Gouache, acrylic, watercolors and common drawing mediums such as charcoal, graphite and color pencil.
In a community setting such as MCC, students truly are there to experience and discover their own creativity unencumbered with other factors such being evaluated for a grade, or to fulfill scholastic requirements. It’s personal and recreative.
I hope students feel fulfilled and leave my class with more knowledge, confidence and excitement about their creative potential than when they started.”

Learn more about Thomas’s work, or sign up for his class here.

Liz Lohr
Adult Ceramics | Sundays | 10:30AM – 1PM | 4/7 – 6/23 | $475
Teen Ceramics | Wednesdays | 4 PM-6PM | 4/10 – 6/19 | $350

“I love teaching ceramics because I believe it connects people to the earth and each other in an uncommon way. We use natural elements and mimic the geological processes of our planet. We reshape the earth with our hands.
Ceramics is a medium for those who will never stop learning. I call my ceramics career my practice as a way to keep close the truth that there is always room to learn and improve, and that this is a journey. Teaching is a way for me to share that journey with others.
When you’re designing work that is functional, there is an inherent need to understand how a others will use what you make. Community centers invite all abilities and ages as makers. This sharing community allows artists with different abilities and viewpoints to see and learn the needs of design for a much more expansive audience.”

See more of Liz’s work and learn about her class here.

Evan Hagan
Adult Ceramics
Tuesdays | 10AM – 12:30 PM | 4/9 – 6/11 | $475
Thursdays | 10AM – 12:30PM | 4/11 – 6/13 | $475
Fridays | 10AM – 12:30PM | 4/5 – 6/21 | $475

What I love about teaching is recognizing when one of my students has an “AHA!” moment. You can actually see the moment it clicks in their brain and the pure excitement of learning something new registers on their face. It never gets old!
I am a ceramist, and illustrator. In a way teaching others about ceramics allows me to experience the material for the first time again. And that forces me to deconstruct a lot of the techniques that, after 16 years, I’ve begun to take for granted. This helps me better understand the technical aspect of the material for myself, and allows me to find better ways of describing those techniques to my students.
My goal for every class is to instill in my students a sense of wonder and appreciation for the creative arts. And to help develop in each student an ability to express themselves creatively.
Evan Hagan is Educational Alliance Art School’s Studio Manager and

Artist in Residence. Learn more about Evan’s work and classes here.

Jaleh Fazel
Adult Ceramics | Wednesdays | 10AM – 12:30PM | 4/10 – 6/12 | $475

Being in a classroom with an audience helps me to focus on presenting different techniques in a way that will help the students realize their goals. Ultimately the artist is in them—and that is a learning process for me, because sometimes I need to research in order to better answer the specific question.
My teaching experience has been in university settings, private ceramic studios, high schools, and as a studio potter working and teaching privately. Teaching at an organization like MCC has been rewarding in many ways, especially through the camaraderie, and the many interesting and interested participants that walk into the studio.
What I hope to achieve at the end of each semester is to leave a group of people who take home not only their art and a sense of accomplishment, but an experience that will motivate them to continue working with the humble clay!

See more of Jaleh’s work and learn about her class here.

To see our full list of Spring course offerings, and learn about Educational Alliance Art School at Manny Cantor Center, visit www.mannycantor.org. You can also take advantage of limited time discounts by visiting our website.

Plus, stay tuned for more information about upcoming workshops in embroidery, fluid painting, and jewelry making coming soon!

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