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Fall Your Guide

 

Recycle This!
Texture & Painting

Begins Oct. 29, 6:00p

Restorative &
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Oct. 30, 9:30 & 5:30p

Therapeutic Yoga
Oct. 31, 10:00–11:00p

Foam Rolling Relief
Nov. 3, 10:30–11:30a

Painting Wildlife
Begins Nov. 3, 1:00p

Art Uncorked:
Painted Metal

Begins Nov. 3, 1:00p

Art Film & Discussion:
Tim's Vermeer

Nov. 4, 6:30–8:30p

Whimsical Handbuilt Creations
Begins Nov. 5, 9:30a

Lunch & Learn:
History of Tarot

Nov. 5, Noon–1:00p

Clayworks:
Nature as Symbol

Begins Nov. 6, 1:00p

Clayworks:
Animal Archetypes

Begins Nov. 6, 6:00p

Retreat: Day of
Silence & Mindfulness

Nov. 9, 11:00a–5:00p

Holiday Art & Craft Sale
Begins Nov. 14–22, 5:30p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Womanspace Rockford

Art Classes

Drawing | Painting | Watercolor | Mixed Media | Artshops |
Art Uncorked | Art Journaling | Art Lectures | Open Studio Hours

 


DRAWING


Introduction to Pen & Ink Drawing
This class will introduce students to texturing, blending, and shading. Students will learn how to use preliminary sketches to their advantage and get to know the many types of pens used for drawing.

Raymond is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and Famous Artists Schools. He was the art director at advertising agencies for 25 years. His work has been shown in Chicago, Rockford and other surrounding areas.

Course #: DW14-1
Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: Thursdays, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Raymond Schulz
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
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Pastels, Landscapes & Still Life
Learn about pastels and how to use them in this class taught by Raymond Schulz. Students will be instructed on how to shade, texture, blend, and layer with pastels. Students will also be able to view and critique each other’s work in progress.

Raymond is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and Famous Artists Schools. He was the art director at advertising agencies for 25 years. His work has been shown in Chicago, Rockford and other surrounding areas.

Course #: DW14-2
Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4
Time: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00p
Instructor: Raymond Schulz
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
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PAINTING


Recycle This! Texture & Painting
Age 18-Adult. Students will need two canvases of any size and their own acrylic paint. If it catches your eye, makes you smile, or you just need to touch it, collect it! Create a reflection of yourself on canvas by using “unique treasures” and save the environment at the same time.

Christi currently teaches through Young Rembrandts. She regularly exhibits at Art Scene, Emerson House, Katie’s Cup, and Studio Works. Christi creates for the Rockford Dance Company and Unforgettable Art.

Course #: AC14-5
Dates: October 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Christi Hopp Kniess
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $70
Member's Fee: $60
Register by Oct. 23. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Painting Wildlife
Wildlife painting is open to anyone who has a passion for earth’s wildlife. You will not be restricted in what you paint, but helped and encouraged with your techniques and exploration. In each class, we will do mini-critiques, offering you help and direction with your piece. You may paint with acrylics or watercolors or oils: we are concerned with your subject matter, not your medium. Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, and bring a friend to share it with!

Dee is a painter, potter, and sculptor, with a passion for the arts. She is president of the Rockford Art Guild, member of the Womanspace Gallery Committee, and a Studio Manager of the Art Studio at Womanspace.

Course #: AC14-6
Dates: November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1
Time: Mondays, 1:00–3:00p
Instructor: Dee Santorini
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $70
Member's Fee: $60
Register by Oct. 30. Registration Policy

Fee
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WATERCOLOR


Watercolor: Toes in the Water (Beginner level)
Ages 16–adult. This class is for those first timers wanting to experience watercolor or someone who wants to expand beginning skills. Have fun exploring the enchantment of water and paint in their irresistible dance. As with all painting, a little drawing experience is helpful. Feel free to bring supplies you may already have or wait for suggestions on what you may want to purchase. Some basic supplies are furnished. We will discuss preparing paper to paint, brushes and their technique, some color theory – but mostly we will jump in the water, and do it!

