Hampshire County Arts Council will launch its Ukulele Club on June 8, 2018.  Under the leadership of accomplished musician, Jim Morris, youths and adults of all ages and levels of experience are invited to join the Ukulele Club for lessons and practice.  Sessions will be held every Friday from 11 am – 12 noon at the Hampshire Co-op, 56 S. Marsham St. Romney.

Interest in having a Ukulele Club began in the Summer Arts Camp 2017 with dozens of youths experiencing the fun of playing ukuleles for the first time.  With just a few hours of instruction during the weeklong camp, they were performing to the enjoyment and amazement of parents and friends for the closing open house.

A number of ukuleles, provided by the arts council, are available for use by participants. Those whohave their own are encouraged to bring them.  There will be a nominal fee of $5 per session or $35 for the 9 Ukulele Club classes scheduled throughout the summer. Continuing practices will be determined by the club at the end of summer.  Come out and give it a try!  By the end of summer, you can be ready to perform for local events!  Fill out registration form Registration for Ukulele Club sponsored by  Hampshire County Arts Council.  For Information, contact Joanne Snead, 304-298-3039 

Throughout the summer months, youth entering 3rd grade in the fall up through this year’s high school graduates will have the opportunity to attend workshops taught by distinguished artists in various media.   Most of these will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays from June 7 through Aug. 10 in the classroom of the Hampshire County Co-op and Heritage Marketplace, 56 S. Marsham St., Romney.  Below you will find a list of the workshops scheduled so far.  More are expected to be added soon.

One continuing workshop that grew out of last summer’s arts camp will be a Ukulele Club that will meet every Friday, beginning June 8 at 11 am for 1 hour with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris.  Unlike the other workshops, the club will be open to youth and adults of all ages and of all levels of experience.   There will be ukuleles available for use; those who have their own instruments are asked to bring them.  Those who are just learning to play will soon find that they are becoming proficient enough to play along with more experienced musicians.  Before the end of the summer, we look forward to having a ukulele club that will be willing to perform for local events!

Performing ukuleles for open house
Ukuleles performing for Summer Arts Camp 2017

Each workshop will be limited to 12 participants to allow instructors to give their best attention to each student and will require advance registration.   The exception will be the Ukulele Club which will be unlimited in size.  A special saving offer of $35 is available for the 9 Ukulele Club classes scheduled for the summer.  For all other classes there will be a nominal fee of $5 per student per class or 6 classes for $25.

  • Friday, June 8, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 8, 1-2 pmExploring Composition taught by Sibyl MacKenzie.  Students will learn how to make dynamic compositions that draw the eye around the surface, provide balance and elegance, and interest in line and shape can be an intriguing and educational effort.
  • Thursday, June 14 & Friday, June 15, 9:30-10:30 amCartooning taught by Robin Pancake.  At the completion of this 2-session class, students will have completed their own comic strip.  There will be only a single charge of $5 for this 2-session class.
  • Friday, June 15, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 22, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 22, 1-2:30 pm:  Acrylic Painting, Beach Theme, taught by Missy Shockey. In this class students will learn how to blend and dry brush colors on canvas to create their own masterpiece to take home.
  • Friday, June 22, 3-4:30 pm:  Acrylic Painting, Dream Catcher, taught by Missy Shockey. In this class students will learn how to blend and dry brush colors on canvas to create their own masterpiece to take home.
  • Friday, June 29, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 29, 1-2 pm: “Easy-gami!”   paper folding for beginning Origami taught by Nancy Judd. Class size limited to 8.
  • Friday, July 6, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Thursday, July 12, 1-3 pm:  Watercolor, 101:  Learn the basics of watercolor painting with instructor Barbie Hillenbrand. Get past the fear of painting with watercolor and learn the magic ways behind creating great paintings.
  • Friday, July 13, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, July 13, 1-3 pm:  Watercolor – Paint What You See:  Learn the basics of watercolor painting with instructor Barbie Hillenbrand. Students will learn to take a deeper look at what they see. Is black really black? Is white really white?
  • Friday, July 20, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, July 27, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • No classes scheduled for Aug. 7-8 :  PEACH FESTIVAL WEEKEND
  • Friday, August 10, 9:15 am-10:30 am:  Draw What You HearCANCELLED
  • Friday, August 10, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, August 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Glass art, class 1:  CANCELLED
  • Friday, August 10, 3:00-4:30 pm, Glass art, class 2:  CANCELLED
  • Saturday, August 11, 9 am-11 am:  Romney’s Unique ArchitectureCANCELLED

To register, please fill in form Registration Arts Adventures Workshops and return with check made payable to HCAC Arts Adventure Workshops and mail to Joanne Snead, PO Box 305, Springfield WV 26763. For additional information, call Joanne at 304-298-3039 or email Joanne_Snead@yahoo.com.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students per class, except for Ukulele Club and will be “first come/first serve.”   Register early to insure your space! 

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This year’s Summer Arts Camp under the direction of Joanne Snead and Nachama Miller provided great opportunities for youngsters to learn from some of the best artists in our community with 84 classes in arts ranging from Acrylics and Airbrushing to Ukuleles and Yoga.   Seventeen dedicated artists, Liz Braun, Chelsea Carr, Brenton Colbert, John D’Amico, Judi Gaydos, Mark Griffith, Barbie Hillenbrand, Nancy Judd, Jeff Keister, Skylar Lane, Sibyl MacKenzie, Larry Manning, Jim Morris, Swami Ramachandrananda, Sharon Ryan, Missy Shockey and Paige Tighe shared their talents with 33 eager campers during the week of June 19-23.

Campers enjoyed classes in acrylics, airbrushing, beeswax candle making, dance, drum circle, funky canvas art, glass crafts, Harry Potter, Minecraft, mixed-media/art journaling, Origami, painting backgrounds, making paper baskets, photography, sidewalk chalk, song and rap writing, string games, ukuleles, watercolors, weaving and yoga.   The full camp day included hot breakfasts and lunches.

Artists have already committed to teach again next year along with new volunteers.  An exciting new class will be offered in cartooning.  The tentative dates for 2018 Summer Arts Camp are June 18-22.  Watch this website for information and registration in early spring.