Center for Visual Arts - Wausau
Center of Visual Arts - Wausau

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New Workshops for HS/Adults!
Fall Workshops:

 

NEW Program for

Crew, Teens, HS & Adults

 

 

Studio SaturDAYs

with Val

 

CVA School of Art presents Studio SaturDAYs with Val, a new program

for students to achieve their "artistic license" in a variety of media

and techniques based on fine art fundamentals.

Fall Session One and Two                    

Starts: Sat, Sept 13 (skip Oct 11 for the Art of Wine)        

Ends: Sat, Nov 22                     

 

Walk-in registration: $25 + $5 mtl fee for all supplies

 

Ages 8-12 Session Time: 10am - Noon

Ages Teens 13+ Session Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm

Ages HS & Adult Session Time: 3-5pm

 

Two hour time slots based on age level. The CVA Studio Room will be set up with stations in various media stressing fine art techniques using painting principles. Beginning with fundamentals of drawing and composition; students accomplish their goals on each station to earn their "artistic license" to move on to the next station's project.  *This may take more than one session and is encouraged; all is dependant on each individual's learning experience.

 

Art history references are provided to explore pencil, charcoal, chalk, oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and oils. Guidelines to start with allow for personal creativity. This new program is sequentially designed for cumulative learning on an independent basis. Instructor's assistance assures success, confidence, expression and completion of fine art projects.

 

    

 

 

 

Six Progressive Stations (in each of the age/time slots)

 

1.  Drawing with pencil, color pencils, charcoal

 

2.  Dry media color with chalk and oil pastels

 

3.  Wet media with watercolor

 

4.  Color theory in acrylic

 

5.  Traditional painting in oils

 

6.  Open station - bring in your own current work and supplies, no prerequisites required

 

 

Earn your "artistic license"

 

Textiles:

Art from the Garden with Cathy Matel

Fall Session One

Workshop Dates: Thurs, Sept 11 & 18

5:30 - 8pm

Class location: CVA Pottery Studio Room

   

Pay pre-register $25 plus $10 mtl fee to Cathy - fee includes scarf and materials

 

Description:

Freshly collected ingredients will be used for beautiful silk dyeing projects.

 

 

Silk Painting Techniques and Starry, Starry Night

with Cathy Matel

Fall Session One

Workshop Date: Thurs, Oct 23

5:30 - 7:30pm

Class location: CVA Pottery Studio Room

   

Pay pre-register $25 plus $20 mtl fee to Cathy - fee includes scarf and materials, additional $8 fee per scarf

 

Description:

In this workshop you will use different brush strokes to paint on fabric. Natural botanical elements will be used to create fascinating reverse designs on fabric!

 

 

 

finished product is this vivid color 

 

Impressionist Landscape Painting with Douglas L. House

Fall Session One

Workshop Dates: Wed, Thur, & Fri, October 1 - 3

9-4pm (1 hour lunch breaks)              

Class location: CVA Studio Room

           

Pay pre-register $325   

Early registration is advised. Registration deadline is Wed, September 10th.

Early registration will assure you a place in our program! Students are accepted

on a first come, first serve basis.

 

 

Sunset through Roadside Trees

 

 

Description:

Studio Master Class - Impressionist Landscape Painting – Soft Pastels

With the use of photographs, students will study the landscape paintings of the American and French Impressionists and discover the techniques they used to make them master works. Instructor demonstrations and lectures will teach students how to create different levels of distance within the landscape using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions.

Beginning students will learn impressionist painting techniques through replication the works of the Impressionist Masters. More advanced students will will work from their own photographs, practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction from the instructor. Students will complete this workshop with a finished painting or paintings. You can see Doug's work at http://douglashousefineart.com

Although students may bring their own pastel supplies, I do recommend my Pastel Kits it contains all of the colors and the quality of paper that will lead to the success of this workshop. Students will also need to bring a drawing board, unless the art center has drawing boards for their use.

Students can order the Pastel Kit directly from Utrecht Art Supply, as these kits are custom made for the workshop. These kits include a 48 color set of Nu Pastels, 4 sheets of 16” X 20” 4 ply museum grade paper, blending sticks and fixative.

The cost of the kit is about $75.00 and that price includes tax. These kits are optional but recommended.

To order a Pastel Kit, students can pay by credit card directly to Utrecht Art Supply, by calling: Jerry Stillman at: Telephone 612-339-3400

Early registration is advised.  The registration deadline is September 10th.  This will assure a place in our program. Students are accepted on a first come first serve basis.

