• Painting :: Color & Light :: Composition :: Technique :: Rendering :: Paul LaJeunesse Comes to BINDERS Art School

    Paul LaJeunesse will be offering a variety of workshops that folks are sure to benefit from while honing their craft. Color & Light, Composition, Technique Mixte, and Rendering are a few subjects Paul will present. We're thrilled to bring in the exceptional artist and instructor in 2015.

     

    Can you tell us a little about yourself?

    I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. I attended Missouri State University from 1994-1999 and graduated with a BFA in drawing. I moved to St. Louis and worked at Laumeier Sculpture Park as the Preparator, Conservation Technician and Registrar until 2003 when I was accepted to graduate school at Bowling Green State in Bowling Green Ohio. At Bowling Green I met Patrick Betaudier while attending a summer workshop where I learned the Technique Mixte. I then studied with Patrick for a semester in Monflanquin France. I graduated from Bowling Green in 2006 and returned to St. Louis to teach at Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College. I received the Greenshields Foundation Grant at this time and immediately afterwards my Fulbright to create a body of work in Iceland. I spent the next 9 months in Reykjavik and Siglufjordur Iceland creating a body of work. After returning to the states I was hired to teach at Western Oregon University. I taught there for 3 years and then moved to Atlanta to teach at Georgia State University. After 3 years in Atlanta I moved to Chattanooga Tennessee to pursue my own artistic practice and teach workshop format classes. Upon moving to Chattanooga I was awarded a mural project by the Northshore Merchants Collective and now have a mural painting on the corner of Forest and Frazier avenues in Chattanooga Tennessee. During the summer I also taught at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village Colorado.

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    Tell us a little about your work space. How does it contribute to your work?

    As for the work space contributing to my work, I am in a new space and very excited as it's more spacious than anything I have had before and in excellent condition as it was newly renovated. This allows me to work on multiple paintings at once as I develop the layers of the painting. I usually have 3-4 paintings in progress at varying levels of resolution. Because I use a layering technique, the technique mixte, I need drying time for certain paintings. This allows me to work on a different painting at a different phase, either layout, under drawing, underpainting or glazing. The process is more flexible than it may initially seem as I can rework any painting at any level with the tempera paint. This allows for compositional changes along the way should I need them.

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    What projects are you working on currently?

    I am currently continuing a body of work that began in Atlanta where I use layered imagery to reference how we assimilate memories of our experiences to give us a sense of identity and value as they relate to place.

    The idea is that our experiences are linear but we often think, feel and remember in a non-linear fashion. The way we build our identity is based on our memory and future projection "I am this because of past experience and want to be this in the future". Or rather, we want to be perceived as these things, whatever our individual value system is such as moral, ethical, kind, revered, famous, etc. etc. We all have these mashed up versions of what we are and, thus, what we value, and cannot have a definition of self without a sense of place. Memory of any event always has a setting and that setting is as significant (if not more so) as to defining us than an event or action. The place allows for action. The place sets mood and how we can interact with space and with one another.

    This is why I am interested in creating these surreal landscapes as they can create a sense of memory of a place that many people can identify with, without the setting being so literal. The paintings are always about place and what that means to a person and their identity rather than a literal description of the physical attributes of a space.

    What do you hope students will take away from your courses at Binders?

    I hope the students gain a stronger understanding of how they see and how their eye and mind work to create visual perception. Understanding of this along with a deeper understanding of material properties will allow students to create freely in their own artwork without any technical hang-ups.

     

    "I want people to have the ability to create works as they want so they can freely employ the material as is needed for the content of the painting, not for some stylistic application."

     

    Too many people are relegated, as painters, to creating abstracted works based on lack of understanding of materials and optics. It's not that I want everyone to become photo realists, but I want people to have the ability to create works as they want so they can freely employ the material as is needed for the content of the painting, not for some stylistic application. It is similar to teaching a musician to play music instead of teaching them jazz or punk rock.  If all anyone has ever played is jazz, that's what they can do. If they learn to compose and play music, they can play anything and follow their interests as they change and develop as an artist without limitations.

