|Photo: Molly Elkind|
What if you'd like to take your work to that next level, but you can't put your life on hold to take college classes in art? Or perhaps you've taken workshops and classes with artists and makers who've had you reproducing the techniques they are known for. You learn some new skills, but you don't learn how to make your own work.
That's why I've developed a two-and-a-half day intensive class in design--Approaching Design Step by Step--intended to get you comfortable with using a sketchbook (you can call it a visual journal if you like), generating lots of ideas and samples, and learning the lingo of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. These aren't hard and fast rules so much as they are basic concepts that help you understand what you see when you look at your own work or anyone else's. They are sort of a magic decoder ring for visual art. When I began to understand concepts like value, contrast, and proportion, I felt as though finally I could put into words that uneasy feeling I'd get when something about my design wasn't working but I just couldn't put my finger on it.
Arrowmont School of Art and Craft. It's part of the biennial Fiber Forum weekend conference, featuring nationally and internationally known artists and students in a wide variety of fiber media. It's a great time to hang out with the fiber tribe, work at what you love all day, and not have to fix any meals or run any errands. There are vendors of fiber supplies, two exhibits of work, and a fashion show. Add in the fact that the campus is a wooded enclave in the heart of the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, at the height of spring, and you get the picture of how special this weekend will be.
Here are the links:
Workshopand Instructor Information
Go ahead, check it out. Hope to see you there!