Sue studied at Ohio State University and at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has taught privately, as well as at the Kaleidoscope School of Art in Barrington. Sue exhibits throughout the Midwest and South, has artwork in many private and public collections, and tries to devote most of her time to developing her own paintings.

Session II
Course #: WC14-2
Dates: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19
Time: Wednesdays, 10:00a–Noon
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $85
Member's Fee: $70
Register by Oct. 20. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Watercolor: Splashdown! (Intermediate/Advanced level)
Ages 16–adult. In this five-week class we will continue to practice our skill building toward simplicity, spontaneity and success. We will discuss value, wetness, color and composition. Do you know what NOT to paint? Ideas abound, lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning. Students bring their own supplies. A supply list is furnished and some watercolor paper is available for purchase from Womanspace and the instructor.

Sue studied at Ohio State University and at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has taught privately, as well as at the Kaleidoscope School of Art in Barrington. Sue exhibits throughout the Midwest and South, has artwork in many private and public collections, and tries to devote most of her time to developing her own paintings.

Session II
Course #: WC14-4
Dates: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Time: Thursdays, 10:00a–Noon
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $85
Member's Fee: $70
Register by Oct. 21. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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MIXED MEDIA


Mix It, Don't Match It! Mixed Media for You
Whether you are a professional or a beginner, this class will encompass the inner “think outside the box” attitude of what art is. Your canvas will capture new and old techniques to surprise the artist in all. We will share ideas as our creative juices flow. Students should bring 2 pre-primed canvases, Sharpie markers, and old magazine or two for images, and any paints and brushes desired.

Kristie studied Graphic Design at Columbia College Chicago and has a BA in art. She followed her passion to teach and became a certified art teacher. Kris has taught elementary art and is now looking forward to sharing her passion at Womanspace. She enjoys all levels of artists who want to have fun creating art.

Course #: MM14-3
Dates: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10
Time: Mondays, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Kristie Marsala
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
Register by Oct. 9. Registration Policy

 

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ARTSHOPS


ART UNCORKED

Age 21 & up. Join us for any of these three unique one-night workshops each resulting in a finished art piece!

 

Painted Metal
Students will make a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art using special paints to make the metal truly their own. The class will emboss the metal, too, in order to add texture and detail. Beads and chains can hang from the piece to give it a final touch. Students must bring basic jewelry tools such as needle nose pliers, flat nose pliers, wire cutting pliers, and round nose pliers.

In 1984, in a pursuit of a dream, Norah set off by herself on a three-week vacation to Chicago from Ireland and fell in love with the American way of life. She became a US citizen and lived in Chicago for 19 years before moving to Rockford, the town that sparked her passion for gardening, jewelry making, and multiple creative endeavors.

Course #: AW14-4
Date: November 4
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Norah Nelson
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by Oct. 30. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone

 

Chinese Painting
Artists of all levels will learn the basics of Chinese brush painting while learning the history of Chinese brushes, sumi ink, and watercolor on rice paper. Students will learn how to paint peonies and butterflies, prawns and bamboo in the moonlight.

Mary earned a BA in Art Education K-12 from Southern Illinois University. She has been teaching art in co-ops for 10 years, and more recently has taught adult classes at CLR. She enjoys teaching art and its history. As member of the Rockford Art Guild, she has exhibited her painting locally.

Course #: AW14-5
Date: December 9
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Mary Schermerhorn
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by Dec. 4. Registration Policy

Fee
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ART JOURNALING


Art Journaling can best be described as a combination of art and words to express yourself. Usually kept in a spiral journal on pages that have been “prepped” to work with a variety of mediums from acrylic paint to crayons. Different comments from Art Journalers include the follow reasons for becoming Art Journal “Junkies”….

  • “Journaling gives me permission to be free, to use scraps of what’s lying in my workspace, to play with pattern, to not finish a page and not feel bad… it’s a way to look back and see who you were and who you’ve become”

  • “Art journaling is an inner dialogue with my innermost self—a dialogue that keeps me true to myself and keeps me on my toes…wasn’t it Picasso that said painting is just another way of keeping a diary?”

