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Immerse Yourself In Central Art’s Brand-New Watercolor Sampler July 25th

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NEW! “Take The Plunge” Watercolor Sampler Thursday, July 25th

with Instructor Katrina Meister

 

When: Thursday, July 25

Where: Central Art

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fee: $45 (includes supplies)

 

Attention watercolor enthusiasts and newcomers! As part of World Watercolor Month, local watercolorist Katrina Meister will be presenting an exciting new Watercolor Sampler Thursday, July 25th from 2pm – 5pm at Central Art, starting with a beautiful Koi painting featuring 5 new Winsor Newton colors and 8 new Cad-Free colors! Take the plunge and give these gorgeous new colors a whirl!

 

Pre-registration is required. Payment required at time of reservation, no multiple reservations accepted. 15 person max.

 

Sign up by contacting us at 541-773-1444, or stop by Central Art today!

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Grants Pass Museum Summer 2019 Adult Art Classes

Click on any picture to reach our website class signup page.
We now have two levels of pricing for classes.
 Museum members receive a $5 discount on all classes this year.
To become a member or to renew a membership:

Elements of Art – Line

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, July 20

1 – 4 pm

Part of the new series of fundamental art classes: Elements of Art
Lines! What starts as a simple mark becomes the basis of art.
• How does a line move through an artwork, lead the eye, and interact? Is it bold or passive? Precise or irregular? What type of line is it?
• Using art history, we will explore powerful examples of lines in art.
• We will create a sample project to keep as a reference.
• Plus, we will try out different approaches to drawing. A great class for the beginner, the art appreciator, and the more advance student who is looking to have a traditional fundamentals education.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Elements of Art – Color

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, August 3

1 – 4 pm

Part of the series of fundamental art classes: Elements of Art
Color! Color can be one of the most dominate elements.
·        Learn about hues, value, and intensity.
·        Explore the historical changes of color use, warm vs. cool palettes.
·        Create your own color wheel for reference.
·        Learn, with simple projects, how to set a mood with color in your artwork.
Class will be taught in acrylic – but the knowledge works for all mediums. A great class for the beginner, the art appreciator, and the more advance student who is looking to have a traditional fundamentals education.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Zentangle Books

with Cindy Hernandez

Saturday, August 17

1 – 4 pm

Create two books the perfect size for small Zentangle drawings. Taught by a certified Zentangle instructor. All materials are provided. Fun, pocket-sized books that you can easily carry with you!
Class time includes taking a break for lunch (on your own – you are welcome to bring a lunch into the museum).
$40/Members
$45/Non-members
All supplies included.

Elements of Art – Value

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, August 3

1 – 4 pm

Part of the series of fundamental art classes: Elements of Art
Values & Contrast do a lot of the work that color gets the credit for.
• Learn about values, & contrast
• How to use them to control how the eye goes through an artwork
• Low-key vs high-key lighting
• How to use values with colors
• How to set up value changes in your composition
• We will make value charts and color value charts for your future reference
• Learn how to translate a colorful world into a monochromatic drawing
$30/Members
$35/Non-Members
All supplies included

All class sign ups are considered final and refunds are not given. The Museum will give a full refund in the case of a class being cancelled.
Unsure if your membership is active? Check in with the Museum staff by calling 541-479-3290, or email [email protected].

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“Hang Up & Read Me A Story” at Rogue Valley Biennial Art Exhibit

Biennial: Hang Up & Read Me A Story

Greetings!  I’m pleased to say that my watercolor painting Hang Up & Read Me A Story was juried into the Rogue Valley Biennial Art Exhibit!

Biennial: Hang Up & Read Me A Story

Details About the Exhibit.

The exhibition is hosted by the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford OR.  It opened Friday, June 28th and runs through to August 2nd, 2019.  There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, July 19th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.  The art center is located at 40 South Bartlett St. in Medford.