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    Color and Light with Paul LaJeunesse

    2 Sessions | Intermediate to Advanced | Price: $195 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1547 | Saturday & Sunday, January 24 & 25, Sat. 10:30 – 5pm, Sun. 11:30 – 5:30pm

     

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    Composition and Painting with Paul LaJeunesse

    2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $195 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1549 | Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, Sat. 10:30 – 5pm, Sun. 11:30 – 5:30pm

     

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    Technique Mixte with Paul LaJeunesse

    3 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $250 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1550 | Friday – Sunday, May 23 – 25, Fri. & Sat. 10:30 – 5pm, Sun. 11:30 – 5:30pm

     

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    Rendering in Value with Paul LaJeunesse

    1 Session | Intermediate to Advanced | Price: $140 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1548 | Saturday, March 21, Sat. 10:30 – 4pm

     

     

    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

  • Leisa Rich :: Unusual Materials Applications

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    We’re thrilled to have you on board with BINDERS Art School. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

    I have been an artist for 39 years. I discovered a passion for the visual arts while attending Interlochen Arts Academy, a private boarding school for the fine arts in Michigan, 10th through 12th grades. I received a piano scholarship and dance was my minor. Illness meant I couldn't dance for a while and I ended up in a weaving class in 10th grade. My passion for the fiber arts in particular, began then; I quit piano and dance and devoted myself to learning every area of visual arts available to me.

    Conceptually, I am affected by pressing concerns of today: the social, philosophical, environmental and biological issues humans face. I feel deeply connected to the universe and when isolation, exclusion, damage, shifts and disasters befall individuals and the world at large, it impacts me deeply. I then reject what is, in favor of creating my own “what could be.”

    I use several processes and teach many techniques in many visual art areas, but most often employ Free Motion machine embroidery, a technique using thread and a sewing machine to either “draw” in a representational manner, or build up texture and surface with repetition to create depth, and recently, incorporate 3D printing into my works. I am a perpetual experimenter, applying new manipulations to common materials to tease out something unexpected. I use fabric most often, but also incorporate plastics, resin, mixed media and more. Nothing is sacred from my hands.

     

     “I feel deeply connected to the universe and when isolation, exclusion, damage, shifts and disasters befall individuals and the world at large, it impacts me deeply.”

     

    I have an MFA, BFA and B of Education in Art. I have varied experience in painting, drawing, bookmaking, sewing, fibers, photography, mixed media, alternative processes, unusual materials applications, fashion design, wearable art, and much more. I have ran art schools, taught at universities, been a designer for a large fashion company, done theatre design, owned a jewelry/wearable art/hat design business and more. I exhibit internationally, nationally and locally, and teach at my studio in Buckhead and travel to teach at art centers.

    I am happily married for 28 years to my soul mate and have two grown daughters and a 4 year old grandson!

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    Tell us a little about your studio/ work space. How does it contribute to your work?

    I work at home in a space that only recently opened up for me when I became an empty nester! I am fully equipped with art supplies, sewing machines, a 3D printer and birds outside the French doors to outside that frequent our Sky Cafe regularly. I share my studio space with 3 cats when they behave! I find my space too small — I also use the garage — and yearn for a massive loft or industrial space, assistants and the ability to realize commissions and larger works.

     

     "I am serious, hardworking, and a social media queen! If I could work 24/7, I would!”

     

    How would you describe your practice?

    Intense, obsessive, purposeful. I LOVE to create and I LOVE to pass that interest and passion on to my students and see them creatively grow. I am serious, hardworking, and a social media queen! If I could work 24/7, I would!

     

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    What do you hope students will take away from your courses at Binders?

    TONS of skills learned, an enthusiasm for creating, and a voice of personal creativity that is theirs- not mine, and what they need to leave the class or workshop and keep creating!

    What are you working on currently? 