  • “It’s a reflection of who I am during that moment.”

We will be having five journaling sessions to experiment with different “art styles” …so whether this is your first art journaling experience, or it is a long-time passion, you will learn and grow from these classes. Come to one class or sign up for all five. Class size is limited, so enroll early.

 

Session 4: Zentangle
Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from structured patterns. It is an excellent way to enhance an art journaling page or become the entire focus of your page. In this class you will learn a number of basic patterns and be amazed where each pattern can take you.

Course #: AJ14-4
Date: October 28
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Karen Grover
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Sorry, this class is full.
Register by Oct. 23. Registration Policy

 

Session 5: Collage
Collage is a fun way to use paint, crayons, pencils, paper, photos, etc. Just about anything can be used for your journal pages. (Avoid food and small children as they won’t glue well). Bring some of your favorite “goodies” (pictures, trip memorabilia, tickets stubs, etc.) and a glue stick. We will explore several collage techniques.

Course #: AJ14-5
Date: November 18
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Barb Santucci
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by Nov. 13. Registration Policy

Fee
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ART LECTURES


Art Lectures with Dorothy Bock, MFA
Delve into the deeper dimensions of color, design, theory and energy of early twentieth century artists. Examine and taste the ingredients that brought about new approaches in changing art scenes. Lectures are held in the William Reif Gallery.

Dorothy, co-founder of Womanspace, earned her BA at Alverno College, her MA in English Literature at Marquette University, and completed her MFA in Art at the University of Notre Dame. She has been a teacher of art, literature and the humanities since 1950.

 

Frida Kahlo
A brutal car accident, years of traumatic surgery, and endless headaches left Frida Kahlo devastated and relentlessly transferring her physical and psychological pain to her canvas. Readings from her diaries, archival photographs and glorious film footage offer an intimate portrait of her. Along with her tempestuous marriage to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, politically vocal, and involved with communist friend Trotsky, Frida’s exhibits and travels to the U.S. made her one of the most astonishing figures of the 20th century.

Course #: AL14-3
Date: November 18
Time: Tuesday, Noon–1:30p
Instructor: Dorothy Bock, MFA
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by Nov. 17. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

Louise Nevelson
Dressed like an exotic “high priestess,” Louise Nevelson surprisingly did not come into her own fame and fortune until her 70s. Growing up in New York, she began her career slowly as a sculptor of “found objects” by picking up the “trash” of the city and constructing and welding large monumental works that stunned onlookers. Beginning with wood but following up with metal pieces for the work’s longevity, she put together her dynamic and awesome works in midnight tones, subtle greys, and celebrative white, altar-like forms. Highly intuitive, Louise liked working with others in the process of creation. Out front, direct, instructive, and humorous all describe her style of work and life.

Course #: AL14-4
Date: December 16
Time: Tuesday, Noon–1:30p
Instructor: Dorothy Bock, MFA
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by Dec. 15. Registration Policy

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Art Film & Discussion: Tim's Vermeer
Join us for this fascinating (and fun) documentary that hits on a profound aesthetic question: Did the 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer use optical devices to achieve his visual poetics of light? Tim Jenison, a San Antonio video engineer, grows obsessed with knowing the answer. He attempts to re-create Vermeer’s 1662 masterpiece The Music Lesson. He builds, by hand almost every object in the painting (floor tile, carved harpsichord) and then becomes meticulous in the painting. Does he succeed in his mission? You will thoroughly enjoy the process and outcome!

Carol is a retired teacher, past President of Womanspace and avid traveler, reader and film aficionado. With a Masters Degree in Education for the Gifted & Talented, she taught gifted students grades 2–6 for 20 years in Rockford, Batavia and Woodstock.

Sally taught Spanish in Okinawa, Japan, for over 30 years. She is a seasoned traveler, avid arts supporter, and loves good books, movies and the opera. She was the 2014 recipient of the Womanspirit Award.

Course #: AL14-5
Date: November 4
Time: Tuesday, 6:30–8:30p
Instructor: Carol Valaitis & Sally Nelson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by Oct. 30. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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