 

download a PDF of student supply list click here

Douglas House's Education:

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee,  Milwaukee, WI

BFA

MS - Master of Science in Studio Art

Mentored with Adolph Rosenblatt, Professor Emeritus UWM and alumni of Yale University  (Extensive study in painting and ceramic sculpture)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL

Independent study in advanced painting.

 

The Magic of Photoshop with Barbara Smith

 

Mac lap tops available for use!

Fall Session One

Workshop Dates: Friday, Oct 10-31

1-4pm (bring a snack)

Class location: CVA Studio Room

Pay pre-register $120   -   (min of 2 students required)   

 

Description:

Photoshop is the most powerful image editing program and this course covers the essentials for photographers. Learn how to edit your photos from start to finish: organize and review your images in Bridge, enhance them in Camera Raw, and edit them in detail in Photoshop. Find out how much editing is enough or too much, what artifacts are and how to avoid them, and how to prepare photos for email, web, and print. We will be using Photo CS6, but the basic techniques covered can be used with Photoshop versions CS3 through CS6.

 

CVA mac lap tops have CS6

 

Special Requirements

- Participants need a basic understanding of computer use: including handling folders/document and using a mouse.

 

for more info on Barbara click here

 

 

8 Steps to Great Photos with Barbara Smith

 

Digital Cameras available for use!

Fall Session One

Workshop Dates: Thurs, Oct 16 & 23

9:30 - 2:30pm (1 hour for lunch)

Class location: CVA Studio Room

Pay pre-register $98   (min of 2 students required)   

 

Description:

Learn how to make more compelling pictures by following the 8 Steps to Great Photos. We will start with how the camera works, how to navigate the menu, camera set-up, and various frequently used functions and features. Then we'll explore the 8 Steps to Great Photos, which include taking control of the camera and learning to se and think like a photographer. You will also find out how to avoid the most common mistakes made by beginners. Please bring your fully charged camera and its instruction manual with you to class. All camera types are welcome.

 

You'll learn how to:

- identify and describe different kinds of light, and set the exposure accordingly

- select appropriate shooting modes for the depth of field or motion effect desired

- apply several photographic techniques and compositional principles to photos.

 

 

 

Special Requirements

- Participants need to download their manuals: in your browser, type in your camera's make and the model number, plus the words: manual download. A few cameras still include a manual with purchase, but most have only a start-up brochure, which is not sufficient. Bring your manual and camera to each class.

 

for more info on Barbara click here

 

Encaustic - One Hot Medium!

Intro to Encaustics with Ashley Gordon

 

One Day Workshop

Date: Sat, Oct 18

10-12:30pm

 

Registration: $150 - includes all supplies

 

Create 2 projects while exploring the ancient technique of encaustic using pigmented beeswax & resin on a heated pallet. This art medium can be the jumping off point for endless possibilities. Even the very basic techniques create beautiful works.

 

 

 

Encaustic is the process of painting with wax and using a heat source such as a blow torch to fuse the different layers together.

Encaustic means to burn.

 

Encaustic Advanced: Bleach and Burn Sampler with Ashley Gordon

 

One Day Workshop

Date: Sat, Oct 18

1-4pm

 

Registration: $150 - includes all supplies

 

Add a little excitement to your encaustic and mixed media work... learn the thrilling techniques of burning, and bleaching to add interest to any body of work including encaustics.

 

 

 

 

Silver-Point Drawing with Mabel Tousignant

 

Fall Session One

Date: Sat, Oct 18

1-3pm

 

Registration: $68 + $10 mtl fee to Mabel

 

Course description:

Learn to draw as the old master's of the 1500's drew - the era before graphite pencil was used. This class will stretch you as an artist as no erasing is possible. You will be challenged and grow in your abilities to draw. This is an introduction class.

 

 

Intro to Encaustics with Ashley Gordon

 

One Day Workshop

Date: Sat, Oct 25

10-12:30pm

 

Registration: $150 - includes all supplies

 

Create 2 projects while exploring the ancient technique of encaustic using pigmented beeswax & resin on a heated pallet. This art medium can be the jumping off point for endless possibilities. Even the very basic techniques create beautiful works.

 

 

 

Encaustic Advanced: Pastels & Pigment Stick Sampler

with Ashley Gordon

 

One Day Workshop

Date: Sat, Oct 25

1-4pm

 

Registration: $150 - includes all supplies

 

Add a little excitement to your encaustic and mixed media work... learn the thrilling techniques of pastels, and pigment sticks to add interest to any body of work including encaustics.

