Zentangled Sails

You are invited to a special after work creative art class!

We will after hours gather again at the Annapolis Sailing School to create the art of Zentangle.

This time Rainbow 24’s are our inspiration . j

Come learn how to repeat pattern and balance it with just the right ratio of  black to  white line. No worries you do not need to know how to draw a sailboat. Templates are provided .

You will be provide with all art materials ,  a demo , examples and of course hands on help for this fun creative team builder.

 

Minimum of ten people with a maximum of 20 are invited to attend. Ticket is pre paid based on ten guests.

Raye of Light Studio is Covid compliant .

 

Annapolis studio teaches the art of mindfulness in ‘Zentangle’ class

By NAOMI HARRIS | CAPITAL GAZETTE |SEP 27, 2019 | 3:15 PM

Kathy Dennin-Meagher opens a recent Zentangle class at her Annapolis studio by letting her students know that despite appearances, the drawing technique is not doodling: The method requires a mindful and purposeful approach. Zentangle calls on students to use shapes and lines to create complicated drawings.

Last year, Dennin-Meagher, who owns Raye of Light Art Studio, started offering Zentangle, which focuses on “creating pattern designs and mindfulness so that you do not think of anything else,” according to her studio’s website.

In the studio, the students throw on aprons before taking a seat at the three tables. Dennin-Meagher keeps her classes small — only six people at a time.

A couple of her students were not new faces for Dennin-Meagher because they’ve taken a number of classes that her studio offers, like watercolors and pop art. Many of her students are working adults looking for a break and something a little more creative. One student, a 57-year-old from Bowie, has gone to at least 10 classes.

“It is my creative outlet,” Laima Kuring says. “I work in IT and it is very structured and mundane sometimes. This is a way to have an outlet that is something completely different than what I do on a day-to-day basis.”

For the class, the students need two different ink pens to create thin or thicker lines.

Dennin-Meagher holds up a clipboard with an example of a heron she drew with circles and triangles and lines that fill the outline of the animal. In combination, the design creates a complicated drawing that only took specific shapes and deliberate use of white space.

Once Dennin-Meagher lets the class know of the many types of shapes they could use to fill in the space of the animal outlines for herons or horseshoe crabs, she calls out for her speaker to play a playlist that fits the mood: “Upbeat Instrumental Music Background Happy Energetic Pleasing.”

The six participants turn back to their drawings and start to practice on sheets of white paper for design ideas before going for the final drawing.

One participant, Carla Petruccy of Severna Park, has brought her 14-year-old daughter because she likes general crafts and she knew her daughter loves drawing, she says. Now with the task at hand, Petruccy admits that she feels stressed.

“It’s all new to me. I’m just looking at it and trying to figure out how to divide it up and then fill it in,” she says.

Dennin-Meagher hears and comes over for guidance. She reminds Petruccy that the designs are all simple so she could focus on straight lines, half circles or even figure eights to fill out the spaces. As Dennin-Meagher helps Petruccy, Laci Petruccy goes straight to a free-hand sketch of a heron.

“We did [zentangle] in school. I don’t really mind it,” Laci says. “It just took forever. … It was time-consuming and that kind of annoyed me.”

On this night, Laci draws with ease. Carla reviews the design templates that show how one could turn circles or dots into a repeated design.

Others approach their drawing with help from the templates on the tables as well.

Kuring calls herself a “cookbook artist” as she reviews the other design templates she could use for her own work.

“I am looking at which ones I like and how they fit into the space,” she says, adding that her husband, Norman Kuring, is the doodler in the family. Norman relies on his doodling experience to experiment with his horseshoe crab design.

“Despite what she said, I don’t have a clue on what I’m doing,” he says with a laugh.

Still, it is not about the skill, Dennis-Meagher says. People tend to not do art because they feel like they are not an artist, she says.

“I say that is OK because no one who walks in here is, but you can be creative and that’s the difference.”

“Weather on the Water” Annapolis Arts Alliance Show Celebrates the Elements

by Sandra Olivetti Martin and Kathy Knotts with Krista Boughey
As published in Bay Weekly July 2019

Weather plays out in high drama on the Bay’s big stage. In stormy weather, clouds sweep the sky in roiling 3D Technicolor, complete with sound and light effects. In calmer weather, the blue sky repeats itself in blue water. Sunrise and sunset pull out their rainbow palettes. Sun and moon dance in gold and silver shimmers on the water. No wonder artists are inspired by
the drama of weather on the water.

