Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Second Workshop Opportunity for CPSA's 23rd Annual Convention in Atlanta


Join us July 29th - August 1st, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, for CPSA's 23rd Annual International exhibition and convention.

This year the workshops are being presented by two accomplished colored pencil artists and CPSA members. This is a workshop by Morgan Kari (CA) on adding metal leaf  to colored pencil works.

We hope you join us in Atlanta this summer and are able to take advantage of these incredible workshops. For more information on the convention, the exhibition and registration check out the prospectus.

Looking for a way to add more dramatic effects to your colored pencil paintings? Ways to add highlights to the sky, sparkle to objects or just improve a background? Adding metal leaf such as gold, copper, or silver could be the perfect addition. You will learn the varieties of metal and techniques for achieving various vibrant effects including embossing, distressing surfaces, bas relief, antiquing, and painting on metal leaf surfaces. There will be a demo of the adhesive sizing and how to apply the metal leaf. Morgan will show examples of her metal leaf artwork and her successful experiments using these glowing metals. You will be able to incorporate metal leaf into your painting and immediately see the bold results. Since we will be doing the gold leaf process first, please bring a preliminary outline of your subject matter of choice with an outline around the area where you want to place the gold or metal leaf. In the afternoon after the gold leaf has been applied, we will begin the colored pencil portion of the drawing. By doing this we prevent the gold leaf from adhering to the waxy colored pencil. 

Artwork by Morgan Kari (CA)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR 

Morgan Kari earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Washington with graduate studies at Art Center College of Design and UCLA. She worked as a fashion illustrator for thirteen years often using colored pencil and has been a fine artist for over forty years. She has taught at the Manhattan Beach Creative Art Center, Otis College of Art and Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and the Art Center College of Design. She's currently teaching painting and drawing classes at her Woodland Hills (CA) studio. She has traveled widely presenting workshops to various art groups and has been the featured speaker for a wide range of art organizations. Morgan has won many awards for her artwork and her work was selected for the twenty-first juried Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition. She is currently working on a book entitled Portraits In Many Mediums. 

SUPPLIES TO BRING 

Supplies to bring include colored pencils, graphite pencil, pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, duster brush, paper, and other basic materials. Attendees will receive an exact supply list one month prior to the convention.

For information on the exhibition and registering for workshops please check out the prospectus (page 6) on our website for CPSA's 23rd Annual International exhibition and convention. www.cpsa.org

Monday, March 23, 2015

Workshop Opportunity at CPSA's 23rd Annual Convention in Atlanta

Join us July 29th - August 1st, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, for CPSA's 23rd Annual International exhibition and convention.

This year the workshops are being presented by two accomplished colored pencil artists and CPSA members. First up is a workshop by Pam Belcher, CPSA on working with colored pencil on film. (The second workshop feature will be upcoming this week).

We hope you join us in Atlanta this summer and are able to take advantage of these incredible workshops. For more information on the convention, the exhibition and registration check out the prospectus.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP (One day, either July 30th or July 31st)
Do you get tired of dealing with paper surface texture? A different drawing surface can inject a new level of fun to an already great experience. Being able to work on both sides of the film and allowing those two surfaces to play off each other is an exciting game. One of the most enjoyable aspects of drawing on drafting film is that it contains no texture. You may find this aspect of the surface to be a complete game changer. For Pam, it has injected a new level of fun into an already joyful activity, not to mention the saving of time. The silky surface takes colored pencil pigment perfectly. Sometimes it is laid down with the side of the pencil in blocks of color. A light touch can produce extraordinarily thin and delicate lines. The process is delightful to experience, and the possibilities are endless. In this workshop you will draw on both sides of the film, combining blocks of color with expressive lines and details. Pam will demonstrate some techniques she has found effective and will provide images from which to work. She will briefly talk about her process and bring examples to show. In the afternoon, those who want to can experiment with creating textures with rubbings, and move on to additional images. 


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR 
Pam Belcher is a 5-year merit signature member of CPSA who began drawing with colored pencils in 1995. Her most recent work on two-sided matte drafting film has opened up an extremely exciting, entirely new world. She has been president of District Chapter 207-Seattle for six years, and before that was the chapter newsletter editor. She has a BFA from Washington State University and also attended Burnley School of Graphic Design in Seattle. She taught drawing for 15 years in a local senior center, volunteered her time for several years as an art instructor in an elementary school, and has conducted a few local workshops on various subjects. She was published in Best of Colored Pencil Volume 5 (Rockport Publishers) and has two pieces in Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow (Northlight Books). She has been featured in both The Artist's Magazine and American Artist Drawing Magazine. For more of Pam's work visit her website.

"Tenacity"
15.5 x 18.5"
Colored Pencil on Film

SUPPLIES TO BRING 
Supplies to bring include colored pencils, graphite pencil, pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, duster brush, paper, and other basic materials. Attendees will receive an exact supply list one month prior to the convention.

For information on the exhibition and registering for workshops please check out the prospectus (page 6) for CPSA's 23rd Annual International exhibition and convention. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

ArtSpectations Spring 2015 Best of Show Award Winners

CPSA's ArtSpectations Spring 2015 award winners were announced on February 20, 2015. Out of 259 entries in two categories of signature and non-signature, 12 award winners were selected by judge, Betsy Holster, CPSA (CA).

A Best of Show award was chosen, along with five Honorable Mentions, in each of the two categories. We will post the Honorable Mentions in the upcoming posts.

Betsy is currently a Professor at California State University Fullerton where she teaches the Artists Books Class, paper making and drawing. Her comments about judging the AS competition are: 

"The judging process for this exhibition allowed me an opportunity to enjoy a tremendous 
range of works of art addressing ideas and using approaches across a wide spectrum. I 
am drawn to pieces that transcend the usual, either in their technical approach, in the mood
they cast, or the internal conversations and questions they cause. With this in mind,
technical excellence is imperative - the skills of the artist should enhance, not detract from, the ideas. Work that has content as its focus, using technique to communicate the content, 
makes for artwork that we never tire of viewing. The pieces I have selected have all 
achieved this goal."


About Tracy Frein's (IL) award winning piece "Parkinsons", Betsy commented:

"This piece is fascinating on so many levels - compositionally intriguing. And the many
questions it poses!!"


"Parkinsons"
Tracy Frein (IL)
ArtSpectations Spring 2015
Best of Show
Non-Signature

About "Speak No Evil" by Tanja Gant, CPSA, CPX (TX), Betsy commented:

"Using a simple, efficient and compact composition, this piece gives just enough information to draw us in."

"Speak No Evil"
Tanja Gant, CPSA, CPX (TX)
ArtSpectations Spring 2015
 Best of Show
Signature Category

Bravo to all who entered and congratulations to all the award winners.