Lyme Art Academy showcases new offerings at September 21 information session

OLD LYME — Studio Immersion and the Young Masters Afterschool Program are two new offerings among the classes that will be featured at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts Information Session on Wednesday, September 21 from 6-8 p.m.

“The Studio Immersion program works well for people who need some flexibility in their schedule. We wanted to create something for people who really wanted to do very serious and rigorous training, but didn’t have the time,” said Edmond Rochat, Director of Continuing Education and Head Teacher of Anatomy at the school.

The schedule is five days a week, but the program is project-based, so if a student misses a day, they can pick up where they left off when they return, Rochat said.

“To advance through the curriculum, you just have to complete the projects, which can take you a few days or a few weeks, but when you complete one, you move on to the next and so it’s aggressive but also adaptive to people’s time” , he said.

The new Young Masters program is an after-school offering for students ages 12 to 18, said Rick Lacey, director of youth programs.

“Everything is observational drawing. It’s the same type of classic stuff that we do across the board at Lyme Academy,” said Lacey, a portrait artist and 2011 academy graduate.

“We’re basically training our hand and our eye to be able to see and then not necessarily copy – but we’re retraining our hand and our eye to be able to accurately draw what we see in front of us,” he said. . “Often we have preconceived ideas about how things look and so the whole idea of ​​the program is to ask questions about what we see.”

The event will include live drawing demonstrations by faculty and a tour of campus and studios.

Other offerings this fall include the core curriculum, workshops, open studio drawing and more.

RSVP to the event here.

Mildred D. Field