Sparks Studio Art Classes for March

Sign up for a workshop…  Call Suzanne 817-266-3085 or email suzannebmcneill@hotmail.com to reserve a seat in any class
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Sparks Studio Art, 1809 Elm Crest Drive, Arlington, TX 76012
Workshops and classes at Sparks Studio Art include a wide range of art mediums and techniques. The common thread in all  of our classes is having fun with like-minded friends while learning!  We work hard, we play hard, we create!
Colorful silicone pours

Swirls, Cells, Layers & More
FABULOUS  CLASS – New Techniques for Pouring, Shaping and Texture Cells
Thursday March 15 – 9:30 to 3:00

Create fabulous and colorful works of art with texture, movement and abstract design.  We’ll use colors of acrylic paint, flow medium, silicone, and PVA to master the art of pouring.
Suzanne is a versatile artist, author and teacher. She has received numerous awards for her paintings (watercolor, collage and acrylics). She was chosen ‘Designer of the Year’ and received ‘The lifetime Achievement Award’ from CHA.
    Cost:  $55  –  includes Flow medium, silicone, PVA, mixing cups, stirrers, plastic gloves
Supplies needed:  four stretched canvas (good sizes are 6×6”, 6×12”, 10×10” &12×24”), 3 plastic trash bags, 2 aluminum baking pans that will hold your canvas sizes, eight colors of acrylic paint (small bottles are OK), old 1” brush.
Advanced Leather sketch-journals WORKSHOP

              for Artists, Writers, Collectors and Special People
NEW techniques for interesting pages and binding options
with Suzanne McNeill-Sparks

Thursday March 29 – 9:30 to 3:30
Learn NEW techniques – with additional types of stitched binding options like twists, beads, stitches, etc.  You will learn NEW ways to prepare papers, stitch each signature into the exposed binding, and make an interesting closure.  We will cut or tear the paper in class.  The finished sketchbook or journal will be 8” by 8”  and will contain 72-96 pages.
       Cost $55   – includes a Book ‘kit’  with Leather cover (your choice of colors), needle, professional thread, handmade marbled end papers, and closure.
Supplies to bring:  Please bring your own paper for the journal   … for a watercolor journal, you will need 4 sheets of 140lb WC paper (Fabriano or Fluid work best) – (or paper is available in the studio – 4 sheets for $16).  Full sheets (22 x 30″) work best as there will be no waste  … for a sketch or writing  journal, you might choose to use other suitable papers  … for a fun mixed use journal, use a mixture of papers – these could be mixed media paper, toned or colored papers, tracing paper, etc.  (papers should be at least 7 1/2″ x 15″ long).
Additional helpful supplies:  If possible, bring  an awl, a bone folder, and pliers.
Note:  Additional ‘Book Kits’ available $30 – includes leather cover, handmade flysheet, professional thread, needle, instructions, templates
RUST & patina on canvas

Layers, Textures, Copper & Iron Finishes
TERRIFIC  CLASS – Reactive Techniques with Copper and Iron
with Suzanne McNeill-Sparks

date to be announced – – 9:30 to 3:00
Create amazing wall decor with your favorite images – horses, people, hearts, birds, fish, geometrics, etc.  We’ll use Reactive paint solutions to alter canvas surfaces into genuine Iron rusted to a burnt orange, and genuine bluish-green Copper patina.  Learn to work with canvas, paper, and metals to create amazing art!
Suzanne is a versatile artist, author and teacher. She has received numerous awards for her paintings (watercolor, collage and acrylics). She was chosen ‘Designer of the Year’ and received ‘The lifetime Achievement Award’ from CHA.
Cost:  $55   –  Paints and accessories are included
Supplies needed:  two 12×12”, one 6×6” stretched canvas.
intro to soldering

Popular Soldering Class – with Sibling Rivalry (Rick and Laura)
date to be announced –  – 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Learn to Tackle the Torch. If you’ve ever wanted to work with metal but are intimidated by the torch, this is the class for you.  In this beginning solder class you will learn to cut, file, texture, patina and solder while designing and creating a unique pendant using sterling silver and copper.  All materials and use of tools is supplied. All you need to bring is your imagination.
  Cost   $85 – All Supplies are furnished
Sibling Rivalry Artisans – Rick Allen and Laura Conway are a brother and sister team that use rivalry as inspiration to design and create mixed metal jewelry. Their popular metal-smithing classes include copper, brass, sterling silver, bronze, and stone setting.      siblingrivalryartisans.com
More fun with enameling

Add new techniques to your enameling talent
with Rick Allen & Laura Conway – SiblingRivalryArtisans.com
date to be announced – – 9:00am – 12:00

Add some color to your life then we have just the class for you.  You will use powdered glass enamel to make pictures you will be proud to wear.  This class will include Sgraffito through sifted enamel.  Sgraffito is an Italian word that describes the techniques of scratching through a layer of something to expose what is beneath it. Then you will learn the process of wet packing transparent enamel to add color to your sgraffito piece.  Come join us for a colorful morning.
           Cost – $75.00  –  All Supplies are furnished
Sibling Rivalry Artisans – Rick Allen and Laura Conway are a brother and sister team that use rivalry as inspiration to design and create mixed metal jewelry. Their popular metal-smithing classes include copper, brass, sterling silver, bronze, and stone setting.      siblingrivalryartisans.com
Introduction to Electro-Etching

