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Summer Art Camp – Meet the Teacher

Meet the Instructor – Caroline Niesley

Caroline Niesley was born in Washington, DC and has been drawing since her mother first put a pencil in her hand.  Caroline received her BFA from Moore College of Art in 1980.  She learned traditional methods and is versatile using any dry or wet medium.  Philadelphia Magazine printed an editorial cartoon by Caroline while she was working there on a credited internship.  Her humorous homage to Hogarth was accepted in the prestigious Society of Illustrators Student Show back in 1980.  Caroline had a life long love of cartoons both printed and animated.  So she was delighted when asked if she could offer a cartooning class.

She continues to study commercial and fine art, attending the Illustration Master Class at Amherst and figure drawing with Juliette Aristides.  She attends demos and sits in when permitted to learn from highly skilled instructors.  Her favorite medium is the humble pencil but she has worked in just about every medium.  In her student years she often used pen and ink and watercolor wash.  She experimented with prisma color pencils as studies for oil paintings.  She enjoys painting with alkyd oils.  She has exhibited at Society of Illustrators, Moore College of Art, Villanova University, and Montgomery Co. Community College.  Caroline worked as a freelance illustrator.  Philadelphia Magazine, PA Stage Company and TV Guide published her work.  She had the privilege of creating works of sacred art.  On October 28, 2007  “NTRA. SRA. DEL SAGRADO CORAZON” her oil painting on banner was carried in procession by parishioners of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Hilltown, PA at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in the Archdiocesan Hispanic Heritage Mass.   Her oil painting of The Risen Christ hangs in St. Stanislaus Chapel in Lansdale, Pa.  She also painted a 5’x10’ scenic backdrop for their crèche in 2013.  She enjoys writing, has published non-fiction and is working on an experimental graphic novel.

Caroline, is a member of the North Penn Art Alliance, lives in Lansdale and works as an instructor for North Penn School District’s Community Education Program teaching Cartooning and Portrait Drawing.

Several years ago at the January NPAA Meeting, Caroline shared the spotlight with Dan Fione and Ed Kane for “You Ink With A Pen, I Ink With A Brush” demonstrating traditional comic art inking with a sable brush.  June 2013 Caroline did a portrait demo for members and guests at NPAA with Ed Kane in costume. portrait-night

Caroline has had the privilege of teaching for North Penn Art Alliance for North Penn Community Education since fall of 2011.  She taught Pencil Portraits and Cartooning summer sessions.  Her Mini Comics class will be offered for the week of July 9th to the 12th.  Caroline took the Illustration Master Class at Amherst College in June of 2013, to update, network and learn from successful cartoonists, illustrators, editorial, fantasy artists and movie concept artists.  “Illustrations, cartoons and fine art have merged in our times of global Internet and many people are going the way of the tablet while others still use traditional methods.  I was glad to see talks and demos by a film concept designer who works on the Stars Wars films who still uses traditional methods,” Caroline said.

In Go Figure Grade Range: 3 – 8 July 16-19, 2018

Students will Draw figures in proportion using poseable action figures and toys. Great starter class for future cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and artists who want to draw people and animals that look real.

The Manga/Graphic Novel Camp Grade Range: 1 – 7 July 23-26, 2018     

is an introductory camp focusing on two wildly popular drawing styles for beginners and advanced artists.  Develop a story, draw your characters in their environment from pencil sketches to finished art. Inspiring art from these genres will be explored.

Caroline’s Mini Comics  for Grade Range: 2 – 7 July 9-12, 2018. In this camp you will write and draw your own mini comic. All skill levels welcome. Each child will receive one on one guidance. The finished comic books will be photocopied so you can share! Come in with a story idea and start penciling on day one. Day two you will ink. Day three you will finish the comic. Day four you will share your work with your fellow cartoonists!

Caroline demonstrates how cartoonists use traditional drawing skills to create fantasy characters who make us laugh at their antics and adventures.  Cartooning is a life long learning journey, which starts with a desire to draw stories.  Caroline hopes these classes will give students the confidence to pursue art on their own.  As one child wrote her, “I have learned much since I’ve started your class.  It has inspired me so much that I will never stop cartooning ever!”  Caroline keeps this letter over her desk at home.  Her students inspire her.

Caroline brings a lot of energy, excitement and fun to her classes. To register for the classes, please go to http://www.northpenncep.org

 

June Monthly Meeting – Philadelphia Magic Garden

Isaiah Zagar, was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Brooklyn and studied at the Pratt Institute in New York. After traveling the world and creating murals wherever he went, after a 3 year Peace Corps Service in Peru, Isaiah and his wife Julie settled back in PhiPMG 1ladelphia in the 1960’s. During that time he was already trying to revive and beautify South Street,  this was done along with other artists,  and it became known as the “South Street Renaissance.” After the street was saved,  he created hundreds of public artworks over two decades through out the city.

