Creating Designs – Hands-On Pattern Play
Sunday, November 17th, Noon-3pm
Instructor: Janet Strickler
Simply put, a pattern is a design in which separate elements repeat in a predictable manner. The repeats in one-dimensional patterns, such as stripes, herringbone, and checkerboard, are easy to understand. Complex patterns are more challenging. Learning how to recognize and use them, though, adds a different dimension to your art no matter the medium you work in. Join local artist Janet Strickler on a fascinating exploration of patterns as you learn how to analyze them and use them in designs of your own. Janet is the perfect guide for the journey. A love of geometry and pattern have informed her visual sensibility since first grade – not surprising since one parent was a scientist and the other a fiber artist! Janet has made a lifetime study of world art and has been influenced by such diverse works as Australian aboriginal paintings, medieval manuscripts, ancient architecture, American quilts, Byzantine mosaics, and the decorative traditions of India and the Middle East. It does seem like she covers the whole world as she shows examples and talks about translation, reflection, rotation, tiling, and other ways of creating patterns. You’ll practice the techniques with a small set of decorated squares, which are yours to take home. You’ll then move on to drawing, stamping, and collaging your own designs in the latter part of the class. Start exploring the world of patterns with Janet and see what discoveries you make!
Please bring the following optional materials:
- Optional: Examples of patterns you’d like to analyze, which could be scraps of paper or fabric, or pictures from magazines.
- Optional: a small notebook or blank book to use as your resource book, if you’d prefer that to the simple blank book Janet provides.
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Janet Strickler, a mixed media artist living and working in Colorado, calls her work “Art of the Ordinary”. In truth, there’s nothing ordinary about what she does. What is ordinary is what she uses: recycled and reclaimed objects, construction leftovers, and natural materials. You can often find her in the Art Parts Creative Reuse store in Boulder, softly exclaiming to herself, “I could make art out of that!”. Much of Janet’s work, which involves a spiritual element, uses geometry and patterns. She hates to draw! Patterns serve as a starting point, but don’t necessarily result in a pre-determined layout. For her, art making is about beginning and then finding out where the piece leads her.
True to her personal approach to art, Janet’s classes are fundamentally about exploring and experimenting. Rather than teaching students how to make an exact piece of art, she likes to demonstrate what can be done with a given set of materials and then turn students loose to play with them. It’s astonishing, and instructive, to see how different the results can be. No wonder she calls her classes Play-Shops instead of workshops! See her work at www.artoftheordinary.net.