Registration is now open for the following workshops unless marked "filled"
June Tues.2nd - Zen Doodle 10-noon (No charge No registration) Sat. 6th Outdoor Sketch & Watercolor with Miriam Hughes 10-3 $60. Sat. 13th Visionary Book Box with Janet Hickey 10-4 $80 (all materials included) Wed. 17th CLOSED
Seth ApterFri. 26th Dimensional Stenciling 10-4 Seth ApterSat. 27th, Collage Camp 10-4 ( this workshop is filled) Seth ApterSun 28th, Picture Windows 10-4 ($125. per day)
July 7th - Zendoodle with us 10-noon (no charge no pre-registration) SAT.11th - Coon Dog Day (CLOSED) Martine House Fri. 17th - Surface Design 10-4 $80 21st - Zendoodle 10-noon (no charge no pre-registration) Janet Hickey - Thur. 23rd Simple Stamp Carving 1-3 $45. Miram Hughes - Fri. 24th Simple Water Color for everyone 1-4 $40 Susan Edmonson Fri. 31st Nature's Prayer Flags 10-4 $80 August Sat. 1st 10-3 Sketch and Watercolor with Miriam Hughes $60. Wan Marsh Sat. 8th Abstract Painting 10-4 (Acrylics) $125. Wan Marsh Sun.9th Imaginary Worlds Abstract Painting 10-4 (Acrylic)$125
UK Artist Gillian Lee Smith Oct. 15th-19th (Mixed Media Painting) $750. 5 day (Filled)
Please contact Random Arts for registration information. Some workshops may be filled with a wait list and others may have available space. We accept, paypal, visa, mc, amex and personal checks www.randomartsnow.com (828) 749-1165 <email@example.com
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Dimensional Stencils with Seth Apter...FRI. JUNE 26TH Stencils have never been more popular. They are the perfect supply to use in mixed-media art, altered art, art journaling, and so many other creative domains. They're relatively inexpensive, simple to use, easy to store, and the perfect addition to many different art projects. This full-day workshop will show you how to create textured and dimensional effects using stencils. Following a brief review of non-dimensional stenciling techniques, you will be introduced to a series of products that can be used with stencils to create dimensional effects in your artwork. You will then choose your favorite approaches and supplies and use them to create stunning stenciled art. $125. 10 AM TILL 4PM
Seth Apter "Collage Camp" Sat. June 27th Pack your paint and paper and join me for a day at camp. You will start by creating abstract, painted backgrounds as the base for your collages. Then you will move on to the process of collage, transforming bits and pieces of paper into a cohesive whole. Basic and advanced collage techniques will be reviewed and approaches to collage discussed. A series of creative exercises will take place throughout the day that will guide you as your collage develops. You will have the opportunity to create multiple collages during this workshop and will leave with a virtual toolbox of techniques which can be applied to your ongoing work in collage, painting, art journaling and mixed media. $125. 10-4
COLLAGE CAMP is FILLED WITH WAIT LIST
SETH APTER - PICTURE WINDOWS SUN. JUNE 28TH Create a memorable piece of art dedicated to someone you love... a parent, a pet, a friend, or even a special event in your life.... Your photographs are the focus of this workshop. You will create a double-sided, 36 inches long,hanging photo display piece that is every bit as artful as the pictures on view. To begin, you will transform large sheets of watercolor paper into beautiful and decorative surfaces using a series of layered painting techniques. You then move on to creating the form for the photo display using folding and die cutting techniques. Next comes your photo op where ordinary photographs are turned extraordinary through a series of hand-altering approaches. Finally, the pieces come together, a hanger is added, and you leave with both a one-of-a-kindmixed media project as well as a slew of techniques to apply to future projects. $125.10-4
Thurs. July 23rd 1-3 Learn how to carve your own rubber stamps to print on cards, totes, wrapping paper, or to give as presents! This 2-hour workshop is perfect for beginners. You will learn the different types of stamp designs you can make, basic carving skills & techniques, and tips on how to apply the stamps on various surfaces. Turn your sketches into a rubber stamp. $45. Workshop Fee. Registration required. Workshop is limited to 8. No supplies necessary.Teacher and Random Arts will supply all necessary tools and supplies
Fast, Easy & Simple Stamp Carving
Friday, July 24th Easy Water Color with Miriam Hughes (workshop is filled with wait list) Local artist, Miriam Hughes will help you discover the simplicty of this unique watercolor technique in just 3 hours. You can be guaranteed that during and after this 3 hour session you can paint like this too. Only $40. 1-4 for this 3 hour session email. Limit 12. (some supplies required)
Fri. July 31st “Nature’s Treasures” Prayer Flags - Susan Edmonson Do you know the story of Prayer Flags? It's very interesting; they were hung in doorways to bless all who passed under them as they fluttered in the breeze.... I think the idea of a Nature Prayer Flag is perfect since nature is so fragile and fades away before our eyes. So I am hoping these little blessings will help preserve all the beautiful aspects of nature for us to enjoy! Now all you need to do is start gathering vintage sewing items, old buttons, lace, tatting pieces and other sweet items to bring it all together. These little flags we are going to make are fun & all hand stitched! You could use a sewing machine, but for class we will just be doing handwork. The embellishments will make them very special & lovely to hang on a wall or a doorway of your home. Susan will teach you many embroidery stitches, embellishments and simple ways to put these little flags together by adding bits of lace and trims. Hopefully we will make three little flags in class. There will be a partial kit provided with the class from Susan.
