NEW 2017 SKETCH JOURNAL WORKSHOPS

I am offering two approaches to sketch journaling this summer.  In Montrose we will focus on capturing a sense of place through the study of onsite perspective.  In Gunnison we will express our thoughts, ideas, and feelings through visual journaling.

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Goliad, Texas, February 2016, Part I: elevation view and proportion 

The Montrose Class is designed for those

who want to use journals to record their travels, but have found perspective difficult.  If you have struggled with perspective, I will present an easy system to convey accuracy in your drawings with perspective.  Drawing is a skill, and it can be learned.  Drawing is not just for “natural artists.”  If you love to travel and want to make your trips more meaningful, join us at Centennial Plaza at Tuesday, June 13 from 4:30-6:30  PM.  Bring  a small sketch book, pencils, eraser, straight edge or drafting  square, fine line black pen, small watercolor kit with a brush, (like Prang student watercolors), small cup for cleaning the brush, and a sponge.  REGISTER HERE    $25  We meet either the second Tuesday (4:30-6:30) at Centennial Plaza or Saturday (2:30-4:30) at Backstreet Bagels each month.  Dates: TUESDAY- June 13; July 11; November 14;  SATURDAY- August 12; September 9; October 14; December 9

The Gunnison Class is designed for those

who have kept journals or want to start keeping a journal with more pizzazz than simply writing about the day.  We will use a variety of visual strategies to bring your journals alive with drawings, color, pattern, and text.  Classes are held at the Gunnison Arts Center through a partnership with Western State Colorado University.  Optional university credit is available for these classes.  Classes begin Wednesday June 14, 2017 and run every other Wednesday through August 9th.  To register, contact Gunnison Center for the Arts 970-641-4029 or use this link: GAC EDUCATION

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“Why sometimes I’ve imagined as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  Alice  Sketch Journals with Cheri Isgreen, Wednesdays at Western through the Gunnison Arts Center

 

 

 

 

Sketch Journaling at Backstreet 2017

Sketch classes will resume at Backstreet Bagel on the Second Saturday, beginning May 13th, 2017.  Classes are held 2-4 PM in the courtyard weather permitting.  After an inspiring trip this winter to Mexico, more emphasis will be placed on travel journals.

Please use this link to preregister.  WORKSHOP REGISTRATION     Classes are $25, due at the beginning of class.  Bring your sketch materials:

  • sketchbook
  • pencils/erasers
  • fine line ink pens
  • small watercolor & brush sets
  • colored pencils
  • any water-soluble paint sticks or pencils

Workshop Offerings 2017

I am pleased to work with the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Telluride’s Ah Haa School of the Art, Montrose  Center for the Arts, and Gunnison Arts Center to offer a variety of workshops in watercolor, sketch journaling and mixed media.  I am currently scheduled to offer four watercolor classes and three sketch classes this spring, plus an intermediate/advanced watercolor class this summer in Telluride.  As the schedule develops, I will continue to update the WORKSHOP SCHEDULE.  These offerings are in the works and will be scheduled later in 2017: off-loom weaving to create whimsical broaches, art history through hands-on creative art making, special effects to enhance water-based painting, journal making.

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Please use this link to access descriptions, schedules, and registration to classes:  WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Three Upcoming Workshops

To register for Montrose workshops, please use this link  MONTROSE REGISTRATION

To register for Gunnison workshops, please use this link  GUNNISON REGISTRATION

  • NOV. 12, 2-4 PM, Montrose: Backstreet Journals     SKETCH JOURNALING: supportive class with techniques, inspiration, and motivational exercises to successfully integrate text & image artfully.  Bring sketch book that accepts watermedia, watercolor kit, pencils, fineline marker, eraser.  This month we will focus on the decorative side of interior environments.  $25

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  • NOV. 13, 10-3 PM, Gunnison: Gunnison Arts Center     GETTING LOOSE: watercolor workshop, techniques & tips to create expressive watercolor compositions.  Instruction include a wide variety of watercolor techniques & effects, as well as design principles to ensure successful compositions.  All materials provided; bring a brown bag lunch.  $70
  • DEC. 3, 2-6 PM, Montrose: Cimarron Creek Clubhouse       GETTING LOOSE: watercolor workshop;   a benefit for the Montrose Center for the Arts;  with  techniques & tips to create expressive watercolor compositions.  Instruction include a wide variety of watercolor techniques & effects, as well as design principles to ensure successful compositions.  Bring  watercolor kit, one full sheet (30″x22″ ) 140# cold press paper cut 1/2, (recommend Arches), 2-3 water containers, mask liquid and/or mask pen, liquid detergent, and extra small round cheap brush $50

