New year means new art courses at Greenfield’s Artspace

  • Artspace, at 15 Mill St. in Greenfield, is offering new classes starting this month. Contributed photo/Sarah Robertson

  • Artspace, at 15 Mill St. in Greenfield, is offering new classes starting this month.

For the Recorder
Published: 1/8/2020 6:09:48 PM
Modified: 1/8/2020 6:09:13 PM

GREENFIELD — This week marks the start of eight new art courses being offered at the nonprofit Artspace Community Arts Center at 15 Mill St., which will continue for eight weeks.

Lahri Bond and Deborah Bazer are artists, teachers and life partners new to Artspace who have taught art throughout Pioneer Valley for more than 20 years. They have worked for organizations like The Guild Studio School, Amherst Community Art Center and Mudpie Potters, and serve as co-directors of the children’s, art and nature summer programs held at Hampshire College.

“We both try to nurture our students’ creativity in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment,” Bond said. “We particularly enjoy working with children, and often incorporate storytelling into our classes, as we are both well-versed in folklore and mythology.”

Bond, who also serves as an art director for “Voice Male Magazine,” is teaching the children’s course “Puppets, Masks and Mythological Creatures.” The class dives into folklore from Greece, Celtic and Norse legends, plus African, Asian, Australian and Native American traditions through paper maché sculpture and mask-making for imaginative play.

Paper maché is not just for children, however. Bond is teaching another course this winter session, “Into the Third Dimension: Paper Maché and Mask Making for Adults,” that will teach participants how to make large sculptures, puppets, masks, and theater and political props from the paper and paste medium.

Meanwhile, Bazer will be teaching three clay and sculpture courses. “The Kids’ Clay Studio” will dive into the tactile pleasures of working with clay, all while teaching students traditional pinch, slab and coil techniques. Another youth class, “Plants, Knees, Stones and Bees,” also explores sculpture through a variety of mediums like wool, clay, wire and paint. The Tuesday course will introduce children to influential artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Georgia O’Keefe and Henry Moore.

Bazer will also teach a “Handbuilding with Clay” course on Thursday evenings for adults with an interest in ceramics (no prior experience is required).

“Art and nature have been the guiding force in both our lives, and remains the lens through which we see the world,” Bond said.

Additionally, pastel artist Becky Clark is again teaching two courses on pastels, but her first session is already full. The second course will take place Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The course is open to adults looking to practice pastel composition, drawing and blending while engaging in discussions and critiques.

Lastly, on Saturday, Jan. 11, artist Ashley Yang Liu will teach a course on Chinese calligraphy, with students learning how to write in traditional Kaishu script.

Music lessons

Artspace also offers private music lessons, with a special group ukulele class beginning this month. Private music lessons are available on guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano, winds, brass, ukulele and voice. Registration is ongoing, with the official start to the semester on Jan. 27.

A solo recital featuring private students of Artspace teachers will be held on Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew. The event is free and open to the public.

A group ukulele class, with one session for youth and one for adults, also started this week, and will run on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks. Led by instructor David Herrera, students will learn to play several songs and gain skills to practice more on their own.

Open jam sessions to resume Jan. 24

On the fourth Friday of every month, resuming on Jan. 24, Artspace hosts a noontime open jam session led by musician Kevin Dee and a rotating cast of Artspace instructors. Musicians of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 per person, but no one is turned away for inability to pay.

For more information on Artspace’s various classes, call 413-772-6811, email or visit

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