Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ART & SOUL Workshops continue



Workshops are offered every fourth Saturday of the month.  Please visit the studio website to pre-register for monthly workshops and yoga classes at http://www.yogaeast.abmp.com  

 Session Five: July 26th   2:30 - 4:30  
PARTS & WHOLE   Weaving
   Participate in community games, an interpretive dance, add your creative touch to a group weaving, and contribute to group poetry. Experience vinyasa flow and a sense of communion in yoga.   

Session Four: August 23rd   2:30 - 4:30
ACCEPTANCE   Painting
  Learning to accept and care for oneself is healthy, and a vital step in caring for others. Learn centering yin asanas, create a painting and write a letter of love to oneself, in connection with all beings in love.


Beneath the busyness of life flow deep, energetic impulses, creative currents, passions, and inspired communion. Too often the to-do lists and future plans distract from the soulful, nourishing life that can “currently” be enjoyed moment by moment.  Yoga East Healing Arts studio is a unique space   in which the meditative practices of yoga and creative           expression are naturally and profoundly intertwined.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Open Window Studio now accepting enrollment for art classes

Open Window Studio is now accepting enrollment for instructional art classes, beginning fall semester. Limited openings available. Returning students have until August 14th to reserve their preferred class time. Studio classes will resume Tuesday, September 2nd. I look forward to working with you! Find more information at www.OpenWindowStudioArt.blogspot.com













Monday, June 23, 2014

Project Runway workshop offered at SE Missouri State University Horizons Summer Programs

Join us for an exciting workshop that teaches you the basics of fashion design, construction and illustration! The popular "Junior Fashion Designer" workshop, now entitled "Project Runway" is being offered for the third consecutive year, July 7 - 11 on the university campus. Register now by calling 573 986-6879.

Cape Public Library offers summer workshops for kids

The Cape Public Library and Open Window Studio are teaming up to bring more creative experiences to the youth of our area! Make plans to join us!


*Creation Station  (ages 4-7)
Saturday, June 28  9-10 a.m.
This class will meet monthly, with each class based on a theme and an element of art and design. This month’s theme is form.
Registration required

*Studio Art Adventures (grades 4-7)
Saturday, June 28    1-2 p.m.       Drawing in Comic Style 

There is a $3 fee for materials payable to the instructor on the day of the program. Registration required.

Open enrollment for the Fall Semester at Open Window Studio - now through August 10th

Please register by August 10th for your instructional art classes. Limited openings are available, and returning students get first choice of lesson times through August 1st. Rates and contact information can be found by clicking the tabs above.

I look forward to working with you this year!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

One of my favorite bands

OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall - Official Video: http://youtu.be/m86ae_e_ptU

Monday, June 16, 2014

What does Open Window Studio offer developing artists?

   The purpose of  Open Window Studio is to support local artists by offering instructional classes for youth and adults by providing a workspace for artists to further develop their skills, and by providing a unique setting for area artists and community members to connect and learn from one another. For twelve years now, the Studio has been offering quality learning opportunities, guided by experienced Teaching Artist Kelly Hughes.

   Perhaps you are interested in developing your artistic skills to better express your vision. Perhaps you are ready to rediscover a joy of art. Perhaps you are seeking instructional classes that won't fit into your semester schedule. Perhaps you have a burning desire to create something meaningful to share with the world. Open Window Studio offers many such opportunities for "some serious fun!"

   Although the flexibility of personalized private lessons at Open Window Studio allow you to design a path in creative discovery and technical skill custom tailored to your interests, there is a progression that may be beneficial for artists looking for solid development in the fundamentals of composition, media technique and specific skills. That path may look something like this:

NURTURING CREATIVE EXPRESSION

FUNDAMENTALS - Introduction to the Elements and Principles of Design
                                 - Basic drawing skills
                                 - Compositional design
                                 - Color theory
                                 - Understanding Perspective and Proportion

MEDIA TECHNIQUES - Drawing / Illustration
                                       - Pastel Painting / Portraiture
                                       - Acrylic Painting
                                       - Oil Painting / Portraiture
                                       - Pen & Ink
                                       - Watercolor Painting
                                       - Printmaking / Screenprinting
                                       - Fashion, Fabrics and Textiles
                                       - Sculpting /  Hand Built Ceramics
                                       - Collage / Bookmaking / Papercraft

SPECIALTIES  - Figure / Comic / Fashion Illustration
                          - Portraiture
                          - Landscape / Plein Aire
                          - Still life / Florals
                          - Animals / Pets / Horses / Wildlife / Journaling
                          - Abstract Expressionism

INTENSIVES - Fashion Design - Illustration, Construction, Textiles
                        - Architectural Design
                        - Art & Soul Yoga Workshops
                        - Adventures in Art ( Youth  - multimedia )
                        - Art Appreciation

   In addition, any of these specialties can be chosen as inspiration for work commissioned of Kelly Hughes, including murals, borders and backdrops, business logos / signage, pet portraits and custom painting projects.
Visit www.OpenWindowStudioArt.blogspot.com to learn more!



