Chicago Workshops!

by Cat B on August 26, 2017

Very excited to be going to Chicago to be doing a full weekend workshop Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd at Bari Zaki Studio which is located not far from Wrigley Field in downtown Chicago!

First, I love Chicago and haven't been there for years! Long ago, I had a bit of a life there so this will be like a homecoming for me. Second, I met Bari Zaki for the first time this spring and she is a wondrous, upbeat, creative being who is a master bookmaker, shopkeeper of pure magic, and a beautiful artist. Does it get better? I'm so happy for the opportunity to work alongside her. And, third, I love teaching art and nurturing others on their art journeys. It's one of my greatest joys. We're all in this together and art, in all its amazing forms, moves our culture and consciousness forward.

We're offering three separate classes. The first class on Saturday morning is Drawing with Line: Freeing the Hand. Drawing is the foundation for so much of what we visual artists do and learning to draw with a sense of freedom and joe de vivre is transformative. Drawing isn't just about what happens on paper but what happens inside us too. Let's draw like children again—without self consciousness or any need to get it "right". Let's discover who we are.

The second class on Saturday afternoon is Drawing with Shapes: Simplifying. This approach asks us to think in a big picture way. What are the shapes that are the basis for our image making? When we think this way we begin to abstract our vision and connect with what is essential in what we're saying. It clears the clutter, creates clarity and is very empowering. And, yes, again, drawing and art making affect our being as much as what we produce.

On Sunday morning, we'll move into Painted Paper Collage: Getting Bold. We all have boldness in us—it's our essential nature though often, on the way to adulthood, it gets a little lost in life's mishmash. Inside, we often think there's more, and there is. Working with bold colors, drawing without hesitation with scissors, learning to up the contrast, we will make bold and vibrant images, both abstract and representational. We'll surprise ourselves.

On Sunday afternoon, there will be a free session for anyone who has participated in any of the other classes. This one will be a more relaxed discussion of where and who we are as artists and how to keep our energy high for the journey ahead. We'll work a little in complementary Flexi sketchbooks provided by Bari Zaki Studio.

If you're in the Chicago area, please join us! It will be a truly energizing experience as it always is when we come together to explore in an open and dedicated way. If you're not in Chicago, please consider hopping into your car or onto a train or plane and meeting up with us. (Airbnb is making it all easier once we arrive!) All are welcome and I can say from long experience teaching, these classes reward all skill levels. If you have the desire to learn and grow your art and vision, you will find lots of inspiration here and we'd love to see you!

Follow the link to Bari Zaki Studio to sign up! Thanks and see you soon!

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1 Cat B August 30, 2017 at 11:10 PM

Thanks so much, Jane! I appreciate your support and interest! Best wishes~Cat

2 Jane Hinchliffe August 29, 2017 at 11:35 PM

Hi Cat, I just wanted to stop by and say I wrote a blog post today with regard to my favourite art books. I had to include the Confident Creative and just wanted you to know. Here is the link to the blog post – https://www.janehinchliffe.com/blog/three-art-books-recommend. Thanks for your work and generous inspiration – I’ll certainly be adding to my books written by you.

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