Sunday, August 15, 2010

Other news from NLS

Fall classes just around the corner… check these websites for more info:

Auburn Parks & Recreation 2840 Riverwalk Dr Se, Auburn, WA 98002 (253) 931-3907

Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Centralia Community College, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia WA 98531-4099
Phone: (360) 736-9391 ext 427

Additional classes added:
"You-Don't-Need-To-Know-A-Thing" Collage Thurs Sept 16 - Oct 21 - no class oct 14th
Collage offers versatility and flexibility. Free your creative spirit with this fast-paced, upbeat “You-Don’t-Need-To-Know-A-Thing” Introduction to Collage. Come prepared to learn the basics of collage, materials, and techniques in a supportive environment. Emphasizing fun - catch the spontaneity of a child: finding objects, bits & pieces in the most unlikely places and putting a puzzle together.

Centralia Community College
Manga age 16 to adult Sept 18th from 9:30 to 3:30

Basic Enameled Jewelry Dec 11 from 9:30 to 3 pm material fee $20

Fall Senior Services for South Sound Arcylic Class - 9 weeks - 1.5 hour - Friday 2:30 to 4 pm contact Chris Quimby @ 586-6181 ext 123 or location: 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501

Waiting to hear from entries to the Fine Art Exhibit at the Puyallup Fair:
sent in two mini collages and two mixed media up with a fried last week.

Heard back from a group of musicians that want to use my mini collage/s on the covers of their new CDs… they’re Seattle based – work day jobs and do their musician gigs whenever possible.  Midnight in the Orchard will be used for their Luna CD and they are deciding on others - its a series of four CDs!!

Last but not Least!!!
My daughter and grandson come up the 24th and I have a whole bunch of projects saved for Grammy and them/him to create with!  Plus we must get out and pick some blueberries...

Samples for various classes

Here are some demo work done for and while the students were painting, etc...
Name Design

practice control and brush work

demo of sprinkle salt, wax resist, alcohol drops, back wash, wax papr paterns

watercolor pencil drawing


August and one set of kids classes to go!

What a busy summer – only one children’s week long art class was cancelled.

Next week I’ll be in Shelton with back-to-back comic and art around the world classes for 8-12 aged kids…

  Character sheet and first page of a story 

Student work from watercolor   class age 12-16 last week at Oly Parks and Rec…

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer is flying by - teaching all thoses kids!

Here’s the latest happenings from Nine lives Studios…

Busy summer with teaching children’s art classes – so far only one has been cancelled due to low enrollment…

Marine and Ocean life adventures age 8-12

Featured stencil wind sock, stencil t-shirt, shell wreath, sea monster sock puppet and the color your own beach ball among other projects such as watercolor and collage…

acrylic on canvass mimic van Gogh

Media Sampler age 8-12

Featured charcoal, pastel & white chalk; acrylic on canvass sheets; watercolors; pen & ink, colored pencils; poster paint, watercolor pencils

pen & ink samples for drawing a castle

student working on his castle

sample of a Paul Klee inspired poster paint painting

working with students - watercolor pencil pieces

Tomorrow I have back to back classes for 12-16 year old students…

Manga – Japanese style comic drawing from 9 to noon and Watercolor from 1 to 4 pm…

The following week it looks like the Shelton Parks & Rec classes will run even though the enrollment is low 6 for Comic Book & 5 for Art from Around the World.  I hate to disappoint kids…

Only gives me a few days to attack the house before my daughter comes to visit with Eamon – my grandson, who is now 4.5 - how fast they grow! I have a lot of art projects set aside for him and grandma to do!

Art Rageous – wow, I left the house early, got there early and was like a popsicle all day. Crazy weather! I almost grabbed a fleece jacket but said to myself – it’s August. Its summer… luckily I changed from shorts to jeans and wore socks. It was a heavy soaking PNW mist, then a downpour, then mist, dry, downpour… not as many participants as was expected. Started at 11 and was very slow, picked up from 12:30 to 3ish and tapered off as far as people participating with all the various art projects offered. Last year they had over 3 thousand – don’t think they had a thousand this year!   Luckily I was able to pack up quickly and as I was pulling out at 4:30 it began to pour!!!!

I did sell one Sumi-e, had fun talking, met nice people and encouraged many to try their hand with the brush… and got a wild idea… I basically stopped painting Sumi-e except for cards and Art-o-Mat blocks – very sad but I have stacks of unsold work. Another presenter works in encaustic and causally mentioned she really liked how light weight the sumi paper was. She said it was perfect for embedding in wax. To which I replied, I’ve been meaning to try encaustic to get away from frames/glass/mats… The she said, oh, sumi-e paper works beautifully… just use the bees wax. Also a comment from a friend about my poems being Zen like and how my Sumi-e goes with many of my poems. Does this sound like a great marriage… my sumi, my poetry and encaustic. OK its off in another direction but I think its unusual enough to be a hit.

Teaching Around the South Sound
I received a confirmation call from The Hampton’s – an Alzheimer facility – from the contact person about giving an art lesson one hour per week four times a month– twice in one unit and twice a month in the other. I start in September ...

ORLA [Olympia Regional Learning Academy] art classes start in Sept for home school children - Timeline of Art 10:40 to 11:40 grade 6-8 Tuesday Sept 14th and Unique Collaborations - ORLA grades 6-8 9:30 to 10:30 on Wednesdays...

AND last but not least - Senior Services for South Sound will offer an Acrylic Class for 9 weeks - 1.5 hour –on Friday 2:30 to 4 pm - call the SeniorCenter for registration information... 586-6181 ext 123  222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA

Monday, August 2, 2010

Art Rageous Auburn

I'll be presenting Sumi-e to the wonderous crowd at Art Rageous this weekend...
Article in the local Auburn Reporter about ArtRageous:

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Long Time no newsssss... busy teaching!

I've been busy teaching kid's art classes at Olympia Park & Recreation at the Olympia Center...
here are a few pictures of some masks made in Fantasy Sculpture.

these are plaster strips placed over a balloon - an additive type of sculpture...
close ups of two of the masks...
     note sharp pointy teeth!

 Base relief with some collage tendencies...

Check out this award one of the students made and gave to me!
Made my day...

Tomorrow starts an afternoon class for age 8 to 12 year old - Art Sampler: charcoal/pastel; watercolor; acrylics on canvas paper; pen & ink and watercolor pencils; and last day poster paint and colored pencils & permanent markers/regular marker projects

The next week I present Manga - Japanese style comic book crafting and watercolor in the afternoon.  Both classes are for 12 to 16 year old - check the Olympia Parks and Rec website for more info or to register...
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380