FALL CLASSES WEST HARTFORD ART LEAGUE 

BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE: MODERN ORGANIC ABSTRACT ART C. Dianne Zweig 8 Weeks Level: Beginner to Advanced

Fasten your seat belts, this exciting new class will appeal to artists of all backgrounds who love a modern vibe and want to channel nature and abstract Mid Century design. Picture the leaves, geometrics, colors, forms and shapes of 1950s- 1960s barkcloth textiles, wallpaper, clothing, home goods. We will reinterpret the colorful eras with Mixed Media projects that combine natural, organic and abstract elements. Emphasis will be on color, layering, mark making, textures, found objects etc. using dry and wet media on a variety of paper surfaces. Students will be encouraged to combine acrylic paints, watercolors, pastels, inks, markers, crayons and more. A perfect class for students who like variety and like to experiment with traditional and unconventional products and materials. Group critiques will be included in each class. Famous Mid Century designers and artists will be referenced in classes. A materials list is available at http://www.cdiannezweig.com/workshops/ A small materials fee will be collected in the first class


MAKING YOUR MARK IN CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT ART C. Dianne Zweig 8 Weeks Level: Beginner to Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Abstract artists who would like to add more spontaneity to their artwork will explore a variety of mark making approaches to help reinvigorate and “morph” their contemporary styles into more interesting and finished works of art. Emphasis will be on the language of line and spontaneity, chaos and control, figuration to abstraction, action versus quiet, color, and shape using both traditional and unconventional art products, materials and tools. Assignments will integrate the use of wet and dry media, pen and ink products, painting and collage. Emphasis will be on resolving artistic dilemmas in creative ways which incorporate innovation as well as group critiques. All levels of students welcomed. A materials list is available at: http://www.cdiannezweig.com/workshops/. A small materials fee will be collected in the first class.

I paint the white as the black, and the white is just as important .

SPRING CLASSES WEST HARTFORD ART LEAGUE 2017

MAKING YOUR MARK IN CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT ART C. Dianne Zweig 8 Weeks Level: Beginner to Advanced Abstract artists who would like to add more spontaneity to their artwork will explore a variety of mark making approaches to help reinvigorate and “morph” their contemporary styles into more interesting and finished works of art. Emphasis will be on the language of line and spontaneity, chaos and control, figuration to abstraction, action versus quiet, color, shape using both traditional and unconventional art products, materials and tools. Assignments will integrate the use of wet and dry media, pen and ink products, painting and collage. Emphasis will be on resolving artistic dilemmas in creative ways which incorporate innovation as well as group critiques. All levels of students welcomed. A materials list is available at: http://www.cdiannezweig.com/workshops/ C. Dianne Zweig is a Contemporary Mixed Media abstract artist whose artwork is influenced by the organic shapes and abstract designs of 1950s textiles. She is a member of Connecticut Women Artists and a founding member of Mixus, a group of women artists who work in Mixed media. Dianne is also enjoys teaching art classes and workshops to all ages. DZ312|Wednesday, April 5th – May 24th|1:00 – 4:00

Materials List

We will work in a variety of wet and dry media with an emphasis on MARK MAKING. Bring some of what you already have, but wait till the first class to get more familiar with what you need before going out to buy new products. We will build materials and supplies as you discover new ideas but there are certain basics that you should always have on hand in your art toolbox for making a variety of marks and textures.

DRY MEDIA: Black Sharpie markers or other permanent markers in a variety of tip sizes. Wax crayons (thin and thick); oil and chalk pastels; colored pencils; regular drawing pencils; charcoal.

WET MEDIA: Acrylic paint (black and white) and other colors; Black permanent ink; Watercolor paint; Gesso (white).

BRUSHES & BRAYERS: A variety of flat and round brushes in all sizes; sponge brushes; (Other "brushes will be discussed). Brayers are a nice addition to your toolbox. BTW, I also smear paint with old glossy post cards or card board that i fold to size or old plastic credit cards.

