Saturday, December 31, 2016

Workshop results coming in!

I think I mentioned before that I had done a workshop for the "Artists Who Care" program at the local Arts and Learning Centre back in November. Marijke H. assisted which was very helpful. We had 10 participants in the work shop and the theme was a pioneer vignette that would utilize the pieces that Marijke had taught back in June while I was away.

Basically, the project consisted of a corner of a room, done in pioneer style. The skills taught were aging and distressing of wood for the walls, using egg cartons to create a "stone" fireplace, and using a picture to represent the perspective of an outdoor scene. All participants were close to finishing their walls and fireplace at the end of the day-long class but needed to do the final details at home. I have a few pictures to share with you from the class itself and two pictures of completed vignettes.

Here I am showing one of the prototypes before the class began. This was the outdoor option. Everyone decided they would prefer to do the indoor option to better utilize the projects they did in June with Marijke.

At the end of the day, Mary Lou W. stopped to let Marijke and I see her progress on her vignette. Her walls are almost completed here.

Subsequent to the workshop, we have received pictures of two of the vignettes that have been completed. This first one is by Jeanne C. who decided not to put a window in hers. Well, okay, truth be told there may have been a little error in cutting which kind of made the decision for her but it all worked out well in the end. She did a great job. I especially like the stonework in her fireplace. She was able to capture the colours very well. All she has left to do is decide whether to put down a wooden floor or have it resemble the dirt floors of the early pioneers.

The second finished vignette is by Beth McI. who decided on the wooden floor. She also added a little hearth to her fireplace and even has little flames showing inside. Nicely done Beth.

Leading beginner workshops is a good way to introduce newcomers to the hobby. Several members of our F.A.M.E. club will probably be providing our services for beginner workshops throughout 2017. In particular, we will be working with the local libraries and the Girl Scouts to offer occasional classes for children. We plan to get them hooked young - best way to grow this hobby and keep it alive for years to come!!!

So, it's New Year's Eve and this is the first year that I can remember that DH and I are sitting here at home instead of celebrating with friends. Everyone in our "circle" seems to have opted for a quiet night at home this year. Does that mean we're officially old now? Regardless, I hope you are all enjoying yourself, no matter how you choose to celebrate, and that you all have a wonderful 2017! TTFN!! - Marilyn D.

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