Vikram Madan: Journey of a Thousand Smiles

Exhibition: May–June, Blakely Hall, Issaquah Highlands
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 13, 7–8:30 pm, Blakely Hall, Issaquah Highlands
Poetry Reading & Book Signing: Friday, June 12, 4:30 pm

Look What I Found by Vikram MadanCome celebrate spring with this delightful exhibition of whimsical pop-surrealist paintings by local artist (and artEAST member) Vikram Madan. The show will run from May 1 through July 1 at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands, and features oil and acrylic paintings that are sometimes humorous, sometimes quirky, sometimes light-hearted, sometimes metaphorical, sometimes thought-provoking, and sometimes all of these at the same time.  With bright colors and fun, engaging imagery, this family-friendly show will appeal to everyone who feels young-at-heart. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday May 13 at 7pm at Blakely Hall.

The Parting Gift by Vikram MadanArtist-author Vikram Madan was born and raised in India, where he developed an early love for humor and art. An engineer by training, as well as a former award-winning editorial cartoonist, Vikram has studied drawing and painting at Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art. He is also the author and illustrator of ‘The Bubble Collector’, an award-winning book of original humorous poetry that was nominated, by invitation, for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards and is frequently compared to the works of Shel Silverstein.

Vikram Madan says “I paint whimsical invented narratives that engage viewers through the use of humor, color, and imagery that seems both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. My work, at its heart, celebrates the best of what makes us human: curiosity, pluck, persistence, friendship, adventure, laughter, love and more. My style and technique is heavily influenced by both traditional art study and by my own background in illustration and cartooning. In the end, I aspire to create experiences that engage viewers in a light-hearted and thoughtful way, that invite embracing a more innocent view of the world, and that hopefully help make the world a better place one small shared moment of levity at a time.”

 

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Introduction to Block Printing Camp

Monday–Thursday, July 13–16, 10am–12:30pm (4 sessions)

Instructor: Leslie Nan Moon

Moon_Teen print campPrintmaking will literally show you how to make your mark on the world as there are more ways to work with ink on paper than simply with a paintbrush or pen.

Moon_Student print samples

Previous student work

Students will learn how to express imagery through gestural shapes and lines while discovering the art of relief printmaking, a process allowing multiple copies of the same image to be created.

Exploring skills of designing, carving, printing and replicating images will give students a foundational background in printmaking.

$20 materials fee materials fee paid to the instructor at time of class (cash or local checks only) covers all papers, tool use, and inks.

Class Fee: $145 (plus materials fee as listed above)
Prerequisite: None.
Levels/Age: All/12-18
Min/Max: 6/12
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center

Registration

PR2-EDU-2: Mon–Thurs, July 13–16, 10am–12:30pm

$145

 

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Mixed Media Painting Camp

Monday–Thursday, July 20–23 (4 sessions)
Ages 8-11: 10am–12:30pm
Ages 12-18: 1–3:30pm 

Instructor: Gail Baker

G.Baker_Jumping-mixed mediaCome explore the two-dimensional world of paint and color in a fun and investigative class using diverse tools and materials to create art!

Not sure what is mixed media painting is?  It’s creativity in painting and drawing with all kinds of fun materials such as; thin paint, collage pieces, sticks, colored pencil drawings, as well as texturing with sand, string and beads on a board.Winter summer winter

Along the way learn about pigments and hues, saturation of color, and how your ideas and concepts are arranged to create a unique composition.  By playing with core art elements and principles of design and using both traditional and non-traditional materials, you will come away with a one-of-a-kind work of art.  No experience necessary!

A $20 materials fee (payable to instructor at first class, cash or local check only) covers all paints, canvas/boards, and mixed media.

Class Fee: $145 (plus materials fee as listed above)
Prerequisite: None
Levels: All
Min/Max: 6/10
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center

Registration

PT2-EDU-3: Ages 8-11, Mon–Thur, July 20–24, 10am–12:30pm (4 sessions)

$145

PT2-EDU-4: Ages 12-18, Mon–Thur, July 20–24, 1–3:30pm (4 sessions)

$145

 

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Introduction to Concept Drawing Camp

Monday–Thursday, July 27–30, 10am–12:30pm (4 sessions)

Instructor: Abigail Platter

Platter-ConceptFor centuries, artists have used the same basic techniques to learn how to draw everything, from what they see in front of them, to what they see in their imagination.  In this class, students will take the steps to learn how to draw in those same, time tested ways. By first learning how to see and build form through simple shapes, students will begin the exciting journey of creating. Come explore the realistic and imaginative techniques of drawing, investigate perspective and reference, and sample a variety of media to gain a better understanding of drawing, and therefore enhance imaginative drawings as well.  Get your pencils sharpened as you won’t want to miss this class.  This class will be a fantastic springboard into making all types of drawings, paintings, illustrations, and more!

A $10 materials fee paid to the instructor at time of class (cash or local checks only) covers all papers, materials and drawing utensil use.

Class Fee: $145 (plus materials fee as listed above)
Prerequisite: None.
Levels/Age: All/12-18
Min/Max: 6/12
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center

Registration

DR2-EDU-5: July 27–30, 10am–12:30pm

$145

 

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Drawing in Color – Explorations in Colored Pencil Camp

Monday–Thursday, August 3–6, 10am–12:30pm (4 sessions)

Instructor: Janis Smith

J.Smith_Colored Pencil ClassTake your colored pencils out of the box and discover a new world of artistic possibilities! Come learn how to choose the right tools, have fun mastering basic drawing techniques and see for yourself how to embrace this wonderful medium.

We will draw and color a painting from start to finish with demonstrations along the way.  Color, value and composition will be discussed and you will take a finished drawing home, along with the passion to keep those pencils moving!

A $15 materials fee paid to the instructor at time of class (cash or local checks only) covers all papers and materials.

Class Fee: $145 (plus materials fee as listed above)
Prerequisite: None.
Levels/Age: All/12-18
Min/Max: 6/12
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center

Registration

DR2-EDU-6: August 3–6, 10am–12:30pm

$145

 

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Crossing Threads

ExhLogoMay 29–July 26, 2015
Opening Reception Friday, May 29, 6–8 pm

Artist Talk Thursday July 16, 7 pm

Curated by Anna Macrae

 

Please join us this summer for a textile exhibit of works by Lynne Rigby and Maura Donegan, entitled Crossing Threads.

Maura Donegan - Plato'sSolids

Plato’s Solids by Maura Donegan


 

Detail from Keeping Watch by Lynne Rigby

Detail from Keeping Watch by Lynne Rigby

The weaver, knitter and felt-maker work with their hands, and make a new fabric as they cross their threads. A new fabric telling a new story!

Donegan and Rigby take the beauty of the traditional crafts of lacemaking and felting and translate them into 21st century contemporary art.

Their work is very much about the process.  The work is ethereal and seems fragile, but the underlying structure – the Crossed Threads – gives it strength. A metaphor for our bodies and our world. Their materials and methods evoke the past and the present, memories of events, people and places. Coded words and marks keep thoughts private, while the viewer can make his or her own interpretation.

Artist Talk, Thursday July 16, 7 pm

You are invited to come and join in the conversation with the talented fiber artists Maura Donegan and Lynne Rigby, as they take you on their journey of personal narratives behind the technique, development, and process of creating their unique work.

 

 

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