Career Development Grant
ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage
My goal is to become a more educated and skilled painter so that my work is more professional which will be proved though my new skills and techniques. My desire to acquire a deeper understanding of watercolor painting techniques has been a hurdle for me due to time constraints for practice and money to seek professional instruction. With this grant I will attend a 5 day watercolor painting workshop taught by Tara Sweeney. By taking this workshop I will expand my watercolor skills by demonstrating subjects that move in the natural world. In the class I will plan compositions, be taught about values and color; and build confidence and control off the watercolor medium. I will practice with professional tools to master them as well as the techniques taught in class. After my class I will take time to work on the techniques and incorporate them into my work. I will work to develop my new skills and then I will demonstrate in a solo show at Art and Soul gallery in early winter (TBD). I paint watercolor and in acrylic and though I have skills in both mediums I have taken few formal classes which concentrate on either. Often I find myself without the resources and time to really concentrate improving my painting skills. By taking this time to participate in a 5 day class in watercolor,"Figures in the Landscape", taught by Tara Sweeney, I will be taking steps to achieve the goals of allowing myself the time to practice to become a better painter. With the professional supplies needed for the class and for the work produced after the class, I will have better painting results. After this five day class, I will be more confident in my watercolor work and will be inspired to use my better understanding of composition and specifically movement in my future work. To measure my success and to keep to a realistic time schedule, I will make arrangements to have a solo show at Art and Soul gallery in early winter about 2 months after my class (date TBD). These new pieces produced for the solo show will be professionally framed and matted. The result of this entire experience will lead to a deeper insight into the medium of watercolor and painting composition and give me the time and confidence that I feel is sometimes lacking in my current work. In the future I hope to feel empowered to take more time to learn techniques and to set aside more time for practicing art with the goal of becoming a full time artist.
Other,local or private
Career Development Grant
The 5 day "Figure in the landscape" class offered by Tara Sweeney on movement in watercolor and lessons in composition will improve my skills as a fine arts painter. With new skills I will grow as an artist.
Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist, Cultural Programming Coordinator at American Indian Community Housing Organization; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor UMD Music, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, and former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artists, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Kayla Aubid: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center; Ariana Daniel: mixed media artist, arts instructor; Emily Fasbender: student liaison, visual artist
Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Moira Villiard: visual artist, Cultural Programming Coordinator at American Indian Community Housing Organization; Kayla Aubid: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center; Richard Colburn: photographer, retired professor of art at the University of Northern Iowa; Tim White: photographer, writer; Karen McManus: musician, administrator at Mesabi Symphony Orchestra: Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker.