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Fall Your Guide

 

Therapeutic Yoga
Nov. 7, 10:00–11:00p

Restorative &
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Nov. 13, 9:30 & 5:30p

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

Foam Rolling Relief
Nov. 17, 10:30–11:30a

Mindfulness Group
Nov. 17, Noon–1:30p

Art Lecture: Frida Kahlo
Nov. 18, Noon–1:30p

Lunch & Learn:
Sick & Tired of
Being Sick & Tired

Nov. 19, Noon–1:00p

Supper & Film: Calendar Girls
Nov. 24, 6:00–9:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Womanspace Rockford

Art Classes

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

 


DRAWING


Pen and Ink
Ages 16–adult. 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. Ray will also introduce some watercolor/colored pencil techniques to your artwork. Students should bring a 14” x 17” or larger drawing pad of paper.

Raymond Schulz 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 #: DW14-3
Dates: February 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10
Time: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00p
Instructor: Raymond Schulz
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $70
Members' Fee: $60
Register by Feb. 5. Registration Policy

 

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Fun with Pastels
Ages 16–adult. 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 work on landscapes, still life and non-objective art. Students should bring a 14” x 17” or larger drawing pad of paper.

Raymond Schulz 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 #: DW14-4
Dates: February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00p
Instructor: Raymond Schulz
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $70
Members' Fee: $60
Register by Feb. 9. Registration Policy

 

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Printmaking
Ages 16–adult. Students will create a design sketch, and use this sketch as a repetitive pattern. Students will see this pattern expand over time and progress with colors and shapes. The class will discuss design and color and how to use them effectively. You will have the opportunity to progress through different printing techniques completing a number of projects that are both useful and decorative. A very fun and rewarding class!

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 #: DW14-5
Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13
Time: Mondays, 5:30–7:30p
Instructor: Kristi Marsala
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $70
Members' Fee: $60
Register by March 12. Registration Policy

 

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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
Regular Fee: $45
Members' Fee: $35
Register by April 9. Registration Policy

 

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PAINTING


The Serengeti Painting Challenge
Ages 16–adult. 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. Bring a canvas or paper and your favorite art medium and be prepared to enjoy an afternoon of fun!

Dee Santorini is an avid painter of Serengeti wildlife, especially zebras and elephants! Dee has been a teacher at Womanspace for years and a student of Elaine and Dorothy’s even longer. 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 #: AC14-7
Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00–3:30p
Instructor: Dee Santorini
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $85
Members' Fee: $70
Register by Jan. 12. Registration Policy

 

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Mix It Up! Plaster Painting
Ages 18–adult. Release your inner Michelangelo and learn how to use plaster and acrylic to create your own Sistine chapel! This class caters to all levels of artists (including wanna-bees). 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 #: AC14-8
Dates: February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11
Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Cristi Hopp Kniess
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $70
Members' Fee: $60
Register by Feb. 9. Registration Policy

 

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Encaustic Painting
Ages 16–adult. This class was first offered in the fall and had such an enthusiastic response that we are offering it once again!

Encaustic Painting originates from the Greek word enkaustikos, which means to burn in, and was used in Egypt around 100-300AD. In the 20th century a student of Kandinsky’s rediscovered encaustic painting, and it has become very popular since then. Encaustic art is painting with hot wax, and has a softness and depth that you can get with no other painting method. The $45 included in the fee will cover all encaustic wax, pigments, brushes and tools as well as panels for you to work on—just show up and create!

Dee Santorini is an avid painter of Serengeti wildlife, especially zebras and elephants! Dee has been a teacher at Womanspace for years and a student of Elaine and Dorothy’s even longer. 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 #: AC14-9
Dates: March 14, 21
Time: Saturdays, 1:00–4:00p
Instructor: Dee Santorini
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $125 (for both days) OR $70 (for one day)
Members' Fee: $115 (for both days) OR $60 (for one day)
Register by March 10. 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 #: WC14-2
Dates: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19
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 #: WC14-4
Dates: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
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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ARTSHOPS


ART UNCORKED

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

 

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
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. Come to one class or sign up for all five. Class size is limited, so enroll early.

 

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

 

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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
Memb.# (required for discount)
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

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

 

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