Splaaaaaaat.

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In honor of January being Jackson Pollock’s birthday month, we are playing with his signature technique here at the studio! Abstract expressionism is so fun on so many levels. Fun to look at, fun to make. Expressionism is spontaneous and subconscious, a true expression from the mind, body, and soul.

There are so many ways that you could incorporate this splatter style into your art world. Painting, glazing, drawing, crafting, you name it – we can splat it! One of my favorite things we have made at the studio using this technique is a glazed bowl. We had a few of our students glaze their entire bowl. When the base layer was done, they took glaze on a brush and tapped it over their finger. This flung the glaze in a more controlled way.

Here is a pic! Totally rad.

One of the main reasons the abstract expressionism movement came about is because Jackson Pollock believed that the process of making art was just as important as the finished product. Both should be thoroughly enjoyed. You should have just as much fun making the piece as you do looking at the finished product, if not more.

We agree! Here at FeelArtistic Studio we believe in “mindfulness in art.”  What that means is that you live in the moment, you don’t worry about the outcome. You worry about the right now and if you are happy. You want to enjoy the journey and the process, isn’t that the whole point?!

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Wanna MEET UP?!

This Thursday at FEELartistic Studio we are hosting a clay “Meet Up” event and YOU are invited.

Instead of the traditional class, this meet up will be a chance for you to meet other people who are interested in clay and share techniques and ideas. Although there will be no instructor, I’m sure we could all learn a thing or two from each other. This is meant to be mainly a social event that focuses on sharing ideas and common interests.

The fee is $20 and that includes all the supplies you could need. Clay, tools, glaze, kiln etc. and a great space to use it all. It will be DEC. 10 @ 6p-8pm. There are 10 spots left so reserve yours now @ feelartistic.org or call us @ 425.939.1550!

This would be a great opportunity to pick the brains of fellow artists, make a holiday gift, or both! See you there 🙂

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Give the Gift of Creativity!

Want to give someone the gift of art and learning, but not sure which class they’d prefer to take? Get them the FEELartistic Gift Certificate and give the gift of creativity!

Our Gift Cards can be used toward classes and workshops, available in any amount. What better way to tell someone you love them than by investing in their skills and creativity? They might even make you something 🙂 Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

Here at FEELartistic Studio, we offer professional art lessons for kids and adults ages 5+. With a gift card, they are eligible for what we call “Open Sketch” class. We focus on sketching, but they have freedom of medium choice. What that means is that they can choose what they are in the mood to work with the day of class.  Clay, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, pastel, YOU NAME IT!

Each lesson, no matter the medium, will completely align with the fundamentals of art and will be a tool they can use in any medium they choose. Our goal is to teach the basics and fundamentals so they can go on to become an artist of their own.

 

 

****After you purchase the gift certificate, forward on the confirmation email and ticket (including the coupon code you can use to retrieve your gift certificate when registering for a class) to the recipient so that they may utilize it.

After purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with booking confirmation number. Print out the copy of the receipt or keep your confirmation e-mail for your record.

FEELartistic Gift Cards have no expiration date and can be redeemed in person.

How to Redeem: 

1) After purchasing the gift certificate, go to our website http://www.FEELartistic.org and reserve any class you like.

2) Show proof of purchase or give booking confirmation number at the front desk. You will get credit for the equivalent amount of gift certificate. 

 

 

A holiday gift from the heart (and hands!)

So it’s that time of year again!

The holidays are here and they have snuck up on us, as usual. If you’re like me, you haven’t quite started shopping yet. Also, we all know that “hard to shop for” person. What a better way to really surprise the person who has everything by making them something with your own two hands. Now that’s unique!

Here at FEELartistic Studio, we have just what you need to wow someone special. Our pottery studio accommodates wheel throwing  and handbuilding. For beginners, handbuilding is where it’s at! You have much more control over the clay and the possibilities are endless- unlike on the wheel.

One of my favorite pieces to make is a flower petal bowl. It is very simple and comes out looking delicate and beautiful. You can also make a bouquet of roses, a coat of arms, or really anything your heart desires. With our help, you can accomplish your vision. Below are a few examples of what you can do at our studio with handbuilding clay.

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Let us help you help yourself! Your gift will be the talk of the holiday celebrations with such a unique, creative, and thoughtful gift.

What else could someone want?! 🙂

 

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What exactly is Manga?

One of our most popular classes at the studio is Manga Art. Kids love it! It really lets them get creative artistically and gives them the opportunity to create a dialog.

But what IS manga?

Manga is Japanese style art. In modern days it has become comparable to comic books. Some modern pop culture references are Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, etc.

The origin of manga comes from the basic human desire of wanting to express and record – hence referring to the origins of manga as being that as fundamental as scribbles and doodles. The 20thC great master of manga, Osamu Tezuka is recorded to have stated that ‘manga begins from scribbles’. If one goes by this theory, we can argue that the origins of manga can stem as far back as the Stone Age scribbles on the cave walls. (Japanese Gallery, London)

Although manga started as scribbles and doodles it has evolved into a highly popular and profitable art form. There are manga t.v. shows, movies, and most common is comic books.

