Saturday, May 16, 2015

Little Monsters June 23, 24, 25 & 26th

                                                            Zeah (age 5) Acrylic on board 20"x20"

Little Monsters is a fun Alameda StudioTime 
Summer Workshop for kids 4-7 years old.
Our theme is Monsters & Make-Believe Creatures and presents projects, play, picnicking and art exploration! 
You can sign up your little monster for either 
T&W or Th&F or both (T,W,Th & F). 
Each two-day workshop will present a different 
main project as well as some fun, shorter projects.

Little Monsters 1 -Tuesday & Wednesday
We will look at fun images of monsters and sketch our own creative creatures! We will enlarge that image and do a wonderful large painting on board! 
Little Monsters 2 -Thursday & Friday
Using fleece, stuffing, embroidery, etc. each young 
artist will create a "Monster Doll" with hand and 
supervised machine sewing. 

Little Monsters 
June 23, 24 25 & 26th
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
$150 2-day or $285 4-day
Call Patrice 522-3494 for more information or to sign-up!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I'm So Proud of My Little Pony (Annie!)

*This May Workshop is now FULL!*
Annie has been drawing custom My Little Ponies for years and now she's sharing some of her tips, tricks and secrets to girls and Bronies 
ages 5+! 

Annie's Super Fun Pony Party Workshop 
Saturday May 30th
1-5:00 p.m.
All materials, movie and snacks included
$20.00 ($15.00 sibling discount)

Save a spot! Call 522-3494 or email Annie and Patrice at

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fresh & Fabulous!

We are meeting at the Alameda Grand Marina this week and the results are so fresh and fabulous! These two examples will give you a sense of what a wonderful view we have to paint!
Ava (above) chose a wonderful magenta for the Oakland Hills and Kaelin's piece below captured the perspective and scale of the boatyard.

Today we will need to bundle up! It's bright and cold!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It Feels Like Summer! (2015)

StudioTime Summer 2015
Small groups. Wonderfully creative. Limited spaces.
Bring a lunch and a beverage. All materials, snacks and baking are included.

Fairy Village Workshop - If you can dream it you can do it! Really! This highly requested workshop focuses on building skills: foundation, framing, roofing and siding of a scale-model structure made from all natural materials. Each artist will build a structure and accessory pieces to furnish their abodes. Loosely based on the 1“=1’ scale. Hot glue gun used. 
Fairy Village Workshop I
June 29, 30, July 1, 2  (9:00-4:00)  $392

Fairy Village Workshop II 
July 6, 7, 8 & 9  (9:00-4:00)  $392

Fairy Village Workshop III  
July 13, 14, 15 & 16 (9:00-4:00)  $392

Fairy Village Workshop IIII 
July 27, 28, 29 & 30  (9:00-4:00)  $392

The Art of the Portrait - Capturing the Spirit
In this wonderful retreat we will explore classic portraiture to magical realism using all the materials and techniques I love, acrylic, tempera, oil, sketching, shading, blocking, layering and brush techniques.

The Art of the Portrait 
August 3, 4, 5 & 6  (9:00-4:00)  $392

Please email for more information or to sign-up!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SPECIAL Spring Retreat April 7, 8 & 9th

(Please click on the poster above to enlarge!)
This is a limited space 3-Day retreat (click on the poster above to enlarge) that will take place over the Spring Break. For more information or to save your spot contact Patrice 522-3494 or email

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sneak Peek! Himmeli 3-D Sculptures

Himmeli is a traditional Finnish handcraft that would be hung above the dinner table to ensure that next year’s rye crop would be plentiful.  Traditionally, Himmeli ornaments were made by threading string through dried straw and creating 3-dimensional sculptures.  Himmeli are generally rotationally symmetrical and they are hung from the top point by thin sewing thread upon the ceiling. Himmeli will spin with a slight flow of air.  The name Himmeli comes from the Germanic word Himmel (sky).

You can see the artists were so busy at work this week creating with straws and hemp twine to create their own Himmeli!! This will be a two-week project and most of the sculptures are intricate and large. 

 Instead of ensuring a prosperous grain harvest I thought these modern Himmeli would ensure that this Valentines day is rich with love! 

Natalie is making a fantastic sculpture, even hand-tying each knot! It's hard work! She took a break and visually recorded the process. The drawing shows all the cut straws and both her and her brother at work!

If you are interested in making your own Himmeli you can use the easy-to-follow instructions below! You can find red and black straws at Smart & Final or beautiful paper (decorative, patterned & color) straws at your local craft store, or online. Have fun!