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Adult 2021 Workshop Series

We Offer Unique, Creative Classes and Workshops for Adults

During this exceptionally weird year – 2020 – we postponed our adult workshops because we wanted to keep our staff and customers safe from Covid-19. We hope 2021 is different in that we will be able to meet in person for one-day ora  one-afternoon workshops in our lovely classroom behind the art gallery!

In the meantime, we are keeping a list of folks who are interested in specific workshops, and they will have the first opportunity (we’ll call you) to register when we do figure out dates. If you would like to be on a workshop list, please stop by the gallery and ask Maureen or Ema. And … subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified by email when the workshop dates are set. Thank you!

Art of Self Portraits with Maureen Shaughnessy Dates TBA $240, limited to 4 participants 

Maureen is an experienced, creative printmaker opening her studio and classroom to 4 students who want to explore ways to express their true selves through artful self portraits. Even if you don’t know how to draw, you will be delighted with what you can make during this workshop. Truly! Learn a few different ways to make self portraits in this extremely popular 3-day workshop. With photography, printmaking, collage and other mediums, learn how to visually express the qualities and characteristics that make you special. A treat for your heart and brain. Cost includes all supplies and tools. 

Day 1: photographic self-expressions and conversation

Day 2: drypoint etching plate making & printing using a press

Day 3: using collage to expand our drypoint prints


Red Dream Box by Maureen ShaughnessyWorking with Dreams through Art with Maureen Shaughnessy: Date TBA $140, limited to 4 participants. Sign up to receive information about this workshop when the date is set. 

In a group of women, over two Sundays, we’ll explore illustrative techniques for working with our dreams. Not a therapy group, but an opportunity for artists and creatives to use their personal dreams as a launch pad for artistic expression and exploration of themes from our unconscious. We’ll use assemblage, sculptural construction and mixed-media methods to create one or more pieces over the two day workshop. Cost includes most supplies. Participants are welcome to bring special materials from home. 

Day 1: presentation and conversation about the value of making art around dreams both current and past, and ways to remember more of your dreams. Gather your materials and begin a sculptural mixed-media assemblage. 

Day 2: conversation over coffee, tea and breakfast recalling last week’s beginnings and interim thoughts. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and dive into construction and completion of our mixed-media pieces.


Maureen Intuitive PaintingIntuitive Painting: Date TBA $280 includes all supplies and materials. Limited to 4 participants. Sign up to receive information about this workshop when the date is set. 

In this 4-week (4 days) workshop, we will delve into our intuitions and imaginations, and explore ways to connect what you already know as a human being, with handmade brushes, ink, paint, pastels, music, meditation, charcoal and paper. 

Week 1: Enzo painting with very large brushes and guided meditation

Week 2: Making Personal Marks – Make handmade brushes and with them, put down some calligraphic/asemic markings. With music, developing a personal vocabulary or mark-making language. 

Week 3: Making Body Marks and Leaving a Trail – Expressive Drawing with our Whole Bodies along with our handmade tools and brushes… guided meditation, movement and music. 

Week 4: Go Large Go Loose – begin with expressive drawing and mixed media on large paper and using abstract painting methods, respond to your own marks with intuition and confidence (will be mounted on wood panels upon completion)


Printmaking Series: Date TBA, $365 includes all supplies and materials. Limited to 4 participants. Sign up to receive information about this workshop when the date is set. 

This a 5-week (5 days) workshop to explore printmaking methods you can use at home or in the studio. We will spend the last day exploring ways you can take your prints further. No printmaking experience needed, though artists who have a foundation in printmaking will definitely learn some new methods. 

    1. Day 1: Making collagraph plates and embossing with found materials
    2. Day 2: Printing our collagraph plates and begin shellac plates
    3. Day 3: Printing with shellac plates and drypoint etchings
    4. Day 4: Relief printing with linocut blocks
    5. Day 5: Beyond the press and brayer: collaging and inking our prints

Paper Crown Making with Bonnie Lambert: on a weekend day 10 – 4. DATE TBA. $50, limited to 4 participants

Have fun making paper crowns with all kinds of ephemera, scraps, doodads and thingamajigs—cardboard, paper, ribbons, fabrics, buttons, dried flowers and leaves, seed pods, wire, odds and ends, tape, photos, old books, drawing tools, and lots of other bits and pieces. We will have plenty of inspiring, delightful and sometimes humorous materials for you to use. If you wish, bring your own materials you may have stashed for creative projects. MORE INFO

Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced. Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified.    

