The Southern Heartland Art Gallery hopes to deck the halls with holiday paintings as they invite artists of all ages to the gallery for several workshops and classes focused on painting holiday themed paintings.
Artist Ann Wildmon, a teacher at the gallery, said the gallery will host several classes and workshops that will feature painting holiday specific paintings starting on Nov. 30.
Wildmon said the gallery will hold the holiday edition of Just Paint on the Square, which will feature several two- or three-hour art classes that will focus on painting a special holiday painting.
Interested individuals can participate in the following classes:
• Friday, Nov. 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., artists will paint a 16x20 canvas of the featured painting "Family Lights." The cost is $25.
• Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., artists will paint a 16x20 canvas of the featured painting "Snowy." The cost is $35.
• Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., artists will paint the featured painting "Ornaments" in custom sizes. The cost is $35.
• Friday, Dec. 14, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., artists will paint a 16x10 of the featured painting "Soccer Snowman." The cost is $35.
• Saturday, Dec. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. artists will paint a 16x20 of the featured painting "Silver Tree." The cost is $25.
Wildmon said the classes will be low pressure, step-by-step led and participants will have everything supplied to them for the class. She said snacks and drinks are welcome.
"It's relaxing and you can make them Christmas presents," Wildmon said.“You can stick a toe into art and not pay for a whole bunch of classes. It’s fun.”
Wildmon said the gallery will also host an event for children and adults called Elf Camp 2012. She said the workshop will be held from Dec. 19 through Dec. 22 and children in first grade and older are invited to attend.
People who are interested in attending Elf Camp 2012 can choose from the following days to attend:
• Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, Ornaments: “Plush Santa” and “Glitter Gone Crazy” or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Peanut Ornaments: “Santa and Reindeer” for $25.
• Thursday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, Glitter Frame and a Mini canvas painting or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Large Paper Snowflakes for $25.
• Friday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, 8x10 Painted Glass Pictures or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., a 6x6 Pet portrait (bring a close-up photo of your pet) for $25.
• Saturday, Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, Ornaments on Mini Canvases for $30 or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Painted Silk Ornaments (ages 9 to adult only) for $35.
Wildmon said the Elf Camp workshop is a way for parents to give their children something to do if they need to go holiday shopping for a few hours around the square.
Anyone interested in attending any of the art classes or workshops should register ahead of time by calling the gallery at (770) 788-8799.
All classes are held in the gallery classrooms at the Southern Heartland Art Gallery and are limited to 30 people. Examples of some of the artwork can be found at artincov.com.