Instructor Q+A

Q+A with Leighanna Light

Leighanna Light is a favorite here in Northern Colorado, with her fun approach to creating mixed media work. She’ll be teaching in Fort Collins September 8-10, 2017. Early bird registration ends on July 31.

What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year?
Um, leaves. Seriously, I learned eco dyeing & developed a method of printing on metal, it’s all that I can think about!

How many hours a day do you work on your art?
Between art & teaching, 6-10 hours a day.

Tell us about your studio practice
I go into my studio & make stuff whenever I possibly can! I listen to music or audio books, Lily, my dog, has a bed next to my work table where she sleeps. Our neighbor has sheep, I can see them from my studio window and I am often distracted, especially this time of year when they have babies.

What makes for a great day in a workshop you’re teaching?
Watching students discover happy accidents, learning new things & being proud of what they created.

What 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop?
Gesso, a metal punch, antiquing glaze, Adirondack re-inkers, nuts & bolts.

Do you make art on the go? Tell us about your “go bag”.
I used to travel with a journal, gesso, watercolor crayons & pencils, but I was often too busy teaching to work in my journal. So I started leaving it at home & now I feel much less guilty!

Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise?
Bill Skrips, Mikel Robinson, Morgan Brig, Geoffrey Gorman, Pat Chapman, Albie Smith, Tory Brokenshire, Misty Lindsey, Jesse Reno, Diane Arbus…..

What’s your favorite work of your own? Will you share a photo?
It’s a piece that I just finished, it’s called “What are you hiding?”

What’s your favorite part about teaching workshops?
I really love all of it, even packing kits! I especially love connecting with new people & sharing new ideas.

What’s your ideal workshop student?
Someone with an open mind, willing to try something new & not afraid to make a mistake. Wait, that sounds like a kinky dating ad!

If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop?
Come ready to learn with an open mind.

If you’ve taught in Northern CO before, what’s your favorite thing about teaching here?
Seeing you & hitting the wonderful junk shops in Loveland. Sorry, can’t remember any of the names!

Of the workshops you’re teaching this year, which is your favorite? Which do you predict will be our favorite?
Surface Design on Metal is a brand-new workshop that I’m so excited about teaching! Taught it for the first time in Albuquerque a few weeks ago, the students work was to die for & I can’t wait to do it again!

Do you have any surprises in store? Can you give us a hint?
Yes. Brown.

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it?
Yes, I think that I was a fool for not trading when someone who’s art I greatly admire offered!

What’s your favorite word?
Kerfluffle

When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun?
Kayaking, hiking and camping, but making art & teaching is mostly what I do for fun!

Q+A with Kae Pea

I was first introduced to Kristen Powers’ work years ago when I started stamping (before the internet, even!), and she was a designer for Effie Glitzfinger Rubber Stamps. Her stamps were always my favorites. Years later, I learned that Kristen is the daughter of the couple who ran Effie and she has taken up their mantle with her own Rubbermoon Stamps. Kristen is a delightful artist who works in bright colors and with stamps, stencils and more. She’ll be teaching in Fort Collins at the Community Creative Center July 21-23. Early bird pricing has been extended, so register now!
What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year?
 
How many hours a day do you work on your art?
I work in the studio a minimum of 8-10 hours per day but I count the business side of things or time spent experimenting as “my art” too!
 
Tell us about your studio practice
I work a lot. But I am very spontaneous. I may be working on marketing or email or classes or a number of other things, but if I get an idea for a painting or technique and I feel the urge to try it, I will stop what I am doing and go with the flow.
 
Do you make art on the go? Tell us about your “go bag”.
a sketchbook, watercolors, and a micron pen
 
Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise?
 
This is my favorite piece I did while in art school. It is a “master study” of a Matisse drawing. It was one of the first times that I realized I may really be an artist and even though it is a ‘pretty exact replica’ of his work (which was the assignment) I felt I had the ability to move forward and find my own voice.

What’s your favorite work of your own? Will you share a photo?

I don’t have a favorite really. I think almost every piece is a favorite for a while…but I do have a few that are significant or special to me. (yes I am happy to share!)
 
How do you differentiate your work and your teaching style from that of other instructor artists who do similar things (i.e., other fiber art teachers, other assemblage artists)?
Well, I think the fact that I own and (design for) a stamp company and develop imagery to use as art tools, rather than ‘just a rubber stamp’ sets me apart a bit. I wear many hats and I feel that it makes me able to share and encourage students in many ways other than just in the ‘making’ process.
 
Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it?
Hmmm…well, I don’t think I have the ‘first ever’ but I do have the first from art school. I think to myself, “You’ve come a long way, baby!”
 
What’s your ideal workshop student?
A student who is excited and passionate about creating.
 
What makes for a great day in a workshop you’re teaching?
Students who are engaged and happy with what they learned and made.
 
What 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop?
  1. white gesso
  2. graphite pencil
  3. baby wipes
  4. RubberMoon stamps
  5. waterproof ink
What’s your favorite part about teaching workshops?
That I get to share my passion and enthusiasm with others. Making art fills me with so much joy. I want everyone to feel this tingly feeling!
 
If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop?
To leave the inner critic at the door, to not compare yourself to others and to enjoy the process and company of other creatives!
 
If you’ve taught in Northern CO before, what’s your favorite thing about teaching here?
It is my first time and I am so excited!
 
When you visit NoCo, do you have any special shops where you like to stop in and browse?
No, but I can’t wait to check it out. I am looking forward to new sights and especially restaurants!
 
What should a new-to-you artist expect from one of your workshops?
I teach from the heart. Though I am professional and prepared, I have a spontaneous style. It is how I am. I think I am approachable and sharing. I love what I do and  I try to convey that in everything I do.
Of the workshops you’re teaching this year, which is your favorite? Which do you predict will be our favorite?
Oooh that is too hard. I love all of the classes and projects (seriously)! But I think that Paint the Town is really extra cool and will be a hit!
 
Do you have any surprises in store? Can you give us a hint?
There may be some artsy goodies and swag involved!
What do you wish I had asked you in this interview?
my age. haha. no just kidding.
 
What’s your favorite word?
Imagine
 
When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun?
Poppin’ Tags! 
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Artworks in this article are representative of Kae Pea’s personal work. To see samples of what we’ll be doing in her workshops, please visit her workshops pages here.

Q+A with Thomas Ashman

Thomas Ashman is a mixed media artist living in New Mexico who will be teaching at the Community Creative Center in Fort Collins, CO July 7-8-9, 2017. You can sign up for his workshops with early bird pricing by June 18. Final registration is July 1.

How many hours a day do you work on your art? Depends on the day, but I can go from sunup to sundown if motivated. It’s important to get in there daily, even if only for a few minutes to avoid stagnation.

Tell us about your studio practice. Lots of projects in-progress at any given time. Alternating periods of extreme tidiness followed by visions of the apocalypse. Loud 1980’s heavy metal music. Coffee… lots of coffee!

What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year? PLASTI DIP®

What 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop? My toolbox, my skeleton apron, my bifocal safety glasses, a bunch of my “go-to” supplies, and a triple-shot white chocolate mocha.

Do you make art on the go? Tell us about your “go bag”. My thing is pretty tool intensive, so I am really quite stationary more often than not. However, I find inspiration around every corner, so in a sense, I am always “working” on my art when I am out and about, whether it be collecting ideas (and all sorts of supplies wherever I may find them, of course) not so much actually “making” art on the go.

Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise?

What’s your favorite work of your own? Will you share a photo? Sorry. Really don’t have one. Each piece is it’s own experience, unique unto itself.

What’s your ideal workshop student? Someone who is courageous enough to make huge mistakes and try again, and understands the need to practice, sometimes over and over, any new techniques before demanding too much of themselves.

What makes for a great day in a workshop you’re teaching? Everyone having a good time, making new friends, and expanding one another’s artistic horizons. A yummy lunch always adds to my enjoyment too… especially when we all sit down, relax for a while, and swap a few stories and laughs.

What’s your favorite part about teaching workshops? I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I learn so much and get so many great ideas from students, I should probably pay them for the workshop. That is the selfish reason I love teaching, but I also just love seeing a student taking pride in their accomplishments, especially after having doubts about their abilities… Watching a new artist blossom is my favorite part of being a teacher.

If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop? Don’t be scared. What’s the worst that could happen? (laughing mischievously)

If you’ve taught in Northern CO before, what’s your favorite thing about teaching here? The scenery, definitely. I am hoping to get in some kayaking while there…any suggestions?

