Friday, May 6, 2011

MAY at Sandra's Open Studio

 May 4, 5 & 7   Experimenting with Tissue and Gesso for this Two Part, Start-to-Finish mixed media session.  You are invited to bring along a canvas you have in progress (or a few if they’re small) or purchase one on the day of the class for $5.  This is an opportunity to incorporate some of your painted papers.  We will be creating a finished piece while exploring the properties of tissue and gesso in Session One.  This class explores acrylics, acrylic medium and some collage effects.  Part Two will run June 8, 9 & 11 and focus on finishing techniques including faux encaustic and the addition of dimensional objects.

May 11, 12 &14    This week we will be exploring Folder Journals.  Based on an article in Cloth Paper Scissors, these quirky journals are created using a file folder and painted papers.  Turns out, we have painted papers just itching to be used!!  Please bring them along or choose from my fun and funky supply.  We will explore different ways to embellish and attach papers and flat objects, explore journaling techniques and create something really wonderful!

May 16   Join me on a Monday for a session of Painting on Papers.  Whether you’ve done this before or this is your first time, painting papers is a wonderfully addictive pursuit.  We will paint on bond paper, Japanese mulberry, paper towel, shop towel, tissue, Kleenex, re-purposed paper and a few unusual “papers”. 

May 18, 19 & 21   We will create Artist Trading Cards in this Start-to-Finish session, but the focus is on fun and unusual techniques.  Bring along your painted paper towels and tissue papers and explore beeswax layering and Dorland’s acrylic wax medium.  A little random poetry and some artistic inspiration will lead to the completion of cherished art pieces.  But of course, ATC’s are meant to be shared, so bring some extras along and take home one of mine.

May 25 & 26   Join Sharon Chalmers as you explore the powerful art form of ‘Mandalas’.  We’ll bring unconscious thought into being on paper with spontaneous expression and personal symbolism; and we’ll talk about tools we can use to help us ‘read’ our creations. 

NO SESSION ON SAT. MAY 28.  Sandra will be at the Mixed Minded conference in Kitchener with Donna Funnell and Lois Sander.  

June 1 & 2    Altered Photos, remember pre-digital pictures??  Surely you have stacks of less than perfect 35mm images just waiting for a little colour.  Bring them to class and rework them into fun art pieces.

NO SESSION ON SAT., JUNE 4  I’ll be camping with the Girl Guides.  My apologies to the Saturday Ladies.

June 6    For those of you that missed Gelatin printing, this Monday session is a chance to experience this  fabulous printmaking method.  Create beautiful papers and Monoprints in a fun, loose way.  See you soon.

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