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Winter Your Guide

 

Therapeutic Yoga
Feb. 27, 10:00–11:00a

Yoga Nidra
Feb. 28, 10:00–11:30a

Foam Rolling Relief
March 2, 10:30–11:30a

Mindfulness Group
March 2, Noon–1:30p

Film & Discussion:
Girl Rising

March 3, 6:30–8:00p

Nia Dancing
March 4, Noon–1:00p

Nerdy Optometrist Cooks Fish
March 4, 6:30–8:00p

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
March 5, 9:30–10:45a

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
March 5, 5:30–6:45p

Yoga for Girls
March 7, 10:00–11:15a

Creating a Beautiful Cover for Your Art
March 10, 6:00–8:00p

Encaustic Painting
March 14, 1:00–4:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Womanspace Rockford

Art Classes

Drawing | Painting | Watercolor | Art Uncorked | Art Journaling |
Artshops | 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
This class is in session.
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

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

 

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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

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

 

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PAINTING


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
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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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!

Leslie Arbetman is an art teacher in the CAPA program at Auburn High School. She has extensive experience with encaustic painting and is excited to share this technique with Womanspace.

Course #: AC14-9
Dates: March 14, 21
Time: Saturdays, 1:00–4:00p
Instructor: Leslie Arbetman
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

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Class Date

 

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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
Regular Fee: $85
Members' Fee: $70
Register by March 9. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
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 #: WC14-8
Dates: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9
Time: Thursdays, 10:00a–Noon
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $85
Members' Fee: $70
Register by March 10. Registration Policy

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

 

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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 5. 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 3: Stamping & Stencils
A very fun way to enhance and add a unique look to your journal page is through the use of stamps and stencils…whether it be letters, plants, flowers, or basic patterns, you can change the look dramatically by using a stencil or stamp. Bring your journal and art supplies and take advantage of a large variety of stamps and stencils!

Course #: AJ14-8
Date: March 24
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Cherie Heck
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by March 23. Registration Policy

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

 

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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


Creating a Beautiful Cover for Your Art
If you use a sketchbook for drawing or a watercolor journal, or write in a diary or are an avid (or even occasional) art journaler, you will want to register for this class. Barb will show you samples of her journals as well as work with you to create a beautiful, whimsical creative cover that will spark your creativity to an even higher level. Bring your own embellishments and the journal (s) you want to cover and also choose from a variety of unique and interesting materials that will be available. Not only will you want to take your journal with you everywhere, you will want to open it up and use it more often!

Barb Santucci has studied painting and collage extensively and exhibits in various galleries throughout the Midwest. Barb loves to create and teach art that incorporates acrylics, pastels, handmade papers and monotypes. She is a published author of three children’s books and most recently was teaching art in a local private school.

Course #: AW14-10
Date: March 5
Time: Thursday, 6:00–8:00p
Instructor: Barbara Santucci
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $40
Members' Fee: $30
Register by Feb. 26. Registration Policy

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

 

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Indoor Fairy House
Inspired by the annual Womanspace Fairy Festival and outdoor fairy houses constructed in our pine forest each summer, Norm will lead you on a special quest to create an indoor abode for house fairies. We will be using boxes, birdhouses and gourds to start, but please bring your own favorite container like wooden cigar boxes, small wooden crates, or CD cases. Clean out your craft area and bring items to add to the Fairy Exchange Table for house and furniture assembly.

Other items we will be using include artificial flowers, branches, birds, insects and eggs, plus floral moss or foam, driftwood, barb, pebbles, feathers, seed pods, wood chips and scraps, popsicle sticks, shells, acorns, nuts, beads, old jewelry pieces, abandoned small wasp or bird nests and more. Anything goes, as long as your fairy will feel at home.

Norm is a recycling artist who works with a variety of themes and images from around the world as well as collections of nostalgia and American culture. He enjoys preserving the past in color and textures that soar as visionary. Norm is very active and well-know in the Rockford Region and has extensively exhibited his work locally, and nationally. He also has international patrons.

Course #: AW14-11
Date: March 21
Time: Saturday, 9:00a–Noon
Instructor: Norm Knott
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by March 18. Registration Policy

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

 

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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: $80
Members' Fee: $60
Register by March 26. Registration Policy

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

 

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