    A HUGE 3D printed plus fiber/stitched wall installation for an exhibition of 4 artists I am honored to have been chosen to be included in at Baylor University gallery that will be in 2016; finishing up a wild wearable piece that is going on set to be photographed professionally; 3D printing experimentation, and more works in progress. I am also curating an exhibition on invisible disabilities that will be held at Mason Fine Art in April and that features 12 artists from the US Canada and South Africa who face daily challenges with disabilities you can’t see (including myself) I am also self-publishing a children’s book I have been working on for 4 years, designing clothing that features my artwork that is being sold on Print All Over Me on-line, exhibiting in several other upcoming exhibitions and more!

     

    BUCKHEAD WORKSHOP

    Artistic Genealogy: Charting Your Creative Journey with Leisa Rich 

    2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $120 | Max. 16

    ARTZ1526 | Saturday & Sunday, February 21 & 22, Sat. 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am – 5:30pm

     

    PCM WORKSHOP

    Artistic Genealogy: Charting Your Creative Journey with Leisa Rich 

    2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $120 | Max. 16

    ARTZ1553 | Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24, Sat. 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am – 5:30pm

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    PCM WORKSHOP

    Judge a Book by its Cover! An Artist Bookmaking Experience with Leisa Rich 

    2 Sessions | Beginner to Intermediate | Price: $120 | Max. 16

    ARTZ1556 | Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. 11am – 5pm

     

    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

     

  • Visual Storytelling :: Talking Comics with Jacob Hunt

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    Can you tell us a little about yourself?

    Like most artists, I claim to have been drawing since I could hold a crayon. But on top of that, my art has almost always been motivated by storytelling, characters, and world-building. Formative encounters with Roald Dahl and The Neverending Story established my sense of humor and love of other worldliness, while the discovery of Calvin and Hobbes and the X-Men introduced me to an ideal medium for self-expression. For me, writing and drawing are inextricably interwoven, so I knew that I wanted to be both an artist and an author. After art school at the University of Georgia, I spent a few years creating My Doomed Affair—a semi-autobiographical humor strip about an ex-girlfriend, published biweekly in Flagpole Magazine—until I decided to seriously study comics at SCAD-Atlanta where I received my MFA in sequential art. Now I’m developing a graphic novel that I hope encompasses all the oddity, depth, and joy that I find in my favorite literature, comics, and film.

     

    “For me, writing and drawing are inextricably interwoven…”

     

     Tell us a little about your work space. How does it contribute to your work?

    I work from a home studio equipped with a Cintiq interactive pen display, which allows me to draw and paint digitally onscreen in programs like Manga Studio and Photoshop. Additionally, I have a drafting table with an adjustable angled surface for when I work on paper, which, sadly, I don’t do often enough.

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    How would you describe your practice?

    My practices are very poor! When I’m in the groove and not too overwhelmed, which is rare, I work on several projects within a day, setting a timer for thirty minutes or an hour, depending on the activity, and I take short breaks between each activity. To warm up, I’ll spend a half hour doing quick gesture drawings from an online pose slideshow. Then I’ll draw, sketch, or write for a few hours towards all my ongoing projects, personal and otherwise. If I have a freelance gig with a deadline, I’ll usually focus solely on that, which tends to throw off my “regular” routine for months at a time because I’m generally not so great at regaining focus.

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    What projects are you working on currently? 

    Currently I’m designing characters for an Atlanta author who has a fan fiction website and wants visuals of her characters to inspire her fans. I’m always trying to find time to finish the script for my graphic novel, Rumspringer, but having little success setting aside time. Also, my band, Tracer Metula, is about to finish recording sessions for our album, and I’ll be working on album art and other promotional art for that soon.

    What do you hope students will take away from your courses at Binders?

    I hope that they come away recognizing the fantastic potential that comics have as a medium for self-expression and storytelling, as well as the incredible work and thought that it takes in order to effectively communicate a story using the “language” of cartooning.

    Learn more about Jacob here.

