Chalk Paint Sign Party

Several friends gathered at the studio the other night to try their hands at this fun new paint I had been raving about! To inspire a little Fourth of July Fun, I used my Chevron monogram Sign for a little inspiration and the set them free! Out came stencils galore, tape, sandpaper, and of course, lots of yummy Decoart Chalky finish paint! They stenciled and painted and munched on tasty chips and dip, all while putting their own original spin on the design. Sandpaper was flying, friends were cheering & each design was coming together. Laughter was heard all around, as well as lots of encouragement, as they painted into the evening! Circles, chevrons, stripes, polkadots, Oh my! All too soon, the brushes were washed, the paint lids tightened, and the sanding dust settled. As we all cheered each other for each fun finished design, we loved how each personality shone through. Off they all went, inspired and happy, sign tucked under an arm, into the night. They left not just with a sign, but loving the new paint, excited about their new creation & ready to ring in another great Fourth of July! God Bless...

Take an Artistic Journey through Time: Workshops in learning Styles & Techniques through Art History

Explore styles and techniques from prehistoric to contemporary artists…monthly workshops take each student through hands-on exploration in 8 individual periods of art history. Using examples and images exhibited at the St. Louis Art Museum to instruct, inspire and create, each workshop will include historical study of the era and/or artists, techniques used in creating the images, as well as implementation of these styles to create a finished product in each session. The workshops will culminate in a visit to the St. Louis Museum of Art for a docented tour to visit highlights from each period studied, including the actual images using during instruction. All education and creativity will be housed within Kijsa’s light-filled Lowertown Art Studio the second Monday of  each month.Workshops are oriented for 6-10 grade September 12, 2011Session 1: Greek/Roman Become an art archaeologist…we will ‘unearth’ and learn the intricate techniques of black & red-figure ware.  The museum inventory provides many examples to study including an especially fine vase by The Berlin Painter. Using historical imagery and mythological figures, design and create plans for your own figure-ware product. Now will you choose a krater or amphora? October 10, 2011Session 2: Egyptian/CopticHow were the papyri created? Who were the Copts? How beautifully can one house a mummy? Explore the art of Egypt through study of a beautifully decorated mummy case, scroll writing and tapestry design. Create imagery through script, papyrus inscription, and tapestry motif. Be sure to roll your scroll before leaving this class! November 14, 2011Session 3: Pre-Colombian/ Native AmericanInspiration is all around you…that has been true since prehistoric times in Central and North America. Using ancient...