Hayloft Studio has been buzzing and breathing and oozing creative juices. So much so, that I have trouble leaving. Who wants to sit at a computer and write posts when there are paintings emerging?
We started off a little shy (myself included) but as the paint started rolling, so did our minds. A simple beginning of playful mono prints, to allow us time to get to know each other. We spread out our color of choice in acrylic paints onto a sheet of Mylar and created designs using crazy tools like bottle caps, holiday balls, Formica chips and more. Then we printed onto colored paper. Super fun, girls! Thank you! Next week: Fairy/Hobbit Terrariums. Can’t wait.
This summer at the hayloft started with a crack! And then a tree fell on our house. Well, okay, it was just a limb but that limb was as big as a tree.
Working by natural light, my private student and I persisted with our second round of oil paintings while musing about surrealist movement.
Works in progress:
Fall schedule soon to follow!
My students’ enthusiasm to learn oil paints has forced me to dig deep in my dark closet of past passions. It’s been nearly 18 years since I touched a brush to oils.
I have to thank him.
I had forgotten how sexy oils are. Get past the ick and stick factor and it’s rather like mud wrestling in color. Thick, viscous, carnal. Oils, for me are the paint equivalent to finessing a sinewy figure from a slimy lump of clay.
I thank you my dear student. Beware, for I believe I have seen you twitch when it’s time to put the brush down and clean up. A delicious addiction.
Spring vacation has come and gone:( At Hayloft Studio, we had a buzzing day of robot building, starting with a bit of reverse engineering. Sounds like I had a studio full of MIT protégés, huh? Possibly, but we learned that reverse engineering is a fancy way of saying destroy stuff to find out what’s inside. We took apart an old CD player/radio. We found capacitors, resistors, tuners, switches, speakers, etc. The best score, though, was two motors we could use to make our robots go! After a crash course in safety around hot stuff like glue guns and soldering irons, we got to work rummaging through the many bins of bits and pieces at Hayloft to create our robot bodies. Next came the mind bending task of wiring motors and switches and batteries to make our bots move. After a bit of troubleshooting and finagling, we had five vibrating, spinning, crawling robots! The final touches: a bit of paint, a few embellishments and voila! Sadly, I neglected to take pictures, but I was able to borrow a frame from one families video post of their bot. Thanks! Looking forward to a summer of fun at Hayloft Studio.
Joe is happy the sun has returned.
April 22-23: Loom Beading– For ages 8 and up. Native American crafts are astounding and the beadworks created are exceptional. In this workshop students explore the many symbols and patterns used by Native Americans and develop a pattern of their liking to incorporate into a bracelet. Students will then make their own loom and learn how to weave a beaded bracelet from their design. Take the looms home to weave more projects! Classes are 9am-3pm $100
April 24th: Motor Bugs– For ages 8 and up. Learn some basics of electronics and the safe use of soldering irons and hot glue guns while assembling your own motorized robot bug. Decorate them and then create a maze to race them in. 9am-3pm $75
2014 Summer classes:
June 28: Wet Felting– Learn the basics of wet felting. Participants can create a felt hat, bag, bowl, etc., while learning the steps of wet felting. Adults and Kids. $65. 10a.m.- 4p.m.
June 30th&July 1st: Mini Books-From accordion books to mini matchbooks and more, participants will learn to bind and decorate books of their own. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.- 3p.m.
July 2&3: Hobbiton Terrariums– Create your own mythical land full of tiny hobbits, dwarves and fairies set in a live terrarium of your making. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.- 3p.m.
July 6th: Beading for Adults-Native American crafts are astounding and the beadworks created are especially exceptional. In this workshop participants will explore the many symbols and patterns used by Native Americans and then develop a pattern of their liking to incorporate into a bracelet they will make as they learn how to use a beading loom. Come away with your own loom to continue the fun. $75 12-4.
July13th: Garden Accents– Trash to treasure is the valley way! Turn old mason jars into unique Tiki torches, old broken tiles or bottles into mosaic planters, old doorknobs into painted garden stakes, stumps into candle holders. Come and create a piece or two for your garden. Adults and Kids(Recommended 6yrs. and older). $50. 12.-4.
July 14&15: Clocks– Make your own wall clock. A fun shape and design of your dreaming will be cut from masonite board and painted . When finished you will have a one of a kind working clock. For ages 8 and up. $110. 9a.m.-3p.m.
July 17&18: Magazine Art– Paper beads, paper bowls, paper baskets, paper wreaths, all made from colorful recycled magazines. Learn to roll, fold, weave and glue magazine pages into functional art. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m.
July 21: Bas-Relief Paper Casting– Participants of this class will learn the techniques of creating a simple negative mold using styrofoam. Then we will cast positive pieces using super fine paper mache. For ages 8 and up. $50. 9 a.m.-3p.m.
July 22&23: Unique Boutique– Shirts, skirts, slippers, hats, and accessories made from duct tape, paper clips, bottle caps, safety pins? You think it, we’ll try to make it! For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m.
July 25th: Pop-up Card’s- Ever wanted to make your own pop-up cards? Thank you, birthday, blank or anything else? This is the class that will supply you with the know-how, supplies and space. For ages 8 and up. $50. 9a.m.- 3p.m.
August 4&5: Walking Sticks– While learning proper whittling techniques and wood burning skills students will create a one of a kind walking stick, sanded silky smooth, garnished with paint, leather stones and more . For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3pm.
August 6&7: Kinetic Sculpture– In the likes of artists such as Alexander Calder, Jean Tinguely and George Rilky, this session will explore the art of motion. Participants will create kinetic sculptures using a variety of materials like wire, wood, hardware, etc. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m.
August 11&12: Huichol String Art– The native Huichol people of the Southwest and Mexican regions are renowned for their beautiful paintings created with colorful yarn pressed into wax. These paintings were full of symbolism from their life stories and spiritual beliefs. Participants of this session will create yarn paintings in a similar fashion to depict our own life stories. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m
August 14&15: Crayon Batik– Create a beautiful batik cloth by painting with melted crayons onto a chosen fabric. When set, crinkle it all up, submerge it in dye and then iron away the wax. The results are stunning. For ages 8 and up. $95. 9a.m.-3p.m.
August 25th: Duct Tape Day-Make a water bottle holster, wallet, bracelet, etc. all from the super sticky, super durable duct tape. For ages 8 and up. $50. 9a.m.-3p.m.
August 26th: Wet Felting Again!– A popular class. Learn the basics of wet felting. Participants can create a felt hat, bag, bowl, etc., while learning the steps of wet felting. For ages 8 and up. $65. 10a.m.- 4p.m.
2014 Hayloft Studio Classes
2014 Spring Vacation:
- April 22-23: Loom Beading- For ages 8 and up. Native American crafts are astounding and the beadworks created are exceptional. In this workshop students explore the many symbols and patterns used by Native Americans and develop a pattern of their liking to incorporate into a bracelet. Students will then make their own loom and learn how to weave a beaded bracelet from their design. Take the looms home to weave more projects! Classes are 10am-4pm $100
- April 24th: Motor Bugs- For ages 8 and up. Learn some basics of electronics and the safe use of soldering irons and hot glue guns while assembling your own motorized robot bug. Decorate them and then create a maze to race them in. 10am-4pm $75
2014 Summer classes coming soon!