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Making art is good for your health

Tucson landscape - no textStudies show that immersing oneself in the creation of art has great benefits for your general wellness and can even help slow the aging process. Don’t know where to begin? Join Catherine Bickford in Tucson this February and choose one or more of your favorite mediums offered in six in-depth, but easy to follow classes. From mixed media to jewelry making, Catherine will demonstrate how to incorporate color and symbolism to bring personal meaning to one’s jewelry and other art. This is the fifth year that she will be teaching at the Tucson Bead Show. The 2015 event takes place at the Radisson Suites Tucson Hotel and runs from February 2nd through the 7th.

Be sure to join Catherine in Tucson and soak up the sun while enjoying some time for yourself at The Tucson Bead Show. See below for our list of classes. You will need to register for each class separately.

   

Collage & Mixed Media: Part One on Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Collage-Mixed-Media-Part-OneYou will learn the basics of collage including how to distress with color wash and glazing, and how to create textured effects with stencils and patinas. You will get an overview of what tools and materials are needed for collage including how to create an image transfer into medium and gesso.

Eventbrite - The Tucson Bead Show - Collage & Mixed Media: Part One

 

Collage & Mixed Media: Part Two on Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Collage-Mixed-Media-Part-TwoThis class offers in depth instruction on to incorporate beads, chain, and charms into your mixed media jewelry. Learn how to create beautiful embellishments along with collage techniques such as such as distressing with color wash and glazing, creating textured effects with stencils and masks, as well as advanced techniques such as image transfer, and transparent layering techniques. Learn wire-wrapping techniques that will be used to enhance your jewelry with beaded elements and charms.

Eventbrite - The Tucson Bead Show - Collage & Mixed Media: Part Two

 

Drilling & Wire-Wrapping Sea Glass: Part One on Friday, February 6th, 2015

Drilling-and-Wire-Wrapping-Seaglass-OneThis class provides an in-depth introduction to the art of drilling glass. You will begin by learning the steps to drilling glass, including what type of drill and drill bits to use, plus how to keep the drill cool. You will also learn basic wire-wrapping techniques that will allow you to make elegant pendants and earrings.

Eventbrite - The Tucson Bead Show - Drilling & Wire-Wrapping Sea Glass: Part One

 

Drilling & Wire-Wrapping Sea Glass: Part Two on Friday, February 6th, 2015

Drilling-and-Wire-Wrapping-Seaglass-TwoIn this class you will learn simple metalsmithing methods to create sophisticated jewelry. You will begin by learning the steps to drilling glass including what type of drill and drill bits to use and how to keep the drill cool. Once you have mastered drilling, you will create dramatic textured findings for your drilled treasures by hammering and shaping silver filled round wire with forging tools. You will learn how to make your own custom ear wires and bails.

Eventbrite - The Tucson Bead Show - Drilling & Wire-Wrapping Sea Glass: Part Two

 

Creating Talismans: Part One on Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Embossed-Pendants1Have you ever wondered why you gravitate toward the same color palettes? Would you like to know what it means when certain images continually show up in your art? In this class you will learn the meanings of various colors and symbols and then incorporate them into your very own “talisman” or good luck charm.

Eventbrite - The Tucson Bead Show - Creating Talisman: Part One

 

Creating Talismans: Part Two on Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Talismans-2Building on what you learned about symbols and colors in Creating Talismans: Part One, this class covers the healing and uplifting properties of gemstones, such as carnelian, turquoise, amethyst, and citrine. We will work with a wide variety of materials and processes, while learning the secret meanings of colors, symbols, and gemstones. You will combine beads, chain, charms and stones in to a personal talisman or good luck charm. We will work with the Vintaj texturing metal system to experiment with texture and metal patinas, allowing you to add gorgeous, layered color and then combine your embellishments using wire-wrapping and simple forging techniques.

Eventbrite - The Tucson Bead Show - Creating Talisman: Part Two

 

 

Becoming an Art Night Out Team Member

ANObiz imageHAP608x300If you would like a proven way to earn money from your creativity, and you love the joy that creating brings to your life, consider becoming an Art Night Out team member. Catherine started Art Night Out® over ten years ago to serve women like herself, women who love the idea of creating but who just don’t have the time to put it all together. Since then, she has offered parties, workshops, and classes to thousands and thousands of happy customers. If you would like to be part of her network of Art Night Out® team members, join Catherine for an information session while you are in Tucson.