ART & SOUL WORKSHOPS

We invite you to join us for a uniquely creative yoga practice called Art & Soul! This is the second set of monthly Art & Soul workshops, meeting Saturday from 2:30 - 4:30 at Yoga East on Broadway in Cape. A different workshop is offered each month. This month, learn to create a nature journal, enjoy contemplative yoga postures and discuss the joys of creative process.
Please register online at http://www.yogaeast.abmp.com/

Session Three:
May 31  2:30 - 4:30
BALANCE Sculpture
Let loose the shakti energy in a yoga dance, find balance in sculpting and in practicing balance poses as we discuss the need for balance in relationships.


Session Four:
June 28th  2:30 - 4:30
CYCLES AND SEASONS  Nature Journaling
Learn the influences of the divine masculine and feminine in the process of writing, move with yoga energy flows, and enjoy the practice of observing nature to bring serenity, perspective, and sense of connection.



"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life" - Picasso

Beneath the busyness of life flow deep, energetic impulses, creative currents, passions, and inspired communion. Too often the to-do lists and future plans distract from the soulful, nourishing life that can "currently" be enjoyed moment by moment. Yoga East Healing Arts studio is a unique space in which the meditative practices of yoga and creative expression are naturally and profoundly intertwined.

We invite you to slow down and allow these "currents" to soothe your busy mind, bring awareness and open you to a more creative flow. Art & Soul Currents introduce yoga postures and artful practices that transform stress into creative energy and inspire self-expression. In a supportive, non-competitive setting we invite expression in many forms, including song, story, interpretive dance, journaling, traditional craft and expressive art. Engaging in such nurturing daily practice can quiet the mind, sift through the clutter and create space for expansion, expression and playful possibility.

Workshops are offered every fourth Saturday of the month, beginning March 22nd. Please visit the studio website to register for monthly workshops and yoga classes at http://www.yogaeast.abmp.com

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Nourishing the Creative Life

A quote from Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

"Creativity is a shapechanger. One moment it takes this form, the next that. It is like a dazzling spirit who appears to us all, yet is hard to describe for no one agrees on what they saw in that brilliant flash. Are the wielding of pigments and canvas, or paint chips and wallpaper, evidence of its existence? How about pen and paper, flower borders on the garden path, building a university? Yes, yes. Ironing a collar well, cooking up a revolution? Yes. Touching with love the leaves of a plant, pulling down "the big deal," tying off the loom, finding one's voice, loving someone well? Yes. Catching the hot body of the newborn, raising a child to adulthood, helping raise a nation from its knees? Yes. Tending to a marriage like the orchard it is, digging for psychic gold, finding the shapely word, sewing a blue curtain? All are of the creative life. All these things are from the Wild Woman --the Rio Abajo Rio, the river beneath the river-- which flows and flows into our lives.

Some say the creative life is in ideas, some say it is in doing. It seems in most instances to be in a simple being. It is not in virtuosity, although that is very fine in itself. It is the love of something, having so much love for something --whether a person, a word, an image, an idea, the land, or humanity-- that all that can be done with the overflow is to create. It is not a matter of wanting to, not a singular act of will; one solely must."

Monday, June 9, 2014

FWD: Asking Questions from 'The Muse is IN Blog'

Asking Questions




As a writer, an artist, and purveyor of creative coaching, I have come to rely on an exquisitely simple tool for triggering creativity and intuition. It's convenient, free, and more dependable than I imagined it would be when I actively started using it many years ago. The catch is it requires patience and trust, and those qualities are on the endangered list.

The tool is this: The simple asking of small, conscious, constructive questions without expecting immediate answers.

Expect answers and expect more than one, but not immediately.

