Thursday, May 19, 2016

Replacement Petal Pod Containers


Good news!! 
The replacement containers for PetalPods and MonoPods are now available for online purchase below. 


Smaller containers are .50 each and sold in quantities of 12 for $6.00.

Larger containers are sold in quantities of 2 for $2.00.







Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Calligraphy 4: Alternative Applications & Beyond: May 10-June 15

BUCKHEAD 2016
CLASS

Calligraphy Four: Alternative Applications & Beyond with Anne Elser 6 Sessions | Advanced | Price: $160 | Max.15ARTZ16310 | Wednesdays, May 10 – Jun 15, 6 – 8:30pm

Description
Calligraphy Four was created for those who are looking to improve layout and lettering skills upon alternative surfaces. We will also learn brush and monolinear lettering using oil-based sharpie markers on glazed ceramics, fabric and plastic, fabric markers, pencils, gel pens, and brushes upon a variety of surfaces and textures. If you have taken Copperplate, Italic, Cursive Crush, Calligraphy 3, Advanced 1, or are comfortable with any calligraphic hand, you are ready for this class.

Projects Included:
Monolinear Lettering: using different fonts to intermix with your calligraphy. Balance, expression, and variety - the letters you've been making all your life can work beautifully with your calligraphy. Discover double-lining your letters and pimping the down stroke as well as lettering the same quote in different styles and using a tracing technique to build a complex arrangement of different lettering styles into one cohesive collage. 
Brush Lettering: Whether painting on a person, paper, fabric, wood, leather, or canvas, you'll learn to brush with confidence with some standard practice strokes and different techniques for painting a live letter vs. a sketched letter. 
Envelopes: Literally pushing the possibilities of envelope design. Deconstructing existing formats to create a unique space for your custom message, flaps, folds, liners, windows and reveals. 
Chalkboard Paint: Smudge-proof, forgiving and colorful, Liquid Chalkboard markers are sexier than you think.

Detailed Supply Lists will be given after first class and before each project. Supplies to bring to first class are pencil, calligraphy pens, ink, ruler, scissors, glue, tape, and transparent maker paper. 
Look below for pictures of the projects we do in this class!


Saturday, April 09, 2016

Italic Calligraphy Weekend Workshop with Anne Elser - April

Ponce City Market 2016
Workshop

Italic Calligraphy Weekend Workshop with Anne Elser 2 Sessions | Beginner to Intermediate | Price: $160 | Max. 15 ARTZPCM16430 | Saturday & Sunday, April 30th – May 1st, 11am – 4:30pm

The Italic calligraphic hand is one of the most widely used and versatile alphabets around. It's generously wide strokes, produced with a broad edge nib can easily be dressed up or down. Italic is the perfect hand to learn for the beginning calligrapher yet versatile enough to experiment with for the advanced.

During this two-day workshop, students will be given handouts and guide sheets, learning the upper and lower case characters. We will also cover spacing and layout for addressing envelopes.

Calligraphy is less about pretty handwriting and more about DRAWING each and every letter. It’s about establishing a pacing and rhythmic motion as you write - giving you a consistency of shapes and letters, and spaces in between words and lines. It is highly relaxing and meditative. Like yoga for the hands, it centers, calms, and enchants the person making as well as and the person admiring it.
About Anne
After earning a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduate studies in Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center, Anne Elser began her artistic career as a painter, bookbinder, designer, and calligrapher.

With over 20 years teaching experience, her students often report how fulfilling the classroom experience is, prompting both personal and artistic transformations. Anne's classes are also FUN and full of laughter and you will find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining.

To complement and better serve Atlanta's calligraphic and book arts communities, Anne recently founded "The Atlanta Penablers" a group that meets occasionally throughout the year and helps facilitate the visiting calligraphic instructor workshops held at the Binders Art School.

Artist, calligrapher, teacher, mother, and friend, Anne believes making art creates a channel for truth and is a soulful reflection of the connections shared by all.


This event takes place at our PCM store.

If this class is sold out and you would like to be added to our waitlist, please email the Education Office at: artschool@bindersart.com

Please visit the Binders blog and read our Q&A with this instructor to learn more. And visit their website at: http://annepages.blogspot.com/

Cursive Crush Weekend Workshop: April 16/17, 2016

Cursive Crush with Anne Elser -April

The speed of digital communication today has gifted us with more time to pursue things we love. But somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten how good it feels to use a writing instrument to record our thoughts for ourselves and to those we love. Writing, and the time it takes to produce letterforms, is good for the body, mind, and spirit. It is also a gift to the recipient, who holds your elevated thoughts in their hands, literally, and with far more consideration and pause than through a text or email. 