When you visit NoCo, do you have any special shops where you like to stop in and browse? I am always on a quest for cool junk, old vinyl LP’s, black jackets… and the perfect white chocolate mocha.

What should a new-to-you artist expect from one of your workshops? Expect to laugh, learn, and make a friend (if you want one, that is). Also, expect me to be kind of unusual… but in a cute way.

Of the workshops you’re teaching this year, which is your favorite? Which do you predict will be our favorite? The Glass Journal is the one that started it all for me, so it will always hold a dear place in my heart, but predicting anything in this life of mine has proven to be quite futile.

Do you have any surprises in store? Can you give us a hint? What happens when burning propane, chemicals, and metal are thrust together?

How do you differentiate your work and your teaching style from that of other instructor artists who do similar things (i.e., other fiber art teachers, other assemblage artists)? I have never had any trouble standing out from the crowd. In fact, my “non-conformist” side has been a real problem at times.

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it? Yes. My mother saved it in my scrapbook for me. It is entitled “man” and looks nothing whatsoever like a man. It makes me think of how fortunate I am to have grown up in a home where creativity and individuality were not only encouraged, but expected.

What do you wish I had asked you in this interview? Fewer questions.

What’s your favorite word? Mocha

When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun? Outdoor stuff… camping, kayaking, hiking, etc. Watching zombie movies and TV shows, eating ice cream, reading, listening to and playing music, and hanging with my dear, sweet lady Leighanna.

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Photos on this page are representative of Thomas’ work. See samples for this July’s workshops.

Q+A with Carol Ann Waugh

 

In this interview with Carol Ann Waugh, the fiber artist/instructor shares some of what makes her tick. You can sign up for her August workshops in Fort Collins with early bird pricing by May 21. Final registration is July 15.

What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year? I’m starting to have a collection of colorful rotary cutters from Olfa. I have a blue one and a purple one in addition to their regular yellow. Just seeing them on my cutting mat makes me smile!

How many hours a day do you work on your art? I’m usually in my studio working from 10-3pm every day. Sometimes 7 days a week!

Tell us about your studio practice That’s a hard question to answer. The last two years, I’ve been working on two major series of work, incorporating text into my pieces. Now, I am trying to create my own fabric to stitch on and that has taken me into a more mixed media approach so I’m spending time creating patterns with watercolor. But every day I’m in my studio is a creative day so it makes me happy.

 

Do you make art on the go? Tell us about your “go bag”. Sometimes, I hand embroider since lugging a sewing machine makes it hard to make art on the “go”. In that case, I have a small bag of hand-dyed pearl cotton, a #22 chenille needle, and a small pair of scissors.

Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise? I am inspired by artists that use lines in their works, like Geoff Slater, Piet Mondrian and Gene Davis.

What’s your favorite work of your own? Will you share a photo? I don’t really have a “favorite” since each piece I make has something I like about it and something I would improve! But this is the very first piece I made in my Stupendous Stitching series and it’s still a piece I love.

What’s your favorite part about teaching workshops? I love sharing all the techniques and secrets I’ve developed and learned over my 10 years (!) of creating fiber art. My students take these techniques and create their own wonderful fiber art pieces and seeing their creativity makes me happy.

What makes for a great day in a workshop you’re teaching? Seeing the smiles on my student’s faces as they discover their inner artist.

Carol Ann Waugh on her scooterWhat 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop? Well, it always depends on the workshop but my go-to kit contains band-aids, sewing machine tools, extra needles, sharp scissors, and my iPhone for taking photos of the works in progress.

What’s your ideal workshop student? I love teaching students who want to learn. Students who are open to new ideas and who are willing to challenge themselves without worrying about judging their work. And also, students who like to have fun creating and laughing along with everyone else.

If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop? Relax. This is an experience that you will never forget and one that you will treasure all your life. Discovering your creative voice is very empowering and not having to match any seams is freeing!

If you’ve taught in Northern CO before, what’s your favorite thing about teaching here? I live in Denver and have visited Ft. Collins many times. What a wonderful and friendly place! Of course, besides the fun atmosphere of a college town, the wide open spaces and mountain views are to die for.

How do you differentiate your work and your teaching style from that of other instructor artists who do similar things (i.e., other fiber art teachers, other assemblage artists)? I tell better jokes!

