Friday night was our 2015 Studio Fall Party.  An important part of our Orange Easel Mission is to create a COMMUNITY of artists and makers.  We do this by continuously looking for opportunities to bring those makers together into our space. 
Artists of all age came together to MAKE and DECORATE and EAT and ENJOY the community!  Thanks to all who came!  We look forward to doing it again next year!

Event Photo Gallery

 
 
Our 2015-16 schedule will have a new class for adult artists who want to hone their drawing skills.  Fundamental Drawing will meet once per week and will focus on skill development, exercises, and instruction.   


And the best news, it's completely FREE.

Although, these are considered advanced classes, the desire to learn and grow is more important than the current skill level.  You can be a beginner in these classes and be JUST fine!

Drawing Fundamental class will operate on a 12-week curriculum.  We will repeat the lessons and drills every 12 weeks.  (Repetition is a wonderful thing.)

Each class is 60 minutes long; following each class, the studio is open for another 60 minutes for practice and additional feedback.  The second hour is completely optional.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASSES:
  • Enrolled students (12 and up) who want extra instruction and focus on skill development
  • Adults who have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to draw and paint
  • High School students who are considering an art degree and need to create a portfolio demonstrating skills
The emphasis will be on drawing as REAL as possible--not because realistic drawing is better than abstract, but because realistic drawings demonstrate that we have command of our skill!

Our class meets four times per month (any "fifth days" will be taken as a day off).  After these 12 lessons have been taught, we will cycle back through them.  Artists may join at the beginning of any month, regardless of whether we are in Week 1, 5, or 9.

Below is the 12-week outline for our Fundamental Drawing class:
Week 1 - Drawing accuracy lesson 1
Week 2 - Drawing accuracy lesson 2 
Week 3 - One point perspective drawing
Week 4 - Two point perspective drawing
Week 5 - Drawing from photograph (non-moving objects)
Week 6 - Drawing from photograph (moving objects)
Week 7 -  Still life drawing (shading, highlights, textures)
Week 8 - Still life drawing (contour, scale, perspective) 
Week 9 - Figure drawing lesson 1 (from photo)
Week 10 - Figure drawing lesson 2 (life)
Week 11 - Portrait drawing lesson 1 (from photo)
Week 12 - Portrait drawing lesson 2 (life)
Tuition is always free but registration is required.
 
 
We were blessed this past month to host a number of groups for private events and classes.  Two northland elementary schools hosted summer workshops at the studio.  We have all the audio-visual equipment, tables and chairs to accommodate groups as large as 45.  They worked most of the day preparing for the upcoming school year, but we took a break to paint and be creative!  It’s so valuable for teams to learn and grow together creatively!

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Working, planning, learning, and getting ready for a great school year!
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Team-building on the patio
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Painting on canvases. The creative challenge: A limited palette and NO brushes.
We also hosted a private class for the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas.  They needed custom artwork for their 5K banners.  We designed a special project to fit their needs.  Orange Easel provided the space, supplies, and instruction.  They provided the artists!  The result was our Faces of Epilepsy self-portraits.  Check out a few of them below:

Let us be your group’s Makerspace

Studio rental rates, project prices, and supply costs vary greatly, but we'd love to chat with you about customizing an event just for you!

Perfect for:
  • Girl Scout Troops
  • Boy Scout Troops
  • Baby Showers
  • Bachelor Parties
  • Playgroups
  • Moms Clubs
  • Non-profit organization
  • Networking groups
  • Schools and Preschools


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We hosted a FREE art event on our brand new patio last week.  It was a wonderful success (despite the heat) and we can't wait to do it again.  Look for details on another patio event in our July newsletter.

Gallery of event Photos

 
 
Orange Easel was honored to be invited to provide activities for the interactive arts are at Liberty Art Squared last weekend.

Despite a rainy start to our Saturday morning, the 6th Annual Liberty Arts Squared Arts Festival was a big success.  Almost 150 young artists stopped to make art at our booth--we had leather stamping, face painting and collaborative canvases happening all day long!

Check out our slideshow of photos from this year's festival:
Thank to all of our families who stopped by and said "hi."  It's always fun to see familiar faces!  All of us at Orange Easel feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by numerous art studios, art businesses, and creative outlets in the Kansas City Northland. What an amazing place to call home!

See you next year, Liberty Art Squared!
 
 
Our February classed focused on mixed media.  Below is a just a small sampling of our students' work.  (we need to get better about taking pictures!)
 
 
by Allison May Jensen
{This blog post first appeared on Allison's blog for Miss Allison's Art}
Early on an August morning in Kansas City in 2012, we headed to a local park for our Outdoor Art Class!  (this is pre-Orange Easel, when we were still Miss Allison's Art.  See our story here.)

We started with a BANG!  I found these film canister rockets on "Not Just Cute." Blogger Amanda Morgan mentioned a "colorful twist" on this old classic...she added watercolor powder to the film canister and set the "rockets" off on a large sheet of paper, creating an abstract art piece.  That's my kind of science project...one that uses paint!

My crew set off these paint-filled rockets and made some large abstract art in the process!

 
 
80% of our phone calls and emails are regarding our amazing birthday parties.  Here are a few quick notes regarding these celebrations!

 
 
There are an INFINITE number of colors that you can make from one tray of water color paints!  That's what our artists explored this week in class, while they practiced their brush strokes and paint control.
Any color, mixed with a small amount of another color, makes a new color.  That new color can be lighted by adding water.  Or darkened by added more pigment.  Or changed ever-so-slightly by adding a little MORE of the second color.  

Gradients, shades, tints, oh my!   How many different colors can you make?
We're still working through ours but we're hoping to fill page with NO REPEATERS!
 
 
Some of our best "art" supplies come from Dollar Tree!  One of our favorite multi-taskers are our spray bottles.  


In our preschool art rooms, our instructors use these bottles weekly to keep our watercolor trays wet while little ones paint. This keeps us from having to use water cups on our tables.  (keeping spills to a minimum)

We love this idea so much, we wrote a blog post about it here.  

Often times, it's the little artists who want to spray things.  

[Anything.  They'll spray anything.]

BONUS: Dollar Tree spray bottles are small and lightweight...perfect for little hands!

We hang paper on our chalkboard and these become the "targets" to spray.  If you add some liquid watercolors to the water, you can get some pretty {wet} art from this activity.  We recommend liquid watercolors instead of food coloring because it's washable!  (this is the brand we use)

If you set up paper targets, make sure you lay some towels down underneath them to catch the drips!

From an early education standpoint, spray bottles strengthen little hands for writing.  Spraying on on a vertical surface also works on shoulder and core stability.

TECHNIQUES

Our artists who use acrylic paint, use these spray bottles to mist their palettes which keeps the paint from drying out while they are working. 

Our watercolor artists use them to re-wet their palettes or to wet their papers for wet-on-wet techniques.

It's fun to paint FIRST (with any type of water-based paints) and THEN spray it vertically.  The running colors and random drips make abstract art or the foundation/background for a mixed media work.  

Sometimes we spray liquid watercolor or alcohol inks onto paper as it's lying flat.  The result is a soft speckled design.   We can place objects on the paper to MASK the spray and add visual interest.  Imagine a placing a doily on a sheet of paper, spraying it with ink, and then removing the doily.  You'd be left with a lacy design in the negative space.

We've yet to meet anyone (of any age) who doesn't enjoy this simple art-making tool!