Apr
5
Sun
Painting with Stain Workshop @ Spectrum Art Gallery Tickets
Apr 5 @ 12:30 pm
Painting with Stain Workshop @ Spectrum Art Gallery | Essex | Connecticut | United States

In this unique workshop participants learn to use water based wood stain and a Dremel rotary as a painting medium for representational or more abstract pieces.The techniques are similar to painting with watercolor or acrylic using additive and subtractive methods, drawing, scratching, layering and staining to create your first wood stain painting! Participants receive a set of primary wood stains (red, blue, yellow, black and white) a piece of wood and watercolor paper to paint on.

Apr
19
Sun
Creating Comic Book and Fantasy Characters Workshop @ Spectrum Art Gallery Tickets
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Creating Comic Book and Fantasy Characters Workshop @ Spectrum Art Gallery | Essex | Connecticut | United States

In this workshop learn how to create unique characters for animation, comics, picture books, games and fantasy and how to bring your characters to life. We will discuss the importance of expression, color, shape, movement and design as well as making dynamic costumes and clothing. Industry standards used by animators and production artists to create characters will also be reviewed. A personal sketchbook is recommended but not required. If you have anything specific you like to draw with, bring it along. The instructor provides all other materials.

Apr
26
Sun
The Art of Writing Poetry about Art @ Spectrum At Gallery Tickets
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Art of Writing Poetry about Art @ Spectrum At Gallery | Essex | Connecticut | United States

In this three-and half hour workshop, participants will create original poems that respond to, comment on, or take inspiration from, works of art that they themselves have created, works currently hanging in the Spectrum Gallery, or works by others, including famous painters.

The workshop will include warm-up exercises, utilizing the Permission to Play with Language Model, developed by Steven Ostrowski for participants at the Central Connecticut Writing Project, and the writing and workshopping of original poems about works of art.

Every participant will be given a copy of Steven Ostrowski’s chapbook of poems called After the Tate Modern. Please bring pen or pencil and a notebook and of course your inspirational print, original work or just choose from pieces in the gallery.

Apr
27
Mon
Community Print Night @ Spark Makerspace Tickets
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Print Night @ Spark Makerspace | New London | Connecticut | United States

Our amazing printmakers put together a small curated selection of prints (block, linoleum, screenprints, etc) to help show aspiring printers and members of the public the basics of this art form! While this is not a fully structured course on printmaking, participants can get their feet wet in this new medium and walk away with a small number of prints that they made themselves!

This event is free to Spark Members, but a $5 donation FOR Non-Members to help cover the cost of materials (ink, screens, blocks, etc).

May
3
Sun
Intro to Alcohol Ink and Creating Abstracts @ Spectrum Art Gallery Tickets
May 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Intro to Alcohol Ink and Creating Abstracts @ Spectrum Art Gallery | Essex | Connecticut | United States

Looking for a new way to express yourself artistically? Try painting with alcohol ink! This workshop introduces you to the what and how of working with alcohol ink as well as creating abstracts. Tools provided for use. Supplies include alcohol ink, ceramic tiles, and Yupo paper.

May
23
Sat
ArtVision 2020 Art Show @ Cafe Otis Tickets
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ArtVision 2020 Art Show @ Cafe Otis | Norwich | Connecticut | United States

ArtVision 2020 Art Show is an exhibition of visual art made by members of Willimantic, CT’s Make or Break Art Studio’s Facebook group ART VISION 2020…Members joined through social media between Aug 1 and Dec 31, 2019, some contributing work into 2020. ArtVision art also includes creative passions in performance work, a sampling of which will be shared at the opening.

The five month ArtVision 2020 challenge was to explore art materials and/or art making in order to produce one SIMPLE piece of work each day/most days, so that the pace did not overwhelm, intimidate, or discourage anyone…By 2020, members could take some of these ideas in a serious direction as budding or already accomplished artists.

Incorporating creativity into a daily routine fosters the development of art as a natural stress reducing tool. It promotes mindfulness when letting go of worries and helps us stay present with our imaginations.

2020 is here, and with our new exhibiting date there is still time to have fun making daily work before May. Whether you choose to show your art in Norwich or anywhere else, ideally, “creating” has become your go-to…not because you need to generate something for anyone or anything, but instead you recognize the benefits and hold the sensory memories of moments when you can feel and heal in no other way, immersing yourself in creative expression.

Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 23rd, 6-10pm ArtVision 2020 Art Show will be catered by Cafe Otis (80 Broadway in Norwich, CT) with a cash mocktail bar (keeping with Make or Break’s “art for everyone” exhibitions), walls and halls to be hung with ArtVision 2020 art, installations and live performances by contributing multi-talented artists including a variety of bands, a solo musician, a puppeteer, a video artist, and facilitated vintage video game play.

Drop-Off will be at Make or Break Art Studio (40 Bolivia Street, Willimantic, CT) beginning weekends May 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 (There will be a form to print up, fill out and bring with you, regarding the art, so labels can be made)….and Pick-Up, also at Make or Break, May 30-31, June 6-7, 13-14…

This show is One Night Only, BUT 100% of the sales go to you!

May
25
Mon
Community Print Night @ Spark Makerspace Tickets
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Print Night @ Spark Makerspace | New London | Connecticut | United States

Our amazing printmakers put together a small curated selection of prints (block, linoleum, screenprints, etc) to help show aspiring printers and members of the public the basics of this art form! While this is not a fully structured course on printmaking, participants can get their feet wet in this new medium and walk away with a small number of prints that they made themselves!

This event is free to Spark Members, but a $5 donation FOR Non-Members to help cover the cost of materials (ink, screens, blocks, etc).

Jun
12
Fri
Gardens by the Sea @ Stonington Borough Tickets
Jun 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gardens by the Sea @ Stonington Borough | Stonington | Connecticut | United States

Gardens by the Sea is a walking tour of rarely seen private gardens in the historic Borough of Stonington. Artists in the Borough, a unique feature of the 2020 tour will showcase New England en plein air artists, who will be painting in selected gardens and throughout the borough, drawing inspiration from seaside village landscapes. A tented marketplace, located on Wadawanuck Square will have vendors offering a wide variety of garden accessories, plants, crafts, clothing, jewelry, and home decorating gift items. A Celebrity Lecture and Luncheon on Friday, June 12th will feature acclaimed author and garden designer Page Dickey.

Tour tickets are $35 in advance and $40 if purchased after June 1st and on the day of the tour and are valid both days. Luncheon tickets are $65 and seating is limited, so ticket orders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All tickets will be held for pickup at check-in.

Friday, June 12th + Saturday, June 13th*
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*rain or shine

Tickets:
$35 in advance
$40 after June 1st and the day of
$65 lecture + luncheon

Jun
13
Sat
Gardens by the Sea @ Stonington Borough Tickets
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gardens by the Sea @ Stonington Borough | Stonington | Connecticut | United States

Gardens by the Sea is a walking tour of rarely seen private gardens in the historic Borough of Stonington. Artists in the Borough, a unique feature of the 2020 tour will showcase New England en plein air artists, who will be painting in selected gardens and throughout the borough, drawing inspiration from seaside village landscapes. A tented marketplace, located on Wadawanuck Square will have vendors offering a wide variety of garden accessories, plants, crafts, clothing, jewelry, and home decorating gift items. A Celebrity Lecture and Luncheon on Friday, June 12th will feature acclaimed author and garden designer Page Dickey.

Tour tickets are $35 in advance and $40 if purchased after June 1st and on the day of the tour and are valid both days. Luncheon tickets are $65 and seating is limited, so ticket orders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All tickets will be held for pickup at check-in.

Friday, June 12th + Saturday, June 13th*
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*rain or shine

Tickets:
$35 in advance
$40 after June 1st and the day of
$65 lecture + luncheon

Jun
29
Mon
Community Print Night @ Spark Makerspace Tickets
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Print Night @ Spark Makerspace | New London | Connecticut | United States

Our amazing printmakers put together a small curated selection of prints (block, linoleum, screenprints, etc) to help show aspiring printers and members of the public the basics of this art form! While this is not a fully structured course on printmaking, participants can get their feet wet in this new medium and walk away with a small number of prints that they made themselves!

This event is free to Spark Members, but a $5 donation FOR Non-Members to help cover the cost of materials (ink, screens, blocks, etc).