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it? No. Most of my first attempts were relegated to the garbage. It takes time to become proficient at a technique. And, then you have to develop your artistic voice. I do have several of my early pieces but they are stored away to only be shown if I have a retrospective exhibit!

When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun? Ride my scooter around Denver.

Q+A with Mindy Lacefield

Mindy Lacefield is a mixed media artist who draws inspiration from the nostalgia and rainy days of her childhood. Creating from the heart of a 7 year old, Mindy cherishes the tactile process of painting. As the layers and colors evolve, decisions are made in the moment. Mistakes are applauded and accidents cherished. It is only through the process of making mistakes that fosters growth. Surrendering to the outcome of the finished work, allows her to be one with the process. Through surrendering, stillness is achieved and a new awakening of hearing the voice of God has been the most beautiful thing about this creative journey.

What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year? No. 6 catalyst wedge. It is a must have for what I call “un-tidying” your work. If I feel myself start to tidy up my paintings, I reach for this and it works every time. I can’t wait to show you guys how I use this!

How many hours a day do you work on your art? 2-3 hours of actual painting time. The rest is spent doing administrative stuff like answering emails, student questions, scanning, etsy shop stuff.

What 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop? catalyst wedge, titanium white paint, quinacridone nickel azo gold paint, mop brush, and openness for the process.

Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise? Anne Patay, Arturs Akopjans

Always Choose Joy by Mindy Lacefield
Always Choose Joy by Mindy Lacefield

What’s your favorite work of your own? My latest original on wood, titled “Always Choose Joy” Will you share a photo? (attached)

If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop? That we will not have much of a plan for creating. We will allow mistakes to show up. We will be relaxed and play. And have FUN!

If you’ve taught in Northern CO before, what’s your favorite thing about teaching here? I have not. The only other place I’ve taught is Colorado Springs. I am excited to see the northern part of Colorado!

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? yes. It is of the moon over the Pacific ocean. What do you think when you look at it? I think of that beginning magic of how the Divine spoke ever so gently to me….calling me to Him through art.

What’s your favorite word? I always pick a word for the year and this year I chose JOY! I also love “listen”.

When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun? I love love going to movies! I like Sci-fi, fantasy, and Disney movies. Some of my favorites are Cinderella (live action), Terminator 2 and Genysis, Wreck it Ralph, War Games, E.T., Bambi, and all the Star Wars movies.

Mindy Lacefild will be teaching in Fort Collins, Colorado, June 23-15. Learn more about her workshops here.

Michael deMeng

Q+A with Michael deMeng

Back with another Artist Q+A in this year’s series. Today, I have Michael deMeng, talking about supplies, workshops and his studio practice. Enjoy!

How many hours a day do you work on your art? When I’m not teaching or filming classes I try to get in 6 to 8 hours a day.

Tell us about your studio practice: I basically work until I get frustrated. That might be ten minutes that might be five hours. When I start feeling stressed I take a break…as long as I need to get back into the groove. Sometimes that 5 minutes, sometimes it’s five hours. I’ve found that when I try and blast through the frustration, I end up making things worse. So a bit of time in between seems to work.

Do you make art on the go? Tell us about your “go bag.” I try but mostly on the road I sketch. A mechanical pencil and a sketchbook is all I need.

What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year? Aves FixIt – It’s similar to the Aves Two-Part Clay but a bajillion times stronger…well…bajillion is a bit of an exaggeration…it’s friggin’ strong.

What’s your ideal workshop student? I am fortunate to see a number of my students over and over again. It’s great to see them grow and expand my lessons into something that is their own.

What makes for a great day in a workshop you’re teaching? That’s easy…a bunch of students with a good sense of adventure and sense of humour, who are able to see their vision materialize before there very eyes.

What 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop? Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Titanium White, Dremel, Drill, E6000

What’s your favorite part about teaching workshops? It’s fun….I truly enjoy being surrounded by folks working through creative quandaries.

If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop? The trick to assemblage and to painting is to demystify it and understanding that it’s really just a form of problem solving that have a multitude of solutions. My job is to show folks what has worked for me and to give them a variety of options to help them grown in the direction they want.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching here in Northern Colorado? The people. A good natured lot in this neck of the woods.

What should a new-to-you artist expect from one of your workshops? Good music, good times, good sense of humour. and tons of creative energy.