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    BUCKHEAD WORKSHOP

    Comics as Visual Storytelling with Jacob Hunt

    2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $90 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1507 | Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29, Sat. 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am – 5:30pm

     

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    PCM CLASS

    Creating Comics with Jacob Hunt

    6 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $130 | Max. 10

    ARTZ1541 | Thursdays, January 8 – February 12, 6:30 – 8:30pm

     

     

    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email artschool@bindersart.com.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Creative Playground :: A BINDERS Community Group

    At BINDERS, a Community Group is a great way to pursue your creative work and make new friends. Some groups focus on specific activities or projects while others simply offer the freedom to work on individual projects, often with guided instruction. Groups are ongoing so feel free to jump in at any time!

     

    Creative Playground

    We all need to exercise our creative connections. This group is devoted to inspiring one another in a safe community with unabashed creativity! We will experiment together and play with materials in all new ways, challenging ourselves to color outside the lines and break rules. There will be a little instruction that focuses on inspiration, but the rest of the time is dedicated to your personal creative exploration. This is YOUR creative playground! Come at 6pm to connect with others and warm up your creative spirit.

    *First time attendees will receive a free mixed media arts journal!

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    About Jes

    Creative Playground is facilitated by local artist Jessica Gordon. Jes has been a professional artist and color consultant for over 15 years; having graduated from the Atlanta College of Art with a degree in painting in 1997. Her obsession with color was born in a figure painting class where each color had to be mixed on the pallet, scooped up with the pallet knife, walked over to the model to match that particular skin tone & shadow, before the paint was allowed to touch the brush or the canvas. It was then, that Jessica was sucked in to the world of paint colors. Color mixing has given her a unique understanding of the make-up of color and how to achieve certain nuances.

    After college, Jessica furthered her color and paint education by working in retail paint stores, where she gained a comprehensive understanding of the paint industry from the manufacturers themselves. Painting murals, creating decorative finishes, working in paint stores and continuing to create fine art have all provided Jessica with essential professional experience. Desperate for more information, Jessica was searching for a graduate program in color consulting or color theory; although one does not exist, she was delighted to find the IACC-NA (International Association of Color Consultants/Designers – North America) in 2004.

    In 2007, she founded Buckets of Color, launching out on her own and solely creating her income from Color Consulting. She considers this work both fulfilling and joyful. After consulting with her 1,000th client; Jessica left the Annapolis MD area and moved back to Atlanta, GA.

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    At the BUCKHEAD store

    Creative Playground with Jes Gordon

    1 Session | All Levels | Price: $15 | Max. 24

    ARTZ1500 | Monday, January 12, 6 – 8pm

    ARTZ1501 | Monday, March 9, 6 – 8pm

    ARTZ1502 | Monday, May 11, 6 – 8pm

     

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    Creative Playground with Jes Gordon

    1 Session | All Levels | Price: $15 | Max. 16

    ARTZ1533 | Monday, February 23, 6 – 8pm

    ARTZ1534 | Monday, April 27, 6 – 8pm

     

    For questions or more information please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email artschool@bindersart.com.

  • Retail Sponsor of Art Materials Expo

    Art materials expoHave you saved the date for Atlanta's Inaugural Art Materials Expo?

    This coming February leading art supply vendors, art community visionaries, art advocates, teachers, students, artists, and crafters will gather at the Gwinnett Center in the largest Art Materials Expo in the South East!

    Friday February 20th through Sunday February 22nd of 2015, Art Materials Expo (AME) will offering a gala of buying and learning opportunities!

    If you're familiar with our instore Artfolio events than you can think of AME as Artfolio on overdrive.

    More vendors, more workshops, more deals!

    What can you expect at AME?

    • Free admission to the expo floor
    • 3 days of workshops from local and internationally known artists
    • Over 80 booths of art supplies, community art organizations and art schools
    • Product demos on new art materials and techniques
    • Presentations from local community art organizations
    • Portfolio reviews

    To stay up to date on the all the news please sign up for the AME newsletter and like the AME Facebook page.

    For more information visit www.artmaterialsexpo.com or browse our online catalog.

    See you there!

