Wednesday, December 12, 2012

January Class Offerings

The following classes are being offered at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd Street.  Click here to register.


In this class we will explore mark-making and alternative materials - gomuban, borco board and sintra.  Beginners are welcome!  This low stress, meditative endeavor: drawing, carving, inking and printing will help you recover from all the holiday craziness.  Five week sessions beginning Thursday, January 10th 1-4 pm or 6-9 pm. All materials provided. For adults of all skill levels. 


Turn those drawings or photos into artistic masterpieces! In this class, you will learn how to take your drawing or a photo you have taken and turn it into a fine art etching. You will learn the non-toxic etching process and how to put the artist's "hand" into your image. Most materials provided. Paper and additional plates can be purchased from instructor. For adults of all skill levels. 
Five Wednesdays beginning January 9th 1-5pm or six Saturdays January 12th from 9am-12pm.


Forget linoleum! Discover a new and wonderful relief printmaking surface: Gomuban. In this hands on printmaking class, you will learn to make the complicated simple in producing a 10 print edition of your two colored image through the carving and inking of the buttery Gomuban. For adults of all skill levels. All materials provided. Six Saturdays beginning
January 12th from 1-4pm.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Phoenix Center for the Arts - Teaching Update


It's been awhile since I had students with no art training.  Tonight I had four and their solarplate etchings were all so different and successful that it made me love printmaking all the more.  It was a "Try Me" class at the Phoenix Center for the Arts and offered through Groupon.  They brought in photos, we discusseD the best ones to use, used a copy machine to size and adjust the density, and made transparencies from which the plates were made.  Then they inked, wiped and printed editions of two.  Three hours and done.  I am hoping they got the print bug, even a little.


Yesterday I had a makeup session for a "Try Me" relief class and my student chose a challenging image of someone's dearly departed pet poodle.  She had a great attitude and understood that even if it isn't perfect, it  is an artistic interpretation that in the end really looked great.  Another really nice first effort.  Cute, isn't it?


I am teaching 5 week sessions of Relief and Solarplate at different times and dates so check out the schedule and see if any fit into your schedule.  Click here to see the offerings.


The teachers at the Phoenix Center are featured in the Art Gallery this month.  The reception is 7-9 pm Friday night which is also the kickoff  to the Phoenix Festival of the Arts.  Come by to see the art and
stop in the print studio.  I will be printing for fun tomorrow night!