Painting Experimentation

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.

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“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

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“A Splash of Poppies”

“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.place1

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.

cezanneDo 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.

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

Workshop Update

Have you registered for “Getting Loose” watercolor workshops?  Workshops are offered in Montrose and Gunnison.

  • Oct. 22  10 AM – 3 PM (with working brown bag lunch)  Gunnison Arts Center  Workshop #1- Harvest themes; benefit for Gunnison Arts Center
  • Nov. 5  2-6 PM  Montrose: Cedar Creek Clubhouse #1- Harvest themes; benefit for Montrose Center for the Arts
  • Nov. 13 10 AM – 3 PM (with working brown bag lunch)  Gunnison Arts Center  Workshop #1- Holiday themes; benefit for Gunnison Arts Center
  • Dec. 10  2-6 PM  Montrose: Cedar Creek Clubhouse #1- Holiday themes; benefit for Montrose Center for the Arts
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Students in the Harvest Workshop will learn a variety of techniques to successfully create colorful, expressive watercolor compositions including:

  • masking for dramatic lighting
  • wet-into-wet with pure pigment to model glowing natural forms with spontaneous color mixtures
  • negative painting
  • complementary and analogous splatter
  • calligraphic brushwork
  • drip wash

Students will learn when to employ these techniques for maximum effect and how to avoid common pitfalls .

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Students will  complete 2 paintings working in different formats.  Students will learn compositional considerations for working both horizontally and vertically, as well as designing a long, skinny format and a standard “photo” rectangle.

click this link to register

Happy painting

 

 

 

“Getting Loose: watercolor workshop offered in Montrose & Gunnison

 

Looking for a way to loosen up your art? Are you interested in learning some new watercolor techniques? Have you wondered if you could be successful painting in watercolor? Do you love gardens, flowers & color? Cheri Isgreen will offer ideas, suggestions, techniques, and support to create lively watercolor compositions during each 4 hour class.  Pick and choose the classes that fit your interests and calendar:  $70/class

REGISTER HERE   (click the link)

HARVEST SERIES:

October 22, 2016  10AM-3PM  Workshop in Gunnison at the Gunnison Arts Center; a portion of the proceeds for this workshop will benefit the GAC.  12:00 – 1:00 brown bag lunch & critique

November 5, 2016  2-6 PM   Workshop in Montrose at the Cedar Creek Clubhouse; a portion of the proceeds for this workshop will benefit the Montrose Center for the Arts.

HOLIDAY SERIES:

 November 13, 2016  10AM-3PM  Workshop in Gunnison at the Gunnison Arts Center; a portion of the proceeds for this workshop will benefit the GAC.  12:00 – 1:00 brown bag lunch & critique

December 3, 2016  2-6 PM   Workshop in Montrose at the Cedar Creek Clubhouse; a portion of the proceeds for this workshop will benefit the the Montrose Center for the Arts.

 

Sneak Peak at New Artwork for New Gallery at Backstreet

Scott is working hard remodeling the bagel shop, including a new gallery space!  Please excuse the mess during the construction phase.  The artwork has been de-installed until the new gallery is completed.  In September artwork will be rehung, with an opening party to celebrate new work in the new space slated for later this fall.  Please stay tuned for more details……………

 

Second Saturday Workshop

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Backstreet Bagels- on the patio

Aug. 13, 2016

1-3 PM

Here’s a heads up for the next workshop-

focus- color, line, shape- FLOWERS
we will explore techniques to get loose with our watercolors and expression.
Please register with this link

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)

NOW SHOWING AT BACKSTREET BAGELS COMPANY……..

In collaboration with Scott and Debbie Cassidy, I am pleased to announce the installation of my artwork at Backstreet Bagels Co.  Paintings in a variety of subjects, including my signature watercolor horses, adorn the walls.

"Hot Shoe" copyright C Isgreen 2015 $500
“For a Good Time Call Ed” award winning watercolor painting $500 copyright Cheri Isgreen

Also hanging are note cards and a small collection of mixed media prototype collages, designed from my original paintings.  The artwork is specially priced for this debut showing.  Take an additional 20% off the purchase of all artwork through the end of this month, by presenting the completed certificate.

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Backstreet Bagels Co is locally owned and run by Scott and Debbie Cassidy.  Backstreet is a deli and coffee house serving their signature bagels made fresh daily.  Backstreet offers  a varied breakfast and lunch menu served all day, a full barista bar, baked specialties including my personal favorite- Scottie’s biscotti, friendly service, a cozy atmosphere, and a summer patio garden.  Located at 127 N Townsend, in Montrose, CO, Backstreet is open seven days per week: 6:00 AM – 2:30 PM weekdays & 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM weekends.

Coming in 2016, I will be offering classes and workshops, including a Lunch & Learn series focused on sketch journaling, urban sketching, and pleine aire painting.  Please comment at the end of this post if you are interested in joining the art workshops.

"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″