     

     

  • Visiting with EK Huckaby

    EK Huckaby: Anhydjinnic Molassicism

    MOCAga Working Artist Project winner, EK Huckaby is currently showcasing his fantastic collection, Anhydjinnic Molassicism at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

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    Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
    75 Bennett St. NW Suite A2, Atlanta
    Tuesdays - Saturday 10am - 5pm
    Anhydjinnic Molassicism runs through November 29th

    Visiting With EK Huckaby

    A Georgia native with deep family roots, EK welcomed us into his home and studio during a recent ARTmerge.

    When you first walk into his home you are greeted by two deliciously long and high and fully stocked book shelves. The top shelf purposefully holds items just out of reach and seem to provide a bit of an analogy for EK's work. His layers hold your attention because you know there is something, you can feel there is something, just beyond the reach of your eye.

    Victorian and Renaissance themes are present everywhere you look, even down to the hand made varnishes whose amber colors fill the mason jars that line the studio shelves.

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    In every nook and cranny inspiration captures your eye, and adds another layer of story to Huckaby's work. A quick look through the bookshelves brings us to a collection of anatomy manuals he inherited from his great-grandfather.

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    History and story are found everywhere and Anhydjinnic Molassicism has merged them in a beautiful and haunting way.


     

    To learn more about Anhydjinnic Molassicism from EK Huckaby, join us at MOCAga on Tuesday, October 14th for and Artist Talk.
    6:30pm Reception
    7pm Talk Begins
    Admission: Free

     


    EK Huckaby Bio

    E.K. Huckaby (b. 1957 in Thomaston, Georgia) lives and works in Brooks, Georgia.

    He attended the Atlanta College of Art, graduating with a BFA in 1991.

    Huckaby has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Jasper Dorsey Award at the Atlanta College of Art and an Individual Artists Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts. His work has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions, including shows at the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and MOCA GA.

    Huckaby is admired for his unusual techniques and use of media. His work is collected nationwide.

  • Visiting with MOCAga 2014 Fellow Scott Ingram

    Enjoyed a great afternoon with Atlanta based artist Scott Ingram as part of MOCAga's ArtMERGE.

    We met in Atlanta's Ormewood neighborhood to take in and discuss Scott's "Pierced House Project". Two years in the making - Scott and a 12 people crew pierced this modular home (scheduled for demolition) with a 47 foot wooden spike made of popular.

    Pierced House Project

    The entire piece was removed, including the pieces of the wall, to install somewhere else at a later date.

    The Pierced Project is an incredible piece that manipulates you, as you deal with the space around it. It's invasive and brings to mind thoughts of bridges cutting through the air.

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    Scott's assistant, Daniel Sanzone was on hand as well to discuss and share insights on the project. Daniel uses his artistic voice to blend the worlds of technology and biology.

    Scott Ingram Studio Tour

    As a 2014 recipient of MOCAga Working Artist Program Scott is putting together his pieces for his MOCA GA Blue Collar Modernism show scheduled for July 12th through September 13th.

    Opening reception: Friday, July 11th / 6:30-8:30pm

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    Scott Ingram

     Scott Ingram Bio

    (b. 1968 in Drumright, Oklahoma) makes work that comments on art and architecture in human environments. Based in an American aesthetic, his range of artworks includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography as well as functional objects. Growing up in the Midwest, he was heavily influenced by the great modern architects of Chicago. Working for the Des Moines Art Center, Ingram developed an in-depth understanding of contemporary art within the context of architecture. Ingram has been exhibiting for more than 18 years and has been included in exhibitions around the United States as well as Spain and Canada. Most recently he exhibited at Solomon Projects, and Emily Amy Gallery in Atlanta and Anna Kustera Gallery in New York, as well as Florida Atlantic University and Auburn University. His work is collected by numerous private and corporate collections, as well as the High Museum of Art. In December, Ingram debuted a new installation of cinder blocks floating in a swimming pool for the NADA art fair during Miami Basel. Ingram lives, works and produces his work in Atlanta, GA.

