Pre/early 1900’s Heywood Wakefield wicker chair set. These chairs so easily could have ended up in the dumpster. I’m thankful my customer saw that there was something special about them. It was a challenge and a joy to bring them back.
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.
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!
What a bitterly cold winter for Hayloft Studio. The wood stove keeps it moderately tolerable when temps are in the mid twenties or higher. With so many days twenty or below, the studio has been a desolate tundra. That being said we’ve squeezed in a few days of artfulness. I’ve had one dutiful and persistent art student bearing the chill with me each week. He is one hell of a cartoonist who is burdened by the same passion/obsession for all things art that I remember of myself at his age. I say burdened because this kind of drive makes the life tasks that are not art related a total drag. I see the lenses on his eyes. He is already viewing all that he sees with the eyes of an artist. Anxious for more, we have been traveling down many paths. We have touched upon many drawing techniques, created 3D versions of his characters for drawing reference, and now he is exploring oil paints for the first time. I think we’ll explore gouache next.
Here’s some our work:
Also caught up a few chair caning jobs. Thanks mom for showing me how to rush cane!
Beading class is under way! It’s amazing how these kids can sit for nearly six hours straight fastidiously weaving teeny tiny beads. Barely a lunch break and a brief basketball match to stretch the legs! Still, the day ends with an awww. The day flies by for me too. This is heaven for me, spending all day in the studio making art in the company of others who love spending all day in the studio too. What fun!
Some works in progress:
Tomorrow we will bead some free form animals. A cat in progress: