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Fall Your Guide

 

Fire & Smoke Clayworks
Begins Oct. 1, 6:00p

Pen & Ink Drawing
Begins Oct. 2, 6:00p

Restorative &
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Oct. 2, 9:30 & 5:30p

Therapeutic Yoga
Oct. 3, 10:00–11:00p

Foam Rolling Relief
Oct. 6, 10:30–11:30a

Pastels, Still Life & Landscapes
Begins Oct. 7, 1:00p

Dancing with a
Foot in Two Worlds

Oct. 7, 6:00–7:30p

EarthMatters
Oct. 8, Noon–1:15p

Fearless Mixed Media
Begins Oct. 8, 1:00p

Encaustic Painting
Begins Oct. 11, Noon

So You Don't Think You Can Quilt?
Begins Oct. 13, 3:00p

Mixed Media For You
Begins Oct. 13, 6:00p

LUNAFEST Film Festival
Oct. 23, 6:00p

Holiday Art & Craft Sale
Nov. 14–22

 

Calendar of Events

 

Womanspace Rockford

Art Classes

Drawing | Painting | Watercolor | Mixed Media | Sculpture |
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
Regular Fee: $70
Member's Fee: $60
Register by Sept. 30. Registration Policy

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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
Regular Fee: $70
Member's Fee: $60
Register by Oct. 2. Registration Policy

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PAINTING


Mix It Up! Plaster Painting
Age 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 and their own acrylic paint.

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 Co. and Unforgettable Art.

Course #: AC14-3
Dates: September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Christi Hopp Kniess
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
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Encaustic Painting
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. Fee includes $45 to cover all encaustic wax, pigments, brushes and tools as well as panels for you to work on—just show up and create!

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 #: AC14-4
Dates: October 11, 18
Time: Saturdays, Noon–4:00p
Instructor: Dee Santorini
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $125
Member's Fee: $115
Register by Oct. 7. Registration Policy

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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

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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

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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 I
Course #: WC14-1
Dates: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
Time: Wednesdays, 10:00a–Noon
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
Registration Policy

 

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

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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 I
Course #: WC14-3
Dates: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9
Time: Thursdays, 10:00a–Noon
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
Registration Policy

 

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

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MIXED MEDIA


Print Making
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. Come and see how an everyday object allows us to print inexpensively, making a lasting impression.

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 #: MM14-1
Dates: September 15, 22, 29, October 6
Time: Mondays, 4:00–6:30p
Instructor: Kristie Marsala
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
This class is in session.
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Fearless Mixed Media
This class will be an exciting opportunity for those who have been art journaling, who like collage or mixing different media for an amazing outcome! Tabatha will illustrate different techniques to encourage you to “leave your comfort zone behind” and take risks with your thoughts, skills and techniques. Prior experience helpful, but not necessary! Supplies will be provided.

Tabatha is co-owner of 317 Studio & Gallery in downtown Rockford. She is also an art instructor — teaching art journaling, painting classes and mixed media among others. She was a high school art teacher for eight years and worked in advertising for seven years. She has been an exhibiting professional artist for eleven years.

Course #: MM14-2
Dates: October 8, 15, 22
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00p
Instructor: Tabatha Dougherty
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $55
Member's Fee: $40
Register by Oct. 6. Registration Policy

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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
Regular Fee: $70
Member's Fee: $60
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
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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

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So, You Don't Think You Can Quilt?
Have you ever noticed the quilts in your life…not just your grandma’s quilts, but also the art and modern quilts? This class will take your grandma’s quilting methods and make a work of art that can be used as a wall hanging or table topper. You will start with the basics, design it into your own creation, and leave with a completed (mostly) project. Starter fabric will be provided and you will be able to add to it to make the design your own. Bring your own sewing machine to the class, or call Womanspace to see if one is available.

Karen graduated from UW-Platteville with a BS in Art and also a Mechanical Design Degree from RVC. She retired after 33 years of engineering. She has been quilting since 1980 and recently had quilts accepted into the AQS national quilt shows in Paducah and Phoenix as well as a first place ribbon at the National Quilt Museum’s New Quilts from Old Blocks challenge.

Course #: AW14-3
Date: October 13, 20, 27
Time: Mondays, 3:00–5:00p
Instructor: Karen Grover
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $50
Members' Fee: $45
Register by Oct. 9. Registration Policy

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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 3: Whimsical Lettering
Students will explore techniques and approaches in lettering art. The “inner font” emerges from a personal exploration of alphabets and letters created with basic design elements, line variation, shape, size, and pattern. Poetry, affirmations, quotes, and prayers are just a few ideas for an added layer to your journal.

Course #: AJ14-3
Date: October 14
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Norah Nelson
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by Oct. 9. Registration Policy

Fee
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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
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by Oct. 23. Registration Policy

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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

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All 5 Sessions of Art Journaling
Regular Fee: $85
Members' Fee: $70
Register by Sept. 11. Registration Policy

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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.

 

Henry Moore
Moore’s long journey from a 19th century coal-mining town in the north of England to the center stage of the art world was driven by his talent, vision, and ambition. He fused ideas from non-European culture, surrealism, and nature into a unique sculptural language that made their entrance into galleries and public landscapes and city squares. His semi-abstract work was always rooted in nature and primitive cultures that brought his monolithic work of chiseled stone into New York, London, Dallas, and English hillsides. Moore’s works are sometimes inscrutable and always indestructible.

Course #: AL14-2
Date: October 21
Time: Tuesday, Noon–1:30p
Instructor: Dorothy Bock, MFA
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by Oct. 20. Registration Policy

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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

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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

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