  • Holbein Heavy Body Artist Acrylic

    Holbein Heavy Body Artist Acrylic

    Introducing Holbein's Re-Engineered Heavy Body Artist Acrylic

    Holbein's re-engineered Heavy Body Artist Acrylic is available at BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames (please check with your local store for availability). These high quality acrylics deliver more color vigor and higher light-fast ratings at a great price and have been specifically designed to add more luster and brilliance to your paintings!

    Holbein Heavy Body Artist AcrylicAvailable in 60ml (2.0 fl. oz.) tubes, the artist acrylic will retain any peaks or ridges with thick applications - can be easily thinned with mediums or water - or can be used in a thin, dry coat.

    Superior, smooth and vivid in every way Holbein's Heavy Body Acrylic is available in 113 colors, all designed utilizing the best traditional organic pigments and the latest and most up to date inorganic pigments. Whether painting small or large, opaque or transparent, Holbein's Heavy Body Artist Acrylics are certain to meet and surpass the demands of the modern artist.

    Holbein Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Color Chart

  • Erin Dusza Brings Art History to Life

    Q&A with Art History Professor Erin Dusza

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    Art History with Erin DuszaI am a proud Army Brat. I fell in love with the architecture and history of medieval Europe while living overseas. It took a few years for me to take that interest and meld it with academic history. I have a B.F.A. in Theater Design and an M.A. in Art History. I wrote my thesis on Alphonse Mucha's later career and a Czech patriotic movement called Pan-Slavism. I currently teach Art History part-time at the Art Institute of Atlanta in Decatur and have students tell me every quarter that they hate history . . . until they take it with me!

    I love getting to share my love of history in a casual, funny story telling kind of way to show how interesting history can be. I also love studying about Ancient Egypt, Medieval and Renaissance Europe and the Early 20th Century. OK, and just about anything in between!

    Outside of academics, I also like to study the development of the Walt Disney Company and its theme parks, European and Mexican cooking, old movies and Broadway Musicals. I have two Cairn Terrier children and a wonderful husband who supports me at home and puts up with all my quirks.

    “I love getting to share my love of history in a casual, funny story telling kind of way to show how interesting history can be.”

    What is it about Art History that excites you?

    So many people remember their history classes from grade school; in year “x”, “blah blah” invaded here and after the battle of “blech” they gathered at “boring point” and signed the treaty of “snore”.

    I found I could study history the way I liked it - by looking at an artifact made by someone in that time - and ignore the battles and treaties that I found boring. I could connect what was happening in a time period by looking at what they made, how they made it and how they chose to make it look. Each work of art tells a story, so I enjoy telling the stories and connecting the history - not the other way around!

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    Can you give an example of a story you find particularly interesting, behind a piece of artwork?

    A perfect answer to your question would be the story of how the Mona Lisa got so famous. Before 1911, the Mona Lisa was a lesser known work by Leonardo Da Vinci. On August 21st, 1911, Vincenzo Perugia stole the Mona Lisa, believing that he would be hailed a hero in Italy for returning the work to its homeland.

    The result was a grand print media campaign as the world looked for the small renaissance painting. That print campaign literally established the Mona Lisa as the most famous painting in the world. I think that makes for a pretty amazing story.

    What do you hope students take away from these classes?

    I want to open their eyes to the impact that historical styles and works still have on us today. In My Monuments Men lecture I want them to learn the lesser told story of the role of artwork in WWII and also the dangers of extremism. In the Women Artists class I want them to learn about what women went through to become artists, gain acceptance, and the influences they had on not just one another but also the artistic world at large. I am also happy to take suggestions on any other desired subject matter!

