All posts by Robert Richardson

Portrait Drawing with Beppie Weiss

Portrait Drawing with Beppie Weiss

Two 2-hour sessions: $70
Sundays Sept 29 & Oct 6 from 1:00-3:00 pm
in The Center’s room 211
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa

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Learn in a small class setting how to draw from a live model using graphite or Conte crayons or pencils. Students will learn fundamentals of portrait drawing, such as proportion, measuring, massing, volume and planar construction. Open to 10 participants. Need not be a member of The Center. Please pay instructor by cash or check. Registration required. Register at The Center (319-356-5220) or online at activecommunities.com/iowacityseniorcenter

Materials:
Soft graphite
Conte crayons and Conte pencils
Eraser
Drawing paper

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September Art In The Afternoon

September Art In The Afternoon with Elizabeth Munger

September 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Free Admission

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Elizabeth Munger’s current work explores macro and microcosms, space-time, memory and mythology. Her art practice includes printmaking, artist books, installations, paper and fiber art. She received her BFA in Printmaking in 2000 and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book in 2014.

You can see her work at elizabethmunger.com

Beginning Watercolor & Ink Painting

Beginning Watercolor & Ink Painting

Presented by Truc Deegan

Four 2-hour sessions from 1:00-3:00 pm
Sundays September 8, 15, 22 & 29
in The Center’s room G07
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Fee $140 (plus $60 supply fee or a list to buy your own)

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Open to first time and returning students. Truc Deegan will teach the ancient art of Chinese ink painting individualize to each student’s level. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who is a master of Chinese Art in the style of 12th-18th century artists. Truc’s teacher used his teaching to continue with different subjects as a way to improve the student’s technique in painting. One finds it enjoyable to care and continue. Open to 8 participants. Need not be a member of The Center. Please pay instructor by cash or check. Registration required. Register at The Center (319-356-5220) or online at activecommunities.com/iowacityseniorcenter

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Enter The Center through the Washington St. entrance or from the third floor of the Iowa Ave. parking ramp through the skywalk to The Center’s ground floor. Then, proceed to room G07.

About the Artist

Trúc was born and grew up in Vietnam.  Trúc (pronounced Chook and it means Bamboo) migrated to the United States of America and became a citizen in 1970. She graduated in University of Iowa in Art History with Honors. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who lives in Penang, Malaysia, a master of Chinese Art with the knowledge of the style of the 12th-18th century artists.

Trúc has held a number of one woman exhibitions and participated in numerous competitive and judged exhibitions as well.  She has taught brush painting in the United States, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.  Her works have been purchased by art lovers around the world and are found in collections in Malaysia, Great Britain, France, Australia, Sri Lanka, the United States and elsewhere.  In 2001 the Iowa City Public Library selected one of her works for its permanent collection.  In 2002 one of her paintings received an Honorable Mention Prize at the Hooverfest.  In 2012 Art of Mercy Hospital collected two of her works for their art collection.

Many of her works are on display at Melrose Meadow, a retirement community at 350 Dublin Drive, Iowa City, Ia.  Recently, She had a joint show titled Midwest Summer: Light & Warm with other artists at the Iowa at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  Her latest exhibition was held in Central College, Pella, Iowa in Nov. 2016.

September Life Drawing

September Life Drawing

Drawing the figure is captivating and challenging. The figure may later inhabit our landscapes and scenes. We will be drawing both clothed and nude models.  Please bring your own drawing materials. Please limit media to graphite, charcoal or pastels. Do not use oils or acrylics that can leave a permanent stain. Participants must be age 18 or over. 

September 8th

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September 22nd

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Life Drawing will not be held Memorial Day weekend May 26th
  • Cost:  $10.00 per session 
  • in The Center’s Room 211
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA
  • 1:00 to 3:00 PM (arrive on time)

Enter The Center through the Washington St. entrance and the take elevator or stair to the 2nd floor or from the third floor of the Iowa Ave. parking ramp through the skywalk to The Center’s second floor. Then, proceed to room 211.

The ArtiFactory is a project of Arts Iowa City a 501(c)(3)non-profit

July Art in the Afternoon

July Art in the Afternoon

July 21, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Free Admission

Jeff Allen’s work has been described as bold, yet soft. Pastoral with a certain dream like ethereal quality. Impressionistic realism. Jeff draws his inspiration from the Iowa landscape and the group of friends that surround him.

Born in 1958 at Cedar Rapids, IA. Jeff has lived most of his life in Iowa and is currently living in Solon, IA. He is the founder of the Plein Air Painters of Iowa and a past member of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago, Artist member of the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts of Chicago, Iowa Artists and the Cedar Rapid Drawing Group.

Jeff attended drawing & painting classes at the Des Moines Art Museum and also draws & paints with the Cedar Rapids Drawing Group and The Palette & Chisel in Chicago. Painting is a process of problem solving. Problems of light, shadow, composition, form, rhythm along with what you want to say. If you ask yourself the right questions while standing in front of the canvas you can create a painting that the viewer can connect with. Words alone are not enough…

Professional Affiliations:

Plein Air Painters of Iowa. (Founder of weekly outdoor painting group)
Plein air Painters of Chicago. (Past member)
Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, Ill. (Artist Member)

July Art in the Afternoon

June Art in the Afternoon

June Art in the Afternoon

June 9, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Free Admission

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Sara Slee Brown, “Ten years ago, I retired as graphic designer for the public library and began to seriously pursue my dream of a career as an artist. As an undergraduate and graduate student in painting I had been trained in the traditional methods and my early work had been oil on canvas. After working as a digital graphic designer at the library, I developed methods for combining and layering digital images in my computer with the eye and sensitivity of an oil painter. I developed my own method for constructing my current work that I call, LāDi: Layered Digital Imaging.”

