The nature of art has been defined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas, a means for exploring and appreciating. Leo Tolstoy identified art as a use of indirect means to communicate from one person to another.


The nature of art has been defined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas, a means for exploring and appreciating. Leo Tolstoy identified art as a use of indirect means to communicate from one person to another.
 “Helping enrich our community through the arts,” is the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) motto. With it’s newly formed Art Education Program it will most certainly provide adult and children with the ‘means to communicate from one person to another, as well as be ‘enriched’ by what they learn.
The first class was offered to the community in February of this year. The excitement and request for more classes encouraged Tamara Murray, WCAA Executive Director and Hana Gorman, Chairman of the Art Education program to share their vision of an Arts Center right here at 742 Main Street in Honesdale.
“Our members are gracious, freely giving of their time and talent. This idea was embraced immediately and so many helped to transform an office space into a fresh, airy and inviting classroom in less than a month,” Tamara Murray remarked.
So with hammers, paint brushes, brooms and other necessary and unnecessary tools in hand, the volunteers took down partitioned walls, applied a fresh paint, tables and chairs were ordered and like magic the Art Center is now busy with students and their art work. 
Hana Gorman, has been teaching art to adults and children for many years. Her class on drawing from the right side of the brain brought enthusiastic comments from adult students jumping up and down saying, “I can draw!” To say the least that class will be offered again and again.
Summer classes are now open at the WCAA Art Center for children ages 6 and above that will be taught by regional artist with different approaches to art:
Hana Gorman‘s classes step outside of the traditional mediums: “Painting with scissors – the Art of Collage – an artistic expression beyond pencils and brushes; ‘Crazy Critters – the Art of Sculpture – children make creatures with beautifully patterned skin using polymer clay. Lindsay Barrett George, children author and illustrator, is offering a class in printmaking using t-shirts, 3-D collages, cards and much more: ‘Make an Impression – the Art of Printmaking. Jason Smith will teach kids all about ‘Making Lines Dance in the Art of Drawing’ by drawing with pencils, markers, oil pastels and more.
For teens and over, Anne Dilker’s will be teaching the art of braiding. A class for beginners, “Anyone can braid!” She exclaims. You’ll be learning an easy to make (and remember) braiding structure that has many applications when finished. The class braid will be finished into a lovely necklace.
Classes are held at the WCAA Arts Center, 742 Main Street, Honesdale – space is limited, so please register early by calling the WCAA 253-6850 or Hana Gorman 253-5949.