Author: Autumn Reyes

Art Education with Autumn
Posted 30 December 2020 | art, artist, classes, painting

Art Education with Autumn

Starting in 2021 we’re going to feature a Studio 23 artist/student and the work that they’re doing. We’re starting with our artist friend Diane Arendt.

Art Student of the Month: Diane Arendt

I sat down with Diane a few weeks ago to talk art, her art background, and life in general. Diane has been taking art classes at Studio 23 since 2015. Her main concentration being acrylic painting. You’ve probably seen her beautiful art work up on the walls of Studio 23, as she has been in many exhibits over the years.

Diane actually started creating at a young age. She studied art in college and worked a side job like so many students do. Diane’s side job was at a dentist office and one day while assisting the dentist she met a patient named Larry. Little did she know, she had just met her husband. Diane and Larry were married and started a family. Like so many of us, her art was put on the back burner. Diane spent many beautiful years raising her son, volunteering, and overcoming health issues. But, as her son grew older Diane knew she was ready to dive in to her art again. She started taking classes at Studio 23 as refresher courses but, has really stayed for the comradery with like-minded artists. Diane told me she is constantly learning from painting with others because she gets new perspectives all the time- ideas she never would have considered, otherwise.

Interviewing Diane and hearing her fascinating story of life and art, I learned that her major concentration in college was actually multimedia art. She also talked of her love for Norman Rockwell. How she admires his realism. She very much appreciates his ability to “say something” with his art. When we were done talking I really just had one question for her… “What would you say to someone who’s considering taking an art class at studio 23?” Her response was quick and sure, “Do it. Do it!! You’ll be in a great environment, you’ll learn more than you ever knew you could and you’ll make friends along the way.”

If you’re like Diane and you’re ready to dive into art, you can give us a call at Studio 23/The Arts Center or sign up online. www.studio23baycity.org. Winter classes start the first week of February so sign up today!

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Art Education with Autumn
Posted 28 November 2020 | art, art center, art gallery, bay city, classes, community, drawing, Healthy, Safety, support, workshops

Art Education with Autumn

As I was sitting at home last night working on homework I was having a terrible time concentrating. It makes sense, right? There’s quite a bit of uncertainty in the world right now and it just has to have an effect on us… it can’t not! I found myself grabbing a sheet of scrap paper and moving between doodling and homework. Next thing I know, I’m getting my work done.

See, as I’ve grown older I’ve realized that doodling/creating/artmaking is not just fun and not just another distraction. It’s a great way to help us relax and refocus.

 

My homework doodles- clearly I was hungry!

 

So, how does creating benefit your mental health and how can Studio 23 help?

Well, Malaka Gharib, a journalist for NPR, found that in between daily tasks she was always doodling. To find out why she enjoyed doodling so much and what effects it had upon her brain, Gharib spoke with Girija Kaimal, a professor and researcher in art therapy at Drexel University. Kaimal conducted an experiment where blood flow to the brain of a variety of participants was measured. They found that when subjects created there was an increased amount of blood flow to the reward center of the brain. This would suggests that creating art stimulates the reward center of the brain.

In another experiment, subjects were asked to create art for 45 minutes in a studio with an art therapist. During this time, cortisol levels significantly lowered. Additionally, they found “no differences in health outcomes between people who identify as experienced artists and people who don’t.”

What this information suggests to me is right now, during a pandemic, we need to create more than ever. This is why Studio 23 has been offering art classes and virtual art lessons that you can easily follow. I make it a point to post fun, easy projects that don’t require a bunch of fancy art supplies. Because it doesn’t matter what products you use or what your result is- it’s the act of creating that helps center us.

I hope this inspires you to keep healthy and create something today!

Autumn Reyes, Education Coordinator

 

If you’d like to read more on that study, here’s the link!

 

Posted in my office space to inspire me! 🙂

 

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Art Education Updates with Autumn
Posted 28 October 2020 | art, art center, classes, classroom, clay, drawing, watercolor

Art Education Updates with Autumn

Hello everyone! As this year flies by, I hope you’re all happy, healthy, and finding time for your art! Here’s a bit of what we have going on in art education at Studio 23/The Arts Center…

 

Fall classes are moving right along! Speaking of fall classes we have our next set of colored pencil drawing, watercolor painting, and adult clay starting next week. Take a peek below for more class info and as ALWAYS you can email or call Studio 23 with any questions you may have.