 

 

 

 


Junk Journals with Judy Kline: Winter 2021 on a Sunday afternoon. DATE TBA. $50 Limited to 4 participants 

At the end of this half-day workshop you will have a journal with room to write thoughts, collect quotes, poems or lists and lots of unlined papers to fill with sketches. Using junk mail and other materials from our instructor, plus stuff you may have lying around the house you can make a completely unique and quirky journal. Examples of materials we’ll use for the pages include used mail, catalog envelopes, window envelopes, coffee stained paper, old file folders, clear cellophane, saved wrapping paper and scraps of fabric. Cost includes a variety of materials, and we ask participants to bring some of their own tools. MORE INFO

Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced. Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified.    

 

 

 


Meditative Sketching with Linda McCray: Winter 2021 DATE TBA. $50 Limited to 4 participants

Spend an afternoon in a small group with local artist, Linda McCray. Linda paints extraordinary abstracts imbued with powerful spiritual and symbolic meanings. Relax in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere of creativity and meditation. No experience required. We know you’ll be inspired! This course is an introduction to art as meditation using oil pastels.  Linda McCray will share her creative spiritual art process as well as teach a few oil pastel techniques and basic design principles. All supplies and tools will be provided and are included in the cost of this workshop. MORE INFO

Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced. Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified.    

 

 


Smash Books: An evening workshop taught by Maureen Shaughnessy DATE TBA $50, limited to 4 participants 

Spend a relaxing and fun evening creating unique and slightly whacky journals. Covers and pages from vintage books  become a journal, a wedding guest registry, a memory book gift, a gratitude book, a place to collect quotes that inspire you … your imagination is your only limit. We will supply a variety of papers, vintage books, found materials, ephemera and sometimes odd stuff Maureen has collected over a lifetime. We invite you to bring some personal materials you may have lying around. 

Because of COVID-19, our workshops have been postponed and dates will be announced.

Subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified when the registration for this workshop opens. 

 

 

 


 

2020 Kids Summer Studio Series

Yay! Kid’s Summer Studios are On! 

We want to keep our customers, community and staff healthy. In light of the current environment, we changed our educational program to reflect social distancing and safety guidelines. Smaller class sizes, individual supplies, new workspace arrangements in the classroom and the possibility of individual studio sessions will keep everyone healthy! 

What will my kids learn during the 2020 Summer Studios?

Maureen likes to tailor the summer to what the kids want to learn. When we all meet each other on our first day, we will finalize the schedule of topics for the 8 studio sessions w.  We won’t get to everything on the list this summer, but if all goes well, we will have after-school studios for kids in the fall and winter, leading up to next year’s 5th Annual Young Voices exhibit. 

TOPICS FOR THIS YEAR: 

  • Draw What You See/Draw What You Feel
  • Make Sketching a Habit
  • Plein-Aire Sketching and Field Notes (outdoor field trip)
  • How To Go from Realistic to Abstract in a Series
  • Make Monoprints with a Printing Press (plexi drypoint etching, shellac plates, painterly printing) 
  • Embossed Nature Prints
  • Articulated Paper Creatures & People
  • Outside da Book: Make Creative and Weird Artist Books
  • Move Your Whole Body — Expressionist Painting with Music
  • Make Your Own Paint Brushes
  • Who Are You? Self-Portraits with Camera, Paint and Glue-Prints
  • The Weird & Wonderful World of Photo Apps — Pushing the Limits of Artful Apps
  • Build Boats with Found Objects
  • Mixed-Media 3D Art with Wood
  • Ginormous Paintings! Painting Very Very Large

 

 

 

Details:

WHO: We have several groups in three age ranges: Kids age 7-9; Tweens age 10-12  and Teens age 13-16.
COST: Studio Class Series: $400 for 8 weekly studios
SCHOLARSHIPS: We are able to give partial scholarships to families in need of assistance. Please ask.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: All supplies and a snack

DATES:

  • Studio Classes run from June 22 through August 21.
  • We will skip one week in July.
  • One week during the summer (TBA) each group will meet for an extended session, to take a field trip somewhere close to Helena, and spend time sketching and making field notes outdoors. Parents will be informed of those out-of-studio trips in advance. I have enough seat belts in my car for 4 students, so I will drive the students.

