Here are the classes I will be teaching in Hampton VA for Art and Soul. One of the classes is called "Can I do that Michelangelo?"This class is so much fun and the creativity that the students come up with never fails to impress me.
When you teach you learn to look past funny personalities to give more than what you always receive because you really like to teach.The monetary rewards are always nice, but every now and then you get a gift better than money better than fame you get a chance to catch the enthusiasm of a student, that joy when they realize they have created something very nice.
This is Izzy modeling her new hat. She is 8 years old and has worked with wool before, her family keeps sheep and she can already spin and is learning to knit. She made this hat on her own, something I wasn't sure she could do when I first met her. Boy did she turn me around.
Izzy is letting mom help needle felt the pink rose to the flap on her beautiful cap. She started with roving, a balloon some warm water and soap, she did each step with a smile on her face and funny stories for the rest of the class.
Izzy is helping another student (her mom) with the design on her felt bag.
Next week is our final class and I will post the finished projects. Something to look forward to as they are making some very nice bags.
I would like to introduce you to a blog that I think is one of the most outstanding blogs I have seen yet. Here is the link and the name “The Hermitage” but let me say a few things before you go to this wonderful fairy tale. The woman that writes this blog is called Rima and she lives in a Gypsy wagon on an island far far away….
she also lives with her husband who built many items in the house on wheels...
…she draws, paints and carves the most wonderful pieces of art that I’m sure have magic in them.... ...you can see some of her work on her etsy site but do go back in her blog to see and read the story's of some of her work.I have decided to buy a piece of her art only I don't know what yet...
..she is so very talented..
..this one is a window seat in the wagon....
..and here incense drifts outside... She has a list on her side bar called “Encourager's of Tales” I like “Snapper & the Griffin” the best so far.
Make sure to read the left side bar "Welcome Travellers" it sums the blog up nicely.
Get a cup of tea on a dark and rainy day, take a little trip and see life through the eyes of a free spirit that is loving live and making art. Enjoy!
I will be participating in Mary Lou Zeek Gallery- 100 Artist Show again this year, it is for charity with the proceeds going to the Marion and Polk County food bank. 100 artists had a tin can sent to them some months ago with the instructions that "almost anything goes". Each piece will be bid on in February at the gallery show. Some don't even last five minutes, it is a show to be seen!
This young person rides around town in a magically powered tin can auto. Warning signs on the side let everyone know this is a very temperamental vehicle, (Automatically Protected- DO NOT- work this system without first calling county fire department) reads the sign.
As I have said before I never know who will come out of the clay and was so happy and surprised to see this innocent but adventurous face appear. I have always named the sculptures as I see their story's take shape but this one will need to be named by its new owner, for now I will call him Marion Polk. The piece is 12"x 18" mixed media assemblage.
I really enjoyed making this piece for the joy of making art but also this last week end I was surrounded by three fellow art friends to seek advise, visit and laugh. It really doesn't get any better that that!
This was the fourth guest Alex he claimed the blow up bed next to the fire place but was happy to share it with his best friend. What a nice little gentleman he was. And he seemed to like everyones art.
Warning: Assembly Required Rusty clock gears, a tattered ticket stub, worn doll parts, a key to an unknown and ancient lock, a tin box, a metal wing, a spigot, a sprocket, a spring…You have found yourself in an amazing and wondrous place, surrounded by artifacts bursting to tell a story and creating more questions than providing answers. You are in the studio of an assemblage artist. The assemblage artist creates beautiful, disturbing, whimsical, fascinating, and sometimes frightening pieces of art using worn out, forgotten, broken, discarded, overlooked, and unusual items. Donning the hat of archeologist, anthropologist, tinkerer, treasure hunter, and story teller – the assemblage artist travels from estate sales to old barns, re-use stores to garages and attics – looking for the perfect elements to artfully craft into a work of art. I doubt that Aristotle had assemblage art in mind when he stated, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” However, the adage couldn’t better describe the art of up-cycled and found objects.
Looking at individual pieces, the found objects from treasure hunts – a wing nut, a jar of railroad nails, an old thermometer – are interesting no doubt, but rather meaningless on their own. Mixing, matching, and moving the pieces until it feels right. The objects become unified – meaningful. Five accomplished northwest assemblage artists have come together in an exhibit entitled, “Sacred Scraps.” Tory Brokenshire, Stephanie Brockway, Shelly Caldwell, Jennifer Campbell, and Dayna Collins have created more than a gallery showing of their work, but an exhibit that will take the viewer through the process of creating assemblage art. You will find jars displaying raw materials, clay, metal, tools they use, books that inspire them, and unique finished pieces of art – all incorporated into the display. Artwork will not be for sale through this exhibit, rather it is about the process of how assemblage art is created. The goal of this show, says Dayna Collins, is to “share the love of creating and showing people how what some consider junk can become beautiful pieces of art.” The exhibit runs February 1-28, with an opening reception on Friday, February 1, 4:30-6:30pm in the Hatfield Library on the Willamette University campus. For more information check out www.sacred-scraps.com. If you are curious about assemblage art, working with found objects, or perhaps are afflicted with wild inspiration after seeing the “Sacred Scraps” exhibit, check out the classes offered at Art Department this winter. Both Tory Brokenshire and Dayna Collins have classes coming up. Art Department is located downtown at 254 Commercial ST NE, Salem or visit www.artdepartmentsupply.com to see class offerings online.