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    Da Vinci’s Sketchbook with Erin Dusza

    1 Session | All Levels | Price: $20 | Max. 24

    ARTZ1551 | Sunday, January 18, 2 – 4pm

     

     

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    Women Artists through History with Erin Dusza

    1 Session | All Levels | Price: $20 | Max. 24

    ARTZ1552 | Sunday, March 22, 2 – 4pm

     

     

    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • The Art of Sculpting Custom Toys

    Elizabeth Sanquiche is not Afraid to Follow her Passions

    Sculpting Custom Toys Image Courtesy of the Artist

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    I was born in New York City and raised in Queens and Long Island. I studied at Queens College and City University of New York where I focused on business. I had the desire to study English as well. I was always passionate about writing. I worked the corporate retail world for 18+ years running million dollar businesses, but I left that in 2009 to pursue my true passion, art.

    I was artistic as a young child, always drawing and painting. At four I learned to read and play classical music on the piano. In second grade I learned to play the flute and continued with both of those up until college. For a few years in middle school my family moved us to Puerto Rico. Music is what I intended to pursue with plans to study at the music conservatory in San Juan. I was always playing in bands and orchestras and had the wonderful opportunity of being chosen to play in the band for the Pan American Games opening/closing ceremonies in 1979. But life happens and plans changed and shifted.

    “While going through a tough personal transition I submersed myself in writing and sculpting like a new obsession, it consumed me and I ate, slept and breathed sculpting. I've never looked back and I have no regrets because I believe I found my true calling as a sculptor.”

     

    My younger brother by 8 years, who I babysat on many an occasion is also an artist, illustrator. We sat for endless hours as kids drawing together and nurturing our only desire, to make art. In 2009, he turned me on to the world of blank DIY (do-it-yourself) Munnys. Coercing me to go online and view what artists were doing with this platform, he said it would be good for me to break back into art, any art as long as I was creating. He wanted me to get inspired. I was amazed at the talent and creations of so many artists. That was the first time I touched clay, a new medium for me. I fell in love with 3D art. While going through a tough personal transition I submersed myself in writing and sculpting like a new obsession, it consumed me and I ate, slept and breathed sculpting. I've never looked back and I have no regrets because I believe I found my true calling as a sculptor.

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    What inspires you the most to create?

    That's a tough question. I'm inspired by so many things. Let's start with Disney, a big part of my childhood. Once I had children, I started collecting movies which I would say was for them, but in honesty it was as much for me too. I never get tired of watching animation. My kids are grown now, and I still go out and buy new releases, but not just Disney. I enjoy Pixar, Anime, Manga and any high end animation that tells an amazing story with unique characters. I'm a huge fan of claymation and the work of Tim Burton. There are so many aspects to that art that intrigue me, but sculpting and animating characters I find fascinating. That would be a dream job for me, to work on a set for a production like that or even be mentored by the elite talent in the industry.

    “Once I had children, I started collecting movies which I would say was for them, but in honesty it was as much for me too. I never get tired of watching animation.”

     

    I collect art books: watercolor, photography, drawing, airbrushing, graffiti, fantasy, fine art, graphic art, beasts and creatures, sculpture, and how-to books. You name it I love it all because it opens my eyes to different angles, concepts, perceptions, styles. One book can give me a good 1/2 dozen ideas for sculptures I want to create. It just triggers new ideas and so now I keep a notebook with a list of those ideas. A place, an object, a scent, a person, a dream, almost anything can cause inspiration. Sometimes while I'm in the midst of sculpting a project I get visions for other ones and I jot down key points that will trigger the vision for when I'm ready to create. As for other artists, there are too many artists to name but a few that I enjoy are, Caia Koopman, Tara Mcpherson, Camilla D'errico, Kathy Olivas, Brandt Peters, Travis Louie, and Greg Simkins.

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    The main thing is saturating myself in the creative world. I’m constantly trying to connect and meet new artists. I'm fortunate to know a lot of artists in the customizing world which I can now call friends and by just being themselves, makes this process enjoyable. I use social media as a huge tool to see what other creators are doing, being in the loop. It inspires me. It motivates me to keep moving forward. It helps me to analyze and critique my strengths and opportunities. Now that this artistic passion in unleashed in me, I'm driven to keep the fire lit.

    What advice would you give to anyone who is interested in creating custom toys?

