Share Art Through Teaching

This week registration will open for my new 2010 online workshop!

Journal 365
with Pam Carriker

A year-long event in visual journaling, this workshop is the perfect way to make art an every day occurrence. Not just a class but a way of living creatively all year long! Every month a new class will be posted with techniques and journal prompts to use for that month. We’ll share, encourage, and inspire each other as we make our own journals along the way, adding a signature of favorite paper to them each month. Watching our journals grow, sharing our passion for journaling with each other, through class participation together we’ll explore different types of journaling as we grow into our individual styles, revealing the true artist that lies within each of us. Every lesson will be complete, so the class can be joined at the beginning of any month, with the participant picking up at that point and adding the missing lessons on at the end. Revolving lessons, like a Ferris Wheel; it doesn’t matter when you get on, you’ll still get the full ride! All 365 days.

Class fee $120/12 lessons
Begins April 1st 2010

Look Who Won!

And the winners are… #9 and #108 Using a random number generator, I entered the 117 posts and the free workshops go to Irene and Cheri Anderson Phillips! Cheri, I swear it was random girl, I posted your comment for you when you said you were having trouble getting it to post yourself! Congratulations gals! Please be sure to email me for details on signing up for your free workshop! My workshop links are listed on my website for more information on each one. All of them are open ended and can be joined at any time, to be worked at your own pace. Please visit Creative Workshops and check out all of the great classes Gail offers over there. Also be sure to check out Inspirational Retreat for my upcoming live workshop this April. Renee has many wonderful instructors lined up for this new teaching venue!

Please leave a word of congratulations for our winners and thank you all so much for the kind words and for participating.

Share Art

While writing down my goals for 2010 I realized there was a recurring theme, ‘Share Art’. Every goal was about sharing art in some way. It’s been the emerging theme from my journal pages, the voice of my muse.

When your muse is speaking it’s wise to listen. I have several ‘Share Art’ projects in the works and hope to add several more venues in the near future.

First on my list for today is ‘Hearts for Haiti’ an Etsy Shop opened to allow artists to share their work, all proceeds go to Haiti relief efforts, while artists donate work and pay for worldwide shipping. ‘Heart of Hearts’ is my donation. A 16×20 mixed media canvas. Pass the word around about this shop and let’s share art and raise money to help the horrible situation in Haiti.

I’d also like to Share Art with one of my blog readers! I just reached 300 followers and haven’t had a GIVEAWAY for awhile, so this seems like a great time! I’m going to giveaway an ONLINE WORKSHOP! Your choice of the three I have open right now, VISUAL JOURNALISM 101, SHADES OF GREY, or PURSUING PORTRAITS. If you have already taken all three, please still sign up and I’ll give you a $40 gift certificate for my Etsy Print Shop! And just to keep things fun, if we reach 100 entrants, I’ll up the giveaway to include two winners!!

So please encourage others to share in this giveaway, post on your blog, tweet, facebook, whatever way you want and help me to Share Art! Giveaway will end January 24th at 12:00pm, all you have to do is comment on this post~

Back To School!

With the kids back in school it is time to get your art life back on track!  As sad as it is to see summer come to an end, Fall brings with it a sense of the cozy days of winte that will be here befores we know it.  It is a great time to check out some of the wonderful classes offered at Creative Workshops.  Gail is constantly adding new ones so be sure to check back often.  If you have been wanting to take one of the three that I am offering I would encourage you to do it before the holidays are upon us.  It will give you some new motivation and tools to use this coming winter and get your art life back on track for the New Year. 
Visual Journalism 101
This will be an expedition into the world of visual journaling.. If you have ever wanted to
start keeping an art journal, or started one, only to have it fall by the wayside, then this
is the class for you! The class will cover journal techniques, putting together a journaling
kit, completing at least 7 journal pages, and answer some road block questions like,
‘How do I get over the fear of the Blank Page?’, ‘How can I possibly fit another artistic
pursuit into my schedule?’, and ‘Where do I start?’
Week 1~Fear of the Blank Page, Get Over It!
Week 2~Heartwork, Not Artwork
Week 3~Doodling, An Artform
Week 4~Writer’s Block
Week 5~Made in the Shade
WORKSHOP FEE: $60.00
Shades of Grey
A journey into the timeless art of Moleskine Journaling.
We  will use ‘Shades of Grey’ Pitt Pens, Caran d’ache watersoluble
crayon, and black & white images to create pages worthy of a
Moleskine’s handcrafted covers. This class will consist of 3
video demonstrations, and a collage sheet download.
Week 1~ It’s the Pitts!
Week 2~ Not always black or white
Week 3~ Grey’s or Gray’s Anatomy?
WORKSHOP FEE $40.00
Pursuing Portraits
Journal your way to a self portrait that reflects your true self. During this 6 week
course you will work in the comfort and safety of your own Art Journal. This will be an
exploration of our own self and the face that we see in the mirror each morning as we
dig deep to find what lies behind the face that we show to the world. Your face may
not even look like you, but it will be representative of the inner you. I will show you the
techniques I use in my portraits and guide you towards creating a face that is uniquely
yours.
Week 1~Facing the Facts
Week 2~Who Am I?
Week 3~Take a Look in the Mirror
Week 4~Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin
Week 5~It’s the Little Things That Matter Most
Week 6~Shout Out Loud or whisper softly
Class Fee $70.00
All of these workshops are open-ended allowing participants to work at their own pace and revisit the lessons as often as they like.
If you are in the San Diego area and would like to attend one of the live workshops I have coming up at the end of the month I would love to see you!  I will be at
San Diego, CA
The ABC’s of ATC’s
Exploring various mixed media techniques including, acrylic painting,
stamping, stenciling, charcoal, and an image transfer method using hand
sanitizer, we will create these fun Artist Trading Cards.
Friday, September 25th
all materials will be provided
Escondido, CA Workshop at the invitation of Lisa Bebi
Portraits with Pam Carriker
This class is based on my article in Cloth Paper Scissors, May/June 2009,
‘Wearing My HeArt on My Sleeve’ I will bring the Work in Progress pieces
featured and guide you step by step in creating a mixed media portrait that
incorporates a lovely, textured background, collage elements and my
techniques for creating a lovely portrait.
GalleryWorkshop attendees pay the Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal
Gallery $65 if an EAP member/$75 if not a member
Saturday September 26th
Space is limited so be sure to sign up early. Once at the site, click on the ‘workshops’ tab to
find the workshop descriptions and sign up instructions
Hope to see you online or in person!