The child of Spencerian calligraphy, Cursive Handwriting is not forgotten, because we have made a table for you to come join us in two fun and joyous days of lettering. Students will learn (or re-learn!) capitals and lower case letterforms, through formal exercises in structure, rhythm and flow - all standards similar to those taught not that long ago. 

Day one is spent on spacing and lower case characters. Day two we’ll dance with capitals and dive right into an envelope addressing/letter writing project. Both days we’ll take an hour break for lunch. This workshop is suitable for calligraphers, tweens, and all adults. 

About Anne
After earning a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduate studies in Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center, Anne Elser began her artistic career as a painter, bookbinder, designer, and calligrapher. 

With over 20 years teaching experience, her students often report how fulfilling the classroom experience is, prompting both personal and artistic transformations. Anne's classes are also FUN and full of laughter and you will find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining.

To complement and serve better Atlanta's calligraphic and book arts communities, Anne recently founded "The Atlanta Penablers" a group that meets the first Friday night of every other month.

To complement and serve Atlanta's calligraphic community, Anne founded "The Atlanta Penablers" a group that meets periodically throughout the year, while also hosting visiting calligraphic instructors from around the world via workshops, demonstrations, and interviews. 

Artist, calligrapher, teacher, mother, and friend, Anne believes making art creates a channel for truth and is a soulful reflection of the connections shared by all. 


This event takes place at our Buckhead store.

If this class is sold out and you would like to be added to our waitlist, please email the Education Office at: artschool@bindersart.com

Please visit the Binders blog and read our Q&A with this instructor to learn more. And visit their website at: http://annepages.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 01, 2016

The Calligraphic Painting: Step-By-Step 2-Day Workshop


This workshop shows you, in manageable steps, how to compose your letters into a graphic unit in pencil, transfer the design to a permanent surface, and embellish it with live brushwork, flourishes, and accents. Suitable for calligraphic students who have taken at least one beginning calligraphy broad edge or pointed pen course and for advanced calligraphers as well.

Day one is sketching and practicing day. We focus on creating your design by tracing and retracing your lettering until it feels just right. Then we’ll get comfortable with the brush firstly as a coloring tool, and secondly as an accenting and flourishing tool. You’ll learn to brush with confidence with some standard practice strokes and pressure play - all different techniques for adding live flourishes as opposed to painting in a sketch. We’ll look for opportunities to add flourishes to your design while keeping them simple and elegant. 

Day two is painting day! We begin by applying a background color as an underpainting to your final surface with a broad brush and liquid acrylic inks and then transfering your design to that surface. After transfer, your hard work is done and you fill in your drawing with color, just like you would in a coloring book. We’ll then take one final step to add depth to your painting with accent strokes, shadowing, highlighting,  and more. 

Congratulations. You are now a painter! 

Supply List:

• 1-3 word meaningful phrase/name or one grouping of up to 3 letters

Surface for painting: (no larger than 9 x 12)
* Primed (gessoed) Board (Can be cradled or flat) or 
* Arches 300# Cold or Hot Press Water color paper. 

Pencils
* Soft/dark: Anything in the B range.
* Hard/light: for detailed work anything in the H range.

Erasers
* Big eraser  -  Mars Plastic Eraser or any of your choice.
* Small eraser  -  Tuff Stuff eraser stick or Tombow Eraser stick (something small for detailed corrections).

Sketching Paper
* Transparent Layout Paper for sketching and transfering your design.
Suitable Brands: Bienfang Graphics 360 100% Rag Marker Paper, Borden & Riley #100S Smooth Cotton Comp, and Strathmore Layout Bond 400 Series

Brushes
* 2 Pentel Water Brushes: Small and Medium.
* 1 Liner brush within the size range of 0 - 4.
* 1 or 2 inch Short Flat/Bright (inexpensive) brush for applying base coat/underpainting

Paint
* Liquid Acrylic Inks in your favorite colors including one white and one black/dark brown. Suitable brands: Liquitex INK!, Daeler Rowney FW Inks, Dr. Martins 

Ruler

Palette for mixing colors

Paper Towels: Viva or blue shop towels


Water Container: to clean your brushes and thin out paint