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April 2017 Guest Teachers

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April 2017 Guest Teachers

Coming up in April we have  Modern Calligraphy,  Encaustic Painting, Watercolor & Mixed Media

  1. Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Andrea Comenta – Sunday, April 2 (10am-12pm)

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  2. Introduction to Encaustic painting with Naomi Haskell – Sunday, April 2 (2-5pm)

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  3. Whatnots Illustrated with Danielle Donaldson – April 9 (11am-6pm)

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  4. Abstract Collage Backgrounds with Nicole Austin – April 28 (10am-3pm)

  5. Luscious Layered Portraits with Nicole Austin – April 30 (10am-3pm)

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  6. Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Andrea Comenta – April 30 (3pm-5pm)

As you can see, there are plenty of options for you to pick from.  Don’t wait to register.  (it truly drives me insane!) We appreciate knowing if a class will make the minimum numbers so we can plan our schedules accordingly.

All classes take place in our San Jose studio at 2196 Lincoln Avenue and represent the final guest teachers of the season.  We will not be hosting guest teachers again until August.

Recap 2016 – Day 11

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Gina Rossi Armfield taught in the studio Sunday, October 9th

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You will most certainly want to check out her website.

We had so much fun in class…so much so that I didn’t actually get any photos except this one of the two of us and Greyson the kitten.

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Oh, and this one…

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Lexi took the class and posted this awesome photo


Here are Gina’s 3 books you should check out.

Gina has an online course offered right now called

No Excuses Year of Transformation – 2017
Here is the link

We have covered No Excuses Watercolor in Book Club in the past and will be starting No Excuses Watercolor Animals on Thursday evenings starting January 12 with Lexi.

1/12/2017 – 3/09/2017
Book Club: No Excuses Watercolor Animals(8wks)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


A special deal we have for you today is the Daniel Smith Watercolor Sampler packs are back in stock for $50 each.

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Click here to order on ETSY use code 2016recap11 to get $10 off the listing.

Local customers click here to purchase

Recap 2016 – Day 9

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Recap 2016 – Day 9

Today we feature a Bay Area artist, Danielle Donaldson.

If you are not familiar, go…right now, yes go!…and check her out.

Follow her on Instagram here.

This is her book, CreativeGirl, which we have covered in the past for book club AND will be covering again starting January 11.

Here are some of the lovely things we made in class with Danielle when she came to teach in the studio July 31/Aug 1

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The GREAT news is that Danielle will be back teaching in the studio again this April!

4/09/2017
Save the Date – Danielle Donaldson
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

We are still hammering out the details but you can either RSVP to be in the loop when we do know all the details OR go ahead and register, knowing that the class will be fantastic!

New Book Clubs Starting

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Summer is nearly over and just like that!  I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with our weekly book club.

I get so many people asking “what is that book club thing I see on the calendar?”

Book Club at A Work of Heart is a way of practicing the exercises/projects in an art book (as opposed to just reading it)  Each week we cover another project.  All supplies are included in your class fee.

This fall, starting the week of August 24, we will cover 2 books concurrently.

Paint Mojo
by Tracy Verdugo
(August 29-October 27)

3 sessions to pick from: Monday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 6pm-8pm OR Thursday 1pm-3pm

Each session is $40 or sign up for all 7 for $252 – click here to register for all 7 sessions.

8/29/2016
Paint Mojo(am) – Making Marks, Making Meaning (#1)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
8/30/2016
Paint Mojo(pm) – Making Marks, Making Meaning (#1)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
9/01/2016
Paint Mojo(pm2) – Making Marks, Making Meaning (#1)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
9/12/2016
Paint Mojo(am) – Outside the Square (#2)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
9/13/2016
Paint Mojo(pm) – Outside the Square (#2)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
9/15/2016
Paint Mojo(pm2) – Outside the Square (#2)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
9/26/2016
Paint Mojo(am) – Paint a Memory (#3)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
9/27/2016
Paint Mojo(pm) – Paint a Memory (#3)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
9/29/2016
Paint Mojo(pm2) – Paint a Memory (#3)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
10/03/2016
Paint Mojo(am) – Palette Prints (#4)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
10/04/2016
Paint Mojo(pm) – Palette Prints (#4)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
10/06/2016
Paint Mojo(pm2) – Palette Prints (#4)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
10/10/2016
Paint Mojo(am) – Little Book of Dreams (#5)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
10/11/2016
Paint Mojo(pm) – Little Book of Dreams (#5)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
10/13/2016
Paint Mojo(pm2) – Little Book of Dreams (#5)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
10/17/2016
Paint Mojo(am) – Inky Sojourn (#6)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
10/18/2016
Paint Mojo(pm) – Inky Sojourn (#6)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
10/20/2016
Paint Mojo(pm2) – Inky Sojourn (#6)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
10/24/2016
Paint Mojo(am) – Putting it all Together (#7)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
10/25/2016
Paint Mojo(pm) – Putting it all Together (#7)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
10/27/2016
Paint Mojo(pm2) – Putting it all Together (#7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Option #2

