Upcoming Workshops 2020

A Different Kind of Block Party

Here’s a special offer for members of Rocky Neck Art Colony: Let’s block print some holiday cards, together, apart.

This year, whether socially distanced or locked down, keep pandemic panic at bay by joining artist Mary Rhinelander for three, one-hour get-togethers on Zoom.  

Under Mary’s direction, we will design, carve and print. Mary will make her own card alongside us, available to answer questions and give advice. This is not a formal class, but rather a goodwill gesture to get us all organized and motivated to make an extra special card for our friends and family, many of whom we have been unable to see and spend time with. Plus, you can support the Post office by buying stamps! 

Block Print, by Mary Rhinelander

Three get-togethers, one-hour each on December 2, 4 and 9. Cost for each is zip. Nil. Nada. Rien. Exclusive for Rocky Neck Art Colony Members. Happy Holidays, and let’s kick 2020 outta here!

Each online gathering starts at 10 AM.

You will need the following:

  • Blank cards and envelopes (smooth paper is easier to print)
  • Linoleum, sized accordingly
  • Carving tools and x-acto knife
  • A Sharpie 
  • Ink (Mary recommends oil-based with soap and water clean up)
  • Putty knife
  • Brayer/roller
  • Plexiglass to roll ink on
  • Baren or wooden spoon 

Rocky Neck and Mary will offer a follow-up in the New Year, so if you invest in these ingredients, you will have the opportunity to use them again.

Join us by sending an email to RNAC.Workshops@gmail.com. First 15 members to do so will receive confirmation and the Zoom link before the gathering begins. There will also be a link to Dick Blick for the suggested supplies, as well as a YouTube video of technique.

Online Challenges

My Favorite Thing — Art Share #1

A little different this time. Instead of you creating a new piece of art, look around your house or studio — which one piece is your absolute favorite, the one you would have a hard time living without. It could be a piece done by you, your kids, your favorite artist. It just has to be really important to you.

For this “Share,” you can add a few words about why it speaks to you. But try to keep it to under 50 words. Assignment due by — I like this one so much, I’ll keep it going another week — November 28. Send to RNAC.workshops@gmail.

I was touring artists residencies in California when I met a family of potters from Jalisco, Mexico, who made beautifully unusual works. The entire family works together and was enjoying the Montalvo residency in Santa Clara. The father, Gerardo Ortega is the heir of three generations of potters and is considered a Grand Master of Mexican folk art.
I fell in love with this joy-filled car depicting Mary, Joseph and the three kings taking the happy baby Jesus out for a ride.

—Kathy Archer

The Celeste Burrill, by Arthur V. Gregory

Painted in 1897 in Australia by marine artist Arthur V. Gregory, it shows my sea captain great grandfather, my great grandmother, and my then 9-year-old grandfather aboard the ship Celeste Burrill. From Australia to Nova Scotia to Minnesota and now to Massachusetts, it connects me to 10 generations of mariners.

— Paul Trefry

Petie

This is a taxidermy bird I love. I’ve painted it many times. His name is Petie. Looks exactly like my childhood pet bird.

— Joyce Roessler

Storm Warning, by Kevin Magnan

This is a painting by my son Kevin Magnan. He grew up around the ocean and has painted a number of seascapes, capturing many different moods. This is one of my favorites.

—Ray Magnan

Walt Whitman Portrait (1969, 4/25), by Antonio Frasconi

I fell in love with this the minute my father brought it home. Walt’s been with me a long time, and so have my favorite lines of his:

O to be self-balanced for contingencies, 
To confront night, storms, 
hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, 
as the trees and animals do.

—Janice Brand

Online Challenges

Basic Black — Art Challenge #26

We’re at 25+ weeks of Art Challenge, which has been a great run. I’m sensing a lessening of enthusiasm or at least of submissions, so I’m going to ease up for a while and consider this the Fortnightly Art Challenge. It’s getting colder and there’ll be fewer options for distractions, so maybe things will pick up.

So, you’re not off the hook yet! This fortnight (two weeks), draw with white on a black surface. Simple, but powerful.

Rules are simple:

  • Black & white (okay, I added some color)
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Draw from direct observation preferred where possible

Deadline is November 7. Send submissions to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com. If you have some killer ideas for new Challenges, send those along too!

Black Self Portrait, by Joyce Roessler
Ebb Tide, by Pat Collins
September 30, by Linda Bourke
Wet Street, by Pat Collins
Floaters, by Matt Cegelis
Charles River Bridge, by Ray Magnan
White on Black Paper, by Neta Goren
Buster, by Janice Brand
Wiggy, by Linda Bourke
Online Challenges

Break with Tradition — Art Challenge #25

For this challenge, put aside your pencils and brushes. Make an image using a non-traditional drawing tool (stick, fork, your roommate’s toothbrush…). You can also use a non-traditional medium. Please identify your materials.

