Photography Workshop: Inspiring Photography

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

This class has reached its maximum number of students. If you are interested in a class like this in the future, please call the Bonifas and let us know. We will take your name and contact information and if a class like this becomes available again we will call you. INSTRUCTORS: Mike Olson and Paul Arno Rose Personal style emerges out of personal work and, in this workshop, these artists will share their favorite tips from years of shooting. The workshop begins with a walk through their gallery exhibit, “The Inspiring UP: Photography Competition” with a personal conversation on how-to develop your own personal style. Surrounded by examples of their own work, Olson and Rose will share their decision process of what to shoot, when to shoot and what technical skills can enhance expressive qualities. The workshop continues on to Genesis Graphics at 1823 7th Ave North #7 in Escanaba where the artists will discuss the equipment, software, materials and technical issues that are involved in the printing process. They will explain what you need to know to get your image to the printer to ensure high quality photographic images. Discussion will also include tips on various ways to sell your photography so bring your suggestions and questions. ABOUT THE JURORS: Michael Olson has been involved with photography and the graphic arts for nearly 37 years. He is the owner of Genesis Graphics, Inc.,located in Escanaba, Michigan. His real-world experience at Genesis Graphics includes commercial photo shoots, photo retouching, photo and fine art digital printing. “Though I have spent the majority of my working life in the field of Graphic Arts, nature photography is my passion.” Olson has received several awards both at Ferris State University and the Bonifas Art Center. His photography has been published in travel guides and magazine publications, and his graphic art appears in interpretive signs throughout the country. Olson has contributed images to iStock and Getty Images since 2006. For more info, visit: MichaelOlson-Photography.com. Paul Arno Rose’s career spans 30+ years, beginning with his studies at the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, to his most recent accolade as artist-in-residence award winner for Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island. Rose has been the recipient of a number of awards here at the Bonifas as well as photography competitions around the country, including career highlights of awards in PhotoSpiva and PDN (Photo District News) contests. His work, collected around the country and carried by galleries in the Great Lakes and Southwest regions, offers a distinct narrative quality. “My camera offers me the opportunity to stay true to creative expression. I could not be more excited.”

Helga Flower 2017 Workshop

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Helga Flower DATES: August 7, 8, 9, 10   Purpose of the workshop Get to know my students and make them feel comfortable in their expectations. Show them how to loosen up and become fearless in their experimentations. Starting out with watercolor, and toward the end of the sessions incorporate mixed media. We will learn to paint abstract designs from realistic photos – yours or mine. Make my students feel free to create abstract backgrounds and incorporate realistic images – afterall we are making paintings by adding our imagination and our free spirit!   Download Registration Form » Download Workshop Supply List »   ABOUT HELGA FLOWER A native of Munich, Germany, Helga Flower now maintains her home and studios in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Clewiston, Florida. After studying art in Germany, Canada, and all over the US, she attended many workshops with America's greatest artists. She now teaches watercolor and mixed-media workshops all over the United States and abroad with annual workshops in Florida and Mackinac Island, Michigan. Visit her website »   Registration deadline is July 28 at 4 p.m. Members: $250.00 | Non-Members: $300.00

Northern Exposure Workshop: Found Object Dilemma

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Found Object Dilemma/ Breaking the Rut: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This is a technical workshop about connecting objects using adhesives, binding, joining and fastening. It will be useful to anyone creating mixed media art from 2D to 3D. Hand out, demo plus time to play. Do you create mixed media sculpture using a personal collectable as focal point? Or do you upcycle found objects providing new meaning? Bring a special object or partially complete constructions if smaller than a bread box. I will have materials to share and all methods of joining. Workshop price include materials but bring your specialty items. Workshop Fee: Members: $38 | Non-Member: $48   Another Workshop That Day How Artists See: 1:30 - 4 p.m. Explore the visual cues in nature and our lives; ask how we give them meaning. Expand your visual literacy; the ability to interpret and make meaning with images. Brush up on design basics that inform our capability to create compelling compositions. This is for all levels of artists to challenge and enhance our ability to see. Presentation, handout and a 2-D collage exercise. There will be time to start your own piece or continue on piece from the morning workshop. Bring your favorite sketchbook/paper, preferred drawing tools. Workshop price include materials but bring your specialty items. Workshop Fee: Members: $38 | Non-Member: $48   NOTE: There is also a discount for signing up for both workshops: Members: $72 | Non-Members: $90  

Northern Exposure Workshop: How Artists See

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

How Artists See: 1:30 - 4 p.m. Explore the visual cues in nature and our lives; ask how we give them meaning. Expand your visual literacy; the ability to interpret and make meaning with images. Brush up on design basics that inform our capability to create compelling compositions. This is for all levels of artists to challenge and enhance our ability to see. Presentation, handout and a 2-D collage exercise. There will be time to start your own piece or continue on piece from the morning workshop. Bring your favorite sketchbook/paper, preferred drawing tools. Workshop price include materials but bring your specialty items. Workshop Fee: Members: $38 | Non-Member: $48   Another Workshop That Day Found Object Dilemma/ Breaking the Rut: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This is a technical workshop about connecting objects using adhesives, binding, joining and fastening. It will be useful to anyone creating mixed media art from 2D to 3D. Hand out, demo plus time to play. Do you create mixed media sculpture using a personal collectable as focal point? Or do you upcycle found objects providing new meaning? Bring a special object or partially complete constructions if smaller than a bread box. I will have materials to share and all methods of joining. Workshop price include materials but bring your specialty items. Workshop Fee: Members: $38 | Non-Member: $48   NOTE: There is also a discount for signing up for both workshops: Members: $72 | Non-Members: $90  

Feather Carving

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Jim Rutledge DATES: December 5 and 12   Learn to raise and burn feathers using two methods: using the wood burner to create the illusion of layered rows of feathers and then using small hand held rotary grinders to create feather edges. The goal would be that each participant will texture and paint a feather to take home with them. Register by November 28.   Members: $17.00 | Non-Members: $20.00

Iphoneography 1.0 — Smartphone Photography Workshop

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

This class is full. INSTRUCTOR: Karen West DATES: June 28 Visiting artist Dr. West is a photographer by heart and passion and a philosophy teacher by mind and trade. Both have come together in her latest photographic adventures with the iPhone. Making the transition from 15 years as fine art photographer with the DSLR camera to the tiny iPhone and its limitless possibilities of creativity has opened Karen’s eye to the everyday world around her in new and amazing ways. Dorothea Lange said, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see, without a camera.” This has never been more true for Karen since she started shooting with the iPhone. The whole world becomes the subject because she always has her camera tucked away in her back pocket. iPhoneography Workshop 1.0 Looking for a way to take your smart phone photography to a new level? This photo adventure is for you! iPhoneographer Karen West will share a variety of shooting and editing apps and general photography tips in a fun hands-on workshop. This 2.5 hour workshop will cover basic shooting, editing and creative apps. These apps are easy to learn and can have a dramatic effect on your images. Please download these apps (available on both Android and iPhone) before the start of the workshop: Snapseed, Prisma, Camera +. Additional apps we may cover are Big Photo and Image Blender (these apps are only available on iPhones.) Bring your phone with a full battery. At this time the apps are free. The fee includes a comprehensive handout and complimentary stylus. Instructor recommends shooting with photo sticks and has them available for $10.00. This workshop is open to iPhone and Android smartphone users. Min 5/Max 20   Student Fee: $25 members, $32 non-members

