Thursday, May 21, 2015

It is almost summertime! Here's what's happening...

Once again I have been lax in taking time to share updates here, and even on FB, so I will punctuate this posting with highlights and a pledge to be more diligent in keeping fans of Open Window Studio in the loop.
  • Today is the fourth day of my self-initiated "Two week Staycation." With the plan to travel unravelling, I am realizing the benefit of finding quiet time and space right here at home. 
  • On June 1st the studio will reopen for summer art classes, due to popular demand. Please contact me if you do not plan to continue art lessons in the summer, would like to change your scheduled lesson time, or have a friend who would like to join you. If you are interested in a week-long Adventures in Art workshop in July, I would like to know that too!
  • Spent a wonderful three weeks in Florida, right when the winter was feeling "old," flying over the beauteous beaches and swamp lands and keys of the sunny coasts. Played around with a "big idea" of furthering my education in airframe and powerplant mechanics, but have since had doors on that path close with sound resolution. Just as beautifullly and surprisingly as my joyous participation with "Wings of Freedom" began, it has come to an end, with nothing but gratefulness remaining, (especially for my enduring and supportive friend Chip.) 
  • Daughter Sierra endured some anxious moments and busy schedules to complete her first year in Columbia, attending Stephens College as a Costume Design major. With merely a long weekend break, she then jumped into the six week Summer Theatre Intensive program, which is credited toward her three-year degree. I plan to see her in a couple weeks, not willing to wait until her homecoming on June 22.
  • Son Gabe is driving and studying his way through his junior year at JHS, performing with friends in school choirs, playing the electric guitar and creating digital art as expression of his creative voice.  
  • Completed the JHS Pop Concert stage backdrop for the 7th straight year.
  • Visited the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis in May, as well as Sun Studio, in celebration of my birthday and twenty amazing years with husband, Chip. 
  • Though I trained to hold a certification as a Yoga Fit Instructor in 2011, I completed another level of training to graduate this past weekend as a 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher. The nine month program was a wonderful journey with wonderful classmates and instructors. The "3rd weekend yoga bubble" will be missed, but I continue to share this integrated practice with strong, devoted students at both Yoga East Healing Arts Studio in Cape and with the YoGo group in Gordonville.
  • I have welcomed new and returning students for the spring semester at Open Window Studio, now in its 14th year. I have welcomed opportunities to serve as art teacher for the elderly in their homes,     as art teacher for youth programs at the library, as a team leader for the Therapeutic Horsemanship program, as a substitute teacher, and as art program teacher for girl scout troops. This semester also marks the 7th year of offering the Adventures in Art after-school program at St. Paul Lutheran School. It is is a blessing to welcome these continuing invitations to encourage and teach, and I am grateful for the continued support of our community.
   






 Enjoy the mellow days of summer until we meet again for some "seriously fun" art classes in the fall!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Let's make some art!



 

                                                               

It's the New Year! Information about your art lessons at Open Window Studio

I invite you to register now for art lessons at Open Window Studio! 

Now in it's 14th year, Open Window Studio will be reopening for spring semester classes beginning February 17th! The spring semester will continue through May 15th, 2015. I will be working with current students in these first two weeks of January, to continue once the studio officially reopens in February. Beginning January 19th, I will begin flying through Florida with the Wings of Freedom tour.  
This is the time of year I begin planning the spring semester, confirming and working with the many lesson times of current students, and finding spaces in which to add classes for incoming students. Some classes and workshops are still in the works. As these class times are confirmed, they will appear in bold on the "current class schedule" page of the blog. (www.OpenWindowStudioArt.blogspot.com)
The purpose of Open Window Studio is to support local artists, offering instructional classes for youth and adults by providing a work space for artists to further develop their skills, and providing a unique setting for area artists and community members to connect and learn from one another. The Studio offers quality learning opportunities and experiences, guided by an experienced Teaching Artist.

Perhaps you are interested in developing your artistic skills to better express your vision. Perhaps you are ready to rediscover the joy of nurturing your art. Perhaps you are seeking other options when art class won't fit into your school 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 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 / Nature Journals
- Abstract Expressionism

INTENSIVES 
- Fashion Design - Illustration, Construction, Textiles
- Architectural Design
- Art & Soul Yoga Workshops
- Adventures in Art ( 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, book illustration, portraiture, pet portraits and custom painting projects.)


Thank you for your courtesy and cooperation in making the scheduling process convenient for all concerned. By calling ahead to cancel or reschedule, and by arriving promptly at your scheduled lesson time, you help the days flow smoothly. Please be reminded of these studio policies regarding class cancellations:
  • In the case of inclement weather, the studio will be open unless you are personally contacted. If you find the studio inaccessible, please call as soon as possible to reschedule. 
  • Students who do not attend their pre-scheduled class will be charged the full class fee.
  • Students who are unable to attend their pre-scheduled class, please notify the instructor 24 hours before the scheduled class time, except when sudden illness or severe weather prohibits such prior notification. You will then have the option to reschedule your lesson time at no charge.
In considering my many years of experience, ongoing training, growing certifications and increasing demand for classes both on and off-site, my business manager has advised me to make a minimal increase to lesson fees. This change goes into effect in the new year, but will not effect current students for the duration of their time at Open Window Studio.  
  