Local artists of the Annapolis Arts Alliance vied to show Mother Nature how creatively they could imitate her in the eighth-annual juried Maritime Show, Weather on the Water. They interpreted the panorama of clouds, the spectrum of the sky, sunrise and sunset, the roll of waves, the veil of fog, sails in the wind, and reflections on familiar coves.

“Watercolor, said Annapolis artist, Nancy Lee Galloway, is “a wonderfully fluid and unpredictable medium lending itself to creating great depth of value as well as being able to portray light in a transparent manner.”

Her prize-winning watercolor Hard Going stands out for humans
within the drama of the weather. She painted two men in the center of blue, roiling waves, themselves the mirror of the tempestuous sky.

“I wanted to find an image that would be somewhat powerful for the
Bay, which is most often fairly calm,” Galloway said. “I love dramatic topography, and having these two men in a little boat amid a pounding sea was one that could excite the imagination with the passion of the water and the fear of the water as well.”

Two artists won prizes for their work in glass: Bill Donaldson and
Clare Shepherd. Donaldson’s Spinnaker Breezes, a fused glass, fluid weaving of the colors in the light spectrum, earned him “Best of Show” and first place in Mixed Media.

“Glass is a way to shape color that is reflective and casts shadows,” Donaldson said. “It’s the best of both worlds. I used it to express the effect of sea breezes on spinnakers, almost like a regatta with overlapping colors.”

Shepherd used glass more tightly in Rain Drops, making a three-dimensional puddle, its smooth top pocked with rain drops that descend on the vertical sides.

“The intermixing of categories made this show more interesting for me as both a judge and a guest,” said Kathy Dennin-Meagher, artist and owner of Raye of Light Studio in Annapolis.

Also judging was Susan Mrofka Sears, owner of Local by Design.

See Weather on the Water at the Openshaw Balcony Gallery at Maryland Hall through August 15, 2019.

Kathy Dennin-Meagher is this Month’s AAA Featured Artist

The Annapolis Arts Alliance is excited to feature Kathy Dennin-Meagher as this June’s Featured Artist of the Month!

Bio:
I went to school and received my BFA, but it wasn’t until April of 2016 that I could go back to creating art. I too took a path that paid the bills, often in the art industry, but not necessarily creating what I knew I should and could be doing. Over my thirty years in the graphic art industry I have been a spy for product development at gift and stationery trade shows, created gift and stationery products, worked in the print industry, publishing, designed advertising, created and built up brand imagery for many companies. It was time to do it for myself.

Raye of Light Studio:
Yes, my name is Kathy, not Raye, believe it or not people still ask!
I live in Bowie, Maryland but originated from Cincinnati, Ohio. I have five grown children and not one in the arts, much to my disappointment.  I am a chronic believer in summer.  I think it should be warm and sunny year-round.  I love the beaches…all of them!  I love working with creative souls and helping them find their creative side.  Many of these people are in technical and stressful jobs and find art therapeutic.  I must confess: the kids are my favorite. They can rally with a little enthusiasm and try all art fearlessly. It makes me smile mentally when I think about how their “light” goes on when they finally get it!

The Annapolis Arts Alliance

Art “MAY” take courage, but is so rewarding!

Every year we celebrate our business anniversary with a Student Art Show. This year we had a range from 10 to 87 years old submit a piece of their work.  The goal, rather than selling your art, was to give you the “artist experience”.  Each person was toasted with a very important quote to ponder on.

I have said it many times: We pick up a crayon and start drawing on paper, furniture, etc. when we are little. Why does it stop? Where does it go? And what does it take to nurture it so that you can enjoy your creative soul!  We like to think that a Raye of Light Studio art class might be life-changing (or at the very least fun!)

All the pieces in the Student Art Show were created by people who don’t consider themselves “artists”, but love to create. That is the goal; not to label,  but to call upon the suppressed creativity inside of you.  We love providing that challenge for you every month with new and different classes and workshops in which you might discover something that makes you tick.

We celebrate us by celebrating you in April every year. Because if you weren’t here, we wouldn’t be here! Thank you!

