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.
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
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:
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.
Please use this link to access descriptions, schedules, and registration to classes: WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Both workshops and exhibitions are beginning to fill my 2017 calendar. This Friday kicks off the year with the Gunnison Arts Center Staff and Instructor Show. Art Walk 5-8 pm 102 S Main, Gunnison, CO 970.641.4029
The GAC’s talented staff and instructors come together to create an exhibition of their artistic side, displayed in the Upper Gallery for the month of January. These amazing local artists and educators bring life to the Gunnison Arts Center through their commitment to their community and students.
The “Getting Loose” workshops were so popular in 2016, I have scheduled several for 2017 in Montrose, Gunnison, and possibly Palisade. Also on tap for 2017 will be a continuation of my “Sketch Journal” series, held the second Saturday at Backstreet Bagels and possibly summers in Gunnison. The Ah Haa School for the Arts has scheduled my “Poured Watercolor” workshop for July 28-30. Get away to beautiful Telluride, Colorado and play with paint.
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.
Horses! Total synesthesia: pure poetry in motion; my original raison d’être for painting in watercolor. “Noble” evolved from the contour line studies and sketch classes I have been giving this summer. Using saturated color and pure water with a large mop brush- value, color, and form developed from the contour lines based on the pencil study for this work.
“Noble” will be one of the featured works for my upcoming show at the Blue Pig Gallery running Sept 1-30, 2016. For more information about this show, visit the following link:
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
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.)