Intro to Mandala Art: Tuesday evening, August 28th

Same class as the recently listed one for Friday, August 24th but this one is in the evening (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and also located in my studio in Brownsburg, Indiana instead of Carmel. I’m trying to open these up to fit different schedules so if one doesn’t fit you, perhaps the other will! These are the last two Intro to Mandala Art classes I will be presenting for the year. Each will be followed by “Mandala Art II” classes in September for those who wish to take this art form a bit further.

mandala 14 (c) lynne medsker
mandala #14, marker & ink, 5×5″ (c) lynne medsker

If you plan to join in on this creative, relaxing and fun class please conact me (info@lynnemedsker.com) no later than midnight on Sunday, August 26th.

See you there!

Lynne

Industrial Art Duo – Workshop Saturday, August 18th!

So I’ve been debating on a few new classes to offer the next month or two. This is the first and I am SO excited to announce it!!

“Industrial Art Duo” ~ Two Exciting Projects, One Industrious Day!

miscellaneous metal parts

Don’t let the title (or the image!) scare you – I’ll be there to guide you through using any of the materials or equipment that may seem intimidating. I’ve also recruited my favorite collaborator, my husband Mark, to assist us with some of the work. Especially the welding!

finished work, turquoise topography © lynne medsker
“turquoise topography” 1 & 2, commissioned artwork, mixed media on wood panels, 20×20″ each

I’ve had several people mention how much fun it looked like it would be to create art using concrete as a textured underlayer (by the way – it IS fun) but I couldn’t figure out how to make that work in a one day class since there is a fairly long gap of time for the concrete to dry. Then it occured to me I could add a second project during that drying time that would keep us all busy.  Compared to just staring at the concrete as it dried it seems like a perfect solution. But what other project goes with concrete? Steel, of course!

wall sculpture #23 12×25″, $295 © medsker metal art

We will start and finish the day working on our concrete creations! You can choose if you’d like to create that work on one large wood panel or several smaller ones. Then, using various tools (and most likely your fingers!) you’ll make marks, lines, texture – or even embed items – on the surface. Once you’ve satisfied your yearnings to texture concrete, it’s time for metal!  To begin that project you will select different pieces and layout the design for your metal wall sculpture (approximately 12″ x 18″) as the concrete dries. You’ll get instructions on how to prep the metal materials and then Mark will work his welding magic to construct it for you.  After it has cooled from the welding process it can be spray painted, wrapped in wire or further embellished in a variety of ways. Although we have quite a selection of parts and metal to choose from you are welcome to bring in any items you’d like to include in your sculpture and we will help you find a way to incorporate it. At some point there will be lunch and snack breaks as well, keeping you busy until your wood panel is ready for more attention. Finishing the concrete artwork includes sealing it and then covering it with layers of acrylic, adding, subtracting and blending until it makes you smile. That could be just one or two layer, or many, many more!

work in progress © lynne medsker
work in progress © lynne medsker

Gloves will be provided for the concrete work plus there are gloves and safety glasses available for you to use when working with the metal. Although not neccessarily needed for the concrete work you will need to bring a long sleeve shirt, long pants and full cover shoes when working in the shop creating your sculpture. Most work will be done outdoors but we will have fans available to keep you cool. Bottled water and afternoon snacks are provided, please pack a sack lunch for your noon meal. Detailed information and a release form will be emailed to you once you have signed up. Be prepared to get dirty and happy during this creative day!

Date: Saturday, August 18th 2012

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (more or less!)

Cost: $145 – includes all materials & instruction for creating two unique pieces of art (if you wish to bring a spouse, family member or friend to collaborate with the fee for creating both pieces is $175 per couple.)

Minimum 2 participants/Maximum 8 participants

I can’t wait for this day…it is going to be so much fun! Now if I can just decide what fun to have with the other new class on my schedule….

