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November Newsletter

November Newsletter

A few years ago, I traveled to northern New Mexico and visited the stunning canyons at Ghost Ranch. Ghost Ranch was Georgia O’Keefe’s home and where she painted many of the stark landscapes for which she is famous. I later learned that some of her first works were of New York cityscapes, when skyscrapers changed both the skyline and the way people lived in the 1920s. Later in life, her paintings depicting aerial views of clouds and sky were inspired by her airplane travels. O’Keefe was also known for her iconic impressions of flowers.

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October Newsletter

October Newsletter

It fascinates me how art presents itself when we stay open.

Last week, my wife, Laurie, and I were working our morning crossword, puzzling through a series of clues in the form of quotations. As it turned out, all the clues were from famous artists: Picasso, Gauguin, Dali, and Chagall. Picasso is featured in our film review this month, so it seems appropriate to dig a little deeper into his wisdom.

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September Newsletter

September Newsletter

How things have changed in six months!

Last February, ArtiFactory was wrapping up a study that looked at the feasibility of having a community art center in Johnson County. We were also significantly expanding our programming. Most of us had never heard of Covid, Zoom, or derecho.

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Life Drawing Workshop

Life Drawing Workshop

Instructor: Beppie Weiss

An informal life drawing workshop. Three hours of extended poses and rigorous instruction to take your life drawing to another level. Beppie Weiss will help you as you draw, and provide demos and instruction during the breaks. Topics will include composition, proportion, artistic anatomy, geometric construction, chiaroscuro and the general mechanics of drawing.

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Advanced Chinese Ink Painting

Advanced Chinese Ink Painting

Instructor: Truc Deegan

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.

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Portrait Painting Workshop

Portrait Painting Workshop

Instructor: Beppie Weiss

Learn in a small class setting how to draw from a live model using graphite or Conte crayons, acrylics, watercolors, or water-based oils. Students will learn the fundamentals of portrait drawing, such as proportion, measuring, massing, volume and planar construction. Beppie Weiss will demonstrate the use of water-based oils.

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