Calm and challenge your mind. Draw with charcoal, gesso and acrylic medium.
Mixed Media Drawing from Still Life Workshop
Saturday April 8, 2017
10am to 3pm at Womb Space in 33arts.
$60. plus material fee of approximately $15
Drawing can be like a meditation. In the process of drawing from observation most of us get quiet and really look closely at what is in front of us. In this class you will bring a few objects to draw from your life, or select from my selection of objects. I have old shoes, plastic fruit, toys, books, and art tools to select from.
Bring a sketchpad of drawing paper with a good tooth or texture. I will have extra sketchbooks available for purchase on the day of the workshop for your convenience. I will provide charcoal pencils, vine charcoal, compressed charcoal sticks, and white gesso and acrylic matte medium. (even some paints) The supply list of materials we will use and outline of the class is on my website www.monicabryant.com.
Do you love photographs? Do you love painting? Join me for a chance to combine the two and develop new work! This workshop shares approaches and techniques I have been using over 10 years!
Bring your printed photographs: old, new, people, places, animals – any picture! You can bring treasures, found photographs from thrift or antique shops, or random snaps of everyday life. It will be amazing to create together!
Hope to see you there!
Cost: $120. (includes materials) Date: Friday 7/21 5-8pm & Saturday 7/22 10am-3pm Length: 8 total course hours Location: Santa Rosa Junior College Campus, Analy Hall Class level: All levels welcome Class Size: 5-15 Sign-up Deadline: Registration Closes On Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
There are a number of projects coming up that I hope many artists submit proposals. We will choose art for the new City Square in Santa Rosa, and Depot Park in Railroad Square. I will share opportunities and links for applications here as they come up.
Art is essential in a vital community. I’m glad to be part of this committee!
Once again, I’m donating art to the Art for Life benefit auction, supporting Face to Face which works to end HIV in Sonoma County while supporting those living with HIV. It is Sonoma County’s longest running art auction that is always filled with beautiful local art. This is a treasured work that I’m offering this year. It is part of the beginning of my citizenship art work.
Since 2012 I have been volunteering helping immigrants study for the US Citizenship Test. I work with Luigi Fabiano who arranged with Catholic Charities to help the students whose English was too weak to keep up with the pace of the course Catholic Charities offers. We offer individual help and review and have seen our clients pass the test! It is an immediate and tangible goal to become a citizen. It has been a first step to further education, a passport and sometimes new work.
Last October, when I was in Art Trails Open Studios, I was inspired to paint the American Flag and glue the 100 questions on a large paper as an installation piece. I posted the answers to the questions near by. It worked as I expected. People enjoyed the challenge to answer the questions e.g.:
What are the two longest rivers in the United States?
If the President and Vice President can no longer serve who becomes President?
Name two United States wars in the 19th
Name a US Territory.
What is the economic system of the United States?
What is freedom of religion?
In August, 2016, I will be exhibiting my Citizenship Test art work in addition to new works that are related to this subject, at the City Council Chambers in Santa Rosa. My patriotism includes sorrow for the Trail of Tears with Native Americans, sorrow for slavery, sorrow for the suffering from war. I’m also proud of so many from American History. I was married on Flag Day and feel our country and its symbols belong to all of us not one party or another. Each new citizen’s energy and talent contributes to the hope and promise of our country.
My mother Pat Potucek (1925-2011) was an award winning professional artist in Kansas. She painted murals throughout the state and painted many portraits, landscapes and still lifes. Watercolor was a medium that I started using with her from a young age. She taught me to mix and apply pigments by mixing the colors on the palette and then brushing it onto the paper. She said and I still believe, good paper is more important than the paint you use.
At the University of Hawaii in a Materials and Techniques class I took in my twenties, I learned to allow mixing of colors on the paper with layers of glazes so that there was an optical mixing of colors. After moving my studio to 33arts I discovered that it works best to keep painting in watercolor at my home studio and to use the 33arts studio for my acrylics and mixed-media works. This allows me to work slowly on the watercolors at any time of day.
In 2015, I started painting still lifes of books in watercolor. I enjoy the simple perspective of the boxy shapes and the titles and cover designs. Occasionally I paint open books.
Like most of us I use a camera to take pictures of family and friends and scenic landscapes. I also slow down and draw or paint on site. Painting and drawing is a way to “see” that truly focuses your attention. I remember what I draw or paint, whereas some snapshots are quickly forgotten. I also draw on my tablet and there is a similarity of focus when drawing that way. Creating is a way of life and it is all good.
In October 2015, Monica Bryant joined Art Trails and opened her new studio to the public. She is doing it again with Art at the Source! Please visit her studio this June to see new works in watercolor and mixed media!
Date & Time:
June 4-5 & June 11-12, 2016
Studio & Gallery Location:
3480 Finley Avenue, Building 33 Santa Rosa, CA