Get ready to make some SQUARES for the SQUARE SHOW rescheduled for October 2020!
Your Squares are DUE to the Art Alliance on Sunday, SEPT 20!
Artists interested in donating artwork to this year’s event are asked to email the Art Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are contributing a square.
Drop off your SQUARES at the Art Alliance Art Center, on Sunday, Sept. 20, between 1–4pm!
Preview Oct 2–4
The 2020 SQUARE show online will be previewed October 2–4 with purchasing beginning at 6 pm on October 5 continuing to October 23.
Starting buying awesome SQUARES Oct 5 @ 5pm!
Show runs online Oct 5–23
The Square Show is a major fundraiser and supports the Alliance’s efforts to promote the visual arts. Artists and potential buyers can view details at the Art Alliance website, https://artallianceofcentralpa.org.
About SQUARE and squares
In a time when we as artists are trying to make sense of our new and changing circumstances, the Art Alliance Board and leaders are asking for your help. Our exhibition schedule, our youth art plans, and our adult art classes have all been dramatically altered. The financial impact of these cancelations and postponements has been significant.
While we have found it necessary to postpone the July SQUARE 2020, we are asking our members and friends to continue this important fundraising opportunity by making “SQUARE” art.
Many artists have told us that they have found the making of these small works helpful to their larger paintings, drawings, prints, reliefs, photos and collages. The 6”x6″ format allows experimentation and quicker investigation of ideas.
This show encourages both playful and bold works. In a fun format, we have brought together quality works at a price ($25.00) that is affordable to all. While being lighthearted, SQUARE has been important to our balance sheet.
Our three previous SQUARE shows have been greatly complemented by student art from regional schools. The abrupt school cancellations negated that contribution for 2020. This year works by our members and friends will be our primary source of art. Please consider making some SQUARE art in your favorite format and media!
You may wish to consider making a series of works that can be purchased individually or as a group. Quality works will keep our event one that represents the strength of our organization. See examples included here from previous shows serves as a reminder of the quality and diversity that this event has sparked.
Help! BE SQUARE!
— Jim Bright, Square Chair
Enjoy an evening of art and relaxation from the comfort of your own home! Learn how to create a beautiful and complex pattern called Zentangle, using only lines. No experience necessary.
All you need is a black pen, a pencil, and 2 sheets of white paper (printer paper is fine).
Learn the basic of watercolor painting while creating your own flower painting. No need to leave your home, artist Nicole Packard will be leading you through the process over Zoom.
You will need a set of watercolor paints, a paintbrush, a cup for water, a few paper towels, and a sheet of watercolor paper.
Are you interested in making your pictures pop and trying out new editing techniques. Artist Nicole Packard will walk you through several easy editing techniques including air brushing, color pop, blurred background, removing a background, and more. You may want to have your own photos to edit but you can experiment on stock photos too. You will be using Pixlr.com, a free online editor. No photo editing experience necessary.
All you need is your computer and your own digital photographs.
Learn how to mix drawing and painting techniques to create a beautiful picture.
You will need a black pen, a set of watercolor paints, watercolor paper, brushes, cup for water, and a few paper towels. You may want a pencil and eraser for sketching before adding ink and watercolor.
Click the individual links above to find out more info and to register online today!
Principles for Landscape Design by Sean Bodley – Online, Sept 19, 3–5pm
Looking for tools to improve your landscape paintings? In this one-day class I will share useful design tools from the entertainment industry that focus on composition, emotional impact, and imagination.
In the first half we will cover subjects including:
Line of Action
Repetition and Isolation
In the second half of class, I will be doing paint-overs of attendee work to show possible design solutions and to answer any of your questions!
This demo is FREE TO OUR MEMBERS. Not a current member? We encourage you to renew or join today! Non-members will be charged $15 to participate.
After registering you can submit your paintings (finished or in-progress) for a live critique and paint-over. If you are interested in submitting work for the demo you can email images to email@example.com and participants will be chosen on a first come basis.
Classes include (click the class name to sign up online):
Pastel Painting: Exploring All Subjects – Online via Zoom with Susan Nicholas Gephart // Wednesdays, 9am–12pm, 9/9–9/16
Oil Painting: Exploring All Subjects – Online via Zoom with Susan Nicholas Gephart // Wednesdays, 1–4pm, 9/9–9/16
Exploring Oil Painting – in-person in Lemont with Marisa Kupiec Eichman // Mondays, 9am–12pm, 9/14–11/2
Pen & Ink & Watercolor – online via zoom with Mary McGuire // Mondays, 10am–12:30pm, 9/14–10/19
Architectural Drawing Your Way – Online via zoom with Julia Nelson // Tuesdays 6–9pm, 9/15–10/6
Beginning Drawing – in-person in Lemont with Erica Parsons // Tuesdays 6:30–9pm, 9/15–10/6
Drawing With Inks – Online via zoom with Jennifer Kane // Tuesdays 1–4pm, 9/15–11/3
Open Studio – in-person in Lemont // Tuesdays 9am-12pm, 9/15–11/3
Stained Glass – in-person in Lemont with Ken Plattner // Wednesdays, 6–9pm, 9/16–11/4
Acrylic Painting 2.0 – online via zoom with Robert Placky // Thursdays 9am–12pm, 9/17–11/5
Beyond the Photo in Watercolors – in-person in Lemont with Michele Rivera // Thursdays 9am–12pm, 9/17–11/5
Gelli Plate Printmaking – Online – afternoon session with Ingrid Booz Morejohn // Thursdays 1–4pm, 9/17–10/8
Gelli Plate Printmaking – Online – evening session with Ingrid Booz Morejohn // Thursdays 6–9pm, 9/17–10/8
Weekly Evening Open Model Session – in-person in Lemont // Thursdays 7–9:30pm, 9/17–11/5
Fall Colors in Watercolor – in-person in Lemont with Lena Thynell // Wednesdays 1–4pm, 10/15–11/4
Bookbinding: 4 Simple Techniques – Online – afternoon session with Ingrid Booz Morejohn // Thursdays 1–4pm, 10/15–11/5
Bookbinding: 4 Simple Techniques – Online – evening session with Ingrid Booz Morejohn // Thursdays 6–9pm, 10/15–11/5
In this issue, check out …
Fall Classes at the Makery & the Art Alliance. New Awesome Award, conversations on race and a light installation at 3 Dots Downtown. 2 Featured Art Alliance artists, SQUARE is coming! Fall workshops and more…
Click here for an online version (you can also get a PDF if you look at the bottom of the window for the download symbol)
Eric Markievich’s Show at the BAM
“Recycled Illusions on the Path to Singularity” — artist Eric Markievich
This body of work is inspired by contemplations on cycles of life, the interplay of spiritual and material realms, and the rise and fall of the machines. All portrayed in a fun parody like manner, of course. Perhaps a Sci-Fi show of sorts, however, by all means deep philosophical and existential questions abound.
