Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Classes! Come make art in a safe fun enviroment 

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Hello Beautiful Humans,
I know many of you have inquired about classes this year. I have spent the spring exploring some new directions in my work, but the sun is shining and its time for someSummer Classes!  Hope you can join me for some creative exploration. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom for some news and upcoming events.

Sat July 9, Junk Crow  9:30 am- 4:30 pm $70 plus $15 materials 
I am retiring this class so don't miss this last opportunity to learn how to make Junk Crows.  

Come and join me for some creative deconstruction and transformation of the humble artificial bird.  We are going to breathe soul and spunk into those mass produced plastic creatures and create unique works of art. Through the use of fabric, wire, and string we will create a complex textural base for our bird. Working with thin metal and found objects we will create new beaks, wings, and eyes. Then to complete our Junk Crow we will create a whimsical wire hanger and embellish our creation, with beads, buttons, and junk.
This is a project-based class with tons of room for exploration and variation. I really encourage everyone to go where their muse is leading them. We will be learning lots of fun easy techniques that produce quick, dramatic results. You’ll find that these newly learned techniques can be applied to many different kinds of mixed media work.  I look forward creating with you.

Sat July 16, Own Your Creativity  9:30 am- 4:30 pm $80

Do you doubt or deny your creativity? Do you feel like you are not original? Like you are just copying others? Creativity for most of us is an amorphous, slippery, fickle creature that does not like to be caught, questioned, or structured.
Come spend a light hearted exploratory day getting a grip on that magical creature CREATIVITY.  We will use fun quick exercises to let go of those pesky ideas of perfection and preciousness. I will share with you inspiration art and words from diverse sources to support your journey.  This is the perfect class for those brand new artists who are convinced they are not very creative and for the seasoned artist whose work has gotten tight and predictable.  Come join me in creating some artistic chaos!
Sun July 17, Grunge Painting 9:30 am- 4:30 pm $70 plus $10 materials

Do you swoon over rusty metal and peeling paint? Is Wabi Sabi your favorite look? Come spend a fun day learning to recreate what takes nature years to make. The focus will be on creating texture and patina. Working on canvas and paper we will be recreating the look of peeling bill boards, crackled paint and rusty walls.  This class encourages you to let go of that perfection complex. We will be sanding, tearing, slopping, spraying, and exploring unusual materials. You will leave class with an abstract work of art and tons of new techniques.   Come let me encourage your wild grungy spirit!

Classes are held at my personal studio at 1920 Main Street Suite #8, Ferndale, WA, 98248. There is parking along side of the building and in the back by the smoke stack.  A lunch break of 45 mins is included in the schedule. A sack lunch is recommended, but there are some food options close.

Full payment is required to register. Supply list will be emailed after registration. How to pay: my first choice is a check made out to Clarissa Callesen and sent to 2252 Seamount Dr. Ferndale, WA 98248, I can also take a credit/debit card over the phone, or I can send you a PayPal invoice.  For full refund a cancellation must be made 48hrs before day of class.  15 students max, must have at least 5 students to run the class
Call 360-305-9058  or email

I am pleased to announce that two of my new fiber and found object pieces were selected for the  Anacortes Arts Festival's Arts at the Port Juried Exhibition, July 30 - August 7.  
Don't forget you can find my ceramics and smaller mixed media pieces on Etsy year round.
I will be having a solo exhibit at Social Fabric, 1302 Commercial Street Bellingham called "Parts of the Whole" for the month of September. Gallery walk and opening reception Sept 6th. 

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