By Ellen Chappelle
The perks of living in Edmonds are many – breathtaking natural surroundings, strong community spirit, great schools and, of course, a tremendous variety of local art. In addition to its many art galleries, the Edmonds area also offers lots of great art classes. So if the joy and beauty of our little town has inspired you to seek out your own personal mode of creative expression, you’re sure to enjoy this week’s column.
Taking an art class is a fun way to begin the search for your favorite artistic media. And you don’t even have to leave Edmonds to learn from professional artists! ArtWorks, located at 2nd Avenue and Dayton Street in downtown Edmonds, is routinely busy hosting classes, workshops, shows, meetings and other artistic events. Check out the following list (or their calendar) to find the one for you.
Polymer Aha! Extravaganza
The NW Polymer Clay Guild presents Meredith Arnold’s Polymer Aha! Extravaganza on Feb. 25-26. But don’t wait to sign up – this class will fill quickly.
Take your creativity in amazing new directions with liquid polymer mediums, polymer clay, wire, inks, paint – and maybe even the kitchen sink! This workshop will expand your horizons and open your mind to new possibilities.
On the first day, you’ll explore liquid polymer mediums, alcohol inks and other media to create flexible sheets of veneer that can be cut into shapes for embedding or even used as a layer under resin. Everyone will take home a variety of veneer sheets as well as a finished ring or three.
The second day will help you take veneers nine steps further with image transfers, layers and more with all the tips and tricks for creating veneer-embedded beads and wired charms for earrings and pendants. The last portion of the day will focus on finishing techniques that work without too much fuss yet provide professional results.
As an artist with multiple jobs focused on mentoring other artists, instructor Meredith Arnold serves as ArtWorks’ Director and ArtsNow’s EDGE Program Coordinator (EDGE is a 50-hour professional development program for artists). She has developed a career as a professional teaching artist locally, around the U.S. and in Europe.
When: Feb. 25-26, Saturday 12:30 to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $150 for Guild members, $175 for non-members
Stamping Repeating Patterns
Discover the world of designing and carving rubber to make repeating patterns on fabric or paper. Full of tips to make this process easy and fun, this workshop will teach you to create stamps that can be used on clays and other media, as well. Pattern design will be covered, including tessellations and reverse motifs. Create sample swatches on fabric with acrylic paints and take home a variety of brand new stamps.
A published artist with many talents, instructor Nan Robkin is a Certified Master Porcelain Artist, creating works in watercolor, digital collage, paper arts, polymer clay, and mixed water media.
When: Saturday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $35 plus $5 materials fee to be paid to instructor in class
Evening Watercolor Classes for Beginners and Intermediates
Never held a brush? No problem. Motivation and love of watercolor are the most important requirements. Learn in a supportive and positive environment from an encouraging, experienced teacher.
Instructor Darlene Lucas has over 35 years of teaching experience. She has been an artist and art teacher since graduating from Ball State University in Indiana with a major in Art. At Michigan State University, her graduate work emphasized Art History. As part of her continued growth, she has attended workshops with many nationally known artists and traveled throughout Germany and Scandinavia.
When: 4-session class, Wednesdays 6 – 9 p.m., Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8; Feb. 22, 29, March 7, 14
Cost: 4 sessions /$100
Finding Your Voice in Oil
Learn the principles of mixing color, setting up a palette, paint application, composition and value. Discover the steps it takes to get from blank canvas to finished piece with a focus on still-life painting as well as portraiture working from good photos. This is an on-going class offered month-by-month during the school year (September-May). Students are welcome to attend either the morning or afternoon session or the full day.
Instructor Julann Campbell, a nationally recognized impressionist, is an oil painter who loves her medium. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Campbell graduated from the University of Washington. Her work there, like for many, was primarily with abstract composition and design. Over the years, she ventured into more realistic subjects, working “Alla Prima,” which means working directly from life.
