Elephants in Charcoal

These two charcoal drawings were done by girls ages seven and nine. We draw together, step-by-step, and I teach them how to make hints for themselves. Quite remarkable work by such young artists!
Elephant Drawings

Plein Air Class Paints C-Street

Our class set up on Commercial Street last Thursday morning. Following a short demo of the exterior of Ms Gilmore’s Tea RoomWoman painting outdoors, the group started paintings of the Cafe Cusco building, built in 1883, as well as interesting shadows thrown by bicycles in a bike rack. There are so many interesting things to paint in the neighborhood!

New! Plein Air Pastels Class

Creava Arts’ first Plein Air Pastels Class is off to a great start! Despite the gray skies, Marla demonstrated the basics of painting in pastels outdoors while painting our neighbors, the Wheelhouse food truck. (The painting shown here is not quite finished.) Classes continue each Thursday, 9-11am, at locations around Springfield. Join the group anytime; call for more information and to find out where we’ll be. Spectators are more than welcome!

Raku Firing Workshop!

Our Raku Firing Workshop is today at Parnell Studios, our home studio facility. Five participants are firing their pieces as they learn about the creative process from Hue. By the afternoon, we’ll have several dozen raku pieces out of our gas kiln.

Paper Mache Animal Masks

Young artists made these fun animal masks by using balloons, newspaper strips and plenty of flour and water! Talk about imaginations!

Charcoal Animals in Wild Things Camp

Campers in “Where The Wild Things Are” Art Camp created a number of challenging art pieces, all depicting wild animals and creatures from our imaginations. This project not only taught the children how to draw with charcoal sticks, but also how to break a large image down into four parts and tackle each quadrant separately to make a whole drawing. They did awesome!

Beginning Pastel Painters!

Marla: These are two of my beginning pastel painting students, working on their own landscapes this week. They both have a great sense of color and space, and are doing so well!
Woman painting pastel landscapeWoman painting pastel landscape