Thursday, September 29, 2011

Attention Teens!

Next Thursday, October 6, marks the beginning of a new Special Fall Offering.
212 Art on the Go will be held at the Fifth Corner Teen Center for FREE from 4 to 5pm.
The program will run every Thursday through October 27.
The Fifth Corner is located at 211 Willis Rd., Saline, MI 48176.
Register through Two Twelve Arts Center today by calling (734) 944-2787.

The Instructor, Robert Kinsey, is currently in pursuit of his Bachelors of Fine Art/Art Education. As an instructor for the 212 Art On the Go program, Rob has been perfecting his teaching skills over the past few years. This program will offer a wide variety of assignments, from sculpture to drawing, with an emphasis on the elements and principles of design. Students will experience exposure to different styles of artwork ranging from abstract/conceptual to realistic/naturalistic. Rob is looking forward to an exciting month of October, and with student involvement there will be plenty of opportunities to get creative. Register today!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Harvest of the Arts 2011

This past Saturday, we enjoyed rain-free skies (thank goodness!) at Saline's Harvest of the Arts. Two Twelve alone had three tents full of jewelry, fiber arts, watercolor, mosaics, painted glasses, and more; two tents full of pottery; and hosted the Inspiration Station, a tent featuring a DIY door knob charm project.

Harvest of the Arts is a branch of Saline's Oktoberfest. In addition to browsing the art of more than 50 artists, event-goers could also enjoy German food, drinks, live music, children's activities, and more.

Here is just one of our booths at Saline's Harvest of the Arts.
Photo credit: April Scarlett, Saline-Milan Patch. Click here to view this article and more photos of the event. 

Two Twelve's participation in Harvest of the Arts began in 2008 with just one tent. Now, four years and five more tents later, we are extremely happy with the artistic presence we are able to bring to downtown Saline.

Thank you to the Saline Crew Team and our Two Twelve artists and friends for the setup and take down assistance!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Houses of Art

Our second Art Escape offering, "House of Art," went off without a hitch on Tuesday. The full class, taught by Jean Canavan, enjoyed this mixed media project that is both artistic and functional. The students began with a house-shaped block of wood, and then used paint, fabric, decorative paper, stamps, and other collage items to create a mixed media masterpiece. Next, the students added either a small knob or a few nails to their house; perfect for hanging things like keys, necklaces, or bracelets. The final step was to add a hook on the back, and the houses were ready to hang as a functional piece of art. This project offered students the opportunity to express their own creative styles and tastes, with each house looking different than the next. As you can see in the following photos, all of the Houses of Art turned out great.

One student's House of Art, in progress. The stamp of a Picasso quote adds an inspirational touch.

Another great House of Art, in progress.

Some students with their finished pieces.

More finished Houses of Art--they all turned out so wonderful and unique!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Art Escape Begins

This Tuesday marked the beginning of our newly formed Art Escape program. Art Escape features a different class every Tuesday from September 13 to November 29. All classes take place from 9:30am to 12pm, giving students the opportunity to squeeze in a few hours of art before taking on the rest of their day. This new program is a great opportunity for busy parents who have some time for creating after taking the kids to school, or those individuals interested in taking morning instead of evening classes.
All of the Art Escape classes allow students to produce a creation in just two and a half hours, and the entire array of classes offered is a great a sampling of many of our usual evening classes.

The first Art Escape class we held was "Tile-a-While" taught by our Pottery Studio Manager and resident potter, Sharon Graf-Horning. Students experimented with various techniques in stamping and creating texture in clay, and then produced tiles that they can use for decoration, incorporate into a larger work of art, or use for whatever they please. The tiles are still in the drying and firing process, but here's a look at some of the work created (pre-glazing) during class.

The Art Escape classes have been filling up quickly--so sign up today! Check out our brochure (which can be found on our website) to see a full listing of the other Art Escape offerings. If you sign up for three Art Escape classes, you receive a 10% discount.

Major kudos to Gaines Collins, our Special Events Coordinator, for creating and organizing the Art Escape program. We are looking forward to many fun Tuesday mornings here at Two Twelve.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Our First Post: Short and Sweet

Hello Friends,

Welcome to the Two Twelve Arts Center blog. After more than five years of operation, a website, and a facebook page, we have decided to add one more media outlet to our repertoire.

Our mission in starting this blog is to deliver the latest news, events, and info to our friends and followers. We hope to offer insight into the happenings at the Arts Center, within our community, the art world, and the lives and work of local artists and friends.

If you would like to see a certain artist or instructor featured on our blog, let us know. We want to spread the arts to as many followers as we can. We are looking forward to hearing your comments and delivering the latest to you.

Join us!