Sharing my studio with dozens of pencil artists every week is one of my favorite parts of teaching, as I am introduced to a "mixed bag" of colorful individuals. I have talked with a dentist, teacher, scientist, engineer, human rights activist, and tattoo artist all in one evening!
Because of our career diversity, we are all continually being introduced to ideas and events that wouldn't normally cross our paths. This stuff is too good too keep to ourselves! So now the Beech Tree Buzz will be sharing on a regular basis some of the more curious and informative experiences we have had here at the Beech. Enjoy! It's not just an art class!
What started as a science experiment for her children, has become a passion for Beatriz Swanson. The expense of online monarch caterpillars persuaded Beatriz to research other options of how they could witness the metamorphosis of caterpillars into monarch butterflies.
By growing milkweed in their yard (the only plant monarchs will lay their eggs on and feed from), and nurturing the eggs and caterpillars in her home, Beatriz was able to facilitate the growth and release of over 250 monarchs last year- some of them here at Beech Tree Studio!
Now Beatrizencourages others to grow milkweed in order to help build up the dwindling number of monarchs, and she often shares milkweed seeds to get them started.
An Art Beat Away Retreat 2016
Beech Tree Studiois delighted to bringAmy Lindenbergerto Mt. Morris this year as our guest instructor for this annual getaway.
Amy will be sharing her technique of creating soft landscapes with a dramatic affect by using the combination of colored pencils and graphite powder. Come for the day, or stay for the whole weekend!
Plexiglass Workshop Monday, June 27, 9:00-12:00 or 6:30- 9:30, $45
Invite natural light to illuminate your colored pencil work by using translucent plexiglass as a base. All you have to do is bring your colored pencils, as the plexiglass will be provided. Get ready to challenge your creative self in this one-day-only workshop!
This ever popular workshop is spirited with glitter, snow flakes, and iridescence, and just being here seems to cool us off a bit in the heat of July.
Although this class is full, look for the finished work to be exhibited at the upcoming "Drawn Together" Beech Tree Studio Colored Pencil Art Show in November. Cards of the finished pieces will be available for purchase.
To purchase Christmas Cards from the 2015 workshop, contact email@example.com. 25 cards of original cp artwork/ $10
Colored pencils are oh so pack-able, and perfect to take along on your trip to the lake or family reunion. Not traveling this summer? Enjoy this relaxing medium in your own "get away" space at home.