As you might know, Createful Studio was born just two years ago, and the Art Fix class program—which by all accounts seems to be that sweet spot of artful gathering— is younger still. Art Fix is just one year old!
I opened Createful Community Art Studio in January, 2016, but it all really began with the art group several years before that.
Many of us in that first art group had little art making experience, but we all had lots of enthusiasm as we began to explore mixed media: acrylic paint, collage, felt, marbling, recycled materials, bookmaking, art journaling, watercolor...we took up projects, taught ourselves, experimented...
We allowed ourselves the pleasure and commitment of a weekly art date and it paid off in how far every single one of us grew into our own creative selves, creating beautiful work sometimes, and understanding and appreciating both our own and others' unique style and voice.
We also created not such great work sometimes too. Because that's the nature of experimenting and learning, right?
Surprise and delight and also "ughs" and "yucks". It's all part of the creative process, maybe the most important lesson of all.
Our art group was—and is still—a beautiful thing.
I began to want to share this experience with others outside of the group, so I opened the studio, and to make a long story short...
Like all beginnings, we had to find our way.
In that first year I offered workshops and people came, and those who loved what I was teaching kept coming, but I wasn't yet quite offering that experience of discovery and creative community I envisioned.
It wasn't until I stumbled upon the Art Fix concept this year that I feel things are falling into place. A new project each week—so lots of ongoing learning and experimenting. Open registration on a class card system for maximum time flexibility. And best of all, familiar faces who over time become creative community.
And this has been an awesome year of creating!
Some people come every week, some people come a few times a month, and people new to the studio (and/or mixed media) quickly discover how wonderful it is and come to join us regularly too.
And for me, not only do I have the pleasure of teaching and sharing what I know, but I get to create right alongside everyone, too!
So with no further adieu, here are my favorite Art Fix projects this year.
Keep in mind that I'm not sharing my less favorite pieces—just the ones I like. it's always good to remember that 'ol creative process is true for all of us (delight AND ugh), and like I tell people, we all get to decide what we want to share.
The year kicked off with three great projects I liked very much.
A 2017 Vision Board, "A Delightful Life" collage, and an Accordian Book:
There were a few other projects from early in the year I liked too.
The Artist Trading cards—I made Valentine dancers inspired by a magazine article—"Inchies" and the Sacred Transformation Art Journal page:
And I can't forget a few fun pieces mixing LOTS of media.
Mini 4X4" canvases, the collage pamphlet and an ATC mobile:
Recently we made the 13 Layers project, which seems to resonate with everyone.
This is where we create an art journal page or canvas with 13 different layers. I taught this class four different times so I decided to create a series of wood panels:
But out of all the Art Fix projects this year, the Handmade Altered Art Journal was the most intense--and gratifying.
We devoted Art Fix classes over three months of the summer to creating different pages and pieces of a book on a personal theme. My theme was my connection to nature as a child:
I wish I had pictures of EVERYONE else's books and other projects (new year's resolution: take and organize more pictures in the studio!) because they are all gorgeous—and unique—creations too.
I am so excited about our Art Fix program. We have now spent one full year creating and I can't wait to share all the other projects I have in mind for next year (I have so many ideas for us!) We have opened up a few more sessions, so each week you can attend Tuesday night, Thursday afternoon, Thursday night AS WELL AS two Saturdays each month.
Please know that if you are new—to the studio OR to art making—you are not only welcome but encouraged to join us! You will soon feel right at home.
The first few classes of the new year are open for registration on our meetup site (Vision Bubbles!) and as always you can learn more about the program on our website--or feel free to contact me for more information.
Cheers to our Createful Lives!