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Beaded Art Workshop

February 5, 2022 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$25 Members/$35 Non-Members


                       Beaded Art Workshop 1                     Beaded Art Workshop 2                          

The Beaded Art workshop is being taught by Jean Battaglia, one of our long time members and local artist.  With her guidance, the students will create collage art using old jewelry and beads. s

"I also love to design and make different jewelry. Many years ago I designed a bead Christmas tree from my grandmother’ huge costume jewelry collection. I still have that Christmas tree picture which I display every Christmas. As a result of this project I have since designed other beaded pictures including but not limited to Christmas trees, saguaro cactus, Valentine heart etc. It’s a great way to use old jewelry that has a great deal of emotional value."

Jean Battaglia Bio

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VVAA's First Artist in Residence Grant Recipient: Larry Burton, Photographer

Sponsored by Nevada Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts
 February 21 - February 25, 2022

 

 



Thanks to the Nevada Arts Council  and the National Endowment for the Arts for providing the Grant funds needed to bring Larry Burton, a visual artist specializing in photography, to Mesquite to share some of his knowledge with our community.  Larry will be presenting workshops, photo shoots and critiques this week.  Sessions are FREE but, you must register as class sizes are limited.

Larry Burton specializes in teaching entry level photography with an emphasis on using simple equipment for beginners.  Burton has found that his use of point & shoot cameras can achieve professional results which is especially useful to artists attempting to document & market their work.  It is also helpful for students working with 4H, sports or other school projects requiring image making.  His intimate 1 to 2 hour sessions can be customized to suit different locations and time frames.  Any member of the community can find the material beneficial for marketing community events, participating in social media or photographing family members and events.  Recently, he has completed workshops for Great Basin Native Artists, Nevada Magazine, The Nevada Indian Commission, Travel Nevada, and The Nevada Artists Association.  Burton’s teaching style is tailored to provide any member of the community the opportunity to find the shooting style that is the most beneficial for them.

Workshop Sessions:

February 21:  "Entry Level Digital Photography"  5:30 pm- -7:30 pm. 

All aspiring photographers -  from beginners to experienced - will find something of interest in this workshop. Learn how to take high quality photos using point & shoot cameras or cell phones and improve your photographic skills.

Learn to understand exposure and how a few minor adjustments are all that are needed to take better images with inexpensive cameras & equipment. Topics include composition, lighting, exposure, shutter speed, F-stop & white balance. A follow-up session is available Friday, February 25 for those interested in evaluating and editing their images.

Free to all (members and non-members).

Limited to 40. Registration required.


"Entry Level Digital Photography" Registration


February 22:  "Photo Shoot"  Time and Place to be determined on February 21.


February 23:  "Taking Quality Images of Your Artwork" 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Limited to 25.  Must Register.

This workshop is intended for artists and will teach the skills necessary to collect high quality, high resolution images of their artwork using cell phones and point & shoot cameras. It will include the use of simple lighting techniques, assembling backgrounds and displays that complement their work and the use of simple photography equipment to take better images.

Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their artwork to photograph.

Free to all (members and non-members). Registration required.

"Taking Quality Images of Your Artwork" Registration


February 24:  "Taking Quality Images of Your Artwork" Workshop  10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Limited to 25. Registration required.***

This workshop is intended for artists and will teach the skills necessary to collect high quality, high resolution images of their artwork using cell phones and point & shoot cameras. It will include the use of simple lighting techniques, assembling backgrounds and displays that complement their work and the use of simple photography equipment to take better images.

Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their artwork to photograph.

Free to all (members and non-members). Limited to 25. Registration required.***

***This is a repeat of the Workshop on February 23.  Please do not register for both so more may attend.

"Taking Quality Images of Your Artwork" Registration


February 25: “Evaluation and Editing Your Images” 10:00 am – 2:00  pm.

Larry Burton will wrap up his weeklong residency in Mesquite with this interactive workshop where participants will be able to share their images taken during the week. Topics will include downloading, evaluating & editing images using editing programs and discussion and demonstration of tips to improve images with basic editing techniques.

Participants are asked to bring their images on a thumb drive for download and display.

Free to all (members and non-members). Limited to 25. Registration required. 

“Evaluation and Editing Your Images” Registration


Painting Portraits In Watercolor Workshop
with Linda Smith

March 4 and 5, 2022  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$110 members/$120 non-members

 

Have you always wanted to try painting a portrait but have felt intimidated? This watercolor portraiture workshop will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to overcome that fear! Through guided instruction and demonstrations, you will explore the steps involved in creating a successful portrait painting. Learn how to take quality reference photos, understand facial proportions and the importance of values, create realistic skin tones and the perfect backgrounds, all while capturing the likeness and spirit of your subject! Linda will simplify the process for you and provide lots of one-on-one instruction and valuable portrait painting tips! This workshop will be a unique opportunity to finally understand the secrets behind painting a successful watercolor portrait! The workshop is open to all skill levels.

Click the links below for more information and registration.

Linda Smith Biography

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Portrait Workshop Supply List

Slideshow
Portrait Workshop Pictures

Gourd Decorating Workshop
with Chris Picior

March 19, 2022  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 Members/$85 Non-members

 

Learn how to design, wood burn, outline, paint and decorate and polish your gourds.  Demonstrations will be given on how to clean, carve and to take your gourd and make it beautiful from start to finish.


One gourd per person will be provided, along with gourd paint and bling to put on your gourds.

If you have a special item you might want to decorate or embed in your gourd, bring that along as well.  If you have a wood burner, Dremel or special paints please bring that along as well.

Please bring a 3M mask because when carving gourds, one doesn’t want to breathe in the spores.  Also please wear old clothing because it can get very messy.

Click the link below to register today!

Gourd Workshop Registration






Pictures from

"Printmaking Without a Press"

by Linda Smith

Slideshow
2021 "Printmaking Without a Press"

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More workshops are in the works!


Kim is currently working on a Pastels Workshop in January.  More details will follow.

Meanwhile, please refer to our calendar as we do have some classes running now that are on a "Drop-In" basis.  Char Lang has two watercolor classes on Wednesdays and Tyler Roylance has a drawing class on Tuesdays.

Please refer to the Pottery Studio and Pottery Classes pages for more information on what is available there.

Finally, please feel free to stop by on Fridays, from 9:00 - 11:30 to join your fellow artists doing whatever art you want with the "Friday Creative Workspace" in the Classroom.

Hope to see you all soon!



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This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.