Wow, it’s hard to know where to begin, there is so much to say about Arrowmont, what an amazing place it is, not only as a place to teach, but as a place to learn, create, and meet other artists who are passionate about their work all in a gorgeous setting, nestled into the foothills of the great smokey mountains.
The trees were just starting to turn.
First thing to say is there are galleries filled with amazing art in every building, so there is inspiration everywhere you look. I walked through this gallery everyday on the way to my class.
Our workspace in the fiber studio was superb. We felt truly spoiled, with large covered tables suitable for painting with covers that could be lifted with a padded ironing surface underneath. Power outlets hung from a sliding bar over head, very handy, unless you are tall like me and occasionally knock your head into one, ow!
This is the turning work of J. Paul Fennell, he hollows the wood until it is light as an eggshell and then creates intricate designs in the surface.
After the presentations we could go back to the classroom and work until 1 am if desired, which several of us did. How could one stay away from that fantastic workspace with everything all laid out at ones fingertips.
This is instructor/book artist Randi Parkhurst showing figurative clay artist/instructor Tip Toland her book structures that graduate in size based on fibonacci/golden section geometry.
Check out those gorgeous papers Randi teaches her students to make from cheap kraft paper and acrylic ink!
Below is a photo from the clay studio from Tips class on gestural figurative sculpture. You have to check out both Randi and Tip’s websites, they do fantastic work! I would have loved to be in both their classes.
On Friday my class laid out their weeks work so we could share our experiences, talk about techniques and new directions for the work.
The big brushstroke piece in the bottom right, was a bit of a departure from Jan’s other work and looks like a promising direction for her to explore.
I absolutely loved the opportunity to work non stop for a week, with all my meals prepared for me and no clean up to do after, in such a wonderful work space with other artists. Doing a class like this is a fantastic opportunity to learn and be inspired by others, because you will see one person doing something that will lead to an idea of something else new to try, it just feeds inspiration and creativity. I can’t recommend this kind of experience enough for creative growth.
By friday evening many of the students who drove to Arrowmont had already hit the road for home and at dinner the normally bustling dining room was calm and quieter than it had been all week.
This is wonderful Maxine who prepared all our meals. She came out to share a few songs with us after dinner, as thanks for a mixed media painted apron my class made for her to thank her for filling our tummies all week, while we fed our creative souls. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to get a photo of the apron :-/
I think everyone felt a full range of emotions friday night; happy for the wonderful week, the new friends we made, and sad that it was so quickly coming to an end. A group of us gathered in the lounge to listen to some live music performed by fellow instructor mixed media artist Phil Garret from South Carolina and a singer songwriter couple who were in the clay sculpture class.
If you are interested in taking an extended acrylic inks painting class with me, I will be teaching at Hudson River Valley Arts April 9-12, 2015.