Prayer Flags July 31st $80
Nature's Prayer Flags with Susan Edmonson
Sketching & Watercolor Made Easy SAT. AUGUST 1ST 10-3 Miriam Hughes Have you dreamed of sitting in a café sketching, or even in your kitchen? The only problem has been what to draw, time to draw, afraid to draw, people watching you draw and/or ruining that beautiful sketchbook you bought a few years ago! Unleash a fun and creative part of yourself without agony or judgment. Daily sketching will become as important to you as daily vitamins, meditation or exercise. Not only will you learn to keep a sketchbook, but you will discover joy, humor and fascination in your observations. Unlike photographing your daily activities, or trips you have taken, a quick sketch will bring back minute memories and feeling of the moment. Drawing in a sketchbook does not have to be perfect, you don’t even have to share it, but you will find yourself becoming addicted to the process. Supplies are easily available and simple. During this one day workshop, Miriam will start with quick exercises that will lead to a fun and healthy way to observe the world. After spending the first part of the workshop learning how to be free in our sketchbooks, we will unleash ourselves out into the world and sketch our surroundings as a group. Even non-artist are welcomed because sketching in your own style will be encouraged as you grow as an artist. Each of us has a creative bone and Miriam will help you discover it. Open to all levels of artists and as we all have the potential to enjoy art and sketching.
Abstract Painting Aug 8th
Wan Marsh workshop - Aug. 8th 10-4 If you have ever wanted to learn how to paint freestyle abstract paintings then this workshop is for you! This class is designed to help you let go, loosen up, and put the fun back into painting while finding your own voice. We will incorporate many elements to create powerful work. Each artist will work at their pace. Emphasis is on color and composition using simple techniques and tools that Wan has developed for her own work after years of experimentation. Be prepared to paint freer and lighter, but be warned, this is not your normal abstract painting class! This class is for all levels. $125.
Imaginary Worlds Aug 9th
Wan Marsh - Imaginary Worlds Abstract Painting Aug. 9th Have you ever dreamed of traveling to a fabulous world or place that doesn’t really exist? Well, come and allow Wan Marsh help you create a world with paint, snips of paper and imagination that you would love to visit. Create a landscape of a distant memory, an exciting futuristic city or maybe just a serene place of calm. Let Wan be your tour guide. This workshop is fast paced, full of fun and all that is required is an open mind and willingness to “let GO”. Get ready to take your art to the next level! $125.
Popular retreat Artist Lesley Venable Sat. Aug 29th I have long been fascinated by vintage brass alphabet stencils. The little spaces that are created by the cut-outs just beckon to become windows into a scene created by collage and imagery. In this class we will first be creating our collages and embellishing our stencils. I will then show a variety of ways to adorn your altered alphabet(s) using fibers, chains, charms and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to use some of those smalls that we so love to collect. Lesley Venable
The Altered Alphabet Sat. Aug. 29th $125.
Popular retreat artist Lesley Venable - Sun. Aug. 30th Story telling through imagery and found objects has long been a favorite of mine. In this class we will be capturing these stories and housing them inside our Altered Vessels. We will begin by taking a vintage (or new) bottle and creating a window using clay, soldering, stamping, inking and more. We will then begin gathering the items to tell our story – image transparencies or vintage photographs, fabrics, lace, small shells, beads, rolled scrolls, etc. to be housed inside. Finally, the vessel will be sealed using either clay or solder. Lesley Venable
The Altered Vessel Sun. Aug. 30th $125.
Ledger Girls Workshopwith Kate Thompson In this class we will work on vintage ledger papers and canvas boards to create vintage portraits using various techniques such as acrylics mixed with retarder, watercolors, chalk paints and charcoal. The first day we will prepare our papers and canvas boards by plastering, stenciling and geli plate printing. We will do some charcoal and gesso sketching and painting. The second day we will be painting and image transferring our images onto our rich new surfaces we created. All levels will feel comfortable in this class.