Do you have any surprises in store? Can you give us a hint? I’ll have some special paint color recipes developed just for this class.

Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise? From the olden days….I’d say Hieronymus Bosch is a big influence, the fantastical silent films of Georges Mellies like “A Trip to the Moon” (if you’ve ever seen the film “Hugo” you’ll know who I’m talking about.) As for living artists…I’m fortunate to be buddies with a few of my faves…Jesse Reno, Brian Cunningham, and John Whipple to name a few.

What’s your favorite work of your own? Will you share a photo? I think my favourite piece is my recent Tarot deck series, where I created a puppet theater for the Major Arcana.

How do you differentiate your work and your teaching style from that of other instructor artists who do similar things (i.e., other fiber art teachers, other assemblage artists)? My work is more….hmmmm…”deMengish”

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it? Well my mom has the Xmas apron I made for her in kindergarten. It’s a white apron that says Merry Xmas Mom….and it has a vampires, a mummy, a werewolf and lots of other monsters. It’s awesome!

Besides being an artist, what’s your dream job? A horror movie Creature Feature host.

What’s your favorite word? The Uszhhh

When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun? Watching monster movies…what else?

Michael is teaching in Fort Collins, Colorado on May 12-14. The workshop, The Mad Alchemist’s Apothecary Kit, is available as a 2-day or 3-day class.

Q+A with Leighanna Light

If someone took one of your workshops and had never done mixed media or assemblage before, what would you tell her before she began?

I would remind them that they are there to have fun, to meet like minded people, to learn and try new techniques, and not to stress about the final outcome. I encourage new students to stay open and let go of any expectations about the workshop. I tell them that there really are no mistakes that they cannot fix, and that it is impossible to screw up. To keep their eyes open for happy accidents. To try new techniques, but then pick and choose what they love, and focus on that, rather than struggling with a technique that they don’t like or isn’t working for them.

You’re a favorite of our local mixed media artists and have been here numerous times — What’s your favorite thing about teaching in Northern Colorado?

I love the clean air, the gorgeous mountains and the cool weather. The abundance of art galleries, antique stores and the cool vibe in Loveland and Fort Collins. For selfish reasons, I love the fact that CO is close enough to drive, just a short 6 hour drive from Taos, that I can pack as much crap in my car as I want, and don’t have to worry about weight limits on my bags! I also love that I am able to spend time with wonderful friends that I am not able to see very often.

When you visit NoCo, do you have any special shops where you like to stop in and browse?

The number one stop on my list is always Les Sunde’s shop in Fort Collins, Swamp Gas & Gossamer.

There are 4 or 5 antique shops in Loveland that I always visit, but can’t remember the name of any of them! And there are always great exhibits at the Loveland Museum.
Last year I discovered the Mishawaka, a beautiful concert venue right on the river where I saw Conor Oberst.

What should a new-to-you artist expect from one of your workshops?

My workshops are laid back and relaxed. There are no rules or mistakes & there is nothing that you can screw up….yes, reader of my words, even you!
My workshops are like a buffet at an AA meeting. I offer a plethora of techniques, tips & tricks, you can take what you want & leave the rest!
I do not teach cookie cutter workshops where everyone makes the same project & each piece looks exactly the same. Even though we are all using same basic supplies, the end result is wildly different for everyone.
I like to play music, giggle a lot, tell stories and laugh! The most important thing for me is to make the class fun & make sure people enjoy whatever it is that they are working on.

Of the workshops you’re teaching this September, which is your favorite? Which do you predict will be our favorite?

I swear that I am not trying to be politically correct when I say this, but I love all of them for different reasons. They are all so different! I love to teach people how to create beautiful surfaces with plaster, gesso & ink. I love walking people through the problem solving aspect of assemblage, and bookmaking is just so satisfying in the end.

When I am at home working on my own art, I love the variety and I don’t think that I could ever just focus on one thing, I guess this is why I don’t really have a favorite. When I am making assemblages, I am in my head a lot & doing a lot of problem solving. I spend a lot of time arranging objects, solving attachment issues and staring at my work! Nothing looks right until after I assemble all of the parts, but then it all comes together beautifully at the end.

When I get tired of being in my head so much, I move on to surface design, which is more ethereal, meditative & free form. I don’t have to put much thought into what I’m doing, I just enjoy the process & being in the moment with the mediums & textures until I come up with something that I really love.

