Sunday, September 13, 2015

My First Workshop!

My  first  workshop---I  was  very  apprehensive at  first,  but  all  that  changed  once  I  met  my  students  and  they  made  me  feel  much  more  relaxed  before  I  even  started.    The  workshop  was  in  Mayville,  NY--Chautauqua Lake--

beautiful  get-away spot--fairly  close  to  my  home,  and  I've  never  taken  advantage  of  it  before   (I  will now,  though!)

....and  here's  where  Art  Retreat  at  the  Lake  took  place--Lisa's  beautiful  home  (her  get-away too).  I  love  this  house--an  older  home  that's  updated,  but  she's  kept  its  original  personality--it's  very  cool!

--Lisa--the  one  responsible  for  all  of  this--she's  a   sweetheart!

Some  before  shots--before  play  started

lots  and  lots  of  supplies

getting  ready--

( before  the  fun  mess  started)

And  then  I  showed  them  my  art  process  for  warming  up  by  playing  with  paint--

At  first,  they  were  a  little  reluctant  to  let  go,  but  as  we  all  know,  once  you  warm  up,  you    get  into  that  zone--

 .......and  they  made  Awesome  papers!

this  was  just  the  tip  of  the  iceberg!
I  really  like   how  their  personalities  came  out  by  the  colors  AND  the  techniques  that  they  chose--their  papers  were  unique  to  them--like  a  fingerprint (everyone's  is  different)

Part 2  of  the  class--where  they  took  their  papers  and  made  their  pieces--

It  was  fun  seeing  everyone  'painting'  with  their  papers--that's  how  I  see  it--your  painted  papers  are  your  medium  that  you're  using  to  create  your  piece.   I'm  hoping  that  this  class  inspired  them  to  take  what  they've  learned  and  go  from  there.   I  learned  a  lot  too--what  to  do   better  when  I  do  this  again  as  far  as  organization  goes---and  yes,  we're  going  to  do  it  again  next  year--same  time,  same  place.   Thank  you  Lisa  for  a  great  experience!!

So  for  me  next  is  my  show  in  October--big  2  weekend  show  (a  very  fun one).  more  detour  before  I  start  getting  ready  for  it.  I'll  be  heading  to  Springfield, OH  next  weekend  for  my  absolute  favorite  flea  market  --The  Springfield  Antique Show  and  Flea  Market  Extravaganza--LOVE-IT!...........and,  what  the heck,  as  long  as  I'm  in  the  area,  I'm  going  to  check  out  The  Country  Living  Fair  in  Columbus.  I've  never  been  there,  but  Lisa  highly  recommended  it,  and  I  have  a  feeling  it's  going  to  be  another  favorite  of  mine  :-)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for finding the courage to make the trip to the Art Retreat at the Lake! I've been a fan of your artistic talent for awhile now...and have often come to your blog for inspiration. There is nothing like being in an artist's presence and watching them create...kind of like music on the radio, and being at a concert listening to a band play live. No comparison. You rocked your first teaching gig! I will say that the location, our hostess, and the other students in the class made it all the more pleasurable. I have some awesome new friends. I was thrilled to hear that you agreed to do it again next year! Save a seat for me :)

Susanna said...

You have had so lovely and inspiring day. I´m sure there was a lot of laughter and joy. Beautiful Place! ♥

karen said...

I wish i lived looked like so much fun...and the art work was amazing...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your first workshop. Your students created amazing work! I loved your tutorial in Somerset Apprentice Autumn 2015 and now everyone can create artwork inspired by your vivid, colorful, whimsical style.

Autumn Leaves said...

This looks like it was so much fun! Beautiful pieces all around.

Jennifer Beaudet said...

How fun! Everyone created such beautiful work! It's hard to believe this was your first workshop...I'm sure the first of many to come!


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