It is that time of year again. Holiday Open Studio, a tradition at Digital Art Academy, starts day after tomorrow, Saturday, November 8, 2014. As usual, it will be a fun packed few weeks. Do join us and click the link above and register for this session.
This year, I start the party with lessons on calligraphy. OK, I’m not a calligrapher or a scribe, but I created some cool brushes and show you the basics of calligraphy. I teach a type style called Foundational Hand, which Edward Johnson developed from a 10th century manuscript. Want to see a quick video of me starting the alphabet with Foundational Hand. Well, it is below, but fair warning…it is really a shameless advertisement for the class…but you do see me making part of the alphabet.
Elaina Moore-Kelly reserved the second week for an old-fashioned nostalgic look at Christmas. She explains how to create a Christmas card that looks like a chalkboard card. It is very cool and this type of image is very trendy in craft circles this year. Elaina provides written and video lessons.
Next up is Aaron Rutten with something fascinating. Aaron demonstrates how to paint totem art in a traditional Native American style. Totemic art is found in cultures all around the world, which allows the student to draw inspiration from a variety of places. Aaron encourages each student to choose their own totem animal or symbol, and paint it abstracted instead of in a realistic way.
Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker takes the lead for the two final weeks. She developed a wonderful technique to create digital Japanese woodcuts. I have seen some of her images and they are stunning. She is very excited about the process and I can tell it will be a lot of fun.
What color is snow? Karen tells us in her second week. I can’t wait to find out. I thought snow was white. Didn’t you? Karen paints snow scenes in a glorious rainbow of colors; after the class, we can too.