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Encaustic & Mixed Media Visiting Instructors

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We have 2 more visiting/special guest instructors before I shut the studio for 2 months and re-model/re-group/re-fresh.

Please note:  There are minimum registrations required to hold classes with guest teachers.  PLEASE do not wait to register, your hesitation may result in a cancelled class!
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  1. Naomi Haskell – Encaustic Painting Workshop:nh1
    Encaustic uses wax, heat, and pigment to create a work of art or as a varnish. The term is derived from the Greek enkaustikos, to “burn in”. Encaustic refers to both the medium and the process. During this class we will discuss the equipemtn and tools required, managing the heating palete tempertaure and the various supports and materials you can use. I will show you how to use the medium, starting by prepping your board, applying the wax and paint, scraping to discover the layers of colorful wax, carving to define shapes, fun textures, taping for line and design and how to use various papers within this beautiful medium.
    This is a three-hour class, with plenty of hands on practice for $66 (early registration), material included.

    Encaustic is the most beautiful of all artists’ medium. Because of its nature, however, you have to be willing to relinquish some element of control. The wax has a mind of it’s own, we can only learn to guide and manipulate it.

    Whether you’re just starting out with encaustic painting or have been painting with this medium for years, my hope is that you pass on what you have learned. As our collective knowledge of this exciting medium expands, we all become its gurus and heralds.
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    Click here to register for Thursday Night, April 27th from 6-9pm
    Click here to register for Sunday Morning, May 7th from 10am-1pm
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  2. Nicole Austin – Abstract Collage Backgrounds & Luscious Layered Portraits
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    Abstract Collage Backgrounds:  “In this class, we will create messy, complex, abstract backgrounds using a variety of materials and techniques. These finished pieces can stand alone as abstract works of art, or we can further add to them using our favorite quotes or images. We will start with a blank page in our art journals and add colorful marks with oil pastels, pencil, spray inks, stamps and watercolor. The second layer involves collage (using unique paper that we will create in the beginning of class as an exercise to loosen up our creative side!), and more marks with acrylic paint pens. A final layer (if you choose to complete in class–some might want to make several backgrounds to use as inspiration for later) might include adding an inspirational quote, “word of the year”, a photo, collage or stenciled image. We will also explore how to work with pages in our journals where we feel “stuck” or feel like the page just isn’t “working.” In fact, if you have a journal you are already working in, or using to clean off brushes or extra paint, even better! I love to start with a page that already has random marks, and paint, so if you want, you can do a little “homework” and come to class with a few pages already started! But no worries, I will also be demonstrating how to start from scratch and conquer the fear of the blank page.”
    Click here to register for Friday, April 28 – 10am-3pm

    Luscious Layered Portraits: “I love to play with a variety of media in my art journal to build up beautiful, colorful, complex layers using oil pastels, watercolor, stencils, acrylic paint pens, and spray inks. These could easily be called finished works of art and left alone–but why stop there? I like to use these lusciously layered backgrounds as a backdrop to my portraits. I love the way the layers peek through each face, telling a unique story. In this class, I will show you how I create my own unique collage papers using a very simple set of art supplies and build layers in our journals with those same techniques. We will explore how the different media work together to create different effects (resist with oil pastels and watercolor/spray inks, stenciling techniques, how to layer collage, etc) and we will be working on multiple surfaces to keep our creative momentum going (basically, we’re going to spread out and get messy!). The last layer will be drawing the face and shading with oil paintsticks to create dimension. This is where we will play with transparency as we allow some previous layers to “peek” through the face. We will focus on ways to make our portraits come alive. And no drawing experience necessary! The faces will be very simple and raw but the results are dramatic!”
    Click here to register for Sunday, April 30 – 10am-3pm

Junelle Jacobsen

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Junelle Jacobsen

IMG_0058I’m am smitten with Junelle’s art.  It has such a sweet illustrative quality to it that I admire so greatly.  If you’ve been itching to stretch your creative muscles these workshops are for YOU!  Sunday’s class features bitty works of art on these precious blocks suitable for tucking into spots all around your home.  Junelle even has recipes attached to the backs of some, making them perfect for a sunny windowsill in the kitchen.

