Spectrum: Artful winter at DCA

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/DCA
Candy House decorating workshops will be offered at DCA.

The 2020 DCA Winter Catalog is out! New classes, workshops, concerts and creative experiences await in the New Year – visit dorchesterarts.org to view and download or stop by 321 High St. to pick up a copy. You may find an offering or two perfect for gift-giving. DCA offers gift certificates that can be customized to reflect your choices. Features for winter include:

• Thursday Sandwich Scholars: A lunchtime learning experience for cold winter days. Bring your sandwich, DCA will provide drinks and dessert. Scheduled topics will include the psychology of color, how the right frame can make your art pop, learning to relax through the art of Zentangle, social media basics, what determines the value of art, exploring Dorchester, and many more. Thursdays (noon-1 p.m.) Jan. 9 – March 26. Weekly cost is $5 for DCA members and non-members.

• Teen Poetry Workshop (Ages 13-18) with Grace Cavalieri, Maryland’s 10th Poet Laureate. Learn to tell your story through poetry in this free workshop. The course involves talks, prompts and writing on the spot. Please bring writing materials to the workshop. Grace will record each poet with at least a few of their new lines created, to make a podcast of the event. Those under 18 years of age will need to bring signed permission slips which will be furnished at registration for their poems to be featured in the podcast. Saturday (1-3 p.m.) Jan. 18. Grace Cavalieri is an American poet, playwright and radio host of “The Poet and the Poem” from the Library of Congress. Learn more at www.gracecavalieri.com.

• Children’s Tales Told, Dance and Sing Along (Ages 3-10) with Storyteller GrandDaddy, Walter Jones. Granddaddy is a musical storyteller; a graduate of Yale University and Howard University Divinity School. He received training in special education and reading instruction from Goucher College and Towson University. This fun and engaging educational experience opens the door to the world of knowledge by presenting quality “edutainment” that not only stimulates young minds with the best of contemporary culture but also teaches vital social and educational skills. Saturday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Jan. 25. Cost – $5 per person, $15 max. per family.

• Painting Still Life in Oil with Maggii Sarfaty. Introductory class where students will explore good composition, how to create an underpainting, evaluation and application of color through still life. All materials will be provided. Length – 4 weeks Fridays (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Feb. 7 – Feb. 28. Cost – $70 DCA members, $110 non-members. Materials fee – $25 payable to instructor at first class date.

DCA Annual Appeal
The annual fundraising appeal for Dorchester Center for the Arts is underway. As you consider your gift-giving, please consider a gift to DCA and know that gift will continue to give the whole year through. DCA supporters make the magic happen: classes for all ages, youth summer camp, concerts and theatre, monthly gallery exhibits, and so much more. Over 13,000 people experience the arts each year at DCA.

In 2020, DCA celebrates 50 years of art for all. Help us be around for 50 more! Visit DCA online for donation letter and reply slip. Thank you for your support.

Holiday Happenings
Candy house decorating workshops with Helen Bannon and the Second Saturday Artists’ Reception will be held on Dec. 14, The Chorus of Dorchester on Dec. 17 and the Wednesday Morning Artists and Friends Gallery of Gifts through Dec. 23. “Lesley Giles: Reflecting on Water” will be on exhibit through Dec. 23 as well.

For more information on these and additional activities at DCA, call 410-228-7782, stop by 321 High St., or visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org. Like us on Facebook! Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Barbara J. Seese, executive director.