LSC-Kingwood offers new art class Da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gough, and Warhol; what inspired these artists to create worlds of color and creativity? How do you judge a piece of art properly? To answer these questions, Lone Star College-Kingwood is offering a continuing education course called “Meet the Artist.” “It is a chance for participants to be exposed to various styles of contemporary art, meet an artist and have fun doing a hands-on technique,” said artist and instructor of the course Lisa Qualls. “My goal is to de-mystify art.” Qualls works as a full-time, professional artist with easy access to a backyard gallery. With the studio right behind her home, her canvas and paintbrush are not far away when she has a new idea. Her artwork is currently on exhibit at Koelsch Gallery in Houston. Qualls received her BFA at the University of Texas at Austin. Aside from expanding her personal life with art, over the years, she has shared her knowledge of art through classes, workshops and much more. “I have a background for lot of different areas of art. It will be very natural for me to teach the class. I am excited for those who will attend,” says Qualls. She has had the opportunity to study various kinds of photography, ceramics, textiles and printmaking at Santa Chiara in Italy, Parsons and The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio. With this resume, her students should learn everything about judging art, understanding galleries, and even creating their own work of art. “Art is a huge part of my life. This may sound funny, but I knew I wanted to be an artist when I was in kindergarten. I didn’t know what that meant, but I’m glad I followed my dream,” said Qualls. During the classes, students learn about art on exhibit in the current show at Lone Star’s art gallery. After an in-depth introduction to the gallery and art vocabulary, students will have the opportunity to meet Mari Omori, the artist featured in the shop opening on May 19. Houston is the fourth largest art community in the U.S. Living in an art-diverse environment, it is easy to become confused about the meaning and purpose behind some art shows or pieces of work. Attending this course will “de-mystify,” as Qualls puts it, one’s understanding of art. “The class has two purposes. One is to get people to come to the art gallery, and the other is to make people comfortable looking at art and being able to appreciate what it represents ,” said Qualls. The class meets on Tuesdays, from May 2 to 26, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Space is limited. Students are encouraged to register as early as possible and must enroll before the first day of class. The cost for the class is $39, tickets for seniors are $32.60. To register, call 281-312-1660 or register online at Kingwood.lonestar.edu or in person in CLA room 107. Photos (from top to bottom): Letranger I will bend toward you Clandestine

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