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On January 13th, my husband and I leave for two months of painting in Mexico. We are returning to the beautiful Baroque city of Guanajuato in the central highlands of Mexico. We have been planning this trip since we visited Guanajuato last January and found 5 days to be much too short to get to know and paint the city. This year we plan to bring a full collection of art supplies, not just our sketch kits.
It looks to be a busy week before we leave. I am showing several pieces at the Gunnison Arts Center for the month of January, featuring the GAC instructors & staff. Come down for the First Friday artwork; I will be there.
First Friday ArtWalk & Music
January 5. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Stroll down beautiful historic Gunnison on the First Friday’s of the month to celebrate art, artists and live music. The GAC Galleries will feature Angus Reid’s Oil Paintings in the Main Gallery. These painting will be on silent auction throughout the month starting at the ArtWalk. Head to the Upper Gallery for the annual GAC Staff and Instructor Exhibit!Live singing by Liberty Solari in the Main Gallery.
On the 11th, I will be teaching a fun, fast-paced “& Series” class for the new Meet the Masters classes. In this class we will have fun with neon colors, altered images, and serial grid-work featuring Pop Art Master, Andy Warhol. Enjoy a variety of Pinot wines, tastey appetizers, and create your original Pop Art inspired by Andy Warhol!
Meet the Masters
Feeling Dandy with Andy: Pop Art & Pinot
Thursday, January 11th. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
The time has come to learn all about another master of the arts! For this Meet the Masters AND Series, Cheri will be teaching us about Andy Warhol and the influence Pop Art has had on art over the years. So come join us to enjoy some pinot and have some artistic fun! Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $40/person includes 2 drinks, light aps and instruction. Pre-registration is required. Register Here :registration
“A Sense of Place; perspective through urban sketch journals” begins at the GAC Monday, October 30. Registration is still open REGISTER HERE
Understanding and using perspective has never been simpler. During each session, I will present a basic perspective concept, breaking it into simple steps. Over the course of 4 weeks, we will build our understanding of perspective by adding new steps from previous lessons. You will have a week between lessons to absorb and practice each concept. (No class during Thanksgiving Week.)
Travel sketching, sometimes called “urban sketching” has become a very popular worldwide movement. Along with capturing cities, the skills of urban sketching allow you to record the charm of mountain towns, the unique character of remote villages, and the defining themes of historic neighborhoods. Rather than focusing on the landscape, the travel sketcher records human-built environments. This course will give you a range of drawing strategies, taking the pain out of perspective, so you can confidently record your experiences. No art experience necessary.
We begin our course with elevation view sketches, focusing on proportion and detail. This is the view architects take when drawing a building.
Along with presenting strategies for making drawings in elevation view, I will show you how to use watercolor to express textures and architectural details.
Building on elevation view, we will begin to work with two-point perspective, the most common type of approach to drawing buildings. Part One of two-point perspective is what I call “elevation view plus one.”
Once you have worked with drawing elevation views with one side in perspective, we will add the second perspective point during week three.
With a week off for Thanksgiving, we return the final week of November to pursue classical one point perspective: (think of Leonardo De Vinci’s The Last Supper.)
This strategy is useful when the viewpoint is high, such as this sketch from a rooftop bar in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit.
Once you have practiced these concepts and strategies, plan to hit the road and record your travels in a sketchbook. I guarantee these places will become more memorable that all the snapshots you may also take. And then try your hand at multi-point perspective drawings!
Registration will be open through Friday 10/27/17. Classes begin 10/30/17- register today or call Western State Colorado University Extended Studies to register: 970-943-2885
Bringing The Masters in Art Alive – Mondays and Wednesday 3-5 PM through Western State Colorado University Extended Studies: Oct 30-Nov 8
Do you love art? Bring it alive through creative discovery. Take a playful, exploratory, multimedia approach to exploring periods, movements, geography, and master artists through making art. Emphasis is on creative expression and discovery. Experience using a variety of art materials and technique while you learn about art history. THIS IS NOT your professors’ art history classes! We take inspiration from master artists and famous artworks, as we create our own masterpieces. Join us for a fast paced course and get your creative juices flowing! Cheri holds a Masters of Art in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Art Education. $65 includes materials and instruction. LEARN FROM THE MASTERS REGISTRATION
Oct. 30: Learn about the social justice artwork of contemporary artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
Create your own social justice collage on faux animal skin.
Nov. 1: Learn how Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne sparked the Cubist Art Movement. Create a pastel still life based on Paul Cézanne’s ideas.
Nov. 6: Discover how the Neo-Dada artist Jasper Johns bridged the aesthetic gap between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Create a Dragon Cups diptyche, (a two-part composition) in watercolor based on John’s famous print, “Cups for Picasso.” Learn how graded watercolor wash can mimic serigraph techniques.
Nov. 8 Learn about the folk art tradition of Memory Vessels. This form of art can be found world-wide. Make your own Memory Vessel and explore 3D mixed media construction.
All levels welcome; beginners will be given extra support; experienced artists are given design challenges to deepen their understanding.
Researchers say that teaching deepens the teacher’s understanding, so she is learning along with her students. As I have been preparing for numerous classes and workshops this summer, I paint examples that I can use in my workshops. As I paint, I reflect on what I’m doing, the decisions I am making, and the results of those decisions. These reflections go into my lesson plans. Often these reflections lead to experimental paintings.
“Cowboy Up,” explores lost and found edges despite using masks (hard edges) to preserve the layers in the pour. This was achieved from two approaches.
in the initial masking by softening the edges through “scratchy dry brush” edge treatment
after the mask was removed, I softened the edges while adding neutralized wash to the wet areas
“Cowboy Up” was painted for my poured watercolor class to be held at the Ah Haa School of the Arts in Telluride, Colorado July 28 & 29, the last weekend in July. Register through Ah Haa at this following link: Poured Watercolor Registration
“Upsy Daisy” (feature image) and “A Splash of Poppies” show a myriad of techniques to employ to create loose watercolor paintings, including outlining, dripping, splashing, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting. The next “Getting Loose” class is set for September 30th as a benefit for the Montrose Center for the Arts. Register for this very playful, relaxing workshop with this link: Poured Watercolor Registration
This summer, I am teaching every Wednesday at the Gunnison Arts Center through the program, Wednesdays at Western State University. You can register for the Gunnison classes at the following link: Wednesday at Western Registration Cheri Isgreen or by calling the university at (970)943-2885.
Sketch Journals– Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9.
Back by popular demand! Explore ways to combine text with image using creative expression, visual design principles, and art techniques. All levels welcome; beginners
will be given extra support, and advanced students will receive design challenges. 5 sessions, classes need not be taken sequentially. Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $35.
Bringing The Art Masters Alive – Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2.
Do you love art? Bring it alive through creative discovery. Take a multimedia approach to exploring periods, movements, geography, and master artists through making art. No prerequisite; each session is a stand-alone class with new content each week Emphasis is on creative expression and discovery. We will not be copying masterworks. All levels welcome; beginners will be given extra support; experienced artists are given design challenges to deepen their understanding. 5 sessions, classes need not be taken sequentially. Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $35.