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Summer Classes at PCA

Summer Classes at Piedmont Council for the Arts
112 West Main in York Place
Contact info@charlottesvillearts.org to register

Butch Taylor – Modern Piano Techniques
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The focus is contemporary jazz. Although the the name of this class suggests piano, the techniques that Butch will be demonstrating apply to guitar and arranging as well. This is an Intermediate to Advanced level so students should have some preliminary background with music.

Butch Taylor is perhaps most widely known for his regular appearances as a keyboardist with the Dave Matthews Band. Taylor continues to play with other popular groups such as Robert Jospé Express, John D’earth, and Carbon Leaf. Additionally, Taylor is a talented composer, writer, and is the chief engineer and producer at Ravensworth Studios. He has written musical scores for advertisements of many recognizable businesses including Sprint, Holiday Inn, and Miller Lite. Some of these scores have been aired worldwide, most notably during a Super Bowl. Moreover, Taylor composed, performed, and produced an original song for the musical comedy-drama film “The Fighting Temptations.”

The classes are offered consecutively on Tuesday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 28 from 10:00am – 12:00pm and from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Student can opt for one or both per day. Each individual session is $75.
Group is limited to 6 students to provide individual attention. (Checks should be written to Butch Taylor)

Michelle Gagliano – Mastering Drawing Techniques
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This drawing class will develop Seeing/Drawing skills and sensitivity toward several approaches to the aesthetics of form and space. These include, contour, linear perspective, mark making, value, line and line quality, which will be explored. Students will work in pencil and charcoal on a variety of papers from still-life, portrait, and abstraction.

Michelle Gagliano offers considerable experience and expertise from a professional career including artist residencies, museum exhibitions, and top gallery representation throughout the country. Gagliano’s work is held in numerous private and corporate collections nationally as well as in Europe and Asia. She participates in the VMFA’s Statewide Educator program, teaching in communities around the state.

Gagliano’s art is a continuous engagement with experimentation of materials and effects. Imaginary “natural” forms and textural patinas are integrated in an exploration of surface alchemy, presenting the viewer with works that evoke both timeless private visions and universal themes and emotions.

Classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning July 4 – 20 from 12pm – 2pm.
$175 for the series of six classes. Class limit of 8 to provide focused individual attention. (Checks should be written to Michelle Gagliano)