I've been using this method of fertile inquiry for so long that the answers seem dependable in their arrival. I ask a question before sleeping at night and get clarity in the morning when I am still halfway in the dream world - the imaginative delivery system of the subconscious where anything is possible - but as I begin to feel the first conscious clues of awakening, before all my insecurities and habitual patterns of thought get a chance to fog my good knowing. I have been known to doubt an early morning answer as my neuroses kicks in and protests, but more often than not I go back to the answer dawn delivered.
Questions about creative directions usually take more time to incubate and arrive in flurries, lightning flashes, and once ... on a billboard.
The mind LOVES questions, they trigger the complex detonation of possibilities.
A question can simmer, incubate, and ricochet off my vast inner world of collected experience.  Not using the most obvious answer is a trick many people fail to use because they too easily fall in love with any idea or answer before they take it deeper by staying open to more answers, finding the answer behind the answer so the idea and the answer results in more depth and confidence.
You can ask questions anywhere (brace yourself for a silly poem):
In a closet with a bear
In a line for underwear
In a greasy corner diner
While spacin' out in conversations
Or holidayin' to weird locations.
[Okay.. I'll stop.]
Delightful three
 Here are some questions you might consider test driving but remember: patience and trust.
1. How can I make it easier to show-up to my passions?
2. How do I want to feel in the creative process? Playfully  curious? Mischievously quirky? Anticipating discovery? Boldly sure? 
3. What is one small way I can make my writing/art/music/life fresh?
4. What's one small thing I can do right now, really quickly, just to move into a little more momentum?
5. Where will my next inspiration come from?
6. Why would I want to go to a party when I can stay home and be creative?
Okay, that last one snuck in there, I suppose as an answer to "What additional quirky question can I add to break up the seriousness of these questions?" That's how they work.
I find that concentrating on one question at a time works best.
Asking small questions is one of the tools Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaches learn during their training. If you're interested in knowing more about that, here's where you would go.

 “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ― Socrates

      








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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Studio classes postponed until August

It's summertime! At the conclusion of this week, school semesters come to a close and we all get to take some time for more leisurely activities at a more leisurely pace. With this slowing of schedules comes the opportunity to stop and smell the roses, and truly observe the people and things around us. Being attentive and observant is key to developing artistic skills. We must take time to observe and understand to meaningfully  interpret the world around us.

So when you find yourself on a family camping trip, watching images flash by on a road trip, sitting poolside or watching a baseball game, have a sketch book with you and practice recording things that you notice, things that are interesting, anything you can see around you. In your interpretation of those things, in your attentive observance of those things, they take on a meaningful and sometimes magical quality. Look for it. You will find it.

Have a wonderfully magical summer! I look forward to more magical artistic adventures with you this fall.

Kelly

Friday, April 18, 2014

Return to the Studio

I welcome your return to the studio this week! Thank you for your patience in my absence. I have updated the blog page to reflect some additional student lessons on the studio schedule.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Time for a desert vacay

Greetings friends of Open Window Studio!
 
It has been a wonderful transition from winter to spring here at the studio, welcoming many new and returning students to explore their art and practice their skills. In these past few months, there have been fabulous watercolor florals, pastel chalk portraits, animal sketches, weavings, mache sculptures, realistic drawings, chalk landscapes, oil painted portraits, wildlife acrylic paintings, comic books and super hero masks created by the eighteen students visiting the studio weekly! What a variety of expressions and delight is found in exploring art together! I hope you have inpressed yourselves as much as you have impressed me with your skills!
 
It brings me joy to have the opportunity to teach and support each of you in your artistry, but it is time for a break. It is time to take the time carved out of this busy schedule months ago, and meet up with my friendly crew and do some flying through the southwestern desert. After viewing the world from an aerial perspective, baking my bones in the desert sun and spending every day outdoors, I shall return refreshed and recharged, to share my stories, make new art and meet with you all again.
 
I leave this Friday afternoon, and will be back in studio on Wednesday, April 16th. Lessons will resume on Wednesday, April 16th and continue through the entire month of May (thanks to the extended school year.) The end of the year always brings special events and outings. Please continue to message or courtesy call if you are unable to make your lesson time. I am happy to work with your busy schedules and reschedule when that option is available.  
 
I usually take the summer months off to enjoy time with my family, but as my children are teens and have their own plans for summer, I will be offering a more limited schedule/studio time to those students who wish to continue their lessons in the summer months.  If that option interests you,please schedule your summer lesson time by May 1st.  I will be offering Art Workshops at Yoga East every fourth Saturday of the month, Creation Station art (for ages 4-7) and Studio Art Adventures (for grades 4-7) every fourth Saturday at the Cape Public Library, and a Horizons summer workshop on campus, entitled "Project Runway," July 7-11. Keep up with summer events by visitinghttp://www.openwindowstudioart.blogspot.com/ or on FB page "Open Window Studio artist Kelly Hughes."  
 
