The Arts Council has announced an exciting slate of art workshops for the summer at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The schedule includes painting, ceramics, printmaking, unique collaborations and experimental approaches to art. Each workshop stands on its own, so participants can pick and choose what they would like to learn.
The workshops are part of a collaboration between Art35N and Flagstaff Arts Council called A New Latitude, which runs June 9 through August 6, 2016. The program includes an art exhibition of Art35N artists, artist-led workshops, demonstrations, and studio tours.
Workshop Schedule and Information
In this two-day workshop, novice printmakers will design, cut and print an original, unique woodblock or linoleum block print in an edition of 5-10. All students will leave with an edition of their own one-color print. No experience is necessary to participate and learn in this exciting new workshop, taught by experienced artist and educator Deb Strong Napple at the Coconino Center for the Arts.
Surface design is one of the most universal art forms. The patterns or colors on clothing, quilts, linens, wall art, or any other textile are examples of surface design. In this process-oriented workshop, Sharon Richards will provide students with fabrics to explore many demonstrated techniques. Throughout the workshop, students will be encourage to think beyond the basics in order to create unique designs. Participants will also be encouraged to share and talk among themselves. We will play and have fun!
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing repeated patterns. It’s also a meditative drawing technique that has many benefits. It increases focus and creativity and provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. This session is taught by Debbie Shepard.
Awaken the artist within through a shared process of free-form expression in acrylic paints, pastels and inks. Each of the participants will take home a painting that they and 1-3 other participants have had a hand in shaping. We will each have a blank canvas to start a vision of our hearts’ expression of heaven. A process of exchanging “spaces” will add the temporary owners’ influences. A final return to our original canvas, now reflecting color and form from others, will allow for an integration of the shared visions with our own. The process, led by artist Angie Bray-Widner, is designed to encourage us to not take ourselves too seriously and be fluid to the process of ever-changing life.
A Day With Clay is a full day of hands-on clay work at renowned potter Joni Pevarnik’s beautiful studio in Williams, Arizona. Participants will have the opportunity to work on the potter’s wheel as well as hand-build. Demonstrations of both techniques will take place in the morning and hands-on work by participants will be done in the afternoon. All work that is made will be fired at the artist’s studio. This workshop will give people an opportunity to see how a pottery studio works and let them have a hands-on chance to make their own work.
Watersoluble graphite is one of the more versatile media: you can use it like a pencil to draw lines or do shading; when you use a wet brush, it behaves like watercolor (minus the color). Watersoluble graphite is great for working quickly with the full range of values, whether doing bold dramatic or fine detailed drawings. Led by artist and educator Elaine Dillingham, participants will use four watercolor pigments to mix the full spectrum of color, then learn to layer color on top to create a variety of beautiful effects.
Painting in the Wild – meditations for the beginning mind – is a day-long guided exploration of abstractions evoked by wild nature settings with creative meditations in oil painting. Led by artist Frederica Hall, participants will carpool in a 4WD van, stopping for photos along the way, to an inspiring vista with good opportunities for unique compositions, a beautiful sunset, and a creative adventure in oil painting. This painting day will end with a toast and a fun circle of supportive critique. Participants are encouraged to bring a couple of pieces of their art to share with the circle.
In this 4-day workshop novice printmakers will design, cut and print an original, unique woodblock or linoleum block print in an edition of 5-10. All students will leave with an edition of their own 4-color print. This workshop, taught by artist and educator Deb Strong Napple, progresses beyond one-color relief prints. Here artists create a multiple-colored relief print from one block of linoleum or wood, layering colors until the image is completed. The effects can be similar to a glazed painting, where transparent colors overlay one another to create new, interesting colors on the paper.
And for the Kids…
Also, don’t forget that we have a great workshop for kids this summer, too. FunTown Summer Circus Camp for Kids is July 11 – 29, 2016.
FunTown Summer Circus Camp is a fun, funky, creative and energetic summer program in Flagstaff! Children and youth (ages 7-17) of all types and ability levels will be encouraged to achieve their highest potential through learning circus skills such as stilt walking, acro balance, tumbling, clowning, aerial dance and trapeze, juggling and more!
FunTown Summer Circus Camp is much more than just a circus camp. It is a place where kids and youth will learn about empowerment of self and others, character development through our inclusive structure, and how to think creatively.