Art Start begins new year with new classes

Submitted Photo Art Start helps community members create beautiful works of art.

Art Start invites local community members to get creative with free art classes. Returning for the winter session are community favorites in watercolor, decorative acrylic, knitting and card making.

Capitalizing on the popularity of the Introduction to Lettering held in the fall, a new Broadpoint Lettering class is now being offered. Also new is a scrapbooking class, which will feature basic instruction on layout, use of adhesives, embellishments, stamping and journaling by Kathy Rich, as well as plenty of opportunity for participants to work independently. Participants will be expected to provide their own scrapbook and papers for pages as well as photos.

“No matter what your level of experience or interests, Art Start has something for anyone looking to explore their artistic side,” states Art Start organizer and watercolor artist Ronnie Lafferty.

Art Start has a threefold purpose: creativity, therapy and ministry. Anyone from the community interested in exploring the visual and textural arts is welcome to participate on a first come, first serve basis. No prior experience is necessary. Class sizes are limited. There is no charge for classes but for the Lettering Broadpoint there will be a deposit of $20 for supplies. The $20 will be refunded at the end of the 6 week session when the supplies are returned in good condition. With the exception of Scrapbooking, all materials will be provided.

Classes, except Watercolor, will begin the week of Feb. 5 as follows and run through the week of March 19. All Watercolor classes will begin the week of Jan. 22 and run through February.

The schedule follows: Mondays: 10:30 a.m.: Card making with Kathy Rich; 1:30 p.m.: Beginning watercolor with Ronnie Lafferty

Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.: Scrapbooking; 1:30 p.m.: Beginning decorative acrylic Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.: Knitting with Marianne Keller; 1:30 p.m.: Intermediate Acrylic with Marianne Keller

Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.: Broadpoint Lettering with Patti Greenstein; 1:30 p.m.: Watercolor workshop with Ronnie Lafferty

Fridays: no class

All participants must register to ensure adequate supplies and space. For more information or to register, contact Ronnie Lafferty by phone at 679-4918; mobile: 640-8199 or email

Art Start is an outreach ministry of the Fredonia First United Methodist Church. Material and financial donations are gratefully received and allow for the purchase of more supplies.

Art Start is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant program with support from the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

Fredonia First United Methodist Church is a church family that is open to all. They are missional, family-friendly and comfortable, offering a traditional service with a contemporary message. Visit to see the schedule of events and worship. FFUMC is located at 25 Church St. in Fredonia. Call 679-1513 for more information.