Saturday, September 18, 2010

Art Journaling

Ladybug drawings by Zimra
At Red Bow I have a class focused on jump-starting inspiration called "Art Journaling".  Each week a different project is presented and then each participant executes it in the way they see fit.  I try to keep each project fairly mysterious until class time, so that people don't think about what they are going to do before hand- I like to keep the work spontaneous so that it leave more room for experimentation.
Fireflies by Fran
Last Tuesday I asked people to bring an object that means something to them; something they liked.  When they arrived at the studio the contents of the collage boxes were strewn about the tables and I asked people to pick out ten pieces of paper about 5"x5" in size.  Participants picked out wallpaper scraps, tissue paper, old calendar pages, children's book pages, and many other paper items.  Once everyone had their own pile of paper, we began to draw our objects with pens, pencils, charcoal, and other drawing media.

The focus of this project was to practice our drawing skills through repetition and to see how different writing media translates on different types of paper.

It was another wonderful workshop with chatting and decompressing after a long workday.  If you would like to read more about art journaling classes, you can read more at Fran's blog, We Three 3
Bears by Patricia

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Impromptu Block Printing Workshop Tonight 7pm

Tonight Red Bow will be hosting an impromptu (aka last minute) workshop on block printing. If you would like to join us, please RSVP via email or phone. The workshop will begin at 7pm sharp and run till around 9pm. $20 per person including materials (pictured below- the block and stationary are yours to keep).

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bookbinding Workshops

On Saturday, October 2nd, Red Bow Studio will be offering two bookbinding workshops taught by the wonderful Jen of Painted Fish Studio.  If you are interested in enrolling in a workshop, please call (516) 676-4324 or email theredbowstudio at gmail dot com and we will send you more information about the workshops.  We can accommodate up to 10 people per workshop.

Morning Stab-Bound Journal and Album Workshop (10-noon)
In this workshop you will re-use paper to create a journal and a photo album from one of the best! Jen will teach you how to bind both books using the centuries-old Japanese stab binding technique- a beautiful and decorative finish that enhances any hand bound book. In addition, she will teach you how to cover book boards, another invaluable technique for a serious bookbinder.
$25 per person + $5 materials fee

Afternoon Hard-Bound Journal Workshop (2-5pm)
In the second workshop, Jen will teach you how to make a hard-bound journal. You’ll create an over-size book by hand, perfect for writing or visual journaling! Jen will show you how to construct the book block, how to apply paper and book cloth to the cover boards, and how to fit it all together. There will be a variety of book cloth colors and cover papers to chose from (a paper lover's heaven).  You'll learn how to make hard bound journal in the workshop, and then you'll be able to take your new skills home to create thousands more!
$25 per person + $10 materials fee

About the instructor

Jen Shaffer was introduced to bookbinding in college, and continues to take classes at Minnesota Center for Book Arts to learn new skills. She sells her work on, in shops around the Twin Cities, and at the occasional craft fair. When she's not at her day job, you'll find Jen hunched over the dining room table, designing and producing functional books, or creating fun cards by hand. You can find Jen online at, where she writes about creativity and the projects she's working on.

Read an interview with Jen Shaffer.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fall Classes

Sign-ups are still available.  Depending on when you enroll, class prices are pro-rated.  Red Bow Studio is a small artist space located in Sea Cliff, Long Island which offers art classes to children and adults.

Mondays 4-5:30pm for 3rd-5th graders
Tuesdays 3-4:30pm for K-2nd graders

Thursdays 4-5:30pm for K-2nd graders
In this class we have FUN while learning the basics of drawing and painting with all sorts of media.  Projects are based around the fundamentals of art, such as line, value, form, and perspective, but the student will have such a great time creating they will have no idea that they are actually learning!  Open to all levels of artists.
12 classes $300 (includes all materials)

 Wednesdays 4-5:30pm for 6-12th graders
In this class students will work on projects centered on fine tuning their artistic skills and creating a comprehensive portfolio.  They will focus on style and theme as they work with all types of media to achieve their goals and create their "perfect" portfolio.
12 classes $300 (includes all materials)

Wednesdays 2:30pm-3:30pm for 2-4 year olds
In this class we learn all about art and the tools to create it.  Every week we have a different project that will introduce your youngster to paints, scissors, pencils, and many other artist's tools, all without you having to worry about a mess! (Let us do that for you.)
12 classes $300 (includes all materials)

Tuesday 7pm-9pm
Thursday 10am-Noon
Let all of your daily obligations and worries fly out the window for an hour (or two) and come create at Red Bow Studio.  In this workshop participants will be given their own sketchbook and each Tuesday we will work with a different medium and inspiration to help spark our creativity.  Projects will include painting, printmaking, collage, drawing, charcoal, and other processes that might suit our fancy.  The focus of this class is to let yourself go and to fill a sketchbook with raw ideas that can be used in the future.  This workshop is open to anyone who is willing to pick up a pencil or paintbrush and create.  (A sense of humor is always welcome and much appreciated!)  
$150 for 8 classes + $20 materials fee
The adult art journaling workshops are ongoing and you have a free reign of schedule.  Show up as much or as little as you like.

If you have any questions or would like to enroll in any of the above classes, please email theredbowstudio at gmail dot com or call (516) 676-4324.

If the above class schedule doesn't work for you or if you would like more attention, private art lessons are available, please inquire if interested.