Saturday, April 19, 2014

Save the Date!


Did you know we have some fabulous local art teachers and some are teaching at SmittenDust Studio in Dimondale!


Monday, April 21 from 6 -9 pm begins a new 4-week Pencil Drawing class with the talented and personable Denny O’Meara, $60.  Classes meet April 21, 28, May 5, 12
Tuesday, April 22 from 6 – 8:30 pm is Eyes and Ideas with “Jane-is-on-Fire” Reiter teaching creativity prompts to help jump out of the familiar creativity rut.  This class is a combination of hands-on drawing exercises, thinking prompts, discussion, and inspirational quotes.  Use constructive ideas and simple resources to get your creative juices flowing again.  
Participants receive a Re-Inspiration Kit to use in take home and use further.  Take five minutes, an hour or an afternoon to recharge and restart.  $35

Tuesday, May 6 from 6 - 8 pm Zentangle, the basics with Jane Reiter, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)
Learn about this delightful, peaceful drawing process with pen and paper.  You will be amazed at your innate creativity and capacity for enjoyment with Zentangle. If you think you’re not an artist, this is the class for you!  $35, kit fee: $8, payable at class.  Class is also taught, June 3 and July 1.  Please choose date.


Wednesday, May 7 from 6 - 8 pm is Granny Square with Jane Reiter
Learn how to make a granny square and get hooked. We will also look at how to create variations on the square.  Patterns are provided in class so that you can take creative ideas home with you!  Supplies: Students need to bring their own “G” crochet hook for class. $35

Thursday, May 8, 6-8:00 PM, Zendalas with Jane Reiter
Continue your Zentangle® practice by trying out Zendalas, which is tangling in a circular format.  We will explore radial designs with both white and black round tiles.  Many surprising and pleasant adventures await you! Prerequisite: Introduction to Zentangle class with a CZT.  Class fee $35

Sunday, May 11, 1 – 3:30 pm, Knit-O-Rama with Jane Reiter
Knit without needles and bring along a Mom or friend! Have fun creating cords or scarves with both finger and arm knitting.  Then we will begin a hat or bag on a circular knitting loom.  Utilize yarn, recycled plastic bags, videotape or fabric to knit—the possibilities are endless. If you love color and texture but not knitting needles this is the class for you! Class fee $35 each or 2/$45


Jane with our friends from the Lansing ArtsCouncil!

Tuesday, May 13, 6 -8:30 PM, ADVANCED ZENTANGLE®   Jane Reiter
Develop your meditative practice further by tangling with white pen on black paper.  We will use white pen on black paper and experiment a bit with color using color pencils.  Prerequisite:  Introduction to Zentangle class with a CZT. Bring your Sakura 05 black pen, stump and pencil to class.  Class fee $35.


Hmmmm…this Zentangle looks similar to Jane’s BILLBOARD on I-69!


Wednesday, May 14, 6 - 8:00PM, BASH YOUR STASH!  Jane Reiter
Do you need to eliminate some of that yarn stash hiding in corners and crevices?  Look at samples and get numerous ideas for knit and crochet designs that incorporate odds and ends of various yarns.  There will be a wide selection of patterns available during class so that you can take home loads of ideas.  Class fee $25.

Thursday, May 15 5:30-8:30 pm Open Studio
Tanglemania and Craft 911! are getting married!  (Please no gifts! LOL!)  We’re combining Tanglemania (people who want to practice their Zentangle) with Craft 911! (people who want to bring their own projects and work together with other creatives) for a free open studio time.  Bring a project to work on and a snack to share.  FREE



Saturday, May 17 – Private party
Tuesday, May 20, 6 – 8:30 PM, ZENTANGLE® IN COLOR  Jane Reiter
Jump into the colorful world of Zentangle! We will cover the basic of color theory and apply it to colored drawing pencils and tangling.  Class includes drawing on traditional and Zendala tiles.  Prerequisite: Introduction to Zentangle class with a CZT.  Bring your Sakura 05 black pen, stump and pencil to class.  Class fee $35.  


