Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2011 Winter lass Schedule - Olympia Parks and Recreation

Children's Book Illustration
Tuesday Jan 4 – Feb 22 from 6 to 8pm – 8 classes –
Enroll in this information packed class and become acquainted with the concepts of design, storyboarding and dummy construction of a children's picture book. At first the participants will work to illustrate popular fairytales, folktales, fables and legends from around the world. Discussion with a simple critique checklist will improve storyline, characters, setting and dialogues. Class time and handouts provide students with the basic tools to continue working on projects at home. For the first class, please bring pencils and a medium sized drawing pad additional materials and supplies will be discussed in class.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Make Prints, Make Books –

Wed Jan 5 – Feb 23 from 6 to 8 pm – 8 classes -
This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures and beginning printmaking techniques to make small edition arts books. Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch book will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. Simple printing processes like linoleum cut and monoprint will be covered for students to learn how to combine text with image.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Painting What You Love

Monday Feb 28- April 18 from 6 to 8 pm- 8 weeks
This course is an instructional class for beginning in acrylic paint that will cover the essential elements of competent drawing skills, good composition, accurate values, exciting color harmonies and expressive textures. A course outline and materials list will be mailed upon registration. Participants provide their materials
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Finger Painting on the Moon
Tue March 1 – April 19th from 6 to 8 pm – 8 classes
Jump start your creative side! Awaken the muse within no matter how dormant you may feel your muse is. With activities designed to lead you gently into a creative space, everyone will enjoy this adventure. We will work with a variety of drawing materials and explore how to develop our personal voice. Students will practice ways to overcome the fear of the blank page and find ways to start a series or develop a theme. This will be a mixed media extravaganza full of tips and prompts for a creative soul. A great way to test the water if you are just beginning or for the experienced artist to go deeper. Supply list available upon registration.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Painting with Water Soluble Colored Pencils
Wed March 2 – April 20th from 6 to 8pm – 8 classes
Want the look of watercolor and the control of colored pencil? Water-soluble colored pencils can match anything watercolor do, plus have the ability to create effects impossible with watercolor. Discover this medium's exciting versatility. Learn about materials, tools, and techniques, and then apply this information to create a painting. Participants bring watercolor paper & watercolor pencils to class.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Draw into Print – Mon, Jan 24-Feb 7, 6-8pm - 3 classes
This class will focus primarily on incorporating the drawn line into your prints and mixed media work. An intriguing hybrid among printmaking techniques, monoprints and collagraphs are a unique combination of two processes, monoprints are drawing, painting and printing, while collagraphs involve the combination of collage and printing. Techniques taught can be used to enhance mixed media art.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Saturday Classes

Resolution Collage in a Container
Saturday Jan 8 from 9:30-3:30pm bring a lunch
Start the New Year by visualizing your desires and goals into permanence, In this workshop, we will create a work of art around and inside a container or box using a variety of intriguing techniques. Many of us have collections of ephemera in the form of old photographs, postcards, buttons, twine and found objects from everyday life to use to collage the box. After transforming it into a work of art, students will create an altered paper doll as resident. For the Beginner to Experienced Student.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Studio Notecards
Saturday Jan 22 from 9:30 to 3:30pm bring a bag lunch
Collage embellishment fun filled fiber art notecard workshop. Explore various techniques, such as fused collage, couching, reverse applique, and materials such as watercolor pencils, acrylic paints, and more for creating these 5" x 7" sensations.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Watercolor: Textures and Techniques
Supply list upon registration Sat. Feb 5 from 9:30 to 3:30pm  Bring a bag lunch
In this workshop you will try 15-20 techniques for achieving textures and special effects in your watercolors. You will employ colored pencils in the wash, ink line, markers, salt, wax paper, crayon, and other materials with the washes, both while wet and when dry. The morning will be spent exploring these materials and in the afternoon you will complete a work combining 5 or 6 different techniques. Some painting experience required.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Introduction to Mandalas
Sat. Feb 12 from 9:30 to 3:30pm Bring a bag lunch
The word “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that is over 2300 years old translated as “circle” or “sacred center”. Circular patterns have been used throughout time in many cultures, including the Tibetan and Native American, as tools for centering and healing. In this workshop we explore the history of mandala patterns and create our own personal mandala, using oil pastel, colored pencil and collage. Using principles of geometry and symmetry present in nature, along with your own personal creativity, you will come away with new knowledge of yourself. This should be a time to let go, to play with color and design, and to have fun.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Clipboard Assemblage Art
Sat Feb 26 from 9:30 to 3:30pm Bring a lunch
Create a unique clipboard assemblage using your favorite collage items, paints and mementos. Learn how to manipulate various media including acrylics, fabric, paper, text and wire. You may even dedicate your piece to a meaningful person, event or place in your life. This will be a journey you won’t forget! Supply list available at registration. Note students please bring clipboard or other surface for a base.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Art of Handmade Paper
Sat March 26 from 9:00 to noon
Not only is making homemade paper a fun experience for you, but it's a good way to recycle waste into wonderful possibilities such as greeting cards, artwork, decoration for envelopes and more. Making paper is a fun way to express your creativity. A supply list with directions for making a simple mold & deckle in class will be mailed with your registration confirmation.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Block Printing: Linoleum Cut –
Saturday April 9 from 9:30 to 3:30pm Bring a bag lunch
Learn techniques for the relief printmaking process using the flexibility and ease of linoleum. A relief is achieved by carving into the surface using special tools to leave raised images. These images are then inked and printed without a press to create a dynamic and textured print that can have many layers and colors. Students have the option of creating a multi-block image or themed cards to exchange with students to complete an edition. Open to both teens and adults.
Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another fundraiser and a submission to a holiday exhibit

