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Upcoming Creative Classes
July 30, 2015
One of the things I love about what I do is finding teachers and classes that will enrich your creative journey. While many of our classes are designed with the beginner in mind, the more experienced artist will also benefit and find something new in the class that they can enjoy and use in their art.
I like to support local instructors because they are part of our community and the art environment we live in. I hope you appreciate them and the work they do to provide you with some wonderful classes. Teaching is hard work with many, many hours of preparation for each class. Let's support them so they can continue to do what they do best. Please don't discount their contribution to the art community just because they are local.
I also like to bring in some outside, traveling instructors. This is an opportunity for you to take classes from somebody you have only seen on-line. It also allows you to take classes locally from somebody you might normally have to travel to see. It is great fun for the shop to meet new artists and to share them with all of you. I love expanding my artistic journey to include new mediums and techniques and processes and I know you love that too. Every instructor brings their own style, their own artistic philosophy, their own creative journey to the mix. That is what is so exciting about art and creativity.
Here are the upcoming classes on the schedule that I hope will inspire you and assist you on your creative journey. Please be sure to register early as it really does help both the shop and the instructor in our preparation for the classes. Click on the link to find more info and to register for the class (or you can register by phone or in person).
Technique Tuesdays with Charity Blaser - every Tues from 10-12 - $15/wk or $50/calendar month. This is a great way to learn new techniques and get started on art journaling in a gentle class setting.
Aug 1st - 2-4:30 - Intro to Zentangle® Basics with Deb Prewitt, czt - $35 - learn about the mindfulness and meditative aspects of this art form. Easy to learn process.
Aug 8th (1-4) & Aug 22nd (10-4) - Indigo Dyeing with Ruth Chandler - $100 + $20 kit fee. Explore the ancient art and pattern of indigo and shibori dyeing with a modern twist! In this two day class, you will create a range of indigo fabrics to use in your art and garments. Acclaimed textile artist Ruth Chandler will teach you shibori pole dying, an ancient Japanese resist dye technique using poles wrapped with fabric and cord. You will also learn the skills to crease, fold, bind and stitch and knot your fabric creating gorgeous patterns and texture.
Aug 12th - 6:30-9:00pm - Intro to Zentangle Basics with Deb Prewitt, czt - $35 - learn about the mindfulness and meditative aspects of this art form. Suitable for all ages.
Aug 15th & 16th (10-4 each day) - Tape it Paint it Collage it with Suzi Dennis (traveling teacher) $125 + $10 kit fee - Learn lots of fun techniques to create fabulous and fun papers which will then be used to create some amazing collage art pieces.
Aug 19th 10-12 - From the Heart RAK ATCs with Charity Blaser - $20 - create a set of fun Artist Trading Cards which you can then trade or give away. A great way to learn some new techniques and have a lot of fun.
Sept 2nd - 1-4 - Art of Mourning with Lisa Craig - $25 - this is a new offering which will be a monthly class on the 1st Wed of every month. This is a class designed to use art journaling as a healing tool for those who have lost a loved one.
Sept 9th - 12-4 - Experience the Blues with Pat Mathes, czt - $45 - Not all shading has to be done in regular graphite pencil. In this class you will learn a process developed by CZT Sharla Hicks that is botanical/organic in nature, with shading enhancers using different pencils, pens and tile colors. You will learn some advanced shading techniques using media other than regular graphite, while creating something quite beautiful. You must have taken an Intro to Zentangle class prior to taking this class.
Sept 18th - 10-12:30 - Intro to Zentangle Basics with Deb Prewitt, czt - $35 - learn about the mindfulness and meditative aspects of this art form. Everyone can do this!
Sept 26th - 10-12 - Play Lab - all about Gelatos with Deb Prewitt - $25 - Learn the various ways you can use the Faber-Castell Gelatos in your art. This is a hands-on class.
Sept 26th - 2-4 - Play Lab - all about the Gelli plate with Deb Prewitt - $25 - Learn how to use the Gelli plates with different tools and paints. This is fun and hands-on.
Remember to check the website regularly as classes get added or changed frequently.
And here are some other fun activities and groups that you might be interested in. These are monthly groups and everyone is welcome to attend. Visit the calendar to see the dates/times each month (sometimes we do have to cancel so it is always a good idea to check). Sometimes you just need some like-minded people to hang out with.
Aug 2nd - 1-4 - National Coloring Book Day - coloring book party (we are planning to have a monthly coloring book day)
Aug 4th - 6:30pm - Tuesday Tarts - open group
Aug 6th - 10 - Art Journaling - open group - $5 fee
Aug 14th - 10am - Stitch club - open group
Aug 19th - 6:30pm - Self expressions - open group
Aug 20th - 10am - Discovery - open group
Aug 21st - 1pm - Book club - open group (note that this is not our regular day) we are reading Twyla Tharp: The creative habit - learn it and use it for life.
Aug 28th - 10am - Sketching - open group
Please review the Class policies on the website. I have made a few minor changes.
Here is a list of some traveling teachers that have confirmed they are coming to the shop. I hope you will enjoy these new instructors and that they will come back on a regular basis. They all bring something new and different and awesome to the classroom.
Nov 2015 - Kitty Miller (her classes are already listed on the website)
Mar 2016 - Erin Keck (we loved Erin's classes last time she was here and she is coming back with more fun classes)
April 2016 - Helen Shafer Garcia
June 2016 - Ingrid Dijkers
July 2016 - Serena Barton
Sept 2016 - Seth Apter
I'm working on some other well-known instructors to come in as well, but none of them are confirmed yet so I don't want to get your hopes up.
Let Your Inner Artist out to Play
5039 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918