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 »

Yoga with Heather Bruss

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Heather Bruss Dates: May 4, 11, 18 Yoga creates calm and peace in the mind, as well as working the physical body. Strength, flexibility and balance are improved as yoga practice progresses. Students leave class feeling like they have gotten a great workout, while also feeling fully energized. They will also feel at peace with a settled mind and spirit. Our Bonifas yoga class will begin with meditation, and flow into a vinyasa style class, ending with shavasana at the end. Shavasana is the finishing yoga pose, it is the place we are recharged and find calm. All levels are welcome, beginners to advanced. Modifications will be shown for poses so every BODY can achieve the benefits from yoga. The class does not build from week to week so students can begin at any time. Walk ins are always welcome.   Bonifas Member: $27 | Non-Member: $34 | Per Session: $15 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Abstract Expressionism Painting Techniques

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Spencer Epps DATE: Tuesday, May 19, 6-8 pm This course explores the fundamentals of composition and visual expression of emotion in the creation of abstract art. Methods of basic evocation (recalling a feeling or memory to a conscious mind) and artistic expression are discussed. Techniques of: 1. Development of canvas history (recalling and expressing the memories and emotions on canvas), and, 2. Basic acrylic pours will be taught. A work of art will be produced by each student.   Bonifas Member: $30 | Non-Member: $40 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Fundamentals of Needle Felting

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Kate Oman DATE: Tuesday, May 26, 6 - 8:30 pm AGE: 16+ Artist and Bonifas Gallery Coordinator, Kate Oman leads a class in creating an adorable mouse out of soft wool while learning the basics of needle felting. This class is for all levels and no experience is necessary.   Bonifas Member: $20 | Non-Member: $25 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Arthritis Exercise for Seniors and all Arthritis Sufferers

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Betty Wagner Dates: Weekly starting January 22 through May Exercise your whole body and work on joint flexibility and muscle strength from head to toe while seated! For those who are able we will work on balance while standing. Move to the steady rhythms from the 40s and 50s and enjoy the benefits - both uplifting and relaxing! Exercise teacher with almost 50 years, Betty Wagner has taught gym, aerobics, senior exercise and dancing and is a familiar face to many at the Escanaba and Bark River Senior Centers, Bonifas Arts Center, and YMCA. She is an inspiring example of what exercise can do for you! Student fee: FREE

Mindfulness Meditation

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Gene Schlueter HELD ONLINE through ZOOM Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:45 pm Session (5 weeks): May 13, 20, 27, June 3, & 10 Student Fee: Free online JOIN VIRTUAL SESSION: https://zoom.us/j/95274192190 Join us for a new type of class, held in the comfort of your home. There are several different types of meditation techniques. Mindfulness Meditation is a guided introspective meditation; it is a 2000 year of technique of the Buddhist Theravada Tradition. It helps enhance mental discipline, slows down racing thoughts - helps alleviate sleep disorders - reduces stress and promotes inner peace and harmony. Instructor is a son of a minister and finds no conflict between Insight Meditation and Christianity. Register by contacting irina@ bonifasarts .org

Fairy Houses

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

This class has been cancelled due to low attendance. INSTRUCTOR: Kate Oman DATE: Sunday, June 21, 4 - 6 pm AGE: 6 - Adult (Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult) For the third year in a row, we are celebrating the summer solstice by building fairy houses. Join us in the sculpture garden to learn how to make a house fit for a fairy along with furnishings to make it a home! If you have special trinkets you want your home to have, bring them and we will work them into your design. Class will be outside in the Bonifas Garden, weather permitting, or in the Studio Gallery if not. Bonifas Member: $23 | Non-Member: $28 | Become a Bonifas Member »  

Through the Lens of a Smartphone

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Mike Hall DATE: July 10 AGE: 12+ Whether you are a seasoned photographer, an Instagram maven or just learning, this class will help you see the world differently in everyday things. Award winning photographer Mike Hall will discuss macro, abstracts, perspectives, and depth of field concepts in photography. Mike will demonstrate how to create art in photography by focusing on little things, like edges of feathers, textures, blades of grass with water droplets, etc. See the world’s beauty through your lens, boost your social media presence and create images you will be proud to put on display! The class will start in-doors at the Bonifas studio and then continue outside for the authentic experience and natural light.   Bonifas Member: $12 | Non-Member: $15 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Graffiti and Grapes

