Fine Arts Connection provides artistic entrepreneurs of all ages and skill levels with the means to create. Instructor Yichen Reneau enlivens brushstrokers with more than 15 years of teaching experience and prodigious skill in an array of styles and media. The 90-minute introductory drawing course inserts biology-class notebook doodlers into a different classroom to work on fundamentals such as shadow shading, how to make thumbs not look weird, and recruiting fruit models. Meanwhile, the two-hour Chinese brush painting class lets students ink Chinese characters with special brushes on provided rice paper, upon which they'll delicately depict the characters for truth, beauty, and Marilyn Monroe sunbathing on a duvet made of Campbell's soup cans.
Piano teacher Paula Johnson draws upon a degree in music education and a certification from Kindermusik, working with students as clumsy scales slowly blossom into smooth arpeggios and allegro pieces. At My Best Friends Music, she engages students with exercises such as duets, helping them to master a favorite musical style or gain the skills to justify wearing a Ludwig van Beethoven costume. Because Paula began music lessons at age seven, she can relate to young students, and when not teaching, she works as a church organist and music director.
What is JBMS? In short, we’re a music school offering lessons for acoustic/electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboard, drums/percussion, violin, music theory, and more. But we’re much more than that: we’re a community of musicians, working for musicians. Our studio has served over 1,000 students in the WNC area.