TIMES:
Kids 1 — Mondays 10am to 2pm with a 45 min lunch and rest break. June 22 to Aug 17
Kids 2 — Wednesdays 10am to 2pm with a 45 min lunch and rest break. June 24 to Aug 19
Kids 3 — Thursdays 2pm – 5:30pm with a 15 min snack break at 3:30. June 25 to Aug 20
Tweens 1 — Tuesdays 10am – 3pm with a 45min lunch break June 23 to Aug 18
Tweens 2 — Fridays 10am – 3pm with a 45min lunch break June 26 to Aug 21
Teens — Mondays or Tuesdays 5 to 9pm with a snack break around 7pm June 22 to Aug 17

All students who participate in the 8-week series are eligible to be part of the 2021 Young Voices Exhibit taking place next spring. Maureen spends many hours with her students in January and February (free of charge) to help them prepare for the exhibit. 

When can I register my child?

Registration for kids, tweens and teens summer art studios opens May 28th and closes June 9th. This gives us enough time to obtain the supplies and tools so each child will have their own.

Please note: Registration is for the entire series of eight classes.

Covid-19 measures in place at 1+1=1:

    • Decreased class size to 4 students per group allowing for plenty of social distancing space. Classroom tables will be arranged to allow for 6 feet of space or more between everyone. </li)
    • Each student will have their own bin in our classroom, with their own supplies. This way we don’t have to constantly sanitize every paint brush, oil pastel and carving tool. Supplies provided by us.
    • We’ll emphasize washing hands, not getting too close to each other and making sure high-touch surfaces are cleaned regularly. (eg bathroom, door knobs, etc.) I have hired a studio assistant to do extra cleaning and help me keep track of social distancing.
    • Masks encouraged at least until Gov. Bullock relaxes that standard. I am very sensitive to my students’ health and their family members’ health, so I am open to wearing a mask all summer if any parents feel strongly about that. I just really want to protect all of us as best we can.

*Please remember that our entire educational program is subject to change based on information we receive from the CDC and Montana Health Department, for the health and safety of our community. If we must cancel a class, or move to online Art Zooms, we will be glad to refund your registration fee, or give you credit for future classes at 1+1=1.

Know a kid who would like to attend? Give them a gift card!

Junk Journals with Judy Kline

Junk Journals with Judy Kline: July 19th, $50, limited to 6 participants

Ready for a relaxing afternoon of making art in a very small group?

Well, we have just the thing for you! At the end of this half-day workshop you will have a fabulous junk journal with lots of pages and pockets to write thoughts, collect quotes, poems or lists and loads of unlined papers for sketching. Make one for yourself, or to gift to someone special.

Using junk mail and other materials from our instructor and things you may have lying around the house you can make a completely unique and somewhat quirky junk journal. Judy Kline’s style of junk journals have ties to hold everything together – and truly, by the time you’ve filled your journal you’ll be happy to have the tie!

Techniques you will learn:

Sewing on paper; index-card-a-day; making whimsical tags; collage; making a “matchbook” using scraps; coffee paper staining, mini-folders and making fold outs. Judy will bring a ton of supplies. Students will be asked to bring some tools. (See supply list below.)

Examples of materials available for the pages:

Old catalog envelopes, used window envelopes, coffee stained paper, old file folders, clear cellophane, saved wrapping paper and scraps of fabric.

DETAILS:

    • Date: July 19, 2020
    • Time: 1 to 5pm (plan to arrive around 12:50 to settle in with a drink before the workshop starts.)
    • Tuition: $50 includes supplies
    • Location: 1+1=1 Classroom (rear portion of the gallery)
    • Address: 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena Montana
    • We will provide snacks and beverages. 
    • Please bring a face mask for everyone’s safety and health. Thank you!