Julie Tyslicky’s drawing in color is a great way to learn to draw. Julie teaches beginners all the way up through advanced student. Her lessons will help you learn to draw what you see and become a better artist. Click the link below for a full class description.

Check out Julie’s colored pencil class here!

 

For this session of watercolor painting we have artist Ruth Howell filling in. Ruth is an amazing instructor with years of experience and you may even recognize her as our advanced painting instructor?! Click the link below for a full class description.

Check out Ruth’s watercolor class here!

 

Looking to try something new? Why not try your hand at oil painting with artist Jim Perkins?! Jim is an amazing artist that teaches in a traditional atilier style where you will focus on painting in real time. So you’ll do a lot of still life and plein air painting.

Check out Jim’s oil painting class here!

 

Adult clay is one of the most popular classes at Studio 23/The Arts Center! Clay is such a fun and enjoyable medium and we have some amazing instructors that will take their time with you to make sure you’re getting good results! Even better we offer day and evening classes, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!

 

Check out adult clay classes here!

 

 

Speaking of clay classes we have a new Wednesday night clay instructor! Our Studio 23 family would like to welcome ceramic artist Mike Zureich! Mike comes to Studio 23 from Midland with many years of clay under his belt and vast teaching knowledge! Mike has been featured in our Art Around the City and has exhibited in many shows both juried and non-juried. Mike is very excited to share his knowledge and love for clay with the students of Studio 23/The Arts Center! So if you’re interested in signing up, give us a call today!

Ceramic sculpture rust
Artist Mike Zureich
Survivor
Stoneware High Fire Reduction

 

I’m so excited that we’re back in the studio and that our classes are up and running! I hope you are, too!

As always, if you ever have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to me- I am but an email or call away!

 

Until next time,

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

 

 

 

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Art Education Updates with Autumn
Posted 26 September 2020 | art, art center, classes, community, painter, workshops

Art Education Updates with Autumn

Art is important. Interacting with art is important. Creating art is important. From the day we’re able to move our hands as babies, we’re communicating on an artistic level. Art challenges us. It challenges us to see things from someone else’s perspective. It teaches us to empathize and consider how we treat one another. What’s great is there is a large amount of evidence being published that supports these claims. A recent study from Brookings showed that art participation in adults contributes to a healthy society. It increase civil engagement, social tolerance, and reduces the opposite behaviors.

The last few decades has seen a huge reduction in the amount of art education our children are experiencing at school. This makes the role of our institution that much more important.

As our fall classes are starting back up, I implore you to invest in yourself or your child and take an art class or workshop at Studio 23. Because you’re not just investing in yourself… you’re investing in our community… you’re investing in our future!

Making art accessible is important to us here at Studio 23. Come join our art community as we endeavor to make the world a little better and a little brighter every day.

 

 

I hope to see you in class!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

 

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Education Blog with Autumn Reyes
Posted 29 August 2020 | classes, studio 23

Education Blog with Autumn Reyes

Hello Studio 23 family!

I hope this post finds you all healthy and well.

In today’s educational blog post I’d like to reach out specifically to our students for a moment… First of all, let me say “Thank you!” from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for trusting our instructors with your art education. I appreciate each and every one of you.

I would like to take this time today to appeal to Studio 23 students and ask you to use your voice to advocate for us. If you’ve taken a class with us I ask you to share it on social media. Share a picture of yourself working at the studio or even just the art you’ve created and tag us in your post. By simply sharing on social media and checking in at Studio 23 or tagging us, you’re using your voice to advocate for our Studio 23 classes… more than that, you’re advocating for our Studio 23 family!

Social media is always changing its algorithms and that makes it harder for non-profits like Studio 23 to be seen. With help from you we can continue to make art accessible even through these uncertain times.

