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Cherokee Arts Center Announces March Schedule

03/01/2012
March 01, 2012
Cherokee National Treasure Jane Osti sculpting a traditional Cherokee pot from clay.
Cherokee National Treasure Jane Osti sculpting a traditional Cherokee pot from clay.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Arts Center in Tahlequah has five upcoming art classes available in March for adults and youth interested in creating unique pieces of art that are relevant to Cherokee culture.

On Friday, March 16, Cherokee jewelry-maker Teri Rhoades will be teaching a precious metal clay class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Precious metal clay is a putty-like mixture made of silver powder, water and a binder. Participants will learn how to mold, texture and layer PMC to make pendants, earrings and small sculptures. Once the pieces are fired, the water and binder are driven off to reveal a pure silver piece of art. Registration is $90 and a deposit of $50 is required to reserve a seat in the class. Students will also pay $45 for tools, which they will get to keep.

Cherokee National Treasure Jane Osti will be teaching three sculpture classes, including a youth pottery class, a sculpture class and a shield, platters and tiles class.  

The youth pottery class will be held Tuesday, March 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The class is $25 and participants must register by Friday, March 16.

The sculpture class is for adults who are interested in learning how to make traditional clay pottery. The two-session class takes place on Saturday, March 3, and Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is $50 and participants must reserve a seat by Wednesday, Feb. 29.

In shields, platters and tiles, Osti will teach participants how to craft unique Cherokee objects using a mixture of techniques. The two-part class is on Saturday, March 24 and Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class is $50 and participants must register by Friday, March 16.

On Wednesday, March 21, Cherokee artist and lecturer America Meredith will give a two-hour presentation called “Cherokee Art History 101.” During the talk, Meredith will cov

 All classes are open to the public and held at the Cherokee Arts Center in Tahlequah, 212 S. Water St. For more information or to register for a class contact Valerie Diffee at 918-453-5728 or valerie-scraper@cherokee.org 

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