 

 

 

Creative Journaling for Busy People with Nancy Laliberte

Fall Session Two

Date: Sat, Nov 15

10-2:30pm (bring a lunch)

 

Registration: $50 + $8 mtl fee

(bring a 9x12 sketch book)

 

 

What is with all of the creative journaling buzz?!

 

You are curious and would love to try it, but who has the time for one more thing? And where do you even begin? With this class, of course!

 

In this mini-workshop, you will get a colorful and creative introduction to creative journaling (this means LOTS of inspiration and fun, hands-on techniques) that will help you get started and work your pages in stages, allowing you to get your creative fix on a daily basis, in short amounts of time at home or on the go!

 

Unlike other forms of artwork, creative

journaling is all about the doing and the process,

and not about the outcome. Anything goes!

And the more imperfect, the better!

 

Be forewarned - creative journaling is

addictive and very therapeutic!

 

for materials list click here

 

For Crew/HS/Adults

 

Zentangle:

 

  Connie Souba has enjoyed artistic pursuits all of her life.  She fondly remembers doodling elaborate designs all over her grade school notebooks.  Later while earning her BS in Interior Design and Related Arts from the University of Minnesota, her interests blossomed as she developed lettering (fonts and typeface), sketched homes and drafted architectural plans.  Soon after graduating, she moved to Wisconsin Rapids where she was an Interior Design Instructor through the Mid-State Technical College Adult Education Program and opened CLS Interiors.  Over the years, Connie has taught a variety of art classes, exhibited at art fairs, and sold her work through gift shops in Wisconsin.  Her calligraphy can be found in Colorado, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Connie’s love of pen and ink continues with her newest passion, Zentangle, and she can’t wait to share it with others!  Zentangle is the use of repetitive, basic pattern drawing.  It’s easy and simple, yet beautiful and restful. This art form increases focus, boosts self-esteem, and relaxes the mind.  Come be inspired by an enthusiastic, energizing, and creative artist.

 

Connie completed her training to become a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) while studying with the two creators of this art form, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, at their Providence, Rhode Island Certification Class. She is now a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

 

 

Intro to Zentangle with Connie Souba, certified by Zentangle co-creator artists out of Rhode Island

 

Students who have taken Zentangle 101 or 102 from Connie will not need to

take the Intro to Zentangle class as a pre-requisite for the Enhancing Your

angles class. Students will need to take the Enhancing Your Tangles class

as a pre-requisite for any other Zentangle classes.

 

Fall Session One

Each class meets one time

Date options:

 

Mon, Sept 15      Tues, Sept 16    Wed, Sept 24     Sat, Nov 8

Canceled             Canceled             1:30-4pm           10-12:30pm

 

Registration per class date: $30 + $5 mtl fee

(bring the tools you received from previous classes)

 

Course description:

This is a pre-requisite for any future Zentangle classes. This art form uses repetitive, basic pattern drawing to create beautiful designs. It is easy to pick up and very rewarding when you complete a wonderful piece of art!

 

Join this relaxing, fun class and test the Zentangle philosophy that "Anything is possible, one stroke at a time."

       

 

 

Enhancing Your Tangles with Connie Souba, certified by Zentangle co-creator artists out of Rhode Island

 

Students who have taken Zentangle 101 or 102 from Connie will not need to

take the Intro to Zentangle class as a pre-requisite for the Enhancing Your

angles class. Students will need to take the Enhancing Your Tangles class

as a pre-requisite for any other Zentangle classes.

 

Fall Session One & Two

Each class meets one time

Date options:

 

Mon, Sept 15      Tues, Sept 16    Tues, Sept 23    Wed, Sept 24     Wed, Oct 1

Canceled             Canceled            1:30-4pm             5-7:30pm            5-7:30pm

 

Mon, Oct 13        Sat, Nov 15

5-7:30pm            10-12:30pm

 

Registration per class date: $30 + $7 mtl fee

(bring the tools you received from previous classes)

 

Course description:

Using the tangle patterns you've already learned, you will work with 5 new techniques to enhance your artwork with intricate patterns. New pens will be supplied, as well as several official Zentangle tiles to complete in class.