SUPPLY LIST

In the interest of safety from COVID19, we are trying to avoid having multiple people touching the same tools. Please bring your own pencil, ruler, scissors, old coffee cup and stapler. Optional but recommended tool: a paper cutter. Also you might want to bring your favorite washi tapes, your favorite heavy weight double-sided scrapbook papers, extra used business size window envelopes (we will have some available), copies of old photos and other ephemera that means something to you. We will have plenty of materials on hand, so don’t worry if you can’t bring the optional things.

 

ABOUT JUDY

She calls herself a creativity explosion! Judy Kline, the Red Queen, is no shrinking violet, Judy is drawn to vibrant color as a moth to a flame, but she also loves the calm and soothing effect of pale colors like ecru, pink and vintage laces and trims. Her spectrum of work spans from traditional to avant garde.

Judy works in a studio in the former Free Studio building on Logan Street (now under new ownership as The Heath) She is known for her artful, whimsical handmade jewelry, sewn mixed media pieces and greeting cards. She shows her art jewelry at 1+1=1 Gallery during their annual BODY exhibit and annual Holiday Gift Show. Judy will teach you techniques to awaken your creativity, and you’ll come away with a fun journal to fill up or to gift to someone special.

Meditative Sketching with Linda McCray

Spend a truly relaxing day learning about meditative sketching

Studio artist, Linda McCray leads a contemplative workshop at a time we might be feeling anxious

A peaceful afternoon of meditation and creativity

Spend an afternoon in a very small group with local artist, Linda McCray. Linda paints extraordinary abstracts imbued with powerful spiritual and symbolic meanings. Relax in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere of creativity and meditation. No experience required. We know you’ll be inspired!

Moving Forward through ART+SPIRIT

Are you ready to move forward? We can’t move backwards. This class will start with an exercise of connecting to nature through slowing down to truly SEE+DRAW. Linda will teach you some of her favorite basic oil pastel techniques and expressive design principles. We will connect to feelings through MUSIC+ART. Learn how people through the ages have connected to the Divine through making art inspired by sacred readings and praying with art, experience both. By the end of the afternoon you will have a sketchbook with creative ways to move forward through ART+SPIRIT. No experience needed.

Art-making, meditation and prayer

Art is much like meditation in that it allows us to connect with our true selves no matter what spiritual tradition we may have. Approaching art as meditation or contemplative prayer, helps us tap into our inner stillness, which is where the voice of spirit — however we experience it — speaks to us. This can lead to making images that come from awareness of the present moment, and of the deep spirituality inside us.

 

An example of Linda’s meditative and symbolic approach to painting can be found in a description of her painting, Oneness, left:

“Out of the brown darkness, emerges a gold celestial spiral that connects us with Light and all creation. It floats within soft orange and yellow ethereal Light, mysteriously not clearly seen. Blue-green, burnt orange and gold is mixed with sand from Montana and the River Jordan to convey the sacred ground we are on, right here and now.” ~ Linda McCray

 

DETAILS:

    • Date: TBA on either Saturday or Sunday
    • Time: 1 to 5pm
    • Tuition: $50 includes supplies
    • Location: 1+1=1 Classroom (rear portion of the gallery)
    • Address: 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena Montana
    • We will provide snacks and beverages. 
    • Please bring a face mask for everyone’s safety and health. Thank you!

ABOUT LINDA

Linda McCray is a local studio artist, teacher and spiritual director. She translates universal spiritual truths into abstract paintings that speak to others, regardless of their traditions. Her paintings have been included in numerous international, national and regional invitational and juried exhibitions in the US and England. She has had solo exhibitions and is slated to have a solo show at the Holter Museum of Art in the fall of 2020. She has taught as an adjunct professor of art; as well as lectured at art museums, universities, and conferences on contemporary spiritual art and art as mediation.

Some of Linda McCray’s paintings that have been shown at 1+1=1 Gallery


Our new 1+1=1 classroom offers a place to gather in small groups with awareness of social distancing and safety

We know there are hundreds of online/video/zoom workshops available. There is just something about the synergy of an in-person art class to get our creative juices flowing. We will make sure the classroom is set up for safe social distancing, and that we practice sanitary procedures to keep you and our community healthy. For that reason, the workshop is limited to just 6 participants. Register early to make sure you have a space.

