Appreciation of the Abstract

by Jaime Ferguson

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”  
-Pablo Picasso

Abstract art may not be a favorite of everyone. It’s easy to judge it and place abstract under a catch-all umbrella. You may not realize the many variations that have erupted out of the different modern movements. Each have their own perspectives and points of view, whether it is Realism, Impressionism, or Abstract Expressionism, they all work with line, color, and space in some way. 

“Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.” 

-Piet Mondrian

There have been some eyebrow raising pieces that can be baffling, such as a long haired wig sitting on a floor with a few strands going up a gallery wall. Mark Rothko’s colored rectangles vertically stacked may not pull at your heart strings, but Jackson Pollock’s paint splatter may be more interesting. How could you not stare at Pollock’s paintings for a long time as if trying to unravel the web he has created with paint? Whether you enjoy these artists or not, art is subjective, but it is important to have an appreciation for what each artist brings to the table. 

If you don’t really enjoy abstract paintings to decorate your walls, you may prefer the practical application of abstract art, such as a dinnerware pattern. It doesn’t have to be a traditional floral print anymore! Why not start your collection of abstract plates by taking the “Abstract Dinner Plate” workshop at Decoy Art Studio on Tuesday, February 16, 2016? Join us from 6:30-8:30 pm for this 21 & up workshop, and feel free to BYOB! One of our instructors will teach you how to create this Piet Mondrian inspired dinner plate. 

Please sign up for the paint-your-own pottery workshop at Decoy Art Studio in Beavercreek, Ohio! You have three options to sign up: 1. Call the studio at (937) 431-4838 2. Book the “Lettering Type Coffee Mug” workshop on the www.decoy-art.com website by going to the following URL: https://placefull.com/clay-workshops---workshop-wednesday-series  3. Visit the studio at 1561 Grange Hall Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio. 

 

 

New Years Wine Glasses

by Jaime Ferguson

I don’t know about you, but New Years has always been one of my favorite holidays. Although the big night out has been swapped for a crazy new tradition with my husband and boys of filling a shopping cart full of interesting foods from Jungle Jim’s, watching the latest blockbuster at the movie theatre and lighting Chinese lanterns at midnight… the moment of saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future is a pivotal moment for everyone. It’s a conclusion. A closing…but also a refreshing start.

This year I will be refreshing my creative skills. Learning about a few new mediums and techniques that I have been putting off for too many years. What about you? Have you been “meaning to do that”? It’s surprising to think it only takes a few hours and your mind will expand wonders.

We will be celebrating New Years in the Studio painting these beautiful wine glasses to have at home with our families and friends. You can join Jaime and get a head start on your New Year’s resolution in this low-stress and very fun workshop! Bring your friends, or paint one for yourself and one for your friend! Limited to ages 21+ so you can enjoy your wine while you are painting its future vessel… each participant receives two glasses to paint, all materials and tools included with Jaime’s easy-to-follow instruction! See you in the Studio!

Register online to reserve your seat. $30 per participant & BYO

RAKU! Watch how it works!

Pottery has multiple processes - including how to be fired. In our adult advanced wheel pottery class and multiple workshops held throughout the year, students can participate in this thrilling firing process at the Studio. 

This is an educational video that shares the process of pulling pottery in a raku firing as it is taught at Decoy Art Studio.