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Friday, April 28, 2017

Christopher Ritson: 2017 Honolulu Biennial Artist by Van James





Many people look at the Honolulu Waldorf School and think it's a kind of art school because so much art is offered. But the truth is that HWS has just as much focus on the math and sciences, languages and humanities as other schools (if not more), but it matches those subjects with many different artistic disciplines, providing a balance or counter weight to the academic school day. In fact, many of the HWS graduates go into fields completely unrelated to art; they just take a creative, can-do artistry to their choice of direction and career.

So it is a great pleasure when one of our alumni chooses a career in the highly competitive and unusually challenging world of Post-modern Art. Christopher Ritson (Class of 2004) is one of the 22 invited artists showing at the first Honolulu Biennial, between March 8 and May 8, 2017. This is quite a prestigious honor for this young artist.

However, Chris was something of an unlikely candidate for the art world when he was finishing high school. Although gifted at drawing and painting it was looking like he was going to be on a science track. His senior project was a large self-sustaining, eco-friendly aquarium, built from the ground up. But he decided to go to the San Francisco Art Institute and he became known for his unique blend of science and art. His artwork is actually more like freeform scientific research than an art project. And his present exhibit at the Biennial involves living organisms, or what he calls bio-generative artwork.

The Corallinales, Chris’ exhibit, can be described as living paintings growing in two aquarium tanks under artificial light. Coralline algae have been scraped from ocean trash collected from the Honolulu Harbor, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, and from the surf break where Ala Wai Canal, an artificial and controversial waterway, flows into the Pacific Ocean. The algae are placed in a supportive environment for the corallines to thrive on glass and plastic debris, allowing them to produce a range of red, pink, grey and mauve abstract images. Over the two months of the exhibition these coralline algae paintings will literally grow into pictures.

The senior class of HWS was fortunate enough to have a guided tour of The Hub, one of the Biennial’s several venues around town. Chris Ritson came in especially to talk to the Class of 2017 about his work. Every 9th grade studies the history of art up to the 17th century but it is in 12th grade that Modern and Post-modern Art are studied. So the Biennial visit fit right into the 12th grade’s curriculum and they got to see one Waldorf graduate’s path of uniting his interest in both the sciences and the arts.

It is interesting that Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, made the following prediction over a hundred years ago, right at the beginning of Modern Art, well before the advent of Post-modern, Conceptual Art: “I believe that the significant factor in … attempting to understand the concept of art, is that an art of the conceptual will come about in which the work and activity of ideation will be fulfilled with images, with reality, and that what now appears as dry science will in the future come closer to art.” The work of Chris Ritson certainly bears out this prediction.






Friday, February 24, 2017

My Development in the Visual Arts by David Adams




Although I am now (2016) 67 years old, it is only in the
last few years that, in addition to being an art historian
and art theorist, I have begun to think of myself as a visual
artist – primarily in ”newer” mediums like performance art,
installation, and visual music (“light art”). However, a request
for me to write my “artistic biography” leads me to realize that
I have been involved with related “artistic activities” off and
on for decades. There have been many diverse aspects to my
life, and it is sometimes difficult (also for me) to find a clear
continuity through it all, but here I will undertake a selective
review from the point of view of "myself-as-a-creative-artist."



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Alkion Center Course Weeks for Summer 2017 - Enroll Now






Go to www.alkioncenter.org for details and registration forms, 
or contact us at 518-672-8008 or info@alkioncenter.org   



Week I – June 18 to 23
                History through Music w/ Eric G. Muller
                Early Childhood: Voice and Lyre Music w/ Channa Seidenberg
                Early Childhood: Festivals for Young Children w/ Andree Ward
                Eurythmy | Veil Painting | Sculpting the Human Head in Clay

Week II – June 25 to 30
                Bringing Mathematics to Life in the Classroom w/ Marisha Plotnik
                Introduction to Early Childhood Ed. with Felting Crafts w/ Andree Ward
                Color Environments & Lazure Wall Painting w/ Robert Logsdon and Sara Parrilli  
                Meditation and Color | Wood or Stone Carving | Lazure Project

Week III – July 9 to 14
                Leading with Spirit: The Art of Administration and Leadership in Waldorf Schools  w/ Mara White, Lisa Maher, & Staff

Monday, May 23, 2016

Alkion Center at Hawthorne Valley, NY
2016 Summer Intensives
Tuition reduction for early enrollment by June 1.    