I look forward to meeting with each of you this week, and again when I return mid-April.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Art & Soul workshops at Yoga East

We invite you to join us for a uniquely creative yoga practice called Art & Soul! This is the first of our monthly Art & Soul workshops, meeting Saturday from 2:30 - 4:30 at Yoga East on Broadway in Cape. A different workshop is offered each month. This month, learn to create a mandala, enjoy contemplative yoga postures and discuss the joys of creative process. 
Please register online at  http://www.yogaeast.abmp.com/ 
   
Session One:
March 22nd    2:30 - 4:30  
INNER WORKINGS     Mandala Tangle
Find a meditative space in the creation of a "Mandala Tangle" drawing, practice restorative yoga postures, be inspired by reflective writing prompts and slow down to practice being attentive in the present moment.
 
Session Two:
April 26th     2:30 - 4:30   
MANIFESTING      Book Making
Take courageous steps in opening to the idea of "Being Love," through allowing your body to dance, moving through heart fire postures, and creating a book in which to record your ideas, dreams and the unfolding journey.
 
"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life" - Picasso
 
Beneath the busyness of life flow deep, energetic impulses, creative currents, passions, and inspired communion. Too often the to-do lists and future plans distract from the soulful, nourishing life that can "currently" be enjoyed moment by moment.  Yoga East Healing Arts studio is a unique space   in which the meditative practices of yoga and creative expression are naturally and profoundly intertwined.
 
We invite you to slow down and allow these "currents" to soothe your busy mind, bring awareness and open you to a more creative flow. Art & Soul Currents introduce yoga postures and artful practices that transform stress into creative energy and inspire self-expression. In a supportive, non-competitive setting we invite expression in many forms, including song, story, interpretive dance, journaling, traditional craft and expressive art.  Engaging in such nurturing daily practice can quiet the mind, sift through the clutter and create space for expansion, expression and playful possibility.
 
Workshops are offered every fourth Saturday of the month, beginning March 22nd. Please visit the studio website to register for monthly workshops and  yoga classes at http://www.yogaeast.abmp.com  
 
 
   




Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Welcome new artists

Welcome to Open Window Studio artists Mollie, Mason, and Averi! I look forward to learning with you and discovering art together!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Studio open

Though Jackson Schools are closed Tuesday, March 4, Open Window Studio is open for lessons. The path to the door is prepared and you are most welcome! If you choose to skip your lesson time, please be sure to call.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Art Speak Newsletter Artist Spotlight

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Kelly Hughes

Kelly Hughes is an artist, arts educator, and entrepreneur. She has a degree in Fine Arts/Science from New York State and has completed coursework in fine arts, biology, and elementary education. She began Open Window Studio in 2001, to support local artists by offering instructional classes for youth and adults. She has also begun to give classes at the Cape Public Library, titled "Creation Station" for ages 4-7 and "Studio Art Adventures" for grades 4-7 on March 22. In addition, she has become the Art & Soul Event Coordinator at Yoga East Healing Arts Studio, where she offers the Art &Soul Currents workshops, coordinates art exhibit events, and serves as a yoga instructor.

As well as teaching art lessons, she has built a reputation as a professional artist through completing over 55 interior mural commissions, commissioned portraits and paintings, theatre and stage backdrops, commercial graphic designs and business logos, signs, and billboards.

In her private art practice, she seeks to share her unique voice by making artwork that speaks of her own life experience, merging concept and form to invoke meaningful response from those that view it. While her preferred media include pencil illustration, acrylic murals, pastel, watercolor, sculpture and fashion design she also uses what she calls a “material of the moment.” This has included stained glass, paper clay, beeswax, and more.

 


You can read more about Kelly Hughes at her website:http://www.openwindowstudioart.blogspot.com

Find her at linked in
 and in our Artist Directory
Sign up for her workshops at Yoga East
.

Session One Workshop taught by Hughes at Yoga East Healing Arts Studio
March 22nd from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
“INNER WORKINGS Mandala Tangle”

Find a zen meditation space in the creation of a “Mandala Tangle” drawing, practice restorative yoga asanas, be inspired by reflective writing prompts and slow down to practice being attentive in the present moment.


