Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Show & Classes

The Art of the School room continues with works inspired by the graphics of classroom walls, like this Mexican school chart from the 1940s. The art presented is by Donna Colby, Toni d'Orr, and Jill Brown and includes handmade books, photographs resembling layers of images and writing on blackboards, and works based on displays in a grid format. New whimsical pieces by Bobbysox Einstein have been added in the Fun & Games Room.

Phone 641-472-0490, email: flyingleapartspace@gmail.com

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:

October 6 - Working in Jewel Tones - In this class we will begin a series of sessions on color (which actually began with the Earth Tones class a couple of weeks ago). This Saturday we will look at the bright, saturated hues I call Jewel Tones—how they work together, they gain luminosity, and how to create them with different media. 

October 13 -  How to Work with Gouache - Continuing our our once-a-month “How To” Saturday, we will focus this week on the use of gouache—a more opaque watercolor paint capable of behaving with the transparency of traditional watercolor or more saturated flat tones or even textured surfaces like that one can acquire with oil or acrylic. We will learn what kinds of paper or other surfaces you can use, what brushes for which effects, etc.

October 20 - Working in Pastel Colors
- In this class, we will look at the color palette of the paler colors known as pastels. These colors generally give a soft, delicate flavor to a work of art, but can also be used in more dramatic pieces. Like the other color classes, we will explore the creation of these colors with a variety of media.

October 27- Working in Highly Contrasting Colors
- This week, we will see what happens when we add deep, rich, darker tones to works of art using the other colors we’ve studied—Earth Tones, Jewel Tones, and Pastels. There are many wonderful ways to employ high tonal contrast in both figurative and abstract works and principles to make the effect work well.


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:

October - The Richness of Cézanne
- This month we will look 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
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.