Spring and Summer Art Classes

Hello!

I wanted to let you know some exciting news. I’ll be teaching some great art classes soon!

I’m teaching a class called ‘Drawing What You See’, at Crow Arts Manor from June 8th to July 20th. That’s wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm, and it runs for 6 weeks. It’s 90 dollars for the whole series. It’ll be awesome and educational fun! I’ve included the class description below.

Please sign up through the Crow Manor website (http://www.crowmanor.org/schedule-of-classes).
I’m also working on a schedule of classes that will be held this summer at Switchyard Studios.

Class topics will include Drawing, Acrylic Painting Methods, Collage and Assemblage, Color for Kids, Creative Little Container Gardens.

Please let me know if you are interested in any of these classes, and I’ll let you know what the schedule looks like. As it stands they will be happening on weekends and tuesdays, wednesdays, and fridays this summer. I love teaching a wide age range (ages 3 to 103), so please tell anyone you know who’s searching for summer art education.

Thank you for your support. I hope to see you soon.

Love! Katie

Crow Arts Manor! http://www.crowmanor.org/
June 8th-July 20th

Katie Simpson Spain: Drawing What You See

This course will help you develop your observational drawing skills. With a focus on drawing exercises that help connect our eyes and hands. This class is suitable for newer artists and those who just need some practice. The class will work on exercises that are designed to hone your ability to draw what you see and will help you communicate visually. The course will explore line, composition, space, light and shadow, and other important aspects of drawing. The goal of this class is to improve your drawings by giving you the skills and the tools you need to think visually from start to finish.

http://www.KatieSpain.com

Mural Club is Awesome!

Hi friends!

I was just the guest speaker at a Mural Club, at the Fernwood Campfire, in Portland. Just a couple of hours ago. Awesome!

It was completely awesome! So much fun! It’s my friend Leslie’s club. She is so cool! Those kids are lucky!

We talked about murals through history, came up with theme ideas, looked at the spot the mural will be, and voted on the murals topic. They did drawings of the future mural, and hopefully they’ll get to start paintings soon. The wall is big, and they don’t have much time, since it’s an after school club. But I think they’ll rock it.

Pretty darn cool. And the democratic part was fun, they voted and incorporated most of the ideas they had into one idea! Originally they had like 14 ideas, so it was neat to see them all whittled down into one.

It was SO MUCH FUN!

So, I want to be a teacher right. And I have been working on grad school applications recently, and figuring out the age range I want to teach, and working out how to make sure I get to do what I want.

The Mural Club was a fun exercise, getting used to working with kids again. I think ultimately I would work with older kids, but this was great. They were super awesome, smart, creative and had good senses of humor. And they were good artists.

And I am going to take an art education course through the Portland Children’s Museum. I am really excited about this. I’ll blog more about it later. Very cool. I’m really curious about different age ranges, and getting into the right place – that’ll help me do some good and actually make a living doing something I love. Something sustainable for me. Something I can do for the rest of my life. And help people through art.

Well, I’ll keep making and showing art, gardening, and writing still, and all of that stuff. But I am totally at a deciding point. Even the palm reader I saw early this week confirmed that. And she said I already knew what I was going to do, I just needed to choose.

So I’m researching.

Next month I will visit classes at the high school I went to. Yes, I will visit some of my old teachers! I am very excited, and curious, what the high school atmosphere is like. I did help with a high school mural class last year. That was awesome. But I want to see the whole shabang.
So I’ll sit in on a Sci Fi class (Ms. Till!) that I took, a ceramics class (Mr. Emery!) that I took, and a general art class, with a teacher I don’t know.

I am super excited about all of this. It’s all falling into place at exactly the right time.

That’s my news for now.

Hope you are well folks.

Love! Katie