Monday, February 03, 2020

Just Announced: April 3-5, 2020 Studio Joy in Kansas City MO

I'm over the moon to announce that I'll be teaching at Studio Joy in Kansas City, MO in 2020! This is my first time teaching there. Will you join us?

Juicy Living: A Creative Smorgasbord

April 3-5, 2020
Time: 9:30-4:30pm
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO
Cost: $435
Maximum: 16 students
Level: Beginner to advanced

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”-Robert Henri
Robert Henri, author of The Art Spirit, is one of my favorite artists, writers and creative individuals.
Every time I open up a copy of his book I discover a new gem that inspires me to create. I am a firm believer in the fact that inspiration is truly everywhere and that as humans we are driven to make and create.

“In every human being there is the artist, and whatever his activity, he has an equal chance with any to express the result of his growth and his contact with life. I don’t believe any real artist cares whether what he does is ‘art’ or not. Who, after all, knows what art is?” -Robert Henri
Immerse yourself in daily sessions of creativity and inspiration. Each session has a different focus. In some, we will start by creating a journal of our own from scratch. After binding the book, we will dive into our work. Fill page after page with luscious layers of paper, paint and pen. Using the key elements and principles of art in fun, fresh ways, you will learn new techniques for collage, mixed media, acrylic painting, journaling, color theory, composition, design and much, much more. Learn new ideas and techniques in creative self expression. Gain confidence in your work, know your tools and your capability to brainstorm and problem solve. 


On Saturday morning, we will take a group field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum for fresh inspiration and insight. One of my favorite things when I travel is to investigate local art museums. I’m always in search of inspiration especially when I’m on the road. I’ll share how I research museums before I go and what works best for me when it comes to seeking out art and specific artists. Bring your phone/camera and we’ll explore what the Kansas City museum has to share. We’ll then carpool back to the studio and dive into our journals, invigorated and refreshed by our new discoveries. 

“The artist must be a student.”-Robert Henri
As always, my class is geared towards beginner to advanced, there is something for everyone in this workshop. I have been keeping a journal for over 35 years and an art journal for 21 of those years. I am always trying to learn new ways, techniques and approaches to creating. There is always something new to learn and experience.

“The end will be what it will be. The object is intense living, fulfillment; the great happiness in creation.” -Robert Henri

To Know:

This fresh, new workshop teaches a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.
My workshops are always about inspiring creativity, generating ideas and learning how to see. The ideas can be translated into a variety of art forms. Use your art journal “as is” or for a springboard of inspiration for other art forms and living a creative life!

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

The workshop 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.
As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Student Supply List:

  • your journal
  • a small bag to hold your paper scraps (think a small brown lunch bag, or the small handled paper bags they give out at Starbucks)
  • an apron 
  • bone folder
  • scissors
  • a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers)
  • baby wipes
  • cork back metal ruler
  • a full roll of paper towels OR old rags
  • a container for your paint water
  • your favorite paint brushes
  • a water brush pen (OR an extra fine, detail paint brush *ONLY* IF you have one)
  • a few of your favorite LARGE glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that’s more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES)
  • 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.)

Lunch: 12:30-1:30
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance or bring a sack lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available.

Notice:  Janus, the studio cat, frequents Studio Joy and while she will not be joining our workshop, please bring any allergy medication if you may need it.


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