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Next up…Roxanne Coble (aka. bybun)


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.


Come and create a mini journal with Roxanne Coble
Thursday, August 18, 6-9pm
Registration Fee: 95
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+ Class Description
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.
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+ Class Description

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…



Guest Teacher Lineup


We have a full lineup of amazing teachers coming in from all over that you will NOT want to miss.

The lovely and spirit filled Stephanie Ackerman brings us 3 classes spread over a Saturday night and Sunday.

Saturday, March 1 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2 Card Pick {me} Up

Sunday, March 2nd – 9am-12pm
Art FOR Art (part 1)

Sunday, March 2nd – 1pm-4pm
Art FROM Art (part 2)


Next is a HOT HOT HOT workshop with Steven James

Torch Enameling – Textured & Embedded
Sunday, March 9 – 2pm-5pm


Next we have the fashionable Lorri Scott of L.A.S. Fibers coming in April to teach us how to transform some old men’s shirts into an amazing frock.


natural sirt (1)

Sunday, April 6 – 11am-5pm
Reconstructed, Upcycled & Wearable

April is a packed month…the next weekend features a professional Watercolor Illustrator and Author, Kim Howard
Sunday, April 13 – 11am-5pm
Favorite Stories, Favorite People
And the creativity continues with Roxanne Evans Stout
Sunday, April 27 – 10am-4pm
Embrace Your Creative Muse, Mixed Media Collaging
We will give you a break in May but June brings the talents of Chris Cozen

Sunday, June 22nd – 11am – 5pm
Mixed Media Landscape (details coming soon)We are also working on a 2nd workshop on Monday, June 23rd with Chris where she will have you bring in an unfinished piece of art, something you are not satisfied with and she will guide you through “re-working” your piece.

I hope one or more of these workshops interest you and that you will sign up and support our visiting artists

Traveling Art Journal part 2


We finished off the weekend in the delightfully air conditioned studio completing these art journals.  The “traveling” part just means that they can go with you anywhere and make it possible to art journal on the go because the front fold-over flap is actually a zippered pouch.  Clever huh?  Click here to sign up for the next session offered on Sunday, May 27.


Art Melange – a Travel Journal Extravaganza


Make one for yourself in the series coming on Thursday nights in June:

Art Melange – a Travel Journal Extravaganza
Thursdays June 2- June 30 PLUS a bonus Craft Rave on Saturday June 11, 6pm-11pm ($140 until May 31…then the price goes up to $165)

15 hours of studio time and instruction.  All supplies included.  Minimal/No sewing experience required.

This is a great project for using up all your scrap papers and hand painted papers from previous classes if you want to use them.

This workshop will feature techniques inspired by Teesha Moore, Traci Bautista and Mary Ann Moss.  I am a huge fan of these extraordinary artists and have woven techniques each of them use in their journals into this one workshop.  We will mix and match to create a one-of-a-kind journal ready to accompany you anywhere you go.  The zippered pencil pouch/flap is a bonus so you have your favorite writing tools/glue/paint brush at the ready.

Click here to register.

Workshop with Dorit Elisha Sunday the 24th!


Join Dorit Elisha in our studio and make a fantastic Fabric Book.

Date 10/24/2010
Time 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location 2196 Lincoln Ave.
City San Jose
Description In this class you will create a one of a kind fabric book. After choosing your preferred structure you will collage, paint, stitch and embellish your pages and will leave with a unique and personal fabric book. 

Bring the following materials OR order a class kit for $15 that will include the following..
A piece of canvas fabric about 18” x 26”.
3 different colors of fabric paint/puff paint
paint brushes
fabric markers
thread in your choice of colors
buttons, lace and trims for embellishing
images printed on fabric (if you have them)
fabric scraps
cheap acrylic paint
alphabet stamps

Here is a little bit about Dorit:
Art and creativity has always been an important part of my life. I am always looking for the creative way when I have an assignment to tackle.

During the years I tried my hands on clay, jewelry, quilting, doll making, graphic design, printmaking, collage and bookmaking. I love to combine many of these when I create my mixed media works of art.

I love scavenging for my materials in the flea markets and second hand stores. I find it much more creative and challenging to use existing items (aka “found objects”) and giving them a new life, not to mention the benefit of keeping the earth clean.

My inspiration comes from what I see in my everyday life: A piece of textured fabric, a picture in a magazine, my family, the city landscape and nature. All of those are put together in a very intuitive and spontaneous way into my mixed media art.

Dorit has published 2 books: “Printmaking+Mixed Media” and “Dorit Elisha – Mixed Media”

**Note**We provide sewing machine(s) if you need them…bring your own if you prefer.


Instructor Dorit Elisha
Price Normal Registration: $80   After 10/21/2010: $90  Click here to register
More Info http://lifeasafiveringcircus.blogspot.com/