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ARTISTS MOLDING ARTISTS: Classes abound this season for prospective art students, including pottery classes with Hiroshi Sueyoshi at Cameron Art Museum. Courtesy photo.

Why should kids get to have all the fun in the school supply aisles? Everyone deserves a chance to go school-supply shopping this month! While they’re picking out the latest Disney-themed backpacks, spiral notebooks and sparkly, scented pens, Wilmington has tons of options that allow adults an excuse to head to the art aisle to pick up brushes, smocks and paints.

Even those not in school can still officially say they’re an “art student” once signing up for one of the season’s scholastic offerings. Here are four of Wilmington’s best creative bets (though, the possibilities are endless and the area’s artists are waiting to share their skills with the next semester of eager students). Now, all we need is the perfect first-day outfit and an apple for the teacher.

Creating a Memorial Garden
September 10th
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice is partnering with the New Hanover County Arboretum in order to bring grieving residents a new creative outlet. Ranging from large outdoor spreads to tiny enclosed boxes, the class will give demonstrations on keeping greens and flowers healthy, take students on tours through the Heritage garden and labyrinth, then finish it up with reminiscent resources. $15 covers all class materials. Contact to sign up.

Loose and Colorful Plein Air Painting
October 12th-13th
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Plein air,” a French impressionist practice which encourages artists to set up shop and easel in the great outdoors, will have a master demonstration this October in the form of Mike Rooney. Spectrum Art and Jewelry calls him one of the state’s top “plein airists” and will bring him to Wrightsville Beach for a two-day workshop. Learn to capture real-life landscapes in the lights with which they were meant to be seen.

The class is limited to 15 people and costs $200. Call 910-256-2323 to register.

Basic Digital Photography
Dates TBA
6-9 p.m.

Cape Fear Community College’s school of continuing studies hosts an impressive roster of creative courses, including this one on basic digital photography. For cameras that won’t behave, the course will cover topics from lighting to camera settings to point and shoot techniques. The class costs $73 and requires pre-registration. Email for more info.

Clay Studio Classes
Various dates in September
5:30 p.m.

Cameron Art Museum’s clay master-in-residence, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, holds the region’s best pottery class in his studio on the museum’s campus. Techniques taught include hand-shaping, glazing and finishing a beautiful clay treasure that any artist would be proud to have in a portfolio. Email to sign up.

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