Humanity in Nature
with Mike Magrath
June 19-29 2019
We start our journey with three days in Athens visiting museums and fine cuisine restaurants. Then we continue our romance in beautiful Corfu where Mike Magrath will take us on a sculptural journey:
Humanity in Nature
“Calling on ancient and classical sources in the cradle of western culture, students will seek the connections between humanity, the natural world and the divine as a source of inspiration in art and personal expression. Explore Athens, the mythology of ancient Greek and Minoan civilization, and the springs, glades, and olive groves (not to mention beaches and food!) of beautiful Corfu. Working with the model in nature and among architecture, students will work to integrate their perceptions into sculptural concepts and a wellspring for future work”.
Suzanne Brooker Fall 2019
(Dates will be posted soon)
The Traveler’s Sketch
Enhance your travel experience through the art of drawing!
All you need is a sketchbook and a few pencils! Drawing opens our perceptions to see more completely the nuances of shapes, textures and light around us. The sights you see are recorded more clearly in your memory when you draw—from the bowl of figs on the breakfast table or the twisting trunks of the ancient olive grove to the hewn stones of the village well.
Step-by-step instruction will allow you to explore the simplicity of contour lines, detailed botanical studies and textural marks (foliage vs. gravel path). I’ll introduce you to the logic of light and how to shade your drawing to create the illusion of 3-dimensions. We’ll also try quick, gestural drawings to capture the animation of a scene like at a cafe or open market. Drawing concepts (the “why”) and techniques (the “how”) are combined to give you the skills for your own personal expression.through the art of drawing and all you need is a sketchbook and a few pencils! Drawing opens our perceptions to see more completely the nuances of shapes, textures and light around us. The sights you see are recorded more clearly in your memory when you draw—from the bowl of figs on the breakfast table or the twisting trunks of the ancient olive grove to the hewn stones of the village well.
Make your own plates
with Elena Korakianitou
September 4,5,6 2019
Culinary courses include three pottery classes. Participants will hand form, use molds, fire and glaze sample dinnerware as appetizing embellishments to the cuisine they create. Instructor in the introductory experience of this ancient Greek art form is Elena Korakianitou.
Elena’s approach to clay is different from other ceramicists. She uses clay like any other art medium with the goal of creating unique objects that embody artistic expression. Specifically, she pushes the boundaries of clay forming, drying and firing to experience accidental results, and uses these accidents to “recognize” how the object inclines toward art. Elena can teach you how to discover and use happy accidents to turn cracks and breakage into art.
Elena has a 35 year experience as an artist and instructor. She teaches classes at Coyote Central and pottery and painting classes out of her on studio in Seattle WA. No previous experience is necessary for this course.
Tip Toland Spring 2020
More details about Tip later this year
“Toland's artwork, which projects both innocence and a startling complexity, speaks to both our lost past and our ambiguous future. "‘It's the vulnerability of humanity that I'm after,’ says the artist.”
Bellevue Art Museum
Tip is an internationally-renowned artist who we have the honor to host in Spring 2020. We will be announcing the schedule in the near future. She will be teaching figurative sculpture in clay.
Reservations for her course need to be made in advance due to limited space.