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Simple Circles – Drawing & Collage NEW! Online Class May 1

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Simple Circles – Drawing & Collage NEW! Online Class
Sunday, May 1, 1-4pm MT
Janet Strickler
Limit: 12 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your kit in time for class, register by April 24.

What can you do with a simple circle? It turns out a lot! Find out just how versatile the simple circle can be in this class with local artist Janet Strickler. You’ll explore a number of ways - some surprising and all easy - to make and use circles in all kinds of art. From prehistoric rock art and pottery to paintings and modern-day architecture, circles have always been part of human culture and making. (Interestingly, circles are one of the first things children spontaneously draw.)

Janet invites you to join her for a few hours exploring what can be done with this simplest of shapes. She calls her classes play shops and not workshops because, rather than focusing on a specific piece of art, her classes are about experimenting with techniques. She’ll start the class by demonstrating how to use templates and common objects in surprising ways. She provides fun materials for you to work with, and others are common objects you probably have lying around the house. No art experience is necessary for the class – just a willingness to play and have fun!

This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Nothing special required. You can totally have fun with just pen, paper, and the materials Janet supplies. However, a small pair of scissors and old magazines you can cut up are useful.
  • Optional: round things from around the house in a variety of sizes (toilet paper tubes, bottle or jar lids, coins, cups, small vases – anything!)
  • Optional: watercolors and a brush. A inexpensive kid’s set is just fine.
  • Optional: colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and other favorite mark making tools
  • Optional: oil pastels if you already have them
  • Optional: craft knife and cutting mat
  • Optional: favorite papers, including ones you’ve already painted or decorated

Class Kit Includes: 

  • Glue stick
  • Templates and stencils
  • Miscellaneous papers and magazine images, including some of Janet's painted paper and some coffee filters, both plain and painted.
  • An ultra fine point Sharpie

We ship class kits approximately 2 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number (check your spam folder) once your kit ships. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.

Zoom Info

Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the day before the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio

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 creates. What is ordinary is what she uses: recycled and reclaimed objects, construction leftovers, discarded magazines, candle stubs, coffee grounds, natural materials, and even old paper clips. She loves to explore different media and will attempt to make art out of nearly anything. 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!”. She enjoys the challenge of turning ordinary materials and cast-off items into objects of beauty.

Much of Janet’s work involves a spiritual element. It’s no surprise, given that the goal of her own art making is to create a beautiful, harmonious, and peaceful environment. Woven throughout her work is a deep love for geometry and pattern. She’s made a lifetime study of art history around the world and has been influenced by works as diverse as ancient manuscripts, medieval architecture, American quilts, Australian aboriginal paintings, Byzantine mosaics, and the decorative traditions of India and the Middle East. Their patterns are a starting point and don’t necessarily result in a predetermined layout. For her, art making is about beginning and then finding out where the piece leads.

True to her personal approach to art, Janet’s classes are fundamentally about exploring and experimenting. Rather than teaching students how to make a particular piece of art, she likes to demonstrate what can be done with a set of materials and then turn students loose to play with them. It’s both astonishing and instructive to see how different the results can be. Classes with her are delightful adventures in discovering the unexpected! Learn more on her website: