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Hi!

I wanted to share with you some images that I’ve been collecting so far this year… as you know we are marching through the alphabet in the “Y is for Yellow” class, and it’s become my habit, the day before the next Lesson PDF is due, to take a walk in the city and search for the letter I need:

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Those deadline days can be fairly stressful, so these walking breaks have been surprisingly therapeutic!

“H” is for “Have a great day!”

😉

 

Registration Now Open for Fred Lisaius’ NEW Watercolor Class

Big Juicy Watercolor
Instructor: Fred Lisaius
3-week class, watercolor • $95 

Class Dates: May 10 – 26, 2016

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Watercolor is such a beautiful medium. In this class we will work wet in wet. This class will encourage you to experiment, loosen up and let the watercolor do some of the work! We will be using lots of water and color, big brushes and big sheets of watercolor paper to create paintings that celebrate both looseness and control.

Each week we will learn new techniques and then apply them to our paintings. We will be exploring subjects that will challenge you in fun and different ways. At the end of the class you will have at least 3 large paintings.

Let’s have some fun experimenting with watercolor and better understanding its secrets. Give yourself permission to take risks, explore, make mistakes and make discoveries. I look forward to painting with you.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS: For the Supply List, click HERE.

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Class Itinerary:

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Week 1

Lesson 1. In this first class we will experiment, explore and discover. Create a double wetting flood wash and use lots of color to better understand the nature of watercolor. Get your supplies ready, put some music on and let’s get started.

Lesson 2. Now we are ready to do our first painting. Let’s use the wet into wet techniques we learned in our art lab (Lesson 1) to describe the soft fur of a cat or the hair of a dog. As with the experiments, allow yourself to take risks amd trust your instincts.

 

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Week 2

Lesson 3. We are going to start the 3rd lesson by experimenting in new ways. Techniques for this lesson will include concentric washes, salt techniques and isolated flood washes. Throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder for good luck and another pinch on your painting for wonderful effects.

Lesson 4. How does your garden grow? Flowers always bring joy to our lives. Let’s have fun using what we learned in our experiments to create a large bouquet of our own creation. Let the flowers in your arrangement be inspired by nature and by your imagination.

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Week 3

Lesson 5. How can we utilize gravity to create beautiful watercolor paintings? Let’s go back into the art laboratory and learn how masking fluid, contrast and gravity can make a painting more dynamic. We are also going to explore the “figure” in silhouette.

Lesson 6. The city, in the rain, at night is a wonderful thing. Let’s paint it and while we are at it, let’s make it big! Get your big brushes out, put some of your favorite music on and give yourself permission to think big, take chances and have fun.
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For more details: http://www.carlasonheim.com/big-juicy-watercolor/

Cat Bennett: My 3 Favorite Brushes

“My 3 Favorite Brushes” with Cat Bennett from Carla Sonheim Presents

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Hi everyone! Here Cat tells us about her three favorite brushes. Thanks, Cat!

(Also, her second class with us, “Making Art a Practice: In and Out of the Sketchbook,” begins TOMORROW! Click HERE for more information and to sign up!)

Here’s a sample of what you will be doing (borrowed from Cat’s website):

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Cool!

 

Procrastination

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I’ve been procrastinating a lot lately!

For the Yellow class, our assignment this month is to work on a small series of work. This has led to quite a lot of procrastination:

This morning, I didn’t feel like working on my series, so I designed a new class logo instead (ahead of schedule).

Later, instead of working on my series, I commented, answered emails, cleaned off my desktop, and painted some dots. (They’re cute, right?)

By 4pm I was finally ready to begin working on the series when it was obvious that I needed to do some shopping and go to the gym.

And now? I’m writing a blog post.

HAHAHA

Some Stuff

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I want to share some artwork from the past several months. I’ve been mostly busy so far this year with “Y is for Yellow,” and here are a couple of pieces from the class lessons (“D is for Drybrush” (above) and “B is for Blue Period” (below).

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Our main task this year is to work on a body of work:

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My series has gone other directions now, but I do like her!

Have a great day!

 

Cat Bennett’s New Class is OPEN for Registration!

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“Making Art a Practice: In and Out of the Sketchbook”
with Cat Bennett
Six-Week Class; 12 Video Lessons

Class Dates: April 19 – May 26, 2016

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In MAKING ART A PRACTICE: In and Out of the Sketchbook, we’ll spend two days drawing in the sketchbook with a focus on color, line and shape then jump out of the sketchbook to do a bigger project. We’ll draw and paint the world around us— food, clothes and the objects in our homes, plants and landscape, and people. And we’ll do so in different ways—painting using only lines, making cut-paper images using only shapes, then bringing line and shape together in different ways.

