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Below are some of my classes, activates, etc. They can be long term, short term or something in between and come in two main flavors: Art and Craft.
The craft projects tend to be for children and the art classes tend to be for both children and adults.
I work out of Eagle CO between Vail and Aspen. If you are within this area, give me a call to set up classes or check current classes and activities link below.
(at present only a few examples)
Three main types
Holiday (often cultural as well)
Marti Gras - Cut and Color EASY. Crowns, masks and diadems of paper decorated with ribbons, sequins and other shiny bits.
Lunar New Year also called Chinese New Year – These are a series of crafts ranging from very easy to quite complex. It can be presented over several days leading up to the Lunar New Year (usually late January to late February). If a full program is desired it can end with a proper dragon dance with participants creating the dragon over several days and simpler projects being done as well, one on each day. Simpler projects can be done as single workshops, these include a Color and Cut hand held Dragon Dance puppet, a rattle drum called the Bolang Gu, Eastern Zodiac Tracers, Red Envelopes among others.
Rangoli: Decorative sand painting of India – A little tricky to teach at the beginning but kids catch on and get very good at it. Images created in colored sand according to a traditional grid. In this version the sand paintings are permanent. The first ones are truly traditional but kids are encouraged to create their own designs.
Ood Appreciation Day: a celebration of all things Sci-Fi and Fantasy– Held on March 5th in honor of a dedicated young (all grown up now) Doctor Who fan, the name is from one of his favorite aliens from the show. Color and Cut masks that look a lot like various characters from the Ood themselves to Darth Vader, other project include paper-mache robots, magic wands and similar items.
St. Patrick’s Day: Meet the Fae - Fairy houses and Leprechaun traps challenge children to build and invent. A Trace and Color project lets kids create their own fairy or other magical creature from different elements.
Aztec Ritual Calendar - A working calendar with moving parts that can track the days according to the traditional ritual Mesoamerican calendar As complicated as the calendar is, the project a Medium level Color and Cut project.
Pinyata – always good fun and a traditional craft of Mexico. Though it is said to have come to Mexico from Europe, there are Mayan traditions that are very similar. The craft is paper mache and must be done over at least two days. Parts of the process can be too difficult for younger kids so older peeps may need to prepare stuff ahead of time.
Geological Timeline Mobile: This one uses an old favorite shrink art sheets, also known as Shrinky-Dinks. Participants trace the pieces onto the plastic sheets, cut them out, shrink them and string the time period in chronological order to create a mobile.
Fall Leaves: Templates that adults or older kids use to cut out a stack of paper towel leaves. Then just drop a little liquid watercolor on the paper towel leaves and watch them change color. Very Easy and good for large groups.
Paper Airplane: There is a lot of physics go into a paper airplane. A Color and Fold project with a simple worksheet to get acquainted with lift and thrust vs. drag and gravity. The project can become a proper experiment in different designs predicting and testing how they will fly and discussing why they fly the way they do.
OK… that’s enough to go on. Perhaps I’ll finish this list (it's kinda long) but please ask if there is something you want to see. I may have it or perhaps I can make it. I like the R&D phase so please feel free to ask.
Art Workshops and Classes
Drawing from observation – Many other drawing skill follow in the wake of this one.
Draw what you see.
It involves overriding the way we look at the world to navigate through it and seeing shapes, shading, color etc. without any pre-conceived ideas about them for long enough to recreate what you are seeing. Learning to set aside a necessary skill (regular everyday observation) for a time is a bit tricky. Practice and a few key exercises help a lot. I often include this idea in other courses but it’s worth taking time to concentrate and work on.
Drawing: understanding anatomy – Learn how bodies fit together and function. Bipedal humans or quadrupeds or critters with wings or lots of legs, they all follow rules and these can be observed and learned.
Drawing faces – This can be included in an anatomy class or approached in separately. Faces tell us so much and have such subtlety and wealth of detail. It’s nice to concentrate just on faces.
Drawing from nature and in nature, also called En plein air. - While observation is important here as well the focus is on conveying (and indulging in) the pleasure of drawing out of doors.
Watercolor: How To – instruction and practice of the art of watercolor. Learn techniques, practices and materials used to create beautiful watercolor pictures. Get to know this expressive but sometimes temperamental art form.
Watercolor Painting from nature and in nature, also called En plein air painting – Similar to Drawing from nature. Some attention is given to proper placement of the elements of the landscape but academic side of things is less important than the inspirations and enjoyment that comes from working out of doors.
Watercolor workshops - Guided projects where templates and instruction are used to create a specific image.
Acrylic is a very cooperative medium. While I have done proper classes in acrylic I find this is a fabulous medium for one-off workshops and canvas nights. Where templates and instruction are used to create a specific image.
(Natural/water-based and polymer)
Natural Clay: Hand building – Useful ceramics items and fanciful decorative ones can both be created with hands and a few simple tools. Learn about the nature of clay and how to create what you imagine with this versatile material.
Natural Clay: Sculpting – There are sculptures in the archaeological record before there was pottery. We are a creative and imaginative species. Learn how make mud into art. When I was learning to make art as a kid I found it easier to create in three dimensions (just like real life) than draw in two. Many people assume they will not do well in sculpting but I encourage you to give it a try, you may surprise yourself.
Natural Clay Workshops - Guided projects where templates and instruction are used for a specific projects like a howling wolf or a columbine flower.
Poly Clay: Beads, Jewelry, Ornaments and Micro Sculptures. - Work small with brightly colored clay that hardens in a regular oven. Learn to make flower canes (really easy but you can very complex results), do image transfers, press molds, add a decorative layer to existing items and more. There are so many possibilities I really can’t list them. Learn the tools and techniques you can use to explore the potential of polymer clay.
Poly Clay Workshops - Guided projects where templates and instruction are used for specific projects like Christmas ornaments or an Easter lily.