Fall Arts Festival adds hands-on workshops

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The Community Education Department is hosting its annual fall Arts Festival on Dec. 1, with a smattering of new offerings.

In addition to the traditional offering of student artwork that was produced during this semester, the event is offers a variety of art workshops for $5, demonstrations, food, music and massages.

The art sale, as always, includes a wide range of beautiful gift items made by students that are priced well below market value. This is a great opportunity to pick up a gorgeous ceramics piece, painting or fused glass work.

The $5 workshops allow participants to create their own masterpieces in an hour, including ceramic painting, glass ornament making, bead work and painting.

In the “Paint Your Own Ceramic” workshop, participants can select from professional bisque pieces, glaze it with a personalized design and fire the work. The finished pieces will be ready for pick-up after three days.

The “Fused Glass Ornament” workshop allows people to create stunning glass ornaments that can hang in a window or on a tree.

The bead workshop has an array of high-quality beads that can be crafted into earrings, a bracelet or a necklace, with guidance from an experienced beader.

Last, a painting master will be available to help students create a charming small ready-to-hang canvas.

Several food vendors will be on hand, as well as performing musicians and a battle demonstration from the knights in shining armor representing the New Mexico Tech chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism, known as the College of St. Golias.

Visitors can also soothe their stress with a session with students from the massage class. Massage students will offer clothed Swedish massage for a donation to help fund the new Massage Club.

The Fall 2012 Arts Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Thomas Guengerich is the New Mexico Tech public information officer.