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Release Date: June 07, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

SULPHUR, Okla. -- Leanne Parker-West, a Muscogee (Creek) artist and teacher, has the cure for the summertime boredom inflicting creative types among local youth: a month of pastel, origami and calligraphy classes at the ARTesian Gallery and Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St.

She spends the fall and spring semesters teaching junior high and high school art at Dickson Public Schools in Ardmore. And since 2012, Parker-West has also taught art during the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy.

For summer break, she’s sharing her 22 years of art education experience with the public.

Her soft pastel class is 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday until June 26. Origami is 1-3 p.m. every Thursday until June 28 and calligraphy 4-6 p.m. every Friday until June 29.

Pastel is a chalk-like drawing medium consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binding agent. Working with pastels allows for a more dry appearance in a piece of art, as opposed to the smooth or wet look of paints. The difference is similar to drawing with a pencil rather than a pen.

Origami is the expressive folding of paper to produce different forms and figures, like paper statues, often without the use of cutting or gluing. Popular examples are the frog or the crane. It is often associated with Japanese culture.

Calligraphy is a visual art. It is the production of symbols in an expressive and aesthetically-pleasing manner. The work of calligraphers is commonly displayed on event invitations, in graphic design and on maps.

For July, Parker-West has planned cartooning, weaving and wax resist classes.

Each class session costs $10, which covers the cost of supplies and instruction. Classes can be taken independently, with no requirement to participate in any other class. However, students can take as many sessions as they desire.

To register, contact the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 580-622-8040.

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