Arts Council offers creative training for children and adults

This spring, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is offering three different workshops for young or beginning artists. Whether you or someone you know has never taken an art class before or would like to start anew, each class offers a different take on exploring untapped creative potential.

Starting this Saturday, March 5, internationally known artist Ramon Reyes will lead a four-week oil painting series. Originally from Venezuela, where his home, gallery, car and several possessions were seized in 2010 under the Chavez dictatorship, Reyes left for Europe, where began a series of exhibitions in Belgium and Spain. After working and teaching in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, he settled in the United States in 2015, newly inspired by the backdrop of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Reyes will also lead four-week Saturday series on mixed media beginning April 9 and papier-mâché beginning May 7.

Creative kids in kindergarten through fourth grade can also enroll in Spring Break Kids Camp from March 28-April 2, which includes participation in the opening ceremonies for Fest for All. Motivated by this year’s “Galactic Renaissance” theme, this immersion camp will introduce children to a variety of art disciplines through facilitated lessons, constructive play and audience participation at the intersection of art and science.

Adults interested in drawing can check out Mary Singleton’s beginners’ drawing workshops. Series one started March 1 and focuses on still life. Series two, Beginning Landscape, begins April 5. The final intensive drawing workshop lasts only one day, from 10-3 p.m. March 26.

To learn more about signing up, contact Mina Estrada at [email protected] or visit