In 1994, Zagar started working on the vacant lots located near his studio at 1020 South Street. He first constructed a massive fence to protect the area then spent years sculpting multi-layer walls out of found objects.

This wonderful art installation of Zagar’s personal nature was threatened when the cPMG 2ompany that owned the property decided to sell the land which would force the artwork to be dismantled.  Here the community rushed in to help support the artist. After 2 years of legal battle the outcome was the formation of the non-profit named after his work, Philadelphia Magic Garden.

Join us on Wednesday, June 6th at the Lansdale Public Library to learn more about this artistic gem when we will have a representative from the Philadelphia Magic Garden provide us with more information about Izaiah Zagar and his fabulous mosaic creations.

Meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Make Art Monday for May is Yarn Painting

On Monday May 21st, join us at 125 N. Main St. in North Wales to learn about and make a Yarn Painting. What is Yarn Painting? Well, the Huichol people live in west-central Mexico. They are famous for creating designs with yarn. Called Nearika, this artwork was originally made for religious purposes. Often the yarn represented a legend important to the Huichol people, such as the origin of maize. Now artists also make yarn paintings as folk art. Their motifs include animals, people, and symbols of Huichol history. Join us on May 21 so that you can make your own Nearika.

Huicholi

Make Art Mondays are two hours of fun and art making in a relaxed environment. Each month we make a different art piece.We provide the supplies, you supply the imagination. These events are also kid friendly , but we ask that a parent or guardian also take part in the fun. All we ask is that you pay $5.00 per person, to help us keep the lights on.

It is even more fun when you bring a friend. So join us in May for Yarn Painting and then come back in June when we will be making collages.

When: May 21, 2018

Where: 125 N. Main St., North Wales, PA (St. Luke’s)

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Summer Art Camp Registration is Open!

For the weeks of July 9—12, July 16—19, and July 23—26 we are have a summer art camp at the North Penn High School.  Here is a list of the different art camps that we are holding.

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Grade 1-5, July 9-12, 2018

Grade 6-12, July 23-26, 2018

Enhance your creativity and drawing skills this summer. Fundamentals of drawing will be taught by a professional illustrator including light and shadow, perspective and composition. New subject matter (objects to draw) will be offered each year. All materials are included in the camp fee.

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North Penn Arts Alliance            Mo Tu We Th              09:00 AM – 12:00 PM     Fee: $117.00

 

Drawing II

Grades 1-5 July 16-19, 2018

This camp is for those who have completed Drawing I.

Fundamentals of drawing will continue as you incorporate pastels and pen/ink mediums to create still life and wildlife drawings.

All materials are included in the camp fee.

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North Penn Arts Alliance Mo Tu We Th 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fee: $117.00

 

Go Figure

Grade Range: 3 – 8 July 16-19, 2018

Draw figures in proportion using pose able action figures and toys. Great starter class for future cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and artists who want to draw people and IMG_1388animals that look real.

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North Penn Alliance Mo Tu We Th 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fee: $117.00

Manga/Graphic Novel Camp

July 23-26, 2018

This introductory camp focuses on two wildly popular drawing styles for beginners and advanced artists.  Develop a story, draw your characters in their environment from pencil sketches to finished art. Inspiring art from these genres will be explored.

AR34U North Penn High School J6 Arts Alliance Mo Tu We Th 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fee: $117.00

Mini Comics

Grade Range: 2 – 7 July 9-12, 2018

Write and draw your own mini comic. All skill levels welcome. Each child will receive one on one guidance. The finished comic books will be photocopied so you can share! Come in with a story idea and start penciling on day one. Day two you will ink. Day three you will finish the comic. Day four you will share your work with your fellow cartoonists!

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North Penn Arts Alliance Mo Tu We Th 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fee: $117.00

Multimedia Art

Grade Range: 1 – 7

Projects A: July 9-12, 2018 and again July 23-26, 2018

Projects B: July 16-19, 2018

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Enrich your summer and experiment with a variety of art materials including different paints, printing ink, pencils, pastels, and more. New projects are offered each summer. Projects A will be offered the weeks of July 9 and July 23.  Projects B will be offered the week of July 16. Come and join us this summer.

