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On January 13th, my husband and I leave for two months of painting in Mexico. We are returning to the beautiful Baroque city of Guanajuato in the central highlands of Mexico. We have been planning this trip since we visited Guanajuato last January and found 5 days to be much too short to get to know and paint the city. This year we plan to bring a full collection of art supplies, not just our sketch kits.
It looks to be a busy week before we leave. I am showing several pieces at the Gunnison Arts Center for the month of January, featuring the GAC instructors & staff. Come down for the First Friday artwork; I will be there.
First Friday ArtWalk & Music
January 5. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Stroll down beautiful historic Gunnison on the First Friday’s of the month to celebrate art, artists and live music. The GAC Galleries will feature Angus Reid’s Oil Paintings in the Main Gallery. These painting will be on silent auction throughout the month starting at the ArtWalk. Head to the Upper Gallery for the annual GAC Staff and Instructor Exhibit!Live singing by Liberty Solari in the Main Gallery.
On the 11th, I will be teaching a fun, fast-paced “& Series” class for the new Meet the Masters classes. In this class we will have fun with neon colors, altered images, and serial grid-work featuring Pop Art Master, Andy Warhol. Enjoy a variety of Pinot wines, tastey appetizers, and create your original Pop Art inspired by Andy Warhol!
Meet the Masters
Feeling Dandy with Andy: Pop Art & Pinot
Thursday, January 11th. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
The time has come to learn all about another master of the arts! For this Meet the Masters AND Series, Cheri will be teaching us about Andy Warhol and the influence Pop Art has had on art over the years. So come join us to enjoy some pinot and have some artistic fun! Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $40/person includes 2 drinks, light aps and instruction. Pre-registration is required. Register Here :registration
Registration will be open through Friday 10/27/17. Classes begin 10/30/17- register today or call Western State Colorado University Extended Studies to register: 970-943-2885
Bringing The Masters in Art Alive – Mondays and Wednesday 3-5 PM through Western State Colorado University Extended Studies: Oct 30-Nov 8
Do you love art? Bring it alive through creative discovery. Take a playful, exploratory, multimedia approach to exploring periods, movements, geography, and master artists through making art. Emphasis is on creative expression and discovery. Experience using a variety of art materials and technique while you learn about art history. THIS IS NOT your professors’ art history classes! We take inspiration from master artists and famous artworks, as we create our own masterpieces. Join us for a fast paced course and get your creative juices flowing! Cheri holds a Masters of Art in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Art Education. $65 includes materials and instruction. LEARN FROM THE MASTERS REGISTRATION
Oct. 30: Learn about the social justice artwork of contemporary artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
Create your own social justice collage on faux animal skin.
Nov. 1: Learn how Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne sparked the Cubist Art Movement. Create a pastel still life based on Paul Cézanne’s ideas.
Nov. 6: Discover how the Neo-Dada artist Jasper Johns bridged the aesthetic gap between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Create a Dragon Cups diptyche, (a two-part composition) in watercolor based on John’s famous print, “Cups for Picasso.” Learn how graded watercolor wash can mimic serigraph techniques.
Nov. 8 Learn about the folk art tradition of Memory Vessels. This form of art can be found world-wide. Make your own Memory Vessel and explore 3D mixed media construction.
All levels welcome; beginners will be given extra support; experienced artists are given design challenges to deepen their understanding.
I am offering two approaches to sketch journaling this summer. In Montrose we will focus on capturing a sense of place through the study of onsite perspective. In Gunnison we will express our thoughts, ideas, and feelings through visual journaling.
The Montrose Class is designed for those
who want to use journals to record their travels, but have found perspective difficult. If you have struggled with perspective, I will present an easy system to convey accuracy in your drawings with perspective. Drawing is a skill, and it can be learned. Drawing is not just for “natural artists.” If you love to travel and want to make your trips more meaningful, join us at Centennial Plaza at Tuesday, June 13 from 4:30-6:30 PM. Bring a small sketch book, pencils, eraser, straight edge or drafting square, fine line black pen, small watercolor kit with a brush, (like Prang student watercolors), small cup for cleaning the brush, and a sponge. REGISTER HERE $25 We meet either the second Tuesday (4:30-6:30) at Centennial Plaza or Saturday (2:30-4:30) at Backstreet Bagels each month. Dates: TUESDAY- June 13; July 11; November 14; SATURDAY- August 12; September 9; October 14; December 9
The Gunnison Class is designed for those
who have kept journals or want to start keeping a journal with more pizzazz than simply writing about the day. We will use a variety of visual strategies to bring your journals alive with drawings, color, pattern, and text. Classes are held at the Gunnison Arts Center through a partnership with Western State Colorado University. Optional university credit is available for these classes. Classes begin Wednesday June 14, 2017 and run every other Wednesday through August 9th. To register, contact Gunnison Center for the Arts 970-641-4029 or use this link: GAC EDUCATION
Sketch classes will resume at Backstreet Bagel on the Second Saturday, beginning May 13th, 2017. Classes are held 2-4 PM in the courtyard weather permitting. After an inspiring trip this winter to Mexico, more emphasis will be placed on travel journals.
Please use this link to preregister. WORKSHOP REGISTRATION Classes are $25, due at the beginning of class. Bring your sketch materials:
I am pleased to work with the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Telluride’s Ah Haa School of the Art, Montrose Center for the Arts, and Gunnison Arts Center to offer a variety of workshops in watercolor, sketch journaling and mixed media. I am currently scheduled to offer four watercolor classes and three sketch classes this spring, plus an intermediate/advanced watercolor class this summer in Telluride. As the schedule develops, I will continue to update the WORKSHOP SCHEDULE. These offerings are in the works and will be scheduled later in 2017: off-loom weaving to create whimsical broaches, art history through hands-on creative art making, special effects to enhance water-based painting, journal making.
Please use this link to access descriptions, schedules, and registration to classes: WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
NOV. 12, 2-4 PM, Montrose: Backstreet Journals SKETCH JOURNALING: supportive class with techniques, inspiration, and motivational exercises to successfully integrate text & image artfully. Bring sketch book that accepts watermedia, watercolor kit, pencils, fineline marker, eraser. This month we will focus on the decorative side of interior environments. $25
NOV. 13, 10-3 PM, Gunnison: Gunnison Arts Center GETTING LOOSE: watercolor workshop, techniques & tips to create expressive watercolor compositions. Instruction include a wide variety of watercolor techniques & effects, as well as design principles to ensure successful compositions. All materials provided; bring a brown bag lunch. $70
DEC. 3, 2-6 PM, Montrose: Cimarron Creek Clubhouse GETTING LOOSE: watercolor workshop; a benefit for the Montrose Center for the Arts; with techniques & tips to create expressive watercolor compositions. Instruction include a wide variety of watercolor techniques & effects, as well as design principles to ensure successful compositions. Bring watercolor kit, one full sheet (30″x22″ ) 140# cold press paper cut 1/2, (recommend Arches), 2-3 water containers, mask liquid and/or mask pen, liquid detergent, and extra small round cheap brush $50