Buried Treasure


March ’08

It’s finally here! My first work published in this months Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Laurie Blau-Marshall got to see it first and called me last night. She was a sweetie and scanned it for me and my issue arrived today. What a feeling opening a favorite magazine and seeing your work in there. I hope I will be able to work with them in the future. I love their publication and inspiring articles. Thanks for all of the happy dancing with me, this is a great start to an artistic 2008. Mine are the three collages on the bottom half of the page and the letter next to it.

Joining Seth Apter’s quest for ‘Buried Treasure’ gave me the opportunity to go back to the early posts of my then fledgling blog and recapture some very special moments. The most memorable and what I consider the start of a whole new venue in my art life, was the publication of my first work. Was it only a little over a year ago? It hardly seems so as so much has happened since. With the validation that came with this first little publication, I was encouraged to submit more work and the result is over a dozen articles and publications that have followed. I was even honored with a Guest Artist feature in The Stampers Sampler. And the most amazing thing, each time I find out something is going to be published I do that same little happy dance! Each time it makes me want to do more, to strive harder, to stretch my artists soul to that next level. I did not know I could write articles for magazines, I just knew I wanted to be fearless and try. I set goals for myself and did not let myself off the hook. When one goal was met, I added another. I think when you truly want something you will go after it. You will find your way. You will do things you never thought you could do.

February ’08

I just posted a new slide-show featuring pages from my first artistic journal. I officially finished it this week. No white spots left! It was a wonderful experience for me and I have learned not to be afraid of a blank page! It was intimidating to me at first. But I jumped in and just learned along the way. Now I am so excited to start my second one! This has been an valuable tool in trying out new techniques, documenting happenings in my home life, my artistic life, and just plain fun! I take it with me on airplanes, doctors appointments and school pick ups. It isn’t perfect, but that’s one thing I learned along the way, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE!!! I kept going back to pages and adding things which was really fun, but I am ready to move on to Book 2.

This first journal taught me so much and now I’m starting journal #13! When I submitted some pictures from the first one to Somerset, they contacted me about doing an article in the inaugural issue of Art Journaling. It was a little scary letting go of my first journal and allowing it to be used without my having control over it, but the end result was one of my favorite features and I am thrilled that they are even using more of that journal and some of a journal I did this year for the latest Art Journaling due out September ’09. Journaling is such a part of my art life, I don’t know what I did before I started. My views have totally changed about it. I am no longer striving to make ‘perfect’ pages, I am just enjoying the process of it and letting the pages unfold before me. I love it so much that I am sharing my passion in two online workshops, and still journal almost daily. If you haven’t added journaling to your art life, I would highly encourage it. I don’t look at it as yet another ‘thing’ to do, this is something I do for me. I share about it because I want people to know how truly do-able it is and how to fit it into your daily routine, making it a habit that has untold benefits.

So what are your buried treasures? Have you looked back from whence you came in awhile? How did you get to here? Art is a journey. It does not stand still, it is continually evolving and taking new directions. It is important to look back to fully appreciate the path we are on.

In the Pursuit of Portraits

I just got a message that the invites for Pursuing Portraits have gone out, so let the fun begin! It’s not too late to sign up, you can join as anytime and the class is open ended.

I was playing with this portrait over the weekend and just listed it in my etsy shop. I have enjoyed working on the 180lb hot press Fabriano watercolor paper. I had some matts cut to size to fit these pieces.

Getting back into the swing of things after a weekend full of Fourth of July fun. Hope you all had a wonderful time as well!

‘Captured Moment’