THE GAME ROOM
Tuesday Nights is the name of our class and The Game Room is where we meet when we are not together.
Got a idea that just can't wait...tell us about it.
You need to hash something out, maybe we can help.
Or maybe you just want to see what everybody else is up to.
Post links, post pictures, post questions or just ask one.
I teach through action and immersion. Just keep moving, contemplate later. In art, for me at least, there are times of rest and contemplation, and times of work. Art making is a time for work. It is the time to pull from the mental and make physical. Create a reality, a piece of art. For this the contemplative brain needs to move over, the art critic side isn’t even invited to the party. Learn to ask and answer your own questions on the move. The sooner I can get you making art the better. Get something done and then we have something to talk about.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
What: Art Exhibition
When: Reception October 28th
Time: 5:00PM until 9:00 PM.
The show will be up through the weekend. 10:00AM 4:00PM.
Where: Ramona Town Hall, the East Wing.
729 Main Street, Ramona, CA 92065
Come dressed as your favorite dead person (famous or not!)
For the third year artist Helen Wilson invited a group of fellow artists to play the game "Exquisite Corpse." This is a game by which a collection of images is assembled by the group to form bodies. The game was invented by the Surrealists; and earned its name from one of the initial writings, "Le cadavre / exquis / boira / le vin / nouveau" (The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine). It is the perfect game for creating Art for a Halloween Exhibition.
This group plays the game with a bit of a twist. The body is broken into proportionally correct sheets of paper, i.e. the head is around 1/8 of the body. First they word associated body parts to warm up. For example, what does an arm make you think of? Then they all draw, one body part at a time. The results are then put on the floor where each of the artists chose a body, one part at a time.
This is where they really change the game; everyone goes home with his or her body and they agreed to reassemble for the exhibition. Once home, their body was the inspiration for a piece of art. Everyone is working with a 2’ x 4’ format, but materials are open ended. The only obligation was to their art and to keep the sense of play - after all it is a game. No one has seen all the finished work.
In the mean time in October the group started a new project, constructing Day of the Dead Altars. More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing for at least 3,000 years, a ritual known today as Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. In the United States and in Mexico, families build altars in their homes, dedicating them to the relatives who have passed. They surround these altars with flowers, food and pictures of the deceased. They light candles and place them next to the altar. In some homes the altar is not only dedicated to friends and family members who have died, but to others as well. These festivities show that syncretism is particularly important in cultural expressions like theology, mythology, and the representational arts, all of which are present in the contemporary diversity of Día de los Muertos. The group will be building artistic altars to people or causes that are important to them.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Here we go again...with a twist.
3rd Annual Exquisite Corpse Workshop and Exhibition.
On August 30th I’m inviting you and 15 other artists to play the game "Exquisite Corpse." If you have never played before check it out on the blog.
We “Tuesday Nights” will be revisiting the Exquisite Corpse and plus making Día De Los Muertos Altars, ending with a Halloween Costume Party and Exhibition! As always, complete artistic freedom is not only allowed but encouraged.
“Tuesday Nights” is an Art Class/Workshop for local creative types, which is built around a project idea that ends in an exhibition. Mostly this is a way to advance your creative skills while socializing with others of your artistic ilk.
We don't care about how long you have been at it. Some of us have been plowing the creative fields for a while, others are just starting, all that matters is your willingness to jump in and take chances; after all it's only art.
WHERE: Highland Valley Studios.
Highland Valley Studios, Inc.
18528 Highland Valley Road
Ramona, CA 92065
WHEN: Tuesday Nights, August 30th, Sept 13th, Sept 27th, October 11th and Exhibition October 29th
TIME: Starts at 5:00
Four meetings total
Two Lecture Project Introduction meetings:
4 hours, 5-9 P.M.
1-hour, lesson/ lecture
3-hours to work
Two Play dates:
3 hours, 5-8P.M.
Three hours of working on projects as a group with my guidance and artists driven critiques.
The classes are built around project ideas. We will hold an exhibition based on these projects. While each project will be given with a media in mind, as in all my classes, you are free to extend yourself.
Goals for the class
1. The building of an artistic community through socialization with other artist. (There is something to be said about breathing the air of other creative souls.)
2. Building artistic community through exhibitions. (It’s not about selling; it is about developing artistic energy through sharing with a larger community. Think of it as A Happening.)
2. To learn to Critique your own and others work effectively.
3.To develop technical proficiency in a variety of media and/or methods, by planning, designing and completing projects.
Online consultation is included in the price.
You will be encouraged to team up with others students in a playgroup to meet between classes.
The group can also communicate through the class blog.
Once you are enrolled in the class I will add you as one of the authors of the blog, which will allow you to post as well as comment.
Below is the link to the blog.
I want this to be a social and communal art event.
The Exquisite Corpse.
The creative spirit and chance.
Where do ideas come shared?
How to use your fellow artist.
Asking the right questions in a critique to get the help you need.
Día De Los Muertos Altars
Using Art to honor and remember.
Media and Meaning
Invites to Opening.
General rules for setting up an interesting and professional exhibition.
Exhibition: Opening Saturday 5-9.
Hoping to run through Nov 2nd, 12 -5
Exhibition set up Friday October 28th 2:00 to 6:00