 

 

 

Monotangles with Connie Souba, certified by Zentangle co-creator artists out of Rhode Island

 

Fall Session One & Two

Each class meets one time

Date options:

 

Tues, Sept 23      Wed, Oct 1     Tues, Oct 7     Wed, Oct 8    Tues, Oct 14    

5-7:30pm              1:30-4pm       1:30-4pm        5-7:30pm       1:30-4pm

 

Registration per class date: $30 + $8 mtl fee

(bring the tools you received from previous classes)

 

Course description:

Students will focus on exciting variations to expand their designs and build uniqueness into their Zentangle artwork. Facets of Art Elements and Principles of Art will be discussed. This session will give students ideas to try as they begin to develop their own style as artists.

 

 

 

Black Tiles with Connie Souba, certified by Zentangle co-creator artists out of Rhode Island

 

Fall Session One & Two

Each class meets one time

Date options:

 

Tues, Oct 7      Wed, Oct 8     Mon, Oct 13      Tues, Oct 14     Mon, Oct 27    

5-7:30pm          1:30-4pm       1:30-4pm          5-7:30pm           1:30-4pm

 

Registration per class date: $30 + $9 mtl fee

(bring the tools you received from previous classes)

 

Course description:

Students learn several new tangles using new tiles, pens, and shading tools. Experience a completely different effect while using white ink and black tiles!

 

 

Renaissance Tiles with Connie Souba, certified by Zentangle co-creator artists out of Rhode Island

 

Fall Session Two

Each class meets one time

Date options:

 

Mon, Oct 27      Tues, Oct 28      Sat, Nov 8      Tues, Nov 18     

5-7:30pm          10-12:30pm       1:30-4pm       5-7:30pm         

 

Registration per class date: $30 + $9 mtl fee

(bring the tools you received from previous classes)

 

Course description:

During the Renaissance period a drawing technique called Chiaroscuro emerged in the world of fine art. Artists used papers and paints that had a subtle color tone to them, usually tan or grey. They'd use white color to work "towards the light" and create highlights. Black color was used to create shading dimension, and work towards the dark. This art technique is still used by modern artists today. Engage in this unique challenge!

 

Zendalas with Connie Souba, certified by Zentangle co-creator artists out of Rhode Island

 

Fall Session Two

Each class meets one time

Date options:

 

Sat, Nov 15      Tues, Nov 18      

1:30-4pm         1:30-4pm             

 

Registration per class date: $30 + $9 mtl fee

(bring the tools you received from previous classes)

 

Course description:

Students will learn several different approaches to the same tangle string on a 4 and 5/8" round tile. The different approaches will provide several new ways to use the tangle patterns students love to play with. We will create several tiles including ones that use no string template. This is a version of Zentangle that you can become very enthused and excited about!

 

Graphic Lines Drawing Workshop with Alexander Lee Landerman  


~ Artist within the Graphic Lines Exhibit ~

 


Description:
Work with artist Alexander Landerman of the Graphic Lines exhibit to create drawings of the state flower, bird, tree, or badger over one of Alexander's letterpress prints of the scientific name and definition of each option.


  - WI State Flower: Wood Violet
  - WI State Bird: Robin
  - WI State Tree: Sugar Maple
  - WI Badger


Draw alongside Alexander and

learn his artistic process!

How/What Digital Camera to Buy with Barbara Smith

 

Digital Cameras available for reference!

Session

Workshop Date: TBA

 

Pay pre-register     

 

Description:

The modern digital camera is a marvel of technology, but with so many different kinds and so many features, finding the right camera for you can be a daunting task. Here's how to get the best camera for your photographic needs and budget.

 

Workshop Overview:

- What is a digital camera?

- Types of digital cameras, advantages & disadvantages

- Common camera features and functions

- How many pixels do you really need?

- Optical vs digital zoom

- Do you want the camera to do the work?

- Further research

- How and where to buy your camera

 

 

 

     

Painting:

 

Color Theory through Watercolor with Dawn Flores                          

Session

Workshop Dates: TBA

 

Class location: CVA Studio Room

Pay pre-register

Description:

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades and tones, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes.

 

You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolors, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.

 

 

Painting Supply Sampler with Val Berkely

min requirement of 2 enrolled

Sessions

Workshop Date: TBA

        

Class location: CVA Studio Room

                 

Pay pre-register

 

 

Polymer Clay:

 

Experimenting with Polymer Clay with Jennifer Kaye                      

Session

Workshop Date: TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description:

Learn about Polymer Clay and their differences! How to care for it and work with it. Create a cane design and let your creative muscles take over. Designing is fun with polymer!

 

Also learn how to cure the clay.

 

 

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