    To start, just have fun. Obviously it draws many people, it's relatable because they're toys; we all had them and played with them as kids. The direction in which you take your creativity is entirely up to you. Creators from all walks of life and all levels of skills have taken to customizing. Some do it for fun to break the monotony of what they normally do and some have turned it into a way of life. It's important to be patient because anything worth doing well takes time and comes with practice. Learn something from each process so you can improve on the next one. Almost every time I create something I've made a mistake, or dislike something from it, and I retain that so when I make the next one I push myself to a new level. I don't concern myself with what everyone is doing. I concern myself with what I'm doing or not doing but never to a point where I don't enjoy myself, and that's hard to accomplish when you've chosen to do art for a living. Forget the fear of not being creative enough, it resides within us. You just have to seek your niche. For example, you will decide you like sculpting over them, some will like painting over them; some will like just using markers and that process is the fun part! What you'll find in yourself is a new perspective... sort of a visual voice of expression. Who you will see is that creative child you thought you left behind! It's not rocket science. It's art, your art, for you to enjoy and share with others.

    “What you'll find in yourself is a new perspective... sort of a visual voice of expression.”

     

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    What can students expect to learn in your workshop?

    We're going to start with the basics. I'll create lists of online shops, sites, blogs and resources that people can access at home at their leisure to get into the world of customizing, to see what artists are doing and their creative processes. We'll learn about the basic tools needed to sculpt including different types of clay. How to bake clay in an oven at home and I will train them on the use of a heat gun as well. We'll each sculpt a simple unique character of our choosing, one that you'll be able to take home and paint after the two day workshop. This class was kept to the sculpting only because this process should not be rushed; it's a beginner’s class although anyone can take it. Sculpting can be labor intensive because it requires sanding and sculpting in layers which is a technique that ends with better/cleaner results. This will also allow me to work one on one and support each student's needs. I'll also bring samples of my work so students can see what pieces look like completed

    What are you planning in 2014, any major projects on the horizon?  

    Good question. Well, I just moved to Atlanta in August of 2013. So, the transition has taken a hit on my artistic workload, meaning I'm not getting as much artwork completed as I would like. However, the most important transition for me is the artistic one in the sense that I need to familiarize myself with Atlanta and what the art life has to offer. So, I've been attending art shows, creating art for shows and getting familiar with galleries, art centers, and museums. I’ve also been meeting and networking with other creatives and finding mentors. I love that Atlanta has so many art fairs but there is a process to getting into them. As a sculptor I'm looking to create a new body of work that isn't considered customs. So you will see more original sculptures from me this year and in between I will still be creating customs, either for shows and/or commissions. I've also made a commitment to myself to do more painting because it is important I grow my talent and diversify, since sculpting has been my constant medium for 5 years now. I'm working on concepts to create one or two original characters sculpts to become a vinyl toy for production. I may do a test run of a resin beast design off an original sculpt and curate an art show exclusively with that beast only. This will allow me to test the waters in the customizing world before I move on to a serious concept. Hopefully, these workshops with Binders do well so that I may continue to share and grow in the art of customizing by doing more workshops year round. This was something I never had, someone to teach or guide me. Everything I've done was self- taught and it made the process more challenging. So I'm expecting that sharing myself and my skills will develop some great creativity in my students as well as myself.

     

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    The Art of Sculpting Custom Toys with Liz Sanquiche

    Description

    Dive into the world of Designer Toys and Urban Vinyl! Learn to use and sculpt polymer clay, basic use of sculpting tools, instruction on baking clay with ovens and heat guns, and creating your own custom designer toy.

    We'll start with discussions about this ever changing, and re-inventing art scene and the various platforms in the industry that are available to customize such as vinyl, resin and wood. This at form is influenced by styles such as graffiti art, Manga comics, goth / punk rock, skateboard art, movies, television shows and an endless list from urban culture and pop culture.

    We will take our own artistic inspiration and apply it to vinyl platforms creating quirky characters and / or artistic sculpts that are limited only by your imagination!

    Written by Jacob Gunter

    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

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