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Artist: Michael Calles   for January 2008

Info on Michael Calles and the January Drawing class  

Brigham City artist Michael Calles will teach two 4-week evening basic drawing classes for adults and serious high school students during the winter class season at the Fine Arts Center, 58 South 100 West, Brigham City,   Classes are scheduled Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with the first series scheduled January 15 through February 5, and the second series scheduled February 12 through March 4.

            “This will be a fun and non-threatening chance for people who want to develop their drawing skills in a small, casual setting,” said Susan Neidert, Fine Arts Center director.
            The first series is offered in partnership with the Bear River Bird Refuge, which will provide wildlife figures to hone drawing and sketching skills.  Calles has gained a reputation for portraying wildlife incorporated into landscapes and will use that expertise to help students learn the basics of drawing.   The second series of classes will focus on portraiture, and will be open to new students as well as those who want to build on skills learned in the first series.
            “I have always loved nature.  Growing up in the Northeast, I became familiar with many of the region’s natural areas.  At age 15, feeling a little stifled, I took the chance to ride my bicycle out west on a two month trip. When I reached the Rocky Mountains, I knew I had found the place where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.  With the breathtaking passes we climbed and the valleys we passed through, I just had to find a way to get back there,” said Calles.
            After finishing preliminary art education at the Lyme Academy in Connecticut, he immediately packed his old station wagon and headed back to the Rockies.  He spent the next few years in living in Jackson Hole, WY, and traveling and painting around the Intermountain West.
            Trips to the West Coast, Canada, Paris and New York to paint and visit museums strengthened his practical education.  While he felt this type of study and practice were important, he found a program he felt could broaden his skills and opportunities at Utah State University, where he received a Bachelors and Masters of Fine Art in 1999 and 2001 respectively.  He continues to add to his education through workshops with other artists.
Calles said the great painters of past and present had a strong influence on his work. 
“In looking to these masters, I have found that their studies from life have laid the foundation for what they put into their studio work.  Likewise, I have incorporated landscape painting and drawing in zoos and parks into my regimen,” he said.
            Calles has received several awards over the past few years including the Chapman Foundation Scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship, Award of Merit in the Wyoming Wildlife Stamp Competition, and acceptance to the Society for Animal Artists.  He was also featured as an Artist to Watch in Southwest Art Magazine.  His work has been selected for inclusion in several exhibitions.
            He will bring this expertise and enthusiasm to the two 4-series classes.  
Class fee is $40 for each 4-week session.   To register for either session, or for additional information, call the Fine Arts Center at 435-723-0740 or e-mail  us at

Art journal class   and David Prevedel

Want to begin journaling your wildlife or bird watching in color?  Want to learn to draw and paint birds in their habitat?  David Prevedel’s three-week journaling class at the Fine Arts Center, Brigham City, will be right up your path (or trail) for getting started.  The evening class for adults is scheduled Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., January 23 through February 6.  Class fee is $30 for the three-week session.

Prevedel has a fantastic collection of realistic, colorful illustrations within his own journals created over a number of years.   He will share his ideas and techniques on journaling wildlife, with emphasis on using watercolor to enhance entries.  The class is offered in conjunction with the Wildlife Education Center at Bear River Bird Refuge, which will provide mounted wildlife models for students to use in drawing and trying to reproduce natural coloration.

            As a USDA Forest Service retiree with 38 years of service, Prevedel has a BS degree from Utah State University in Range Science.  He has years of observing wildlife in its natural habitat.  He has combined that with a lifelong interest in drawing and painting to create journals using pencil, ink and watercolor.   He has also done woodcarving of fish and waterfowl.

“I enjoy sketching for field notebooks, such as  plants, birds, etc. and making notes on habitat,” said Prevedel, “I have also illustrated a couple of books and done some cartooning.”

He is currently operating Prevedel Saddlery and Art in Hooper.

  Pre-registration by phone is required for all classes, call  435-723-0740.