It’s the same with bookmaking, sewing the book is the brain work, but I love spending time playing with paint & gesso to create the pages.

Do you have any surprises in store? Can you give us a hint?

Yes.

No… the word is “surprise”, right?!

How do you differentiate your work from that of other assemblage instructors?

I guess I am more of a purist. I don’t often alter the found objects that I use in my work, even though I absolutely love that look and so appreciate the talent that it takes to work in that way. I use found objects that I love, either because of the memories that they invoke, or because of the beautiful colors, patinas & textures and I just can’t bring myself to alter them.

And I almost never use glue, I try to find a more secure way of attaching things.

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it?

I don’t have the first piece of art that I ever made, I don’t even remember it, but I do have the first assemblage that I ever made hanging on the wall above my computer.
When I look at it, I think “What were you thinking? You’ve come a long way baby!!!”
That said, I can’t seem to let it go.

A few years ago I invited Jesso Reno, an extremely talented painter, out to Albuquerque to teach a workshop. When he came to my house, he saw this assemblage & asked me if I wanted to trade it for one of his paintings. I was so honored…and stunned that he was interested, but I just couldn’t do it!

To fully appreciate this, you have to understand that Jesse is god to me! I love his work so much, I have 3 or 4 of his paintings hanging in my studio. His 3 day class was one of the best workshops I’ve ever taken & on top of all of this, he is such a great person.

What do you wish I had asked you in this interview?

After a nine hour drive home from Art Unraveled yesterday, I wish you had asked me if I’d like to take a nap. Someone- anyone- please give me permission to take a nap!!!!!

What’s your favorite word?

My latest favorite word is “perspective”. Several months ago, I was in Bryce Canyon photographing the rock formations. I noticed how even moving the camera a half inch offered an entirely different perspective. It’s been a rough year, and I try to apply this to life events. I find that when I shift my perspective ever so slightly, my whole attitude & emotional frame of mind can change drastically in an instant.

And “kerfluful”

 

Leighanna – You have permission to take a nap, after all, you live in the Land of Mañana! But seriously, we cannot wait to see you in September and the surprises you have in store for us! Thanks for the interview and we look forward to your workshops this fall. 

Do you have a question you’d like to ask future workshop instructors? If so, please email your questions or comment below!

Q+A with Kelly Kilmer

New feature: A little Q+A with the instructors. Let us know what you think!

If someone took one of your workshops and had never art journaled before, what would you tell her before she began?

Art journaling is for everyone, males and females of all ages and stages. Art journaling is your place to play, experiment, question, explore and just be creative. It can be about the words, the images, the playfulness, but in the end, it should be about the process and the journey.

You’re a favorite of our local mixed media artists and have been here numerous times — What’s your favorite thing about teaching in Northern Colorado?

The students and the location!!! I LOVE my Colorado students. I always look forward to trekking and teaching there.

When you visit NoCo, do you have any special shops where you like to stop in and browse?

I usually am in and out but I’m looking forward to visiting Blue Twig Studios [Ed. note: This shop is in Colorado Springs.]. Last year I stopped at (I can’t think of the name of that paper store in Boulder that I loved) and would love to go back there some time! I’m usually too busy teaching to do much shopping though Fort Collins does have a great Barnes and Noble with magazines I rarely see elsewhere.

What should a new-to-you artist expect from one of your workshops?

Lots of new techniques and ideas that can be applied to any art form! You will walk out with your head spinning with new ideas and a desire to keep creating.

Of the four workshops you’re teaching this July, which is your favorite? Which do you predict will be our favorite?

I love them all for different reasons. I try to make each class unique and different. I loved working and making each one.

Do you have any surprises in store? Can you give us a hint?

We’ll be digging deep and learning a variety of new techniques and ideas in each class. I’m bringing new toys and I guarantee that not only will you learn a lot but you’ll laugh and have a great time.

How do you differentiate your work from that of other art journaling instructors?

My work is very personal. I take what I’m doing very seriously and I strongly believe that everyone is creative in some form. If I can do this, so can you. I am very passionate about what I do and how I teach.

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it?

Every piece of art represents possibility and a journey. I keep all of my journals and even have my very first ones.

What’s your favorite word?

I asked my son, Tristan, and he said, LOVE. I think he’s right!

 

Thank you, Kelly! We can’t wait to see you next month!