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Bad Art Club

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Event description

Event description

4th Saturday of each month
(exception May 18th)

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Supplies included

Ages 13+


We want everyone to be able enjoy the benefits of self expression, regardless of financial standing. If you would like to take a class but need financial assistance, please fill out our scholarship request form here.

Class description

Bad Art Club is a monthly meetup for new artists, non-artists, and creatives to make art in a low-stakes environment. We focus on the process of making art and not the outcome. The only skill you need is a willingness to try.

Hour 1: Introductions and art theory/learning from art

Hour 2: Guest Artist presentation and short activity

Hour 3: Art activity of the day and close out

*Bad Art Club is sponsored by Orange County Arts Commission and INKounter, a program of Grow Your World, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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“I just really love this. I’m intimidated by more formal galleries and this is just great- I love it.” - BAC participant

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March’s Bad Art Club is focused on Illustration.

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Learn to draw pet portraits in a cartoony and perhaps slightly surreal style focusing on shapes and vibes rather than too much technicality. Our guest artist is Paper Izzy.

Bring a picture of an animal you would like to draw! The sillier, the better.

We will also learn to turn words into illustrations, also known as lettering or illustrative typography.

About the Facilitator:

Shady Kimzey is a queer, non-binary artist based in North Carolina. Their work often depicts themes of intuition, symbolism, surrealism, society, and the natural world, while drawing inspiration from pop culture and the future. Through diverse mediums and vibrant colors, they create symbolic imagery that engages viewers and invites reflection

Art is their healing practice, contributing to their mental well-being. Through their classes, they guide new artists and beginners in creative methods including collage, drawing, painting, and writing. Shady's aim is to foster artistic self-expression.

Shady enjoys thinking about pop culture and the future, and working with surrealism, absurdism, abstract art, and art that deals with culture and society. Making art is a healing practice that contributes to their mental health. They have taught at Raleigh’s Artspace, Carrboro’s ArtsCenter, Hillsborough’s Eno Arts Mill, Chapel Hill's Seymour Center, and Atlanta’s WonderRoot. They have worked with The City of Raleigh, Duke Univeristy, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Orange County Arts Commission, among others.

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Refunds are available up to 7 days prior to the event