Projects A First Week

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North Penn Arts Alliance Mo Tu We Th 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fee: $117.00

Projects B Second Week

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North Penn Arts Alliance Mo Tu We Th 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fee: $117.00

Projects A Third Week

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North Penn Arts Alliance Mo Tu We Th 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fee: $117.00

 

Here are step by step instructions to register:

www.northpenncep.org

Summer Art 2018 Instructions

 

 

 

 

April will be showered with Art and events with the North Penn Arts Alliance

April is happening with the North Penn Arts Alliance.

 

First we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary with a Member’s Art Show at 125 N. Main S30th Logo Ideat., North Wales. The show will open to the public on Friday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m and that evening we will have a reception for the Artists. The show will remain open until April 15th with hours from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  All proceeds go towards the mission of the North Penn Arts Alliance which is to “Encourage artists and art enthusiasts opportunities to create, learn, network, and grow in a supportive environment.” If you are interested in participating in this show, young and young at heart artists are encouraged to join us with your framed art on April 3rd, at 125 N. Main St., North Wales between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For additional information and how to submit a piece for the show please visit https://northpennarts.org/30th-anniversary-show-call-for-entries/

 

Then join us on April 4th at the Lansdale Library, at 301 Vine Street, Lansdale for a presentation on Art for Social Change by Theresa Brown Gold. Theresa BrownGold is the painter, writer, performance artist, and songwriter also known as PussTBG- Presentationi Artist. She uses several art forms to start dialog around social issues such as healthcare, war, dying, immigration, and more. Her project is called Art As Social Inquiry. She paints large, expressionistic faces as a way to tell personal stories and connect the viewers to those stories…to real people Theresa has been using art to look at healthcare in the US since 2008. “I’ll be painting healthcare in this country until health policy is settled or I die, whichever comes first,” She says. Theresa sometimes uses her art to demonstrate in public spaces as a way of bringing awareness to an issue. She stood with her healthcare portraits in front of the US Supreme Court and Capitol buildings for 5 months in 2012. Theresa speaks about her work at conferences, churches, community centers, schools and civic groups. Her work has been featured in many interviews, publications and television programs .You can learn more about Theresa on her website, Art As Social Inquiry.

 

Once again we will come back to 125 N. Main St., North Wales for “Make Art Monday.” Found Object art, last year we used old manikin heads used in hair styling school. This year is anyone’s gu17425089_1443182915727045_7476020353085575405_ness. What can be done with found objects and imagination when you gather with a group of other artists for two hours. The fun gets underway at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm.

 

 

 

Summary of Dates:

April 3 – Artists Drop off Art for 30th Anniversary Show. 125 N. Main St., North Wales

April 4 – Art for Social Change by Theresa Brown Gold – Lansdale Library 301 Vine St.

April 6 – Our 30th Anniversary  Show Opens to the Public at

125 N. Main St., North Wales

             11:00 to 5:00,  then the Artist’s Reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

April 7 to April 15  30th Anniversary Show  125 N. Main St., North Wales

Each day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

April 16 “Make Art Monday” 125 N. Main St., North Wales 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m

For more information or questions, call us at 215 393 9110 or email us at

info@northpennarts.org.

March Monthly Meeting Cancelled

Winter Wonderland.jpgDue to the snowstorm, the March 21st Monthly Meeting is Cancelled.

The Storm has put the STEAM out of this months meeting.
Join us in two weeks when on April 3rd we will have the Art Drop Off for our Anniversary Show and then on April 4th our monthly meeting will have Theresa Brown Gold talking about Art for Social Change.
Then on April 6th our 30th Anniversary Show opens to the public.
for information on our show visit,
https://northpennarts.org/30th-anniversary-show-call-for-entries/

Make Art Monday at our New Location

On Monday March 19th at 7:00 p.m., the North Penn Arts Alliance will be meeting in our new location for Make Art Monday’s.  Our NEW location is 125 N. Main Street in North Wales. The board met in November and it was brought up as a possibility for use to us for “Make Art Monday’s” and our annual Show. Several board members toured the facility and the Board voted in the positive.

125 N. Main Street is also known as St. Luke’s UCC, however the building is also used by another non-profit and the Boy Scouts. We will have use of the two rooms that were built in the 1970’s and used as a community day care. We will also have use of the basement

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kitchen area (no cooking available) and the portion used by the congregation for worship.  Parking and handicapped parking is behind the building and the lot can hold 25 cars.

What does this mean? It means it is the first step in a partnership with the North Wales Borough to have the North Penn Arts Alliance provide a community art center. After six months further negotiations will take place and determination as to what else the North Penn Arts Alliance can provide for the Community. It also means that we will need to up our game in the fundraising arena and we will need members to help seek and assist with writing of grants.  So join us on March 19th to see our New Make Art Monday venue.

The Drawn Narrative – NEW CLASS!