Tuesday, June 3 from 6 - 8 pm Zentangle, the basics with Jane Reiter, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)
Learn about this delightful, peaceful drawing process with pen and paper.  You will be amazed at your innate creativity and capacity for enjoyment with Zentangle. If you think you’re not an artist, this is the class for you!  $35, kit fee: $8, payable at class.  

Thursday, June 12, 5:30-8:30 pm Open Studio
Tanglemania and Craft 911! combined!  This free event is for people who want to practice their Zentangle and/or people who want to bring their own projects and work together with other creatives during free open studio time.  Bring a project to work on and a snack to share.  FREE


Saturday, June 21 from 10 – 5-ish Run Away with the Circus, the long awaited, event!  Spend the day creating four fun projects, snacking on circus food and having a crazy time.  Project photos and supply list to follow.

 Tuesday, July 1 from 6 - 8 pm Zentangle, the basics with Jane Reiter, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)
Learn about this delightful, peaceful drawing process with pen and paper.  You will be amazed at your innate creativity and capacity for enjoyment with Zentangle. If you think you’re not an artist, this is the class for you!  $35, kit fee: $8, payable at class.  
Thursday, July 10, 5:30-8:30 pm Open Studio
Free open studio time for people who want to practice their Zentangle and/or people who want to bring their own projects and work together with other creatives.  Bring a project to work on and a snack to share.  FREE

Saturday, July 19 from 9:30-12:30, Fabric Art Postcards with Shirley K. Bentsen
(This class is also offered August 2 from 9:30 – 12:30, please choose which date)
Create a one-of-a-kind, mini work of art using fabric, laces, beads, sequins, ribbons, trims, and other embellishments.  You will work in a 4” x 6” postcard-sized format that may be popped in the mail for that special friend or framed for your own personal enjoyment.  Several may be joined together to make a small wall hanging. Stretch your creativity … have lots of fun in the process!  Taught by Shirley Bentsen, the fabric embellishment Queen of SmittenDust! $30 
Kit fee: $10 includes instructional handout, project foundation, vintage image printed on poplin, and complimentary fabrics and embellishments needed to complete one project.  Each kit is unique and different. Kit fee is payable at class
Supply List:  basic sewing kit, sharp fabric/embroidery scissors, variety of sharp needles, sewing thread, short beading needle/thread, Fray Check, E6000 glue.  This project can be completed by hand – sewing machine optional.

SAVE THESE DATES!
August 8-11 - Kristen Robinson and Ruth Rae Classes

October 17-19 - Kari McKnight Holbrook and Jen Crossley

Here's a sneak peak of the Kari and Jen show!  


Birds and Blooms class on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
This is a 9 hour class - we'll break for lunch and dinner and get back 
together to finish the books! More details to follow!



Delight in the meshing of metal, paper, paint & patinas!  Watch the magic unfold as we journey through etching, metal forming, transfers, whitewashing, and binding.  Jen and Kari will divulge their secrets for successful, safe metal working and enthusiastic, refreshed painting methods.  A little leather (or a pleather option) and this fantastic fusion emerges!
 
Also planned is a whimsical shrine called Lil Darlin's for Friday, October 17, 2014.  This is a 9 hour class, with a lunch and dinner break!  Photos coming soon!

Delightful little darlings to fit every season! We will explore metal forming, etching, mold making and sculpting to create the pleasantly plump dollies, then we’ll create a wonderful hand formed and etched metal vessel to enshrine them!  Little Vampkins, Friendly Faries, Apple Dumplin’s, or Easter Eggies- you name the game once you have the basic process down.  Created from a mold of a vintage Frozen Charlotte or Charlie, the polymer clay is then distressed, painted and stained to add personality.  Additional charm comes with the addition of embellished ephemera.  Etched metal, Clay, Paint, Glaze and Ephemera…what’s not to love?
November 1 - Day of the Dead Event also known as Dia de Los Muertos  
The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.