Just spent a cold, rainy week in Texarkana but enjoyed every minute of it. For four days, four different classes I taught pastel and mixed media to some really great young adults at the Arkansas High School. The first day the students prepared paper with black acrylic and pumice for their support to paint the subject of outer space which I thought would be exciting to do. I really feel they got into it and did an excellent job.
The last two days were collaging on watercolor paper with different types of papers, (opaque colored papers, tissue, napkins and oriental papers) in a cruciform composition. The last day pastel was applied on the dry collage finishing up their compositions almost. Some outstanding pieces were accomplished. Here is a slide show of the happenings.
On Friday and Saturday I moved on into the adult side teaching for the Four State Regional Art Club. On Friday they learned the pastel mixed media like the high school and they did quite well also.Saturday was a little different working in Miniature Abstract mixed media in Watercolor. Guess I was just in a mixed media mood for that week. I was unsure how I would hold up teaching for 6 days and demonstrating one evening but I did it and felt like I accomplished a lot, along with teaching a variety of techniques and experiments to a great number of students. Here are a few pictures of the adults working hard.
I just posted a new workshop I will be teaching in Mt. View, Arkansas. Check it out Here
You know one thing I like more than teaching art is watching students create. I am just fascinated with their use of their hands in designing and putting together art pieces no matter what medium. I also like watching their faces as they think it through and study and even sometimes struggle. I suppose that is the reason I take a lot of photographs of students hands and faces while working. This week was no exception. The class was small but a mix of seasoned artist, watercolorist, and first timer in watercolor learning watercolor portraits from their photos. They were very busy since this was only a two day workshop at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View, Arkansas. What a relaxing setting at the school. Thanks for hosting the workshop and thanks to the students in attendance. Take a look at them in action.
It is really hot here making for a perfect weekend to create inside in the air conditioning. The Arkansas Arts Center in studio 6 had their air on high so we stayed nice and cool while working hard. This was a happy workshop but also a sad workshop since we were the last polymer clay class to be held in studio 6 in the "old" Arts Center School. The next classes will be located in the temporary school while the Arts Center is being re-designed. I really felt privileged to be one of the last workshops. Students created a stash of wonderful canes, made a small bowl with one of their canes and then combined several canes to make one larger cane. I felt they learned a great deal about caning they can take with them and practice. I did take some pictures during their progress which is in this slide show. Thank you Arkansas Arts Center for allowing me to teach this creative medium and spread the word about it. Thanks to a great group of women for taking the class. Yall were fun for sure!
Beautiful weather, good location and eager students all at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View, Arkansas. What more could I ask for when teaching. The workshop was March 15 & 16, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm but we actually worked a little longer. Everyone seemed to be in that creating and learning mode. I do hope I did not overwhelm them. If you know me then you know how excited I can get when I get my hands in polymer clay....excited, excited and more excited. I just want to let the world know how much fun it really is to create with this medium. I do hope the six students will find it really interesting and continue on with it. I took a few pictures so hope you will enjoy the slide show. Thanks Arkansas Craft School for inviting me once again to teach.
Well it has gone and gotten cold and I enjoyed the crisp air in Mountain View, Arkansas this past weekend, January 25 & 26, 2019 teaching watercolor techniques. What a pleasant group of women anxious to learn to create their own small abstracts. They worked and studied hard. There were a couple who were totally new at watercolor. I always love beginners because they come in so nervous and leave the workshop excited to have learned this amazing medium. As usual I took quite a few pictures. Take a look and see if you recognize anyone and look at some of their works. Thanks Arkansas Craft School for sponsoring this workshop.
Just had to share the new ad for Butler Center Gallery in the Little Rock, AR River Market area which has one of my pieces in it. Can you pick it out? Yes, if you said the pair of earrings in the center. Come and see more of my jewelry creations.
I spent May 21 through 27, 2018 in a Master Caning Workshop by Carol Simmons in Missouri learning and doing many firsts. First I have never taken a week long workshop, exhausting, but I learned so much. Thank you Carol. I also made the largest cane I have ever made and lived to tell about it in polymer clay. It was a lot of work but the rewards were wonderful and beautiful. Everyone in the workshop had great results too. So exciting all the activity and the finished cane and projects. They are even continuing after we all returned home. I was fortunate to have won a scholarship from the International Society of Experimental Artists which helped pay for a great part of the workshop. I was so fortunate and do appreciate them honoring me with the scholarship.
It is truly amazing how fast 5 weeks can fly by.....that is what happened with the colored pencil class I just finished teaching yesterday at Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Nine lovely women created some really FINE pieces and here is a collage of just some of their works. Good job girls and what fun we had just working together and sharing good times, stories and laughter.
A lovely warm Saturday in May I traveled to Pine Bluff, Arkansas with my wax in hand and photos of flowers and introduced to the group (Pine Bluff League of Artists) taking the workshop how to paint flowers in a different way. I also managed to introduce a few other mediums like colored pencil and oil pastel.
Take a look at the group experimenting on May 5, 2018. Thanks for having me come. I enjoyed you all.
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