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.
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!
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]
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 Classes and One-on-Ones Start November 2018
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!
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.
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.)
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.
Okay, so the next week we made two other kinds of printing plates.
No boring stuff in these kids creativity sessions!