Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June Classes and events

On June 6, 13 and 20, Mark Jackson will be teaching us acrylics. This is always a MAL favorite, so come early to get situated.

On June 8, we will be part of the Summer Arts Jam in the plaza in front of the Rotunda in Murfreesboro from 5-8. It will be a blast with live music, food and lots of art!

On June 9 and 10, we will be a part of the Boro Art Crawl. It will be a special 2 night event with transportation running on Thurs night as part of the Tennessee Arts Commission's Convention in town. They run from 6-9.

On June 27, we will have our members' meeting from 7-9.

Here is the supply list for the June classes:
Acrylic Work Shop - June 6th, 13th, & 20th
Cadmium White
Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
Yellow Ochre
Hookers Green
Chrome Oxide Green
Brushes: they can be old watercolor brushes or old (clean) oil brushes.
Just a small assortment of flats and rounds.
3/4” flat
1/2” flat
#2 round
#6 bristle fan
3 Canvas’: 8”x10
Something to put your paints on. I prefer a porcelian tray.
I personally use one that is 20” x 12” x 2” deep. The deeper the better, you will see why at the class.
Other Stuff: #2 Pencil, Kneaded Eraser, Transfer Paper, Scotch Tape, Paper Towels, Spray Bottle, Trash Bag
And a jump drive for your computer! It’s a surprise!
Oil / Acrylic
Water Color / Pencil
Moxie Art is is a place where I have found many of the supplies I use especialy the porcelian tray.
Support the local guy if you can.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Upcoming classes and workshops with Gayle Levee


For more information and to register, call me at 615-833-2480 or
contact me at www.gaylelevee.com.

Thursday classes: in Nashville, at Plaza. 8 weeks, starting June 23.

Independent study student
Would you like personalized instruction in painting? Perhaps you have a project you would like to work on under Levée's tutelage. This class is for people who have worked with Gayle before, and want to take it to the next level. 9 AM - noon. $200. Only two slots left!
Child portrait underpainting
Much as I like to encourage people to paint from life, there are some subjects that just don't sit still! Children and babies sometimes just have to be painted from a photo. In this course I will show you how to capture the likeness of children while keeping the painting fresh and lively. You will learn how to capture those subtle skin tones and the fleeting expressions of childhood and infancy. 1 pm to 4 pm. $200.


At the flowering of the golden age of American painting, a group of young artists traveled to Paris to study with the masters. There they encountered the Impressionists. These artists brought home a painting style which is the synthesis of Classical drawing and Impressionist color. You may recognize their names: R. H. Gammell, Edmund Tarbell, William McGregor Paxton, Jean-Leon Gerome, and Paul Delaroche.
Their art laid the groundwork for excellence in American Impressionism, and their instruction has carried this tradition to generations of American artists. I studied this method under Robert Douglas Hunter, who studied under R.H. Gammell.
I wish to offer this knowledge to you. This intensive three-day workshop will cover drawing, form and volume, color, light and air, composition and brushwork. Most importantly of all, I want to help you learn to see.
Workshop Details: July 15, 16, and 17, 9 am-4 pm, in Warehouse 521's beautiful creative space in Nashville, TN. $375.
Only 3 slots left!

For more information and to register, call me at 615-833-2480 or
contact me at www.gaylelevee.com.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

American Iris Society photo contest May 13-15, 2016

Region 7 of the American Iris Association invites you to participate in the inaugural Photography Contest at the 2016 regional meeting in Murfreesboro, TN. This contest is free and open to everyone with the exception of contest judges and the contest coordinator who are not eligible. A panel of judges will judge the photographs and their decisions will be final. Entry of photographs constitutes permission from Region 7 of the American Iris Society to publish photographs in their publications. There must be irises in the photograph and irises in the photographs should be of the genus Iris. Entries will be judged in the following six (6) classes:
 1. Irises in a landscaped garden, in a home garden, in a field or in nature.
 2. Events & tours (at an iris location), a child, a person or people with irises.
 3. Portraits of a single iris or multiple blooms of the same cultivar (please include the name of the variety of iris or irises if known).
 4. Iris photos with art effects, macro of bloom segments or irises from a different point of view.
 5. Photos of pets, wildlife, spiders, insects or garden art with irises (no individuals in the photo).
 6. Still life – vase of irises or any artistic design with irises.

