A Snippet of the Story Art Class with Josie Keating from Josie’s Art Lab
UPDATE: Online booking is closed, but spaces are still available. Come by the museum by 1:00 PM to sign up and join.
About Josie’s Art Lab: josie’sARTLAB started in 2014 when Josie first taught a guided painting event for a fundraiser at her children’s school. Every time she had one of these events, folks would clamber for more. Josie had been teaching painting and drawing at SWOCC since 2009, but this was different. This was soooo much fun. People not only enjoyed the end result but the PROCESS (well, once they got used to the idea that sometimes things look worse before they look better). And Josie noticed how much she enjoyed helping people tap into a creativity that sometimes surprised them. She loved seeing how, even with the exact same supplies and instructions, each painting was unique. Josie opened her initial location at 1964 Sherman Ave in January 2017, even though she was still teaching at SWOCC as the Director of Art Education at the Coos Art Museum and had three daughters at home. As she gained her footing and confidence, Josie shed the other jobs and began expanding her curriculum to other types of classes: beginning painting classes, figure drawing sessions, art journaling, kids classes and anything else that caught her interest. In March of 2020, Josie was ready to see what would happen if she focused all of her energy into the LAB. Of course, we all know the hitch that was thrown in that get-a-long. Well that hitch gave her the opportunity to explore avenues she hadn’t considered: online classes, Patreon, YouTube and exploring her own work more fully. It opened up a new world of possibilities.
Class Description: This class is inspired by artist Kara Walker. Participants will be looking at Kara Walker’s work and then take a snippet of their own personal history to create a narrative that will be illustrated using paper cutting and silhouettes. Participants will brainstorm, create thumbnails and then, using exacto knives (so be sure you are comfortable with this sort of tool), we will carve out our images.
About Kara Walker: New York-based artist Kara Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures that have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide.
Born in Stockton, California in 1969, Walker was raised in Atlanta, Georgia from the age of 13. She studied at the Atlanta College of Art (BFA, 1991) and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA, 1994). She is the recipient of many awards, notably the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award in 1997 and the United States Artists, Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship in 2008. In 2012, Walker became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2015, she was named the Tepper Chair in Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her work can be found in museums and public collections throughout the United States and Europe including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Gallery, London; the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI), Rome; and Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt.
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