Natural History Arts

Fall 2018 Art Classes

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Paint a Fall Leaf

Friday afternoons plus one Saturday afternoon, November 9, 16, 17, 30, and December 7 and 14 from 1:00 to 4:00

Location:  Studio 300, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN

$325

Early registration special!  Register by October 27 for only $295.

Last day to reserve your spot is November 1.

Enrollment is limited to six students:  FULL

 

Learn to paint autumn’s beauty

Make the most of Minnesota’s gorgeous fall landscape by learning to paint vivid autumn leaves in the contemporary botanical style.  

Botanical painting is a relaxing, meditative way of working that helps you gain control over watercolor and develop patience with yourself and with the paint.  This practice sharpens your observation skills and opens you up to a whole new understanding of the natural world.  Join me for this class, and develop a foundation in the basic techniques of contemporary botanical painting, with an emphasis on color, value, and composition. 

Prerequisites:  Drawing skills at the advanced beginner level (either my Yes You Can Draw Level Two class, or Botanical Drawing, or the equivalent.  Familiarity with basic watercolor techniques is helpful, but not required — we will start at the beginning.  Questions about whether this class is a good fit for you?  Don’t hesitate to contact me. 

 

Winter 2019 Art Classes

Friday Stitching:  Contemporary Penny Rugs

Friday afternoons, January 11, 18, 25, and February 1, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location:  Studio 300, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN

$225, plus $40 materials fee

Early registration special!  Register by December 30 for only $200, plus $40 materials fee

Last day to reserve your spot is January 5

Enrollment is limited to eight students

Make a traditional American craft uniquely your own

The penny rug is a beautiful, traditional craft that developed around the time of the Civil War as a way to use worn out wool clothing and blankets. In this class, we’ll put a unique contemporary spin on the craft by stitching penny rugs based upon our own drawings. I will guide you through the process of creating a unique table mat from beautiful hand dyed wool, even if you’ve never designed or stitched anything before. You’ll enjoy spending time with kindred spirits in a professional artist’s studio as you learn how to design and assemble a penny rug from start to finish. Penny rugs are relaxing, easy, and fun to stitch, and they make stunning gifts. Take a little time out this winter to treat yourself and learn a new craft in a cozy setting with good company.

Prerequisites:  No previous experience necessary. Contact me if you have any questions.

        

Botanical Painting

Saturday afternoons, January 12, 19, 26, and February 2 and 9, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Studio 300, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN

$325

Early registration special!  Register by December 30 for only $295

Last day to reserve your spot is January 5

Enrollment is limited to six students

Learn to paint your favorite plants

Botanical painting is a relaxing, meditative way of working that helps you gain control over watercolor and develop patience with yourself and with the paint.  This practice sharpens your observation skills and opens you up to a whole new understanding of the natural world.  If you love watercolor, learning this technique will help you feel more confident with the medium, even if you normally work in a different style.

This repeatable class will give you a foundation in the basic techniques of contemporary botanical painting, with an emphasis on color, value, and composition.  First-timers will work on simple subjects while practicing basic watercolor technique, and students who are repeating the class will receive individual help with subjects of their choosing. 

Prerequisites:  Drawing skills at the advanced beginner level (either my Yes You Can Draw Level Two class, or Botanical Drawing, or the equivalent.  Some watercolor experience is helpful, but not required.  Questions about whether this class is a good fit for you?  Don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Creative Art Journaling 

Friday mornings, January 11, 18, 25, and February 1, 2019, from 9:30 to 12:30

Location:  Studio 300, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN

$225

Early registration special!  Register by December 30 for only $195

Last day to reserve your spot is January 5

Enrollment is limited to eight students


Jumpstart your creativity with art journaling

Art journaling is a great way to discover your creativity, and it’s a satisfying and enriching activity for absolutely everyone — you don’t have to be an artist to keep an art journal!

This repeatable, no-stress class will introduce you to new ideas for art journaling, whether you’re a beginner or already have an existing journal practice.  You’ll learn to create lively, colorful backgrounds; work with collage; and use imaginative prompts to tell your personal story with your journal sketches and writing.  You’ll even surprise yourself by learning quite a bit about drawing along the way.  We have tons of fun in this class — consider it a break from the rest of life, and a time and place to relax and enjoy all those art materials that you probably have stashed in a drawer at home!

Prerequisites:  No previous experience necessary. Contact me if you have any questions.

Yes, You Can Draw!  (Level One)

Saturday mornings, January 26, and February 2 and 9, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location:  Studio 300, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN

 $175

Early registration special!  Register by January 11 for only $150

Last day to reserve your spot is January 19

Enrollment is limited to six students


Drawing is for everyone

If you’ve ever said, “Oh, I can’t draw,” or if you love art and wish you could do what artists do, this workshop is for you. Drawing is not only for a select few, and it’s not just for professional artists. Drawing is something that everyone can learn, and it offers many benefits. 

This introductory workshop will walk you through the basics of learning to draw in a friendly, no-stress manner. Our focus will be on doing, not on perfection. This class will be relaxing, fun, and designed to take the fear out of touching pencil to paper. No experience necessary, no fears, and no apologies for what you can or can’t do. We’ll start wherever you are.

Prerequisites:  No previous experience necessary.  This class is great for absolute beginners, for people who are starting over, or for artists who need to refresh drawing skills.  Contact me if you have any questions.