We still have our recycled show — right here, online!
The Art Alliance Members Show is still online in two places
On this website:
Check out our virtual tour of the show that was in our Gallery.
On our gallery website:
See our online gallery of the art that was at the Kish Bank.
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Exploring Oil Painting - in-person in Lemont Mondays, 9am–12noon at the Art Center in Lemont with Marisa Eichman Kupiec In this class we'll be exploring and developing our skills in different oil painting approaches and techniques. We'll increase our knowledge of brushwork, blending, layering, values, colors, edges, composition, various styles of underpainting, and glazing, etc. Direct and Indirect Painting - we'll look at the different skillsets and approaches for each. We'll steal some techniques from the Classical traditions too. I'll…Find out more »
Gelli Plate Printmaking - Online - afternoon session Thursdays, 1–4pm 9/17–10/8 with Ingrid Booz Morejohn Learn the (3) basic gelli plate printmaking techniques plus how to push your designs further in this online Zoom class. Create dozens of patterned and textured prints that can be used as stand-alone works of art or for journaling, collaging, book-making or mixed media projects. You will also learn basic color theory and composition and how to create your own stencils, masks and pattern making…Find out more »
Drawing With Inks - Online via zoom Tuesdays, 1–4pm 9/15–11/3 with Jennifer Kane A fun class that will feature India and watercolor inks. You will be drawing with Chinese brushes and dip pens as well as exploring a variety of techniques for creating washes and areas of texture. This is a medium that allows the artist to work quickly and enjoy spontaneous results. Welcoming returning and new students, Jennifer designs her classes around each current group. We are having a…Find out more »
Architectural Drawing Your Way - Online via zoom Tuesdays, 6–9pm 9/15–10/6 with Julia Nelson Learn how to handle drawing buildings within larger scenes, how to depict buildings without including every detail, and how to make your depiction of a variety of buildings more effective in your artwork. Learn how to suggest detail without drawing all of it and how to get the scale and perspective right. Tips will be given on representing window glass, siding, stone and brick. Learn how…Find out more »
Beginning Drawing - in-person in Lemont Tuesdays, 6:30–9pm at the Art Center in Lemont with Erica Parsons This drawing class will focus on different techniques to help improve your skills to create more realistic works of art. It will teach perspective through shading and gradation techniques using graphite pencils to achieve more life-like imagery within your drawings. It will go over tools and tricks to help you create realistic works, building on skills learned within the class, and a variety…Find out more »
Stained Glass - in-person in Lemont Wednesdays, 6–9pm 9/16–11/4 with Ken Plattner All levels welcome. Beginners will make a small project to learn the basics of copper foil and stained glass work. Experienced and returning students can continue with prior pieces or begin a new project. Call Ken about materials before the first class. Ken Plattner 814-360-8571 firstname.lastname@example.orgFind out more »
Acrylic Painting 2.0 - online via zoom Thursdays, 9am–12pm 9/17–11/5 with Bob Placky This class is recommended for seasoned artists and students who have taken Acrylic 101 and feel comfortable painting with acrylics. This class will focus on idea development using a theme while we survey three major art styles. Explorations in Realism, Abstraction and Surrealism will develop an approach to planning a final painting as well as evolve ways to advance an "artist voice". The class will expand on…Find out more »
Gelli Plate Printmaking - Online - evening session Thursdays, 6–9pm 9/17–10/8 with Ingrid Booz Morejohn Program Description Learn the (3) basic gelli plate printmaking techniques plus how to push your designs further in this online Zoom class. Create dozens of patterned and textured prints that can be used as stand-alone works of art or for journaling, collaging, book-making or mixed media projects. You will also learn basic color theory and composition and how to create your own stencils, masks and…Find out more »
Watercolor Flowers - Pop-Up Art Class Online via Zoom Friday, Sept 25, 7–9pm with Nicole Packard Program Description Learn the basic of watercolor painting while creating your own flower painting. No need to leave your home, artist Nicole Packard will be leading you through the process over Zoom. Special Notes Teens welcome! Required Supplies You will need a set of watercolor paints, a paintbrush, a cup for water, a few paper towels, and a sheet of watercolor paper. Instructor(s) Nicole…Find out more »
Art Medley - 3-week in-person Saturday class for ages 5-10 Do you enjoy all types of art? Then this class is perfect for you! We'll keep it interesting making everything from realistic drawings to cartoon sculptures, interactive artwork and more! Instructor Julia Nelson email@example.comFind out more »
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