Fibre Crafts, Sketching and Other Workshops
Art as a Spiritual Practice
Saturday March 17th (snow date March 24th)
10am - 1pm
This series of six workshops is designed to explore our connections to the Sacred, and the mystery beyond the mundane world. By connecting to that energy, we can bring that energy into our daily lives. Offered as a series, or as individual workshops.
Touchstones: Discovering What Matters
In this workshop we will explore how to pay attention to your innermost
thoughts and emotions, how to “hear” inner promptings as the voice of spirit, and how these can be shaped into visual form. In turn, the forms we make themselves have much to teach us about who we are and what’s important to us.
Drawing as Meditation
The rhythm of making marks on a page, combined with focused attention on a single object, have a Zen-like quality. In this workshop we will use the drawing process to clear a space for connection to the Sacred.
In this workshop we will explore how shapes have evolved to have universal meanings through time and across cultures. We will discover the geometric connections between nature, art, architecture, music, and the cosmos.
Connections and Community
Many cultures historically arrived at their art forms through collective effort. Working collaboratively, we will explore our connections to each other and to the Universal.
In this workshop we will explore prayer, chanting, breath work, and the opening of Chakra energy through making our own prayer beads.
Creating a Personal Altar
In this final workshop we will explore our sense of self, our sense of “God”, and the kind of relationship we wish to create with the Sacred. We will design a personal altar that both embodies and energizes that relationship.
A Sketchbook Visual Journey
Saturday, May 19th
9am – noon
What if you could see the world through fresh enthusiastic eyes?
The humble sketchbook is the perfect tool for experimentation and discovery. Here you can sharpen your eyesight, open your heart, and uncover confidence beyond your imagination. If you are a beginner or wish to acquire fearless sketching enthusiasm, this is the class for you.
In this class we will:
- explore the work of contemporary sketchbook masters from around the world
- observe demos in person and online, followed by time spent drawing together
- learn composition basics and explore the potential of your sketching tools
- discover ways to explore seeing /drawing as meditation
Handouts will include descriptions of the class exercises and online resources to explore at home
Materials to bring:
- a sketchbook with heavy-weight paper (90#/190gsm or more) “Mixed Media” is good paper
- a small watercolor travel set with brush (humble is fine) and a pen
- water bottle, small cup, paper towels, open mind, and a willingness to be amazed at yourself!
For questions about the class, call Bobbie Herron- 603-715-9152.
Instructor: Bobbie Herron
Saturday February 24th
9am – 12:00 PM
With the right guidance, the humble sketchbook can easily become a doorway to a world beyond your imagination. Of course professional artists have used sketchbooks for centuries to dash off a quick sketch or make a plan for a future masterpiece. This same tool can be used for an even greater purpose: to sharpen your eyesight, open your heart, and provide a guaranteed road to joy and confidence.
This class welcomes true beginners as well as those who are already comfortable with art supplies. In this three-hour workshop you will:
- learn the back-story to a vibrant new movement called “Sketchbook Skool”
- explore the work of contemporary sketchbook masters from around the
- watch a brief demo, then join in to create sketchbook pages that will loosen up your style and your thinking
With any luck, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship between you, your sketchbook, and the beautiful world surrounding us.
'For questions, call Bobbie at 603-715-9152
Renewal And Reflection
Saturday, Arpil 14th
10am - Noon
As spring unfolds, our spirit yawns and stretches, preparing itself for new growth. The long inward journey of winter is over, and it’s time to move our energy outward. What new possibilities do we wish to cultivate in the coming months? Through guided visualization and reflection we will find and make images that help us discover what your spirit has in store for you.
Word and Image: Spirit in Art and Writing
Saturday, May 12th
10am - Noon
What is the connection between expression in words and images? How can they complement, supplement, or strengthen each other? Learn how to get out of your own way, and to find words and images that express your Essential Self.
The Daily Sketch
Start a daily art practice
May 5th 10am - 2pm Bring a lunch
We will be using different methods of taking an inspiration image (I use Pinterest, and have a board of these pictures) and abstracting them, to capture what it was that inspired you.
To do this, I'll be teaching you how to use different materials and supplies. I'll show how you can use rubbing alcohol to make watercolor and chalk pastel separate into special effects. We'll be using clear gesso, gloss varnish, spray enamel, watercolors, gouache, chalk pastel, possibly colored pens, and permanent markers.
Dress to get messy.
*Spray rubbing alcohol
*blank notebook, (if you want to start your daily practice today. Otherwise, we'll provide paper) about the notebook, don't worry about the quality of the paper. The five dollar ones at Michael's are perfect.
*watercolor set from Michael's $5 I particularly like those paints, they are so versatile. They're halfway between gouache and watercolor, and the colors seperate very nicely.