Any photograph taken by a youth photographer (under 18) in any of the six (6) categories will be judged separately from the adult entrants. BEST IN SHOW and the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD can be won by a youth or an adult.

1.Entries will be accepted in person or if you want to make special arrangements to mail entries to the contest coordinator, you may do so. (Please contact Andrew Buhler, Jr. at andrew.buhler@jostens.com or 931-552-7157.) Bring your photo entries to the show during the hours when horticulture entries are accepted – Sat., May 14, 2016, from 7am to 9am, CST, at Riverdale HS in Murfreesboro. All entries, ribbons and prizes must be on display for the entire show and under no circumstances may be picked up until after the show has ended. All entries must be picked up when the show closes at 5pm on Sat., May 15, 2016. Entries not picked up become the property of AIS Region 7 and may be used in future displays, websites and publications. Entries not picked up at the end of the show will not be mailed back to the exhibitor.
2.All entries must be the work of the exhibitor. Any changes to the original image must be the work of the exhibitor and includes manipulation, cropping and enhancing for color/clarity. All entries must celebrate the iris with images of one or more irises as required by the class. All classes are open to color or black and white photographs.
3.Since this is the first year for a photography exhibit/contest at the regional level, there is no time frame as to when the photograph was taken. If you have a great iris photo that was taken five years ago, we want you to enter the photograph into the competition!
4.Exhibitors may enter up to six different photographs – one entry per each of the six classes. For example, if a husband and wife team wants to enter photos into the contest, they both can do so. The husband may enter up to six photos (one in each class) and the wife may enter up to six other photos (one in each class).
5.For this inaugural year, we will accept all types of photographs – even images printed on copier paper – but would prefer all images to be printed on photographic paper. Matte, satin or glossy finishes may be used. The use of white borders around photographs will be accepted as well. The photographs don’t have to be mounted – but mounting is encouraged. You might want to mount each photograph on light weight, stiff card stock, matte board or foam core. Conventional matting may be used, but not required. There is no maximum exhibit size and there is no minimum image size. NO GLASS OR FRAMED PHOTOGRAPHS ALLOWED.
6.An index card must accompany each exhibit with the following information provided: name of photographer, city and state, iris club name, title of photograph, number of class entered, name of the iris or irises (if known) and any individuals in the photograph (if known). Youth entries need to also include name of the school the youth attends and current school grade. No points will be deducted if you don’t know the name of the iris in your photograph. PLEASE do not write this information directly on the back of your photograph and don’t paper clip the index card to your photograph as this may cause creasing on the photographic paper.
7.For class one (1), please identify the general area where the flowers were photographed.
8.Please indicate the top of the photograph on the back of the photo.
9.Names, signatures or other identifying marks on the front of the photograph will cause the disqualification of the image in the photo contest.
10Region 7 of AIS will exercise caution in safeguarding exhibits but cannot assume responsibility for lost or damaged photographs.
11.Only one first, second, third may be given in each class if merited. Honorable Mentions may be awarded only in classes where the top three awards are given. One photograph will be awarded BEST IN SHOW by the judging committee. A PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD will be voted on by the general public during the hours of the horticulture show (2pm to 5pm).
12.Any questions regarding processes or rules will be answered by contacting Andrew Buhler, Jr. at andrew.buhler@jostens.com or 931-552-7157.
13.The recommended scale of points by which the classes are judged include:
a. Creativity - 25 points
b. Composition - 25 points
c. Craft/Technical Skill - 25 points
d. Content, Conformance and Interpretation of Class - 25 points
TOTAL - 100 points

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kids' Art Camp

We will be painting with watercolor and acrylic, drawing outside
using perspective, drawing still life set-ups, and having a good time!
You will go home with at least 2 paintings and several drawings/sketches.
July 11-15, 2016 - Beginners, must be going into 3rd grade or older
July 18-22, 2016 - Advanced, *must have prior Summer Art Classes or previous art tutoring.
July 25-29, 2016 – possible overflow week
All classes are from 9 to noon, with snack break.
Located at:
Cannonsburgh Historic Village
312 Front Street
Murfreesboro, TN,   (At the BACK of the Village! ! !)
Applications and more information available: