What You'll Find Here

I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for almost twenty years now. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!

-Kelly

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Just Announced: October 6-8th Workshops in Fremont, CA

 

I am teaching four new workshops at Maria's studio in the Niles section of Fremont, CA October 6th-8th (classes are open to all.) I am very excited about the new ideas that these workshops will generate over the weekend. This is the last time that I will be teaching at this studio in Niles as Maria is closing this studio. We will, however, be continuing workshops in her home (where we started many moons ago.) Yay! Please come and help say goodbye to a wonderful place that has given so many of us inspiration, many laughs and much happiness over the years. If you are new, please note ALL are welcome. 

We will also have door prizes and giveaways. Everyone will leave with something extra!

Please note that Maria's studio is going to be open during the month of September on a regular basis as she is cleaning house. If you would like her contact information, please drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net










In the Studio: Developing an Art Practice

Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by
Expanding Your Color Palette
3 to 7 p.m.

From Memory to Journal Pages
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Playful Patterns and More
Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: After the last class each day, you are welcome to stay and work in your journal. We often go out to dinner (and bring it back) and spend a couple of hours after class in each other's company while we talk and work in our journals. Please note that Maria is cleaning out her studio and there will be things for sale (art supplies, books, and much, much more.) I will also have a small amount of goodies for sale.
 
These fresh, new workshops teach a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.
  
My workshops are always process-based learning while creating something completely unique to you.

Please note there is a small supply list.


Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net


Payments for the Fremont, CA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.

You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.


The class fee includes a vast array of mediums and materials to complete the necessary project. It is well known that I do not travel light to any of my classes. I will be bringing such things are: 

  • all materials necessary to complete the project (handmade paper, decorative paper, board, glue, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • gel medium
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
 
I do not travel light to my classes at all.







Kelly's Classes




 
If you have any problems with the paypal buttons (they can be finicky sometimes, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net)
Friday AM Workshop: 

In the Studio: Developing an Art Practice 
I've been teaching art for more than 20 years and making art all of my life. Some have told me that I live what David Lynch has called, "the Art Life." I'll share with you how I approach art making and how I view art and life. We'll brainstorm where ideas come from and how to keep them flowing. 
The goal in this class is to work through a series of creative exercises that will get your creativity flowing. Learn how to start (and finish) pages. Learn how to work through creative block. I truly believe that inspiration is everywhere and I've used this mentality to keep my creativity flowing. There is no secret other than to do the work. But how do you work when you feel stuck? How do you create pages that are unique to you? How do you glean ideas from the world around you and make them your own? Be prepared to get messy, be inspired and explore your own creativity on your pages.

Please note that the ideas we are exploring also translate to other art mediums and fields.

Supply List: your journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)
PLEASE NOTE: After the last class each day, you are welcome to stay and work in your journal. We often go out to dinner (and bring it back) and spend a couple of hours after class in each other's company while we talk and work in our journals. Please note that Maria is cleaning out her studio and there will be things for sale (art supplies, books, and much, much more.) I will also have a small amount of goodies for sale.  
Friday PM Workshop:
 


Expanding Your Color Palette
Sometimes we find ourselves in a rut with our color palette. Learn how to push past the same old same old and expand your use of color. 

Explore a wide variety of color possibilities! Learn how to go beyond the tube and get the look that you want in your artwork.

We will be doing collage work as well as exploring a multitude of mixed media ideas in this workshop. Prepare to get messy and be pushed (and push back) in this expressive and new workshop.

Please note that the ideas we are exploring also translate to other art mediums and fields.
  
Supply List: your journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)
 
PLEASE NOTE: After the last class each day, you are welcome to stay and work in your journal. We often go out to dinner (and bring it back) and spend a couple of hours after class in each other's company while we talk and work in our journals. Please note that Maria is cleaning out her studio and there will be things for sale (art supplies, books, and much, much more.) I will also have a small amount of goodies for sale.  
Saturday's Workshop:

From Memory to Journal Pages
One of the questions that I'm often asked is do I use themes? How do I start a page? What do I create the page about? In this workshop, you will learn how to translate every day moments into unique to you art journal pages. 

No experience required. Bring a short handwritten list of favorite experiences, moments and memories. You will learn how to reflect these fragments of life in the form of image, color, shapes, line and text onto your pages. Create rich and deeply personal pages that are true to your own voice while learning new techniques and ideas.
Please note that we will begin the class by making a journal from scratch.  
Supply List: a short list (see above), an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)
PLEASE NOTE: After the last class each day, you are welcome to stay and work in your journal. We often go out to dinner (and bring it back) and spend a couple of hours after class in each other's company while we talk and work in our journals. Please note that Maria is cleaning out her studio and there will be things for sale (art supplies, books, and much, much more.) I will also have a small amount of goodies for sale.
Sunday's Workshop:
 

Playful Patterns  and More
Bring your journal to class and be prepared to get messy and walk out inspired! 
In this workshop, you will learn how to brainstorm ideas for creating pattern, texture, line and shape on our pages. Learn how to take stencils, stamps and designs by others and combine them with your own unique marks (made by your own design and with brushes, pens, markers and a variety of different tools and toys.) We will also explore pushing these pre-made tools to the side and making our own one of a kind marks on our pages. 

Begin the class by making playful journal pages layered with paper, paint and more. Learn how to free up anything that may be blocking your creativity by making your own marks on your pages. Create pages that are truly your own.
Supply List: your journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)
PLEASE NOTE: After the last class each day, you are welcome to stay and work in your journal. We often go out to dinner (and bring it back) and spend a couple of hours after class in each other's company while we talk and work in our journals. Please note that Maria is cleaning out her studio and there will be things for sale (art supplies, books, and much, much more.) I will also have a small amount of goodies for sale.  
I hope to see you there! 

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