The artworks are hung in the Main Gallery of the art center.  The exhibition is free to the public and all are invited to come view the works during gallery business hours.  Hours are as follows:

    • 10am to 5pm  Tuesday thru Friday
    • 11am to 3pm   Saturdays
    • 5pm to 8pm    Third Fridays

Show Statement for “A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art”

Per the Gallery, “this biennial exhibit features juried artwork from local and regional artists in various media.  These new works present innovative, insightful and thoughtful expressions of current events, art movements or political issues”.

The Painting and Current Culture.

This painting is one of a series of paintings our cell phone culture.  I attempt to make a gentle statement about how pervasive the cell phones are.  So much so, that we forget to do without the constant companion on the other end of the phone.  It’s like an extra person is invited to so many of our personal encounters.

As such, this particular painting was inspired by a conversation I had with one of my second cousins, Anne Shelton.  She happens to be a librarian.  Anne mentioned the distractions caused by the mobile phones in the libraries.  And, thus, an idea was born.  Within a short time, I had a concept drawing.

Biennial: Hang Up & Read Me A Story

 

On Experimentation.

For me, creating a painting it is a process of experimentation from start to finish.  And, the start point is the concept drawing.  This is one of two drawings I created using this idea of cell phones in the library.

In any case, the value of starting out with a concept drawing is that I start to realize my idea.  That being said, though, I give myself room to change.

As I start to build the painting, layer by layer, I allow myself to change the design.  This may be a risky approach.  However, I find that a small 5×7 inch drawing is quite a bit different from a 14×21 inch watercolor painting.  That is, what looks good in graphite might not work just right for me in watercolor.  Also, I like how the act of painting itself generates ideas.

I did say “risky approach”, though, you might notice.  Such practices can go so wrong.  But, it’s just a piece of paper with some paint on it.  At least, that is what I tell myself when I am creating the artworks!

So, to reiterate then, I see my approach as being “experimental” in that I allow myself to explore or experiment the “what if” ideas that pop into my head.

Invitation To See The Exhibition!

To summarize, then, I am pleased to announce that I have been included in the Rogue Valley Biennial Art Exhibit this summer.  If you are in the area, please do stop by and see the wonderful art works by my fellow local and regional artists!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making Small Pictures of Seashells

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup With Broken Seashells

Making pictures, as in to form, shape, bring about or create a picture. 

Small Studies.

It’s the season of “smalls” – that is drawing small studies on a regular basis.

MakingSmall Studies: Broken Seashell With Napkin

Though, truthfully, I am working on a medium size watercolor painting in my “Three Minute Egg” series.  However it is taking a while.  And, when it is drying between layers, I work on other things.

Back to the small studies.  I can get so much enjoyment out of doing the small studies.  Plus, although it may not look it, I do feel as though I’m getting somewhere.  Put a different way, I am making progress on my drawing skills and how I like to compose and think about my art.

Making Small Pictures: Broken Seashells in Ink

And, you might notice, I am using different media: ink on paper; colored pencil on toned paper; and Procreate App with my iPadPro.

The Beauty Of Making Something.

I was recently reminded that when you ask four year olds see things differently.  To explain, when you ask them what they’re doing when they are drawing or painting, more than likely they’ll say they are making something.

And, a child making a picture will probably not be worrying about whether or not their painting will get into a juried show, or sell, or be in a museum, or the myriad of other things grown up artists worry about.

Making Small Studies: Two Broken Seashells and a Box

Making Or Creating.

I think the distinction between “making something” and “creating art” is interesting and revealing.  Think about it.  Sometimes it is just nice to make a picture rather than worry about painting a piece of art.  “Art”, at least to me, is loaded with expectations of creativity, skill and meaning.  Oddly enough, it can be an onerous challenge.

Just making a picture of a broken seashell is more liberating.  I can investigate, play and stop when I want to.  It can come out good or terrible; who cares?  The time spent making the picture is a worthwhile and enjoyable endeavor.

Making Small Studies of broken seashells with ink

Patience And Practice.

Recently, I also remembered that getting good at making something takes practice and patience.  So, these small studies are my way of learning and practicing my craft.