Similar to photography and cinematography, comic books were an art form that was not known in Japan before the 19th century. Folklore and mythology often represented famous historical scenes, and the idea of a narrative told by a sequel of images followed by an appropriate text was invented in the West.

The main difference between the first Western comic strips that started appearing in newspapers around 1900 and the Japanese manga was that the later lacked any political massage or intellectual criticism, which would be considered rude and offensive in Japan of the time.

The form, however, rapidly developed in an atmosphere of intellectual creativity of the ’20s and ’30s and one of the first manga magazines to be published in Japan – Shonen Club recorded sales of 900.000 copies as early as 1931. After the WWII, whereas American comics got restricted by the new censorship laws, manga exploded into the most productive cultural industry of Japan, marking the aesthetics and visual concepts of the new generations.

What distinguished Japanese comic books from the rest of the world was actually the rich heritage of the traditional painting and craftsmanship, as suggested by the very title of the form. Centuries of sophisticated and complex print-making tradition manifested in the modern-day comic books by the selection of subjects as well as by the specific and particular use of perspective.

Thereupon, comics in Japan were always meant for everyone and dealt equally with the topics from everyday life same as with fantastic stories, while they were offering complete visual, almost cinematographic experience, with the text being used more as means of providing special effects in the background. The reason is that Japanese artists sometimes use more than 20 pages per single scene, thus visually presenting the entire event, which again can be put into a single sentence. Therefore, comics are not merely ‘read’ but more ‘seen’, an experience which is close to the understanding of Japanese language itself, which can be a reason for the initial development of a specific artistic preferences and therefore style in the first place. Keicichi Suyama, a manga researcher, states in the “Hisory of manga Journal : World Edition 1972″ translates the word manga as Cartoon, or caricature.

Here a few student examples from the studio to get a visual!

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Come in and give it a try 🙂

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Silhouette Art – What & Why?

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At the studio, we use silhouettes as a teaching tool for a variety of skills. Not only is this task simple enough for ages 5+, it is beautiful and teaches a lot. I’m going to give you the steps to make your own silhouette art and below I’ve outlined the skills you will acquire along the way!

Skill number 1: Simplifying an object. This sounds easy but it really can be difficult. You want to focus on the bare basics of your subject. Start by analyzing what are the most important and identifiable details about the subject. Once you have recognized those, you can start there. Not focusing on too much small detail. See the big picture.

Skill number 2: Drawing what you actually see. Most people have a set image in their head when they think of the item they are drawing. The key to a successful silhouette is erasing all preconceived notions of the object you are portraying. You need to be able to draw what you are actually seeing in front of your eyes. This way, your drawing will be easily identified after you have turned it into a silhouette.

Skill number 3: Lighting. Learning how to paint a silhouette and about the illusion you are creating can give insight into how you can use lighting to create a realistic work of art. By painting your image in complete black with an illuminated background this will give you a clue about where your light source is located and how that relates to shadows and colors.

Now you know the why, here is the what —->

STEP ONE: Think about your silhouette and come up with a sketch. Maybe it is something you can see in the room or something you have designed yourself. Sketch Sketch Sketch

STEP TWO: After you have your sketch complete you need to create a colorful background. Think about the silhouette you are making. What type of background would make sense? It is important that you pick a color scheme that makes sense and is appealing. *Use acrylic or watercolor paints for the background* LET DRY

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Above: Gracie being awesome 🙂

STEP THREE: Lightly sketch your silhouette over your dried background. Begin to use the black paint to color the silhouette image. Be sure to paint a ground and don’t be afraid of creative flare!

Your finished product should be colorful and make a cool illusion, just like Gracie’s.

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Cats Rule!

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Clay Roses – Made Easy

Hand building with clay can be a tricky thing! It can be messy, but also lots of fun. One simple lesson we use to introduce the hand building process is clay roses. You can make them in any size and thickness and are a wonderful way to get used to the feel and malleability of stoneware clay.

First thing we do is pinch off and roll up different sized balls of clay, going biggest to smallest. Once you have them ready, flatten them out like the picture below.

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TOP: Step 1 BOTTOM: Step 2

Each flattened out clay ball is a rose petal. Next, you will place each petal slightly on top of the one next to it. Once every “petal” is touching, you start to roll the rose.

START WITH THE SMALLEST PETAL FIRST – roll smallest to largest.

Once you have all of the petals completely rolled in to each other you can pinch off any extra clay at the bottom of the rose. Sometimes it gets bulky towards the bottom and you can pinch to taper off the edge.

After you have your rose coiled you can smooth out any edges and make leaves to apply from the bottom. It sounds more complicated than it is!

Here is an example.

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After it is dried, it’s glazed and put in the kiln.

We love it and kids love it, roses made easy 🙂

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