Fall Book Club

No Excuses Watercolor
by Gina Rossi Armfield

8/31/2016
Book Club: No Excuses Watercolor (#1)
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

9/14/2016
Book Club: No Excuses Watercolor (#2)
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

9/28/2016
Book Club: No Excuses Watercolor (#3)
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

10/05/2016
Book Club: No Excuses Watercolor (#4)
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

10/12/2016
Book Club: No Excuses Watercolor (#5)
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

10/19/2016
Book Club: No Excuses Watercolor (#6)
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

10/26/2016
Book Club: No Excuses Watercolor (#7)
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

If you’d like to sign up for all 7 sessions at a 10% discount, click here.

“Be Still” with Danielle Donaldson – Day 1

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“Be Still” with Danielle Donaldson – Day 1

One of my favorite part of having the studio is inviting amazing guest artists in to teach.  It is a huge perk to get to learn from my industry’s most inspiring artists.  I especially LOVE to have artist who have written a book that we’ve covered in our book club.  That is the case with Danielle Donaldson.  It is always great to spend time learning from an artist in person after learning from their book over a period of time.  (usually 7 weeks)

My great takeaway from today was the joy that is found in dirty watercolor water!  More on that later.

Now for some shots of today’s workshop.

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It was a fantastic class and I can’t wait for tomorrow’s class.  (now officially “today’s” class since it is after midnight!)

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

New Book Club – April 14th

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Spring 2016 Book Club

“Find your artistic creativity with delicate doodles, big colors and lavish layers! CreativeGIRL features art projects that teach you how to draw and paint your story using pencils, watercolor paints and simple mixed-media supplies. Danielle Donaldson shows you how to draw the pretty pictures from your imagination, infuse your art with delightful color combinations and work through creative frustration with simple fixes. You’ll learn how to paint with watercolor, tell visual stories with and without words and add depth with layers using mixed-media techniques and little details–all while finding inspiration and gaining confidence in your own artistic style. Draw, paint, layer and create!”
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All sessions take place at A Work of Heart Studio, 2196 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, California.

Sessions are facilitated by studio owner, Andrea Chebeleu.
Sessions Start Thursday, April 14th and run through Monday, June 6th

There will be a Monday Morning (10am-12pm), Thursday Afternoon (1pm-3pm) or Thursday Night (7pm-9pm) option.

All supplies provided though you may want to bring your own watercolor and paint brushes if you have them.
$35 per session or $220 for all 7 sessions (click here for the paypal button)

Here is a listing of the Thursday Afternoon sessions so you can see what we plan to cover each week.

4/14/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 1 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

4/21/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 2 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
4/28/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 3 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
5/05/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 4 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
5/12/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 5 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
5/26/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 6 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
6/02/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 7 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PMEven better news is that we will be having Danielle Donaldson (the author of this book) teach at the studio on July 31st (be still)  and August 1st (all things soft and gentle) which will be a huge treat!

 

Final Fourteen – Day 10

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Final Fourteen – Day 10

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Another great deal on a starter kit for the watercolor and paper doll enthusiast in your life.  This sweet little watercolor journal is the perfect size to fit these doll stamps.

Kit contains:
*(3) Julie Nutting Doll Stamps (Riley, Betty, Mindy) You may email me for a substitution option if you have these stamps already. I have most of the first and second release stamps.
*Travelogue 60pg Watercolor Journal 3.5″x8.25″
* 36 color Loew Cornell Watercolors
* India Ink Archival & Fade Resistant Ink pad
*10″x12″ Zippered Canvas Pouch

Purchase this limited edition kit by clicking here

Retail value is over $70…today only $45

Guest Teacher Lineup

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

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

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Next is a HOT HOT HOT workshop with Steven James

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

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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.

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

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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
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And the creativity continues with Roxanne Evans Stout
Sunday, April 27 – 10am-4pm
Embrace Your Creative Muse, Mixed Media Collaging
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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.

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

Countdown to Christmas – 8. Watercolor Kit

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Watercolor is a delightfully soothing medium.  It is relaxed and nearly anyone can achieve gorgeous results right away.

Today’s deal is a watercolor mega kit containing:

  • Micron Pigma 3 pen fine line set
  • Zig Waterbrush – broad tip
  • Claudine Hellmuth Studio Artist Brushes
  • USArtQuest Mica Color Sparkling Mica Pigment Watercolor Paint
  • Art Alternatives Watercolor Set 18 half pans
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils 12 set
  • 2 Strathmore Watercolor Journals (3.5×5 AND 9×12)
  • 2 Sakura Glaze pens (white and black)

This comes to a grand total of  $106.80 yours for only $85

Add a month of Watercolor classes on Wednesday afternoons or evenings (normally $120) for a grand total of $165

Only 3 of these are available so email andrea@aworkofheart.com right away to take advantage of the deal.