The West Virginia University Community Arts Program is currently registering students for its Saturday Workshop Series, which runs during October and November.

Workshops begin Saturday (Oct. 13) from 10 a.m.-noon withMichelangelos David: The Most Remarkable Story Behind an Exceedingly Remarkable Sculptureby Bernie Schultz, WVU art history professor and dean of the College of Creative Arts. The presentation will explore the history of the sculpture and its impact on American culture.

Also from 1:30-3:30 p.m. this Saturday,The Contemplative Power of Musicwill be taught by WVU music professor David Bess. This workshop examines the spiritual and restorative powers of symphonic music, using music as a catalyst for reflecting on several of lifes most important ideas. The session will help participants discover compelling and personal ways to relate to symphonic music. (Note: Participants do not need to have musical skills to benefit from this workshop.)

Other Saturday workshops are:


  • Oct. 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m.,Alexander Technique and Breathing led by Lisa Levinson, lecturer.This workshop will explore the connection between ease in the use of peoples bodies and ease in their breathing. Participants will look at common patterns of misuse and learn how to move and breathe more naturally. They will also explore how a more natural breath can provide support for speaking, singing or playing a wind instrument.

  • Nov. 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.,The Arts as a Profession, a panel discussion facilitated by Alison Helm, art professor; Keith Jackson, associate professor of music; and Heather Ahern, dance professor. Designed for students and their parents, the discussion will focus on the pros and cons of having a career in the arts, how to look for the right school, how to prepare for entrance requirements, some of the various job opportunities within the arts and the current job market in particular fields.

  • Nov. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m.,Alexander Technique and Ergonomics also led by Levinson. Desks, chairs, computers and musical instruments often provide challenges to our bodies. The field of ergonomics aims to reduce those challenges through better design. This workshop will explore how Alexander Technique can also help people be more aware of how they interact with their physical environments.

Students may register from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Community Arts Program office in Room 401A of the Creative Arts Center. Registration forms may also be faxed to 304-293-7491.

For a form and additional class information, visit http://www.ccarts.wvu.edu/community_arts/ “> http://www.ccarts.wvu.edu/community_arts/ or call 304-293-4841 ext. 3168.

The Community Arts Program is still accepting registrations for private music lessons as well.