2014 Art Journal Workshops …Coming soon!

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I just booked the conference room 6 months worth of monthly art journal workshops at our amazing coffee shop in Corvallis, Imagine Coffee. 

Details on each class soon! It’s going to be one amazing, artful journey! Won’t you join me?

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Come Create With Me!

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If you have ever wanted to learn the basics of painting with acrylics, curious about art journaling or just want to get creative, now is your chance! I’m happy to present several classes to you this summer.Picture 16

In a just two weeks, I’ll start teaching a few afternoon sessions at our local art supply shop, The Drawing Board This our very own little candy shop. Amazing selection of supplies, tucked away in this tiny spot. Mike, the owner, is just great about custom ordering supplies any artist could need. Excited to contribute to the classes held there! Sign up in person or give them a call 541.224.3797.

Here are my classes:

Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Friday, May 17, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
and Friday, June 14, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at The Drawing Board

We’ll be taking a beginners look at acrylic painting. I’ll be covering supplies, basic composition, basic color theory, and paint application. Sort through all the available materials and simplify so you can get to the fun part – painting! We will work and finish one 8×10 still life or landscape painting each session. Please wear clothing you can get paint on. Beginners welcome! A small class fee includes instruction and all supplies.

Acrylics and paper © Rachel Urista
Acrylics and paper © Rachel Urista

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Art Journaling

Friday, May 31, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
and Friday, July 12, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at The Drawing Board

I’ll be familiarizing you with the expressive world of Art Journaling and give you some basic pointers on starting your own Art Journal. Be ready to play with paint, paper, photos, ink, oil pastels and more! Please bring your own unlined journal. We will have a few for sale the day of the class. Please email me if you have any questions (rachelurista@gmail.com). Ages 10 and up, (sharp tools) A small class fee includes instruction and all supplies.

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 Mini Magnet Making (aka super cute original art magnets!)

Friday, July 26, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at The Drawing Board

Come learn how to make your own mini masterpiece magnets! We’ll work with layers of paint, stamps and paint markers to create tiny works of art. Each student will make up to 6 mini canvas magnets (2×2 each). Ages 10 and up (small pieces). A small class fee includes instruction and all supplies.

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To sign up, come by The Drawing Board or call 541.224.3797. Visit their site at http://www.drawingboardweekly.com/artevents.html#classes

Hope to see you there! 🙂

Heading Back to the Studio!

Just returned from a three day workshop retreat in Port Townsend, WA. Inspiration and gratitude in full force – more about that soon!

But first; another class tonight! I’ve enrolled in an Oil Painting class with the local community college, the first college course I’ve taken since graduating with my Illustration degree. I am thrilled beyond words to head back to the oil painting studio. Some of my favorite memories of college were the hours in the painting studios…the caked on layers of paint on the old thick rusty metal easels…the scent of turpentine and spirits…the soft glow of the spotlights on the model or still life in the darkened room. Concentration and imagination filled the air. Completely opposite of the florescent lit chair filled lecture rooms that filled the rest of my schedule. Yes, the studio classes were always my favorite retreats.

Below are a few of my favorite paintings from my early oil painting classes. I am ready to start today, learn more and keep the creative ball rolling!  Looking forward to sharing more of my work as the class progresses!

What are some of your favorite college classes? What moments do you crave and cherish from your school days?


ARTFEST 2012- Signing up for Spring!

Spring break is here at the college town and my own art-filled Spring is just beginning!

The final count down is here… Two days and we are off to PortTownsend, WA for ARTFEST 2012!

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Three full days of intensive artful workshops! I am really, really excited to finally go! My good friends have been going and teaching for a few years now and have been urging me to go for a while now.

I will be taking three specific classes:

Day 1: Vintage Colorbook by Lisa Bebi

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Ohhhhhhhhh so yummy dreamy colorful and emotional ways to use acrylics. Can’t wait to have some specific tools in my pockets and my dreamy visions here in Oregon can come to life on canvas!! 😀

Day 2: Flexible Stuffable Journal by LK Ludwig

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Incredible! Can’t wait to stitch and fold. I have made my own books before in college, and they are labors of love! Ready to jump back in and learn new techniques! So fun to be able to make my own sketch books and journals, customize the paper and create custom covers. I’ve been gathering the supplies for this one, and lovelingly fingering different papers, already stitching and folding in my minds eye.

Day 3: Collection or Obsession By Roxanne Padgett

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heheee! This one is right up my alley. I naturally collect twigs, rocks, sand and shells from all my favorite places.  To have a place, to create something from these items of obsession is going to be great! 😀 I have been collecting more than usual in preparation for this class. Take a look below for some of my newest favorite places and collections…