Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Senecio by Paul Klee, 1922. His creatures are among those that inspired Scootrer Glithorthian.

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The show, NEW CREATURES FOR THE NEW YEAR opens at Art Walk on Friday, January 4, and features:

Genevra Daley Bell's newest animal illustrations. This time they are artists, including Frida Calico, Vincent Van Gopher, and others. Genevra's finely rendered ink and watercolor animals are loaded with personality and charm. 

Scooter Glithorthian's latest invasion of creatures, who come to Earth from who knows where to bless, observe, hang out, or make playful mischief. These mixed media pieces are set in scenic landscapes that have been visited by these friendly creatures.


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:

January 5 - The Strange Power of a Pseudonym-
In this class we will play with our identities. There is a magical thing that happens when we make a work of art under a made-up name, especially a whimsical one. My own—Bobbysox Einstein, Scooter Glithorthian, and others—each have their own style, which seems to emerge spontaneously when I drop my own fixed identity and take up an imaginary one. Creativity can move in a less self-conscious way and expand into unexpected territory. So, in today’s class, each person will make up an artists name and see what comes out.

January 12 -  Drawing Birds - Continuing our once-a-month “How To” Saturday, we will focus this week on the form and variety of birds and learn different techniques of drawing them. We’ll look at how various artists have depicted birds in flight, sitting on branches, perches or wires, birds in groups or alone, details of feathers, beaks and other features.

January 19 - Choosing a Color Palette - In this class, we will look at a variety of exquisite color palettes used in a wide range of artistic styles. The choice of a color palette greatly affects the mood, coherence, and success of a work of art, yet there are no hard and fast rules that can be applied. We’ll look at the factors involved in making color choices that work for your particular piece at any time.

January 26 - Layering - This class will explore a number of ways layers are used in a composition. Some examples are: ink lines over a painted ground, pencil or ink drawing over a background of muted images, text or numbers overlaid on pictorial forms, translucent paper over a painting or collage, paper with windows or holes through which an underneath layer is revealed, and opaque painted forms on a background of pale wash or a drawing.

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:

January & February - The Fauve Artists -
For two months we will look at the early 20th century art movement known as Fauvism. The artists included Henri Matisse, André Derain, Raoul Dufy and others. Their work was characterized by bright, intense colors, often non-naturalistic and, at the time, shocking. Forms and spatial relationships were simplified and color dominated. These works have a rich, vibrant atmospheric power. Matisse, especially, carried the principles of Fauvism throughout his career, even though the movement itself only spanned three years.

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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