Will the real watercolor brush please stand out?

Why is it so hard to find a good watercolor brush?

It might be because every brush manufacture makes what they call a “watercolor” brush. In the madness to determine what really is a good tool, I have simplified what to look for when purchasing one.

BRISTLES: First, try if you can to sample (yes touch) a sable, camel, or squirrel hair brush, no matter what label they are under. Choosing a truly old-school watercolor brush should come down to what it’s made of. Sable has an auburn color, unless it’s marked “white sable”. Squirrel hair is black. These brushes are soft and pliable and do not spring back into shape when you run your finger over the top of their bristles. You want a soft brush for swooshing on washes that won’t fight stiffly to do so.  You want a brush that you will waltz with as you paint with watercolor.

You will find that there are brushes that mimic the look of theses brushes, but are not made with natural fibers. They are the same shape and size, but made out of synthetic materials. It’s the rose by any other name scenario. Often they are not solely intended for watercolor painting. They list multi-media, including acrylic, watercolor, and even oils.

We like natural hair watercolor brushes because of the retention: how much water they can absorb. Synthetic brushes do not soak up the water and often the water rolls right off the brush.

ABSORPTION:

The second thing to look for in selecting your brush is absorption. We like to suggest purchasing no smaller than a size 8 pointed brush. You want a brush that can hold a lot of water and release it only when you put it to paper. Our personal favorite brush is a pointed tip size 12. It can handle everything from applying a wash to handling fine details, as long as you take care of it.

SHAPE:

There are many watercolor brush shapes to choose from that can also trip you up when making your brush selection. Like so many other occasions in art, when you are first starting out, the saying “less is more” really sums it up. We find that the extremes, like a size zero brush or a 10/12 , can get you from wet on wet washes to fine details and can even help with masking your paper.

After that, it basically comes down to practice and making that brush feel like part of your hand. It will be second nature and just like any other brushes you use often, (hair, tooth, blusher) you will come to rely on it and favorite it over all others.

TIME TO GET OUT AND GET CREATIVE!

Drawing on Confidence

People often back down quickly when asked to draw. This intimidation always surprises me, since the same is not true when asked to paint. Maybe it is because we have held a paint brush to paint some trim in our house or put varnish over a picnic table. Maybe it is the difference in large motor skills and small motor skills. But either way, drawing is not something we chase after. As soon as required art credit is acquired in school, we stop drawing. So it became obvious that we should offer a drawing class to middle-school girls. After all, this is the age of drawing doodles on everything and everywhere!

Girls with Graphite emerged this past fall as a drawing class that taught drawing and catered to the interests of the 11 to 14 year-old girls. We watched as these young ladies learned not only how to draw, but how to speak out. We taught critique skills and positive feedback, and the girls mirrored this behavior. The group grew in confidence, which was a delight to see.  Now we are thinking that if it worked with these girls, it might also help install that confidence in adults! If we truly believe that it’s never too late to learn, then why not, right?

Creativity, Collaboration, Confidence, Cultural Awareness, and Critical Thinking are all gained through art education according to artinaction.org It is amazing that confidence comes from trying art, according to the article, “Why is Art Education Important in the 21st Century“.

These are great skills at any age gained from the art process. Our Girls with Graphite 2 will start up again in March for those same young ladies who took in the fall. We plan on offering a mini-course in drawing in April. Make sure you follow us on social media so you don’t miss the opportunity to take a drawing class in the spring!

Perfect Gift for the Experience Seeker

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the experience seeker? This past year we have had many people enjoying and purchasing gift cards for art classes and workshops. Many gift cards are given as retirement gifts, but just as many are given as birthday gifts. We all seek out new and unique experiences to give as a perfect gift. Men, women and kids enjoy Raye of Light gift certificates because of the opportunity to create. They can try any class, from painting, to drawing or even pop art!

However, we do get a lot of questions about the gift cards and thought with the holiday season quickly approaching, we would attempt to make things easier and answer a few.

