Maricopa Center offers plethora of community education classes in March and April

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - The Central Arizona College Community Education program will be offering a quintet of classes at the college's Maricopa Center in the coming weeks, all geared toward visual arts and crafts.

Helen Kovac, who previously owned two sewing schools - will instruct three courses during the semester, including two where students can hone the craft quilting.

Professional artist Megan Abdallah will teach the other two courses, both aimed at painting.

Each course is offered over the course of consecutive Saturdays, from Noon-2 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

In Beginner Quilt Making, offered Mar. 19 and 26, students will learn the basics of quilt making while constructing a quilt using the latest quick cutting techniques and machine piecing skills. Everything from fabric selection to binding the finished quilt will be covered in this class. The class costs $25.

Quilt Making: T-shirt Quilt, held Apr. 2 and 9, will give students the chance to learn the basics of quilt making while creating a quilt from old T-shirts using the latest quick cutting techniques and machine piecing skills. The class costs $25.

Kovac also will instruct Creating Business Presentations and Materials on Apr. 23 and 30 from Noon-2 p.m. Students will learn the basics of PowerPoint to create professional presentations such as a slideshow, overheads and advertising for businesses. In the second part of the class, students will learn how to create professional-looking newsletters, bulletins, business cards and flyers in Publisher. The class costs $25.

Oil and Acrylic Painting is a course introducing students to composition, form, and color using oil and acrylic paints. This class will be offered Apr. 2 and 9 and costs $25 to attend.

Basic Drawing Techniques: Using Watercolors will be in session Apr. 16 and 23, from 9 a.m.-Noon. This beginner's class introduces basic watercolor technique and artwork of well-known impressionist and post-impressionist artists. The price of this class is $36.

Kovac taught child development and fashion design at South Mountain High School in Phoenix for 10 years. She currently teaches career exploration at Maricopa High School.

A teacher for 13 years, education at the high school and college levels are Kovac's second career. She previously owned and operated two Sew & Vac stores, as well as two sewing schools. She currently shares a multifaceted consulting business with her husband, Larry Kovac.

Kovac also possesses a culinary background, baking and decorating cakes in all sizes for all events, and party planning. She also holds two master's degrees from Northern Arizona University.

Abdallah, a native Texan, received her first formal training from Master Carver Jon Russ, in Arkansas. She was awarded an Arkansas Arts Grant and continued her studies, creating a series of carved and painted replicas of North American Birds.

She continued her studies at Henderson State University (Ark.) and received a B.F.A in studio art with an emphasis in painting and art history. She then traveled throughout the United States creating murals and commissioned pieces.

Her works are in private collections and permanent displays in Arkansas, Alabama, California, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington and Barcelona, Spain.

Abdallah is currently focused on creating abstracts and distorted realism with mixed mediums and oil painting. Her first comprehensive collection of paintings, the Symbol Series, is a mixed media of sand, oil, wood burning and gold leaf.

In this series, she creates meditative Hindu Mandalas by inscribing Sanskrit text and Hindu prayers in sand and/or wood with gold leaf, paint and/or wood burning. The process is meditative for her and, in turn, becomes meditative Mandalas for others to use.

Her second series, the Cellular Series, is a powerful use of complimentary colors layered with sand creating a primal energy of organic formation.

Her third series, Partum, is a collection of soulful figures representing the inner self impregnated with the symbolic creation, nurturing and sacrifice of art. Abdallah's art can be viewed at www.abdallahart.com.

If interested in registering for these courses, students may do so through the city of Maricopa at www.maricopa-az.gov, or in person at 45145 W. Madison Ave., Maricopa, AZ, 85139.

For questions regarding the registration process or for questions about specific courses, please contact Maria Billingsley at 520-316-6962 or Verl Long 520-494-6405.

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