Second Art Sunday at the @RubbleGallery! #charcoal #drawing #arttherapy. Next one Mar 25!

We’re experimenting with a 1-2 times per month art afternoon at the Rubble Gallery and our first one was wonderful!  And so was today!!!  Thank you, ladies, and Henrik, for a fantastic afternoon and thank you Ari, Quinn, Bryn and the Rubble Gallery for your beautiful space!

Let’s let the photos speak for themselves!

My example of action line and form using Cher and Henrik as subject.

TAKE HOME EXERCISE:

We created a page of marks- drawing randomly in opposites- hard/soft, straight/curved, zig-zag/smooth etc.:

On a separate sheet we drew a portrait, pulling out the lights from the shadows using erasers:

Pull out the page of random marks and find the same face in those marks.  Just using the marks you made!  No new lines!  I guarantee you’ll find some line, some shape that suits!  This is an abstraction exercise called gesture drawing.

   

Then start adding a bit more detail.

 

See also:

Part 1: INTRODUCTION

Part 2: GEOMETRIC SHAPES

Part 3: ADDING DETAILS

Part 4: ABSTRACTION

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Next session is March 25 12-3:30 PM $30/person (includes all supplies).  There will be a 20 min break halfway (there’s a JJ Beans across the street).  

We’ll be doing SOCK MONKEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First Art Sunday at the @RubbleGallery. #charcoal #drawing #theface. Next one Feb 26!

We’re experimenting with a 1-2 times per month art afternoon at the Rubble Gallery and our first one was wonderful!  I taught the basics of drawing with charcoal and my students were sponges, inspiring me, each other and themselves with the results!  We also worked on some journaling techniques.  It’s marvelous to work in a gallery space surrounded by wonderful art!

 

Next session is Feb 26 12-3:30 PM $30/person (includes all supplies).  There will be a 20 min break halfway (there’s a JJ Beans across the street).  

We’ll be drawing the human figure, working on action lines, gesture drawing and abstraction as well.  Charcoal is mess, so get ready to get dirty.  You’ll also be sitting on the floor, so bring a pillow!

Last chance! ART HEALS exhibit open today 11-5 or by appt until Feb 7 @RubbleGallery

In order to help with fundraising efforts, I will be extending the RAFFLE of my piece, MORFAR’S KLASS until my next art event in the Fall.  All current raffle ticket holders will be given an extra ticket as a thank you for holding on till then!  If you drop by the gallery today and want to purchase a ticket, please leave $20/ticket and your contact info with the gallery.

I’ll be dismantling the show on Wednesday and filming the process with students from Intersections Media.

See preview of my Graphic Novel, Molly, at the show!

 

Dad is facing a new challenge! So does art actually heal? @RubbleGallery Jan 21 #fatherdaughter #arttherapy

As Dad enters a new chapter, essentially a new battle for his life (cancer has reappeared), we are grateful that art  is helping us process this and is distracting us from the scary road ahead.  On Friday, after a scope, I loved watching Dad excitedly get back to his desk to get back to work.  We’re savouring every minute.  ART HEALS.  It doesn’t cure.  It doesn’t solve problems.  But it’s a tool.  And in the moment of creation, it does heal the spirit.

I hope you get a chance to drop in Saturday Jan 21 at the Rubble Gallery 7-9 PM.  There will be art displayed, on sale, and ready to interact with!

Roar, 1966 Sweden

Roar Thorsen

Me, 1967, Sweden.

See preview of my Graphic Novel, Molly, at the show!

ART HEALS: my father-daughter exhibit at The Rubble Gallery, Vancouver BC Jan 21-Feb 7

ART HEALS

Featuring dual art show/fundraiser of therapeutic works by father and daughter: Roar and Katarina Thorsen

January 21- Feb 7, 2012 at the Rubble Gallery!

Closing event (with an interactive art corner) date TBA!!!!!!

Cash bar, snacks, music, art.

As life-long artists, my father and I use art to dialogue, support each other and to process and grieve difficult life events such as divorce, illness, loss of independence, death.
The show is a collection of our individual and mutual work:
1. Two diaries:
Roar’s “Paris on  250 BMW 1952” journal and my 1977 diary will be on display.
Examples from my series on grief and divorce (china marker on masonite board). [will be on sale]
3. Portraits: 
Roar’s current series of therapeutic post-stroke drawings, created in his long term care facility (pencil and felt pen on small foam boards).  [will be on sale].
4. Molly: 
Preview of my illustrations for my graphic novel in progress (china marker on newsprint). [NFS]
preview of Roar’s post-stroke illustrations and quotes to his book of drawings and wisdoms (pencil crayon on paper).
TO SEE SOME OF ROAR’s FIRST DRAWINGS AFTER THE STROKE GO TO: MY FATHER’s STROKE OF LUCK
6. Raffle:
My painting “Morfar’s Klass” (28″ x 40″) (acrylic on canvas) will be raffled.