Intro to Encaustic Workshop with Darla Myers

One-Day Intro to Encaustic Workshop by Bozeman Artist, Darla Myers

Learn the Basics of Encaustic Painting in an intimate, hands-on, art-studio class setting. All supplies included, just bring yourself and your fearless creativity.

October 5th Evening Intro 5:30 to 7-ish
October 6, 10-4:30
Cost: $175 includes instruction, all materials and tools, printed handouts, snacks and beverages. Bring your own lunch

Register Now, below. Space is Limited to 6 Participants:

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In Darla’ Introduction to Encaustic Painting workshop, you will learn the history of encaustic painting and its current resurgence as a painting medium. Instructor demonstrations, examples, as well as lots of student painting time allow for hands-on learning. This workshop covers exploring painting techniques with encaustic, fusing and layering. It also includes demonstration of collage and toner-based image transfers specific to encaustic painting. Other topics include choosing encaustic materials, studio setup, safety considerations and care of encaustic artworks.

Some painting experience is suggested but not required. Individual creativity and experimentation is encouraged while learning to paint with the molten wax (encaustic.) Darla is an excellent teacher as well as an experienced artist. She provides a professional, creative, fun and encouraging learning experience for all.

Workshop supplies include: birch plywood panels (to paint on) encaustic paint and oil sticks, encaustic medium, collage and image transfer materials.

Wear comfortable shoes, as you may be standing much of the day. Dress comfortably in clothes you don’t mind messing up — you could drip wax on your clothes and it’s hard to get out!

We will have working aprons and gloves available.

 

Instructor Darla Myers lives in Bozeman where she has her own studio and teaches workshops. She is represented in Helena by 1+1=1 Gallery.  Darla has shown all over Montana in art galleries, including for the last four years at 1+1=1 Gallery. We are honored to have her work in Helena.

Here are a few images from past encaustic workshops by Darla Myers, at Maureen’s studio behind 1+1=1 Gallery.

2-Day Women’s Self Portrait Workshop

 

Two Day Women’s Self-Portrait Workshop

INSTRUCTOR: Maureen Shaughnessy

WHERE: in the studio at the back of 1+1=1 Gallery, in Helena.

WHEN: Saturday March 16: Evening Intro and Multi-Media Presentation
Sunday March 17 and Sunday March 24 from 10 to 5pm.

WHO: women of any level of experience. You do not need to be a working artist to take this workshop.

COST: $225 per person, includes all supplies for 14 hours of instruction, demos and studio work time. Max 6 students. Scholarships available. Please inquire.

FOOD: Both Sundays we will take a lunch break together as a group. Bring a lunch. The gallery will provide light snacks, coffee, tea and other beverages. For our Friday evening intro meeting the gallery will provide light snacks, wine, coffee or tea.

MORE INFO: Call or text 406.431.9931 and leave a message. We’ll call you back. Or email us with any questions: [email protected]

 

Why Take This Workshop?

First of all, to have fun!

In this 2-day workshop we will explore the art of self portraits; why people make self portraits and how to express your essence and emotions through self portraits. Each participant will use photography and printmaking to complete several absolutely powerful self portraits.

A pre-workshop meeting the evening before the workshop will consist of a presentation by the instructor with slides and real-life examples of self-portraits by artists as well as past students. We will also take some time to get to know each other as a group and talk about what it means to create genuine self-portraits that express our inner selves. This evening is important to nurture trust and inspiration so you all can dive right into the project the first day.

Workshop Description

Day One of the Women’s Self-Portrait Workshop focuses on photographic self-portraits. Working in pairs and individually, you will stage and create a series of portraits expressing whatever aspects of your inner self you choose. This includes 8×10 prints of at least two of your best images.

Day Two (the following weekend) will consist of transforming your choice of your own images into a drypoint plate and printing several varied images from those plates, on the studio etching presses. You will be amazed at your results, whether you consider yourself an artist or not … no matter what your experience of photography and printmaking is.

Both the photographic and drypoint print self portraits can be extremely powerful. Maureen’s gift is guiding you in the entire process, from imagining ways to convey your self-image … to manipulating the photos. From the technical aspects of drypoint printmaking to how to ink the plates for fabulous, evocative results.

Just a reminder that we do have scholarships, funded by generous donors, patrons and several events we hold each year to raise donations. If you are living lightly and are interested in the workshop, please ask by contacting Maureen at the gallery (phone, walk in, or email ) and we will make it happen for you. We don’t want anyone left out of this creative adventure.

Studio Art Sesh Calendar and Topics

Teen painting class at Brown Bird Studio

Winter kids’ studio art sesh series topics:

Nov 18 Printmaking – Carve small and large linoleum blocks for relief prints

Nov 25 Printmaking – Print our relief prints and start collagraph plates (if time)

Dec 2 Printmaking – Collagraph and drypoint etching plate making

Dec 9 Printmaking – Print on etching press from our collagraph/drypoint plates

Dec 16 – Collage Explorations – Collage on paper and wood panels using some of our prints, decorative papers, old stuff and cool stuff.

Jan 6 – Body Parts Sculptures – Cast hands, feet, arms or legs to make sculptures with plaster. Work in pairs.

Jan 13 – Body Parts Sculptures – Finish our body parts sculptures

 

The Young Voices Art Exhibit opens Friday evening, February 15th

All art students of Maureen’s are strongly encouraged to participate. We will be meeting after school on 4 to 6 days in late January and early February to prepare for the exhibit. The students will be expected to choose the work that will be in the show; frame and title their pieces, write a short bio and artist statement, prepare a 2-minute gallery talk about their art and help plan and prepare the show and opening reception. It’s an incredible opportunity for the kids to participate in some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into an exhibition. And they will gain lots of life skills in the process!

Photos from previous years’ Young Voices exhibits


Spring kids’ studio art sesh series TBA

Further explorations in creativity will be offered in a Spring 2019 series from March through May. We’re really excited about the topics we plan to offer to kids and adults. If you missed registering your child for the first series (above) please come in to the gallery to sign up on a list for the spring seshes.


 

Studio Art Seshes for kids teens and adults

Studio Art Classes and One-on-Ones Start November 2018

posted by Maureen Shaughnessy

My art classes are kinda un-normal:

I am offering some really fun art seshes this year. I am planning to teach teen one-on-ones; women’s workshops and kids’ studio seshes along with a couple of guest-artist one and two day workshops. These are not your typical “art classes” to learn a technique such as watercolor painting or drawing, although in the process of making, you will learn some great techniques!

I refer to my teaching as “studio creative seshes” and “expressive arts classes” because I go beyond technique. I encourage students of all ages to dive into a subject, explore unusual ways to express themselves and experience the delight of success no matter what you think you are capable of. I believe creativity exists in everyone and it needs to be awakened then nourished by building confidence, making stuff, playing around, contemplating the results with a critical eye, and actually getting down to it and doing. Stop thinking about making art and get doing!

Check out our topic line-up:

Painting with Music & Intuition  .  Self Portraits with Camera & Printing Press  .  Casting Body Parts  .  A Range of Printmaking Processes  .  Contemporary Collage Explorations  .  Making Our Own Paint Brushes

This year’s classes are for kids, teens or adult women:

  • Kids’ Creative Seshes are limited to 5 students ages 9 through 13 beginning on Nov 18th and will run through the winter on Sunday afternoons. We will have our annual “Young Voices” art exhibit and fundraiser in February with all Maureen’s students invited to participate in the show, even adults. Kids’ seshes generally last 3 hours with a snack break.
  • Studio one-on-ones for teens will be available by request on early-out Mondays after school beginning Nov 26th and will run through the rest of the school year. One-on-Ones are generally two or three hours long with a snack break.
  • Women’s Expressive Arts workshops will be announced as I organize them. Each workshop will be either one or two full days.

FAQs

1. Do you have scholarships? Yep!

We do have a strong scholarship fund, so don’t be shy about applying for financial help for any classes. Send us an email to [email protected] letting us know you would like a scholarship. We are dedicated to making our art classes accessible to anyone with a desire to learn.

2. Where is the class schedule? 

Watch for an email announcement with our class schedule and workshop dates. Classes fill up very quickly, so when you see the schedule, jump on it! Kids must be registered for the entire season of studio sessions. Teens can do studio one on ones anytime I’m available. Women’s workshops will have a registration online or you can register and pay in person at the gallery.