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unnamedJunelle Jacobsen is a prolific sketcher and avid photojournalist, inspired by her faith and everyday adventures.  A passionate advocate for living life with “playful curiosity”, Junelle follows the divine path wherever it takes her.  She can be found working at local farms, hiking and biking, sketching and writing, and teaching her love of art and God’s goodness around the world.  She chooses to live life with a “yes” on her lips, a soft heart for anyone she meets, and wild adventure scribbled at the top of her list.


Junelle currently lives in a small town in Utah with her husband and is the mother of five brilliant children and shepherdess to sooo many lambs.

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Her Sunday workshop features those sweet blocks and you can sign up here.

3/19/2017
Rooted & Grounded in Love – Junelle Jacobsen
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Monday she is offering a workshop called “My Favorite Things” which dives in to sketching and painting YOUR favorite things.

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Even if (especially if!) you don’t feel like you can draw or that you are “not artistic” this workshop is great for you.  There will be plenty of individualized instruction in a small group setting that will be nurturing to your creative side.

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You can sign up for Monday’s class here:

3/20/2017
My Favorite Things- Junelle Jacobsen
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

We try to make it extremely easy for you to walk in empty handed by providing access to the studio tools and supplies.  There is a small (optional) kit fee for those who need us to take care of the supply list for them so they don’t have to worry about a single thing.

You will be refreshed and encouraged after spending time with sweet Junelle.  She doesn’t make it to California very often since she spends a great portion of her year raising precious lambs in Utah.   You will want to make arrangements to come if at all possible.

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Recap 2016 – Day 12

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Julie Balzer came from Boston to teach class October 10/11.
If you are unfamiliar with Julie’s work you can find out what she does by visiting her website here.
It’s enough to make your head spin.  She is seriously my role model for being a business savy artist and entrepreneur.  I admire her greatly.
Julie is kind enough to offer you all a special deal on one of her awesome online courses.  She is encouraging people to join #CarveDecember and so
her online course: Stamp Carving 101 is 10% off for our readers.

Discount Code: ANDREA2016
Isn’t that exciting?!
Here are a few shots from class when Julie was here
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If you are interested in exploring art journaling techniques in the new year to get a deeper understanding and practical application of mediums and art principles you might want to join in our new 7 week Art Journaling Series starting January 10.

1/10/2017 – 2/21/2017
Art Journaling – 7 Week Series
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

In this series you will explore aspects of visual journaling.

VISUAL JOURNALING “Visual journaling is a creative way to express and record life’s experiences, feelings, emotional reactions, or our inner world – visually and verbally. Essentially, visual journaling can become a potential key to the artmaking process.
Exploring our own thought process through visual journaling is essential in a world that is in a state of continuous change. Just as there are many ways to express oneself artistically, there are many ways to create visual journals. By committing to the visual journaling process, one can learn how to access his/her inner language of imagery and express it both visually and verbally, while exploring the connection between image and word. Through visual journaling one can also become capable of articulating connections between their own personal art-making experiences and the works of master and contemporary artists.” – Michael Bell

This series is broken up into 7 lessons:
1. Color Confidence – Selecting and mixing colors
2. Motif – Handmade stencils, masks & stamps
3. Mediums – exploring paints, gels, gessos & pastes
4. Image & Line – transferring methods
5. Lettering – Hand drawn letters/words
6. Composition – exploring balance, white space, symmetry, repetition
7. Details – Finishing touches to elevate your artwork

Bring a journal (8×10 or 9×12 watercolor journal is preferred) and we will provide all the supplies you need.

