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Pam Carriker & Mary Beth Shaw Day 1


This will be a blog post of very few words but lots of photos…

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This was a day of making “parts” for building on.


3 New Book Clubs Starting


As I’ve posted before, Book Clubs are a very popular offering at A Work of Heart.  This is an  atypical “book club” in that we actually DO the projects in the book rather than just reading and discussing.  The community of makers that come together for the series is truly magical.  Each time a book comes to an end everyone is anxious to start the next.  That is exactly where we are today…it isn’t too late for you to jump on board for this next adventure…actually, its never too late since each session is stand alone.

First up is Tuesday Mornings from 10am-12pm

We have been working out of “Exploring Mixed Media Collage” by Ruth Rae and Kristen Robinson.
Each week we have adapted the projects so they can fit in an art journal.  We’ve enjoyed the book so much the majority requested we do some of the more dimensional projects.

April 28 – Birds Nest -p112
May 5 – Bright Star -p97
May 12 – Our House -p57
May 19 – Flight -p119
May 26 – My Sacred Heart -p122

Each Session is $30 and all supplies are included.


Thursday Mornings from 10am-12pm

We have most recently completed Dina Wakley’s book Art Journal Freedom that covers art principles.  We will continue exploring art principles with Pam Carriker’s “Creating Art at the Speed of Life”.  What I appreciate most about Pam’s approach in this book is that she encourages us to analyze our artwork to learn and grow and become better artists.  This is a quick 4 week study through all 7 principles.

April 30 – Exploring the element of color by doing the exercises on page 11. “Color Wheeling” and page 22. “One Color at a Time”
May 7 – Exploring the Element of Texture with the exercise “Under Wraps” on page 36. We will also work on Exploring the Element of Shape with the exercise “Ephemeral Matters” on page 64
May 14 – Exploring Visual Perspective with “Positively Negative” on page 86. We will also work on Exploring the Element of Form with “Word Search” on page 104
May 12 –  Exploring the Element of Line with “Grand Gesture” on page 128. We will also be Exploring the Element of Light & Dark with “At Face Value”

Again, each session is $30 if you pre-register ($35 for late registration)


Thursday nights from 6-8pm we will be covering 4 Mixed-Media projects from Pam’s earlier book “Art at the Speed of Life”…I know it looks and sounds JUST LIKE the book we are covering Thursday mornings and that is confusing…HOWEVER, it is NOT at all the same book.

April 30 – page 15, Redefining the Blank Canvas by artist Christi Hydeck
May 7 – page 57, Papier Mache Dresses Collage by artist Sue Pelletier
May 14 – page 75, Encaustic Encounter Collage
May 21 –  page 101, Assembled Anthology inspired by artist Seth Apter

Again, this is a quick 4 week journey through the book.  All supplies included for $30 pre-registration ($35 late registration)

I do hope you will join us for this creative quest whether it is for the entire series or single sessions, these 13 classes are sure to educate and inspire you in your art making.



7 day (week) art journal


Totally inspired by Pam Carriker‘s book “art at the speed of life” / for the most recent book club.

Here is my book in progress after the 7 sessions (+1 for the covers and binding)



Here we are the girls working on a make up session this past Tuesday.





The results after only 9hours of work on these books is stunning.. I’m thinking of running another session in January for those of you available in the day time.. Let me know if you are interested.

New Book Clubs in September/October


Book Club is always a great time in our creative community.  This fall will be no different!  I’ve selected 3 books.

 If you are new to the concept of an ART BOOK CLUB…then this is how it works…we have selected a book you sign up for individual sessions to complete the projects covered in the book.  Simple!
Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm
Art at the Speed of Life(7 day Art Journal) by Pam Carriker
  • 7 weekly sessions
  • 9/11/2012 – 10/23/2012
  • $95 (works out to less than $15 per session!)

**NOTE**Don’t skip this one even if you participated the last time we covered this book in book club…we are doing DIFFERENT projects this time!!  We are covering the “7 Day Art Journal” exercises

 Wednesdays 11am-1:30pm
Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts
September 12
September 26
October 3
October 10
October 17

Each stand alone session is $45 (pre-registration price) or sign up for all 6 and get 20% off.

Thursdays 6pm-9pm
Plaster Studio by Stephanie Lee & Judy Wise
 Mixed-media Techniques for Painting, Casting & Sculpting we will work our way through this inspiring book creating new projects weekly. Sign up for one, several or all of the sessions and get an in-depth understanding of the medium of plaster as it is combined with acrylic paints and even encaustic medium.

You may take individual classes for $45(pre-registration price) per session or sign up for all 7 sessions and get a 20% discount.