Monday, February 24, 2014

First Friday

When you are out visiting our great local art galleries on First Friday, take time to stop in to the area's newest gallery space at 827 Broadway. We invite you to stop in and visit with us for First Friday "Art and Soul" exhibits each month, and enjoy the creative artworks gracing this meditative space. This month we gather on Friday, March 7, from 6-8 pm at Yoga East Healing Arts Studio.

This opening reception features the work of local photographer Larry Braun. "The beauty of the world around me has always inspired me. My goal as an artist is to capture this simple beauty I see and share it with others. My latest work features the Benton Hills area in which I live." 

News and Events

Yoga Basics – Monday, March 17 6:30-7:15 p.m. (Geraldine Hirsch Room)
Join local yoga instructor Kelly Hughes for an introduction to yoga. Please bring a yoga mat or bath towel. To register, call us at 573-334-5279 ext. 121 or register through our events calendar on our website at www.capelibrary.org. (15 person limit)

Yoga Basics – Thursday, July 17 6:30-7:15 p.m. (Oscar Hirsch Room)
Join local yoga instructor Kelly Hughes for an introduction to yoga. Please bring a yoga mat or bath towel. To register, call us at 573-334-5279 ext. 121 or register through our events calendar on our website at www.capelibrary.org. (15 person limit)

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If you do not already receive the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's online newsletter, sign up at their website  (www.capearts.org ) and check out the Artist Spotlight featuring Kelly Hughes of Open Window Studio! 
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Due to low enrollment, I will not be offering the proposed art workshops at the Cape Career and Technical Center this spring. 

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Stay tuned for confirmation on the proposed summer workshops offered through the Horizons program at Southeast Missouri State University! The very popular "Junior Fashion Designer" and "Be the Architect" workshops are being considered for July.

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More Upcoming Events

As you may know, I have been serving as yoga instructor at Yoga East Healing Arts Studio since the doors were opened in October. Since embarking on this journey in yoga practice three years ago, this facet of my life experience sustains and evokes my creativite life in such a profound way that the two have become inseparable. As a result, I invite you to experience this for yourself in joining me for the Art & Soul Currents workshops. To register and learn more, visit www.yogaeast.abmp.

Session One: March 22nd    2:30 - 4:30    
INNER WORKINGS Mandala Tangle
Find a zen meditation space in the creation of a "Mandala Tangle" drawing, practice restorative yoga asanas, be inspired by reflective writing prompts and slow down to practice being attentive in the present moment.

Session Two: April 26th     2:30 - 4:30    
MANIFESTING   Book Making
  Take courageous steps in opening to the idea of "Being Love," through allowing your body to dance, moving through heart fire asanas, and creating a book in which to record your ideas, dreams and the journey in manifestation.

Session Three: May 24th   2:30 - 4:30    
BALANCE    Clay sculpt
   Let loose the shakti energy in a yoga dance, find balance in sculpting and in practicing balance poses as we discuss the need for balance in our relationships.

Session Four: June 28th   2:30 - 4:30   
CYCLES & SEASONS   Nature Journaling 
  Learn the influences of the divine masculine and feminine in the process of writing, move with yoga energy flows, and enjoy the practice of observing nature to bring serenity, perspective, and sense of connection.

Session Five:  July 26th  2:30 - 4:30    
PARTS & WHOLE    Poem/ Group weaving
   Participate in community games and dance, add your touch to a group weaving, and create a poem from fragments. Experience vinyasa flows and learn the meaning of the word "yoga."

Session Six:  August 23rd  2:30 - 4:30   
ACCEPTANCE   Painting
   Learning to accept and care for oneself is as vital as caring for others. Learn the inward turning yin asanas, create a painting and write a poem of love to Oneself, connecting us with all beings of love.

Upcoming Events

The Cape Public Library and Open Window Studio are teaming up to bring more creative experiences to the youth of our area! Make plans to join us!


*Creation Station  (ages 4-7) 
Saturday, March 22  9-10 a.m.
This class will meet monthly, with each class based on a theme and an element of art and design. This month’s theme is color.
Instructor:  Kelly Hughes of Open Window Studio 
Registration required



*Studio Art Adventures (grades 4-7)
Saturday, March 22    1-2 p.m.       Tangled Line Drawings 

An artistic embellishment or doodle can become an intricately woven “tangle”.  
Instructor:  Kelly Hughes of Open Window Studio  
There is a $3 fee for materials payable to the instructor on the day of the program. Registration required.