Art Attack Art Classes for Kids and Adults!

classes are held at 215 W. Elm ST  the corner of Somonauk and Elm Streets downtown Sycamore

Enter the West door of the building (Somonauk side), and go up a few stairs to the first floor, in an upper office space.

Resource Bank Waterman had a blast!

Resource Bank encourages employee training that evolves a get-together. The idea is to have fun and learn your coworkers personalities. Recently they came to the Art Attack to do a Paint Blast party, where everyone follows along with the artist-instructor to create a painting – and yes it’s a blast!

They choose a painting that was a collage of sorts and one that allowed a bit of freedom in their choices to create something unique to each coworker. A smart move when the goal is to learn something about a fellow coworker and how they “tick” if you will. For instance we learned that one of them did not like the busyness of the original and wanted a more calm look. I asked “Is your office nice and neat?” “Oh yes!” everyone else chimed in. And so the conversation went about why he preferred tidiness, and everyone learn more about him.

These kinds of outings are great for your business or organization. They provide a fun environment to promote understanding and camaraderie. Art helps you relax and let go of the pent up stress that may have been built up while working on a large project or just a stressful job. For a number of years now there has been a growing understanding of the impact that taking part in the arts can have on health and wellbeing.

I have taught many different kinds of work place workshops from the serious-get-down-to-buisness type to the fun just-for-fun’s-sake. They range from a few hours to several days. You can find out more at sycamoreartattack.org under the tab of Paint Blast Parties or Work Place Workshops.

call us if you have questions

(815) 899-9440

 

  “Prelude to Spring”, an exhibition of watercolors by local artist,

Susan Edwards, will be on display at THE ART BOX, 308 East Lincoln Highway, in downtown DeKalb from February 15 through March 10.  A reception for the artist is scheduled Sunday, February 21, from 2 – 4 pm.

 

     The work of Susan Edwards is based on nature.  She has been inspired over the years to use watercolor as her medium of choice to obtain the desired effects in creating landscape and floral motifs.  The gentle washes and subtle transparencies create a mood in her work that is captured through observations that are fascinating and magical to her.  There are times of day that light creates an atmospheric effect that may only last a few seconds, a horizon line that portrays an interesting relationship between the sky and the earth, or the sun shimmering through a thicket of trees.  Just as flower gardens are celebrations of color and form, Edwards strives to produce art in the same celebration to create that certain spark.

     Originally from Mississippi Edwards earned a degree in Math Education.  In her elective drawing classes professors encouraged her to pursue an art career, which she did contemplate, but teaching prospects seemed to be a better choice at the time.  After moving to Sycamore, her husband bought her a set of watercolors and supplies from a garage sale, which motivated her to follow her passion.  Edwards became the founder and director of The Art Attack, a community organization that provided art classes to the public, a member of the Kishwaukee Valley Art League, a member of the Artist Gallery and has brought artists and community together with annual art walks. 

For further information, contact Daniel Grych at 815-758-0313, Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

It not easy but you can learn!

Everyone should take a drawing class.

Shared from: Courage to Draw from the book Art Journal Courage by Dina Wakley 

“I can’t draw.” I can hear you saying it now. I know you think you can’t do it, because that’s what I used to say. In fact, in the first art journaling class I ever taught, I told everyone that I used stamps and stencils because I couldn’t draw.
Years went by, and I enjoyed stamps and stencils, and I made lots of cool art. I would see journals with drawing in them, and I would think, “Too bad I can’t draw.”
One year, sick of the lack of artistic progress I was making, I changed my thought process. Instead of saying, “I can’t draw,” I said, “Why can’t I?” Guess what I found out? I can draw. And so can you.
A few years ago there was a reality television show called Work of Art. The show was canceled after two seasons, unfortunately, but I loved watching it because it showed me how “real” artists make art. I learned two very important lessons from this show.
First, I learned that artists use references. I had always assumed that artists pull ideas for their artwork out of their brains. And yes, some do. But as I watched the reality show, I realized that almost all of the artists used references to help them create. By references, I mean photographs and other source materials from which they derived or were inspired to create their artwork. This was a lightbulb moment for me. It is not cheating to use a reference. In fact, you make better art when you use a reference.
Second, I learned that artists trace. Yep, trace. Not all the time, not for every piece, but artists trace sometimes to get proper line and proportion. This was another lightbulb moment. It is not cheating to trace. In fact, tracing can help you train your hand so you draw better when you don’t trace.
Later I learned a third lesson about drawing. Every drawing you do makes you better. I was thrilled with the first face I ever drew, because I had never done it before. But now, a few years later, my drawing has improved immensely and that first face doesn’t look so great. I still love it, though, because it’s my “I can do this!” face. To get better at drawing, you have to draw.  You don’t learn to draw in a day. You learn as you devote time to practicing. I feel like I am still constantly learning ways to improve, ways to draw better.  You also need to be gentle with yourself, to recognize small improvements and to banish the self-critic. ~D.W.

Take a chance, take a drawing class. I can promise you that you won’t be Da Vinci in a day but you will learn the basics and you will surprise yourself when you say I CAN Draw!

 

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Gift Certificates!

A great way to give the gift of Art! It is a better than an unused something-a-jig that your family member may not remember. But a class or coming to pick out a beautiful piece of art is more memorable than something that will sit in the closet. 
Call and we can customize it for any one! Susan 815-899-9440