Lynne

Me, happily working in the shop! Safety glasses over real glasses, such a great look! 🙂

Abstract, Contact, Watercolor

Another recap of a spring class, this one from May when we created abstracts on illustration board.

waterecolor, wax, marker
watercolor, wax, marker on illustration board

The process begins by rubbing blocks of wax around the surface of illustration board, creating an unseen design with the edges, sides and corners of the wax blocks.

drawing a design
student, drawing their design
design on contact paper
design drawn on contact paper

After that the entire surface is covered with contact paper and the design is drawn onto the contact.

removing contact
removing contact layer with x-acto knife

After selecting a color scheme then the contact paper is removed, section by section, using an x-acto knife and watercolor paint is applied.

adding paint
student adding color to their design
watercolor added
watercolor added, wax design showing

When the paint is added then the wax design pops out from underneath as white lines and dappled areas of color.

still painting
still adding paint
more color
adding more color
getting close
almost finished

As one area dries we moved on to a different section until the entire piece is covered with paint – if that’s what the painter desired. When the painting is done then the areas can be detailed and/or outlined with marker, paint or ink if desired.

Journal Creations

Although not quite as bad as catching up from March, these are images from an “open studio” class time in April. The project for that day was to create journals, using recycled materials for the cover. Specifically they all began as cereal boxes! Here are some “start to finish” photos of the journals in various stages.

beginning cover
folded box, adding textured paper
aluminum
folded box, aluminum layer added on top & embossed with design
journal cover
journal cover, adding colored ink
journal cover
journal cover, more layers of ink/color
journal cover
stamping on the colorful inks
finished journal #1
finished journal #1
journal cover 2
finished journal #2
detail, journal #3
detail, finished journal #3
finished journals, back side
back side of all finished journals

I love how all of these turned out differently. That’s one of my favorite things about being with creative souls…even with the same materials and techniques each of us is so different in our vision. Amazing!

New Classes at ArtSplash Gallery!

I’ve added several classes to the schedule, all to be held at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Here are two leaflets about the classes with dates & details. Feel free to contact me (info@lynnemedsker.com) when you are ready to sign up – or if you have any questions. mixed media class flyer with Lynne Medsker

mandala class flyer with datesLive on the westside of Indy? I’ll be scheduling classes in my Brownsburg, Indiana studio soon! Be sure to email me if you have any requests for specific classes! 🙂

(7/21/12 NOTE: Ooops! I originally uploaded flyers without the dates on them! Sorry!)

Layers & Lattes Returns!

Those of you that have attended one of these sessions know what a great time they are. A group of creative people with an art project and their own barrista for the evening? How great is that?! This workshop will be held on Friday, July 27th at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana as part of the “Fourth Friday” series of events.

(c) lynne medsker
mixed media on wood panel (c) lynne medsker

We will be creating mixed media art on wood panels from 6:30 to 9:30 that evening. The cost of the workshop is $30 per person and includes all supplies & your coffee. If  you have any items you’d like to include in your art please feel free to bring them with you! Here are some images of student work (in progress) from previous classes:

layers & lattes
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery

As you can see each creation is unique! Come let your muse out to play and see what happens…you know you want to! To register for this evening of fun contact Artistic Designs Gallery via email (Contact@ArtisticDesignsGallery.net) or phone (317-852-0252).

Next art workshop? July 19th!

If you were wondering when the next art workshop was on it’s way…well, now you know. More details? Acrylic and watercolor creations on paper.

(c) lynne medsker
progress photo 1 (c) lynne medsker

We’re going to try and get it done in three hours, start at 6 p.m. and going until 9 p.m. If that leaves you wondering when you’ll eat dinner I’m happy to tell you that after the first steps are finished there will be a nice break for paint drying. So feel free to bring your dinner with you, we will have time to munch and chat!

progress photo 2 (c) lynne medsker
progress photo 2 (c) lynne medsker

At the end of the evening you will have created a piece of art that is uniquely “YOU”! I’m anxious to see what you create!

free to be (c) lynne medsker
“free to be” acrylic/watercolor on paper, 15×22″ (c) lynne medsker

Cost of the workshop? $45, including all supplies and instruction. Plus the pleasure of an evening hanging out with your favorite artist! 🙂

You can use the PayPal button on the “Classes” page of my website to make your payment and reserve your place in this workshop. There is a limit of 6 participants so don’t wait too long to sign up!

Time to Make Mandalas!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve presented an “Intro to Mandala Art” class. That’s changing on July 25th when I’ll host a workshop at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Although these beautiful creations look very intricate the method of creating them is really quite simple. I’ve often called them “organized doodles” – and everyone can doodle!

mandala 24 (c) lynne medsker
mandala #24, marker & ink, 5×5″ (c) lynne medsker

Starting at 6 p.m. we will work until about 8 p.m. creating several works of art during that time. The cost is only $25 per person and includes instruction, materials and even a mat to use for framing your favorite creation!

mandala 14 (c) lynne medsker
mandala #14, marker & ink, 5×5″ (c) lynne medsker

Conflicts with your dinner hour? Feel free to grab your dinner and bring it with you. Or stop in at TeaBuds right down the street and get a freshly made ice tea to stay hydrated and refreshed. Heck, I don’t mind if you bring along some wine to sip. 🙂

mandala 2 (c) lynne medsker
“mandala #2″ marker on paper, 8×8” (c) lynne medsker

You can register by paying the class fee via PayPal on the “Classes” page of my website or by contacting me at info@lynnemedsker.com.

ArtsGo! This Saturday!


ArtsGo! presented by the Hendricks County Arts Council

ArtsGo! 2012 is celebrating its 7th annual event which will take place on Saturday, April 21st from 9am to 6pm at various locations throughout Hendricks County, Indiana.
Brownsburg, Pittsboro, Avon, Danville and Plainfield will welcome visitors to this one-day event open to the public and best of all, it is FREE!

This event provides the opportunity for our community, family, friends and visitors from around the state to view, purchase, listen and learn about the many wonderful artisans and their works that Hendricks County has to offer.

Guests will find fine works of art to suit any eye from the classic still life to the modern with a touch of whimsy thrown in! Artist mediums will include watercolor, acrylics, oils, metals, jewelry, fiber, glass and wood-working. Potters will offer demonstrations on wheel throwing; you can explore the magic world of hot blown glass, learn about weaving yarn and turning it into framed art! Musicians will entertain and bits of theatrical performances will be sprinkled about the county as well!

ArtsGo! will also feature hands-on experiences for children of all ages at Blanton House, make and take projects and the opportunity to participate in a collage piece that will be displayed at Gallery On The Square and then auctioned at the annual Midsummer Night’s Gala benefiting the Hendricks County Arts Council. ArtsGo! is full of creativity, adventure and education for everyone and a great way to support the arts in Hendricks County! Visitors are sure to find hometown restaurants and plenty of other unique places to shop and browse.

For locations, a map and other information visit the ArtsGo webpage HERE!

I’ll be hanging out at Artistic Designs Gallery that day where my “Mixed Well & Served Fresh” show has been held over, and will be presenting a mixed media workshop that afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00, I’d love for you to join in!

Mixed Up with Lynne Medsker

Workshop in Mixed Media Collage

Saturday April 21st, 1 pm-4 pm

 

Enjoy creating your own mixed media collage on wood panel during this three hour afternoon workshop with mixed media artist Lynne Medsker. Watch this talented artist demonstrate some of her creative methods of working. Layer a variety of papers, found objects and embellishments as you build your own unique piece of art to treasure.

All supplies are included in the playful class, although you are welcome to bring small objects, papers or other treasures you would like to include in your creations if you desire.

To register, call 852-0252 & register with a credit card.  Cost of the workshop $30.