Friday, February 24, 2012

Excitement in the Wings . . .

We have some wonderful classes coming up. The excitement is almost palpable. The month of March starts on Thursday, March 1st, with another Creative Journey Studios:  First Thursday Project. This time Patricia and Ellen are presenting a spiral book project "Birds of a Feather."

Next is Mary Pratt's "Songbird Triptych" class that we rescheduled for Thursday, March 8th.  Take the extra time and get the word out to your friends about the great opportunity this class offers.  Mary is well known as a muralist as evidenced by many of the local restaurants.  While wandering around Buford, you can often see work in progress in her studio. In this small, intimate class setting, you will have access to all of Mary's brilliance.  We've included all the canvases and supplies.  We think you'll find this class is worth your time and money.

Next on the horizon is the start of Jan Stephens' Three Session "Wire-Wrapping Class."  The first class starts on Saturday, March 10th, with a hammered link collar and wrapping a donut shaped cabochon.  You'll be wrapping like Queen Latifah and Jay-zee before you know it!  Oh, wait . . . wrong rap!

On Thursday, March 15, we are introducing Mamie Velez to our class lineup.  She will be teaching a calligraphy class called "A Flair for Flourishes."  This is a great class to begin your journey into the world of calligraphy.  If you are already a calligrapher, this is a great class to expand your range and learn to create fabulously embellished projects.  You will learn the basic strokes and have the opportunity to practice before her next class.

Later, Thursday, March 22nd, Jimmie Boatright is going to make our filigree shine with her "Embellishing Filigree with Beads" class.  'Filigree & more' brings you access to about four hundred styles of American-made raw brass filigree made with vintage dies by a small family-run business.  Filigree has often been used as an armature for building jewelry. We continue that tradition by beading on pieces of filigree. Jimmie will teach you the basics of seed beading as well as discussing design options.  We'll have everything you need for this class, and once you are an expert, you'll find more beads at the Atlanta Bead Market, where Jimmie and Judy DeWitt will be delighted to steer you to the best goodies.

On the weekend, the March 24th and 25th, Patricia DiBona and Ellen Prophater are teaching the "Sacred Altar" mixed media class.  Patricia has a treasure trove of vintage images to collage, and Ellen will lead you through the paces on the polymer side of things.  You'll learn techniques as well as design in this fun project.  Ultimately, you will participate in a guided meditation and have made your own personal shrine to focus your thoughts and dreams.

Finally, the month ends, Saturday, March 31st, with a visit from internationally known teacher, Carol Simmons to teach her new "Art Nouveau Leaves in Mokume Gane". We are very excited to welcome Carol to Creative Journey.  Carol has received a lot of attention for her kaleidoscoped pendants. She has developed an amazing system of piecing slices together after using her Simmons Slicer System, which she is working hard to bring to the polymer market.  Her background in science is evident when you witness her precise mathematical mindset.  One of her strengths is her color sense, and she spends a great deal of time thinking about color palettes.  Now she brings that enthusiasm to mokume gane.  She has created bright metallic billets which she ultimately forms into mokume veneered leaf pendants.  If you like color and want insights into a shiny finish, this is the class for you.

You can read more descriptions on the calendar pages and you can get more information and sign up by calling 404-314-5767. Registration for classes will close three business days before the class.  This gives us a chance to prepare for the correct number of students.  Come experience the new classroom and check out the new store

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