This Saturday, September 3rd, we kick off a series of artist demos at the gallery, giving visitors the chance to observe an artist at work and learn more about their practice. Brad DeFrees, Carol Montgomery and Maureen Shaughnessy are currently exhibiting work as part of the gallery’s group show, “Paperwork,” which features paper-based art from nine artists working in Helena and the Pacific Northwest. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and our demonstrating artists will be working at the gallery in the afternoons. Read on for dates, times and details.
Learn Two Techniques of Book Binding in Two Days
Instructors Robin Leenhouts and Amanda Determan will Lead this Two-Day Workshop, Aug 27 – 28, $280 includes all materials, limited to 6 participants
Here’s a great opportunity to learn the centuries-old craft of bookbinding. Make two books you can use to write thoughts, collect quotes, poems or lists. The unlined paper inside can be used for sketching, collage or whatever makes your heart sing. Make one for yourself, and gift the other to someone special. Once you are shown the method, you’ll have no trouble at all setting up your own book-binding space at home.
Ready for a relaxing weekend of making artful hardbound books? Bring a friend or meet new friends while learning a new artform
Over the course of the two day session, you will learn the creative process behind two traditional bookbinding styles and leave the class with two handmade books that you bound yourself. You will also have the opportunity to learn about a number of different bookbinding techniques, with samples available to browse.
Amanda Determan will lead Saturday’s coptic bookbinding lesson, and Robin Leenhouts will lead Sunday’s session on hardcover bookbinding. Both days will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., with a lunch break. We’ll supply beverages throughout the day but participants should plan on bringing a lunch or ordering take-out from a downtown cafe.
Robin specializes in case bound books: the final product is a traditional hardcover book. The pages are prepared in signatures (typically 4-8 pieces of paper folded in half, depending on the thickness of paper and desired final thickness of the book) that are stitched together using a “long stitch” technique. The covers are made of bookboard, a special kind of dense cardboard that is less prone to warping. Bookbinders wrap case bound books in decorative paper (or sometimes a thin fabric) – Robin often uses prints that Maureen has shared with her from her printmaking studio practice. Finally, a special bookbinding cloth (typically cotton, linen, or buckram) is used to cover the spine and add extra durability.
Amanda will introduce participants to coptic bookbinding, which is one of the oldest forms of bookbinding: it was used as early as the second century in Egypt. Coptic binding begins with signatures, similar to the case bound technique, but features an open spine. In coptic bookbinding, the covers are also stitched directly to the pages, eliminating the need for glue. Coptic-bound books can be opened 360 degrees and will lay completely flat at every spread. Because they have no spine, they are inherently more fragile than traditional hardcover books, but many bookbinders love the coptic form for the decorative opportunities it presents. With this form, many book elements that are otherwise hidden can be dressed up: the thread that binds it all together can be ornamented with beads or ornate stitching patterns, and the spines of the individual signatures can also be decorated.
The workshop is limited to six participants so our instructors can maximize the opportunity for hands-on interaction with each student. COVID precautions: To make sure workshop participants are as safe as possible, we will be set up with lots of room for each participant. Instructors are vaccinated and boosted and we have excellent air filtration in the classroom as well as fans to create good air flow.
See Details about this Workshop Below the Example Photos
- Date: August 27 and 28, 2022
- Time: 9am to 4pm (plan to arrive at 8:45 to settle in with a drink before the workshop starts.)
- Tuition: $280 includes all 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 your own lunch or you can get lunch to-go from a downtown cafe´.
- We have an excellent HEPA air filter and exhaust fans running in the classroom all the time. We also have lots of room for all participants to spread out in the classroom. Our instructors and all gallery staff are fully vaccinated and boosted. If you would be more comfortable, please feel free to bring a face mask.
Yay! Kid’s Summer Studio Camps are On! This summer we have three week-long studio camps available for kids ages 8 - 12. Find out more about the camps, each of which will be different. Maureen gives lots of personal attention to your kids because we only have five students per studio camp. She is flexible, a great listener, and focuses on helping kids express their intrinsic creativity and find their own voices rather than "technique." She is also responsive to students who wish to gain skills such as drawing from observation; color and composition skills, and mark-making.
For our 6th annual 2022 Young Voices exhibit, we have gathered a list of questions and answers families may have about the exhibit and their child's participation in the show. We have made a few changes to student participation this year, so this Q&A list is for everyone, parents of my new students and parents of students who have been taking art classes at 1+1=1 for years.
Our Fall 2021 art sessions are in a series of 9 weeks spread over September, October and November on weekdays after school. We will also have a winter series in January, February and March, culminating in our 6th Annual Young Voices student art exhibit at 1+!=1 Gallery.
After reading this post, if you would like to register your child for one of our art classes, please go to our class registration page and choose the appropriate age group series.
WHO:Kids who want to learn more about creative expression.
COST: Studio Class Series: $450 for 9 weekly studios in Sept, Oct, Nov
WHAT’S INCLUDED: All supplies and a snack each weekly session
SCHOLARSHIPS: We are able to give partial scholarships to families in need of assistance.
TIME: Mondays after school, 3 to 5:30pm
DATES: See individual age-group days on registration page
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.
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.
Come have fun with us
Spend a day making paper crowns with all kinds of 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.
We offer a place to gather in a small group 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 group 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.
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.
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.
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]