Life Lines Workshop with Pamela Paulsrud
Pamela Paulsrud arrived in San Antonio in time for our General Meeting on May 2. She presented a program centered on her two trips to the Middle East to share her Tree Whispers Installation in an amazing calligraphy event there. We were treated to images of an incredible variety of calligraphic art in many languages, as well as excerpts from several interviews with calligraphic artists from all over the world. We all came away ready to make art!
And then on Saturday and Sunday, those who were in the Life Lines workshop had an equally inspiring experience. We began with a full sheet of Arches text wove paper, roughly drew lines to divide it tic-tac-toe style into 9 spaces, and then filled the spaces with various exercises. Some were freehand writing exercises done with both dominant and non dominant hand, some were geometric images, made with a compass and then also a straight edge. Eventually, we tore the papers down in accordance with the golden rectangle proportions, and then continued to work on them, adding more circles, lines, and color, with a variety of tools and media. The end results will give us lots to work on for many creative days ahead.
Pamela was a wonderful teacher. She teaches a process, not a specific lettering type or project. Using the inspiration of the geometry of the universe, we were encouraged to see the world through new eyes, and to create art using what we had learned to see. We will continue to learn from this class for years to come.
Custom lettered and oil painted envelopes for commission. That extra class you need for pen-paling.
At this month’s meeting, our speaker, Pamela Paulsrud, did a fabulous presentation. The title of her presentation was Trees Speak in Whispers. She was also the instructor for the weekend’s major workshop.
During our meeting, we also had our announcements of the Paul Freeman Award winners. Each nominee received a lovely calligrapher scroll.
Our members enjoy the share table. The framed piece is a sample of the May Mini class. It will be making “inches”; small 1” square pieces of tiny art, put together, to make a larger piece. This framed Inchie piece was done by Lynn Rothe.
March’s Saturday Special was an accordion style tunnel book using Alcohol Inks!
Natalie taught us different techniques to create art with Alcohol inks on Yupo and Dural-Lar. Each student got a chance to practice before creating their book. Each book was made up of 4 framed ink pieces done on Dura-Lar assembled as an accordion. The books can be enjoyed opened or closed. The entire class seemed to really enjoy creating their new books and learning the new art medium.
This month’s meeting was movie night, the Guild was treated to a showing of “Gold Beaters” where we learned the process of creating gold for use in art. Our Early Bird was led by Maggie Gillikin who talked about 23 carat gold gilding and gave examples of gilding with various member’s artwork. During our Meeting, before the movie, Laura herold reported on our spring exhibit at Carver Center with reception on May 1, the deadline for getting work to Laura is April 28.