 

2nd Saturday Sketch Class Returns to Backstreet

After a two month hiatus, sketch journal workshops are returning to Backstreet Bagels the second Saturday of each month from 2-4.  Classes are $25 and provide instruction and tips on technique and composition  in a supportive environment for you to explore sketching and journaling, blending text with image.

Join us this Saturday as we focus on indoor environments & decor.  Bring a sketch journal that accepts watermedia, fine line markers, watercolor kit, and a pencil.   On tap for Dec will be ideas for turning your sketch journal entries into Christmas cards.

Please use the following link to register

sketch journal registration

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5/28/15 entry copyright C Isgreen

July 9th Sketch Journal Workshop

Do you enjoy journaling?  Do you think visually?  Would you like to improve your skills to express yourself creatively in the language of art?  Join us on the second Saturday of the month,  at Backstreet Bagels for the sketch journaling workshop series.  These classes will improve skills of observation and expression using a variety of art media for recording daily life experiences, travel experiences, and experiences in the wild.  With each class addressing separate skills, classes need not be taken sequentially, in a strict order.  Choose, (like a menu), the classes you wish to take.   Each class will conclude with suggested exercises to hone your skills and keep you motivated.

SESSION THREE:  “How Many Ways?”

This session will give you strategies to nurture your creative expression through discovering multiple approaches to express one subject.  (In this class, we will address all the Elements of Art- line, shape, color, value, form, texture, & space)

  • WHEN                                     July 9, 2016  1:00 – 2:00 PM instruction, 2:00 – 3:00 exploration
  • WHERE                                   Backstreet Bagels, (in the garden weather permitting), 127 North Townsend Avenue, Montrose
  • COST                                         $25
  • WHAT TO BRING                sketchbook, pencils, kneaded eraser, fine tip marker, a variety of colored media, an interesting object that you would enjoy exploring  a variety ways to portray
  • OPTIONAL TO BRING        suggested colored media: watercolors and brushes, colored pencils, pastel pencils, water based markers in a variety of colors with a brush to move color, watercolor pencils, water-soluble graphite pencil, nontraditional media- (old make up such as eyeshadows and blushes, colored soils, etc.)
  • HOW TO REGISTER            registration link- click here

“Looking Close” Sketch Class #2 at Backstreet Bagels

Do you enjoy journaling?  Do you think visually?  Would you like to improve your skills to express yourself creatively in the language of art?  Join us on the second Saturday of the month,  at Backstreet Bagels for the sketch journaling workshop series.  These classes will improve skills of observation and expression using a variety of art media for recording daily life experiences, travel experiences, and experiences in the wild.  With each class addressing separate skills, classes need not be taken sequentially, in a strict order.  Choose, (like a menu), the classes you wish to take.   Each class will conclude with suggested exercises to hone your skills and keep you motivated.

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from Mexico sketch journal, copyright C Isgreen 2014

SESSION TWO:  “Looking Close”

 We will explore a multi-sensory approach to developing observational skills. (In this class, we will address these Elements of Art- line, shape, texture, space)

  • WHEN                                     June 11, 2016  2:30 – 3:30 PM
  • WHERE                                   Backstreet Bagels, 127 North Townsend Avenue, Montrose
  • COST                                       $25
  • WHAT TO BRING                sketchbook, pencils, kneaded eraser, fine tip marker
  • OPTIONAL TO BRING        watercolors and brushes

TO REGISTER, PLEASE COMPLETE & SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING FORM

from Mexico travel journal, copyright C Isgreen 2014
from Mexico travel journal, copyright C Isgreen 2014

 

The sketch journal series is held in conjunction with the  Second Saturday Downtown Montrose Shopping & Artist Stroll.  

I look forward to seeing you in June!