Next up…Roxanne Coble (aka. bybun)

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Our next guest artist visiting A Work of Heart is Roxanne Coble.  Roxanne is a mixed media artist, illustrator, and art teacher. You may have seen her around social media (on Instagram as @bybun), or seen her work on the 2015 spring cover of Art Journal Magazine. She also recently just wrapped production on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s new PBS show Make It Artsy…

She is offering 2 workshops on August 18 and 19.

First:

Come and create a mini journal with Roxanne Coble
Thursday, August 18, 6-9pm
Registration Fee: 95
Click to register

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This art journaling class takes you through the process of creating a miniature, two-inch, mixed media art journal. Through step-by-step instruction, we will begin by binding and constructing our mini journals by hand. Once our mini journals are assembled, the class will then take you through a variety of individual techniques, prompts, and illustrations to apply within each 2-page spread! At the completion of the class you’ll have a fully altered mini journal featuring eight different miniature art spreads.

 

Fantastical Fauna
Friday, August 19, 10am-5pm
Registration Fee: 136 before 8/12/16 +10 for late reg.
Click to register

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This art journal class takes you through the process of creating a two-page journal spread that includes an illustrated animal. What makes these animals unique however, is that they are in a state of transparency: complete with bones, organs, and unique illustrative details. Through guided step-by-step instruction, we will build up an initial background layer using a variety of mixed media techniques. With our background layer complete, you will then learn how to plan, draw, and fully illustrate your own fantastical fauna…

 

Summer Art Camps – Not just for kids!

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Summer Art Camps – Not just for kids!

June, July and August around the studio mean the days are filled with classes (“camps”).  Each week we have at least 3 “camps” going on.  A “camp” is a 4 day grouping of classes that fall into a category such as Jewelry, Mixed-Media, Zentangle, Watercolor, Art Journaling and the like.  There are 3 time slots we offer (10-12, 1-3 & 3:30-5:30) each day.

Next week we are offering Photography (10am-12pm)

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Art Journaling (1pm-3pm)

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and Jewelry Making (3:30pm-5:30pm)

If you are on our mailing list or follow us on Facebook you have seen the special deal we’ve been offering our subscribers.  ($99 instead of $150)  If you are interested in purchasing up to 4 weeks at this rate, click here.  You will need to use the drop down box to select the number of weeks you wish to purchase.  After your purchase you will click here to go to the camp calendar and RSVP for your selected weeks.  Simple!

This deal was supposed to be good through today but I’ll extend it through Friday, June 3rd for those of you who read the blog.

Our minimum age for camp is 8 (in most cases, 10 or 12 in some cases) but there is no maximum age!  We invite adults to attend any camp session.  As a matter of fact, we welcome it.

**Side Note** Because most camps are made up of 4 individual classes, if you are not available for 4 consecutive days, you can pick and choose classes throughout the summer to get a taste here and there. Click here to sign up for individual classes. (Note, the discount above is only for 4 consecutive days in the same time slot)

I hope to see lots of you in the studio this summer.  Bring your friends, enjoy the air conditioning and make something!  Because I’m NOT running a “groupon” type of deal this summer the crowds will be light and the atmosphere will be relaxed.

Here is a link to our entire summer program grouped by camp.

All camps take place at A Work of Heart Studio, 2196 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, 95125

Latest Art Journal pages

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Latest Art Journal pages

It has been a while since I’ve simply posted art for the sake of posting.

Pinterest pinged me this morning saying that my Art Journaling Board followers haven’t seen anything new from me lately 😉  Thanks pinterest…yet another thing to add to my ever growing to-do list.

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I do love to feature words on my art journal pages.  More so than imagery…

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I love to create a big “mess” then mask out words by laying chipboard letters over top and spraying..This will “calm” the background down a bit.

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Most of these pages are ready for some finishing touches..maybe a little more journaling or doodles in black/white

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The pages above are the demo pages for my Art Journaling 101 class.

