6:30PM, 3rd Friday of the month, 292 Route 101, Bed

6:30PM, 3rd Friday of the month, Bedford NH

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Georgia O'Keeffe - inktense

This snowy weather can make me feel dreary, so to combat the winter blahs let's explore vibrant colors and warm landscapes. Our artist for the month of February is Georgia O'Keeffe. Her beautiful studies of flowers and other natural items will captivate your imagination, drawing you into noticing the tiniest details of God's beautiful creation.

Georgia O'Keeffe

Red Canna, 1924
University of Arizona Museum of Art

We will be making clothing for infants and mothers in need.  I promise, this project will be fun!


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    Please remember, Inktense can STAIN clothing, and we will intentionally be working to make it do so in this project.  Students are encouraged to wear short sleeves, old clothes, or bring smocks for this project.

    See you Friday, February 17th at 6:30!
    Sheryl G.

    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    Jackson Pollock

    Is it possible for an person who throws, splatters, and scatters paint to be a master artist? That is the question we will be considering during this month's study of Jackson Pollock.

    Jackson Pollock
    United States

    Oil on Canvas
    We will be making our own splatter paintings, with a bit of a twist using frisket resist.  To complete this project each student will need:

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      Please note, Inktense can STAIN clothing.  I highly encourage students to wear short sleeves, old clothes, or bring smocks for this project.

      See you on Friday, January 20th at 6:30!

      Saturday, December 10, 2016

      Alberto Giacometti

      Portrait of Alberto Giacometti
      Jan Hladík (Czech printmaker) 2002
      The final class of 2017!

      We are working in one of my favorite mediums this month - needle felted wool!

      Ready to study something a bit more modern?  Surrealist Alberto Giacometti utilized the changing interests of the people who lived before and after the 2nd World War as a launching point for his ideas about sculpture.

      Alberto Giacometti

      Please take a few moments to study this month's artwork, and consider how it makes you feel.
      Walking Man I,
      Bronze sculpture
      Alberto & Annette Giacometti Foundation, Paris
      This month student will be making their own felted sculpture.  The completed works will be sent home.  Kids can decide on their own whether to gift their work to a friend, or to keep it for themselves.

      To complete this month's project you will need the following supplies:
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        I look forward to seeing everyone this Friday, December 16th at 6:30!

        Sunday, November 13, 2016

        Katsushika Hokusai

        Self Portrait
        Wood block print
        Tokyo, Nagoya
        Over 200 years ago, printmaker Katsushika Hokusai created his famous prints.  Today, you can still find these images on everything from cell-phone cases, to notebook covers.  What makes his work so timeless?  We will explore this question together.

        Over the coming days, spend some time enjoying this image of his work.  What do you see happening?

        Katsushika Hokusai
        (For pronunciation help go to Forvo, which offers several different recordings)

        The Great Wave Off Kangawa
        color woodblock print
        Tokyo, Nagoya
        To complete this months project you will need the following supplies:
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          Sunday, October 30, 2016

          Gunta Stolzl lesson extension activities

          Gunta Stolzl

          Make your own backstrap loom out of simple popsicle sticks - this is far easier than it looks, and the quality of weaving that you can get is much higher than the simple cardboard looms that we used this week. Try it out!

          Modern artists still create woven tapestries.  The technique is quite different from typical weaving, but fascinating.  Check it out.  This is something you could try on your small loom if you'd like.

          Learn more:
          Kandinsky and Klee were also members of the Bauhaus.  Check out our previous lessons & projects on these masters

          What is the difference between arts and crafts?  Watch this Ted talk to help discern the difference.
          The Bauhaus movement attempted to bring together the disparate fields of industrial technology and craftsmanship, beauty and function, theories and practice.  This wasn't always easy.  Our ever-changing world often makes us feel as if there are more questions than answers.  Check out http://findithere.com/answers.php for hope.


          Wednesday, October 12, 2016

          Gunta Stolzl

          Have you ever wondered why female artists aren't as easy to find or as famous as their malre counterparts? We are going to get a glimpse into some of the reasons this week as we delve into the world of the Bauhaus.

          Update: Blogger is giving me trouble (and I don't want to use up any more beach time wrestling with it while on vacation. LOL) so you will need to click here to view this month's picture study. Thanks for understanding. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stolzl_red_green.jpg

          To complete this project you will need to bring the following items to class:

          Note: Please make sure that all supplies are clearly labeled with your family’s name.  Children work at large tables, and supplies often roll.  Collecting materials at the end of the day is much easier if they are marked.  Address labels work well for this purpose.  

          Monday, September 19, 2016

          Vigee LeBrun Lesson Extension Activities

          I love my head.  I have a morning routine that includes general head maintenance like brushing my teeth, combing my hear, and washing my face.  Elisabeth Vigee LeBrun spent a good portion of her life focused on heads too; painting portraits of them, sculpting the image that those heads presented to the press, and even working to protect her own head from the guillotine during France's revolution.  Through it all, LeBrun's artwork played a key role in the politics of the day.

          Ready to learn more?


          It is impossible for us to cover all the details of any artist's life in our short class time, and Vigee LeBrun is no exception.


          Use your quilling tools to create more artwork! 
          • Make a quilled dress for Marie Antoinette.  Template available at Libertyhillhouse.com/VigeeLebrun
          • Try making a 3 dimensional quilled piece - maybe a necklace or Christmas ornament.  There are many free patterns available.


          • Thirteen years of exile was probably not something Vigee LeBrun intentionally placed on her to-do list.  What happens when we don't like God's plans?  
          • Read Jeremiah 29:11.  God has plans for good, even when it doesn't look like things could possibly ever turn out well.  Does that sound like a flippant platitude?  
          • Look into the history behind why those words were spoken.  God's perspective may surprise you.