Monthly Archives: August 2015

Take time for yourself. Take an art class.

I will be teaching 3 classes at The Atelier: Gestural Figure Study, Illustration, and Portrait.  The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art is a friendly little traditional art school located in Northeast Minneapolis, MN (a bit on the outskirts of Dinky Town). The school is on the second floor of a red brick warehouse on the corner of Stinson Blvd. and East Hennepin Ave. Off-street parking is available. Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the classes.

Gestural Figure Study

Gesture figures study done in soft pencil on paper.
Gesture figures study done in soft pencil on paper.

Gain a better understanding of gesture of the figure. This class will mesh The Atelier and Studio Arts figure study methods. Students will explore what gesture is and ways to capture it through quick poses, progressively longer poses, and experimentation. A materials list will be supplied upon registration. Beginners welcome.

Fall class starts TUESDAY Sept. 15, 4:15 - 6:45 PM, $250, 15 weeks.

(Gesture will be offered in the Fall and Summer. It will not be offered in the Winter session. Instead look for Costumed Figure Drawing and Painting for the Winter Tuesday afternoon  class spot).

Illustration ClassIllustration

Stretch your imagination! During this class, students will develop imaginative pieces based upon a story or individual ideas. We will move from idea generation to preparatory work and on to final art. Emphasis will be placed on composition, and storytelling. Students may choose to work in the medium with which they are comfortable. Christine has experience to support watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, or oil paint.

Fall class Starts Thursday Sept. 17, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $230, 15 weeks.
Winter class starts Thursday Jan. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $230, 15 weeks.


portrait class at the atelier in minnesotaPortrait and Interior

Students draw in charcoal and may progress to oil or pastels. The portrait model will be set within an interior. Advanced students can take advantage of the entire composition. Capturing the likeness is emphasized. Color and techniques in oil and pastel are covered. Instructors: Christine Mitzuk (Tuesdays) & Laura Tundel (Thursdays).

Fall classes starts Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
or Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $250, 15 weeks.

Winter classes starts Tuesday Jan. 26, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
or Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $250, 15 weeks.

Register for classes one of four ways:

Option 1: Call The Atelier at 612-362-8421. Main hours are 9am - 4pm Central Time or during evening classes. Please leave a message if you don't get a live person.
Option 2: Print out the registration form from the current course catalog PDF.
Option 3: Print out this form, fill it out, and mail it to The Atelier, along with payment. See form for instructions.
Option 4: Contact me and I'll help you out,

Update: All 4 Mini paintings have been sold. The drawings are still available!

Two sold. Two remain.

framed dragon eye paintings 2"x2"
Dollar coin in photograph to show scale of art.

I have two dragon eye paintings available for purchase.

The oil paintings are about 2"x2" and are framed at 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". Each painting is strung with wire across the back so they are ready to hang on your wall.

Each mini canvas is mounted to pH buffered matboard using Acrylic Gel Medium.


Dragon Eye Pencil Drawings

tiny 2 inch square dragon eye pencil drawing by christine mitzuk
A shot of the eyes by themselves

If black and white is more your taste, the drawings are also available for purchase.

Each drawing is about 2"x2".

Each framed drawing measures about 8 4/3" x 8 3/4".




Framed Dragon Eye Drawings

If you're interested, drop me a line. Price may vary because of shipping.

Gen Con Art Show 2015 Review

This year was even better than last year. I had some great conversations, learned some cool information about parrots, got to hang with my art buddies, and met some new folks.

The set-up

Gen Con 2015 Artist Alley set up version 1
Gen Con 2015 Artist Alley set up version 1

Originally my space looked like this. Bear falls drawing and painting on the left. Next my other larger framed art (canvas prints and original), then matted prints, then the dragon eye drawings. With this view, very few people noticed the Bear Falls painting. It's pretty big so that seemed strange. I thought by putting the painting facing out to the main walkway (off the photo to the right), people might be drawn in. Not so. I don't think it jumps out from the visual chaos that is Gen Con. Plus I think people on the main walkway had a destination in mind so weren't sightseeing. Plus it seemed that most of the traffic was moving out of the Artist Alley toward the main walkway, not in.

Gen Con 2015 Artist Alley set up version 2
Gen Con 2015 Artist Alley set up version 2

I swapped my setup. Bears on the right, dragon eyes on the left. More people saw the painting as they passed through Artist Alley and I ran out of those prints I brought with me.

This year I also had a few signs printed (color on paper, mounted to foam board, and varnished). One had my name on it. The other had some samples of my work, some of which were published in games. The place I had it printed tried several times to get it "right" and I ended up with what you see in the photo. The name sign turned out ok. The sample work sign I think I could have left home. I was trying to show more of my capabilities but because the printing was different than how I do my prints, there was some confusion about which version was "correct". A few people were disappointed that the prints I had for sale (also on display below the sign) weren't as saturated as what was on the sign. I took that sign down. The printer had to charge me for the full piece of foam board, which is why I had 2 signs made. In hind sight I should have just had the printer make a second name sign.

Dressing the Part

This year I tried to look more like a professional artist. I tried to match my clothing with my art aesthetic. I don't know if it altered other people's perception of me but it altered mine. I think it put me more in the mindset that I'm running a business and I'm there to work (and have fun!).

Talking to People

I think having worked in retail for a few years helped me with this. I'm much more comfortable talking with just about anyone. I still need to work on how I talk about and engage people in the art. One of my neighbors across the way was exceptional at this so I tried to listen and observe her interactions with people. Her art was awesome, she dressed the part, she came across as very personable, confident (not cocky).

Price Points and Inventory

I had a range of price points. Post card size art for $2 each. A pack of 4 for $8, note cards $3-$4 each, loose prints $20, matted prints $25, and originals of varying sizes and prices. I did not sell any originals at the show but had some interest. I think the originals act more as a draw to my table. The packs of 4 post card size art did pretty well. I think because it offered people more images for their money, and helped those that couldn't make up their mind on which one they wanted.

Next Year

I think next year I'll have some more lower priced items: 5"x7" prints matted and loose, 4"x6" usable post cards, maybe some utilitarian items like mugs or magnets. Plus next year I'll be more practiced in talking with people about the art. I had only made post card size art of a few of my images. Several people were looking for a small version of a print but I didn't have it. I don't think I'd make small versions of every image I have but maybe more than I had this year. I'll have to give that more thought.

Back to Work

Many people have said something like this: make great work, show it, be great to work with. Time to make some more art!

Art Show in Jordan, Minnesota

Art Show at Cheryl Hawkins Tax and Accounting in Jordan Minnesota
A sampling of art by Christine Mitzuk on display August 5 - November 30 2015
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
700 Seville Dr #204, Jordan, MN 55352

I'm pleased to announce that a selection of my art will be on display August 5 through November 30, 2015 at Cheryl Hawkins Tax and Accounting. The show features eight still life and imaginative works, including a rare pastel painting. All pieces are available for purchase.

The office is located at 700 Seville Dr #204, Jordan, MN 55352.

The display is generally open to the public weekdays 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. You are encouraged to call ahead to confirm that there are no conflicts at that time. If you wish to view the pieces outside of these times please contact Cheryl at 952-222-8272.