Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Entering into the Bliss

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. 


 During puppet week at the Corvallis Arts Center students worked with myself and teaching artist Chris Neely to create a fabulous puppet show from scratch. Students created rod puppets, finger puppets, masks, and created props and backdrops. The result was a fabulous puppet show!

Trillium Family Services CFH Project 2014

Details of some of the tiles before installation
 I just completed a tile project at the Children's Farm Home that has been in the works since the beginning of 2014. The intention of the project was to create a tile mural to be displayed at the Farm Home showing both images that represent the history of the farm home as well as the farm home today. Farm home residents helped to design the layout of the project and even designed and hand drew many of the images. I gathered some old historical photographs of the farm home and printed them for us to use. The process of making the tiles was in a classroom setting. Residents were taught the basics of making tiles from scratch, hand carving them and using a process called "mishima" or slip inlay to add the black outline of the drawing. We decided to keep the mural black and white so that the details of the drawings would stand out and to keep the tiles more consistent. Project organizer Martha Shimeall and myself then arranged the tiles and adhered them to a board, grouted them in and the facilities team built a frame for the mural out of recycled wood from the floor boards from one of the farm home's old buildings. I painted the frame and added text around the frame that represents the seven commitments of a Trauma Informed Care Model that is being implemented through the agency right now.

Non- violence
Emotional Intelligence
Social Learning
Open Communication
Social Responsibility
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

Nature Works- Inspiration from the work of Andy Goldsworthy and Georgia O'Keffee!

 The week of July 7-11th, 2014, students at the Corvallis Arts Center explored the wonderful world of nature through various art projects. In my class, we looked at the work of 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

Animation Nation- Claymation Videos!

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!

The Life Force Chronicles from The Arts Center on Vimeo.

The Sea Battle from The Arts Center on Vimeo.

3 wishes from The Arts Center on Vimeo.

How not to train your Dragon from The Arts Center on Vimeo.

Battle of Isenguard from The Arts Center on Vimeo.

The Day the Lightning Struck from The Arts Center on Vimeo.

Boxing Match from The Arts Center on Vimeo.

Alien Attack from The Arts Center on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cartoon Afternoons

Here is some of the wonderful Cover Art and Comic Strips that my cartooning class created this Spring (some photos taken in progress):

"Pokemon Red Versus" by Sydney Upton

 "Vigilant"by Holden Garner

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sidewalk Chalk Art!!

In the spirit of summer sidewalk doodling I thought I'd post a project from 2011 that I did with a group of students during a summer program at the Arts Center. We gained inspiration from one of the worlds most talented sidewalk chalk artists Edgar Mueller  and used basic principles of perspective to create our own 3D sidewalk landscapes. Enjoy!

Monday, May 5, 2014

How-to, A Teacher's Guide to Firing a Manual Kiln

Firing a manual kiln, A Teacher's Guide:
 Preparing the kiln: Load desired cone into kiln sitter by lifting up the metal plate above the power button….

Tessellation's, Zentangles and more!

I have compiled some photos from different projects that focus on using pattern and rhythm to create wonderful artwork. Enjoy!

Community Zentangle Detail
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:

Monday, January 27, 2014

Open Studio; A creative space for Home Schooled families!

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

Adult Workshops!!

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 blisslikethisyoga@gmail.com
Cost Sliding Scale: $30-$50
Class held at Bliss Like This Yoga Studio 
Laura Gouy  "Yoga has come to touch all aspects of my life in the expected places: as a human, woman, mother, partner, global citizen; and in gardening, cooking, hiking, paddling, canoeing, surfing, etc.  Now I delight in finding yoga in all the unexpected places! May all beings be radiantly alive!"
Diana Ryan "I am a ceramicist, painter, and teaching artist in the Corvallis community. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of fundamental techniques while encouraging playful experimentation. There is no right or wrong way to make art. Visual art is a powerful form of self expression and can translate our subconscious and feelings in profound ways.  That is the beauty of art making."