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!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Watercolor Initials

Watercolor seems to be everywhere in the art world these days, which is so wonderful for me to see. I get excited seeing all the wonderful ways that watercolors are being used to create.  I am offering my Making Lessons Class on Watercolor Initials(see photo) Oct. 23th at 3:00-5:00 pm.

If you would like to try watercolor, this class is fun, relaxing, simple and affordable. In this two hour afternoon class for all ages you will get to try your hand and my favorite medium! 

Those of you who took my Adult Beginning Watercolor class and need something to tide you over till my next class, this could be the one for you.  If you were undecided and missed my first watercolor class and  have now decided yes, this is your chance! 
I have 3 spots left!

Making Lessons ~ The Art of Making Meaningful Things
This class came out of a desire to just create a project. Many of us don't have the time or finances to sign up for an art course so this was a simple answer. I wanted to provide an opportunity to make something with meaning and to enjoy the process with others, (think quilting bee or knitting circle) married to the idea of connecting faith and creativity. These are stand alone classes and you can come and try your hand at a project. This class is a great time out with friends or a non-threatening way to try something new. This is a multi-generational environment. Children 5- 9 need to bring their parent for quality time together. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Watercolor Class was Pear-fect!

This was the class example I prepared
What a wonderful group of artists!

Many thanks to my first students of the year for making Art A La Carte Watercolor Class a success at The Apprentice Art Studio! I was absolutely tickled and amazed at the beauty that was created in just three sessions, yes three! WOW! You gals are becoming wonderful artists. We had Caramel Apple Tea  and Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland- delicious, and cozy fall tasting! We laughed and had warm friendly conversation! It was truly a great experience for me.
Here are some pictures of what we did:

Using 3 colors and value on gray scale pear

Students playing with color and being bold!

Focused students
Sarah working on her mid tones
Love the text Katie!
Lovely Marion!
Great start Michelle!

Here is what my students are saying:

 " I feel successful, thank you so much!" 

 " I painted that, wow, I really like it!" 

"This has been great! I have always wanted to learn how to do this and now I do!"

" When is your next class?"

Thank you for being brave and trusting me to guide you and share what I know and love. This has been a dream come true and I am so glad I got to share it with you all! A wonderful start to an amazing year of art!

As we look ahead...

 I still have room in my October 22nd and November 17th. Making Lessons Classes. Register HERE
More info and class description HERE. Space is limited register early, bring a friend!

NEW and Exciting! 

I will be offering a Holiday Watercolor Design Workshop. 2 workshops one for Adults and one for kiddos! This workshop is for anyone who would love to add that special whimsical, homemade magic to their holidays! More information is coming soon! I am finalizing dates as we speak!  Be on the look out for online registration beginning in October!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Art A La Carte-Beg. Watercolor for Adults

Time to register for Fall Adult Art A La Carte Watercolor Class
At The Apprentice Art Studio!

This class is for anyone who has wanted to try watercolor painting! I will demystify the tools and process. Get ready to be amazed– you will love it. In this 3 day course, students will learn about tools, paint, paper and how to make it work for you, in fun warm-up exercise to help decrease the fear factor. In the 2nd class students will learn design, how to work from a photo, and sketch a simple still life in” follow me” fashion. In class 3 students will begin a painting.
Through out our class time I will also talk about my method of painting, my palette, and give other tips and tricks to encourage you in your own pursuit of watercolor painting.
Register HERE with my on-line Form. 
Payment holds your spot. 3 day class 7-9 pm Sept. 10,17, 24th 
$65.00+$10.00 material fee
Class held, at The Apprentice Art Studio, North Tacoma

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Online Registrations- Life Just Got a Little Easier!

Hello Future Art Apprentices! 
I have just made life a wee bit easier for you. Voila! You may now register online via this awesome google form. Click the link HERE fill out the form, click the submit button...and done! Now you can check that off your back to school to do list YEAH!

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Apprentice Art Studio is Finished!

  • Studio Open House: Tuesday, Aug. 18th 2-5pm Download Invite HERE
  •  Fall Class List, Download your copy HERE 
  • Classes will begin in Sept. 22nd and space is limited. I can't wait to get messy!

I can hardly stand it!  Thanks for being so patient! I finished up the last of the studio this weekend- so exciting! Finally you can see what I  have been going on about! Now, all I need are stools, which I promise will be here by the time classes starts. I still have a couple things to finish off the room for the open house next week, but they will be a surprise.
To the right is my personal working area
My Palette Plate, thick with paint

View from my working space to class space nice and cozy!

There are lots of interesting things to find inspiration from
I hope you can stop in and say hi!