Loving Wyoming is a project that the Wyoming Fine Arts Center has created to facilitate celebrations of the LGBTQIA+ community while teaching our students the power of acceptance, love, and courage through the lens of queer creatives. This will take place through curriculum in our art classes taught by queer teachers inspired by LGBTQIA+ art history, ending with a celebratory art exhibition at The Center during pride month.
The objectives of this program are:
- To create a more inclusive community
- Continue to teach students the importance and power of love and acceptance
- Share work on social media to spread awareness to the city at large
- Collaborating with queer creatives and giving artists a platform to show work
- Create an environment of diversity and inclusion that builds a stronger team and city
Join us for FREE programming featuring queer artists. Pre-registration is required so we can stay safe and socially distant. Masks are required in the building.
Andy Warhol & Keith Haring Style Clay Portraits
FREE - Pre-registration is required
Students can create their own Warhol style portraits using clay! Playing with line, color, and shape, the class will focus on pop art history and the queer creatives that influenced the style. Please bring small, printed photos to trace of your face or whomever you’d like to draw.
o Andy Warhol
o Keith Haring
Section Offered Andy Warhol & Keith Haring Style Clay Portraits - Saturday April 17, 2021 - 1:00pm-3:00pmAges 11, 12, 13, 14Grades 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Kehinde Wiley Style Portraits
FREE - Pre-registration required
Students will create their very own fabulous self-portrait inspired by queer figural painters. By painting over photos and collaging colorful backgrounds, each student will be able to create a gorgeous piece of art that celebrates their unique identity. Students should bring a fairly large photo of themselves or someone they’d like to paint (fitting on an 11” x 14” canvas)
**Class size is limited to Art Room occupancy
o Kehinde Wiley
o Frida Kahlo
Section Offered Kehinde Wiley Style Portraits - Saturday May 1, 2021 - 1:00pm-3:00pmAges 14, 15, 16, 17, 18Grades 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Pride Flag Mosaics
FREE - Pre-registration is required.
In this class, families and students can create vibrant pride flag mosaics while learning a little about the history of the pride flag and the incredible queer artists making strides for the LGBTQ+ community today.
o Daniel Quasar – New Pride Flag Designer
o Gilbert Baker – Original Pride Flag Designer
Section Offered Pride Flag Mosaics - Saturday April 10, 2021 - 1:00pm-3:00pmAges 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, Adult, SeniorsGrades K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Watercolor & Charcoal Illustrated Portraits
FREE - Pre-registration is required
Students in this class will create stunning contour line artworks with charcoal and watercolor inspired by some of queer history’s greatest illustrators. Please bring a photo of subject to work from, or you can do self-portraits using mirrors.
o Egon Schiele
o Jeanne Mammen
o Marie Laurencin
Section Offered Watercolor & Charcoal Illustrated Portraits - Saturday April 24, 2021 - 1:00pm-3:00pmAges 14, 15, 16, 17, 18Grades 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Hybrid Studio Art Classes
Low-cost classes combined with regular art curriculum
Local LGBTQIA+ artists guest lecture during regularly scheduled art programming with The Center’s art director Melinda Welch (MFA).
Hybrid Studio Art Class March 11th
High School Studio Art Class
Guest Artist: David Unthank
Section Offered March 11, 2021 - Thursday March 11, 2021 - 3:30pm-5:00pmAges 14, 15, 16, 17, 18Grades 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Hybrid Studio Art Class March 13th
Grades K-1 Elementary Studio Art Class- 9:30am-10:30am
Middle School Art Class- 11:00am-12:30pm
Guest Artists: Cole Sparks and Quincy Collins
Section Offered March 13, 2021 Grades K-1 - Saturday March 13, 2021 - 9:30am-10:30amAges 5, 6, 7, 8Grades K, 1st, 2nd March 13, 2021 Middle School - Saturday March 13, 2021 - 11:00am-12:30pmAges 10, 11, 12, 13Grades 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Hybrid Studio Art Class March 16th
Grades 2-4 Elementary Studio Art Class
Guest Artist: Sydney Mills
Section Offered March 16, 2021 - Tuesday March 16, 2021 - 5:30pm-6:45pmAges 8, 9, 10, 11Grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th