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, March 30, 2017

April 2017 Workshop Schedule

 

Here is my list of classes for 2017.

I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling art classes.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note the small supply list for each class.

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!


April  


 
3-9th Art and Soul Portland, OR teaching four NEW classes the 3rd-5th: An Artist's Study (photo above), Serenity Bundles, Authenticity and Juicy Journal Pages.
  


28-30th AlwaysBCreating Fort Collins, CO Four NEW workshops

May
5-7th Maria's Studio in Fremont, CA Four NEW workshops
13th Pnina's Studio San Diego TBA
21st  Designing Letters Mar Vista (Los Angeles) TBA

June
9th-11th Queen's Ink Savage, MD

MORE TBA in 2017!

I hope to see you there!
 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

On My Shelf: Books About Artists Who Happen to be Women


I stayed up late last night to finish Bridget Quinn's Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In that Order.) If you pick up one art book this year, make it this one. I loved every bit of it from Quinn's detailed and insightful history  (melding other artists lives with her own) to Lisa Congdon's luscious portraits of the artists profiled in the book to the photos of the artists' work. I took it chapter by chapter, artist by artist until last night when I was just too engrossed to put it down.

Broad Strokes made me think about all of the books about female artists that I have collected over the years. The thoughts that come into your brain at two a.m...I thought I'd be able to put my books on women artists all
on one shelf. When I started pulling books and piling them on my bed, I realized that wasn't going to happen anytime soon. The books also quickly overtook the bed space and I was short on time so here is what I had within reach.

I purposely did not include my collection of Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe (I will have to do an updated post about my O'Keeffe books) and Corita Kent books. 

Again, this isn't all of my books on female artists. I'd have to really move books but for now, here's a taste. I will try to add to this post over the next few weeks. As I write this, important titles that aren't in the photo are popping into my brain. Are there any books that you think I am missing?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Just Announced: May 5-7th Workshops in Fremont, CA

 

I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching four new workshops at Maria's studio in the Niles section of Fremont, CA May 5th through the 7th (classes are open to the public.)



Friday, May 5th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Phases of You

followed by
3 to 7 p.m.
Use Your Stash

Saturday, May 6th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Odyssey Journal 

Sunday, May 7th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Untold Stories

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.

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






Fremont Classes with Kelly




 







 


 


Friday, May 5th

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Phases of You
Eager to experiment with canvas, acrylics and paper? In this workshop, we will combine layers of acrylic, paper and more onto canvas. We'll then cut up our canvas, rework it and transform the pages into a book (or books if you want to make smaller journals.)
You will learn new techniques in collage, layering with acrylics, color theory, composition, design, and much, much more. Be prepared to get messy!
Supply list: 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, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, 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.)

followed by


3 to 7 p.m.
Use Your Stash
All of us have bought supplies that we've touched once or twice. After this workshop, you'll be looking at those supplies in new ways. Bring some of your barely used supplies (acrylics, acrylic mediums, watercolors, crayons, collage images and more) to class and I'll bring some of mine (along with a few new ones that I'm eager to share.) We'll use these supplies to learn new techniques and page ideas involving collage and mixed media.
Be prepared to have fun, get messy and to see your stash in new ways.
Think about bringing supplies to swap as well!

Supply list: your journal, 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, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, 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.)
Saturday, May 6th

 
 

 









10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Odyssey Journal  
Who said that you could only make a book using expensive supplies? This is the ultimate class in recycling and creativity! We'll turn trash into a new journal with fun fold out pages. 
After we've assembled our book, we'll journey through a plethora of new techniques in painting, collage and art journaling. Think you've seen it all? Eager to get messy and learn something new? 

Let's spend all day on our own unique voyage through the world of paint, paper and creative exploration. 


Supply list: catalogs with thick pages and anything with thick/heavy paper that you would want to use as a journal (think old mailers, college brochures, nice catalogs and more. I will have some for you to use. Some folks like to bring their own stash to use up.), 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, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, 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.)
Sunday, May 7th







10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Untold Stories 

This journal is the ultimate in play. I'm always looking for new ways to revitalize favorite techniques. Think lush layers of paint, paper, tape, stencils, pen work and more all bound into little bundles of creativity.

We'll start the class by creating rich layers of painted pages. We've only just begun as we step back, revisit our pages and start to think about how we can assemble them into books. Before the tearing and the binding begin, we'll go through and collage our pages (yes, I will show you how to collage them so that when you fold and assemble them you will have pages ready for you to work on.) 

After we've finished assembling the journals, you'll step back again and learn techniques for on the go or simple art journaling with minimal supplies. 

I've created many variations of this journal over the years and I think that this is my most favorite one yet. I'll be using what I've learned in the process over the next few weeks as I'll be on the go traveling to teach. I'll be sharing the pages on Instagram.

Supply list: 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, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, 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.)
I hope to see you there!
 

Monday, March 27, 2017

27 July 2016 Journal Page


Had a great time teaching at my friend, Jane Eileen's studio in Arizona. Now I'm home and doing some last minute prep for my Art and Soul Portland classes that begin one week from today. I haven't taught there in several years and I am super excited about it. Mom and I are driving up this weekend (Mom is flying in from Boston.) I'm making check lists of all of the things that I need to do. I try to be as organized as possible as it makes for a better experience for everyone involved.

On the way to and from Arizona, I listened to an Audible book called The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone. One of my favorite local shops, Book Soup, recommended left and right last year so I made note of it. If you haven't heard of it, you may want to check it out. The Audible book is very long and I hope to finish it this week during some studio time.

Housekeeping:



Blog Love
If you read one article, I hope it is this one about the WPA: When the U.S. Government Paid the Working Class to be Artists