Thursday, June 21, 2012

Introduction to Encaustic Painting

Last night, Rob Kinsey taught Introduction to Encaustic Painting at Two Twelve. Encaustic painting is an ancient medium; notably used for Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300BC. In the 20th century, artists such as Jasper Johns, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Diego Rivera and Tony Scherman used this process of combining hot wax with pigment to be used in their work. 

During last night's class, students used the hot pigmented wax and experimented with techniques like pouring and brushing the wax on wood to create an encaustic painting. Students also had the option of embedding objects to add texture.

Rob is teaching a second Encaustic Painting class on July 25, from 4-7pm. This class is not listed in the brochure, so call (734) 944-2787 to register today! There are only a few spots left.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This happened Friday...

Yarn Boming--also known as graffiti knitting, or guerilla knitting--is a type of temporary installation that employs yarn, or other colorful fiber. While some consider this type of installation to be a stealth form of street art; other artists practice it as their main medium, and aren't very fond of the term "yarn bomb."
However you categorize it, wrapping houses, trees, benches and signs in brightly colored pieces of knitted yarn and fiber is FUN! That is precisely what we did at Two Twelve Arts Center on Friday.
Because our Family Fun Day was Saturday, and in honor of International Yarn Bombing Day, Two Twelve was decked out in all sorts of colors to celebrate. There were also some monster additions to our installation, just for a little extra personality.
Thank you to all of our Cake Eaters and friends who contributed to the yarn bomb. If you haven't seen Two Twelve recently, make sure you at least drive by so you can check out the bombing. 

To see some more incredible yarn bombs, just do a google search for "yarn bomb" or "yarn bombing day 2012"...There are some amazing yarn bombs out there!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer is just around the corner...

...And that means we have been very busy here at Two Twelve!

So, I apologize for not posting during the last two weeks of May. We have been busy preparing for our Summer Programs. Here are some photos from a couple of new classes that were held during those weeks.
Sharon Graf-Horning and Holly Losee featured a special offering of Clay Meets Fiber for some of our talented pottery artists. The potter's created hand-built embellished bowls during one session of the class, and then incorporated yarn and pattern through coiling in the second session. The finished products looked great.

The photos above are from one of our Art Escape offerings: Byzantine Link Bracelet, Chain Maille Jewelry. In this class, taught by Anita Rochefort, students learned the ancient art of chain maille weaving by creating a bracelet using just pliers and copper jump rings. The bracelets turned out elegant and sleek, and the students seemed to enjoy the process.

During May we also had a deal featured on LivingSocial, so we've been enjoying getting some brand new students here at the arts center. We hope that the community appreciated the deal as much as we did.

And finally, we've been busy preparing for Family Fun Day!
This event is THIS Saturday, June 9, from 9am-4pm. There will be fun art projects and activities for the whole family, music and food. In a way, it's like our kick-off to summer, so stop by and celebrate with us! It's a great opportunity to see what Two Twelve has to offer. We also have a special surprise planned for this Friday, but there will be more on that later (*wink*). 

Happy (almost) Summer!