Creative Balance

I’m coming to Cleveland and I’m bringing Dirty Footprints Studio with me!!
I’m so stinking excited!! That’s right–I’m excited to be going to Cleveland–my hometown–where I was born and raised–and lived there for 30 years!! I’m going home for a visit and sharing the workshop LOVE with you!!
Are you dreaming of taking a day for yourself to make Art, have fun, eat some good food, and meet and laugh with other Artsy-Lovely people like yourself? Then you have to join me and my dear friend and professional Artist/ceramics professor: Andrea LeBlond for a day of Creative Balance!
Here’s the goodies:

A one day workshop at the lovely Terra Vista Studio (go HERE to check out the Creative Dig workshop I hosted there last year!!!) in Cleveland, Ohio. Complete with snacks, lunch, and all art supplies provided!! All you need to bring is your beautiful self and your favorite brushes!

Andrea and I have delicately planned a day of balancing your creativity between your mind and heart! Hah!
We two have been friends forever–and the thing that makes our friendship so special is that we both seem to balance each other–both personally–and as Artists. My work is very intuitive and expressive, while Andrea’s is much more cerebral and strategic. Together we plan to give you the best of both worlds!!!
Andrea will begin by guiding you into a lesson on how to create your own linoleum block prints. Through a juicy discussion on repetition and how it affects our overall Art and creativity (and finding balance in our lives)….you will create sketches that she will help you refine and then execute onto a linoleum block.
From there, you’ll be all mine–as we use those linoleum blocks as a foundation to create an intuitive, FEARLESS Painting!! I will help you explore ways of letting go and being free in your painting as we use those linoleum block prints in a fun and intuitive way!
Tangled up with all this creative fun will be a delicious hearty lunch, time to sit and reflect on the beautiful view of Lake Erie and downtown Cleveland from the Terra Vista studios, loads of personalized support, inspiration, and instruction from TWO LICENSED ART EDUCATORS who also happen to be professional, full time working ARTISTS—and pretty dang funny girls! Plus, the best part of all…the opportunity to meet other kindred souls that believe balancing creativity in one’s life is important and necessary!!!


Since graduating with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1995, I have taught in the ceramic departments of various schools including Cuyahoga Community Colleges’ Eastern and Metro campuses and the University of Akron. For the past 14 years I have kept a professional studio at numerous locations, most recently at TerraVista Studios. I have been the recipient of many awards and grants, among them an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, received in 2008.

Vintage textiles and Amish quilts, among other things, inspire me. I love their bold designs and vibrant color juxtapositions. I use these designs as a starting point to create textured patterns on my slab-built pieces. First, using printmaker’s linoleum blocks into which designs are carved, I then press clay slabs into the block to achieve a desired pattern. This prepared clay is then cut using hand-made paper templates and carefully constructed to make various functional objects. Over time, this process has evolved to incorporate 2-D design and texture onto a three-dimensional object. This technique is enhanced by transparent glazes that run and pool in the crevices much like cloisonné metalwork. The linoleum breaks down over time so each pattern has a limited life span. I strive to combine exciting 2-D with 3-D design to create pieces that inspire touch, play and daily use.
Well, I’m an Artist, Creative Wildwoman, and Yogini behind Dirty Footprints Studio!! You can read more about me HERE.


DATE: Saturday, October 23, 2010
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (with a one hour provided, yummy lunch!)
PLACE: Terra Vista Studios, Cleveland, Ohio.
Check out their website HERE.
Check out photos of Terra Vista Studio from my 2009 workshop Creative Dig HERE.
Check out a video from the same workshop HERE.
EARLY-BIRD PRICE: $155. (includes workshop, all supplies, lunch, and snacks)
Early-Bird Price ends Friday, October 1.
REGULAR PRICE: $200. (starting Saturday, October 2)
☆☆☆ All participants from Creative Dig 2009 receive 15% off registration☆☆☆
–please EMAIL me for more information–


I look forward to sharing a day of fun , creativity, and painting with YOU!!
Email me if you have any questions!!
See you in Cleveland!
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