In any case, I hope you enjoy my broken seashells.

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup with Broken Seashells

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Mediums Are The Message In This GOLDEN Days “Maxi” Workshop!

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Don’t miss our upcoming “GOLDEN Days” Workshop:

Taking The Mystery Out Of Mediums – on Friday May 17th!

 

When: Friday, May 17th, 2019

Where: Central Art

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fee: $45 per person

 

Acrylic mediums can be used in so many different ways, and application is NOT limited to just acrylic painting! These amazingly versatile gels, pastes and fluids can be used with pastels, oils, encaustics – even watercolor!

 

Whatever you work in, find out how you can make acrylic mediums work for you in this one-of-a-kind workshop co-sponsored by GOLDEN Artist Colors! *Don’t forget – you’ll get to do a complete project in class and take extra goodies from GOLDEN home with you for even more creative playtime!

 

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Limit 10 students for workshop, no group reservations will be accepted. Payment is required to register. Call 541-773-1444 or visit us in-store to reserve your seat.

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Goats: Father & Daughter

Billy Goat, Watercolor, M. Stermer-Cox

Hi! Recently, my younger sister Dorothy sent me some images of artwork by my Dad, artist John Stermer.  And, the drawings and painting included goats.

Artist John Stermer: Barn with Dueling Goats

So, on my Father’s Facebook page (John Stermer Fine Art), I shared some of the goats.  They are so much fun to look at.  And, one of my friends thought it would be fun to see what I might do with goats.

John Stermer Goat Study

 

Well, lo and behold, I do have a “goat” painting and some drawings of goats.  Naturally, it occurred to me that I ought to do a “father and daughter” post and include some of these goats.

Billy Goat by M. Stermer-Cox

And, so, here we are: goats my Dad; and a goat by me.  Why goats?  They’re just fun.  And, they have attitude!

 

Drawing, Billy Goat by M. Stermer-Cox

PS.  I included a similar posting on my Father’s blog; just keeping it all in the family!

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Learn The Ever-Popular Art of Acrylic Pouring at Central Art

Get Your Creativity Flowing & Learn The Ever-Popular Art of Acrylic Pouring!
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GOLDEN Days Acrylic Pouring Workshop
When: Fri. May 10, 2019
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Central Art
Fee: $45

The first workshop will be Acrylic Pouring! on May 10th, 2019 2pm – 5pm at Central Art’s classroom.

You will receive a kit full of GOLDEN goodies for four pours using Golden’s Gloss and Matte Pouring Mediums, Golden Fluid Colors, and Golden High Flow Colors on Ampersand Pouring Panels, Art Alternative Canvas, and creating an acrylic skin on Plexiglass. One of the pours will be an embellished Geode pour.

 

You will also learn how to create specific patterns using different techniques such as swirl or ring pours and how to create LONG LASTING cells and working “wet on wet”. You will also receive a worksheet with Tips & Tricks, FAQ’s, Troubleshooting, and more.

 

Class size is limited to 10 students, so Pre-Registration is Required. Call 541-773-1444 or stop in and register now before it’s full! Limit one registration per person, no group sign ups.

 

GOLDEN Days Workshop #2

“Taking the Mystery Out of Mediums”

 

Where: Central Art

When: Friday, May 17th, 2019
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Cost: $45.00 per person (NO group reservations). Pre-registration is required.

In this second “GOLDEN Days” workshop we will be exploring the wonderful and sometimes mysterious world of acrylic mediums.

 

We will learn the differences between pastes, gels, grounds, and gessos, then break it down even further and explore differences within each medium and how to incorporate them into mixed media art.

 

Explore multiple surfaces and sheens that can be created, use of color, and how different media work on varying textures.

 

We will use texture gels and pastes to create interesting textures and effects on Strathmore Mixed Media cards and Ampersand panels. You’ll also make sample boards using the pastes and gels in your kit to use in the future for your own personal reference.

