Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday Night Spotlight

The end is near. The end of the year that is and it's time to start thinking about how you're going to start 2012. Enough with the resolutions, they only last, at most, a couple months. Try something creative and productive. Take a class. Whatever it is that you've been wanting to do or try to do, learning is a life long practice. Since I'm interested in arty things, here is a selection of online classes that might interest you. I like the online classes because I don't have to travel all over the place and they are much less expensive than retreats and workshops. Another nice thing about these classes is you can relax and take your time. You can go back over each technique and feel like you're not missing anything.

Art Trader Magazine has two new Art of Collage classes coming up in January. Each class has three modules, Level I includes Module 1: An Introduction to Collage Art, Module 2: All About Backgrounds, Module 3: Telling a Story. Level II has Module 1: Material Manipulation, Module 2: Layers & Stamping, Module 3: Creating Your Own Style. Each class is $50. While at Art Trader Magazine, check out the free issues of their magazines. There is a lot of fun stuff to read about and see.

I just signed up for a visual journaling class taught by Traci Bautista at Strathmore Artist Studio. This class starts on January 1st. There are two more classes available in watercolor sketching with Cathy Johnson and Force drawing technique with Mike Mattesi. All classes are free and Traci's class runs for four weeks. Time to add colors and pictures to those drab journals.

If you would like to learn to knit or crochet, sew a dress, make jewelry or how to quilt, Craftsy has these and a number of other interesting classes to try. These can keep you busy for the rest of the year!

This is just the beginning for a new year of creativity. You never know where it might take you and the adventures you might have. But above all, have fun!

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