Sunday, February 24, 12:00-3pm
Instructor: Janet Strickler
Pattern is all around us – in fabrics, in architecture, in nature. We may or may not pay much attention to it, but we subconsciously enjoy looking at patterns because they embody a sense of harmony. Join local artist Janet Strickler on a fascinating journey learning how to identify and classify patterns. The end goal is creating a personal reference book with your own catalog of patterns. Learning to recognize patterns can enhance your enjoyment of your everyday environment, or it can be a springboard for your own art and design. Janet is the perfect guide for the journey. She recalls coming home from first grade one day talking about “planes of symmetry”. A love of geometry and pattern have informed her visual sensibility ever since. Janet has made a lifetime study of world art history, and has been influenced by such diverse objects as medieval manuscripts and architecture, American quilts, Australian aboriginal paintings, Byzantine mosaics, and the decorative traditions of India and the Middle East. Start exploring patterns with her and continue your journey on your own. You’re sure to make new discoveries!
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. Visit Janet's website: www.artoftheordinary.net.