If you’re unsure on how to get started here is a great example from Cindy Bancroft who shared her experience with the Smartphone group class taught by Armin Mersmann…

 

“This is my latest creation in Armin Mersmann’s iPhoneography Group class sponsored by Studio 23. Having just finished our term I must say the art created by this talented group of passionate artists to the thought provoking discussions about art was awe inspiring and has brought joy, laughter and community throughout the pandemic. As I have often said, this is a must take class with a new session starting soon so keep an eye out for announcements on both Studio 23 and Armin Mersmann’s Facebook page. For those that don’t live locally or even in this state this class is taught via Zoom!” Thank you, Cindy for sharing your talent and thoughts with us! #studio23onthego #makeartvirtual #michiganartist

 

 

With that said, don’t forget fall classes are now posted and start the week of September 14th. Some classes are virtual, many are in studio. And don’t worry, we are committed to keeping everyone safe by keeping class numbers small and requiring masks at all time.

I can’t wait to see you all this fall!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

 

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Posted 24 July 2020

Summer Classes are in full swing at Studio 23

We have so much going on at the studio for the summer! So many things we’re still offering you in the summer. We’re offering in-person and virtual Sip ‘N’ Swirls, in-person summer art camp, Star Wars summer art camp, wood burning workshop… check it out and sign up today because all of our classes have a limit of eight students per session.

Our children’s instructor, Sue Zolton, came up with an entire week of Star Wars-themed art projects for a week of art camp. Best of all, this is a virtual camp so your little one can participate from the comforts of home. Sue will use Zoom to instruct and participate with students so they will be able to get help and feedback in real time.

 

Our award-winning instructor, Julie Tyslicky is offering a wood burning workshop in-studio. You bring in the wood and Julie will provide you with a wood burning tool and all the instructions you need to get you wood burning!

In-person summer art camp! Our children’s instructor, Spencer Scharf, will help your student create all types of fun art! From painting to clay Mr. Spencer teaches a little bit of everything! Students will play games and learn some art history, as well. A fun week of creating and learning, who could ask for anything more?!

This will be our first ever virtual Sip ‘N’ Swirl! Our instructor, Sue, will prepare a canvas, brush, paint, and image transfer supplies for you to pick up and then she will walk you through transferring images and painting! This is such a beautiful painting and this is such a fun and relaxing activity. Make it even more fun by inviting a buddy or two to paint online, too!

Our award-winning watercolor instructor, Bill Brinker, will be offering a workshop in August. This will be a hybrid workshop- you can participate in studio or online through Zoom. Which ever way you choose, bill will teach you to paint this beautiful image of apples and oranges.

 

 

We have many more workshops we’re offering through August… I encourage you to check our education pages and find one that interests you!

 

We can’t wait to have you create with us!

 

Stay well and we hope to see you soon,

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

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Posted 26 June 2020

Education Updates with Autumn

Hello!
I hope this message finds you healthy and you’re enjoying the beautiful weather! It’s hard to believe but, Studio 23 has been back open for two weeks now. As we navigate this new world, many of our students are getting back in our classrooms. We’ve also noticed there is still very much a demand for virtual classes so, as we move forward rest assured Studio 23 will be offering both in-studio and virtual classes and workshops for the foreseeable future.

A perfect example of our “new normal’ is our hybrid classes like our summer art camp. You may have seen our advertisements for the two in-studio summer art camps we’re hosting in July and August. However, we’re also offering themed art camps through Zoom. In July we’ll be creating all things Harry Potter and in August we will be creating Star Wars-themed art projects. Make sure and check out our website and our Facebook page for more information on those- they’re sure to be fun and they’re definitely won’t find these art camps anywhere else besides Studio 23!

Another way we’re expanding programming is through our Sip ‘N’ Swirls. Starting in July we will be offering outside and virtual Sip ‘N’ Swirls so make sure and check our social media for updates on that, as well!

I know these changes aren’t always easy but, rest assured Studio 23 is committed to bringing you art and I whole-heartedly believe it will be the arts that gets us through these unprecedented times.

Be well,

Autumn Reyes
Education Coordinator

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Posted 22 May 2020

We’re Going Virtual!

