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Adult 2021 Workshop Series

We Offer Unique, Creative Classes and Workshops for Adults

During the exceptionally weird year of 2020 we put our adult workshops on the back burner because we wanted to keep our staff and customers safe from Covid-19. We hope 2021 and 2022 are different in that we will be able to meet in person for half day or weeklong 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 our gallery staff. And ... subscribe to our Love Notes to be notified by email when the workshop dates are set. Thank you! Workshops planned for the 2021/2022 season include The Art of Self Portraits; 5-day Printmaking Series; Working with Dreams through Art; Intuitive Painting; Crown Making, Junk Journals; Smash Books; Meditative Sketching.

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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.

Paper Crown Making with Bonnie Lambert

Let’s Get Together Safely to Make Paper Crowns

Tired of staying inside?

We are too. 1+1=1 Gallery is (safely) celebrating the re-opening of our lives and classroom by hosting a paper crown-making workshop, taught by favorite local artist, Bonnie Lambert

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. 

DETAILS:

    • Date: May 30, 2020
    • Time: 10am to 4pm
    • Tuition: $50 includes supplies
    • Location: 1+1=1 Classroom (rear portion of the gallery)
    • Address: 434 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena Montana
    • Bring your own lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. 
    • Please bring a face mask for everyone’s health and safety. Thank you!
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FAQ:

Will we have time for lunch? Yes, about an hour. Stay and eat the lunch you bring, or get lunch to-go at one of the nearby cafes.

Why make crowns? For birthdays or other celebrations. To give as a gift. To make a portrait. To remind yourself that you are awesome. 

Can I bring my own stuff? Yes we encourage you to bring materials that are special to you. 

What if I want to use an old photo? That’s totally a thing. Bring a copy of an old photo so you can save the original. 

How many crowns can I make during the workshop? Make up to four crowns depending on how quickly you work and how detailed you make your crowns.

 

ABOUT BONNIE:

“I’m a storyteller: I give you a story, you make it yours. I photograph clouds, water, buildings, fences, flowers, trees, rocks, vegetables, books; print the photo; place, pin, paste, tape, tie, balance three-dimensional objects onto that photo, and rephotograph. I save ribbon, paper, flowers, sticks, rope, tape, lace, sprouted grape hyacinth; I use chalk, wire, gold leaf, colored pencil, charcoal, fresh flowers: all tools for storytelling. I construct photographic narratives, sometimes autobiographical, often stories I would like to “read.” I invite the viewer to make their own narrative.” ~Bonnie Lambert

 

 

 

A few crowns Bonnie has made for friends and family:

 

Intro to Encaustic Painting

Encaustic Painting Workshop Super Successful

Darla Myers, talented painter and excellent art educator, led her second workshop at 1+1=1 Gallery on Saturday October 7th. The full day workshop was enthusiastically reviewed by our 6 participants. So much creative exploration and synergy, learning from Darla and from each other.

Most of the workshop participants decided to continue learning by taking one of Darla’s encaustic workshops in her Bozeman studio. We are also planning more encaustic workshops in Helena. Go here to get on the list for notifications about classes and workshops at 1+1=1 Studio. Let us know that’s what you’re interested in!

 

Check out the experiments in encaustic, our studio setup and of course — happy workshop participants!

Want to know more about the 1+1=1 Gallery Education Program? Are you interested in taking an adult studio class or enrolling your child in art and creativity studios? Subscribe to our education updates here and be the first to know about classes before we publish the registration links! 

 

 

 

 

Darla Myers Encaustic Workshop

And a few of the works in progress up close:

 

 

Artists in TWO, May 10-30

Featured Artists’ in TWO during the Spring Art Walk

Linda McCray and Patty Ceglio

We are hosting an extra special evening for the Downtown Helena Spring Art Walk on May 10th

On the evening of May 10, we are opening three shows: BODY III, our third annual figurative art and art jewelry exhibit, in addition to two solo shows by Linda McCray and Patty Ceglio in Gallery TWO. 

From May 10th through 30th, we are featuring Linda McCray and Patty Ceglio in gallery TWO. Both are Helena artists who have been showing at 1+1=1 Gallery for years. Patty Ceglio was one of the first artists we exhibited, beginning with “SIX” almost five years ago. Her ceramic art has evolved along with her skills. This time, Patty has a solo show of her highly-textured cups and mugs. Linda McCray, a longtime Helena resident, artist and designer, brings a new series of her ethereal, spiritually-based paintings to her solo show at TWO.

 


 

We invite you to join us on May 18 from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery. Here’s your chance to meet and talk with our TWO artists, in a friendly — warm — and informal atmosphere. Linda McCray will be at the gallery on May 18th to talk about her meditative process and inspiration.

