Friday, November 30, 2012

The above picture is a still life by Georges Braque, which will be studied in one of the Saturday classes this month.

Art Walk is Friday, December 7, 6:30 - 10:00, but the show will be up all month.

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Mixed media works by Blynn Cadoo, Bonny Stone, and Bobbysox Einstein—playful pieces involving paint, pastels, ink, numbers and text, and collage.

Incredibly charming illustrations and ceramics by Genevra Daley Bell, whose work includes elements like dancing bears and animals in suits.

New ceramics by Mara Winningham add to her already marvelous collection, and a variety of plates by Kasie Clemmons make for a lot of choices for any lover of unique dishes.

Drawings and ceramics by Donna Colby, both combining geometric forms with a kind of stage set structure.

New paintings, collages, and other work by the Flying Leap artists are also part of the show.


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:

December 1 - Using Mixed Media to Create a Cubist Still Life - In this class we will look at fascinating still life compositions by Georges Braque, with their multiple perspectives and layerings. Then we will experiment with our own works using a combination of collage, cut paper, paint, colored pencil, or other media.

December 8 -  How to Use Wax Resist to Create Designs - Continuing our once-a-month “How To” Saturday, we will focus this week on the technique of wax resist, in which clear wax, such as a white candle, or colored wax crayons are used to draw a pattern. Paint is then applied, which will be resisted by the waxed areas. Varied textures can be created by different ways of using the wax implements and the paint.

December 15 - Drawing or Painting Fantasy Animals - In this class, we will take our inspirations from Alexander Calder and Paul Klee, who each had their own ways to depict stylized or completely fanciful animals, all with a sense of presence and personality. Based on knowledge of the forms of actual animals, certain characteristics are exaggerated, elongated, emphasized or otherwise altered, while staying true to the essentials that make the fantasy animal seem real.

December 22 - Variations on Self Portraits - This class lets you express your own essential nature in a self portrait that can be an abstract design, a cartoon character, a color study, a mythic figure, an archetype, or even a realistic drawing, if you so desire. We will look at a variety of kinds of self portraits and see how much range there is in this age-old genre.

December 29 - Archetype of the Year - It’s almost the New Year and, in this class, we will visually portray what, for us, has been the archetypal quality that has dominated 2012 or, if you prefer, that you hope will represent 2013. We will create our own mythological figures or hero of the year’s narrative.

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:

December - The Beauty of Japanese Prints - This month we will look at all the qualities of Japanese art that so greatly inspired the modern artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when they discovered Japanese prints—unusual perspectives, flat areas of color, inventive and beautiful ways to draw the viewer to the focal point of the composition, and a love of portraying weather, such as rain and snow, the four seasons, and different times of day and night. Using these principles in our own work will be a wonderful adventure.

TUESDAY CLASS  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.

WEDNESDAY CLASS  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 for 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.

FRIDAY CLASS  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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