Sept 12th & 13th Kate Thompson
Friday, Sept. 25th Jodi Ohl
Grunge Ink Live by Jodi Ohl Are you the intrigued by experimental art? Does letting loose and letting things ‘flow’ excite and scare you at the same time? During this action packed and fun filled class we are going to create a variety of Inked up abstracts on an amazing surface which will allow you to add, subtract, draw, drip and more as you create one of a kind grungy abstract mixed media art pieces. Learn how to create compositions that begged to be touched and leave your viewer wondering ‘how did they do that?’!!!! The creative energy you will bring to class will literally assist in the act of ‘transformation’ each and every piece from one stage to another. Be ready for exhilarating exercises, bring your fearless artistic self, and come prepared for hours of grungy inky fun and creative experimentation! This class is for those who are fearless and love to experiment, or for those that want to be more adventurous in their art. We will be working on Yupo paper and incorporating a variety of acrylic inks, paints, India ink and tons of special effects to garner intriguing and luscious layers in our contemporary abstract works.
Friday, Sept 25th, 2015 10 am till 4pm This class is for artists who are looking to let loose and play with abstract compositions using contemporary materials Skill level: All skill levels are welcome. The process can be as simple or complex as you desire. Duration: The class will be a one day version which compliments my online class, Grunge Ink. Cost: $125
Sat. Sept. 26th Jodi Ohl " Skinny Mini Cities" Find your inner child during this action packed, fun-filled class featuring quirky compositions of mini villages, flowers and more. Collage, paint, draw and print and learn more about veiling, glazing, shading, highlighting and other mixed media, acrylic painting techiniques. $125.
Skinny Mini Cities, Sept 26th
Look Oh Look! at Jodi's work
Sunday, Sept 27th- Wild Flowerswith Jodi Ohl If we are lucky she might assist us in adding a funky bird, or 2. Tons of color, layers of collage, paint and mark making during this one day, action packed, mixed media painting class.
2015 October "announcement" -Both workshops are now filled with a wait list. Talented artist from UK, Gillian Smith will be here at Random Arts for 2 - 5 day workshops. This is her first and only US teaching venue in 2015. During this week-long workshop you will …
…discover and be inspired by your interests and imaginations
… learn expressive portrait making
… learn ways of placing a figure in a setting to bring narrative and storytelling into your work
… learn to paint with pastels, mixed media and paint
… work on extending your mark making techniques to create exciting atmosphere and variation in your work
… use pastels, collage, image transfers and paint to create expressive pieces with character and emotion
… in the first 3 days work on creating many drawings and sketches from which to create one or more finished pieces of work in the last 2 days of the class
The mornings will be spent learning new techniques and will feature several demonstrations and ways of working. The afternoons will be spent working in your own time to develop your drawing and sketching with the support of Gillian
Gillian Lee Smith October 15
Gillian Lee Smith October 2015
Work by Gillian Lee Smith
Self Portrait, Gillian Lee Smith
It is necessary to pre-register for all workshops in advance. Fees are returnable if your cancellation is made at least 1 week prior to workshop date (less a 20% service fee) If the class is canceled by Random Arts for any reason, your fee is completely refundable. Fees are due at the time of registration. Sorry, no exceptions. No refunds after the one week deadline. Acceptable forms of payment for workshops: • personal checks(with proper ID), • Visa and MC credit & debit cards. • PayPal (we will send a paypal invoice to you) • Cash Mailing address: Random Arts 481 Louisiana Ave. Saluda, NC 28773. For registration please email us. firstname.lastname@example.org
Basic Tool Kit for all workshops
Please be sure to pack and bring with you to all classes the following items-- Your (BTK) Basic Tool kit, which should include: craft knife, bone folder, baby wipes,cutting mat, metal ruler, pencil, good scissors, craft glue, heat tool, glue stick, scrap papers, collage materials, embellishments, awl, sanding block. Each teacher may require additional supplies so be sure to ask about their supply list.
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In the past, eclectic mix of instructors & workshops has brought students from as far away as Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Colorado, California, New Jersey,Tennessee, and of course, South Carolina to
our studio in Saluda.
My gosh, we even had someone come from England! And some of our instructors traveled from California, Canada, England & Australia, as well as those who live in our own little mountain town of Saluda and towns and villages nearby. Read on, and you will discover that our plans for this year are equally as exciting as years past.
••• Watch for our updated newsletters that detail
a wide variety of workshops in our new building that include fiber work, beading, jewelry, collage, assemblage, stamping, mixed media art and more. You will be able to join together with experienced instructors, from all over the country with a vast working knowledge of their craft. They'll share their skills with us on a regular basis and bring us inspiration & encouragement as our creative journey continues to grow. Be sure to check our web site for updates & class availability as we move forward on a daily basis.
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