Come on downtown Saturday, April 20, anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Morning treats and hot drinks from 11 to 2.  Wine and grazing boards from 2 to 4.

Family friendly

Bring your kids. Come meet our gallery dog, Shadow! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.


 

TWO is a new concept for 1+1=1 this year.

Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery

In early 2019, we renamed part of our Back Gallery and made it a place to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. The space is now called “TWO.” Every artist we represent will have a chance to prominently show a body of their work once a year with a reception or open house. We’re very excited about this change to how we introduce you to our artists and their newest fabulous artwork. In addition to TWO, the other part of our Back Gallery continues to show a sampling of work by many of the artists represented by and associated with 1+1=1. Come in as often as you wish — you are likely to find new artworks every time you stop by.

 

Artists in TWO, April 13 – 26

Open House Saturday April 20th to celebrate Bonnie Lambert & Erika James

You are invited to join us at 1+1=1 Gallery anytime during the day from 11 to 4, to meet Bonnie Lambert and enjoy her fabulous art jewelry along with a second solo show by Erika James of Portland, Oregon. This month, from April 13 through 26, we are featuring necklaces by Bonnie Lambert and atmospheric encaustic paintings by Erika James.

Helena artist, Bonnie Lambert is known for her unique art-jewelry as well as her constructed large-scale photographs. In TWO this month, Bonnie is displaying her necklaces made from found objects, natural materials such as gourds, oak galls and minerals with semi-precious stones, one-off beads, chocolate and wine foils and vintage silks. Erika James, of Portland, Oregon, makes moody abstract landscapes with encaustic wax. You must see her Columbia Gorge, Pacific beaches and mountain lakes up close and personal to truly get the experience of her encaustic paintings. We are absolutely delighted to have these two on our artist roster and hope you will be too, when you see their new work.

 

We invite you to join us on April 20th from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery!

We want to offer our Helena visitors a chance to meet and talk with our TWO artists, in a friendly — warm — and calm atmosphere. Bonnie Lambert will be at the gallery on April 20, to show some of her materials and converse informally about her inspirations for art jewelry. Get inspired by the way she collects objects that normally would not be used in wearable-art, on her travels and gathering trips. Ask questions, examine her necklaces and find the perfect gift for a stylish friend, spouse or parent!

Come on downtown Saturday, April 20, anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Hot Cross Buns, Maureen’s own Savory Strata, Peach Mimosas, French press coffee and tea all morning until 1 or 2pm. Wine and artsy grazing boards from 2 to 4. What’s not to love about our open houses? It’s casual. Fun. Engaging. Delicious. Educational. And … a great place to find a Mother’s Day gift a little ahead of time!

Family friendly

Bring your kids. Come meet our gallery dog, Shadow! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.

 

TWO is a new concept for 1+1=1 this year.

Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery

In early 2019, we renamed part of our Back Gallery and made it a place to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. The space is now called “TWO.” Every artist we represent will have a chance to prominently show a body of their work once a year with a reception or open house. We’re very excited about this change to how we introduce you to our artists and their newest fabulous artwork. In addition to TWO, the other part of our Back Gallery continues to show a sampling of work by many of the artists represented by and associated with 1+1=1. Come in as often as you wish — you are likely to find new artworks every time you stop by.

Artists in TWO, Feb-March 2019


Brand New Featured Artists Events All Year Long

Changes at 1+1=1 Gallery

Beginning this month in 2019, our Back Gallery will be a place for us to celebrate and shine a spotlight on just two of our represented artists at a time. Every artist we represent will have a chance to prominently show a body of their work once a year with a reception or open house. We’re very excited about this change to how we introduce you to our artists and their newest fabulous artwork.

This month, from Feb 15 through March 16, we are featuring Boyd Carson,Larry Calkins and Becky Street (Calkins and Street form a collaborative, back40prints) We are absolutely delighted to have these three on our artist roster and hope you will be too, when you see their new work.

 

We invite you to join us on March 9th from 11 to 4pm (just drop in anytime) for an Open House at 1+1=1 Gallery!

Here’s great chance to meet Boyd Carson, of Bozeman, in a friendly — warm — and calm atmosphere. He will be at the gallery for a few hours, to tell you about how he makes his exquisite wood vessels and answer your questions. He has some fine stories to tell of the trees and fence posts he uses as raw material and about his philosophy of revealing the soul of damaged trees with his art. You can pick his brains about his tools, shop, inspiration and life experiences.

Come on downtown Saturday, March 9th anytime between 11 and 4

Join us for goodies and beverages during our Open House. Brunch-style treats and hot drinks from 11 to 2.  Wine and appetizers from 2 to 4.

Family friendly

Bring your kids. So exciting! Call 406-431-9931 for more information.

 

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.