Explore Art Workshops and Classes

Paris’ Influence on Cassatt, Sargent, Whistler and other American Artists

Thursday, May 12th
11 am OR 7 pm, EASTERN

(same presentation both times, sign up for the time you prefer) The slide presentation lasts about 70 minutes, feel free to stay for the optional Question and Answer period after.

This virtual guided tour of the stunning “Whistler to Cassatt” exhibit explores the work and intriguing backstories of American artists who went to Paris between 1855 and 1913 including Mary Cassatt John Singer Sargent and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. It also includes other notable American women such as Elizabeth Jane Gardner Cecilia Beaux Elizabeth Nourse and Lilla Cabot Perry as well as the celebrated African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner and other American Impressionists. 

Create a Finger Labyrinth for Stress Relief and Wellbeing

Sunday May 1
2:30 – 4:30 pm, EASTERN

All registrants will also receive a link to attend Meryl Ann’s live slide presentation about Labyrinths and World Labyrinth Day 2022 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm EASTERN on Sunday May 1, and will also receive the link to watch it later, if preferred.

This workshop will guide you in making your own finger labyrinth just in time to use it for World Labyrinth Day, Saturday, May 7, 2022, when participants around the world will connect with each other as they walk full-sized or finger labyrinths from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm LOCAL time, creating a rolling wave of healing energy surrounding the earth.

“Walking” a finger labyrinth can be done any time for personal stress reduction and enhanced creativity; using the non-dominant hand has been found to create new neural pathways in the brain.

Artists and Astrology: Patterns in Creativity

Sunday Apr. 24
2 pm – 3:30 pm EASTERN

In these bi-monthly workshop presentations, artist-author Meryl Ann Butler and astrologer-author Stephen Poplin are your guides as you:

* discover how astrological factors influence an artist’s creative style

* enjoy a bountiful display of stunning artwork

* explore how celestial influences impact subject matter, color, composition and style.

* learn how famous artists’ zodiacs reveal the innermost workings of their creative processes

* uncover juicy secrets about the artists’ lives that may not be fully revealed in history but which cannot be hidden in their charts

This series of explorations with artist Meryl Ann Butler and astrologer Stephen Poplin will illuminate art and artists in ways you have not encountered before!

Artists and Astrology: Patterns in Creativity

Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27
2 pm – 3:30 pm EASTERN

In these monthly workshop presentations, artist-author Meryl Ann Butler and astrologer-author Stephen Poplin are your guides as you:

* discover how astrological factors influence an artist’s creative style

* explore how celestial influences impact subject matter, color, composition and style.

* learn how famous artists’ zodiacs reveal the innermost workings of their creative processes

* uncover juicy secrets about the artists’ lives that may not be fully revealed in history but which cannot be hidden in their charts

This series of explorations with artist Meryl Ann Butler and astrologer Stephen Poplin will illuminate art and artists in ways you have not encountered before!

Introduction to Colors, Chakras and Healing

Purchase Recording and Handouts

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • the healing aspects of colors
  • the relationships of different colors to wellbeing and disease
  • how the vibrations of different colors can affect you
  • which color enhances physical strength
  • which color alleviates stress
  • which color reduces insomnia
  • and more!
  • You will be able to use your new knowledge of color to enhance your life!

Artsy Coloring for Fun and Relaxation

Purchase Recording and Handouts

Have fun learning colored pencil techniques that will give your current coloring projects extra dimension—or, if you are brand new to colored pencil art, this will start you out on a new, enjoyable activity!

We’ll briefly cover the color wheel as well as color temperature, and how to specifically apply the understanding of these concepts to colored pencils. Then you’ll create a couple of charming gift items from templates, including a gift tag, bookmark, and foldable box ornament, as you practice several techniques including gradients, blending and burnishing.

Sketchbook and Art Journal Reunion

Recurring Workshop

Next Date To Be Announced

This fun event is open to all participants of Meryl Ann’s online or in-person Journal /Sketchbook / Mini-book workshops or ATC workshops to get help with your continuing project and it is open to any students who are considering signing up for an upcoming journal/sketchbook class.

Celebrate the Day of the Dead: Create a Paper Nicho

Recurring Workshop

Next Date To Be Announced

We will celebrate the Aztec/Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), a multi-day holiday honoring the lives of departed loved ones with this 2 hour workshop. You’ll make a folk art-style nicho or two like the one shown here to honor a departed loved one (human or furry), to memorialize a favorite celebrity or honor an idea or concept. Choose your own image or use those supplied, such as La Catrina shown.

Mini Sketchbook Course

Recurring Workshop

Next Date To Be Announced

Have fun creating a small but fun and artsy sketchbook!

This course will meet online for 5 sessions over an 8 week period, sessions will be recorded for students who are unable to attend the live sessions. Class size limited.

Chiaroscuro and the Masters of Dramatic Light and Shadow

Recurring Workshop

Next Date To Be Announced

 

The use of chiaroscuro is a classic technique used by artists through the ages to create stunning effects. Find out how these masters manipulate values to create drama – and discover a few lesser-known female artists on the journey!

Decoding Your Horoscope: Edgar Cayce's Mystic Vision

Recurring Workshop

Next Date To Be Announced

And I am partnering with astrologer Stephen Poplin for an Edgar Cayce related exploration of your horoscope. After Stephen helps you discover secrets in your natal chart based on Edgar Cayce’s unique approach to astrology, I’ll be guiding you in creating your own colorful collage with the easy-to-use templates provided via pdf. Your personalized image symbolically depicts the varying levels of planetary influences in your horoscope. Colors and symbols are the language of the soul and your personal collage is designed to awaken deeper understandings while you create it as well as afterwards as you use it as a meditation focus or display piece. 

Inner Light Mandalas

Recurring Workshop

Next Date To Be Announced

Using Prismacolor pencils on black paper, first-time students learn to create a magical sense of glowing light and a Hands of Light mandala. Students who have taken this workshop previously will continue work on unfinished pieces or begin intermediate or advanced projects.

World Labyrinth Day

To Be Announced for 2022

You will see a slide presentation filled with amazing information and gorgeous images, and you will have the opportunity to finger-walk printed pdf labyrinths in unison with others around the world, followed by a time for sharing.

American Impressionists in Spain…and More

Recurring Workshop

Next Date To Be Announced

Peek into the “somewhat unexplored waters of Spain’s influence on American art of the 19th and early 20th centuries” as we tour the spectacular exhibition, “Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920.” Whether you attend this outstanding exhibit in person or not, this virtual tour offers exciting background and insights into the artists and art world of the time. It features a previously lost Mary Cassatt painting which was rediscovered in 2018 and on public display for the first time in a century!