Landscape painting with acrylics on canvas. Learn to draw trees, blend acrylic paints and paint a background. Books of famous landscape painters will be on display. Journaling and scrapbooking. Intro to the Abundant Love Project (painting hearts on stones and leaving them in our weekly adventures for others to find)
Building fairy houses with natural materials and placing them outside. An inspirational visit to the Artisan Guild with our sketch pads and a discussion with Vee Kausel about creating her wonderful fabrications, the various and vintage media she works with, and what it’s like to sell your work and make a living as an artist.
Making SLIME (adding pom-poms, paint, sparkles and other fun materials). Building tiny furniture and creating a tiny room, and/or adding the furniture to our fairy houses. Looking at the artwork of Eric Carle and creating bug collages by painting on contact paper.
Learning about the life and work of Louise Nevelson and creating a bas relief of recycled cardboard items (such as paper towels rolls and boxes). A visit to the offices of WIN. We will bring our sketchbooks to journal, and hide our stones along the way.
Mosaic photo frames. Finishing any projects. Creating a tie-die t-shirt.
Learning about the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany with a visit to the Chapel windows. Working with glass panes to create a glass window hanging. Building farm animals with air dry clay.
Learning about the life and work of Georgia O’Keefe. Understanding a birds-eye view perspective and drawing large flowers with pastels using those inspirations. Dream catchers; writing down your hopes and dreams capturing them in a bottle and decorating that bottle with mixed media.
Working with scratchboard. Visiting the library to see the latest art show, and meet with Miss Eileen to learn about her latest projects. Working with watercolors and learning about plein air painting.
Creating a mobile. Taking a look at the life and work of Alexander Calder. Finishing any projects.
Weekend in Norfolk begins, so we’ll be spending the day on the green! We will be enjoying face painting and the Abundant Love Project. Everyone will have their sketch pads and we will continue to draw, journal, printmake and enjoy stickers! We will also visit the show at the Art Barn, meet the artists and learn about their work and artistic process.
Skip studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design at Paier School of Art. After a stint at a large New York Ad Agency, he came back to Connecticut and worked in or freelanced for practically every major Art Studio and Advertising Agency in the state.
In 1979, with a partner he started Griffin:Thomas Marketing, doing print advertising, package design, radio and TV advertising. It quickly grew to 35 employees. making it the 3rd largest in Connecticut at the time. After 17 years he left to start Quantum Creative Services, doing mostly package design for companies like Carvel Ice Cream, Thule of Sweden, Dairy Queen and Trim Personal Care Products. He has received the New York Art Directors Award and many other awards for excellence in package design.
All along he had been keeping his hand in painting, sculpting and wood working. Today he spends his time experimenting with different art forms and pursuing a life long love of fishing.