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Bass Museum class helps students build portfolio

The Bass Museum of Art is starting a new class for teens and adults to create a portfolio.

"We wanted to do something for older kids because schools are cutting back on art programs," said Adrienne von Lates, the museum's director of education. "We wanted to create a service for middle school kids to prepare them for applying to magnet schools and need a portfolio, or even high school students who missed the magnet and are realizing they might want to apply to an art school.”

The seven-session Bass Lab for Emerging Artists will focus on the artist as a problem solver. Classes will cover light and shadows, mixed media, perspective and optical perception, working with all five senses, bodies in motion, self-portraits, and composition.

By the end of the session, each student will have a portfolio.

"It’s a program to allow people to develop their basic art skills," Von Lates said. "I envision a mom driving her son or daughter to the program and she also stays and takes the class.”

Classes will meet 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays starting Sept. 11.  $10 a class for museum members, $15 for non-members. Students must be at least 12 years old.  Advance registration is required. Call 305-673-7530, ext. 9-1001, or email

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