Ever wondered why some photos are so arresting and others are just "meh"? Do you want to take your own photographs to the next level? Join instructor Jen Johnson on Thursday, Feb. 25th from 6-7pm to learn some basic in-camera composition tricks that will help elevate your photographs and give you the confidence to start experimenting on your own. Post edit tips will also be provided. No experience or technical knowledge of the medium required! This is a FREE community event, open to all ages and skill levels. 
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Join us on Saturday, January 30th for a FREE 2021 vision board class from 10-12. If you've never made a vision board before or don't really even know what one is, don't worry! Prompts will be provided to guide you through this very personal creative endeavor. Vision boards allow us a non linear, creative way to clarify and work with our personal vision for the future. If you want help getting into a reflective head space for the class, Jen will lead a 20 minute  meditation starting at 9:30 am on the same day. Again, don't worry if you've never meditated! Relax and try something new as you step lightly into 2021!
 
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From the early days of the pandemic in March, 2020 to the close of the calendar year, Prairie Arts Center offered to take Porch Portraits for anyone in Stillwater interested in helping us capture this very unique moment in our personal and shared histories. The concept was simple: for a few minutes at a set time, everyone in a household gathered on the porch (or deck, stoop, community yard, etc.) and one of our photographers took photographic portraits from a safe distance. Our aim was very simple- to document, memorialize, and capture our community during an unprecedented time. We were very aware of being a part of history and wanted to do what we could to remember and celebrate the resilience of Stillwater and its citizens. The images taken comprise our virtual Porch Portraits gallery.  

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Prairie Arts Center is committed to developing and supporting interest in and exploration of the visual arts. As a part of that commitment, we offer students aged 13 and older the opportunity to partner with a working artist in our community for instruction and guidance here at the center. If you or your child have an interest or talent in a particular medium, we can help find a mentor that is knowledgable and skilled in that same medium. This includes drawing, painting, ceramics, printing, digital photography, fiber arts, and graphic design. Scheduling would be contingent on artist and student availability. 
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The newly crowned winners of our Put Your Art On It t-shirt design competition. Congratulations to Finley, age 9, of Edmond, and Lily age 10, of Stillwater! We are so excited to get the t-shirt production underway! Lily and Finley will receive three complimentary t-shirts each and the chance to see their artwork walking around Stillwater (and beyond). T-shirts will also be available for order for $15 each. The proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will go to our scholarship fund, helping students in need attend classes and camps at a discounted rate. Thanks to all who participated!

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