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Intro to Mosaics

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Adult Education | 0 comments

Intro to Mosaics

Intro to Mosaic Glass Fusing

Saturday, February 24, 12-4pm

The goal of this workshop is to create a free standing, wave art object, or bowl out of mosaic glass, and to generate interest in all types of glass fusing.  We will cover the basics of glass fusing, which include a description of the firing process. Students will decide which kind of piece they want to make, either a free-standing art object or a bowl, and will be guided in glass cutting and adhering techniques. The pieces made during the workshop will be taken home with the instructor to fire in her kiln and returned to Artworks for pick up.

Instructor: Judy Tyndall

Price: $55

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Watercolor Anarchy

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Adult Education, Featured | 0 comments

Watercolor Anarchy

Watercolor Anarchy

Saturday, March 10 & 17, 10am-1pm

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: $25 per day

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March 17: Register Here

Foam Impression Prints

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Adult Education | 0 comments

Foam Impression Prints

Ink & Drink!

Shake off the stress of your workweek and come join us for a relaxing night of “Ink & Drink!” Artworks provides the ink, as long as you bring the drink! The Print Studio at Artworks is hosting a print night on the second Friday of every month, 7-9pm, with a studio instructor to assist you in a fun and easy activity using simple printmaking techniques to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This isn’t your usual “print & sip” folks.

February 9 - Foam Impression Prints  - Register Here

This February it doesn’t matter whether you come solo or with your valentine to print a one-of-a-kind print. We will be imprinting designs on styrofoam and then running them through our very own Charles Brand press. We'll even show you how to use a barren for your printing at home needs. Make unique cards for that special person in your life or just a fun note for a friend.

Instructor: Megan Uhaze

The Print Studio provides all materials. All you need is a bottle of your favorite bubbly or brew. Remember, the more the merrier, so tell a friend! This event is online registration only and limited to 20 participants. Spots fill up quickly so make sure you register online now!

Price: $15 per person

Drawing 101

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Youth Education | 0 comments

Drawing 101

"Drawing 101"

Instructor: Lori Johansson

$5 Material Fee for the Month

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These three workshops will inspire youth to draw by encouraging them to pursue their love of art. We will be working on basic drawing techniques, and will focus on items based on the class’ initial skill level and students’ interests. This series aims to captivate the minds of the artists by introducing games, techniques, and exercises.

To start the series, we will explore hand-eye coordination by doing some free drawing warm ups, then we'll begin with drawing geometric shapes. With this exercise, students will learn to look at objects and be able to break them down into easy-to-draw geometric shapes. Once the young artists have mastered drawing objects, the class will move on to shading techniques to make objects appear 3 dimensional. They will be taught to look for light and shadows. The students will conclude the series by drawing a still life using the techniques they learned throughout the workshops.

On the last day of the workshops, the students will bind their own sketchbooks using pipe cleaners, and have the open assignment to fill the entire book with drawings on their own. They will also receive a list of ideas for drawing in their sketchbooks to inspire them and keep them thinking in new ways.

Donate Today

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments

Donate Today

 

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ARTWORKS NEEDS YOUR HELP

We hope you remember all the good times you had with Artworks!  From Art Making Day, to Art All Night, and gallery openings like 10x10; Artworks brings culture and fun to Mercer County and Trenton!

  • Art All Night is continually growing, with 30,000 attendees in 2017 , dozens of musical acts, art demos,  and over 1400 pieces of artwork displayed.
  • Art All Day highlights the public art and artists of Trenton, taking attendees out into the neighborhoods of Trenton and showing off the amazing art and culture our city has to offer.
  • Artworks' galleries feature high quality work from many local artists as well as masters from around the world.
  • Our Community Gallery and ArtLab continue to expand and show off new and exciting artists, as well as feature emerging artists.
  • Artworks' youth and adult education programs which excite and inspire not only the novice, but experienced artist.

These are just a handful of the good times we've engineered at Artworks. The best part is - a vast majority of our programming is offered at little or no cost to attendees. If you'd like to keep the fun coming, consider giving a little back to Artworks Trenton, the one Mercer County non-profit arts institution where serious fun meets high art. Even a modest donation to our operating fund helps us continue to offer you creative programming featuring thought-provoking work by both established and emerging artists, on display right here in Trenton at expansive and historic spaces like none other in the region.

As the year rolls on consider making a gift to Artworks. We are a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, so your entire donation is tax-deductible. Give what you can. We know times are tough, but if everyone gives even a little bit...it'll keep us dynamic and growing. We just can't wait to show you all the new things we have planned!

Sincerely,

The Artworks Board

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Winter Holidays

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Winter Holidays

From all of us at Artworks Trenton, we'd like to wish you Happy Holidays!

Artworks will be closed Sunday, December 24 through January 1. We will re-open on Tuesday, January 2.

Thank you so much for supporting the arts in Trenton and the best of wishes to you in the New Year!

Decomposing Vistas

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Blog, Exhibits, Featured | 0 comments

Decomposing Vistas

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Decomposing Vistas – Jenna Howell

January 27 - February 24

Opening Reception: January 27, 7-9pm

 

Artworks, Trenton is pleased to announce the opening of Decomposing Vistas, a solo exhibition consisting of painting and Fiber pieces by Philadelphia-based artist Jenna Howell, on view from January 27th –February 24th, 2018. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition and first with Artworks. There will be an opening reception on January 27th from 7-9pm.

