Joy Stuff: The Art of Noticing
Joy Stuff: The Art of Noticing
Draw, Paint, Write, Print, Appreciate
Instructor: Lynn Whipple
Five-Week Class • 10 Lessons
Class Dates: October 3 – November 2, 2017
A Two-Payment Plan Available HERE.
Joy Stuff is about noticing everyday wonders and celebrating them through our art.
Joy Stuff is a delight-filled sketchbook practice and a nourishing and beautiful place to putter and to draw.
A Joy Stuff sketchbook is a creative place to write, print, paint and appreciate!
We will start by making yummy handmade papers with a Gelli® Plate — which are so much fun because they yield unexpected and exciting results — and then use those papers to design spreads and pages in our sketchbooks! We will draw out in nature, play with color, use cut paper in collage and soak in our favorite surroundings. We will be inspired by our everyday heroes and share tiny gifts. We will smile, breathe deep, and notice the lovely little things!
Life becomes richer and more fun when filled with Joy Stuff!
For a list of supplies needed, click HERE.
Lesson 1 – Gelli® Plate Printing!! Gell Yes!!
Let’s prepare our Joy Stuff sketchbook! We’ll begin by creating one-of-a-kind, colorful, hand-printed paper. We will be using a Gelli® Plate, several different types of paper, handmade stencils, found objects and acrylic paint. (If you don’t have a Gelli® Plate, you can tape down a large plastic bag, use a brayer to spread paint and get wonderful results.) There is great joy in this process because it yields unexpected results, and there is no wrong way to do it! Let’s have fun!
Lesson 2 – Joy Stuff Pages, Making it Yours
Using your wonderful new hand printed papers, we will collage, paint and design visually yummy pages and spreads in your sketchbook. Plan to leave some room and space on your pages, for your words, drawings, paintings and collections of little daily wonders. We will cool down with a tiny writing assignment
Lesson 3 – Joy Jumping, Let’s Dive In!
Your pages are ready to play! What age do you feel? Seventeen? Twenty one? Let’s start with a very simple, smiling, ageless selfie. 🙂 Next we will create a portrait/love note to your favorite art supply. Appreciating the details. Finally we will enjoy a short writing assignment as a cool down.
Lesson 4 – Field Notes and a Personal Paint by Number
Today we go out into nature and draw. YES!! Find a great view, hopefully with some distance and sky. Using just a pencil, draw the scene, creating shapes using directional mark making. Next, look deeply and write down the different colors you see. Take notice of lights and darks. When you get back to your studio, create a memory painting of sorts by adding watercolor or acrylic paint, using just your written notes. We will cool down with a super short writing assignment
Lesson 5 – Geometric Birds, the Joys of Drawing a Moving Target
Lesson 6 – More than Peanut Butter
Lesson 7 – One Long Luscious Luxurious Line
Lesson 8 – Tiny Gifts and Everyday Heroes
Lesson 9 – Book Covers and George Letters
Lesson 10 – Big Love and Joy Thanks
Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”
Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes “Big Bold Bloom paintings,” found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes, collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd, charm.
Lynn explains: “I allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me…I have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd…My hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.”
Lynn’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and her new book, Expressive Flower Painting, was published July 2017. Visit Lynn’s website at www.lynnwhipple.com.
NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• During the two weeks of class, you will receive an email each Tuesday and Thursday from Lynn with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
• A Facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Lynn is always available to look at your work via email.)
• The class materials will be up and available for download indefinitely, if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.