7 Important Reasons Why: Color, Light, Line, Texture, plus Denise, Ashley, Food!

I am so excited to be teaching an art workshop this spring: April 21-23.

The wildly talented Denise Fleming

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portrait of Denise Fleming with gelli print block in the Highlights Barn Studio

and Ashley Wolff

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portrait of Ashley Wolff prepping a gouache resist piece in the Highlight Barn Studio

have put together an art immersive weekend called the Color, Light, Line and Texture Hands-On Workshop.

It is one of the entertaining and educational programs the Highlights Foundation supports at their beautiful Pocono Mountains location.

highlightsYou DON’T need to be an  “Artist” to join this workshop. You can register here right now.

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‘Not an artist’ made this collage last spring

You don’t need to feel confident drawing, painting, or coloring in the lines.

You DO need to have a love of tackling something new, and you have to be attracted to this:

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COLOR

 

and this:

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LIGHT

and this:

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T E X T U R E

and this:

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L I N E

Join us for 3 days and 3 nights of playing and getting deeply involved with color, light, texture and line!

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The venue will be the Barn at Boyd’s Mills, 10 miles from Honesdale, PA. You’ll sleep in beautifully appointed cabins, dine on fantastic food at every meal and be entertained round the clock with lessons, games, surprise guest speakers, and a field trip.

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I’ll be leading photography rambles and you can wander the pretty spring woods and pastures, so bring your camera and sketchbook.

Register here for a fun time!

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DIY Clock Face Transformation

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Every summer, during the Hollins University Summer Graduate session there is a one day, student run conference called the Francelia Butler Conference. One of the ways they raise operating funds is by holding a silent auction.

This year I picked up this clock at a very good price and decided to “pimp” it for my lake cabin in Vermont. I liked the dark blue rim but the flag image was just not enough for me.

Normally, when I make little artworks for the cabin I work in watercolor

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CatBoat

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But for the clock I used collage. I added all the things I love about living by a lake for part of the year.

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Honestly, does it need any numbers?

 

Class begins!

After introductions, our 1st day of English 527/Creating Picture Books for Children began with a mini-book bang. We designed 8 page, accordian-fold books designed to live in up-cycled mint tins.

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The challenge was to create a micro story to fill the mini book- a beginning, middle and end with several characters, mood, action and story arc.minibook_6

We used rulers, scissors, glue and collage papers.minibook_5minibook_2

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Finished books to come…