Sketch Journal Workshop Series

Do you enjoy journaling?  Do you think visually?  Would you like to improve your skills to express yourself creatively in the language of art?  Join us on the second Saturday of the month, (see dates below),  at Backstreet Bagels for sketch journaling workshops.  This series of classes will improve skills of observation and expression using a variety of art media for recording daily life experiences, travel experiences, and experiences in the wild.  With each class addressing separate skills, classes need not be taken sequentially, in a strict order.  Choose, (like a menu), the classes you wish to take.   Each class will conclude with suggested exercises to hone your skills and keep you motivated.

"Contours of My Morning" copyright C Isgreen, pen on paper, 6" x 6"
“Contours of My Morning” copyright C Isgreen, pen on paper, 6″ x 6″

SESSION ONE:  “Capturing the Big Picture” With a focus on developing good observation skills for recording and expressing your ideas, you will learn about using contour lines to express your big idea, then how to pull your drawing together by suggesting details. (In this session, we will address the following Elements of Art- line, shape, space)

  • WHEN                                     April 9,  2:30 – 3:30 PM
  • WHERE                                   Backstreet Bagels, 127 North Townsend Avenue, Montrose
  • COST                                       $25
  • WHAT TO BRING                sketchbook, pencils, kneaded eraser, fine tip marker
  • OPTIONAL TO BRING        watercolors and brushes

TO REGISTER, PLEASE COMPLETE & SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING FORM

PAYMENT DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS

Future  sketch classes:

  • April 9  “The Big Picture”
  • June 11  “Looking Close”
  • Aug 13  “How Many Ways”
  • Sept 10  “The Language of Flowers”
  • Oct 8  TBD
  • Nov 12  TBD
  • Dec 10  TBD

(20% discount if taking 3 classes)

Poured Watercolor Workshop at Western Colorado Center for the Arts

For a successful pour, it is essential for the artist to have a strong design with connected interesting shapes and at least 4 delineated values.  In the photo below, Trudy transfers her value map, (large thumbnail) to her stretched watercolor paper.

transfer value map to watercolor paper
transfer value map to watercolor paper

Each value is masked in succession, with a separate pour for each mask.  The pouring process allows for spontaneous color mixtures.  Tilting the board after the pour allows the artist to “control” the direction of the color blending.

part 1- pouring the masked painting with a variety of paint pigments mixed to a predetermined value based on the artist's value map.
part 1- pouring the masked painting with a variety of paint pigments mixed to a predetermined value based on the artist’s value map.
Marilyn tilts her board to encourage the paint to move in a specific direction.

When the final pour is dry, the mask is removed, and the painting receives final touches to resolve the composition.  Sometimes an over-pour is required in different areas than the initial pours.  In that case, all mask is removed, and new mask is applied to areas where the initial pours are to be preserved.  Removing the final mask is like unwrapping a Christmas present.  By the final pour, the painting is quite obscured, and it’s always a surprise to see what lies underneath.

Helen removes her mask, revealing her poured, blended canyon landscape.
Helen removes her mask, revealing her poured, blended canyon landscape.

Because there is quite a lot of dry time between the masking and pouring process, each artist worked on at least two separate paintings simultaneously.  The photo shows workshop participants pleased with their results learning the poured process:

Each participant finished two paintings and had a third painting in progress to explore and finish at home.
Each participant finished two paintings and had a third painting in progress to explore and finish at home.  Helen plans to add more pours to her goats.  In the photo, the painting is still masked.  Because she has a strong design, the intent of the painting comes through, as does some of the color mixtures.

Watercolor Workshop offered at Western Colorado Center for the Arts

Cheri Isgreen will offer a watercolor workshop featuring poured techniques.

June 20-21, 2015  9-4pm

Western Colorado Center for the Arts

1803 North 7th Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

“Dallas Aspens in Autumn” copyright C Isgreen 2015

Cheri will teach the techniques she has developed to achieve her signature watercolor style, including flowing, loose color highlighted by strong compositional value.  Pouring paint in a series of glazes allows a depth of color to develop without disturbing the underlying layers, which preserves and enhances luminosity.  Pouring also fosters a wide range of spontaneous colors to emerge while preserving the harmony of a limited palette.  This class will give students a working understanding of how color theory enhances pouring techniques.  Students will also practice strategies to create drawings and design that will result in successful paintings.

For more information and to register, contact: Avery Glassman Curator of Programs and Exhibitions Western Colorado Center for the Arts   970-243-7337 www.gjartcenter.org