Thursday, July 19, 2012

I-Spy Kids Workshop (and other August events)

As I'm going to be away from my computer for a couple of weeks for a vacation visiting family, I wanted to make a quick note about three half-day children's classes I'll be teaching in Portland when I get back! I'm sure it will be wonderful to get back into the swing of things after a relaxing break.

All are at the 100th Monkey Studio located at SE 16th and Ankeny.

I Spy Workshop 
August 13th from 8:30am – Noon 
Ages 6-10 years 
COST: $40.00 
We'll think about composition, theme, rhyme, and rhythm as we create our own I-Spy pages and poems to go with them. Each camper will make a 2-D collage chock-full of things to look at while composing a rhyming riddle to go with the image ("I Spy a....") 

These collages will be photographed for a group I-Spy book before each artist takes home his or her page. As a group, we will create more scenes with three dimensional objects that play with light, shadow, and movement as we photograph and write a few extra pages. Come back in two days to pick up a bound, printed copy of your I-Spy book, containing the entire class' picture riddles! 

American Explorer Journals
August 13th from 12:30 – 4pm 
Ages 8-12 years 
COST: $40
At least one item has always accompanied the expeditions of American explorers, from Lewis and Clark's journey in the American West to John Glenn's space orbit of the Earth. The item? A small journal. Paper journals for words and images have played a vital roll throughout history in collecting information about new spaces and experiences. Today we'll look at images of Lewis and Clark's famous elk-skin bound journal before using old fashioned bookbinding tools to hand-bind our own faux-leather versions. We'll also make small cloth-bound books that can be worn around the wrist like astronauts have since the time of John Glenn. What will we go out and explore? 

Homemade Board Games 
August 28th 8:30am - Noon 
Ages 6-12 
COST: $40.00 
Today we'll use wood, book board, and printmaking techniques to make portable versions of two famous games: Tic-Tac-Toe and Memory. Did you know tic-tac-toe was played in Ancient Rome? We'll talk about the history and cultural influences in these timeless games as we craft sets of our own that will be both decorative and playable. 

***Sign up via the youth programming page on The 100th Monkey Studio's website.


Monday, July 16, 2012

 A little inspiration for my summer collection of paintings... to be begun in August after a fortnight of vacation.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

"Resolutions" and a Solo Show

Today a show of my painting work opens at the Centrum Gallery at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. I am an alum of OCAC, having graduated with a post-baccalaureate certificate last spring.

Some of the work in the show includes my spring collection, Resolutions. Here is its online debut:

[Edit, acrylic on panel, 9" x 12," $200]

[Tweak, acrylic on panel, 9" x 12," SOLD}

[Fine Tune, acrylic on panel, 8" x 8," $125]
[Examine, acrylic on panel, 8" x 10," $125]

[Organize, acrylic on panel, 12" x 12," SOLD]   

[Nourish, acrylic on panel, 20" x 16," $350]

[Render, acrylic on panel, 12" x 9," $200]

[Mend, acrylic on panel, 20" x 16," SOLD]

[Play, acrylic on panel, 12" x 12," $300]

I am honored to have been given this chance to show at my old school in the breadth that I am: The show contains about 20 more works on top of Resolutions

The work is up through July 29th and runs in conjunction with another alumni show -- a group show of artists working in the mediums of wood and fiber -- at the school's Hoffman Gallery. A public opening reception for both takes place on Thursday, July 12th, from 4-7 p.m. The Gallery is located up in the West Hills at 8245 SW Barnes Rd., Portland, OR.

The resident café does a mean Sunday brunch.

Sarah [edit 2/13]