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Class is almost full, please call the Bonifas at 786-3833 if interested. INSTRUCTOR: Marlene Wood DATES: July 24, 29 Come relax or grab some friends or loved ones and join us for a wine and painting event! You’ll learn, have fun and go home with a finished masterpiece. All supplies included. No experience necessary! All step by step! We motivate you to be original as you follow our instructions and give you all the personal help and attention you need! Friday, July 24 6:30-9 p.m. Our Beautiful Lake! Wednesday, July 29 6:30-9:30 p.m. Birch Trees Registration: $30 Become a Bonifas Member »   ABOUT MARLENE WOOD Oil Painting is my passion! Pastel chalk and pencil/charcoal drawing hold a close second! I love to paint people – depicting their personalities and lives through obvious emotions, stature, and their interactions to their surroundings. I find it more important to paint someone’s essence than to show all their infinite details. One recognizes friends and strangers as they relate to who they are or might be in terms of their individual makeup and character. Landscapes will forever hold me in awe – their beauty, everchanging powers, and how they represent the multitude of diversity that surrounds us. I love to travel, to paint landscapes that depict an area, region, or the personality of what is around me. Water, in the form of oceans, lakes, rivers and wetlands, is my favorite. It seems to embody nature’s diversity, as its movement represents constant change – like our everchanging lives. My recent move to the Lake Superior area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan allows me to enjoy daily diversity, create plein aire paintings on the shores of Lake Superior, and take in the wonderful art and culture that is so alive here! This is where my heart is, my permanent home, and a special feeling, not just a place, where I have traveled to for over 35 years. I never tire of the endless changes, the uniqueness, and the sheer beauty of this area I now call home. My personal passion is to continue to grow in my personal artistic endeavors, taking risks, and discovering what I can learn and experience through personal observation, intuition and experimentation. HER BACKGROUND My background includes a diverse art education combined with a past career in clinical phycology. I have studied at The Palette and Chisel (Chicago), Studio in the Woods (Wacaunda) and many workshops/instruction with many well-known artists such as Richard Schmid, Scott Burdick, John Naylor, Bruno Serdo, and Jim Pollard. Much of my insight has also come from fellow artist friends, students, and associates. My past training in Clinical Psychology has helped to build and strengthen creativity and motivate my students through the use of a positive and encouraging teaching style. I spent most of my last 30+ years as the longtime owner of Positive Strokes Art School and Gallery (Palatine, Illinois {established May 2000}), teaching art to children and adults and directing a successful art school. My philosophy is that “if one can learn to see correctly, all else {in art} is both teachable and obtainable. I strive to teach in a way that elicits personal self-discovery, emotion, and the unleashing of creative juices My personal paintings have been shown in several Chicago based galleries including The Lakeside Arts Park Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, Il., Northwest Cultural Center Galleries, Positive Strokes Art Gallery, and The Woodstock Courthouse Gallery and have been part of a variety of fundraising projects and juried public art displays.

Art Fundamentals for Kids

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Spencer Epps Tuesdays DATES: July 9, 16, 23 and 30 Kids will explore art concepts and produce four artworks using a variety of mediums and techniques. These insightful and diverse art lessons are taught by professional artist, Spencer Epps, and are designed for school-age kids. The series consists of the following sessions: Youth The class is going to be HELD OUTSIDE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. If the weather is atrocious and there are only a few kids (under 10) we could move inside with social distancing. ART Classes I. Introduction to Art Composition for Kids • Discovering Art: Creating Feelings • Discovering Composition: Harmony • Exercise: Art Work — Drawing Feelings II. The Math of Art and the Magic Number • Numbers in Nature, Nature in Balance • Exercise: Art Work — Nature Printing III. Elements of Art • Line and Rhythm • Shape, Form and Space (Perspective) • Texture and Pattern • Exercise: Art Work — Mixed Media/Collage IV. Color • The Color Wheel • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors • Tints, Shades and Compliments (Value) • Contrast and Focal Point • Exercise: Art Work — Color Pour Painting Ages: 5 and up Class Registration has passed

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