Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fall Art Classes To Begin September 2nd and 3rd!

Wednesdays

Kids Drawing Class  Ages 8 - 13
10:00 - noon
3:30 - 5:30pm

Join us for some drawing fun! This class promotes solid drawing skills through age-adjusted exercises. Learn right brain training, light and shadow, perspective, composition, and more!

Students will work toward choosing their own subjects. Exercises will be given to practice at home to build eye training.

Thursdays
Adult/Teen Drawing Class  Ages 13 - adult
1:00 - 3:00pm

Adult/Teen Drawing Class Ages 13 - adult
4:00 - 6:00pm

 Adult/Teen Drawing Class  Ages 13 - adult
6:30 - 8:30pm

You've always wanted to draw, but you weren't sure where to begin! Join us in a relaxed, risk-free environment. Right brain exercises will be integrated with classical, old-master training techniques to instill a complete foundation of skills. You'll be surprised at your results!

Listed on the right of this blog you'll find the Registration Form!  When you send  the Registration Form and include Tuition to Julie Fisher at 4662 Biscay St, Denver, Co  80249 your place in class will be reserved!  (This is not the class location.  Class location is given below.)

TUITION:  Tuition is paid monthly. We meet once a week for a 2 hour session. 
                     Four class sessions is $80.00.

Please check out the supply list and come to class ready to start!

CLASS LOCATION:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 6322 S Lakeview St, Littleton, CO    80120  (classroom 3)
       - Main intersection nearby:  Broadway and Caley  (Caley is between Orchard Rd and
         Arapahoe Rd)
     

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Whip Those Cute Little Paintings Out and Sell, Sell, Sell

At one time I thought if I could paint a bunch of cute little paintings, I could sell them fast and make money!. I found a small stuffed horse and scrunched it up in a blanket and tried to paint it........I couldn't.......It didn't have any meaning for me.  I had no special connection to the horse or blanket.  I never did complete the piece and I'll never forget that learning exercise.
adult student

adult student



I find I need to relate somehow to the subject or it will be unsuccessful. Now, if the toy was one that you'll see in my baby picture and the blanket was a quilt my mother made, THAT'S a different story!
If the mountain landscape is where my siblings and I have experienced hiking, biking or being  snowed in at the family cabin....that's what you paint.  If you notice the gorgeous shades of reds and greens in a lovely shaped pear.....that's what you paint.  The subject you choose should have meaning to you.  Now I know after much practice you may be able to paint or draw almost anything but there will be little emotion radiating from these pieces.  They won't be a part of you and the viewer will notice.
student age 11

teen student
older adult student
When you choose a subject for your next project, pick something with meaning, something you can relate to and you'll find you'll be more successful.

Friday, January 23, 2015

YES!

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint" then by all means paint and the voice will be silenced.        -Vincent Van Gogh-
Iowa Storms-watercolor-by Julie Fisher

County Road 35-watercolor-by Julie Fisher

Monday, January 19, 2015

Try Something New With Your Art

Are you in a rut? Try something new.  It doesn't have to be a big change, just something different to keep the art flow going.  Is your art all the same size?  What would it be like to experiment with a larger size.  Go smaller.......smaller yet.  Take that challenge to think how to get a composition down in the new space you now have.

Try painting in a different place.  If you paint inside, try painting outside.  Prepare for outside and include a camera in case you don't get a chance to finish.  Paint in a nearby park, at a dog park, where children play, where the shadows are interesting when they hit a house or other buildings. Take a lunch and make a day of it.

Have you every tried abstract work?  Pick some of your favorite colors and experiment.  Maybe put a pile of objects down and just paint shapes, not the objects.  Cut magazine pages out, cut into different shapes and patterns, lay them down in such a way that is pleasing to you.  Now go!

Sometimes it just takes making a change with get the excitement of art going again. Give it  

Try something different and have fun!

 
"One of a Kind" (on Pastelbord) by Julie Fisher





Friday, January 16, 2015

What's Your Art Word For The New Year?

