Today I created a triple knot necklace. I took a class at Beadz Galore. The first class I took was a single strand knot class which is typically used with pearls. The triple knot is so much fun. I made this necklace for myself so I could practice. Now I will make one for my daughter, mom, and mother-in-law.
Photo: Triple Knot Necklace. Credit: Alie Preusser
If you are in the Kansas City Area, I would suggest Beadz Galore. The staff is so friendly. Their classes are free and they only ask that you buy the supplies at their store, this means you can design your own piece by choosing your supplies.
I also wrote about Urban Arts and Crafts. They also offer classes and I am going to take one and will report back. I have been told that their store is wonderful as well as their classes.
Do you have a favorite place to take workshops or classes? Have you tried the triple knot?
Have you ever participated in Arts Advocacy Day? It takes place in Washington DC. I would love to hear from you if you have been. It took place on April 16th and 17th this year. It is a way for art advocates to meet with elected officials and let them know how important the arts are in our communities and schools.
The schedule looks like an opportunity to gain a wealth of information and something I would enjoy learning. This year Alec Baldwin was the guest speaker and is an art advocate. His interview with NPR can be found here.
Our family will be in the DC area next year and I would like to participate in the activities. If you would like to make an online donation you can visit American for the Arts Action Fund.
Do you have any stories about your community and how to keep the arts funded? Do you think the arts are important?
Kansas City Public Library is the place for book lovers. I posted about wanting to visit the Central Library and I finally did last week. It is a beautiful library. The fifth floor has an open roof top where you can see the city and also play a round of chess with human size chess pieces.
When I first saw photos of the library, I thought the walls were faux books and that is what attracted me and why I chose to visit the Central Library Branch. It turns out the parking garage is designed with faux books. The steps to the garage are stacked cement books. It is so incredibly cool. They are metal and painted with different spine covers. Bibliophiles, you will love this!
Photo: Kansas City Library Credit: Alie Preusser
If you are in the Kansas City area be sure to visit the Central Library Branch. It is in the Central Business District and close to the Power and Light District.
Yay! It is that time of year. If you would like to celebrate and meet some new blogging friends then you must visit the Ultimate Blog Party. Click on the banner below and you will be able to link up. There are several ways to link up including: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. There are also many prizes during this event, as well as twitter parties and live chats.
This event takes place yearly and was created by 5 Minutes for Mom. This is my second year participating and it is a great resource. Have fun! I hope to see you at one of the events (virtually).
Credit: Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
Last week I heard an interview with artist Austin Kleon on a local NPR station. He spoke about creativity and stealing and how his art has morphed by mastering different techniques he has “stolen” from other artists.
According to Austin, “When I was asked to talk to students at a community college in upstate New York, I sat down and wrote a talk based on a list of 10 things I wished I’d heard when I was starting out.”
Here are three of the ten. Be sure to visit here for the complete list.
1. Steal like an artist
2. Side projects and hobbies are important.
3. Write the book you want to read.
You can listen to the podcast Creativity and Stealing to learn more.
Do you “steal” like an artist? What would your list include if you were speaking to a class of college students?
Photo: The Princess from the Land of Porcelain, James McNeill Whistler. Credit: Freer Gallery of Art. http://www.asia.si.edu/
Have you visited the Google Art Project? It was launched in February 2011 and includes seventeen galleries and 1,061 high-resolution images. They are displayed in 385 gallery rooms. Wikipedia has more details regarding the pixels used, opinions expressed about the project, and a few images from the gallery.
Recently, the Google Art Project visited the White House and created a 360 degree virtual tour.
What do you think about viewing art virtually? What about the White House project, do you think it is beneficial?
Yes, it is true. Jeanne Oliver is hosting another E-Course. Back in January I signed up for her Creatively Made E-Course and it was well worth it. Not only was I inspired to create, but I also met wonderful people, was able to watch videos about other artists and how they started in the world of arts, along with video tours of their studios, and best of all Jeanne is such a genuine instructor. I received many tools and the course was only $48.00.
The next E-Course is about building a business. To get a complete list of what is covered please click here. Jeanne is also giving away ten spots! Be sure to visit her blog and see the rules on how to enter.
Good luck! I hope you can be a part of Jeanne’s E-Course. Please be sure to stop back and leave a comment if you sign up or if you win a spot.