  1. Gift cards come in denominations as small as $25 and as large as $100.
  2. Your gift is not a card, but rather a personal customized gift certificate in .pdf file format. The certificate is personalized with the name and occasion of the recipient. We’ll email the file to you and you can easily download and print the certificate in the comfort of your own home or office.
  3. Gift cards expire at the end of every calendar year.
  4. The recipient of the gift card must contact us to set up their date and time to visit the art studio.
  5. Finally, you do not have to be an artist or creative person to enjoy the gift! Every person, no matter what their age or ability level, is taught how to create something special in the class of their choice.

 

We would love to once again help you give the perfect experience this Holiday season. Art classes in a small setting are comfortable, personable and enjoyable. You can even give a studio experience to your family or co-workers – up to 6 people. With a little imagination the possibilities are endless!

Use this link to get your gift card: http://bit.ly/rayeoflightgiftcard

Get out and great creative!

Is My Kid Talented?

Drawing comes and goes, in stages, as our child develops. So, how do we know at what age our kid might have talent or a knack for drawing or painting?

Preschoolers start drawing with scribble lines that move into simple shapes that represent forms by the time they reach kindergarten. As they develop their thinking skills, they start critiquing their own ability to draw.

The Dawning Realism (7-9 years old)

At this stage in artistic development, children are beginning to become more critical of their own work. Drawing up to the age of ten is usually something enjoyed by school age boys and girls. It is at this stage of development that most kids decide whether to continue to draw for enjoyment. Many times, they stop themselves because of a comment or comparison that shuts down the joy in making art. This happens as their reasoning skill set and identity develops. If they are deemed talented, they might whether the storm, and they start drawing on a more sophisticated level seemingly overnight. This change is attributed to the next stage of development.

The Pseudo-Naturalistic Stage (10-13 years old)

According to Matt Fussell, from the Virtual Instructor.com, “The use of value and light is now apparent in drawings. Children at this stage of artistic development are very critical of their own success. Success is determined by the level of realism achieved in the drawing. Frustration is a common occurrence. It is exceptionally important to encourage students at this stage.”

This is a vulnerable time when many kids stop drawing. Timing is important so that the frustration level does not hinder their love for drawing which is just starting to mature. This is the age to invest in your child’s interest and talent. Most kids come with their sketch book filled with pencil simple line drawings. They might get recognized for their ability to draw form or copy highly stylized drawings like Manga.

  

When kids arrive at this level of artistic ability, is when we start to receive inquiries into drawing/art lessons. We typically meet with you and your child in the studio before you would start any type of art class or lessons. We have taken many kids that love to draw and developed their hand eye dexterity taking their ability to the next level. Typically, middle schoolers receive instruction and support in creating portfolio pieces, and the proper presentation of their art. The reward is a skill which can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment.

Contact me for more information on private and semi-private art classes. We are currently developing an after-school drawing class for girls, called, “Girls with Graphite“, see below flyer and link for more information.

Get out and get creative,

The Reward of Private Art Lessons

The reward of treating yourself to something comes with age. We earned the reward with hard work and therefore, the thrill of receiving it is so much sweeter. When we allow ourselves time to focus on our own needs, we want that reward to be fulfilling and special, like taking private art lessons.

Taking art lessons when you are an adult is satisfying on many levels. The first reason is that we are making time for enrichment and knowledge. Second, we are looking for new experiences that open us up to growth. Lastly, we have a need to create or nurture an inner voice or creativity.

 

Of course, this does not mean you’re an artist looking for a formal education. Private art lessons mean different things to different people. It can be that one thing you do for yourself for no other reason than to explore a new world or activity. Art can also be as important as exercise when it comes to wellness. As we age and take control of our free time we look more to mental and physical health. I have often heard from my adult students  that it “clears their mind” and is “relaxing” after class.

In fact, according to Psychology Today’s article on art making and stress reduction, adults may experience a measurable reduction in their cortisol levels after a 45-minute art making session. Cortisol is often defined as a “stress hormone” that is correlated with levels of stress in the body. So, we suggest that along with that Paleo diet and yoga or Pilates, a private art lesson or two might just be what the doctor ordered.

During your private are lessons, you will be catered to and creatively met at your level. Art is personal with us and we customize your learning to draw paint or print so it inspires you and helps create lifelong learning. Why not try a class?! We even accommodate your time. After all,  time is the most precious commodity we have…well, that’s what we have learned now that we are older and wiser. Contact me for more information on private art classes.

Get out and get creative,