Contributed by Tina Larkin Music and Art Studio
There is a new Music and Art Studio in the Valley, and the only one of its kind in Alaska! Musician and Visual Artist Tina Larkin moved back to the Valley this past November, after 14 years outside.
While in the Lower 48, she got teaching certification and a master’s degree in Visual Art. She also recorded Senka's Joy, a beautiful CD of Celtic, Jewish and original music, available through her and through Cdbaby.com (see Fortuity Duo). On this album you can hear her fiddle, viola, harp and mandolin.
The Larkin Music and Art Studio is unique in that it not only gives equal time to both disciplines, but emphasizes the connections between visual art and music.
Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon whereby one part of the brain is very connected to another. Tina has visual/audial synesthesia, so she can see music and hear colors. Research shows that humans are born this way, and that the connections often break as our brains grow. Tina's approach to teaching art and music is to utilize all the senses, not just vision and hearing.
During the school year, Tina teaches art at Mat Su Central, and music at Twindly Bridge and St. Ann's Academy. She also offers ongoing violin, fiddle, harp and uke lessons. Classes this summer are for kids and adults, at various locations.
For locations and tuition, see website, www.tinalarkin.net
Nature Drawing and Journaling, one session, June 11, July 16 or July 23
Music and Movement (ages 6-11) 4 sessions, June 13-16
Watercolor and Color Theory (ages 13-adult) 4 sessions, starting June 21
'Zines for Teens (ages 12-19) 4 sessions, June 20-23