Tuesday, September 16, 2014
This Autumn I will be having my second child and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to take a maternity leave this Fall term to focus on my own pottery and spend more time with my family before new baby comes. As busy as I am with a 2 year old, I have been making my work into habit (thank you nap time!) and been very productive getting ready for the Fall Festival as well as the South Corvallis Art Walk. There is a real freedom in allowing myself to simply be an artist through motherhood and I see this as such an important time in my life. My clay work has helped me maintain my individuality and identity during a time where caring for my family has been such a huge part of my life. It's easy to get lost in laundry and dishes and lose sight of the things that make you uniquely you as you transition not motherhood. I am so grateful for my home studio that is accessible and welcoming any time I feel the creative urge as well as supportive family who respects me as an artist. My hope is to build up an inventory before baby comes that will allow me to take advantage of opportunities to show/ sell my work in 2015. I am not sure when I will be entering the teaching world again, however, feel free to contact me after the new year as I am happy to consider teaching private lessons and small groups at my home studio until I am ready to offer classes again out in the community.
|Details of some of the tiles before installation|
Growth and Change
|Finished Project complete with frame and mounted overlooking the gardens|
The tile mural now hangs outside overlooking the garden behind the old school historic building in a public area used by visiting families, residents, staff and visitors. This project was funded through a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Benton County Cultural Coalition.
|Diana Ryan adhering the tiles to mounting board|
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Andy Goldsworthy, an artist working with only natural materials to create unique and fantastic art. Students created sculptures using natural objects inspired by his art. Students brought found materials from home and gathered materials on site then worked together to come up with a group sketch of what the project would look like and what materials we would need. We then chose a site on the west side of the arts center to create our installations.
In the second part of the class, we looked at the art work of Georgia O'Keffee, a painter also inspired by nature. The natural art of Andy Goldsworthy is shared with the world through photographs as many of the installations are made in remote areas or are fleeting due to the materials used. Instead of taking this route I decided to have students document their project by creating paintings that captured the feeling of the sculpture. Students did still life sketches of their project using charcoal, oil pastels and chalk pastels and then took the sketches in the painting room where palettes were mixed and larger paintings evolved. The following pictures show the process of building the sculptures as well as the final paintings that result. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The following videos were created by students at the Corvallis Arts Center (with my help) for "Animation Nation" Summer Camp! Students had a ton of fun creating characters, props and imaginative stories and worked in teams to create short claymation films using basic stop motion animation. I edited them using iMovie and students were able to choose their own sound effects as well as do voice overs. Enjoy!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Edgar Mueller and used basic principles of perspective to create our own 3D sidewalk landscapes. Enjoy!
Monday, May 5, 2014
I have compiled some photos from different projects that focus on using pattern and rhythm to create wonderful artwork. Enjoy!
Tessellations: A tessellation is one or more geometric shapes that cover an area, with no spaces or gaps in between shapes. They fit together like tiles. Some of my personal favorite tessellations are works by Mc Escher. Here is a pretty cool website about tessellations and making your own tessellations. I taught a tessellation class during "Patterns" week at an Art Center summer camp during 2013 and here are a few unique tessellations my students created:
|Community Zentangle Detail|
Monday, January 27, 2014
|Open Studio starts up Thursday February 6th at the Corvallis Arts Center from 10am-1pm! This program is designed to provide home schooled students ages 6-17 a creative space and supplies to make art during the day. Participants have access to a full clay room, painting studio and play space. Drop- in fee is $15 per 3 hour class or you may purchase a punch card for 2 or more classes for a discounted rate. Parents/ Caregivers free! Visit Arts Center website for more details!|
|Homeschooler Josie Neely and fellow artists fold a giant origami crane!|
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I am very pleased to announce several neighborhood art workshops coming up this winter/ spring! I am collaborating with some fellow artists in South Corvallis to bring weekend workshops for adults! Please see info below:
The Art of Yoga; The Yoga of Art
Uniting Body, Mind and Spirit in the
Art of Figure Drawing
Sunday, March 2nd
Facilitated by: Laura Pagano Gouy of Bliss like This Yoga and Diana Ryan, visual artist and instructor
“It is only with the heart that one sees rightly”
-Antoinne de Saint Exupery
This one day workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore the art of drawing in a fresh way that creatively weaves together Yogic principles and Mindfulness practices to naturally support the art of figure drawing. Students will be led through a basic yoga sequence by Laura to awaken and their body and mind. Diana will then introduce basic drawing fundamentals and guide students through drawing exercises. Students will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and divide into subjects and artists, drawing each figure as they are led through a series of postures. Please join us for this innovative workshop that pairs drawing and yoga so beautifully. No drawing experience necessary. Class is limited to 12 students.
Please bring a sketchbook, suggested size 11" x 14". Drawing supplies and yoga props will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
To register please call (541) 753-0132 or e-mail Laura Gouy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost Sliding Scale: $30-$50
Class held at Bliss Like This Yoga Studio