February 5th, 2015 information session – Click here to register.

February 6th, 2015 information session – Click here to register.

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One-Day Painting Workshops with Bobbi Heath

Join us at our new location in Yarmouth for enlightening and relaxing one-day workshops that will explore how quick small paintings can be a rewarding way to improve your painting skills. Bobbi Heath will explain techniques, materials, and a practical approach to painting daily, and will also teach you how to find time to paint regularly.  The workshop will consist of exercises focused on creating a finished painting in a short session and having fun doing it. Bobbi will demonstrate techniques that will help you get the most out of your painting time and discuss subjects and reference materials particularly suited to daily painting.

Bobbi Heath studied drawing and painting with Maine artists Suzanne Harden and Tina Ingraham. She’s attended numerous workshops, particularly enjoying those with Scott Christensen, Colin Page, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, and Marc Hanson. Bobbi paints in oils, and teaches a “Daily Painting” workshop at River Arts, in Damariscotta. Her work includes landscapes of her favorite coastal haunts in Maine, travel destinations elsewhere in the US and Europe, and paintings of still life subjects. Bobbi regularly exhibits at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery in Yarmouth, ME, River Arts in Damariscotta, ME, and the Concord Art Association in Concord, MA. She also participates in plein air events across New England.


Creating Your Daily Painting Practice Workshops

Saturday, January 17th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm     REGISTER NOW

Saturday, February 28th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm     REGISTER NOW


 

Artist Statement:

For me painting is largely about nature and the ways we enjoy it. I find the most inspiring examples on the coast of Maine and the activities we engage in there. Boating, hiking, and cooking native specialties all inspire me. Painting en plein air (in the outdoors) is my way of getting to know a new place, and I enjoy doing that in my travels around the US and Europe. What I hope you see in my work is a wonderful reminder of somewhere you’ve been, a day that was perfect, or perhaps an enticement to find this beautiful spot and make it part of your own memories.

For examples of Bobbi’s daily paintings, visit bobbiheath.blogspot.com.

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Complete Your Wish List at Artascope Studios Today

Many of you have been asking about our holiday sale. Not to worry–we have something even better planned this year. Instead of a one-day sale, we are spreading it out over 12 days to make it a unique and wonderful shopping experience.

Can you remember when shopping was actually enjoyable? At Artascope, we want you to be relaxed and happy as you hang out on the comfy couches in our front room gallery, sipping wine or tea and having a bite to eat, surrounded by lovely paintings from artists such as John Bowdren, Liz Prescott, Catherine Breer, and Beth Newman. Or, wander through the rest of the studio and browse artisan goods crafted by Judy Babin, Nance Trueworthy, Catherine Bickford, Leslie Evans, Cullen Concannon, Dr. Dandelion, and of course, our own line of Art Night Out® gift items.

Beginning Friday, December 13th through Tuesday, December 24th, stop in to create (or add to) your wish list so others can buy you exactly what you want! Each day, we will be drawing a lucky winner for a gift certificate to our always popular Art Night Out® classes. No need to purchase, but you must physically come in to enter your name for the drawing.

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Spend Time with Friends at Our New Art Bar

Party in the Art Bar!

What is the Art Bar, you ask? It’s the perfect mix of inspiration, community, and art techniques… all rolled up into a convenient “drop in” format that allows you to jump in on your schedule. You may choose from one or more of the following: Crochet Wire Jewelry, Collage Glass Charm, Resin Jewelry, Vintaj™ Natural Brass Jewelry, Sea Glass Drilling or Sea Glass Wire-wrapping, and our newest offering–the Vibe Leather Bracelet.

How it works—

Open when the studio is open, from noon to close. Available for drop in creativity sessions. Cost is $5 per person, plus cost of materials for the project you choose that day. Ideal for the Do-it-Yourself person. You’ll get some guidance but not a dedicated teacher. Video instructions are available. If you are interested in further instruction, there are two events in the Art Bar every week, Friday nights 5-7pm and Saturdays 1-3pm. Visit our calendar of events at www.artascope.com to register for Art Bar workshops.

