Thursday, November 1, 2012


(the classes page isn't working, so please scroll down for the November classes) Thanks!!)


The Little Worlds of Blynn Cadoo, Bonny Stone, and Bobbysox Einstein - These are small works in a variety of media, each creating an intriguing atmosphere. Some are works entirely using text as design elements. Others have mathematical equations as the stimulus for the work. Some are bright works made of recycled bits of dismantled art pieces combined with various new materials. All the works inspire close exploration of their little details.

Genevra Daley Bell's delightful ceramics
should not be missed! Bowls and pots in beautiful natural earthenware are illustrated with white line drawings of bears, some dancing, all quite charming.

New artisan creations arriving throughout the month - ceramics, jewelry, hand-knit hats, and more.

These are adult classes (ages 17 and up). All classes are suitable for both beginners and those with art experience. Materials are provided. No preregistration necessary for any of the scheduled classes.

Saturday Creativity Session - $10  (only $5 for Flying Leap Art Club members)
This class will be varied and will often be based on requests from Flying Leap Art Club members. Here are the projects for this month:

November 3 - The Many Characteristics of Line -
In this class we will look at a great variety of kinds of lines used by artists throughout the centuries. Lines are very expressive and there is an enormous range of ways to make them in a work of art. We will use different line-producing tools and media and types of drawing to explore this range.

November 10 -  How to Depict Volume in a Form -
Continuing our our once-a-month “How To” Saturday, we will focus this week on creating the illusion of volume in a two-dimensional work of art. Using pencil and paint, we will study and explore the different ways to depict volumetric forms throughout shading and angles.

November 17 - Creating a Still Life with Volume -
In this class, we will continue looking at volume by noticing the ways artists have created a still life composition in which a group of volumetric forms are pictured together. In our own work, we will explore these principles of overlap, shadows, highlights, and more.

November 24 - Giving Thanks for Art -
This class, falling two days after Thanksgiving, will be a celebration of what we love best about art. We will look at the many gifts artists through the ages have provided to the world, and our own project today will reflect our own appreciation and gratitude for those elements of art we love best.

Self Discovery Collage Workshop   $10  ($8 for Flying Leap Art Club members)
Aimed at self-exploration. Anyone can do it. Each class has a theme and the abundant collage materials are used to work in an art journal, poster board, or any other format. There is a wonderful feeling in the room and great fascination at the end to see the incredible variety in the results. This is a very popular class.

Working with the Masters    $18 individually or $60 for a 4-class punch card  ($12 a class for Flying Leap Art Club members)
A painting class based on observation and knowledge of the works of great master artists. Suitable for both beginners and experienced artists. Students create their own works, based on inspiration from the artist studied. Gouache and watercolor are primarily used, but pastels, acrylic, and other media come into play if appropriate, This class is full of wonderful discoveries, as well as naturally developing technique.

Each month or two a particular master artist is the focus:

November - The Richness of Cézanne -
This month we will continue looking at the luminous, moving, complexity of the great master Paul Cézanne. Often called the Father of Modern Art, his determined and careful exploration of color, tone, spacial relationships, and perspective brought about innovations that pulled the rug out from under traditional assumptions about art. He worked slowly and with intense perseverance, and the results are some of the most mysteriously compelling works of art in existence. We will spend the month, and maybe next month as well, allowing Cézanne’s mastery to inspire and inform our own work.

1:30 - 3:00
Basic Drawing & Painting   $18 individually or $60 for a 4-class punch card  ($12 a class for Flying Leap Art Club members)
Formerly called "The Timid Artist," this class is for beginners or those who want to refresh the basic skills of drawing and painting. Each student gets individual attention and a curriculum based on interest and natural pace. Included are figure drawing, forms in nature, buildings and landscapes, composition, color palettes, and exploration of various drawing and painting media.

1:30 - 3:00
Self Discovery Collage Class   $10  ($8 for Flying Leap Art Club members)
A repeat of the Saturday 1:30 class.

Thursday afternoon is designated as Studio Day f
or members of the Flying Leap Art Club or Art Collective, with the classroom available for those who want to work of any project of their own or get together for collaborative work.

1:30 - 3:00
The Joy of Writing - $10  ($8 for Flying Leap Art Club members)
Words are a wonderful art form, and one of the very best ways to become a good writer is to read great writing. In this class, each session begins with readings from exceptional writing of a particular author, genre, culture or era of literature and then focusing on what makes it great. There will then be an opportunity to do writing exercises to practice those elements. Members of the class will also be able to read to the group from their own writings if they desire. This is an ongoing class that you can join at any time.

All classes are taught by Donna Colby, owner and director of Flying Leap Art Space. She studied drawing with Robert Vickers at Ohio Wesleyan University (1964-66), attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City (1966-67), and majored in painting and Illustration at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design - 1967-69). She has worked as a free lance illustrator in New York, Boulder, Colorado, Portland, Oregon, and in Fairfield, and has worked as an art teacher, and a writer for many years. She started Flying Leap Art Space in January 2010 after giving numerous presentations about art at ICON Gallery.

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