Decomposing Vistas will feature both oil paintings and silk fiber pieces that speak to dichotomy of the vast picturesque landscapes seen on postcards and the beauty Howell finds in deteriorating landscapes. Behind the work are several dualities:  permanence and impermanence, the beauty of a pristine landscape and the beauty in its decay, Howell’s condemnation of the devastation of nature and her appreciation of the beauty that can result.  The work is not political, seeking to call attention to the devastating results of environmental unconsciousness rather, it investigates her conflicting emotional response to landscape, now so often ruined by humans, a conflict that Howell sees as fertile ground for art making.

Jenna Howell graduated from the University of the Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting.  She currently creates and resides in Philadelphia however, Howell is originally from Newark, NY in the Finger Lakes region.  Howell has shown both locally in Philadelphia, with Fire and Air Gallery, as well as internationally in a three person show in Florence, Italy. She was the 2017 recipient of the Ted Carey Prize. Her work has been featured in Wunderkind, an online magazine publication, and Champion of Empty Room’s zine publications disturbed in Philadelphia.  Howell is current resident at the Jasper Studio in Philadelphia.

Her work can be found at http://jennahowell.net

"The waterfall that once poured into a clear pond at my favorite hiking spot   doesn’t even trickle anymore.  This waterless waterfall is horrifying, but also strangely   beautiful.  The sun still hits the peek and glimmers off the sedimentary boulders   bouncing from top to top until it reaches the now small mud puddle at its basin.  These   striking scenes are the catalyst to my current body of work.  My wish is to present an   exhibition that speaks to both the vast picturesque landscapes we see on postcards and   the beauty I find in the decomposing vistas. I am investigating such imagery through silk painting, wax and stitching.  In its   deteriorated state the wax speaks to the landscapes’ decay and destruction.  The layers   of the work –  dye, then wax, followed by dye, then stitching –  allude to a landscape that   was formed, then altered, then formed again just like the many landscapes that   surrounded me as a child.  I use horse hair in my work to stitch pieces of the landscape   together or to mend it.  The continuous repetitive step of piercing and tying each hair on   the surface forming a mountain feels cathartic.    Making almost surgical-like stitches   somehow works through the feelings I have about the destruction of the landscape.   Through the ripping and tearing apart and then mending and repairing, I feel I express   my distress about what we are doing to nature.     Behind this exhibition will be several dualities:    permanence and impermanence, the beauty of a pristine landscape and the beauty in its decay, my condemnation of the   devastation of nature and my appreciation of the beauty that can result.    The work is not political, seeking to call attention to the devastating results of environmental   unconsciousness rather, it investigates my conflicting emotional response to landscape, now so often ruined by humans, a conflict that I see as fertile ground for art making."

- Jenna Howell

Human/Landscape

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Blog, Exhibits, Featured | 0 comments

Human/Landscape

 

MAIN GALLERY

Human/Landscape

January 27 - February 24

Opening Reception: January 27, 7-9pm

Artist Talk: February 24, 1-2pm

Human/Landscape is a collection by four artists who share an interest in the natural world and an impulse toward personal narratives. Broadly, each artist uses the body/self as the vantage point for contemplating our relationship to the world. The four women met in 2007 as founding members of the Highland Park Artists Collective and have evolved an ongoing dialog ever since.

Overlapping influences include Carl Jung’s writings on creativity, Frida Kahlo’s use of personal narrative, as well as the symbolism and pastoral settings of renaissance paintings. Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollack, Jean Michel Basquiat, and the Earthworks movement are also sources of inspiration.

Sharon Sayegh uses events in her own life to conjure evocative, dream-like scenes, inspired primarily by family events or memory. A bemused version of herself often appears to ponder questions both personal and socio-political. Her meticulous surfaces and clean lines reference classical painting and pop culture alike.

Jill Caporlingua’s landscape of the body is more internal. Fragments of skeletons, brain cells, and floating figures exist in both inner and outer space, drawing our attention to the universality of human experience. Her gestural marks are immediate and physical; her luminous colors evoke a primordial sense of deep space and timelessness.

Katja Valeur works from intuition and impulse, starting with a discrete idea and developing it directly on the canvas in many layers, often using stencils and incorporating words in several languages. She uses oils, acrylics, spray paint and collage to create complicated, visceral, modern works.

Lisa Cameron’s figures are both in and of the landscape. Influenced by her career in landscape architecture, the scales and perspectives are mismatched in an effort to encompass the depths of the earth and the reach of the universe at once. The bodies are distinct yet universal, suggesting that though we each have a unique narrative, we are all taking the same journey of life.

The works of Human/Landscape, rooted in common experience and infused with familiar imagery, are immersive and empathetic. The approach to the body is from a female perspective: they are not the seen, but the seeing, holding sway over worlds bursting with organic matter, memory, physicality, pain, and mystery.

 

CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH CURATOR, LISA CAMERON

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Fiber Art Youth

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Youth Education | 0 comments

Fiber Art Youth

"Fiber Arts"

Instructor: Kate Eggleston

$5 Material Fee for the Month

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*If your child is not able to attend every class, please notify the Education Coordinator at: education@artworkstrenton.org

December 9th– Circular Weaving

Let’s keep busy this winter making beautiful art!  Join us to create a one of a kind woven piece on a recycled record.

December 16th – Puppets

Are your fingers chilly?  Join us to create some zany finger puppet characters to keep your digits toasty this winter.

Fiber Art Teens

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Teen Education | 0 comments

Fiber Art Teens

"Fiber Art"

Instructor: Kate Eggleston

$5 Material Fee for the Month

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*If your child is not able to attend every class, please notify the Education Coordinator at: education@artworkstrenton.org

December 9th– Record Weaving

Join us to create a one of a kind woven piece on a recycled vinyls.

December 16th – Fancy Fingers

Are your hands chilly? Join us to embellish gloves to make them fun and fancy for the winter season.