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May 13th, 20th, & 27th, 3-4pm
Calling all youth & teen artists (Ages 8-17)! Want to improve your drawing skills? Join us for a three part series dedicated to pencil and charcoal work. We will review basic drawing skills and learn a few tricks of the trade. All skill levels welcome!
Instructor: Kate Eggleston
$5 Material Fee
FINE LINES AND COLORFUL MARKINGS – Scott Madsen
May 9 – June 3
Reception: May 13, 6-9pm
This solo exhibition showcases the illustrative works of Scott Madsen.
Varied Illustrations created with pen and ink, pen ink and water color, and fine line complementary markers cross hatched to create tones of grey.
Scott Madsen is a lifelong and proud native New Jerseyian as well as a compulsive serial doodler who can be seen drawing anywhere, anytime, with almost anything.
After a less than stellar academic career in public school and a hitch in the Navy, Scott decided to follow his passion and to see where it would lead. Graduating from The Kubert School in 1985, working freelance on many varied projects and clients until landing a position as Illustrator and eventually lead illustrator until 2000.
Since that time he has been exploring a variety of mediums and techniques pushing his personal boundaries while embracing chaos and welcoming randomness always trying to maintain his basic drawing fundementals and humor.
Never one to buy into the “thinking outside the box” he believes creativity is more like thing with in multiple boxes simultaneously and bringing something coherent together, because to think outside the box one has to know what is in the box.
INS AND OUTS – Bentrice Jusu, Burgess Ekman, Jade Williams, Thomas Montanari
May 9 – June 3
Reception: May 13, 6-9pm
“The seed of Ins and Outs began during the summer of 2012 at Trenton Central High School on Chambers Street. One of my former students, Bentrice Jusu was conducting a summer arts enrichment program for Trenton high school students that incorporated several strands; digital photography, dance, spoken word, videography, music, hand work and visual art. Working collaboratively with all the students on the visual art project a common thread appeared. The students perceived themselves as “The Lights inside The Box” as metaphor of Trenton itself. Thus began the student’s exploration and process of self-identity.
Six weeks of intense creativity in hot sweltering classrooms and working out on the streets of the city of Trenton created an amazing body of work. The visual art project resulted in the creation of what became known as “The Assemblage”; a large work of art combining mixed media which the students created collaboratively. It became the visual center piece based upon questioning where do I live and where am I from.
The work from that summer has continued inside and outside of my classroom. An off shoot of the program inspired The Drawing Project which began in 2013. It is ongoing process of visual observation and human connection.
To summarize the overarching theme is best described in this way; human connection, self-identification, self-preservation and perseverance regardless of circumstances and physical condition and location.”
– Thomas Montanari
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Using contemporary silkscreen methods, artists will work towards silkscreen printing one and two-color imagery on textiles and t-shirts. Artists will learn the steps needed to create stencils, expose screens and develop alternative printing techniques using acrylic inks, and become familiar with all the tools, techniques and materials to print textiles and t-shirts. No experience necessary!
Students enrolled in this class should anticipate bringing the following items:
-Up to 5 clean (new -if possible- and washed, light-colored) t-shirts
-1 yard of non-polyester fabric
-An apron and/or latex gloves (not kitchen gloves)
-A sketchbook to take notes
Instructor: Dave DiMarchi
Once titled “Watercolor Independent Study”, this supportive and inclusive group quickly evolved and became known as “Watercolor Anarchy”. This is a great opportunity for those looking to refine their craft and knowledge of watercolor techniques. Set up a still life, use your photos for inspiration - or - experiment with artistic ideas from your inner being. Work with basic watercolors, textured papers, collage, monoprints or layering and enjoy the flow of watercolor in a supportive and creative group setting. Each week the class finishes with a group critique that the "Anarchists" call ‘show & tell’.
*Please note that materials are not supplied in this workshop. Please refer to the suggested materials list below:
Paint: Winsor-Newton, SoHo or Grumbacher brands are preferred. Be sure to get watercolors and not gouache.
Warm Colors - Cadmium yellow medium, Cadmium red medium or deep, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, Raw sienna or yellow ochre
Cool Colors - Aureolin or Lemon yellow, Alizarin crimson, Antwerp or Winsor (Pthalo) blue, Cerulean blue, Burnt sienna
Palette: Any plastic watercolor well that has wells for paint around the outside with a LARGE mixing area and a lid. A white enameled "butcher" tray or a dinner plate with plastic wrap will work.