“My work explores choices and promises that we make in life. It is an exercise in exploring the known versus the unknown; patience, waiting; the fear and excitement of thresholds and transitions. The work begins with something familiar and real. This represents the known. Over, around and through this foundation I add other images or fragments of images that are not so easily identified. When combined with the familiar they create a new reality which may not be as easily understood but nevertheless exists: a new perspective. The comfort of the familiar combined with the confusion of the unfamiliar creates a tension and energy that is an expression of my experience in the world. My focus is the fear and excitement of life’s thresholds and transitions.”

Basquiat (1996)

Basquiat

Sunday June 30 at 5:00
at Film Scene • www.icfilmscene.org
presented by the ArtiFactory
Free Admission

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In this biographical film, avant-garde painter Jean-Michel Basquiat struggles with overnight fame, racism, and drug addiction in the volatile New York art scene of the 1980s dominated by Andy Warhol. Directed by Julian Schnabel (At Eternity’s Gate) and starring David Bowie as Warhol, Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, and Jeffrey Wright as the immensely talented but troubled Basquiat. 1996, 107 minutes.

May Art in the Afternoon

May Art in the Afternoon
May 19, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Free Admission

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Addressing the state of mind in which art is made and how art affects a viewer’s mental state is one of Emily Jalinsky’s main objectives with her delicate works on paper, assemblages, and “printstallations”. She engages with mindfulness as a meditative act in the studio. In her work, she visually depicts mindfulness in the body and surrounding spaces through organic forms and repetitive patterns. Emily received a BFA in printmaking in 2012 with an emphasis in intaglio etching and expanded media from the University of Kansas. She is an active artist and arts organizer living in Iowa City, IA and is currently the IC Press Co-op Program Coordinator at Public Space One.

Emily uses methods of centering and repetitive action to further the idea of finding stillness in any moment. The borders between inner and outer landscape, material and immaterial become intertwined. Lichen, a symbiotic and slow-growing organism, is used as a symbol of resilience and continual growth, while patterns of gold and circular, radiating forms suggest a state change in perspective and awareness. Since the birth of her daughter, Emily has used her artwork, as her practice has always been, to bring a hyper-awareness to the swings of the mind and body.

In her practice, Emily works in both printmaking and mixed media processes with a specialty in intaglio copper etching, watercolor, embroidery, and drawing. Pieces may be bound or layered together to create larger compositions, assemblages, and installations.

Upcoming Life Drawing

May Life Drawing

Drawing the figure is captivating and challenging. The figure may later inhabit our landscapes and scenes. We will be drawing both clothed and nude models.  Please bring your own drawing materials. Please limit media to graphite, charcoal or pastels. Do not use oils or acrylics that can leave a permanent stain. Participants must be age 18 or over. 

April 28th

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May 12th

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June 9th

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June 23rd

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Life Drawing will not be held Memorial Day weekend May 26th
  • Cost:  $10.00 per session 
  • in The Center’s Room 211
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA
  • 1:00 to 3:00 PM (arrive on time)

Enter The Center through the Washington St. entrance and the take elevator or stair to the 2nd floor or from the third floor of the Iowa Ave. parking ramp through the skywalk to The Center’s second floor. Then, proceed to room 211.

The ArtiFactory is a project of Arts Iowa City a 501(c)(3)non-profit

Continuing Chinese Ink Painting

Continuing Chinese Ink Painting

Presented by Truc Deegan

Four 2-hour sessions from 1:00-3:00 pm
Sundays May 12, 19, June 2 & 9
in The Center’s room G07
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Fee $140 (plus $60 supply fee or a list to buy your own)

Registration begins April 11

Open to first time and returning students. Truc Deegan will teach the ancient art of Chinese ink painting individualize to each student’s level. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who is a master of Chinese Art in the style of 12th-18th century artists. Truc’s teacher used his teaching to continue with different subjects as a way to improve the student’s technique in painting. One finds it enjoyable to care and continue. Open to 8 participants. Registration required.
Register at The Center (319-356-5220) or online at
activecommunities.com/iowacityseniorcenter

Click here to Register

Enter The Center through the Washington St. entrance or from the third floor of the Iowa Ave. parking ramp through the skywalk to The Center’s ground floor. Then, proceed to room G07.

About the Artist

Trúc was born and grew up in Vietnam.  Trúc (pronounced Chook and it means Bamboo) migrated to the United States of America and became a citizen in 1970. She graduated in University of Iowa in Art History with Honors. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who lives in Penang, Malaysia, a master of Chinese Art with the knowledge of the style of the 12th-18th century artists.

Trúc has held a number of one woman exhibitions and participated in numerous competitive and judged exhibitions as well.  She has taught brush painting in the United States, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.  Her works have been purchased by art lovers around the world and are found in collections in Malaysia, Great Britain, France, Australia, Sri Lanka, the United States and elsewhere.  In 2001 the Iowa City Public Library selected one of her works for its permanent collection.  In 2002 one of her paintings received an Honorable Mention Prize at the Hooverfest.  In 2012 Art of Mercy Hospital collected two of her works for their art collection.

Many of her works are on display at Melrose Meadow, a retirement community at 350 Dublin Drive, Iowa City, Ia.  Recently, She had a joint show titled Midwest Summer: Light & Warm with other artists at the Iowa at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  Her latest exhibition was held in Central College, Pella, Iowa in Nov. 2016.