The Drawn Narrative – tell your story with pictures. New Wednesday evening class at North Penn High School – 8 fun classes – register on line now at www.northpenncep.org   Just go to Spring 2018 and click on that for the next step.  Look for The Drawn Narrative in the list and register.

The class will c26904270_810612822480566_364016511095189237_nover a broad range of topics, the history, the how to. writing, drawing, painting, inspiration, traditional and modern methods. Bring a sketchbook to class.

If you could make pictures from your words or a story that you read what would it be like?

Do you even know how to begin?  Caroline Niesley will teach you how and provide plenty of information along the way.  Learning to illustrate your story or add a drawing or sketch to a journal helps you tell your story.

For it is said “a picture is worth a thousand words” whether it be a comic a story or a concept, drawing the narrative helps enhance what you are trying to say.

We will look at the history of the drawn narrative and how you can go about making

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your own story come to life. Writing, drawing and painting along with inspiration will enhance what you are trying to say.

Both traditional methods and modern methods will be discussed in the classes, so grab a pencil, pen, and a sketchbook and join us for  The Drawn Narrative. 

 

Registration for this class and all of our classes, is at  www.northpenncep.org   Just go to Spring 2018 and click on that for the next step.  Look for The Drawn Narrative in the list and register.  For our other evening classes, look for the phrase Arts Alliance in the Instructor column.

 

Arts & Crafts Step
Click on Arts & Crafts

Register

 

 

Spring is coming and so are our Spring Art Classes. Registration is Open.

Spring is not far away and we are offering several art classes for all ages. Our evening classes are geared for young and old alike, while our Saturday classes are geared for students looking to learn and have fun at the same time. Registration for each class is available at

www.northpenncep.org   Just go to Spring 2018 and click on that for the next step. 

Spring 2018 Classes

 

Note that the list of class categories are on the left after you click Spring 2018,              “Arts and Crafts” will list the Adult evening classes and “Just for Kids” will list our Saturday classes.

Below is a list of all the classes that the North Penn Arts Alliance is offering.



SATURDAY KIDS CLASSES

Multi Media: Grades K – 4

Instructor: Cecelia Zisk, Susan Schneider,NPAA

8 weeks

Start Date: 3/3/18 to 5/12/18 No Class 3/31/18 & 4/21/18

Day/Time: Saturday, 9 AM- 10:30 AM

Fee: $117

Description:  Let us help nurture your young artist’s creativity and introduce basic elements of art through exciting projects in a variety of materials from works on paper to three-dimensional. All skill levels welcome. Fee includes materials.


Multi Media: Grades 5-8

Instructor: Cecelia Zisk, Susan Schneider, NPAA

8 Weeks

Start Date: 3/3/18 to 5/12/18 No Class 3/31/18 & 4/21/18

Day/ Time: Saturday, 11AM –12:30 PM

Fee: $117

Description: Your young artist or budding master will find the guidance, experience and fun they are looking for in our newly designed multi media class. Projects will include a variety of materials which may include paints, markers, collage, printmaking and three dimensional. All skill levels welcome. Fee includes materials.


Cartooning – Ages 6-18

Instructor: Caroline Neisley,NPAA

8 weeks

Day/Time:  Saturday, 9-10:30AM

Start Date: 3/3/18 to 5/5/18 No Class on 3/31/18 & 4/21/18

Fee: $117

Description:  Learn about penciling, inking, materials, Manga & American character design, action poses, storytelling, drawing & making comics. Fee includes materials


Introduction to Drawing: Ages 6-10

Instructor: Dan Fione, NPAA

4 weeks

Start Date:  3/3/18 to 3/24/18

Day/Time: Saturday, 9AM – 10:30AM

Fee: $62

Description: This class will teach young artists basic drawing skills; line, tonal values, composition and basic perspective.  Taught by a professional illustrator.  Fee includes materials.


Intermediate Drawing for Kids: Ages 10 & up

Instructor: Dan Fione, NPAA

4weeks

Start Date:  3/3/18 to 3/24/18

Day/Time: Saturday, 11AM-12:30PM

Fee: $62

Description: Students will continue  learning drawing techniques;  line, tonal value, composition, perspective and proportions from a professional illustrator. Some previous drawing experience helpful but not required. Fee includes materials.


Oil/ Acrylics–Age 10-Adult

Instructor: William Letvenko, NPAA

10 weeks.

Start Date:  3/3/18 to 5/12/18 No Class 3/31/18 & 4/21/18

Time: 11AM-1PM

Fee: $123

Description: Beginning and skilled artists will learn basic oil painting techniques, color theory, composition and rules of perspective. Parents are required to attend the first class with school-aged children to get information regarding materials needed. Fee includes one canvas board.



