Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I'm ready for fall with ArT for the FuN oF It! and Happy Hour

This fall we are trying something different in the Studio and we are expanding the types of classes we are offering. Painting canvases is fun but so it painting on old china or a wooden football cut out. Grab your friend and come down and get your create on! Have some wine and relax. It's all good......

Go Team!
Show your team spirit!  House Divided? That’s ok too! There’s room for both teams on this 12” x 19” football. Wire and ribbon included.
Thursday September 8th @6:30 PM
Saturday September 17th @ 1:00 PM
Thursday September 22nd @ 6:30 PM
FEE: $24 per person

Fall Tiny Canvas Collage
Celebrate fall with this series of 4x4” gallery depth canvases using tissue paper, leaf skeletons, paper cut outs, paint and gold leaf. Place them on a shelf or hang them on a wall.
Saturday September 10th @1:00PM
FEE: $35

Hand Painted Vintage Plates
Serve up a daring display with this novel idea for old plates. Each plate is hand painted. There will be a variety of designs to choose from for fall or Halloween.
Thursday September 15th    @6:30 PM
FEE: $22 per person

 “Autumn Gold”
Try this new painting technique without a paint brush and capture all the colors of autumn.
Thursday September 29th @ 6:30PM
Fee: $35 per person

At Artworks Studio we love Halloween!
10x20” canvas
Saturday September 24th @ 1:00PM
$35 per person

Contact Laura or Kelsey to register for any of these classes.

Monday, July 11, 2016

slow down and enjoy the moment

you hear the word "mindfulness" being tossed around a lot these days

i'm just as guilty as the next person - 
 looking at what's coming next and not enjoying what's here right now

i am savoring summer in the studio right now- the sights, smells, sounds....the cicadas started singing last week...and we've had some intense weather with spectacular lightning...and yes it's been hot and humid but it's supposed to be because well- summer- in Iowa - and i'm a thousand miles away from the nearest ocean but it doesn't matter 

living in the moment is being aware of the moment we are in
being present in the here and now

i'm enjoying every minute of summer i can before Labor Day 

i hope when people walk past the windows at the studio they pause for a minute and remember to enjoy summer


Saturday, October 17, 2015

coloring outside the lines is encouraged

You know what I like more than anything? proving to people that they CAN make art. We've had some pretty skeptical people in the studio lately who were dragged to Happy Hour Art by their friends kicking and screaming because they just can't do it.
Nonsense I say.
Here are the rules of the studio:
1. Color outside the lines
2. There are no mistakes in art
3. Happy Accidents
and the Supreme Rule
ART: Break all the rules
So don't let something someone in authority said to you back in the day stop you from exploring your creativity today.
Art is necessary.
Art is fun.
Art is therapy.
Art is good for you.
This painting was chosen recently for a private party:

When I asked if everyone wanted to use the colors in the samples one person spoke up and said she wanted fall colors. Ok I can do that. And a big harvest moon....that works.....and the trees not as stylized maybe more tree like....and the rest of the group chimed in - yeah I want that too. I had two choices- I could panic or I could make it work. I chose to make it work and I painted along with the class. They got to see me develop an idea, make some mistakes, paint over them and add in some of this and some of that until we ended up with this:
nothing at all like the sample BUT that's OK! Everyone was on board to jump in and learn together. We were definitely coloring outside the lines that night. So don't be afraid - come in and give our Happy Hour Art classes a try.
And if you can't quite bring yourself to come to the studio and make art take baby steps. Get yourself a coloring book for adults and some colored pencils.
I am happy to report that those people who were scared walked out of here with a beautiful painting and a huge smile on their face.


Thursday, September 03, 2015

Happy Hour, Bob Ross and Happy Accidents...C'mon get Happy with us!

A couple of years ago we realized how lucky we are to be able to do what we love-and as like most people we wanted to share it with the world. Happiness is best enjoyed when shared with others.

"More people need to DO this!" 

We didn't want to hog it all to ourselves. So we tossed around a lot of ideas on how to share with all those downtrodden adults around there. Something for those people who want to join my kids art classes but are too shy because they are 

"afraid they won't fit in and OMG I can't draw a stick figure let alone paint an entire canvas! "

(Does this sound familiar? Yeah, adults are just big kids with huge responsibilities)   We wanted a catchy title. We wanted people to feel comfortable and socialize. We wanted a way for people to relax and let the world disappear for awhile.....

happy hour


(plural happy hours)
  1. A time of day, usually in the afternoon or early evening, when a bar or pub offers its drinks at a discounted price.
  2. Any small gathering, usually in the afternoon or early evening, set aside to relax and have a drink.
Since we are not a bar, pub or tavern  the first definition really didn't fit. But when I read the second one I had this "Ah-hah!" moment.

was born

Several times a month we offer art classes for adults. We encourage them to bring a beverage (non-alcoholic is just fine too), turn off their phones, relax and socialize. We take each person through a step by step process and at the end of the evening they walk out with a finished original piece. Yes we are all painting the same picture but we encourage participants to put their OWN mark on their piece. Change the colors! Change the layout! Add extra flourishes! Leave out certain elements!

 There are 


We take the Bob Ross approach to being creative:

"People might look at you a bit funny, but it's okay. 
Artists are allowed to be a bit different." Bob Ross

Since its inception we have branched out into more than acrylic painting. We've added Mixed Media, Collage, Jewelry making and a Pinterest night. Since moving into a larger studio we are actively seeking out new ways to encourage adults to discover how much fun art is again. We have even started hosting an Open Studio one Sunday a month where you get to pick what you want to paint. 

If you want to see what classes we are offering in the Studio and surrounding communities please check in at the Artworks Studio Facebook page. You'll find the most current class schedule on our Notes page. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

stop pinning and start doing

I'm a Pinterest junkie. With over 5000 pins I would say I have a problem. I'm like a book geek in a book store, or library, or book get the idea.
The problem is I do an awful lot of pinning, but I don't DO much with what I've pinned. It's like hoarding DIY projects for later and later never comes. 
I pinned this several months ago. 

Pretty cool isn't it and I like maps and globes and I was kicking myself for donating the globe my mom had for years in the house when I moved in- WHAT was I THINKING!.  Then I stumbled across a globe in a second hand store. 

And it rolled around the studio for a few months. It didn't have a stand but it did have that metal ring on it. Which took an enormous amount of effort to remove until I discovered that a new saw blade is  magic. Pure magic.

Breaking apart the globe is like cracking an egg. You keep bouncing it on the seam- gently - until it separates. Did you know that most globes are made out of cardboard? Me either.

 I painted the inside white because it was t shirt gray and that's not a very attractive color for this project. I also stared at it for a few weeks and thought - that's pretty boring. More people will see the inside than the outside.

So I decided it needed more. Because well, it's me and I can't just let something be boring. So I got out my printed tissue papers- printed with vintage maps of course- and my gel medium and transformed the inside from boring to better. And, as if THAT wasn't enough after I wired the fixture in it I got a reproduction "vintage"  light bulb. 

Can we say "light bulb" moment?  
It's available for purchase- just contact me.