Many in Natchitoches know her and many more have fallen in love with her vibrant and whimsical art.
Morgan Lasyone will host “How to Be A YaYa” art classes June 6-8 at the River Oaks Square Arts Center in Alexandria. The classes are geared to help any Southerner bring out their true charm, color, and seersucker enthused vibe, which has coursed through veins and swamps for over a thousand years.
Morgan is a local Louisiana artist. She’s been creating art now for the past 8 years and has been showcasing for the past 4. Morgan’s style is along the lines of folk and fine art. Expressionism, Impressionism, and the Deep South play a huge role in her work. Morgan has showcased in New Orleans, Natchitoches, and Alexandria Louisiana, and Brooklyn, New York.
JUNE 6 from 6-9 pm
Evening 1: Create/ decorate a piece of Southern Folk Art such as swamp scenes, alligators, crawfish, Cajun still life’s, etc. on a handmade pre-gessoed stretched canvas made by the artist herself. The size of the canvas will be 11×14. The next project in this course will be YaYa Crowns. Students will bring charms and sentimental items to add to their crowns. All other material for the crowns will be provided by the artist. At the end of this class, students should feel comfortable and confident in bringing out the South’s magic and charm through folk art and craft.
JUNE 7 from 6-9 pm
Evening 2: Gumbo YaYa in the Deep South means, “everybody talks at once.” But, in this course, students will learn how to speak and write all at once for a special performance. Excerpts from Southern writers such as Rick Bragg, Eudora Welty, and Rebecca Wells will be introduced to the class in hopes of inspiring students with crafting their own mix of Southern short stories.
JUNE 8 from 7-8 pm
A YaYa reception will be held with light snack and drink provided by the artist Thursday, June 8 from 7-8 p.m. During the reception, students will showcase their folk art while wearing their creative clothing and crowns. A Gumbo YaYa styled reading will take place during the ceremony where all students have the opportunity to showcase their own form of Southern word.
Students must bring anything sentimental such as photos of loved ones, charms, favorite quotes or songs- any found object or passed down material that has significant meaning to the student. Some supplies included by the artist. Detailed supply list provided upon registration. For more information call 318.473.2670.
$125.00 per student
Skill Level: Beginner
Limited to 25 students