Tickets and donations to go towards self-publishing costs of Molly and The Old Apple Tree.

1 ticket $20

3 tickets $40

10 tickets $100

Raffle draw extended to closing event.  You can purchase a ticket at the gallery by giving them your name and address and they will forward that to me.

7. Interactive Art Piece:
Art was started by me and is added to by participants and gallery visitors.  The piece can be added to by gallery visitors for the remainder of the exhibit and will be donated to the Rubble Gallery.
See examples of my interactive art at: http://bit.ly/ofOWDe
To arrange a visit to the gallery, make an appointment through the gallery!

Poetry Readings + Life Drawing + Concerts + Intimate Gatherings + Dance + Theatre + Drag + Burlesque + Make-up + Pop-up Retail + Art + Music + Book Launch

The Rubble Gallery is a community flex space intent on breaking down the barriers between the arts and increasing circulation and accessibility in the local arts scene in Vancouver. Bringing together artists, entertainers, patrons and audiences, their goal is to highlight high quality projects and bodies of work from local and international sources. Together with more affordable spaces, fund-raising events, and upcoming grants and scholarships, their aim is to make an impact in artist’s lives at a critical stage in their career and have a memorable time in the process. In order to expand ideas of space and function Rubble is using a flex concept to morph to the will of its inhabitants, incorporating production, exhibition, retail, entertainment, and other dynamic uses.

They encourage you to consider them for your fund-raising event space, exhibitions, launch parties, production space, and special events in the lower east side of Vancouver.

Check out their BLOG and Facebook site!

Contact info:

1879 Powell Street, Vancouver BC V5L 1H8

ART CURATOR: ARI rubblegallery@gmail.com

COORDINATOR for PARTIES, EVENTS, SPACE LEASING, PROMOTIONS, OPENING GALAS: QUINN 604 724 8074

See also:

DAD FACES A NEW CHALLENGE

PARIS 1952

IN A SMALL CORNER

MORFAR’S KLASS

Check out some photos from the opening art event Jan 21:

Jocelyn Louise, my model for Molly, at Jan 21 art event at the Rubble Gallery.

The Rubble Gallery, Vancouver BC

Stay tuned for official announcement and blog posts regarding my collaborative art show “ART HEALS” with my Dad, Roar, January 21- Feb 7, 2012 at the Rubble Gallery! Opening (with an interactive art corner) on January 21!

We’ll be sharing our dual journals from 2001-2003, fundraising for and sharing sneak peeks of illustrations for our books in progress, exhibiting our art, and will include an interactive art corner!

Poetry Readings + Life Drawing + Concerts + Intimate Gatherings + Dance + Theatre + Drag + Burlesque + Make-up + Pop-up Retail + Art + Music + Book Launch

The Rubble Gallery is a community flex space intent on breaking down the barriers between the arts and increasing circulation and accessibility in the local arts scene in Vancouver. Bringing together artists, entertainers, patrons and audiences, their goal is to highlight high quality projects and bodies of work from local and international sources. Together with more affordable spaces, fund-raising events, and upcoming grants and scholarships, their aim is to make an impact in artist’s lives at a critical stage in their career and have a memorable time in the process. In order to expand ideas of space and function Rubble is using a flex concept to morph to the will of its inhabitants, incorporating production, exhibition, retail, entertainment, and other dynamic uses.

They encourage you to consider them for your fund-raising event space, exhibitions, launch parties, production space, and special events in the lower east side of Vancouver.

Check out their BLOG and Facebook site!

From Rubble Gallery's official launch party, Nov 17, 2011

“Demolished, destroyed, our previous notions of what life is. Climbing out of the rubble, we take our first look around.”  – Mano Attar

Contact info:

1879 Powell Street, Vancouver BC V5L 1H8

ART CURATOR: ARI rubblegallery@gmail.com

COORDINATOR for PARTIES, EVENTS, SPACE LEASING, PROMOTIONS, OPENING GALAS: QUINN 604 724 8074