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Kids Summer 2018 Art Classes at GP MOA

Kids Summer Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art

Art Classes for Adults and Kids! Visit our Website Adult Summer Art Classes! SoulBook Gathering Experience with Candy Rosenberg Saturday, July 21st 10:30 – 4:30 Spend the day creating your own personal Soul Book using a vast variety of crafting goodies, paper, paint, stencils, magazine cutouts, collage print outs, flowers, embellishments, ribbon and so much more. We supply all the tools, adhesive and everything you need to construct your own book. We only ask that you bring a few personal items, such as, printed out photos of yourself, loved ones, favorite quotes, personal items that are fitting for your book. The Soul Book is all about exploring what your soul needs and to have a place to look back on to remind you of this. Candy Rosenberg is a private life coach and professional artist that will be instructing the class and doing her Soul Works program while you

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Summer 2018 Kids Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art

Art Classes for Kids at Grants Pass Museum of Art Summer 2018

Art Classes for Kids!

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Click on any picture to reach our website class signup page. Kids must be at least 7 years old to attend (Photography is 10 & up) Classes are almost every Tuesday & Thursday during the summer Classes are almost always 1 – 3 pm. Classes are $15/day, several classes are a 2 day length. Please preregister whenever possible. Classes include all materials needed (except Photography)

Draw! Materials & Techniques with Kristen O’Neill Tuesday, June 26 1 – 3 pm

Discover the wide range of drawing materials and techniques. We’ll have fun creating the same image four different ways to showcase what we’ve learned. $15.

Paint! Materials & Techniques with Kristen O’Neill Thursday, June 28

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Karen O’Brien teaching at Way Art Yonder in San Diego

Unearthing Imaginary Characters with Karen O'Brien

I am teaching in San Diego!

I am teaching Unearthing Imaginary Characters at Way Art Yonder Studio

Unearthing Imaginary Characters

with Karen O’Brien

San Diego, March 11-12, 2018. I have been a student at Jana’s studio and I can honestly say that it is a great place to get away, relax and make art. There is still time to enroll. Just click on this Way Art Yonder link and scroll down to my class. There is a handy link to register. I hope you can join me. Let’s Play!

You are in for a full weekend of creative ways to “unearth” and finish your own unique characters.

I will be sharing a variety of approaches to create backgrounds that make it easy to find your characters and tell their stories. I will also cover ways to make great expressive faces – even if the thought of drawing a

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Sketchbooks and Art Journals – New Year, New Start

Travel Sketchbook – “Handbook 5″x 8″I always start my new year with 2 brand new sketchbooks. A travel sketchbook that I take with me everywhere and a studio book. I wanted to share the books I use because it seems most artists pass over that part. I ha…

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Art Classes at the GP Museum of Art- Nov/ Dec 2017

Grants Pass Museum of Art Classes

Art Classes! Visit our Website Elderhood, Wisdom, and Our Inner Knowing workshop with Janet L. Stanley, M. A. Saturday, Nov. 18 1-4 pm “We are the Crones, the Wise Women whose truths must be given voice, our spiritual journeys embraced and our sage insights welcomed. Come join me as we celebrate elderhood, our collective wisdom and how this inner knowing will help heal Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.” $20 per person How to Paint Snow with Kristen O’Neill Saturday, Dec 2 1 – 4 pm All materials provided Create your own painting of a winter scene Learn about color theory (warm & cool colors) Have a fun afternoon! All skill levels are welcome $30 per person, includes all materials. Art Journaling: Recipe for a Perfect Holiday with Karen O’Brien Saturday, Dec 16 10 am – 1 pm In this class we will learn how to begin our own

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Teaching in Albuquerque, NM

I am teaching Urban Folk Primitives in Albuquerque, NM, September 30-Oct 1, 2017. There is still room to join me. I love this workshop because it is a true “mixed media” experience. We get to make a doll (no prior sewing skills required) and use my fav…

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Teaching in Albuquerque, NM

I am teaching Urban Folk Primitives in Albuquerque, NM, September 30-Oct 1, 2017. There is still room to join me. I love this workshop because it is a true “mixed media” experience. We get to make a doll (no prior sewing skills required) and use my fav…

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Summer Workshops with Karen O’Brien

Stuff of Dreams, online class with Karen O'Brien

Artful Gathering begins on June 6th!

I would love for you to join me in my first Online class, through Artful Gathering. Class begins on June 6th, but registration is open until June 22nd. I will be available for live support during class. All registered students will be entered to win an original painting at the close of class on July 17. I hope you will consider joining me!

Artful Gathering Summer Session 2017

New Studio Workshops

I have added some new workshops at my studio in Grants Pass, Oregon. We will be diving in to expressive acrylic painting.

July 15, Paint With Abandon August 19, Mixed Media Expressive Flowers 10 am – 3 pm

You can get all the details on my blog: karenobrien.blogspot.com

Have a wonderful summer,

Karen O’Brien

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New Studio Workshops Added

Fresh from my retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, I am ready to get back to teaching. I have decided to do a series of classes on Mixed Media Acrylic Painting. The first two will be all about expressive fun painting, no drawing or drama! Eventually, …

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New Studio Workshops Added

Fresh from my retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, I am ready to get back to teaching. I have decided to do a series of classes on Mixed Media Acrylic Painting. The first two will be all about expressive fun painting, no drawing or drama! Eventually, …

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