In order to live mindfully, we must stay in the present moment. Nothing takes you into the Now quicker than doing art work. Art Play Date is a weekly gathering, where you will learn various techniques to express yourself artfully, use as a active meditation, relieve stress and find your inner artist (we all have one)!
The goal of these classes is not to have you make one painting, or one technique. The goal is for you to develop the tools and creativity to create for a lifetime.
When we have our Dates
Tuesday's 7-9 pm
January-March, April-July, September-November
Four Seasons Clubhouse (in warm weather, on the patio)
There are lots of supplies you will need, but don't worry, you don't need them all at once. Although topics are already chosen, once we learn the basics and get rolling, the group will determine the project for the following week. And remember, creating art doesn't have to cost a fortune.
We often tell ourselves this story. Think of it this way. Every single day, you are creating and illustrating your life. You create the outfit you wear each morning. Your job more often than not, will offer you many situations where you must be creative in handling an issue or finding a solution. Every evening when you fix yourself dinner, you are creating something. Everyone is creative! It's our emotions and interactions that bring the illustrations. Here, you will learn how to put all that on paper. So let go of that story, get the paint out and let's create. You'll do great!
What you need to start out with for the first few weeks follows. You will need more supplies as time goes on and will be given a list each week. Many of the items are things you already have at home! In addition, many will be supplied since we are just experimenting. Although I highly recommend using Golden Paints and Mediums, it is not required you purchase them. Work within your own budget.....the important part is you have fun and learn how to use art as a form of Mindfulness.
Acrylic Paint in primary colors
A packet of multi purpose brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes
A sketch book with sturdy paper or a pad of watercolor paper and acrylic paper. I recommend a sketch book to keep all your artwork in one place.
A sturdy plastic gift card
Hair Dryer (with limited time, we'll need to accelerate drying times!)
Golden Soft Gel. We will use this for lots of things!
Matte Medium (we'll use this alot too!)
Jar or cup for water and spray bottle
Latex gloves, if you don't want to mess up that perfect manicure!
We get messy! Please wear old clothes!
What will we do on our Dates?
Acrylic Painting Basics: In this first class, we will create backgrounds and textures with everyday objects. We will become familiar with acrylic paint, learning about drying time, how to "open" them up for more working time, play with mixing colors and learning the many ways to create texture using just water and a plastic gift card. Lots of imagination is required for this.
Glazing Basics: In this class, we will take our work from Acrylic Painting Basics and learn what glazing is, how to use glazing to enhance our work and why you need to use it and how it will change your artful life!
Utilizing Mediums for Ahh-mazing Results: We will explore and play with different acrylic mediums to create texture, gloss, depth, finishing and anything else you want to try. (Mediums furnished for this class)
Abstract painting: Abstract art isn't just throwing down paint. In this class we will learn about giving a "rhyme and reason" to the chaos and how to draw the viewers eye around the painting. It's also a fantastic exercise to learn how to think outside the box. WeAre you the next Jackson Pollack? Mark Rothko? Picasso? Lets find out!
Watercolor Basics: Can't draw a tree? Think again! You will learn a simple way to paint trees with an everyday object. We will also learn how to create gradients and other fun, easy tricks.