3. Seems like your classes are so small. How can I possibly find out in time to reserve my space?

Our classes are small so I can give lots of individual guidance to each student. Be the first to get the class schedule. I notify folks who have subscribed to my class info list first. The day after I send that email out, I send it out to our general love-note list of 3000!  Sooo … if you are seriously interested and don’t want to miss out on getting a space in the series you want, subscribe with the blue button below. Make sure you add my email to your contacts list so it doesn’t end up in your promotions or spam folder!  Thank you.

How do I sign up my teen for some one-on-ones?

Teens ages 13 to 16 can come to my studio after school on available Mondays and either work alongside me while I am working on a personal project … or they can request that I teach them something specific within the mediums of drawing, painting or printmaking. If Monday’s don’t work for your teen, OR if my Mondays are filled, I am open to discussing another time that fits my schedule at the gallery. We have scholarships for these one-on-one sessions, however there is a very reasonable cost for supplies used.

Call me (431-9931) or email me at[email protected] to ask about one-on-ones. I’ll need your phone number and your teen’s name and age and interests. I’ll call you and set up a time to meet in person to talk about the sessions. I’m excited to meet you and your teen, and really love this way of sharing my creative heart.

I’m an adult. Can I still do a one-on-one with you? 

Yep, although the times I can do one on ones with adults are more limited. Stop by the gallery and let’s talk about it.

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Kids Creativity Sesh: Printmaking

Monoprint by Ema Terry

Our kids creativity seshes for the last couple of weeks were about making monoprints with some different techniques and a small tabletop press.

The first week, we made monoprint plates with drypoint etching on plexi. After learning how to ink the plates and wipe them (leaving the ink only in the scratched lines) we added other ink colors and made painterly marks in the ink layer.

Monoprint by Ema
Monoprint by Ema

When the inked plates were ready, some of us added flat objects on top, like paper cutouts and pressed leaves or flowers to create collagraphs. The objects we put on top of the inked plates, left white areas on the monoprints (see the grasses on the print below.)

Monoprint "Blue Jay 2" by Maureen
Monoprint “Blue Jay 2” by Maureen

We used really good quality cotton rag paper soaked for a few minutes in water, then pressed dry. Then we ran our printing plates through the small press with the paper on top.

Monoprint by Adia
Monoprint by Adia

 

Okay, so the next week we made two other kinds of printing plates.

No boring stuff in these kids creativity sessions!

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This time we didn’t scratch the designs into the plates. The first type of plate we made was a collagraph printing plate. You make these by gluing different things to a heavy cardboard surface to create textures. Then we coated the plates (objects and all) with a sealer and waited for them to be totally dry. The sealer keeps the ink from soaking into the cardboard and other objects we used to create out designs. Some kids used corrugated cardboard, stencils, grid fabric and paper cutouts to cover their cardboard almost totally with textures. Other kids left a lot of empty space on their cardboard plates and just made marks on them with ink and different tools such as their fingers, cotton swabs, brushes and rags.

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Monoprint by Lily
Monoprint by Silas
Monoprint by Silas

We tried using corn meal sprinkled onto area where we had painted glue. This worked pretty well to make a very different texture. In the blue monoprint (below) made by Jasmine, you can see the cornmeal in the sky. She wanted to show flower pollen blowing in the wind. In the black and white monoprint (above) by Silas, you can see very lightly sprinkled cornmeal made a cool texture near the top of his composition.

Monoprint by Jasmine
Monoprint by Jasmine

The other kind of plate we made the second week was plexiglass with hot wax applied to it by brushing and dripping. Then we carved designs into the wax with tools. The wax was easier to draw into than last week when we had to scratch with sharp tools into the hard plexiglass. We inked up the wax plates and ran them through the press with paper. Those came out kinda cool.

We hope you enjoyed seeing the results of our hard work and fun play in Maureen’s art classes. Most of these prints will be framed and on display in October when we have our 2nd Annual Young Voices art exhibit at 1+1=1 Gallery in Helena. Watch for news about that show! We’re all excited about it.

~ The Artful Kids of Kids Creativity Seshes