Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September Show & Classes


Works of art inspired by the visual elements of classrooms—charts, diagrams, letters and numbers, etc. The artists include Donna Colby, Toni d'Orr, and Gillian Brown.

The CLASSES page on this blog mysteriously disappeared, so here is the schedule for September classes:

Phone 641-472-0490, email:

HOURS - Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday to Friday - 12:30 to 5:00

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:

September 1 - Making Art on Unusual Surfaces - In this class we will use a variety of media to create art pieces on surfaces such as newspaper, antique book pages, fabric, various kinds of cardboard, including postcards and portions of boxes. We will learn how to use Gesso to prepare porous surfaces to make them paintable. 

September 8 -  How to Create Shading and Volume with Hatching and Cross-Hatching - This week we will start our once-a-month “How To” Saturday, in which we focus on a particular medium or technique. Hatching and cross-hatching has been used for centuries in pencil and ink drawing to create tone with the use of lines only. We will work with pencil, ink, art markers, colored pencils, and even paint in today’s class.

September 15 - Art with Text - In this class, we will look at the work of artists who have used words and letters within their works of art in various ways. Some used letters as design elements; others made pieces resembling journal pages or illustrated a poem or quote. We will look at these and more, and then make out own pieces involving text.

September 21 - Working in Earth Tones - With the coming of autumn, the color palette outdoors changes from the jewel tones of summer to the earth tones of fall and winter. In this class, we will look at works of art in this more subdued palette and learn how to create these shades and hues with paint and other media.

September 29 - Making a Work of Art with a Border - This week, we will look at different ways artists have incorporated borders into their drawings or paintings themselves (not just matted or framed the work). Some are quite intricate, others simple. We’ll experiment with borders on our own work.

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:

September - The Landscapes of Giorgio Morandi and Edward Hopper - This month we will look at the landscape work of two painters from the same era at the beginning of the 20th century, one an Italian and one an American, both with similar qualities of simplifying the forms and tones in a landscape to a pure, almost abstract pattern. Both painted familiar places where they lived, both created equally beautiful works with or without buildings, and both were known for a feeling of stillness in their paintings.

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 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.

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.