Sunday, February 19, 2012

Have you seen?

Have you seen the fresh new look at Artists Mediums...still not finished, but it's a lot of fun already!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Hello!  Kristin here, I thought I'd chime in tonight with some interesting things I've come across recently.  
First up, this is courtesy of Hi-Fructose magazine
Attaboy and Annie Owens at Sketch Tuesday

Gather a big bunch of artists together for some intensive drawing (and art-selling) time.  Music, libations, and watching the art flow.  This particular bunch of folks gather for a monthly art event such as this, hear that? 
Obviously, the Bay Area has a high concentration of creative types, but I'm willing to bet that we could arrange something like this here in VT sometime.  

My second offering is 

Their mission:  The Campaign's work will finish when the words 'I can't draw' are dropped from our vocabulary.  
It's a lofty goal, but why not aim for it?

Seems like the time is ripe, my friends!  I'd love to see an event like this take place here in Vermont.

Whoops, before I forget, there is one local event that I have heard good things about but have yet to attend:  
"Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School" which some of you may have read about in Seven Days.  
For those of you down in the White River Junction area, check it out!  I'm waiting to hear when the Waitsfield chapter will reopen at the Big Picture Theater, which would certainly be an easier commute on a weeknight!

That's all for tonight.  Hope it inspired you to crack open the sketchbook. 

Friday, February 3, 2012


Do you remember how the Paper racks blocked the light from the windows, and kept it from going all the way throught the store?

They were very pretty with the light shining through them, but the rest of the store was darker because of them.

Then we began to re-arrange,  and you could see that, as we moved from the front to the back with our changes, the light was finally getting access to all the lovely colors.
This way, our creative customers can see the scrumptious color choices in daylight!

Very Basic Mat cutting class

Very Basic Mat cutting class
with Kristin Richland – Sat. April 21st 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Students: min 3 max 6.
Deadline for sign ups must be received by: Wed. April 17th
$40.00 per student, bring your own mat cutter, all other basic matting materials provided.

Do you have a mat cutter collecting dust somewhere, waiting to earn its keep helping you with your art? Want to learn how to cut your own mats to save framing costs?
Kristin will walk you through the very basics of cutting an accurate single opening mat, and a double opening mat if time allows.
Please remember to bring your own mat cutter, basic matting materials provided to practice and learn how to cut a small window from a mat.

(Please note this class will not cover all of the details about frame assembly, glass or color choices...but by the end of it, we hope you will feel more comfortable using your mat cutter and cutting a simple single opening mat.)

Very Basic Blockprinting Class

Very Basic Blockprinting

with Kristin Richland – Sat. March 24th 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Students: min 3 max 6 Deadline for sign ups must be received by: Wed. March 21st
Students: min 3 max 6
$30.00 per student, very basic materials provided, for a simple block carve.

Do you want to make your own greeting cards or your own prints? Kristin will walk you through the basic steps of how to design and carve your very own block print. Class time might not allow you to complete a block perfectly, but it certainly will help you get started. Basic inking and printing techniques will be reviewed.  Bring a very simple carvable idea.

Very Basic Watercolor Class

Very Basic Watercolor Class with Chelsea Lindner THIS CLASS IS FULL.
Sat. March 10th; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 Students: min 3 max 6.
Deadline for sign ups must be received by: Wed. March 7th
$30.00 per student, all very basic paper and paint provided, though if you want to bring your own watercolors, you certainly may.

 We will review several very basic techniques, so you can start enjoying watercolor.  Chelsea will show you how to use watercolors wet into wet, or wet on dry paper, along with showing some examples.  We’ll talk about how to make a simple color chart  so you can see how your own colors mix. This class is not about completing a painting, it's about learning tips and techniques, that can help you, to feel more confident with your paints. Bring your questions, and get a feel for how these paints move.