SUPPORTS: Pads of Canson (or other) drawing paper in a variety of sizes. To be discussed. Arches water color paper (to be discussed). 

OTHER ESSENTIALS: Palette to mix paint, plastic container for water, paper towels, newspaper.

TEXTURES:  Other materials to collect and bring include products that can make textures such as mesh bags from onions, bubble wrap, corrugated  brown packing paper that have different kinds of ridges, wallpaper that has raised texture, combs, inserts from candy boxes that have patterns and interesting surfaces etc.

 

 

 

 

WINTER CLASSES WEST HARTFORD ART LEAGUE 2016

C. Dianne Zweig 6 Weeks Level:

MAKING YOUR MARK IN CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT ART 

C. Dianne Zweig  West Hartford Art League 6 Weeks Level: Beginner to Advanced Abstract artists who would like to add more spontaneity to their artwork will explore a variety of mark making approaches to help reinvigorate and “morph” their contemporary styles into more interesting and finished works of art. Emphasis will be on the language of line and spontaneity, chaos and control, figuration to abstraction, action versus quiet, color, shape using both traditional and unconventional art products, materials and tools. Assignments will integrate the use of wet and dry media, pen and ink products, painting and collage. Emphasis will be on resolving artistic dilemmas in creative ways which incorporate innovation as well as group critiques. All levels of students welcomed. A materials list is available at: http://www.cdiannezweig.com/workshops/ C. Dianne Zweig is a Contemporary Mixed Media abstract artist whose artwork is influenced by the organic shapes and abstract designs of 1950s textiles. She is a member of Connecticut Women Artists and a founding member of Mixus, a group of women artists who work in Mixed media. Dianne is also enjoys teaching art classes and workshops to all ages.

DZ312|Wednesday, January 11th – February 15th|1:00 – 4:00 Clubhouse Classroom Fee: Member $138.00 Non-member $163.00

To register visit the West Hartford Art League

For information about individual or group workshops, email me.

 


FALL 2016 CLASSES WEST HARTFORD ART LEAGUE

MAKING YOUR MARK IN CONTEMPORARY ART C. Dianne Zweig

6 Weeks Level: Beginner to Advanced Using a full range of both traditional and unconventional art products, materials and tools, this class will playfully explore the art of mark making using combinations of dry and wet media, pen and ink products, painted papers, printing, textures and masking techniques. This class is designed for both obsessive mark makers and artful doodlers who want to “morph” their contemporary styles into more interesting and finished works of art. Emphasis will be on resolving artistic dilemmas in creative ways which incorporate innovation as well as group critiques.

A materials list will be at available at http://www.cdiannezweig.com/workshops/

DZ312|Wednesday, September 14th – October 19th |1:00 – 3:30 Clubhouse Classroom Fee: Member $120.00 Non-member $145.00

Materials List

We will work in a variety of wet and dry media with an emphasis on MARK MAKING. Bring some of what you already have, but wait till the first class to get more familiar with what you need. While I have my favorite products, you are welcome  to bring to class what you already have and to build materials and supplies as you discover new ideas. My favorite essential materials are Canson Drawing paper (or similar) in a gummed pad (any size works); Sharpie Markers and a variety of paint pens (I can show you in class); Crayons (thin and chunky)  oil pastels (thin and chunky) colored pencils etc. ;  Acrylic paint (I like Liquitex Soft Body), Inks (especially black permanent), Fluid Acrylics. We will also experiment with wax, alcohol and other products that disturb marks.    Other materials to collect and bring include products that can make textures such as mesh bags from onions, bubble wrap, corrugated  brown packing paper that have different kinds of ridges, wallpaper that has raised texture, combs, inserts from candy boxes that have patterns and interesting surfaces etc. BTW, I also smear paint with old glossy post cards or card board that i fold to size.  