Abstract Painting: Beginner – Intermediate Level

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Pamela Anderson DATE: November 9 "Welcome to all who wish to explore abstract painting whether you are experienced or new to the process. We will have loads of fun and create beautiful artwork together!" -Pamela Anderson Abstract painting is an intuitive and spontaneous process. Join Milwaukee artist, Pamela Anderson, in a relaxed and practical exercise in learning how tools, color, form, mark-making, and gestural movement can create mood, inspire, and ignite imagination. Discover how to create your own personal expression through this style of art production. Discussion will include how to use our observations and existing working style to translate into abstract forms. Anderson will demonstrate some of her favorite techniques, and discuss other artists' techniques as well. She will share a brief history of abstract painting, showing examples, including her own. This is a hands-on class. Recommended tools and supply list: Variety of brush sizes, small to very large. Bucket for water, acrylic or watercolor paints, paper, and scraping tools. Paper towels, rags, water spray bottle, tape, paper and canvas. Bring enough materials to explore and experiment to go home with several starts. And bring anything else you want to incorporate into your work that is interesting and all about you! "Welcome to all who wish to explore Abstract Painting whether you are experienced or new to the process. We will have loads of fun and create beautiful artwork together!" Pamela Anderson   Bonifas Member: $45.00 | Non-Member: $55.00 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Northern Exposure Workshop: Abstraction

INSTRUCTOR: Dan Cross DATE: Nov 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Abstraction: the act of seeing and creating, an exploration in any media, with collage as an inclusive element of design. “Abstraction is a way to think, to draw, to paint, to force any/all art elements into new and challenging positions...the combination of conscious choices, risk taking and chance juxtapositions open new ways of seeing and creating content evolution.” - Dan Cross Abstraction is an intuitive process of spontaneous expression. No matter what level an artist you are, beginner to advanced, you’ll find this workshop invites you to explore new ways of seeing and developing your work in a variety of medias of your choosing. This is a hands-on class. You’re invited to bring the medium you like to work in, as well as any you’d like to explore. Bring materials for collaging: old photos, newspapers, magazines, marbled papers, and/or natural materials. Incorporating visual elements into your works can create an intriguing dialogue with the viewer. A complete list of suggested supplies will be available at the Bonfias front desk. Dan will also discuss gallery representation: what a gallery director looks for in an artist, how to attain gallery representation, and what it takes to make a living as a full-time artist.   Bonifas Member: $50 | Non-Member: $60 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Naturally Dyed Silk Scarf & Bundle Dyed Flour Sack Towel Workshop

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Eichhorn DATE: January 10 Scholarships available at Front Desk Fiber artist Sarah Eichhorn will teach us how to use natural dye from plants and kitchen scraps and how they can also be used to create unique prints with bundle dyeing. We’ll cover how to set the dye on your fabric, recipes for natural dyes, and the different types of dyes you can create from your kitchen and garden. You’ll walk away with a beautiful naturally dyed silk scarf, a bundle dyed flour sack towel, and some natural dyed samples to use as inspiration and to showcase ways you can create sustainable color from the earth. This workshop is a beginner level class. Student Fee: $90 M / $95 NM Price includes all supplies   Bonifas Member: $90 | Non-Member: $95 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Watercolor & Japanese Masa Paper Workshop

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Ed Fenendael Date: May 12, 13 Create exciting watercolor paintings using traditional watercolor pigment and Japanese masa paper. This workshop will show you how to collage the masa paper over the watercolor paper to create incredible texture and new dimension by painting directly on the oriental paper. Each day will begin with a short lecture and a demonstration. Individual attention will be emphasized. Come prepared to explore and enjoy this expanding approach to watercolor painting. SUPPLY LIST Basic watercolor pigments (bring your favorites or if you are just beginning purchase a moderately priced basic set) 140lb cold pressed Arches watercolor paper (individual sheets - 22 x 30) Japanese masa paper (unwaxed) - several sheets * Round and flat watercolor brushes Water containers #2 pencils; kneaded eraser Gatorboard or gatorfoam (1/2 inch thick) board on which to place your paper when you paint *BOARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE FROM THE INSTRUCTOR Stapler and staples to attach the paper to the gatorboard Painting rag and paper towels Matt medium or Elmer’s school glue Sponge brush 1” wide or larger to apply the adhesive to the paper Several reference photos that excite you *THE JAPANESE MASA PAPER WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE INSTRUCTOR AT A NOMINAL FEE of $1/sheet. Register by: May 5, 2020   Registration: $185 | Become a Bonifas Member »

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