When: Mondays, 9 a.m. – noon / 12:45 – 3:45 p.m., Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost: Half day (4 sessions) $84 / Full day (4 sessions) $168
Also at ArtWorks, Art Spa Open Studio days offer a chance to get some work done in a comfortable space where you have all the room you need, hot and cold running water, air, easels, inspiration and minimal distractions. ArtWorks’ website states, “Forget your apron? We have some loaners! Hungry? We have a full kitchen, so bring food. Come on in! The art is fine!”
When: 11:30 a.m. until you’re done on most Fridays, with a painter’s Art Spa most Wednesdays
Cost: $5 for the entire day, includes use of all equipment and facilities
Also in downtown Edmonds, the classroom at Cole Gallery is bustling with students learning how to paint and draw in classes taught by the gallery’s professional artists. Here are just a few of the many classes coming up at Cole Gallery:
Pastel Painting FUNdamentals
Join national award-winning artist Patty Forte Linna for an ongoing weekly class to learn the fundamentals of painting with pastels. The class will provide in-depth coverage of the following topics: composition and design, value, color and edges.
Recognizing that there are many different learning styles, Linna will demonstrate her painting techniques, provide written curriculum and in-class exercises to ensure that the fundamentals of pastel painting are understood by all students. All levels welcome!
View Linna’s work.
When: Jan. 19, 26 (on-going) Thursday daytime 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or Thursday evenings 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $35 per class or pay a month at a time and pay $30 per class.
Painting Chrome and Glass
Don’t be another one of those painters out there who avoids painting things that they find inspiring, just because it happens to be metal or glass. Take this workshop and not only continue learning the fundamentals of oil painting, but learn the techniques to achieve the reflective light and color that makes metal and glass so beautiful. All levels welcome!
View instructor Jennifer Diehl’s work.
When: Jan. 27-29, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Experimenting with Drawing – Part II
The most important ingredient to any great artwork is the ability of an artist to draw. Developing your drawing skills will help you become a better artist. To improve your drawing, art instructor and artist Joe Mac Kechnie will introduce you to basic and experimental drawing techniques. In these classes designed for the beginner and intermediate artist, you will be using charcoal and conte. All levels welcome!
View Mac Kechnie’s work.
When: Wednesday mornings, Jan. 18 – Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $180 for all five classes or $40 per class
Jennifer Bowman creates a positive and joyful atmosphere that nourishes the development of each artist’s special talents and perceptions, beginning each day with a demonstration. In her class, you will explore color, value, composition and light. Using each of these elements you will sculpt three-dimensional elements using two-dimensional form. You will be working on a pre-textured surface for the first day and then working in color-layering glazes and then palette knife techniques. Acrylics are wonderful for adding dramatic color choices and really working the contrast of complimentary colors. All levels welcome!
View Bowman’s work.
When: Jan. 23-24, 5:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $80 for both days
If you haven’t made the short drive to the Schack Art Center in Everett, you owe yourself a trip. In addition to excellent art exhibits, the bright and beautiful new gallery hosts classes in a wide range of media including encaustic, glass, fiber arts, mixed media, silversmithing, drawing, painting and more. And many of these are taught by members of ArtistsConnect, Edmonds’ own artist networking group.
A quick scroll through the Schack instructor list reveals active (and talented) ArtistsConnect members such as Meredith Arnold, Kimberlie Brayman, Celeste Douville, Tracy Kay Fraker, Judy Macauley, Mary Peterson and Tonnie Wolfe. Visit Schack’s class page to find the perfect workshop for you.
For those who are ready to enter their paintings in an exhibition, Gallery North has issued a call to artists for their 2012 Annual Miniature and Small Paintings Show, which runs through the month of March. All entries meeting the criteria listed in the prospectus will be hung in the gallery and juried for awards and prizes. Paintings must be delivered to the gallery on Saturday or Sunday, Feb. 25-26 to be part of the event.
So pick a class or two and enjoy the artistic process. Perhaps we’ll be writing about your art someday!
With a background in theatre and journalism, Ellen Chappelle is perfectly poised to covers the local arts scene for My Edmonds News. She also keeps busy writing and editing for artists and small businesses, publishing an informational site for dog owners and creating handcrafted jewelry. Please keep her posted about all things artistic in Edmonds by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.