NEW CLASS… for Amazing Designs
with Rick Allen,  & Laura Conway – SiblingRivalryArtisans.com
date to be announced – – 9:00am to 12:00

This class will teach you how to etch copper using a common household battery.  This eliminates the need for messy chemicals.  Etching is a great way to add depth and dimension to your copper jewelry. You will create a beautiful piece of jewelry while learning a clean and chemical free technique to etch copper.  You will also texture, sand, file, patina and finish your etched piece so it is ready to show off.   The class fee includes copper, leather cord, and use of instructor’s tools. All you need to bring is the desire to learn something new and have fun creating your own piece of jewelry.  Each student will get to keep the electro-etching kit you use in class.
         Cost –  $90.00  –  All Supplies are furnished
Sibling Rivalry Artisans – Rick Allen and Laura Conway are a brother and sister team that use rivalry as inspiration to design and create mixed metal jewelry. Their popular metal-smithing classes include copper, brass, sterling silver, bronze, and stone setting.      siblingrivalryartisans.com
8″ x 8″ handmade LEATHER JOURNAL

Professional Leather Journal for Sketching or Writing – with Dawn Giddings
date to be announced –  – 9:30 to 3:00

You will learn how to prepare the papers to create signatures.  We will stitch each signature into the exposed binding and make a closure for your new journal.  We will cut or tear the paper in class.  The finished sketchbook or journal will be 8” by 8”  and will contain 72 pages.
Dawn Giddings is primarily a Graphite Artist who also enjoys Bookbinding, Fiber art, making jewelry and mixed media. She also loves to travel, spend time with her husband, kids and 8 grandchildren and puppy. You can see her work at   Giddingsart.blogspot.com
     Cost $55   – will include a Book ‘kit’  with the Leather cover, needle, professional thread, handmade end papers and key closure.
Supplies to bring:  Please bring your own paper for the journal   … for a watercolor journal, you will need 3 sheets of 140lb paper (Fabriano or Fluid work best, CP or HP) – (or paper is available in the studio – 3 sheets for $12).  Full sheets (22 x 30″) work best as there will be no waste  … for a sketch or writing journal, you might choose to use other suitable papers  … for a fun mixed use journal, use a mixture of papers – these could be mixed media paper, toned or colored papers, tracing paper, etc.  (papers should be at least 7 1/2″ x 15″ long).
Additional helpful supplies:  If possible, bring  an awl, a bone folder, and pliers.
Note:  Additional ‘Book Kits’ available for $30 – includes leather cover, handmade flysheet, professional thread, needle, instructions, templates
bezel making and stone setting

Fabulous Pendant – with Sibling Rivalry (Rick and Laura)
ate to be announced – – 9:00 to 3:00 (break for lunch)

Take your jewelry to the next level! You will design a sterling silver pendent, make a bezel that custom fits a cabochon which is soldered onto the pendent and then set the stone to create a one of a kind necklace.  You will impress yourself with your new skill! Prior soldering experience is necessary.
       Cost  $120 – All supplies are included
Sibling Rivalry Artisans – Rick Allen and Laura Conway are a brother and sister team that use rivalry as inspiration to design and create mixed metal jewelry. Their popular metal-smithing classes include copper, brass, sterling silver, bronze, and stone setting. siblingrivalryartisans.com
new – spinner ring in copper – silver

Amazing Technique – with Sibling Rivalry (Rick and Laura)
date to be announced –  – 6:00 to 9:00pm

Round and Round!  Come take a spin. Learn to make unique spinner rings!  You will create a sterling silver and/or copper spinner ring that is fun to wear.  Your friends will be impressed!  Basic soldering knowledge is required.
   Cost  $120 – All Supplies are furnished
Sibling Rivalry Artisans – Rick Allen and Laura Conway are a brother and sister team that use rivalry as inspiration to design and create mixed metal jewelry. Their popular metal-smithing classes include copper, brass, sterling silver, bronze, and stone setting.      siblingrivalryartisans.com
monday night PAINTING – ALL MEDIA

Painting, All Media with Barbara McFarland
Every Monday Night  –  6:30pm to 8:30pm 

Barbara teaches watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media at Sparks Studio Art. Her Monday night venue is an on-going painting class every week.  All painting and drawing mediums are welcome.  Work on your own individual projects in the material of your choice.  BEGINNERS are welcome.  Each student receives personal instruction.
            COST –  $22.00
Barbara McFarland  – Magnum Cum Laude UNT grad, B.F.A in painting and drawing from U.N.T. in Denton. She works in watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media. Her work has received numerous awards in local, regional, and national shows. She has spent two summers painting on location at the La Romita School of Art in Italy.

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