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Winter Your Guide

 

"Words & Pictures"
Art Exhibit

March 13–May 9

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
March 26, 5:30–6:45p

Therapeutic Yoga
March 27, 10:00–11:00a

Foam Rolling Relief
March 30, 10:30–11:30a

Nia Dancing
April 1, Noon–1:00p

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
April 2, 9:30–10:45a

Mindfulness Group
April 6, Noon–1:00p

What Was Said
What We Heard

April 7, 6:30–8:00p

Art Uncorked:
Paper Beads

April 7, Noon–1:00p

Bookwoman: The Language of Flowers
April 8, 9:30a–11:00a

EarthMatters
April 8, Noon–1:15p

Photography
for Pleasure

April 28, 6:30–8:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Womanspace Rockford

Art Classes

Drawing | Painting | Watercolor | Art Uncorked | Art Journaling |
Artshops | Open Studio Hours

 


DRAWING


Beginning Drawing with Watercolor Enhancements
Ages 16–adult. Learn the basic concepts of drawing such as line, shape, proportion, perspective, seeing and drawing light and shadow. We will spend several hours working on different approaches and then finish the workshop by using watercolor to enhance our drawing. This three-hour workshop promises to provide enough basic tools that you will want to fill in the rest of your sketchbook! Students should bring a sketchbook and pencils.

Kris Marsala studied Graphic Design at Columbia College Chicago and has a BA in art. She has followed her passion to teach and also become a certified art teacher. Kris has taught elementary art and is now looking forward to continue teaching at Womanspace. She likes to include all levels of artists that want to have fun creating art.

Course #: DW14-6
Dates: April 11
Time: Saturday, 1:00–4:00p
Instructor: Kristi Marsala
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Sorry, this class is full!
Register by April 9. Registration Policy

 

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PAINTING


Mix It Up! Plaster Painting II
Ages 18–adult. We will continue to learn how to use plaster and acrylic, plus try some new techniques to create fabulous works of art! This class is a continuation of Session 1. You will be amazed at what you create! Students will need two canvases of any size (these can be used) and their own acrylic paint.

Cristi Hopp Kniess is a proud member at the Rockford Art Guild and currently teaches through Young Rembrandts. She regularly exhibits at Art Scene, Emerson House, Katie’s Cup, and Studio Works. Cristi creates for the Rockford Dance Company and Unforgettable Art.

Course #: AC14-10
Dates: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Cristi Hopp Kniess
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
Registration Policy

 

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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 #: WC14-6
Dates: March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8
Time: Wednesdays, 10:00a–Noon
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
Registration Policy

 

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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 #: WC14-8
Dates: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9
Time: Thursdays, 10:00a–Noon
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
Registration Policy

 

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ART UNCORKED


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

 

Paper Bead Making
Come and enjoy this fast, fun and totally unique form of jewelry making. You will be using beautiful paper, junk mail, magazines, etc. to create finished beads that resemble wood, but much lighter! Paint and/or embellish with charms or other delightful beads to create a piece of jewelry that you will be able to wear home! Most supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring any special embellishments.

Christi Russell moved to Rockford from Long Beach, CA in 1995. She has always had a passion for art and had numerous opportunities to teach art classes over the years. She has many areas of interest, but specializes in calligraphy, and jewelry making. Christie also has served on the All City Musical Committee for the Wiz and has an ongoing love of the Theater

Course #: AW14-12
Date: April 7
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Christi Russell
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by April 2. Registration Policy

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

 

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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. Each class size is limited, so enroll early.

 

Session 4: Watercolor
Want to use more background color in your journal pages? Wait no longer! Create a beautiful background blending colors, using salt and alcohol techniques and learning the advantages to painting with a dry or wet brush. The backgrounds you create will inspire you to journal some of your very best thoughts and memories.

Course #: AJ14-9
Date: April 21
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Cherie Heck
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by April 20. Registration Policy

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

 

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ARTSHOPS


Matting & Framing Workshop
Open for everyone ages 16 and up. Learn simple and elegant matting techniques for displaying your artwork or photographs. Each participant will be guided in creating a completed piece, using mats and cutting materials provided. Framing decisions will be discussed during this hands-on workshop. Bring one piece of artwork or a photograph you want to mat. Once you have learned to do this, you can come back during open studio times to finish the rest of your creations.

Elaine is Executive Director and Co-founder of Womanspace. Elaine wears a number of administrative hats, but is also a gifted artist and potter. She received her degree in English from Alverno College and pursued further studies in art and design at College of DuPage, Rockford College and Northern Illinois University. She has developed some simple methods for matting that anyone can learn.

Course #: AW14-13
Date: April 14
Time: Tuesday, 5:30–7:30p
Instructor: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $30
Members' Fee: $25
Register by April 13. Registration Policy

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

 

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Nicole Hollander Workshop:
Creating a Graphic Autobiography

Calling all non-artists, artists, writers, cartoonists, newspaper employees, and fun-loving people…DON’T MISS THIS WORKSHOP! Nicole Hollander has an amazing living room filled with large graphic autobiography strips that reflect important or memorable experiences in her life. They are rich and full of color and sometimes even messy – but so real and alive!

This workshop, led by Nicole, will include instruction and inspiration to look back on a memorable experience in your life and help illustrate it in a way that can be therapeutic, enlightening and reflective of feelings, thoughts and behaviors.

You don’t need to have any artistic skills—just a desire and willingness to experience and explore a past experience (or perhaps a future anticipated experience) and have an even stronger desire to free inhibitions and have fun! Who knows, your illustration might decorate your walls as Nicole has done! Space is limited to 10 people so register early!

Nicole Hollander is the creator of Sylvia, an internationally syndicated comic strip that appeared in over 60 newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, The Boston Globe, and The Seattle Times. She has published sixteen collections of Sylvia strips, as well as Female Problems and My Cat’s Not Fat, He’s Just Big Boned, The Sylvia Chronicles: 30 Year of Graphic Misbehavior from Reagan to Obama, and Tales of Graceful Aging From the Planet Denial. She lives in Chicago and we are so pleased that she is our Spring Luncheon Speaker and Workshop Presenter.

Course #: AW14-14
Date: April 26
Time: Sunday, 1:00–4:00p
Instructor: Nicole Hollander
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $100
Members' Fee: $80
Register by April 22. Registration Policy

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

 

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Photography for Pleasure
In this casual but highly informative class you will learn the basic ingredients of beautiful photography from someone who has spent a lifetime taking photographs all over the world. Topics include: subjects and viewpoints; the importance of light; depth of field and how to manage it; digital vs. film photography; and, useful software and presentation.

Born in Yorkshire in 1934, Eddie Coxon now lives in the Midlands of the United Kingdom. He first became interested in photography when a family friend lent him a camera and an enlarger and showed him how to develop and print photographs. He has since taken photographs - both film and digital - all over the world including Singapore, India, New Zealand, United States, and all over Europe.

Course #: AW14-15
Date: April 28
Time: Tuesday, 6:30–8:00p
Instructor: Eddie Coxon
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $35
Members' Fee: $25
Register by April 27. Registration Policy

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

 

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