Looking for additional Art Bar benefits?

If you are all about the perks, you will want to join our new Art Bar VIP Club. Enjoy six months of Art Bar events and DIY visits for only $99 per VIP Club card. Available for use either August to January or February to July, each VIP Club card will come with 4 Art Bar Party event punches AND 24 Come-and-Play punches. This is a value of $220, which makes the $99 well BELOW half price. However, punches will expire at the end of the six months, and do not carry over. Use all the punches yourself, or bring your friends with you for free admission to the Art Bar. (Materials must be purchased separately.)

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It is Time to Blossom with an Artist Series this Spring

Happy that winter is finally over? Ready to jump into spring? Here’s a great way to awaken your mind and enrich your soul.

At Artascope Studios we offer a six-week Artist Series format that is the perfect combination of inspiration and technique. These in-depth classes allow you to indulge your inner artist without committing to several months of class time. We welcome absolute beginners and intermediate students. Go ahead, indulge your artistic side . . . call to reserve your space today! You may also sign up online at www.artascope.com.

You’ll find well lit rooms, a comfortable workspace to spread out, and numerous ever-changing samples to inspire you. We invite you to stop by and check out what’s new!

Mondays, 6-9pm – Clint Fulkerson shares his love for Metalsmithing. His great sense of design is sure to inspire, as he guides both beginners and intermediate students.

Tuesdays, 4-7pm – Elizabeth Redstone brings her freeing, stress-free style to the canvas in Expressions in Paint. Enjoy a fun and supportive environment in which to explore self-expression in paint.

Tuesdays, 6-9pm – Metalsmithing with Clint Fulkerson. So popular, we offer a second night!

Wednesdays, 4-7pm – Christy Devault continues her popular Landscape Painting class. Christy will take you step-by-step through the process of creating landscapes from photography.

Wednesdays, 6-9pm – We welcome Susan Sloane, who brings experience in working with both silver and bronze Precious Metal Clay. Combining the ease of working with clay and the results of precious metals, you will learn rolling, stamping and cutting techniques during the creation process and see how they translate in a completed kiln fired PMC pendant.

Fridays, 10-1pm – Catherine Bickford demonstrates how to turn your photography into fine art with Image Transfer techniques. Using this innovative technique and a variety of surfaces, digital prints are transformed into art pieces to be hung in your home.

With the drop-in option (just call ahead), it’s easier than ever to join! Each Artist Series meets once a week for three hours. The curriculum begins with weekly projects and gradually progresses to individual exploration. Artist Series classes cost $195 for a six consecutive classes or $40 per class. Material kits are available to get you started! Visit the Artascope Website or give us a call for more information at 207-799-5154.

“Relaxing, stress relieving, comfortable, friendly, enjoyable. A great night out—.”  ~ Bev Bailey

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Create Your Own Art Night Out Party

Host Your Party at the Studio or Let Us Bring the Party to You

Whether it’s a birthday, a bridal shower, or a company event, the fact is you’re looking for something new and unique to wow your friends, family or co-workers. You can achieve this quest with a fun and easy Art Night Out™ project. Guests will walk away with a beautiful treasure they created, as well as taking home an enjoyable memory of quality time spent with friends, family, or colleagues.

Our studio can accommodate a group of up to 25 guests, and also offers on-site instruction and materials at your destination location. Party pricing starts at $30/per person, and the more who attend, the better the savings. Discount schedule is as follows:

Contact us at (207) 799-5154 for more information. Visit www.artascope.com to view our party projects.

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Because YOU Deserve a Night Out!

We at Artascope Studios are pleased to share a new way to enjoy our Art Night Out® workshops. You may now attend our most popular classes at various locations throughout New England. Check out the line-up at Dabblers hobbies + café in Concord, Massachusetts. Dabblers’ is committed to providing local community with supplies, workshops and events that revolve around the world of hobbies. Here you will be able to get the full Art Night Out® experience with trained instructors leading workshops in Ice Resin Pendant, Crochet Wire Jewelry, Vintaj Natural Brass Jewelry, and Art Journal Book.

