One of my true passions is having the honor of teaching workshops in a variety of venues – at retail stores, international trade shows and at art retreats. My role of an educator is to inspire and share my vast knowledge with my students. My teaching philosophy is simple – to give students the knowledge, show and explain techniques and how to use use products, and give hands on experience so that they can create their own masterpieces.
October 4th – 8th 2018
“Many hands…make ART work”
Celebrating over 13 years of changing lives through art, community and family. As we shared in our first year, the vision for Art Is…You had been growing in the souls of a number of east coast artists and it grew wings in 2005 when they all got together and decided to make it a reality.
We have hosted events in Cromwell CT, Danbury CT, Stamford CT, Petaluma CA, Santa Rosa CA, Nashville TN, Memphis TN, Minneapolis MN, Sun Valley, ID, plus Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Sunshine Coast, and Noosa Australia.
Our philosophy is to create a moment in time where artists, whether they be faculty or students, can come together to share in their passion for creativity. To create, self nourish, replenish personal creative resources and to nurture not only individual souls but the souls of those around them. Whether creating something is part of your daily routine or indeed the closest to creating has been using a glue stick – there is something for everybody.
For over 13 years words of joy and, tears of happiness have been shared . Friendships have been forged and we have witnessed lives changing.
Friday, October 5th 2018 9am – 4pm
Take your love for mixed media to a smaller scale in this workshop that focuses on teaching the fundamentals to creating a variety of different wearable pieces of art. This workshop is for all skill levels, exploring different techniques for transforming the ordinary into extraordinary!
You will complete four different projects in this class, building on each project to reinforce techniques while learning new ones! These projects include:
1) ‘basic’ bezel with a faux-dichro background
2) open back bezel with resin
3) texturized antique flaming heart
4) layered mixed media domino
Although the projects in the workshop are focused upon making jewelry, the majority of the techniques explored in this workshop can easily be adapted to any mixed media project.
Sunday, October 7th 9am – 4pm
Working outside of the rules, exploring new techniques and experiences – this is the idea behind creating your own pandemonium! Many times we forget that the key to being an artist is to allow our inner voices to speak, to embrace the creative process, and let our work evolve organically and to take on a life of it’s own. This workshop was created after I experienced my own personal “creative funk” and has been developed after my experiences of learning the importance of returning to my creative roots for allowing myself the freedom to be creative again. You will leave this workshop inspired, with a new confidence and courage to continually evolve as an artist.
In this workshop, we will celebrate the freedom to explore new techniques to create a mixed media masterpiece that focuses upon creating texture and color while incorporating found objects and ephemera for building backgrounds and layers. Get your hands dirty while learning how to use a variety of different pastes, gels and paints – with many of these techniques able to be used on a variety of different surfaces. You will also have the opportunity to create some amazing mixed media elements including faux tin-type photos (photos on metal), antique and vintage elements from paper clay, sculptured fabric, and resin paper.
Monday, October 8th 9am – 4pm
It’s time to take mixed media into the kitchen with this stunning project that upcycles an old muffin tin! This class is perfect for all skill levels, giving you the confidence to take mixed media artwork to an entirely new dimension while mastering how to incorporate a variety of found objects into a finished piece of art.
We’ll begin by creating backgrounds in each individual holder from sculpted fabric. Next the background of the tin face will be created with stamps, collage and stencils and a variety of different texture effects before adding some gorgeous layers of color. A rusted finish will then be applied to the background, highlighted with waxes, mica powders, glass glitter, micro beads and more! You’ll have the chance to learn how to make your own embellishments from paper clay that can be incorporated into your artwork. You will learn how to transform your found objects and ephemera into brilliant embellishments using texture and color for adding to your muffin tin, highlighted with a variety of different inclusions.