This June I had a chance to take one more course at one of my favorite places on the planet earth:Valley Ridge Art Studio, in
Here are some shots of the studio so you can see how open and bright this place is. And, everyone gets their own table.
I could go on and on about this guy but let's just put it this way: great teacher and one of the funniest guys ever.
My box was an old clock turned upside down so the door would hinge the normal way. I painted it up with gesso and white. The inside was enhanced with lace and caulk.
My figure was a cardboard torso, a muskrat skull and two wood cutouts from Michaels.
One night Michael challenged us by providing us with three items we had to use in a piece: they were a fly swatter, a cocktail stirrer and one other thing I no longer remember. We had a limited time to make the thing and then the games began.
Here is my piece which one Most Like Michael de Meng. I also one the best in show prize but I passed it on to Jessie McNally who made a great piece for the contest. Also, she was creating this piece in the class. Look at the talent in this work!!!!!
But wing's down, my favorite piece in the class was Cris Smith's FLY because look what it does when you pull the string:
Here is my finished piece call Mr. Happy Flaps His Wings.
So, in order to get Mr. Happy happy, you crank on the string and his wings flap.
I would really encourage you to find out where Michael de Meng is teaching next and do a live class. The next best thing is to take one of his many on-line workshops. The next one is called Punk Fiction and it is a book structure.
Your last opportunity to visit Valley Ridge is coming up the first week in November when Kelley and I are hosting Make What Ya Brung #3--a weekend of free time to make whatever you want mixed in with other stuff. See the registration page at http://www.valleyridgeartstudio.com/workshops/make-what-ya-brung-number-three/.
And lastly, thanks to Kelley, Michael, Katherine, Andrea (see the previous blog), and all my classmates this summer at Valley Ridge.