Thursday, September 15, 2011

Associates Board Meeting

Last night was the September Meeting for the Associates Board for Art & History Museums - Maitland. We have three big events coming up in the next couple of months so I'll be kept very busy with volunteering. Richard Colvin, the curator for A&H, gave a very interesting presentation on the evolution of his own artwork. He explained that he wasn't sure if the way he jumped around between styles, subjects, and mediums made him schizophrenic or just multi-faceted.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Etching Press Woes

I've finally hit the brick wall where if I want to continue doing anything I need to buy my own press. Not only do I need it for myself, but this way the students who sign up for Not Your Mama's Print Class won't have to spend half their time burnishing the back of their prints with spoons. (Or a baren, but the idea of spoons is more reminiscent of cruel and unusual labor)

In the end I purchased this "school" etching press from Jerry's Artarama for $186.99. A steal in the press world, which probably means I bought a very expensive paperweight seeing as anything of real quality costs at least $1,000. But this was the only thing in my price range, and if I have to send it back so be it. Here's to hoping I found a gem, and while were toasting, here's to my new series of art within 9"x15"!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Not Your Mama's Print Class - SALE!

The Printmaking Class I am teaching with Molly Chism at the Maitland Art Center is all set and good to go! To top it off, it's on sale right now:

Daily Deal for Wednesday, Sept. 7: BRING A FRIEND! Sign up for a class with a Friend, and you BOTH receive a 15% discount on your class! This Deal runs from 12 PM Wednesday, Sept 7 to 12 PM Thursday, Sept 8. FB code: FRIENDSHIP. To register, phone 407-539-2181

It is a 12 week class starting Sept. 17 through Dec. 10 meeting every Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm (skipping the Thanksgiving weekend). The cost is $220 for non-members and $200 for members.

We will be exploring Relief Printmaking specifically Linocut and Woodcut. You will be carving and printing four different assignments and participating in formal critiques as well as receiving a healthy dose of Printmaking history.

If you don't take advantage of the deal today and tomorrow, you can show up for the first day of class free and see how you like it. However, I strongly suggest taking advantage of the 15% off since another deal will most likely not be offered before classes start.

I am so excited about this class and bringing Printmaking back to the Maitland Art Center. I love to teach and I can't wait to see what the students produce out of this class.

Check out the Facebook Event and don't forget to call 407-539-2181 to register!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Swinging Partner

My sketch for an angsty swinging bunny has been sitting in Molly's studio for a couple months until this weekend when we had to move everything out. I finally drew the second part of the diptych tonight. It turned out to be a rat. It started out as a squirrel, went through ferret, and settled on rat. And as much as I hate feeding stereotypes, he did start looking a little mean so I went with it. What started out as eye droopies (a very sophisticated art term, I'll understand if you have to look it up) in the bunny that make him look tired and almost given up to his swinging fate, have turned into a hard maniacal edge to a soulless eye socket on the rat. I couldn't have planned it better. I wonder if the rat dared the bunny to a swinging match secretly knowing that he is to swinging as the Dread Pirate Roberts is to iocaine powder.

Faculty Meeting at the Maitland Art Center

Last night was the faculty meeting at the Maitland Art Center. Molly Chism and I will once again be offering our Not Your Mama's Print Class. It should be a blast! We are very excited about it. The class should start on Sept. 17 and meet on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm for 12 weeks. Stay tuned for sign up information!