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The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance (TCAA) has a full class line up ready to begin next week (the first week of February) at the Tuolumne County Arts Academy at KASA.

Michele Tennent, Arts Academy Administrator, was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Classes for all age groups are scheduled for either after school and after work hours for the convenience of students.

The types of classes vary from a 4-week workshop in Animal Art for children to ongoing Master Classes in Classical Jazz for adults.

Beginning Monday, a Rock n’ Roll Guitar/Bass class taught by professional musician Dave Friedman will be offered. This class is geared toward students from twelve to eighteen who are interested in mastering the electric guitar or bass and learning how to provide a quality, professional performance. This is an ongoing class.

On Tuesdays, Professional Photographer Rory Thompson, will be teaching a 6-week workshop in Beginning Photography for students ages twelve to adult.

An ongoing Master Class in Jazz Vocals taught by Grammy Award Winning Musician Alan Weaver Copeland will also be meeting on Tuesday evenings.

A 3-week workshop in Digital Illustration taught by Graphic Arts and Illustration, Michele Carranza, will meet on both Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on February 6th.

On Wednesday’s students ages twelve to eighteen can roll up their sleeves and create with paper mache in Professional Sculptor, Christine Spracklin’s 6-week Totem Sculpture workshop.

Thursdays Copeland will be back on campus teaching an ongoing Master Class in Jazz Strings.

Friday afternoons in February, Irene Taylor will be teaching a 4-week class in Animal Art for children 8 to 12 years old. Spracklin will also be teaching a 6-week Ceramic Mask Making workshop for adults on Friday evenings.

In addition to the longer workshops offered at the KASA site, the TCAA Art Academy will be starting one and two-day Saturday workshops and once a month life learning type classes. The first of this series will be a workshop in Shibori, or Japanese Tie-Dye taught by Professional Artist & Fabric Fashionista, Laurie Livingston. This class will meet Saturday, February 22nd. The second workshop will be a two-day Wellness Arts Workshop in Gluten Free Goodness taught by Professional Nutritionist, Julie Baier. This class will meet on March 8th and March 22nd.

Class fees vary depending on the workshop, but a full list of course fees and requirements can be found on the TCAA website at Unless otherwise specified, all classes will meet in the KASA Classrooms on the Historic Dome campus at 251-B Barretta Street. These classes begin next week so enrollment is needed by either today or Monday of next week. If you have further questions please contact Carranza at (209) 532-3234 or call the TCAA main office at (209) 532-2787 or stop by the main office located on the Historic Dome Campus at 251-C Barretta Street in the former Sonora High Cosmetology Building.

The Tuolumne County Arts Academy is a program run by the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the California Arts Council. TCAA was created to promote and support all forms of cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Tuolumne County and is funded in part by Tuolumne County, the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, generous local donors, as well as the wonderful TCAA members.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am.