Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sneak Peek- Felting Sunflowers

I wanted to share a wee little preview of my upcoming Making Lessons Class on felting Sunflowers. This class really excites me because it is like painting with a fiber medium! Those who are joining me, you are going to love it and I know you will want to start felting everything in site! I hope this picture speaks for itself.
 I used this Van Gogh painting as my model.

online photo from WikiArt

This one Van Gogh finished in 1888. He painted it while he was in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone, France.
And below is just a peek at my version done in needle felted wool. I love working with wool in the winter, something about it just seems cozy and right. Can you tell I have Vincent on the brain? I have been preparing for a painting class in my Master Studies Series, along with two workshops I am giving for girls of the American Heritage Girls Club which I am really excited about.

FYI: Making Lessons are stand alone, evening classes for anyone who loves to spend time learning and making new things. Come and be creative with like minded folks for a couple of hours and recharge your creative heart. All Classes run for 2 hours and include materials.  Some classes will require common tools from home. Registration is required you can do this easily online HERE
You will be notified in confirmation letter. 

Begins Feb 3rd and runs first Wed. of the Month 7-9pm $20.00

  Held once a month with different projects each month:

♦ February: Felting Sunflowers 
♦April: Frame it-up-cycling like you have never seen before
♦ March: Leather Accordion Book Class -natural and beautiful
♦May:Painted Material Canvas-think spring    

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Registration for Master Study Class: Van Gogh

Registration for Watercolor I and II is closed. 

But registration for my Master Study Series is still open!

In this course series students will be introduced to a Master Artist, learn some of their story and create works as they did using their techniques. Students will draw, paint and create three projects from the life of Vincent Van Gogh. This is a beautiful way to study and develop skill, practice and widen your artistic eyes.  For More Details click HERE

This class will run Feb. 11th, 18th, and 25th 7-9 pm

For more information or if you have questions about the class contact me 
via this website to the left. On-line registration is HERE 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Resolve to nurture your Soul in the New Year: DO ART!

I am not a resolution kind of gal, never have been.  However, I am a goal maker -weird I know, but that is the truth. So my secret...set myself up for success.  One way I nurture my soul is to spend time doing things that are worth doing AND having a plan.

So I have been making a plan and doing things worth doing! Are you in need of some soul nurturing in 2016? I've got an idea! Make beautiful things that are meaningful. Join me this year in the studio for Making Lessons~The Art of Making Meaningful Things! These are stand alone classes for 2 hrs. in the evening. All skill levels welcome, using all kinds of mediums.  This year through the spring I am offering a felting class, book making, mixed media, and even up-cycling from recycling. For more information click HERE for Winter Class List with all my winter offerings. Together, let's nurture our creative selves in 2016! Can't wait to get gesso on my hands with you in the New Year! ~Heather

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

On-line Registration is open for Winter Session

On-line Registration for Winter Session starts today! Click HERE for the form. Art Classes will begin in the New Year on Jan. 5th. I hope you will join us!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Announcing: New Classes for the New Year

I have been thinking and dreaming and I am excited to announce the NEW class list for the New Year at The Apprentice Art Studio... drum roll please!
Staring  Tues. January 5th, 2016 Eelementary Classes begin with Let's Paint! In this 8 week class students will explore all there is to know about paint, color, mixing and more. We will look at traditional methods, as well as, explore modern methods too. We will use a variety of mediums and did I mention, PAINT!

For Adults, more painting! I am offering 3 courses Watercolor Basics, Watercolor II and Master Study-Van Gogh. In Watercolor Basics. This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to try watercolor painting! Get ready to be amazed– you will love it.Watercolor II is for those who have done watercolor before but would like to continue to develop style and skill through the study of still life. This class offers my methodology but different technique and model. Students will choose their own palette to work from in this class. Students may bring own supplies, but not necessary. 

My NEW adult class is the first of  a new series called Master Study, aren't you excited already? In this course students will learn about a Master Artist, their story  and create works as they did using their techniques and mediums. This is a beautiful way to develop skill and practice and widen your artistic eyes. The first in this series of classes is my all time favorite: Van Gogh! I. Can't.Wait. 

And of course there is Making Lessons my stand alone 2 hour classes that give you the opportunity to come relax and do something creative for an evening. These run once a month and utilize all kinds of materials. Starting in February Felting Sunflowers-Van Gogh style. This is a great introduction to the art of hand felting. If you love the fiber arts or just want to learn something new this is the class for you!  To download class list click HERE

Friday, October 30, 2015

Making Lessons~Altered Books Class

I love old books, they are like old friends. I also love art. Imagine my inner happiness when I found that the two had married into an art form called Altered Books? Is it possible? Why, yes it is! I have been making altered books for about 6 years now. There is something unique and whimsical about each one. They are filled with artwork, dreams, and the things I love. This art form is like discovering a secret and hidden garden with only one bench just for you! If you would like to learn more about such a thing, then you are in store for a real treat at my:

 November Making Lessons~ Altered Books Class!

 November 17th, 7:00 pm,
at The Apprentice Art Studio!

On-line Registration HERE 
As always, space is limited so register early, thanks friends! 
Below are some photos from my books!


 Both of these pages are from a painted child's book with flaps

 This book is for the Birds, My Ode d'Oiseaux

This book is to capture some of the products, kits and patterns I created for my online business, 
The Patchwork Heart Co. retired in 2009. 

This was an individual page I made for an Altered Book swap called a "Tip-in" 
I hope you will join us Making Lessons~ Altered Books!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Making Lessons~ Collage Class: These Two Ladies are Quite a Pear

Imagine with me... sitting in a cozy art studio, soft music in the background, with a couple of friends. Happiness ensues while ripping, relaxing, tearing, giggling, gluing, blending, experimenting, laughing, sipping tea, encouraging... do I need to go on? 

Don't you just want to join us!
Well you totally can, because this is what happens at: 

Making Lessons~ The Art of Making Meaningful Things.

 I just had the pleasure of creating with these two lovely souls. Women who I don't see much but need to see more! We had the best time together. One of them said "it was like therapy....*relaxing sigh*" Agreed.
To recap I wanted to share with you their creations because there are stunning and uniquely theirs! We started with black canvases and collaged to our hearts content, then added words from Galatians 5:22 the Fruit of the Spirit verse.

Happy Making Lesson Students!
I sat with them and did a different design, same concept, on a thicker canvas that I will hang in the kitchen when I re-paint the walls and cupboards.
Kitchen Pear
Kinda excited about the color palette: slate gray, antique white, bright white, copper, and apple green. Think old Country French style. Hope you will consider joining us for Making Lessons Oct. 23th and Nov. 17th or the Holiday Design Workshop in November more info to come!