Education

One of the RAA’s main missions is to support and encourage the visual arts through education. We provided classes for children as well as adults. We also have programs and workshops. Click on the tabs under “education” in our navigation bar to learn about upcoming classes, programs and workshops.

Children's Art Show
Children’s Art Show
Art Camp Duck Tape Collaboration
Art Camp Duck Tape Collaboration

Programs & Workshops

Georgia O’Keeffe Program

Georgia O'Keeffe's Early Years are the subject of Sept. 27 Program

The new Program Series at the Redlands Art Association Gallery starts with the lecture “ Georgia Totto O'Keeffe: Early Works, 1901-1939”, by art historian, Linda Zoeckler on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm. Zoeckler, retired, taught art history at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.

 

During Georgia O'Keeffe's long and productive life she created approximately 1000 oil paintings plus another thousand watercolors and drawings, and even a few sculptures and clay pots. Her formal art training began when she was 18, attending the fall semester of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying with John Vanderpoel. She studied at the Art Student's League in New York City under William M. Chase, Luis Mora, and Kenyon Cox.  Her painting of a dead rabbit with a copper pot shows Chase's influence.

She went on to study with Arthur Wesley Dow, a modernist who strongly influenced her approach to art and her teaching methods.  In 1915 she had an epiphany and declared "I can't live where I want to -- I can't go where I want to -- I can't do what I want to -- I can't even say what I want to - school and things that painters have taught me even keep me from painting as I want to.  I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to."  In January 1916 her radical new daringly abstract charcoal drawings came to the attention of Alfred Stieglitz, influential owner of 291 Gallery in New York and publisher of an avant-garde magazine on art and photography.  Stieglitz began to exhibit her work at 291 and other New York galleries.  When she moved to New York City, their ensuing relationship ignited her creativity and career.  This lecture will explore her working methods and sources of inspiration.  How did her unique vision produce these works?  Who were her friends and where did she travel?  When possible, using her own words, we will examine the sources for some of these timeless and mesmerizing creations.

“Hard to describe someone so sensational.”  says Linda Zoeckler.

The Gallery is located at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands. No charge, public welcome.

 

 

The Art of Stained Glass with Tom Medlicott

UPCOMING PROGRAM:  Tuesday, May 31 @ 7:00 PM

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Redlands own, admired and accomplished stained glass artist, Tom Medlicott, will be the guest speaker at the Redlands Art Association Gallery.  Medlicott has created and is continuing to create a legacy of beautiful stained glass windows in Redlands, as well as in many other California cities.  The A.K. Smiley Public Library is the home of ten of his windows.  They add a sparkle to the library, with their glistening colors, as light shines through the many shapes and sizes of colored glass.  His work can also be found, among other places in Redlands, at the University of Redlands Chapel, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Olive Market and in many Redlands homes.

Often Medlicott’s windows tell stories or record local history.  In the Young Readers Room of Smiley Library, storybooks such as Charlotte’s Web and Cinderella, are represented in glass.  Many record historical information, as in the most recently installed window at the library, honoring the 40- year career of Larry Burgess.  This stunning, 5 by 8 foot window, took over a year to complete and features important local landmarks that are meaningful to Burgess.  It is located at the end of a hall in the library’s administrative office and can be perfectly viewed from the circulation desk.

In June, a 2 by 5 foot stained glass window commemorating the 100th anniversary of Kimberly Juniors, an organization for young women, will be installed in the Heritage Room of the Library.  The window design incorporates the Kimberly Crest Mansion and gardens, along with young women in their traditional sailor outfits.  It promises to be rich in jewel like colors and marvelous detail.

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Being a fine artist and craftsman, Medlicott creates designs that are extraordinary drawings with incredible detail and then transposes them into colored glass.  Some of the intricacies are like facets on a gemstone.  A patient and meticulous master, Medlicott constructs tediously complicated works in glass, soldered together with lead.  Also, he enjoys working with copper and making mosaics.

While living in Colorado in the early 70”s, the artist learned the basic skills of his craft and picked up the rest along the way.  Doing his work extremely well, he was able to make a decent income. Eventually, he moved to Redlands in 1977 and established himself as an exceptional glass artist, while supporting his family of five.  Living in Redlands for almost 40 years, Medlicott says he’s created about 4,000 glass windows in a wide range of sizes.  That is an amazing 100 pieces a year, with some having 5,000 individual pieces of colored glass.

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Medlicott is a dedicated artist and a perfectionist, who has a relaxed, likeable manner.  He is energetic and enthusiastic about his art and life.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and hear this important Redlands artist, who has created public art that will be enjoyed for endless years.  He will share his art, stories of his artistic journey and his use of shimmering stained glass as his language for expressing so much.

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Submitted by Lori Powell

The Art and Imagination of Theme Park Design with Bill Butler

Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM

Note:  An unexpected program conflict occurred for Bill Butler, so the date of his program The Art and Imagination of Theme Park Design, has been changed to Tuesday, May 17 at 7 PM.

Bill Butler, director of creative design for Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino, the world’s foremost theme park design and animatronics production company, will be the guest artist for the Redlands Art Association.  Butler will explain the breadth of his creative work, which he describes as involving all the theatrical arts.

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Envisioning and producing a theme park attraction involves everything from drawing, painting, model-making, scripting, sculpting, molding, plastics production, casting, skin production, steel armature, fiberglass production, mechanical systems engineering and building, costuming, fur-application, electronic control systems, video and audio media production, programming, architecture, structural engineering, people management, water, power, air management, vehicle design and production, life safety systems, lighting, audio, projection and visual effects, merchandising, to maintenance. A fully cohesive attraction engages the viewers so fully that they are unaware of the integration of the many elements. Ultimately, the audience no longer views the attraction but becomes an immersed participant.

Bill Butler, 29 has been living his lifelong dream for a decade working at Garner Holt where he designs and produces theme park attractions. His passion for creative work began early in life. As a child, while his father was serving in the military in Operation Desert Storm, Butler and his mother spent nearly every weekend at Disneyland where he soon realized that creating his favorite rides was actually someone’s job, one he could aspire to having. Starting with Lego models and shoebox dioramas, Butler began to develop a vision and passion for his life’s work.

In high school and college, working as a page at the Smiley Library and the Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, he became so fascinated by the life of Abraham Lincoln that he created a model of a Lincoln attraction that he pitched to Garner Holt, hoping to land an internship with the company. His tenacity paid off and Garner Holt hired the then nineteen year-old, a college student majoring in journalism at the University of Redlands.

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In his ten years with Garner Holt, Butler has traveled to Asia and Europe meeting with clients, pitching ideas and producing attractions. He has completed projects for Disneyland, California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios. In 2013 he had the opportunity to reimagine his favorite childhood attraction: the Calico Mine Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm, which he enthusiastically describes as a dream come true. Recently, he has been at work on a flight simulator attraction at Seattle’s Pier 5, on the waterfront near Pike’s Place Market. Many other of Butler’s projects remain top secret.

With little formal training in the field, Butler has spent his twenties at Garner Holt learning his multifaceted and creative work by doing. He remains contagiously passionate and excited by his work. “Every day, I get to do all I ever wanted to do,” Butler said. Come and hear about Bill Butler’s captivating work.

Submitted by Lori Powell

Program is FREE to all.

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