With everything pandemic-related going on right now, Studio 23 has made the jump to virtual class… and we’re jumping right in! Besides the free virtual lessons we’ve been providing through our Facebook Live art lessons, we’ve also been busy planning away with our instructors to bring you classes through Zoom. We have some great classes already posted and we’re adding more every day. A great example of our virtual programming is our Still Life Colored Pencil Project with artist Julie Tyslicky! In this class you will be drawing and rendering in full color a still life of fruit on fabric. You will be instructed on ways to set up your still life. Composition, design and light source is discussed as well as color theory.

This class does not teach you how to draw but rather how to better use the color pencils in your drawing. This class looks to build on your existing drawing skills and done completely through the comfort of your own home using Zoom.

Another great class we’re offering is our Virtual Plein Air Workshop with artist Ruth Howell…
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood to take a Virtual Plein Air Painting Class with Artist/Instructor Ruth Howell.

Through a series of three sessions on Zoom, a virtual meeting site you can access in the comfort of your home or studio, Ruth will guide you through painting outdoor scenes in plein air. The opening virtual class will cover supplies, equipment and tips to paint outside. Ruth will announce the first assignment that each artist will complete during the week. The assignments will be discussed “conversation style” at the beginning of each session and then students will progress to the next topics listed below. Artists are encouraged to work in a painting medium such as watercolor, oil, acrylic or pen and ink.

We also have workshop offerings for children! Our teen instructor, Spencer Scharf is offering two workshop… A Dragon Trophy Workshop and a Tiki Mask Workshop…. In the dragon workshop, join Spencer as he takes you through his paper mache dragon trophy step-by-step. Spencer will be able to interact with you through zoom so you will be able to follow along AND ask any questions you need to create your masterpiece! With his Tiki Mask Workshop, Spencer will takes you through his cardboard Tiki Mask step-by-step. Spencer will be able to interact with you through zoom during this workshop, as well.

There is plenty more where that came from so I encourage you to check out our class listings on our website and Facebook and sign up for a class today- don’t let this pandemic stop you from getting creative. Studio 23 has got you covered- we’ll help you get creative while you’re being safe!

 

I hope you all enjoy your holiday weekend and I hope to see you (virtually) very soon!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

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Posted 24 April 2020

Art Education During a Global Pandemic!

What a crazy few weeks it’s been! As we all try and deal with the trials and tribulations this pandemic brings us, art studios and galleries across the country try to figure out their next steps. The first thing we’ve come to figure out at Studio 23 is there is a new “normal” for the foreseeable future. To keep with social distancing guidelines and to help keep everyone safe, we’re moving to virtual classes. It’s a bit of a change, but we’ve been testing the process enough now to know it’s very conducive to teaching and learning art. So, in the next few weeks you will start to see virtual classes and workshops listed on our website. There’s still a few kinks to work out, some classes may require you to pick up supplies from the studio. But, we’re confident it will work out. We are really excited to figure out this new version of art classes and we think you will be, too!

We’ve also decided we’re going to start loaning out pottery wheels to students. The cost will be $100 and you’re responsible for your own pick up. From there we will have a schedule of drop-off dates for green ware that needs to be fired. If you’re itching to get back on a wheel, this is a great way to do that.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to me! Or maybe you have a great idea for a virtual class or workshop? Just shoot me an email at studio23.education@gmail.com I would love to chat with you!

Autumn Reyes

Education Coordinator

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Posted 27 March 2020

Education at Studio 23

Hello everyone!

Autumn here, your education coordinator.

I just wanted to take a minute to talk to you about all the crazy things that have happened since the shutdown. Like many other places, Studio 23 has had to very abruptly (temporarily) shut down. This made it necessary to press pause on all classes and workshops. In order to keep making arts accessible in our region, we’ve had to shift all education to an online format. We will continue to offer online art projects until we are allowed back into the studio and can continue our programming in person! And you can look forward to even more online content in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to me! Just know that we have a ton more content planned and we will continue to bring you art lessons and culture through all of this.

Thank you for standing by us through these trying times. And if you can, please help us continue to bring you art by making a donation through our website. We can’t wait to see you all on the other side of this! Stay strong and keep creating… we will be with you every step of the way!

 

Autumn Reyes, Education Coordinator

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