Shemer Art Center starts virtual art classes, new app

Download the new app on an iPhone and locate Shemer Art Center in the App store, and soon via Google Play for Android phones.
Download the new app on an iPhone and locate Shemer Art Center in the App store, and soon via Google Play for Android phones.
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Shemer Art Center invites you to participate in one of its many art classes from the comfort of your home so get your pencils and paint brushes ready.

Shemer Art Center staff and instructors have been busy, converting its in-person art classes to virtual classes, creating a new app, and uploading a custom art activity book to continue delivering art education and creative activities for Valley artists and families.

“We want our students, as well as artists from all across the Valley, to be able to continue creating art, even if they have to do so from home,” said Shonna James, Shemer Art Center president/executive director, in a prepared statement.

“As a result, the Shemer is continuing its adult classes via the internet, with weekly lessons and daily instructor feedback. Registration for its next class session, starting the week of April 13, is now open. We are also taking registrations for our June Summer Camps!”

Additional ways the Shemer Art Center has transitioned its business during the time it is closed, the release said, includes creating virtual tours of its current visual art exhibitions and introducing its own app.

“The app gives our students, visitors and donors a unique way to interface and connect with the Shemer Art Center instantly, from the palm of their hand,” said Ms. James.

“Plus, the app allows us to send out important notifications and announcements, and it provides access to everything Shemer.”

A new art activity book is also available from the Shemer Art Center on its website and app, the release added, noting that the book features a compilation of images sketched by instructors from the art center for coloring or painting, as well as a drawing lesson.

Ms. James stated that it offers something for families and artists of all ages to do together while at home "during these challenging times,” and allows the art center to continue sharing  art with the community.

Originally constructed in 1919, the Shemer Art Center was noted as “the very first home built in Arcadia,” and it was purchased and donated to the City of Phoenix in 1984 by Martha Shemer.

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