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Pencil Figure StudyAre your drawings lacking life? Perhaps it's a lack of gesture. Gesture is much more than just quick drawings, it is an amazing asset that helps bring life to pictures. I'll be teaching a 4-hour Figure Drawing Master Class at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts focusing on two of my favorite gesture tools, rhythm and flow.

Figure Drawing Master Class: Rhythm and Flow.
Saturday, November 18, 10am-2pm

gesture studiesThis class is for Intermediate to Advanced students. You will need charcoal, pencils (preferably B or softer) and plenty of paper! Read the details and register for the class on the Banfill-Locke website (you can also find it through their calendar page).

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the workshop.


Drawing with Gesture

papers-lunch-and-learnLunch and Learn: Papers

Overwhelmed by the many available paper options? Uncertain about pH Neutral, acid free, buffered, and "archival"? During this Lunch and Learn you'll learn about some of the different papers we use in creating our art and the many choices we have. You'll get some answers about what papers to use for what media. Plus you'll learn some useful terms and the different properties to consider when buying paper to use for your own projects.

Please arrive a few minutes early and bring your own lunch.

When: THURSDAY, September 29, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $10
Where: The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art
1681 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414

3 framed ink drawings by christine mitzuk
Ink drawings created especially for MarsCon 2016 in Minnesota.

There's less than a week away to MarsCon in Minnesota! I'm very excited to be one of the creative guests of honor and am looking forward to participating in the events.

I created three original pen and ink drawings for the convention's program book. The original art will be on display and for sale in the Art Show (matted, framed, and ready to hang).

I'll also be doing an oil painting demo (solvent free!) on Friday and Saturday in the Art Show.

3 ink drawings by christine mitzuk

My Rough Schedule

Note: you do need to register for a badge for the convention to participate in any of these events.

Oil Painting Demo in the Art Show, 3 - 4:30 pm
Opening Ceremonies, 7 pm
Artist Reception, 9 - 10:30 pm

Artistic Process, presentation of my process for picture making for both traditional and digital, including the maquette from Bear Falls. A brief digital painting demo to follow. 10 am
Oil Painting Demo in the Art Show, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Art Auction, 7 pm
Figure Drawing with a fabulous costumed volunteer, It will be a mini workshop where I'll share some of what I teach in my figure drawing classes. 10:30 pm

Artistic Inspiration, panel discussion with a collection of creatives from different fields, 3 pm
Closing Ceremonies, 4 pm

logo for the robo show by light grey art labLast Friday I went to the opening night of The Robo Show at Light Grey Art Lab. I just can't stop thinking about it, I think it's one of the best shows they've put on. The range of types of robots portrayed is broad and each piece is a delight to look at.

There are personal robots, futuristic robots, war bots, silly and serious robots, organic bots, metal bots. They packed a ton of creativity into the space!

If you can take a look in person, please do. If not, they have also posted the images on their site https://lightgreyartlab.squarespace.com/the-robo-show and prints are available through their online shop.

I also really like how they display the art. None of it is framed. It's all printed on high quality Epson paper and gently attached to the wall with what look like tiny little magnets.

Recently we were introduced to a resource to save money on food: Fare For All.

fare for all saving money on groceries

From their site, "Fare For All uses a cooperative food purchasing model that utilizes volume buying power.  Fare For All purchases produce and meat in large quantities at wholesale prices.  Participants are then able to buy their share of the bulk order for up to 40% savings."

It's open to anyone and everyone. Depending on the season, the food might be locally grown or brought in from out of state. You can learn more on their About page: http://fareforall.org/about-fare-for-all/

How much does it cost and how long does it last?

There's two adults in our family. For $20 we can purchase a box of meats (4-5 different items) and a box of produce (baker potatoes, carrots, onions, and 2-3 different types of fruit). We don't eat a lot of meat so that lasts us about 3-4 weeks. The produce lasts about 2 weeks. How long the food lasts will depend on your own family size and eating habits. They also have several different packages at different costs. We do need to round out the groceries from the regular store (milk, cheese, peanut butter, etc) but we are still saving money. Who doesn't like that?

Where is this place?

There are many pick up or purchase sites around town, or you can visit their warehouse every other Monday. At some sites you can just drop in and purchase what you want, other sites require you pre-order for pick up. Check for locations on the Find a Site page: http://fareforall.org/find-a-site/

Happy saving!