We Are Jazzed up!

Saint Louis Watercolor Society February Program
By Barbara Martin Smith, SLWS

Jazz and Abstract Expressionism
Impressions, Improvisations, Compositions

Both Jazz and Abstract Expressionism are uniquely American Art Styles reliant on confident impressions, improvisations, and compositions. The focus of the February SLWS program will be on slide viewing while making connections between themes in jazz and painting as well as stories of the artists and their work.  Examples and explanations of some approaches to originating visual forms with my students will help connect the energy of Abstract Expressionism with the complex realities of the creative process. Additionally, I will share some recent watercolors where I have tried to apply some of these ideas. 

Are you a Kandinsky?  Will the music move you?  Come see!

Wednesday Evening Painters

Also known as Watercolor Self-help Society.  We are having fun at Lindbergh High School, Wednesdays, 7-9 PM through Feb.  8-10 of us have met to just paint and visit, braving some fog and slush.  The room is very accomodating, up to 15 can paint in comfort.  Suzanne provides music and we just paint our own thing at our own pace.  We set up a still life to share last week. 

So come join us any Wednesday in February.  ($4 contribution to rental expense.)  From the Lindbergh HS main entrance at the stoplight, turn right in the parking lots and we are there in the first building on the right, first floor, room 103. 

Here are some pics Suzanne Galli Koenen took of last week’s session.  Thanks, Suzanne!

Shirley Nachtrieb Workshop Pastels

2010 Pastel Workshop with Pottery
With Shirley Nachtrieb
St. Peters Community and Arts Center, 
1035 St. Peters-Howell Road, St. Peters, MO 63376

February 16 & 17, 2010 (Tuesday and Wednesday), 9:30am-3:30pm, $110.  Pastel Still Life Workshop with Pottery. Students will work from a still life of pottery as well as a photo of the still life creating a painting in pastels. A variety of pastel sticks and pencils may be used on a neutral colored Canson paper.  Design and composition will be covered in this first time workshop in pastels.  This is a great opportunity to try out that box of pastels.  The workshop is designed for all levels of learning.

Call Shirley Nachtrieb at 636-947-1936 or email for a list of supplies, snachtrieb@charter.net

Watercolor Classes with Jewels George

Paint From Your Own Photos
A workshop with Jewels George 
at Hobby Lobby, 14650 Manchester Rd., Ballwin, MO
Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Work in acrylic or watercolor to create a painting from your photograph.
$40 per session, all supplies provided (except bring your photos)
or use your own supplies if you wish
Special discount for members of SLWS, 
only $20 per session
Attend all, or as many as you can or need, to complete your works.
Questions?  Call Jewels at 636-328-2622

French Artz Trip

Follow Jerie Artz as she leads a painting expedition through France this May.  “I am taking 9 friends from the Gateway East Artist Guild to France to paint May 15 – 31.  I just created a blog for the trip.  It might be of interest to make available to the membership.  We are going to stay in a rural part of France, near Limoges for over a week, in the guest home of a dear friend of mine.  Then we’ll spend a week in Paris, including a day trip to Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny.

I mainly created the blog site for the people going and our families, but there might be those in the membership that would like to check it out. “

Follow Jeri’s blog here.