Otherwise, rules as usual:

  • Color or black & white
  • 2D or 3D
  • Truly any surface, any non traditional medium

Deadline is October 24. Send your image to rnac.workshops@gmail.com. Send title, but more important this week, identify your materials.

Tool used was the tube from a paper towel roll fluted on the end, by Ed Mowrey
Low Brow Hairbrows (what happens when you start trimming your hair), by Linda Bourke
Kitchen-Printed Crucifix with plastic bags and finger press, by Neta Goren
Doodling with Wire from Chinese Take-Out Containers, by Linda Bourke
Online Challenges

10X — Art Challenge #24

Enlarging is a powerful visual strategy. Otherwise, we would not love Georgia O’Keefe’s work quite so much.

For this art challenge, choose a small object from nature– a seed, mushroom, cherry, shell, etc. Spend a few minutes observing the object’s details. Make an image in which the object is at least TEN times larger than the original (1 inch = 10 inches!). Don’t hesitate to let the image bleed off the edges of your surface to create interesting negative shapes.

Simple rules:

  • Color or black & white
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Draw from direct observation preferred where possible

Deadline is October 10. Send your image to rnac.workshops@gmail.com. Send along a title, or I’ll come up with one (and it’s sure to be wrong!).

Blizzard, by Ray Magnan
Eye of Kara, by Ray Magnan
Forsythia’s Second Coming, by Linda Bourke
Teeny Weeny Barnacle, by Janice Brand
Zinnia, by Linda Bourke
Happy Hour, by Matt Cegelis
Gourd, by Linda Bourke

Online Challenges

Subtractive Drawing — Art Challenge #23

This week’s Challenge involves removing from the surface. Scratch, scrape, sand, erase your way to an image! (Personally, I find it one of the most fun ways to attack something — break out those erasers.)

Rules are simple too:

  • Color or black & white
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Draw from direct observation preferred where possible

Deadline is October 3. Send your image to rnac.workshops@gmail.com. Send along a title, or I’ll come up with one (and it’s sure to be wrong!).

One Lonely Tree, by Michele Champion
Less is More, by Matt Cegelis
Ken’s Trees, by Janice Brand
Online Challenges

Repetition — Art Challenge #22

Let us repeat: Repetition. Using repetition can produce a variety of effect, like movement or emphasis. It can trigger memory, create confusion or just result in an interesting composition. In this challenge use repetition repetition.

Rules are simple:

  • Color or black & white
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Draw from direct observation preferred where possible

Deadline for this one is September 26; send to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com. Send along a title or I’ll have to make one up.

Repetitions, by Mary Rhinelander
Knot, by Matt Cegelis
Cherries, by Christine Bobek
Balancing Act, by Christine Bobek
I am Paisley, by Jean Fogle
Angel, Angel, by Linda Bourke
Music of the Spheres, by Ken King
She Sells Sea Shells, by Michele Champion
Reflections on the Multiverse, by Ray Magnan
Birds on a Wire a la Stuart Davis, by Janice Brand

Online Challenges

Go Wide — Art Challenge #21

Someone mentioned football season starting? We can do that — here’s the challenge: think wide, think panoramic format. (Okay, not the easiest thing to take a picture of, but give it a whirl.)

Rules are simple:

  • Color or black & white
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Draw from direct observation preferred where possible

Deadline for this one is September 19; send to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com. Send along a title or I’ll have to make one up.

The Headlands, by Matt Cegelis
After the Swim, by Karen Matthews
Stoney Cove, by Joyce Roessler
Rocks at Folly Cove, by Linda Bourke
Plum Island, by Linda Bourke
Summer of ’75, by Ken King
Elizabeth Bishop the Traveler, by Neta Goren
Online Challenges

Merging 2D and 3D — Art Challenge #20

Enough summer laziness. We’re back! This week’s challenge is to merge the 2D world and the 3D world. It’s easier than you think — or not.

Rules are simple, as ever:

  • Color or black & white
  • 2D and 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Draw from direct observation preferred where possible

You have until September 12 for this one. Send submissions to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com with your title or I’ll make one up!

Can Do, by Judy Robinson-Cox
Rosie, by Karen Watson
Swimming in the Quarry, 9/12, by Sally Waite
The Angelic Monitor, by Cornelius Sullivan
SOS (Save Our Seas), by Donna Caselden
Beached in the Grass, by Alev Danis
Tail Feather, by Linda Bourke
What Mice? by Janice Brand
Bottle Cap Snout, by Linda Bourke