April showers bring...May showers. And May showers bring...more showers in June. So what do June showers bring? Summer programming at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, that’s what.
July heats up at the Arts Center with a series of workshops and classes.
Studio Safari returns this summer with instructor Eddie Moritz. “Get Drawn Into Summer” is a four week exploration that meets on Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 10:30 to noon, and again at 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Each week students will learn about the background and techniques of four vastly different artists. Focusing on the drawing styles of Rembrandt, Georgia O’Keefe, Norman Rockwell, and M.C. Escher, each class will give students a new perspective and set of skills as they complete four unique drawings of their own. The cost for the Studio Safari program is $5.00 for individual sessions, or $16.00 if pre-registered for all four weeks.
On Wednesday and Thursday, July 15 and 16, from 10:00 A.M. to 4 p.m., Saugatuk artist Anne Corlett will work on location in the beautiful countryside surrounding Escanaba when she leads her workshop on Plein Air Painting. Using her own process as a basis for her instruction, Corlett will teach students how to fine-tune their focus, work dark to light, and start with big shapes.
“A blank canvas presents a challenge and a promise,” she says. “I think about value first, then color and mark-making. In this way I experience my subject – and life in general – without words. The static and chatter in my brain ceases, creating true freedom.” This two-day retreat-style class is $125.00 for Bonifas members or $156.00 for non-members.
In addition to her Plein Air workshop, Corlett will also host a workshop discussion on the Creativity of Crowdfunding on Friday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. As an entrepreneur and an artist Corlett has used the online Kickstarter Project – crowdfunding – to amplify her own exposure and raise funds for her “Easel on Down the Road” project. With this workshop discussion artists and inventors alike will get tips and strategies on how to amplify their own campaign’s exposure.
Following Corlett that afternoon from 12:30 to 2:30, will be a companion workshop discussion from Detroit-based Glass Artist Alysa Diebolt. Reviewing basic marketing principles of Facebook, Instagram, and other common social media platforms, Diebolt will explore in-depth methods to actually making money through engaging with fans. The presentation will provide ample real world examples of what to do and what not to do when it comes to online resources.
The fees for each of the workshop discussions are $25.00 for Bonifas members or $30.00 for non-members. Individuals who pre-register for both will receive a discount, with the cost being $40.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members.
Whether the weather is hot or whether the weather is cold, you can whether the weather this July with a workshop at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center.
To get more information or to register for these great summer events, contact the Bonifas at 906-786-3833.