A Mosaic of Ideas About Life, Art & Superfluous Adornment.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Hair Stylist at A Work of Art!

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and 

to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, 

and some style" 

New Hair Stylist Melissa Stam at A Work of Art!

Melissa has been a stylist for six years and loves the career path she has chosen. While she is passionate about many aspects of this profession, what she enjoys the most is the creativity, personal interaction with clients, and creating an environment that encourages personal growth, believing that you only work best when you love what you do.
As a stylist, her goal to clients is to have a positive experience whether it is for a haircut, color, manicure or pedicure. She is looking forward to working with new clients as well as making new friends here at A Work of Art Studio & Salon!
Give her a call today to set up your next appointment
or just come in and welcome her to town! 
She will be taking walk-in clients or setting appointments.
Welcome Melissa!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Colorful Crafty Gumdroppy Bunch of Angels

“And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.” 

Saturday, December 8th was Lakeview's "Christmas in Lakeview" annual event where local businesses have fun and mostly free activities for families to participate in. It is a great way to get local business owners and customers together to celebrate the season!
This year A Work of Art Studio had 42 visiting kids and their families visit and try their hand at making a gumdrop tree, an activity I remember fondly from even my childhood. 
Here are some of the (mostly happy) visitors to the shop .

 This young elf hadn't noticed there was a giant angel in the shop until asked to stand by her for a picture!

 Some local exchange students visited!
 Babies know an angel when they see one.

 Mason made a math experiment out of his craft. There are no rules in art!

Thanks to all who visited and participated and hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time for Gumdrop Trees!

We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.
~Buddy the Elf

He forgot to add: Gumdrops!

Saturday, December 8th is Christmas in Lakeview

and A Work of Art Studio will once again have

Gumdrop Tree making for kids of all ages from

11am - 1 pm.

There will also be photos taken in front of the 

ArtPrize (Christmas) Angel,

which I will post here afterward.

Here is a small sample of visitors last year:

Yes, buddy, there are angels among us.

So, come and join the fun next Saturday from 11-1, along with many other fun activities in Lakeview for Christmas in Lakeview.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Holiday Cards For Sale

A little birdie thought that I should order and sell Christmas cards with Luminary on the cover. Here they are with image from Jack Johnson of SecondStreetImages.com. He is a genius. Be sure and check out his website. Check my Facebook page for prices. https://www.facebook.com/AWorkofArtStudio.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rug Hysteria!

Tuesday Nights at A Work of Art Studio!
Braided Wool Rug & Prodded T-shirt Rag Rug Class...

There is still room for more aspiring rug makers. Call the studio
at 989-352-8222! This class takes place on Tuesday nights
from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Or: check out these pictures and others on my facebook page, link is below.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Artober Classes!

Upcoming October Art Classes!
Starting Tuesday, October 2: Braided Wool Rug Class 
with Julie Sullivan
Tuesday, October 2, 6-9 pm, $35.- all materials included.
Make a 6"x 12" braided wool rug center while 
learning history and different techniques.
(This can be the center of a larger rug, which would be finished consecutive Tuesday nights for $5. per session + cost of extra wool).
Must RSVP to choose color range of wool ahead of time.

Starting Tuesday, October 9: Oil Painting Class in the 

Bob Ross method with Dick Goedge

Choice of 4-6 pm or 7-9 pm class. Oil Painting Class in the Bob Ross Method with Dick Goedge. (6 weeks of classes, finish 3 paintings, $25.- each two week session, includes materials). RSVP required
Starting Tuesday, October 30: Prodded T-shirt Rag Rug
with Julie Sullivan

Learn to make a prodded t-shirt in burlap rug using your old t-shirts. Bring at least 10 or more medium to heavy weight t-shirts or mid-weight fleece. Bring shears. Think of basic design and colors and bring those with you. Finished rugs approximately 20" x 24". This will take 4-6 classes to complete. Rest of materials provided. $60.- RSVP by October 23, class starts Tuesday, October 30, 6 pm.

Tuesday Night Beginning Mosaic Class 

with Molly Moblo Perusse

Can start any Tuesday night with pre-registration. Beginning direct application mosaic class with Molly Moblo Perusse. Learn to cut, design, glue and grout a mosaic picture on a flat wood surface. $60.- all materials included. Come with a basic idea. Class lasts approximately 6 weeks depending on complexity of design. RSVP required.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Magical Reinvention

"Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris

 from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? 

...We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. 

Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves."
— Diane Ackerman

 This is a mosaic sculpture class held at A Work of Art Studio in the months of June- September, 2012, where the clients designed and made their own dragonflies (fish and frogs and flowers to come in another post). Here is Robin creating her body and wings with wire screen, wire and then tape to give it shape and form. Great care must be taken to create a solid form to carry all the weight of the plaster, cement, glass, and grout.

Here is Kathryn's dragonfly "Seymour", with washers for the base of his eyes. It is not really necessary to tape over the wire screen, but it does give a good solid base for beginners to plaster over.

Here is Pat, putting on a layer of plaster gauze to start stiffening the sculpture; then she paints on a layer of thinset mortar.

It is now ready for laying mosaic tiles. We mostly used Weldbond glue to attach our tiles, but thinset mortar could also be used as adhesive.

Kathryn drew a pattern on her wings to mimic a Zebra Dragonfly.

Here is Pat's lovely "buggy" face:)

Robin is using a multi colored pattern of greens and purples and mirror, very cheerful!

Seymour is starting to take shape!

Pat just finished grouting her dragonfly and is wiping the haze from the grout off her tiles.

 Robin's finished dragonfly.

Pat's finished mosaic sculpture!

Kathryn's finished dragonfly, "Seymour" and his spot in her garden, before being installed on a post in her flower box.

What a great class. It's a bit different to mosaic on a cement surface and I recommend a flat surface beginner's class before you tackle a layered surface. More posts to come about this same class with shapes of fish, flowers, and more....
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