Joy Klima holds painting classes for all levels

Form, colors, background, highlights, technique – all these and more are what Joy Klima teaches. She teaches painting.

Her classroom is a spacious room in her basement converted into a studio and gallery. Her students are anyone who wishes to learn and/or improve their artistic skills. Her classes consist of two sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall, that meet for four consecutive Saturday mornings.

This year’s spring session has just concluded, and Klima is already inviting students for next fall’s session. In her classes, beginning painters work alongside advanced painters, since they are all continually learning.

Under Klima’s tutelage, there is homework. One assignment has been working with charcoal drawings. A few months ago, fragile Christmas balls were donated to be painted. Individuals from the painting class are using various scenic designs and colors to decorated the ornaments. The finished products will be hung from an ornately polished tree root as a display for a future art show.

Klima allows older children to be part of the class, as long as they start with the first meeting of the session. The classes are open to women and men; and sometimes married couples have paint together.

Each class meeting is based on a different lesson where the students are constantly building upon previously learned skills and techniques. The students improve in knowledge, skill and technique, adding more and more color, shading and highlights to each product. “You have to learn when to quit on a painting,” Klima said.

Previous works from the painting class have been entered in county fairs, been transferred to coffee mugs, and hang on people’s walls. Some scenes are repeated from year to year, while there are new ones always being added. Some old standards include a rustic barn and a flying duck.

Lucille Emerson, one of the current students, began painting when she retired from teaching in 1988. Though landscapes are her favorite subject matter, her most challenging subject is flowers. Vivian Hansen’s greatest challenges are the human shape, horse’s hoofs, “and birds are definitely harder to do.” Fran Rayman is currently enjoying working on birds and wildlife in general. Her most challenging area is “all of it.” Donna King really enjoys “anything but scenery; that I struggle with.” King got started painting in Klima’s class because of her friend Fran.

Students of Klima’s buy their own supplies, which are oil paints and a variety of brushes and other tools. “It is a little expensive to get started, though the supplies last for a long time,” Klima said. “Students are encouraged to share the paints and tools. Many painters want to take the materials home and continue their hobby there.”

The Philip Women’s Club sponsors an annual art show. This year’s show will be on April 18 at the Senior Center. The event will offer all kinds of art for viewing by the expanded community. On display will be woodworking, sculpting, needlework, painting on boards, metalwork, leatherwork, and many other formats. It is open for participation by all ages of artists from the Philip area as well as all the surrounding town areas. Men are especially encouraged to enter. “We go to the schools to get students’ artwork from the teachers, which creates more public and participant interest,” Klima said.

Klima herself has taken art lessons of many varieties from many different sources for as long as she can remember. While in Arizona, she took everything offered in the art field at a junior college extension of the University of Arizona – painting, sculpture, dimension drawing, and even drawing using live models.