Monthly Archives: May 2016

Sheets of business cards that can be popped out of the thick paper with clean edges.
Sheets of business cards that can be popped out of the thick paper with clean edges.

This saved me some time so I thought I'd share.

I needed display labels for my art for a show. Instead of printing them out on card stock and cutting them out by hand, or mounting the labels on foam board, a friend suggested I try something different. I gave it a try.

This time around I printed the labels out on sheets of business card stock that are available in packs at the local office supply store. The sheets are NOT perforated so the card edges are clean when broken apart. The pack costs a bit more than a few sheets of card stock but, like I said, it saved some time, enough time to make it worth it to me. Heck, what can I say, I like getting to bed at a reasonable time before a show. Plus I think it looked very clean and professional.

I put the text in a template and printed it out on regular paper first to check the text size, design, and proofread the text. After making some adjustments I printed the text out on the lovely business card sheets, and that was that.

Artists for the Atelier: an Atelier Instructor Art Show and Fundraising Sale

pastel drawing of a pomegranate, dried calla lilies, and wheat by christine mitzuk
Persephone and Demeter

May 20, 21, 22 (In conjunction with The Atelier 2016 Student Show)

Enjoy and purchase prints, drawings, watercolors, oils, sculptures, etchings and prints of figurative, still life, landscape and imaginative artwork from our fundraising exhibit to help support The Atelier. The exhibit will be in several spaces, across and down the hall from The Atelier. 20% of all sales from the Instructor Show will be donated to The Atelier.

The Artists included in the exhibit are Judy Buckvold, Kim Monahan Dady, Ceile Harteib, David Ginsberg, Richard Lack, Brock Larson, Jeff Larson, Brian Lewis, Lynn Maderich, Christine Mitzuk, Dale Redpath, Pat Schu, Jim Shoop, Amber Tritabaugh, Laura Tundel and Cyd Wicker.

I will have many of my imaginative pieces, both prints and originals, for sale as well as several still life, watercolor works, and studies.

digital painting of a unicorn at the top of a hill on a winding path through the woods
Glimpse of the Unicorn

You may email ( or call The Atelier at 612-362-8421 with questions.

1681 East Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Off-street parking is available

2016 Show Hours:
Friday, May 20, 2:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 21, 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 22, 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Come join the fun!

Enrich your summer by learning and playing with art. I will be offering 3 classes and one workshop for the 2016 summer session. All classes are held at the Minneapolis based art school The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art. It is located in the Fisk Building on the corner of East Hennepin Ave. and Stinson. Free off street parking is currently available.

Registration information is at the bottom of this blog post.

Gesture Class is Back!

gesture drawingGestural Figure Study
Gain a better understanding of gesture of the figure. This class will mesh The Atelier and Studio Arts figure study methods. We will be drawing from a live, nude model. Students will explore what gesture is and ways to capture it through quick poses, progressively longer poses, and experimentation. Materials list will be supplied upon registration. Beginners welcome.

Starting TUESDAY, May 24, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
$200, 10 weeks


Illustration Class

digital painting of the astrological sign Aries by christine mitzuk to be used in Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological CalendarLet your imagination fly! 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, oil paint, or digital painting. Feel free to contact Christine with questions.

Starting Thursday, May 26, 7:00- 9:30
$170, 10 weeks


Portrait and Interior Class

Christine Mitzuk Portrait Class

Make your own magic! Learn to create portraits from Atelier trained artist Christine Mitzuk. Beginner and intermediate students welcome.

Students draw in charcoal and may progress to oil or pastels. Capturing the likeness is emphasized. Depending on what each student works on, color and techniques in oil and pastelare covered.

Starting TUESDAY, May 24, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
$200, 10 weeks

A Thursday class is also available, taught by Laura Tundel.
Starting THURSDAY, May 26, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
You are welcome to sign up for both (for $400) if you'd like more time to develop your portrait.

Illustration Workshop (1 week)

watercolor of hummingbirds singing in a barbershop quartet by Christine MitzukLet your imagination fly! Get a taste of illustration during this week long, half-day workshop.

We’ll work to develop a strong drawing for an imaginative piece based upon an existing story or your own idea.

Topics covered will include composition, brainstorming, thumbnails, research, sketch development, and studies for value and color. Emphasis will be placed on composition, and storytelling.

For the first class please bring a sketchbook, and your preferred drawing tools. If you have a laptop or other device with internet access, you are welcome to bring that too for reference research. If you have a specific project in mind, please contact me.

June 27 - July 1, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$200, 1 week

Register for classes one of three 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 course catalog PDF.
Option 3:  Contact me and I'll help you out,

picture of somewhat fine grit sandpaper and a picture matI like to have a clean presentation of my work. Sure that outer edge of the mat might be hidden under a frame eventually, but that's not what a customer sees. They see the matted print.

Sometimes when cutting a picture mat the outer edge gets fuzz or looks jagged. Sometimes I also find this on the cut mats I order. To clean up the outer edge (not the mat window edge but the outer dimension) I'll take a piece of somewhat fine grit sandpaper and, avoiding the mat surface, I gently knock off the fuzz on the cut edge. It works for me most of the time but some boards just don't clean up well.