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Have a joyous new year!

To the clients, supportive friends, and the hundreds of individual artists who have been students of Open Window Studio through the years
I wish you the continued joy in personal expression and the sense of inner knowing that comes from creating and responding to great art

Happy Holidays and a new year of peace and joy

Welcoming a new year of discovery and growth, supporting the arts in our community, as well as your personal journey as a student of art. I am grateful for your continued support of this mission.

See you friends in studio in the new year!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday schedule for OPEN WINDOW STUDIO

The studio will not be open and art classes will not be in session on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 26 - Monday Dec.1
Monday, Decemebr 22 - January 2nd

More information on spring semester classes to follow in the new year!
To current students Grace, Aria, Lauren, Kiarra, Ava, Maria, Shirley, Pat, Darrell, Angie, Ivy, Livia and the eleven students of St. Paul Adventures in Art, I wish you a warm and loving holiday season! It is truly a joy to create art with each of you.

Holiday yoga schedule

Looking ahead to the upcoming holiday season...
We will meet for Yoga at Dance Extensions, Tuesdays at 6:30, on the following dates:
Nov. 11,18
Dec. 9, 16
Jan. 6, 13
We will not meet when the building is closed for break.

We will meet for Yoga in Gordonville, Thursdays at 6:30. on the following dates:
Nov. 13, 20
Dec. 4, 11, 18
Jan. 8, 15

We will meet for Yoga at Nearly Perfect Crossfit in Jackson at 10:00 a.m. on the following Saturdays:
Nov. 29
Dec. 6, 13
Jan. 3, 10

And for Sun Flow class at Yoga East in Cape:
Nov. 14, 21, 22
Dec. 5, 12, 19
Jan. 9, 16

I'll post more info on classes as we begin the new year!
Peace and loving holiday wishes to you all!
It is a joy to gather with you all for yoga practice!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Open Window Studio welcomes students

I welcome new and returning students to Open Window Studio! The studio is a well stocked and open space for Maria, Ava, Grace, Aria, Lauren, Kiarra to do what they love - experience art adventures! Angie uses the space to further develop her talent and skill in watercolor seascapes. The studio anticipates the return of Kathy's beautiful pencil drawings. The studio also travels to the home of friends Shirley and Esther each week, so they might explore the new-to-them media of soft pastel, and Pat enjoys the by-weekly visits that bring some creative play to her life at the Lutheran Home. Homeshoolers enjoy the classes custom fit to their schedules, as well as the monthly workshops offered by Kelly Hughes at the Cape Public Library.

Make some room in your days to explore the wonder and joy of making art! Call Open Window Studio to begin today!      

Women's Day of Art

We would love to have you join us for the Women's Day of Art, held on Tuesday, September 30 from 9-3 at the River Campus Crisp Museum. I will be one of many artists teaching, demonstrating and showcasing art techniques for you to incorporate into your artistic discoveries.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ART & SOUL Currents workshops continue


Session Seven:
September 27    2:30 - 4:30  
BALANCE    Clay sculpt
   Let loose the shakti energy in a yoga dance, find centering in sculpting and balance poses  as we discuss the need for balance in our lives.


Session Eight:
October 25    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 flows and communion in yoga.   

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.  Please visit the website to pre-register for these monthly workshops at http://www.yogaeasthealingarts.com  



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Arts Council gallery features works by members

You are invited to visit the Arts Council galleries on First Friday, September 5th, to see work by yours truly and other Arts Council members. Also, swing by the Yoga East Healing Arts Studio to see the masterful work of Robert Towner. Both shows will be on exhibit throughout the month.

Caterpillars with Character exhibit on display at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center in September


Adventures in Art at Open Window Studio

Professional Artist & Arts Educator Kelly Hughes of Open Window Studio, offers young artists an opportunity to develop skills while experiencing the meaningful process of creating art. This workshop will focus primarily on the visual arts, in activities which are designed to encourage creative discovery, practice skills, teach basic technique, demonstrate the care and use of materials, and encourage greater appreciation for the arts. Students will explore a variety of media and materials to engage in drawing, design, collage, painting, clay work, print making, fibers, sculpture, and paper making experiences.

Adventures in Art at Open Window Studio is a small group art class for children ages 4-8 years. The class will meet every other Friday of the month, 5:00-6:00 pm. The class meets September 12th and 26th, October 10 and 24, November 7 and 21, and December 5 and 19. I look forward to your call to register your child by Friday, September 5th. All supplies and materials provided. A maximum of six accepted. Drop in fee is $15 per class, or pay the reduced rate of $100 for all eight classes, due at the first class.

Call 837-2690 with any questions.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Register now for art lessons

Please register by August 30th for your instructional art classes. Limited openings are available, and returning students get first choice of lesson times through August 15th. Classes begin September 2nd. Rates and contact information can be found by clicking the tabs above.

I look forward to working with you this year!

Flourish Magazine features Open Window Studio artist Kelly Hughes

http://www.semissourian.com/story/2106936.html

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.yogaeasthealingarts.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 Six: 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 15th 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 30th

Please register by August 30th for your instructional art classes. Limited openings are available, and returning students get first choice of lesson times through August 15th. 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.yogaeasthealingarts.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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