 

Your kits will be full of GOLDEN Goodies to make several projects and still have plenty leftover so you can continue to unveil the mysteries of mediums!!

 

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Call 541-773-1444 or stop by Central Art and sign up today!

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Painting in Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Exhibition

Three Minute Egg #12 Showing in WSO Spring Exhibition; Portland OR

An invitation to see painting “Three Minute Egg #12” as one of 80 water-media paintings in the WSO Spring 2019 Experimental Exhibition!

About the Exhibition.

Greetings!  I am happy to say that my painting “Three Minute Egg #12” is showing in the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Spring 2019 Experimental Exhibition.   My painting is one of 80 stunning water-media works accepted by Juror Jean Pederson.

What makes this show particularly special is that the rules accept works from a variety of watermedia and supports.  That is to say, artists can include acrylic paint or use clayboard panels, for example.  There might be a bit of pastel or colored pencil worked in too, as long as the painting is primarily watercolor.

WSO Spring Water-media Exhibition: Three Minute Egg #12

Location and Hours.

The WSO Exhibition will held at the Oregon Society of Artists (OSA), 2185 SW Park Ave, Portland OR from April 8th to 30th. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 1 – 4 pm.

The opening reception is Saturday, April 6th from 4 to 5 pm.

About the Painting.

Some of my favorite things: egg cups, espresso cups, a timer and a spoon.  I am reminded of special family breakfasts we had when I was young.  It just seemed exotic to have an egg served in an egg cup.  I loved dunking my toast in the egg yolk.  The design of the painting perhaps emphasizes the idea of remembering the past.  The items are simplified and expressive rather than realistic.  It is about experimenting with shape and color to create something joyful.

The colors of the painting refer to an early morning, perhaps.  In other words, dawn; the time of day when the sun is just starting to peak into the breakfast room.  The darks of night have yet to disappear for the day.

This is one of 13 paintings created to date in my “Three Minute Egg” series of paintings.

If you would like, I wrote an article about creating the design for this painting and published almost a year ago.  You might enjoy the extra insight about the painting.

Invitation.

If you are in the area, I invite you to stop by and enjoy the show!

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Busy But Still Drawing My Favorite Things

Drawing of a coffee cup with four broken seashells

It has been a busy year so far!  I have been doing some volunteer work with the Watercolor Society of Oregon, for example.  Plus, I took artist Sarah F. Burns‘ “Anatomy for Artists” drawing class.  The class was intense, challenge and wonderful; a good learning experience.

Busy But Still Drawing: Coffee Cup With Broken Seashells

But, no matter how busy I get, I keep drawing.  You see, it’s absolutely essential for me to continue to do so.  In part, drawing keeps my skills honed and improving. Also, I draw for the fun of it.  And, I get grumpy if I don’t draw.

So, out come my favorite items, like these broken seashells, coffee cups, brandy snifters.  It is interesting that I never tire of them and I continue to learn.

Busy but still drawing: Brandy Snifter

So, I may be busy, but I can still find time to draw.  Thank you and please enjoy!

 

 

 

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Sign Up For Demo by Lupe Galvan at Central Art

Sign Up NOW! Enjoy a 2-hour Demo Presented by Lupe Galvan, MFA from 4pm-6pm 3/28/19!
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Lupe Galvan Free Drawing Demonstration

***SECOND SESSION***

Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 4:00pm-6:00pm!

 

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Classroom at Central Art

Fee: FREE (Pre-registration required)

 

There’s still time to sign up! The first session is full, but you can sign up to attend a repeat of Lupe Galvan’s demo on Thursday, March 28th from 4:00pm-6:00pm!

In this free demo, Lupe will cover how to draw a head/face and then demonstrate the use of a limited color palette on toned paper. Techniques shown will include using a measuring system and landmarks to draw a face, and how using a limited color palette can actually be beneficial in understanding color and creating color harmony.

 

Call 541-773-1444 to pre-register, as space is limited. Learn more about Lupe’s art and career by visiting https://www.lupegalvan.com

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