Art Night Out® workshops are designed to nurture creativity and help you complete an inspiring project in just one night. We make it easy by providing the right tools, materials and instruction so you can step right into the art-making process and just express yourself. No prior experience is necessary and all materials are included in the cost. What a great way to spend a few hours! Here’s what a few of our recent attendees had to say:

“I had a blast at Art Night Out®. It was a very relaxed environment. It was a great reprieve from my stressful week.”  Cathy Mati

“This is the third class I’ve taken, and I’ve enjoyed every one.”  Heather Monsen

“Thanks for providing a wonderful, creative outlet.”  Melanie Carroll

To register for these classes, contact Dabblers at 978-254-5798, or e-mail them at info@DabblersConcord.com

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Make Your Friday Night a Creative Party Night

Artascope Studios can help you jump start your weekend with a creative burst. Jazz up your typical Friday night out with friends and family by signing up for Creative Open Studio, and take home a piece of art or jewelry you’ll truly love.

Creative Open Studio nights focus on a theme of jewelry making, painting, or collage making with the choice of two different projects. Open Studio is every Friday from 5-7pm, and materials are included. Bring your own snacks and drinks, and relax for two hours while revealing your inner creativity.

If jewelry makes you happy, you may choose to forge, texturize and wire wrap metal, or else work with ice resin to create a beautiful pendant. At the painting open studio, participants may choose either a landscape or still life to practice their technique. During collage night, you will enjoy designing your very own art journal or photo book by customizing the “look” with paint, decorative paper and embellishments.

As a special treat for first time attendees, we are offering the opportunity to bring a friend for free. Please register via our online schedule. Pre-registration required.

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Check Out Our New Artist Series for January!

At Artascope Studios we offer a six-week Artist Series format that is the perfect combination of  inspiration and technique. These in-depth classes allow you to indulge your inner artist without committing to several months of class time. We welcome absolute beginners and intermediate students. This January we’re excited to announce the addition of a Fused Glass class to our Artist Series. With the drop-in option (just call ahead), it’s easier than ever to join! Each Artist Series meets once a week for three hours. The curriculum begins with weekly projects and gradually progresses to individual exploration. Artist Series classes cost $195 for a six consecutive classes or $40 per class. Material kits are available to get you started!

Lizzie Ruskin is teaching Metalsmithing for Beginners on Tuesday mornings.  Lizzie has the patience and a sense of humor to make any class fun! Also on Tuesday mornings, Sukie Curtis shows students how to follow their intuition with Expressions in Oil. Sukie has a laid back style that will help you find your true artistic voice. Tuesday evenings will see Clint Fulkerson sharing his love for Metalsmithing. His great sense of design is sure to inspire, as he guides both beginners and intermediate students. Cynthia Legere does double duty this session, teaching both Precious Metal Clay (Wednesday mornings), and Fused Glass (Friday mornings).  With PMC, the possibilities are endless–sculpting and rolling the clay to any shape you desire. Once fired in the kiln, the resulting metal is sure to wow your friends.  In Cynthia’s Fused Glass class, you will immerse yourself in the creation of beautiful glass pieces you can hang in your window, or wear as jewelry! Finally, Christy Devault is continuing her popular Landscape Painting class on Thursday afternoons. Christy will take you step-by-step through the process of creating landscapes from photography.

Visit the Artascope Website or give us a call for more information-207-799-5154.

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Made With Love, By You!

The holidays are approaching! Do you really want to trek around to all those stores this year? Wouldn’t you rather be nice and cozy at home, with a blanket and a hot drink? Why stress out at the mall, dealing with the crowds, when you can visit Artascope Studios in South Portland on Wednesdays and Sundays (now through December 14th) to learn how to make personalized, hand-made gifts for your friends and family. Forget Made in China—how about Made with Love, by You!

Learn how to make amazing gifts using these techniques: pouring ICE Resin® into decorated silver bezels; crafting simple beaded earrings; crocheting wire necklaces and bracelets; embossing designs on metal; drilling sea glass; making your own holiday cards or pretty gift tags; or displaying a favorite photo with image transfer.

Demos are held from 1-2 p.m. All materials are available for purchase at Artascope Studios, open daily 10-6 p.m. Ask about our Art Night Out evening classes! Gift certificates are also available. Visit us on FaceBook to view the individual dates in the Events section.

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