ART for EQUAL JUSTICE 12.11.10 - Saturday, December 11, 2010

I'll be donating a framed piece of work for this fundraiser to be held at the Tacoma Art Museum - A gala (black tie optional) evening and art auction to support equal justice programs in Pierce County providing access to justice for low-income people facing civil legal issues. See for more information

I’ll be submitting art to Small Works, Big Presents – The Gift of Art @ The White River Valley Museum, 918 H Street SE, Auburn WA This Exhibit runs from the opening Nov 16 to December 19 for info...   keep your fingers crossed. It's a nice venue to have an exhibit.

Monday, October 18, 2010

upcoming happenings

I'll be taking this workshop on Sunday:
WRITING DEEPLY - A Poetry Writing Workshop 
DATE: SUNDAY, October 24, 2010 at 2-4 p.m.
PLACE: Urban Grace Church, Room 208
COST: $10 (suggested donation)
Writers & Poets:
Coping with trauma and pain is often the price of admission to a creative life. How can you harness those life experiences or memories--oftentimes painful or uncomfortable--recall them, write about them, and then turn them into poems?

This 2 hour writers workshop will focus on reading topic-relevant poetry on emotionally difficult subject matter, writing exercises, discussion, reading and sharing of each others work. This will be a supportive poet's environment focused on listening and helpful suggestions for improvement rather than intensive critique.

Enso Center Annual Holiday Exhibit - I'll be participating in this exhibit with original Sumi-e cards, matted art and some small framed collages...

2010 Enso Center Annual Art Exhibit - Opening reception November 5th 7-9:30pm. Exhibit hours noon to 5 pm on Saturday November 6th and Sunday November 7th. Location: 8708 196th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA [425] 869-0276

Furry Faces Foundation Fundraiser donation - I've contributed four matted Sumi-e for this fundraiser.  Exhibit will be hung October 24 through to the auction date…Auction Sunday Nov 7th at Ola Salon in 2942 SW Avalon, West Seattle

I have an upcoming Solo Exhibit for the months of November and December @ Maple Leaf Lutheran Church 10005 32nd Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98125

I will have ten images presented at the Art Slam - Sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission on Nov 17th from 7 to 9pm at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tacoma. Art Slam will also be available for viewing on Click! On Demand's Tacoma Art & Culture channel through Dec 2011

I'm going to create a piece for this fundraiser - Art Door auction fundraiser to support Tacoma Art Place Date: Thursday Dec. 2nd. Location: Speakeasy Arts Cooperative, 746 Broadway St., Tacoma, WA 98402

I've been selected to hang my art at Met Vets Solo Exhibit July- September 2011 – Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital,  401 Fawcett Avenue, Suite 100, Tacoma, WA 98402 (253)274-0225

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tree Sprite images

This Wednesday I completed my 22 Tree Sprite images. I had watercolored 7 of them about five years ago. It only took me a couple days to complete the total and touch up the originals...
the blue" sky is showing up a more medium blah gray - hmmmmm need to improve my photo skills!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Water Sprite series

Below are the first six images of twenty-two started in last week of August
Last night I finished the last details including the worm that teases the Water Sprites goldfish.
The Water Sprite rides around the pond seeing all the insects and fellow residents: frogs, turtles, crayfish and more...  I used watercolor, watercolor pencils and to highlight the worm, ink.
The pond water was created by sprinkling the blue wash with salt nd the sandy bottom was spattered with watercolor to indicate sand...

Furry Faces Foundation Donation

Art work will be hung from October 26th until the auction on Sunday November 7th in the after noon. Location: Ola Salon, 2942 SW Avalon, West Seattle

Furry Faces Foundation, a.k.a.  --having fun...while raising money for animals  -- 
Teri Ensley, Leader 


Get Away from Me

Kitten Attack of the Mouse Toy
Mountain and Hut #7

Doris Day Z's Yarn Play

Sunday, October 3, 2010

tidy art room

 Yet again, reorganizing my little studio...
It felt too crowded so I removed the large closet door I was using as a table and replaced it with a smaller door....
the last few days, I have been working on my 22 drawings turned watercolor of a water sprite. The sun light was coming in on my right and covering my design with shadow from the brush... so last  night I moved my work desk so no the light will come straight at me... 
left is art work surface and right side is office work space -
all tidy and ready to begin again