PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art & History invites the community to join Dale Cochran for his newest in a series of workshops, ““Visual Impact-Composition & Basic Perspective.”
The class takes place on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Museum’s Liz Smith-Cox Educational Studio. In this one-day workshop students will discover the impact of composition and learn the basics of perspective. Good composition is the foundation of any successful piece of art and in this workshop Dale will help identify the visual elements that create a painting and demonstrate how to manipulate them for the greatest impact. He will also cover the basics of 1, 2, and 3-point perspective drawings. “You always benefit from Dale’s one-on-one instruction and his approach of ‘meeting you where you are in your artistic journey’,” said Allen Coleman, program director.
Pre-registration for this workshop is required. The workshop is open to student ages 16 and up and is limited to a Minimum of five and maximum of 10 students on a firs-come, first-serve basis. Tuition is $85 or $75 for museum members. Lunch is not included, so bring a own bag lunch. Register online at http://www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar/ or make checks payable to the Pickens County Museum or student may use their charge card by calling museum. Tuition is not refundable after June 6. Dale’s detailed supply list will be furnished after pre-registration. This class will fill quickly so register today by calling the museum at (864) 898-5963.
Inspired by his father who moonlighted as a sign painter, Dale began his 28-year art career as an illustrator, penning and sketching cartoons, caricatures and line drawings for newspapers and other mediums. Although he received formal art training at Anderson College and Winthrop University, it was only after taking a class at the Anderson Arts Center that he found his true artistic calling: watercolor.
“With watercolor, experience is fluid … not just in the brush strokes themselves, but in the interpretation of feeling and experience, of emotion and connection,” says Dale.
Outside of painting commissioned portraits and exhibiting at galleries across the Southeast, Dale works as a creative director at Clemson University.
This class is part of the museum’s continuing effort to provide a variety of entertaining and educational programming for the community. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. For more information or to register for this class call the museum at (864) 898-5963.