Paper: 140lb cold press, suggested brands are Lanaquarelle, Arches and Waterford.
Brushes: 1" flat brush with beveled handle, #10 or #12 round, #5 or #6 round, 1/2" flat (synthetic or blended is fine)
Miscellaneous: Spiral bound sketchbook with heavier or watercolor paper, pencil, roll of masking or artist tape, sponge, water container (ex. leftover yogurt container), paper towels
Instructor: Gail Bracegirdle
Price: $50 (2-day workshop) or $25 per day
Thursday, April 20 & 27, May 4 & 11, 6-9pm
Figure drawing, with a focus on form and lighting. Designed for beginner and intermediate levels, a series of four workshops discussing and investigating-gesture drawing, lighting, anatomy, composition, mood and environment. Each session will aim to build on the previous class. This event is online registration only. Registration is limited and spots fill up quickly so make sure you register online now!
*Paper and drawing media are not supplied by Artworks.
Suggested Supply List: 18" x 24" newsprint pad, 18" x 24" drawing paper pad, vine charcoal & compressed charcoal, white conté crayon, kneaded rubber eraser, pencils (2h to 4b range), small can workable fixative, drafting tape
Please arrive 10 minutes early.
Instructor: Nicole Asay
Price: $120.00/$100.00 Early Registration*
*Early Registration ends on April 1st at 6pm.
Donor / Artist Membership / $50
Dual Donor / $95
(includes benefits for two individuals living in same household)
Family / $125
(includes benefits for 2 adults & 2 children maximum in same household)
Patron / $250
Benefactor / $500
( * 2 FREE tickets to the Annual Artworks Gala )
Sustainer / $1,000
( * 4 FREE tickets to the Annual Artworks Gala )
April 29th, May 6th, 12-5 p.m.
Artworks Trenton, Boys & Girls Clubs Lawrence, Casa Cultura, & NJ State Museum Trenton
Art Making Day is a FREE event that promotes the ability to educate and connect the entire community through various forms of creative expression. Parents, grandparents, teenagers and children...there is not a soul too old nor too young. Bring your family and make art to hang at the upcoming Art All Night, or just make art and participate in fun and creative activities! All ages and skill levels welcome! Materials provided! Activities TBA...
Artworks Trenton Visual Arts Center, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, NJ 08611
Casa Cultura, 222 S. Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Saturday, May 6th:
Boys & Girls Clubs Spruce Street Community Center, 1040 Spruce Street, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
www.BGCMercer.org, (609) 695-6060
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625
www.nj.gov/state/museum, (609) 292-6310
Art All Night is Trenton’s 24-hour-long arts extravaganza, taking place from 3 p.m. June 17 through 3 p.m. June 18, 2016, at the Roebling Wire Works building on 625 S. Clinton Ave. in Trenton. Art All Night is a program of Artworks, Trenton’s Visual Arts Center.
For more information about Art All Night, go to www.aantrenton.org
THE NEW NATIVE – Wil Swink
April 4 – April 29
Reception: April 8, 6-8pm
A Native is traditionally defined by their place of physical birth. But what about those of us who experience re-birth in a specific place? We are New Natives.
When someone asks me where I am from, I typically tell them my place of birth. But there is this urge to name all the places that have changed me into who I am presently. I think that is a more honest answer to the question. We are from where we have been.
This is a show about the development of an artist. It will explore concepts of how a person makes a home out of something new. That idea will be executed, literally, with the show’s presence in the gallery space. With one side representing a dining room and the other a living room, a new home will be born at Artworks.
The show production will be documented by filmmaker Jacob Beizer, who will then create a short documentary that will be projected on to a 8’x4’ hanging projection screen/piece and looped during normal gallery hours.
4th Annual Juried Print Exhibition
April 4 – April 29
Reception: April 8, 6-8pm
Artworks 4th Annual Juried Print Exhibition showcases the works of printmakers from around the tri-state area, with works in screenprint, monograph, etching, woodblock, and other hand pulled printing techniques.
About the Juror:
Dave DiMarchi is a multi-disciplinary printmaker and artist working in letterpress, papermaking, silkscreen and sculptural book forms.