Local photographer and mixed media artist Amy Wilton will continue to lead classes throughout January at the Art Loft, 385 Main Street, Suite 9 (inside the lobby of the Thorndike Building).  January is Word Art month, and participants will explore different ways to use words in their art.

Some classes will be using words as art and some will incorporate the words within the art; some will be political, and some will be just for fun. The theme for the first week of the new year will be The Word as Art — using words to create a work of art.

All materials are provided; attendees simply bring a concept or idea to create a piece of work around that idea. They may attend any or all classes in January.

The Word as Art classes are set for Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon; and Thursday, Jan. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Classes are free for Art Loft members, $20 crop-in for non-members.

Next up, on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 9 and 10, is Word Art – Take a Stand, focusing on poster art. Participants will create a series of posters with the idea of promoting the change they want to see in the world. They may bring laptops and work on Photoshop or Illustrator; or create a poster with supplies provided to tell the world how they feel.

For more information and to register, call the downtown nonprofit community art center at 200-7915; email info@artloftrockland.org; or visit artloftrockland.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.