Gila Community College will hold its 12th annual Student Art Show and Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16.

Masoud Yasami, art instructor at GCC Payson, welcomed the Roundup to his painting class last week and introduced many of his students participating in the upcoming show.

Yasami, an acclaimed artist, moved to Payson from Venice Beach, and teaches drawing, beginning watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting.

A common theme among his students was how much fun they experience in his class and how he has taught them so much.

“The best part of this class is the humor and the slide shows,” said Jean Cooper. “I was so nervous when I started and he is so encouraging. I love his class.”

Nina Slonaker said it is the first time she has taken his class and “I’m learning a lot of new things. He brings slides in and talks about them. The slides illustrate points he wants to talk about in a class.”

Yasami said the motto of the class is “Good art inspires. Good design motivates,” and described the difference between commercial art, for example advertising, and fine art, the latter being inspirational and emotive.

At this year’s show, many of the students will wear a white shirt they have painted in abstract colors in honor of the show.

Yasami was painting a silk tie outside the classroom on Wednesday, and explained that in Venice Beach at art shows, they would paint a variety of silk ties and sell them to raise funds for charity. This gave him the idea of the painted shirts.

Yasami said, “The shirts are to make money for the students and to unify them by wearing a common clothing that brings them together as a community of artisans.”

Students from other GCC classes will also offer their work at the show. Media will include oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, ceramics, jewelry, drawing, photography, cake decorating and wearable art.

Gila Community College is located at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

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