PENDLETON - Glenn Grishkoff will be the featured artist at the first master class to be held at the Pendleton Center for the Arts. Glenn Grishkoff will teach "Make Your Mark: The Art of the Brush," to be held March 24-25.

Elizabeth Scheeler, Arts Center education coordinator said that the master classes are a new educational offering that attempt to connect with working artists and those in search of a more rigorous level of instruction.

"We're planning on offering two or three master classes a year," Scheeler said. "We're hoping to attract working artists from outside the area, providing a diverse mix that will energize everyone and provide professional development opportunities for our local participants."

Grishkoff is an internationally recognized ceramicist who has also become known for his hand-crafted brushes. He earned a master's of fine arts from Claremont Graduate University and has traveled extensively as he researched brush making and ceramics techniques.

He's presented more than 125 workshops and lectures, and his mixed media work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. His work will be on display at The Arts Center's East Oregonian gallery from March 2-25.

In his class, each participant will design and create a series of brushes using a variety of animal hairs and other materials. Grishkoff will demonstrate how to use the handmade brushes to incorporate mark making on wheel-thrown or hand-built ceramics as well as paper surfaces.

"We think this class will be a treat for both professional artists and for beginners who really want to jump in with both feet," Scheeler said.

Tuition for the two-day class is $185 plus a $30 materials fee. Arts Council members will receive a discount on the tuition. Space is limited to only 10 students, which guarantees one-on-one interaction with the instructor.

For information about other learning opportunities at The Arts Center, call 278-9201.

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