After years of wanting to attend an Artfest event, I finally had the opportunity this past week to go to Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA for Artfest Rising. I spent the time learning, experimenting, and having a great time with amazing teachers, and meeting new friends. The things I’ve learned have inspired me and will be carried into the work I do in the coming year.
I didn’t finish everything that I started here, am definitely looking at these pages as lessons in a workbook – not finished art – but instead something that I’m learning from.
Class with Teesha Moore:
Class with Orly Avineri:
Class with Michael deMeng & Andrea Matus deMeng:
But I didn’t get a photo with them 🙁
Class with Jesse Reno:
Class with Tracy Moore:
The dining table ladies:
With more friends eating out in Port Townsend (sorry about the big head picture, it was the best I could do):
- We all came across supplies that had been previously unfamiliar, or used in a new way – one was using white transfer paper in Orly’s class for mark-making on a black painted surface. That’s something I’d only used before on fabric when sewing. Here’s another link for a transfer paper sampler pack at Amazon.com.
- Another item I’d never thought to use was a smoother/spreader like the one used in Andrea’s class when gluing down collage. It especially helped get large pieces down firmly, push out air bubbles, and squeeze out excess adhesive.
What I Learned (a very short summary):
- Play. Practice. Take a journal with you and use it.
- Think, or don’t think. There are no rules, only the ones you make for yourself.
- Layer. Keep going. Add depth and work till you get what you want.
- Be engaged with your technique, forget about other decisions like color, paper or brush choice.
- “Little ideas are bigger than you think.” – Jesse Reno
- Work & rework. Start – knowing it will need to be fixed – that’s Jesse Reno again.
- Don’t be so serious.
- Get some power words to remind you of purpose and focus – from Tracy Moore.
- You don’t need to create “art”. Just create.
Next blog post I’ll share the trades that I came home with – swapping the wallets I folded with all the creative folks who attended. I have yet to unpack it all, will be doing that soon.
Have you ever attended an art retreat or group art classes?