ADULT CLASSES

 Multi Media- Age 15 -Adult

Instructor: Barbara Moss Buscher, NPAA

Day / Time:Tuesday. 7 – 9 PM, 10 weeks.

 Start Date: 3/6/18 to 5/8/18

Fee: $123

Description: Not sure what medium you are interested in? This class is for you.  Experience new and different mediums, which may include pen & ink, printmaking, watercolor, collage, fabric arts, sculpture and more, you will create original works of art.

A $40 materials fee will be payable to instructor on first night of class. Please bring pencil and notepaper to class.


Drawing with Confidence

Instructor: Caroline Niesley, NPAA

Day / Time:Monday. 7 – 9 P,  10 weeks.

Start Date: 3/5/18 to 5/14/18  No Class 4/2/18

Fee: $123

Description: All levels welcome! All mediums, personal instruction at your own pace without pressure, relax and see your skills improve. Geared to all interests. Please bring pencil and paper to first class. Supply list will be discussed in first class.


Watercolor –  Age 15 – Adult

Instructor: Barbara Moss Buscher, NPAA

Day/Time: Monday, 7-9P, 10 weeks.

Start Date: 3/5/18 to 5/14/18 No Class 4/2/18

Fee: $123

Description: To paint with watercolor is to learn relationships between paint, water, brush, & paper. Specific exercises in color theory will enhance your knowledge and comfort with color. Learn basic composition using a variety of subject matter, including your own photos, still life, and your imagination, experiment with various painting techniques.  Bring pencil & paper to classes. All levels welcome with individual attention given to every student A $70 materials fee payable to instructor at first class. Registration due by ____________, so supplies may be ordered. Returning students will explore new techniques and work with their personal interests.


Oil/ Acrylics–Age 15-Adult

Instructor: William Letvenko, NPAA

Day/Time: Tuesday 7-9:15 PM.

9 Weeks

Start Date: 3/6/18 to 5/8/18

Fee: $123

Description: Beginning and skilled artists will learn basic oil painting techniques, color theory, composition and rules of perspective. Parents are required to attend the first class with school-aged children to get information regarding materials needed. Fee includes one canvas board.

The Drawn Narrative – NEW CLASS!

Instructor:  Caroline Niesley, NPAA

Day/Time: Wednesday, 7-9 PM,

8 Weeks

Start Date: 3/7/18 to 5/2/18 No Class 3/28/18

Description: Telling stories with pictures. Class covers a broad range of topics; the history, the how to, writing, drawing, painting, inspiration, traditional and modern methods. Bring a sketch book to class.

 

Save the Dates – 30th Anniversary Art Show

Here is pertinent information regarding our upcoming 30th Anniversary Show! It is the beginning of a partnership opportunity with the NPAA and the Borough of North Wales. We’ll have space there for shows, special events, Make Art Monday’s (beginning on March 19th) and NPAA workshops. The space is 2-3 rooms an addition to the church built in  1972. Parking and handicap access is available and we can use the lovely sanctuary for our awards ceremony.
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Last Year’s Best of Show  “Cliff Hanger”  by Lee Muslin
LOCATION:  St. Luke’s Church Community Annex, 125 N. Main Street, North Wales, PA  19454
IMPORTANT DATES.
  1. Tuesday, April 3rd from 3-8pm – Delivery of art
  2. Wednesday morning, April 4th – Hanging of show. Jurying will be done that afternoon/evening beginning at approximately 5pm.
  3. Thursday, finishing touches and time to compile and complete our show catalog.
  4. Friday, April 6th, show opens its doors at 11am.
  5. Friday, April 6th, 6:30 – 9pm: the public is invited to our Opening reception with food and beverages, live music and awards ceremony at 7:30pm.
  6. Saturday April 7 thru Sunday April 15, Show continues, with hours from 11-5. It is very important that members sign up to sit the show in 2-hour shifts!
  7. END of SHOW, RAFFLES and PICK-UP:  at 4-pm, raffle winners and people’s choice awards will be announced. Immediately afterwards, art can be checked out and picked up until 7pm.5pm, show closes.
  8. ADDITIONAL PICK-UP DAY:  Monday, April 16th from 3-6pm!!!
Other details to follow in CFE, but here are some highlights:
  1. We can once again accommodate larger works up to 48 inches plus framing.
  2. We can accommodate many 3-D pieces without the use of a base, with a long line of low cabinets along the walls.
  3. Since it is a special Anniversary Show we would like to hang your previous Best of Show pieces. These would not be juried and may or may not be available for sale.