And the latest book club selection “Intuitive Painting Workshop” by Alena Hennessy has been a stretch for me..definitely trying new things and learning in this one.  Painting “intuitively” is still really hard for me.  My number one take away from the first two lessons is to keep moving and doing…don’t sit and think about it too long…just keep going!

Here is last night’s painting

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2016 Winter Book Club

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2016 Winter Book Club
Intuitive Painting Workshop

by Author Alena Hennessy

Book Club facilitated by A Work of Heart owner Andrea Chebeleu

**Note** Each session is “Stand Alone”  You do NOT have to attend all of them or even start at the very beginning.  You are welcome to join at any time.  The discounts listed below are for a 6 or 12 week commitment (which most find very useful in establishing a habit of being creative weekly)

Tuesdays (12 sessions)
6pm-8pm starting Jan. 12

OR

Thursdays (12 sessions)
1pm-3pm starting Jan. 14

All supplies provided

Fees: $35/individual session or
10% off 6 sessions ($189) or
15% off 12 sessions ($357)

Click here to purchase 6-12 sessions at a discount

 

 

1/12/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.1
Paint, paper & Script Intentions
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
1/14/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.1
Paint, paper & Script Intentions
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
1/19/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.2
Loving Expressions
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
1/21/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.2
Loving Expressions
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
1/26/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.3
Soul Painting
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
1/28/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.3
Soul Painting
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
2/02/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.4
Bright Bold & Wild
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2/04/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.4
Bright Bold & Wild
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
2/09/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.5
Botanical Beauty
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2/11/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.5
Botanical Beauty
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
2/16/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.6
Animal Totem
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2/18/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.6
Animal Totem
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
3/01/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.7
Bewitching Portraits
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
3/03/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.7
Bewitching Portraits
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
3/08/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.8
Like a Masterwork
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
3/10/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch.8
Like a Masterwork
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
3/15/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch. 9
Flying Fluid & Free
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
3/17/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch. 9
Flying Fluid & Free
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
3/22/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch. 10
Abstract
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
3/24/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch. 10
Abstract
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
3/29/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch. 11
Eastern Influences
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
3/31/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch. 11
Eastern Influences
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
4/05/2016
PM Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch. 12
Holiday Painting
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
4/07/2016
Day Book Club: Intuitive Painting Workshop Ch. 12
Holiday Painting
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

New Year..will it be an Artful one?

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New Year..will it be an Artful one?

I can’t believe we start a new year at the end of this week!  I’ve been a busy bee finishing up last year’s “Artful Life Calendar Journal” and prepping the pages for 2016.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here is the idea in a nutshell.

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I want to live an artful (art filled) life.  I want to be able to reflect on milestones, events, thoughts, goals and “stuff” weekly/monthly/yearly.  To achieve this goal, I’ve designed a monthly booklet that has a 2-page spread for each week.  My goal is to fill in  a little something about that week in my life.  I include photos, business cards, bits and pieces of my life that can be taped or glued into place as a reminder of where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.  There is room to draw, doodle, sketch, write, document and more.

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Each monthly pamphlet is easily portable to carry with you and document on the go.  At the end of the year I bind all the monthly pamphlets together into one chunky year end book.  2016 is my 3rd year of doing this and I’m so excited to get started and make this the best year yet.

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Does this intrigue you?  If so, you have a chance to prep your very own Artful Life Calendar Journal this weekend (Saturday Night/Sunday Afternoon)  Click to register.

Can’t make it?  I have an on-line version that offers you step by step instructions and a materials list and even links up to some videos showing the process.  Click here to purchase.  Note..those who attend in person get access to the on-line version too.

Whether you create my version or follow along with any of the MANY on-line weekly “documented life” or “documented faith” challenges you might be interested in our monthly meetup to keep motivated and accountable.

1/24/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
2/21/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
3/20/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
4/24/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
5/15/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
6/12/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
7/24/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
8/14/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
9/18/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
10/23/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
11/13/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
12/11/2016
Calendar Journal Meetup
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM