I would like to always remember that other people have suffered during this pandemic and some have had great loss. So it is with an understanding that my problem in comparison is small but I have really missed taking in person classes and being at Shake Rag Alley. The last class I took there was in August of 2019 and so it was with great pleasure that I packed my bags and went to Shake Rag for this class.
June 11-13, 2021
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Here is the course description: "A different style of sketching organically brings more awareness of process and aesthetics, compared to the usual way of working. Creating and joining a series of mixed media sections into a scroll format will result in one long drawing that honors the journey of its making. The scrolls will be made from watercolor paper, which can handle the variety of techniques that creative inspiration brings to the paper’s surface. Students will first explore a session of mark making with India inks and black walnut dyes, along with teas and rust. These resulting papers will be combined with objects gathered from nature on a daily walk. Sections may be torn and reassembled, then connected using hand sewing and/or machine stitching. Strings, threads, fabric, and fun buttons may be added. By altering the piece even more with gesso, acrylic paints and mixed mediums, a beautiful sculptural scroll is finally created."
The class was in the Lynd Pavilion on the Shake Rag campus. It was great to reunite with two of my best art buddies: Lynn Ovenden and Kelley Clarke.