Our goal is to draw and paint in experimental ways and to get ideas for our own work. We’ll mostly work on a larger scale outside of the sketchbook and try things out. We’ll approach everything we do with a spirit of adventure and discovery!

This is a new and different class to the first “Making Art a Practice.” If you missed that one, no worries—this class is for everyone. And anyone who would like to is invited to post work on the private Facebook page for this class. At the beginning of each week, I’ll introduce the class in the online forum and offer some examples from well known artists that might inspire us as we do the exercises. We’ll all share comments and I’ll offer feedback and a few additional ideas every weekday morning.

Click HERE for the SUPPLY LIST.

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CLASS ITINERARY:

Week 1: FOCUS ON LINE / FOOD

After a brief chat about color, we’ll work in the sketchbook painting lines in various ways to gain assurance with drawing with the brush. For our project, we’ll draw food with paint using only lines. We’ll make simple contour drawings in black before launching into color and we’ll learn how to distill complex information into simple lines that suggest rather than describe in a literal way.

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Week 2: FOCUS ON SHAPE / PLANTS

We’ll draw and paint abstract shapes in our sketchbooks and talk about how we can create compositions in an instinctive way as well. For our project, we’ll work on a larger scale and learn how to paint papers in flat colors to make bold cut-paper images of plants that are imaginative rather than literal.

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Week 3:
BRINGING LINE AND SHAPE TOGETHER / LANDSCAPE

We’ll work with landscape, first by drawing from the world around us or from imagination in our sketchbook with brush and black paint. For our project, we’ll work from sketches we’ve made or from imagination in two ways. In the first, we’ll begin with line and then add color. In the second, we’ll begin with shape and add line. We’ll work on small paper and paint large landscapes quickly on an intimate scale.

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Week 4: USING A STENCIL / CLOTHES

In the sketchbook, we’ll draw with pencil or crayon using a 2-color way to practice drawing. We’ll draw the things we wear—shirts, shoes, hats, scarves. For our project, we’ll use a stencil to create the shape of our subject then add shading and line as we choose. We can also alter our subject in imaginative ways by adding details that don’t exist to say whatever we might like to say. We’ll move away from being literal and take a more playful approach to describing what we wear or might like to wear.

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Week 5: MIXING MEDIUMS / OBJECTS

In the sketchbook, we’ll return to pencil drawing and do both line and shaded drawings of objects around our homes. We’ll work with things that interest us. For our project, we’ll choose several objects then mix mediums in different ways as we make our drawings and paintings. For instance, we might paint part of the image and render another part in pencil. Or start by painting the whole object in paint, then add details in pencil or watercolor crayons. Our goal is to try several approaches and have fun with it.

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Week 6: ALTERING APPROACHES / PEOPLE

In the final week of this session, we’ll collect about 20 photos of people and paste them on the left hand page of a small sketchbook. On the facing page, we’ll make straightforward contour drawings and looser half-blind contour drawings. For our project, we’ll explore making a portrait by starting with a painted shape for the face then adding details in pencil and leaving details out as well. We’ll also explore making the whole portrait in looser way in paint.

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Join this class today, and spend 6 weeks with Cat Bennett!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP!

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Cat Bennett is artist and author. In her Saturday Morning Drawing Club, she teaches drawing as a way to meet the true creative self. Her book, The Confident Creative: Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind, published by Findhorn Press 2010, was a gold medal winner in the 2011 Nautilus Book Awards. Her book Making Art a Practice: How To Be the Artist You Are, and her newest book, The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams: How to Create a Club for Art, are also published by Findhorn Press.

Cat worked as an illustrator/designer for about thirty years. Her illustrations have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun and Time Magazine, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Harcourt Brace and many other publications. She has also made short animations for CBC-Sesame Street, Nickelodeon TV, WHDH-TV, WGBH-TV and various non-profits. She has exhibited her art in group shows in Boston, New York, and Tokyo.

Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, LA Yoga Magazine, Yoga Magazine UK, Integral Yoga Magazine, Red, The American, Lightworker, High Spirit Magazine and others. www.catbennett.net

Check out Cat’s wonderful books:

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