Father and son, David and Daniel Smith, will again bring their combined art knowledge to Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning to the benefit of art enthusiasts for the continuing education spring lineup of offerings.

Both men have participated as instructors for Lighthouse in the past, sharing their love of art and experience with students in the community.

“Basically, I grew up with my dad having a love for art and that rubbed off on me,” Daniel said. “So, when I was young, my dad was a volunteer docent at the Dallas Art Museum and he would take me every Thursday with him to look at art. I tell people that some people grow up watching football games with their dads and I grew up going to art museums with mine.”

David Smith has presented art discussion to groups throughout Ellis County for many years and has served as an instructor with Lighthouse for Learning in Waxahachie for about eight years. He will present Notable Outdoor Sculpture in Texas and the Old South from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 7. The class will provide visual encounters as a historical study, travel discussion and Smith’s commentary on artists, time periods and materials. The cost is $15.

The class will focus on stone and metal, which David said are the materials most often found in outdoor sculpture.

“We will begin in Texas from the earliest days as a republic through Civil War time. Then the timeline will move forward to 1936 – the centennial celebration of Texas – when a lot of monuments and sculptures were commissioned by the state,” he said. “We will move on to modern contemporary sculpture.”

The first night of lecture will cover Texas and the second night’s discussion will focus on the southern states, from Louisiana to Georgia, he said.

“I have studied art a lot and I have so much to share with people,” David said. “I really enjoyed that he (Daniel) was interested in studying with me and looking at art with me.”

Daniel Smith taught a beginning drawing class for Lighthouse last October. For the spring, he will teach Perspective Drawing 101, which will cover 1-, 2- and 3-point perspective. Students will learn to draw a house, barn and street project. For individuals who want to learn to draw buildings or houses, need a refresher with tips to improve perspective. Students should bring a 2b pencil, 12-inch ruler, T-square (instructor can provide), 12-inch by 18-inch drawing pad, colored pencils (optional) and a photo of a house or building. The class meets from 6-7:30 p.m. March 24-April 14. The cost is $28.

“Many good artists struggle with using perspective in their work, so I thought it would be good to have a class that teaches perspective. In my past classes in high school and college, they would only touch on the subject briefly. Many don’t teach it in-depth and in a way the average person can understand it and use it,” Daniel said. “I thought I would start with the basics and move from there teaching how to see perspective in real life and in pictures and how to translate into drawing. I will go step by step so that even beginning students and artists will be able to participate in this class.”

Daniel received his degree in art from Texas A&M Commerce. He taught art at the elementary level in Dallas for five years before moving to his position at Ennis Junior High School, where he has been for two years.

David said he is passionate about art. He enjoys discovering, learning and experiencing art and art history and sharing his knowledge with others. He said his real talent is the discussion and explanation of art.

Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning is a cooperative effort between Waxahachie ISD, the Texas A&M Extension Agency, Master Gardeners and other individuals, organizations and businesses in the community. Spring semester classes begin Feb. 21. Course catalogs are available at business throughout the community, at the Waxahachie Daily Light, local libraries, chambers of commerce and are being distributed to WISD elementary students to take home.

Online registration with credit card payment is available at http://WISD.revtrak.net. To pay with cash or check, students can register in person or by mail at 411 N. Gibson St. Registration is accepted from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For individuals who can’t fit on-site classes into their busy schedules, the learning online program offers an extensive selection of courses. Visit www.ed2go.com/lighthouse to register. Click on the orientation link and follow the instructions to enroll and pay for the course.

For additional information, contact Melissa Cobb at mcobb@wisd.org or call 972-923-4631, ext. 142.

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