Today I taught a pastel portrait class for beginners at Tulpehocken Exchange. It was the perfect activity for a rainy Saturday afternoon. It was an intimate group with creative folks including musicians and a sculptor. I taught them some basics using dry pastel and offered tips on facial proportions, color, the blending vs. texture balance, and various methods of achieving different styles. Pastels are a great way to get vivid, painterly affects. They’re a wonderful step into painting. (Or use on their own.) Check out the slideshow below to see photos from the class.
All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit
My next show will be at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. It’s a pop-up exhibit “featuring artists that fall at ALL points on the weird spectrum.” CLICK HERE to visit the Facebook event. I hope to unveil some new pieces there.
Time/Date: March 25th, 12 – 4 PM
Location: Newark Arts Alliance
276 E Main St, Suite 102
Newark, Delaware 19711
Chinchilla Floral Those who know me in person know that I have 2 ornery chinchillas that I love to pieces. I created this small watercolor painting of a chinchilla floral print. It’s now available on Society6 on phone cases pillows, travel mugs, stickers, and other projects. Personally, I think it’s perfect to show your chinchilla love with a snazzy phone case. You can visit my shop HEREChinchilla Floral
Click on the image to go directly to the chinchilla floral products.
The next class I’ll be teaching at Tulpehocken Exchange is Pastel Portraits for Beginners. I’ll be teaching participants the basics of using chalk pastels and the basics of drawing one of the hardest subjects- humans. We’ll be learning proportion of the face, blending and application methods with pastels, using light and dark, and more!
Below is the flyer with information on date/time/space. It’s hosted at Tulpehocken Exchange, a new art space in Germantown, Philadelphia located at 47 East High Street. The cost is $40 per person. Sliding scale payment is available on an as-needed basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking HERE.
Here is a quick pastel portrait I put together of Adam Driver (one of the many husband’s I have in the harem in my mind) as an example of what we’ll be learning in the class.
Winter Storm Grayson kicked the east coast’s arse last weekend. The participants of my Winter Acrylic Still Life class braved the ice and snow last Saturday to make some beautiful paintings.
I set up a still life with velvet pumpkins, an ornamental miniature bird cage, magnolia pods, a handmade faerie crown, and some plants from Tulpehocken Exchange’s “green wall.” I taught the class about underpainting. There were some beautiful results! Look at the slideshow below for some photos taken during the class.
And here is my completed still life I started during the class.
My next class at Tulpehocken Exchange will be Pastel Portraiture for Beginners on January 20th. Email email@example.com for more information.
Last Saturday was the open house for the new Handmade Philly space at Tulpehocken Exchange in Germantown, Philadelphia. My holiday silhouette class was the inaugural art class in the space. We had a great group of people in a relaxed, fun setting. I taught them how to cut paper silhouettes freehand using their eyes to dictate what they saw, how to mount their silhouettes. I demonstrated a silhouette cutting with one of the class participants as a model. Some class members made their portraits by having other class members sit for them while others used photos. Everyone ended up with a matted silhouette to take home! Check out the slideshow below for photos of the class and a flyer for upcoming classes.
A few weeks ago I taught a still life painting class at the library where I work. I set up a still life with a cornucopia, maize, faux leaves, and decorative gourds and pumpkins. Class members were equipped with acrylic paint and 11×14 canvases. Some people had some painting experience. Others had previously painted, but on furniture. Everyone that attended raved about how relaxing and fun the class was. One person even told me a few days later that she cried tears of happiness because she loved the class so much!
Below are photos from the class. Keep your eyes peeled for future classes!
I recently announced that I was partnering with Handmade Philly at a new physical arts space in Germantown, Philadephia to teach art classes. Today I had a chance to visit the space for the first time. Tuplehocken Exchange is a new space that houses a dance studios, art studios, and the new space for Handmade Philly. I met some of the lovely women who are working hard to make the new space come together.
The space itself is in a storied stone building. It is near the old Germantown High School and down the street from a big, beautiful Unitarian church. Check out the slideshow of the building and space below!
And an update on registering for classes! If you’re interested in any of the classes I’m offering email firstname.lastname@example.org Below is a flyer with for the winter classes I’m offering including a silhouette class, acrylic painting, watercolor card making, and pastel portraiture.