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COA’s “Arts Week” Begins April 3Elizabeth City

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College of The Albemarle’s (COA) “Arts Week: Art Where You Are” will be held from Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7 at various locations on the Elizabeth City Campus and at Arts of the Albemarle.


Monday, April 3

The Logic of Zincir: the Traditional Border Chain Design Workshop

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Elizabeth City Campus, C 201, Seat limit: 18
Julia Townsend, Art Instructor, COA

Learn to create a commonly used border ornament used from ancient to modern times. The “zincir,” which means “chain” in Turkish, is learned with lines and points made with pencil on graph paper, with a ruler. A brief historical survey will show examples from Roman mosaics, Scandinavian runestones, Celtic knots, Persian ceramics, Sapi carving and Chinese sculpture. Anyone who loves patterns will enjoy this session.

Spanish Slang Session

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Elizabeth City Campus, A Building Hallway
Open to the Public

To someone who isn’t a native English speaker, there are many phrases that are bizarre to say the least. Similarly, Spanish has phrases that are funny and commonly used every day, but they’re totally foreign to foreigners because they don’t translate literally. Don’t be caught off guard. Stop by our table and let our Spanish I students teach you some funny phrases. You can use them just to get a quick laugh during your Spanish conversation, or whenever you feel like lightening the mood.

Tuesday, April 4

Good Vibrations

Noon – 1 p.m.
Elizabeth City Campus, A Building Hallway
Sandra Krueger, Music Instructor, COA
Open to the Public

Come feel the rhythm as we make music with what is around us. Learn how to make extraordinary music with ordinary materials. Dazzle your friends with your new-found rhythm mastery; all it takes is five minutes and a plastic cup (cups provided).

Etched Jewelry Workshop

Noon – 2 p.m.
Elizabeth City Campus, C 222, Seat limit: 10
Kathryn Osgood, Professional Jeweler and Associate Professor, COA

In this workshop, learn a simple process for etching designs onto brass and copper. We’ll experiment with using rubber stamps and permanent markers as resists to create textures, patterns and images on metal. You’ll be able to create a piece of jewelry to take home, such as a cuff bracelet, earrings or pendant. All levels are welcome.

Wednesday, April 5

Fish-Printing Workshop

2 – 4 p.m.
Elizabeth City Campus, C 222, Seat limit: 25
Nora Hartlaub, Art Instructor, COA
Christina Weisner, Art Instructor, COA

Fish printing, or Gyotaku, is a traditional Japanese printmaking technique used to record the day’s catch. Make a fish print and take home a local “catch” of your own from the art department at COA.

Thursday, April 6

Pastel — Painting Workshop

9 a.m. – noon
Elizabeth City Campus, C 222, Seat limit: 18
Visiting Artist James Melvin

Well-known Outer Banks artist James Melvin will guide students in creating a pastel painting of a marsh scene. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the medium of pastel and the creative process from a professional working artist. All supplies will be provided to create an original 9 inch by 12 inch pastel painting to take home.

Artist Talk: Visiting Artist James Melvin

2 – 3 p.m.
Elizabeth City Campus, AE 208
Open to the Public

James Melvin, Outer Banks artist and illustrator of the well-loved children’s books by Suzanne Tate, will give a talk on his career and work. This unique opportunity will allow visitors to hear about Mr. Melvin’s creation of the Pea Island Lifesaving Crew portraits at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, alongside his work as a professional artist and illustrator.

Ceramics Co-op Sale and Food

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Elizabeth City Campus, AE Atrium
Open to the Public

Stop by COA’s Ceramics Cooperative’s annual sale. Enjoy pottery by COA student artists and purchase a delicious plate of food.

Friday, April 7

COA and Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Student Exhibition “X2” and Reception

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Arts of the Albemarle
516 E Main St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

COA and ECSU X2, a student exhibition of painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and design. Join friends and students to enjoy visual art and help us launch COA’s 2017 edition of Estuaries, our literary and visual arts magazine. Enjoy a musical playlist engineered by Sandra Krueger’s Music Appreciation students. Live guitar performance by Dr. Steve Raisor, Music Professor, COA.

Art to Wear Runway Show

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Arts of the Albemarle
516 E Main St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

The Art to Wear Runway show will feature models presenting jewelry and wearable sculpture created by COA students.


To sign up for workshops, contact Ekaterina Younger at