LET LOOSE WITH CREATIVE AGING  C. Dianne Zweig

 Two 4-week sessions (Choose Session A or B, or both) Level: Beginner to Advanced

An exciting series of contemporary art classes tailored to meet the unique needs of aging older adults who still enjoy the creative process or who are being introduced to the arts for the first time in their later years. Designed to offer a creative workout for active older adults, participants will be encouraged to relax and experiment with art materials, products and a variety of styles in new ways. Taught by a professional artist with a special background in the needs of older adults, these classes are perfect for people who say "they can't draw or they don't like getting messy or they have no patience". On the other hand, mature artists who would like to continue the creative process will also enjoy these classes. Learn more about Dianne at http://www.cdiannezweig.com This class is geared for older adults living at home or in an Assisted Living or Independent Housing residence.

Caregivers welcome to accompany registrants during class (at no additional fee) to assist participant. Must provide own transportation.

DZ310|Session A: Wednesday, September 14th – October 5th |10:00am – 12:00pm DZ311|Session B: Wednesday, October 19th – November 9th |10:00am – 12:00pm Clubhouse Classroom Fee: Member $93.00 Non-member $118.00 per session

 


SPRING 2016 CLASSES DICK BLICK PLAINVILLE CT

Let Loose With Collage & Mixed Media: Leave your inner critic home and join others in the art of creating Mixed Media artwork and collages using painted papers, print making techniques, textures, mark making, dry and wet media.  Emphasis on helping students “loosen up” and work more spontaneously with a variety of art materials and products. All levels of students welcomed.  Day/Time: 4 sessions on Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00, May 4,11,18, 25. Fee $120.00.

 

 

   

Creative Aging Workshops and Classes 

Stay tuned for some exciting new workshops and classes tailored to meet the unique needs of aging older adults who still enjoy the creative process or who are being introduced to the arts for the first time in their later years.   Special individualized and group programming geared for high functioning older adults as well as individuals with dementia and other special needs. Also planned are programs for caregivers and older adults. 

CREATIVE AGING PROGRAMS TRENDING 

Creative Aging programming has been trending throughout the country as more and more people are living longer ages and benefiting from art and cultural programs tailored to their special needs. Classes and workshops will be offered in area community Art Centers as being brought to older adults in the places where they reside. For more information please call me at 860-655-3825 or  email me at  Dianne@cdiannezweig.com

  

Creative Escape Tea & Talk Series

To encourage appreciation and participation in the arts in our surrounding communities, I have developed a series of programs called "Creative Escapes: Tea & Talk.  Civic, educational, religious, social organizations are invited to sign up for "mini-hands-on workshop" or "art talks"  which are taught by me or other instructors at community venues. For more information about suggested topics of programs available  or to schedule  a "Creative Escape" for your group  information please email me

Artist Dialogues

Artist Dialogues is a series I facilitate  for established artists who want to stretch their existing way of working and exchange ideas and skills with colleagues. Inspired by the book "Steal Like An Artist" by Austin Kleon a group of artists convene monthly and are challenged with an "assignment" which could be to make a piece of art which may be out of their comfort zone or a project which introduces a new product etc. Other programs might include  an art excursion to a new gallery, or a book review of a new provocative or professional topic etc. While I start the ball rolling, as the group settles in, others in the group may decide to take on the facilitator role or we might invite a guest leader. To learn more about "Artist Dialogues", please email me

 


Mixed Media Classes, Workshops and Series

I conduct individual and group classes and workshops for adults, adolescents and children. My emphasis is on helping the participant learn how to loosen up and experiment with a variety of materials and products that are the core of a Mixed Media artist's repertoire.

What Is It Like To Take A Class?

My classes can be described as both playful and yet focused, as students tinker around with everything plus the kitchen sink ! Work sessions include using paint, inks, pastels, markers, resists, textures, rubbings, mediums, adhesives and more. I enjoy demonstrating the use of both conventional and unconventional tools when making art. Together we will work towards creating art that compliments your individual style and yet reinforces the principles of composition and design.  Classes will build skill in the effective use of color, line, shape, form, texture, contrast, movement, balance, rhythm and unity. Group lessons allow for sharing ideas and peer critiques of work. For information about individual or group workshops, please email me.