Monday, March 18, 2019

March 2019 Meeting - Lucky to have such great members!

After Shannon opened the meeting and welcomed our guests, Peggy lead the group in a drawing exercise: blind contour drawing!  Peggy found some fun cards that had drawings of various dog breeds on them.  Members were given a card, a pencil, and a sheet of paper and were asked to sketch the dog on their card *without* looking at the paper they were using.  Peggy set a quick timer and the group was off. It was great fun seeing how well everyone did.  

Calendar Reminders
There are still spots available for open for the book making class on Saturday, March 30, at the Chavis Center.  Penny Arrowood with Your Creative Connection will offer a CMMAG members-only workshop for a simple, stitched book with endless possibilities for use.  Penny will show us how to work with three strips of Stonehenge, 100% cotton paper to create a lovely form complete with wrap-around cover and decorative binding.  This paper has a lovely hand, and works well with pen and ink, light washes of water media, and/or colored pencils.  Here are some examples: 

On April 13, there is a members-only play date at Jeanie Rhea's house.  The focus will be on projects that will incorporate nature. We will learn to eco-dye paper, create prayer/wish flags, and learn paper-folding for small journals that can be used to do Haiga, a mixture of art and Haiku.   

Challenges Issued
Ilona shared details of our next two members' challenges.  

Challenge #1:  Curated Box Swap  
Due at the CMMAG meeting on April 11, 2019
  • Choose an interesting container – not too large or too small but just right. (Approximately the size of a small-medium shoebox – not a bootbox).  Fill the container with carefully chosen items from your stash:  
    • Extra paint/mark making tool
    • A favorite tool, if you have an extra 
    • Leftover bits from your own art
    • Something unique you happen to have a large stash of like vintage ephemera, fabric bits, old photos, collectible items, etc.
    • Project pieces that you are not going to finish/do
    • Fodder you create and can make a few extra (i.e., stamped images, punched items, cricut cuts) 
    • Remember when you needed 3-4 of something for a project (say a bead) and bought a string of 30?  Add in some of the extras; anything you may have purchased too much of. 
  • Once you choose your items, package it all up in your container.  
  • Add a flourish 
  • Bring it to the meeting.
  • We will put them on a table, draw numbers, swap them and then open them. 

The goal is to choose/curate items that are special in some way – that the recipient is not likely to have already. 
Do not spend money on this! 
Ilona's Curated Box
Challenge #2:  A Photo Three Ways  
Due at the CMMAG meeting on June 13, 2019

  • Take a photo (or choose one from the internet or your archives) that had strong lines. 
  • Print the photo in color and in either black & white or sepia tones on an 8 1/2 x 11 paper or larger.  
    • Smaller images will be harder to work with.
  • Make art that replicates the photo exactly in different art media in the same size as the original photo.  
    • This will force you to look at all the different elements that go into making art: line, color, shading, perspective, positive/negative space etc.
    • Examples of different media
      • Watercolor
      • Charcoal
      • Colored pencil/graphite pencil
      • Acrylic 
      • Collage
      • Cardboard – 3d
      • Positive/negative space
      • Paper folding
      • Different color schemes
      • Polymer clay
The goal is to create at least three variations of your photo to bring in and share at the June meeting.

Meeting Demonstration 
Amy did a hefty demonstration on how to use Instagram and social media, including the introduction of the new CMMAG hashtag #carolinamixedmediaartguild 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

February 2019 Meeting - Art & Love

After we discussed a bit of business at CMMAG's February 2019 meeting,  Linda lead an activity where she had us each draw a ticket that featured a word (e.g., Play, Soar, Bliss.)  She had prepared a list of questions that would coincide with the words, and Guildies were asked to share something with the group based on their ticket choice.  It was a great way to share a little bit about ourselves with our Guild friends, and several times the phrase "I didn't know that!" was heard.

The meeting happened to fall on Valentine's Day.  It was a wonderful night to celebrate our love of art, while some of our members shared some art made with love. Below are some of the offerings:

Elena's visual representation of two friends who collaborate from across the globe to make art and music together. 
The latest in An Escalating Series of Sunflowers by Shannon Binkowski in honor of her sister.
Father Christmas made by Lisa Yerby in honor of (and conjunction with) her family.
A book box by Karen Stinehelfer to reflect her love of the circus.

Lastly, a CMMAG tradition is to exchange Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs for short) for Valentine's Day.  Our members are always so creative with these little spaces, each showing off their individuality.
A few of the ATCs exchanged at the February 2019 CMMAG meeting. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 2019 Meeting - It's a brand new year!

CMMAG held our first meeting of 2019.  Our president, Shannon, set us to task on signing up for snacks or volunteering at our monthly meetings.  The smell of markers was in the air.  

After we handled the formal business items, Ilona and Marcia led a drawing activity called “take your line for a walk” to get us in an art making mood.  The rules were simple: put your pen to paper and draw for 5 minutes without lifting your pencil.  No other rules; see what you can create.  Of course, all of them were so different.  A couple of examples are below.

There was no demo or challenge for this meeting, but there is one for February: Everyone is to bring a piece that was "made with love."   We'll be sharing inspiration and story about our pieces. We'll also continue with the tradition of having a Valentine ATC exchange.  

The 2019 calendars will be handed out at the February meeting, and there are a lot of exciting things planned for the coming year.  

Our Next Meeting...

April 11, 2019 - Chavis Community Center
6:30 p.m. soft start for mingling
7:00 p.m. meeting begins

Demo: Cricut and Sizzixx by Lisa & Katherine
Donation Item for Chavis Kids: Watercolor paper
Curated Box Challenge is due
Photo Five Ways challenge on-going (due at June meeting)

Visitors are always welcome!
Still have questions? Send CMMAG an e-mail.