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By August 10, 2009

Right now most San Antonio parents are running around trying to secure school supply lists and ensuring that all the needed items are purchased. But we are going to talk about a different type of school:

Registration opens this week for the 98 studio art classes offered by the Southwest School of Art & Craft this fall. The nonprofit community arts school offers classes in painting and printmaking, ceramics, jewelry, photography, fibers, book arts, glassblowing and more, for people at all levels of artistic pursuit.

Eleven classes in the fall term will focus on papermaking and book arts, including a class in sculptural paper clay taught by a Massachusetts artist, a pop-up book class taught by an Illinois artist, and "Pulp Painting" taught by Beck Whitehead, the department chair.

One new class offered this fall, Art Materials, was designed for people eager to create but uncertain where to start. Students will experiment with drawing, painting, sculpture, and a variety of other media in a 10-week tour of possibilities.

Other classes this fall include:

*         Creativity Workout - A day-long workshop taught by Jeannette MacDougall and Paula Owen, the school's president.

*         Chinese Calligraphy Workshop - the opportunity to use ancient bold and expressive strokes to portray the essence of a word, taught by the Chair of the Art Department, University of Missouri.

*         Stone Carving - a studio class led by Cat Quintanilla, teaching time-honored techniques for creating an indoor or garden sculpture made of fine native Texas limestone.

To receive a catalog call 224-1848 or visit www.swschool.org for more information.

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