I have never done well with a list of New Year Resolutions. What I have found is that by picking a word or small phrase that can be applied not only to my art, but to everything I do, works great for me!

One year I picked PERSISTENCE.  For example; persist with having a clean house, persist in keeping the gas in the car above 1/4 of a tank.......you get the idea.  One other year I was more specific, I chose the word MARKETING because I really needed to get informed on more than one way to market my artwork.

This year my life has gone many, many directions and I've gotten overwhelmed.  I've decided to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Sooooooo  KEEP MOVING is my phrase for the year 2015.

Storm Chasers  watercolor    J.Fisher
What is your word for 2015?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

How To Get The Most Out of Drawing or Any Other Art Class

If you're like me, I like to get my moneys worth!  First, I try to have all of my supplies or find out what is needed to get started. Having what I need helps my confidence.  I like to feel that I have the supplies for whatever the teacher may have us do. I like to be able to focus and access the creative part of my mind and apply it.  So Be Prepared!

When taking a class, come with An Open Mind!  Yes, something may be out of your comfort zone or gee I wasn't expecting this......  I recommend to Just Go For It!  Ask questions, observe others and just try it!  Take notes and keep handouts!  I like to take all I can from a class.  You may decide later that you'll use just part of what you learn or it may apply to your art later.  You don't want to be too judgmental and take little or nothing from the class. I can honestly say that I have found that I always have taken home little nuggets of valuable information from all classes I've taken over the years.

Listen/take notes/record during teacher lectures and demos.  Also listen to discussions between individuals and the instructor.  I always have my notebook nearby to jot something down.  My memory is poor and writing something down will allow me to continue what I'm currently doing.  If I need a clearer explanation I can ask later.

Take Notes on the critique the instructor may do on your work.  Think of it as suggestions.  Later you can go over the list, make adjustments in your art and see if the changes made a difference. I also listen to the critiques the teacher may do of other students.  I may hear something I forgot or something new......write it down!  You want to be a sponge!

When you're at home make time to go over notes and practice!  If you do this within 48 hours of the class, you're more likely to remember.  Practicing at home or while you're waiting when you're out and about and it will also help you improve and progress faster.  If you come across something you don't quite get, write it down and ask in your next class.

Adult student applying what he's learned
Keep going!  Give your art a chance.  Most times continued growth is just a step/critique a way.  You also don't want to forget to give yourself credit for how far you've come.
A student, age 12, learning watercolor techniques

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Involvement in the Arts Positively Effects the Academics

In a 2010-2011 cohort study of 197,932 12th grade seniors,
data showed evidence of a strong relationship
between individuals who participated in school arts experiences
and higher academic success as demonstrated by
grade point averages, scores on the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT) and math and verbal portions
of the SAT exam. The results showed the positive effect
of participation in fine arts classes on a broad base of
individuals, including students from varying races, ethnicities,
socioeconomic levels, and students with disabilities.
 
https://cfaefl.org/dnn/Portals/cfae/advocacy/Advocacy%20Document%20No.%201.1.Jan2013.pdf

This teen started using their own photos!
I've observed many of my students grow and bloom in the last years. Many (children and adults) have grown in confidence where in the beginning these individuals were quietly observing and later were speaking out during discussions and were more at ease sharing their work. I've seen students 'stick-with-it' when they knew they could do a particular art project. New students were met with "I did that too and you get better" or "You should see what mine looked like at first" (and they share their art).

Students also get better at self-critiquing.  After listening to others or transferring what they've learned from instruction, more and more students gain confidence and therefore are able to see what they can improve on. This is so much a part of problem solving.  Students learn to look at objects/drawings differently seeing there is more than one way to get a image down on paper.  My hope would be for people to learn enough so that they can go home and continue their art independently.  I can also see how what students learn here in class can carry over to their academic and personal lives.
Here is an adult's first ever framed piece!