Week I, June 19 - 24

A five day morning block:
Evolution of Human Consciousness through Art 
    w/ Patrick Stolfo







Electives for the remainder of the day:
                                                                                                     
Modeling the Human Head in Clay w/ Patrick Stolfo
Veil Painting with Martina Muller

Week II, June 26 - July 1
Bringing History to Life and Its Role in the Waldorf Curriculum
w/ Karl Schurman
Elective open workshops from 10:30 am - 5 pm:
Metalworking L. Damian / Painting M. Muller / Sculpture P. Stolfo

Visit www.alkioncenter.org for more info. and registration





Monday, May 16, 2016

Landscape Painting Retreat
August 26 -29
Experience Nature through Art with Jennifer Thomson




The landscape Retreat is about change; experiencing another way of working.  It isn’t a ‘how to” retreat.  It is a time to explore new color exercises, ideas and playfulness.  Sometimes one has to walk through ugliness to see anew.  Sometimes we have to stretch further in art to find a new approach to our way of working.



 Mornings for example, explore a fall exercise:  Tint paper orange in areas creating a color mood.  Bring colors: reds, yellows, and blues to wakefulness in veil painting technique.  Balance colors compositionally.  Find an inward glow of light.  Use greys and black to enhance the glow.  White in gesture for trees …what next?


Afternoons, inspired by John Marin’s (1870-1953) & Emil Nolde’s(1867-1956) art, exercises of their techniques & composition will be practiced and applied to our own artwork.





Work space:  Sun Studio & outdoors into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to experience Nature through direct observation.

Daily class:  9 am to 4:30 pm
Tuition:  $275 includes 4 organic veggie lunches, snacks & supplies
Deposit:  $75 nonrefundable, to reserve a space
Accommodations:  www.crestonecolorado.com      www.crestoneeagle.com
Camping:  5 minutes driving from Sun Studio

Info:  Jennifer Thomson, PO Box 894, Crestone, Colorado 81131
 719-937-7694

Come join us in Colorado 2016!



Saturday, April 9, 2016

2nd Annual Visual Arts Intensive—
Painting and Drawing for Teachers,
Educators, and Parents
with Van James

Sunday, June 12 to Friday, June 17, 2016
Honolulu, Hawai’i






                                                                                              
This six-day drawing and painting retreat for teachers, artists, therapists and parents will take place from Sunday morning, June 12 to Friday afternoon, June 17, 2015. The course will look at how children first learn to draw and paint and how to best promote these arts with techniques and lessons appropriate to the developmental stages of the child. A Waldorf approach, appropriate to any educational setting, will be utilized with special attention to Rudolf Steiner’s ideas and the latest research on child development in connection with the arts.

Due to the special nature of Hawai’i and its spirit of place, these intensive classes will be held mornings only so that participants can have their afternoons free. All artistic sessions will be held at the Honolulu Waldorf School, Makai Campus, 5257 Kalaniana’ole Highway, 96821, in an ocean-side art studio. The school is located on a bus route and a selection of restaurants is located directly across the street.      

Registration Form

Name:

Email:

Phone:

Address:

Payment:                                                                                                                                                Date:


The fee of $350 includes two sessions per day for six days, all materials, and refreshments at break times. An Early Bird fee of $300 is good until April 15. A full refund is provided until May 1, 50% until May 15, no refunds thereafter. Checks payable to: Van James.

All housing and meal arrangements are the responsibility of individuals and are not included or arranged by the Arts Intensive. (Package deals from the internet, including air, hotel, and car, will likely be the most reasonable option.)

For any further questions please contact Bonnie at art4hawaii@gmail.com or 808-395-1268. Honolulu Waldorf School, Att: Bonnie, 5257 Kalaniana’ole Highway, Honolulu, HI  96821  USA


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Community Call for Commissioned Art Work

 A Call for Proposals to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fellowship Community 1966-2016 

The Fellowship Community is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016 and
to commemorate this milestone, the Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Foundation
would like to commission a work of art that celebrates 50 years of service to
the care of the elderly, the land and to the whole human being.

Proposals will be accepted from February 1, 2016 - May 1, 2016. The winning art project will be selected on or around May 15th. The Fellowship Community will unveil the selected work or proposal at the Dedication Ceremony on July 3, 2016.

The Fellowship Community is a dynamic, work-based, intergenerational
community founded on Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy. Our mission is to
care for the elderly and to nurture the body, soul and spirit within the human
being during all phases of life, to create a social process worthy of our common humanity, and to be responsible for the care of the earth upon which we live.

The total budget for the art work including materials is $1,500. The competition is open to all artistic mediums as well as the possibility of an artist’s residency.

Please visit our website at; www.fellowshipcommunity.org for proposal
guidelines, the application form and further information about our community.

The Fellowship Community is located at 241 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977. Tel: 845-352-8494 ext. 2.
For questions contact: carol.avery@fellowshipcommunity.org.
Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.


Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the Community 1966 - 2016

 Guidelines and Application Form 
1. The commissioned art work is to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fellowship Community. 
2. The art work should be consistent with the aesthetic sensibilities of the Fellowship Community. 
3. Working artists may submit their proposals in written format with sketches, dimensions and materials to be used. 
4. Artists should include a resume, portfolio’s, references and perhaps a studio visit and site visits of work. 
5. We hope that a decision will be made no later than May 15th. Much will depend on the number of submissions, interviews and presentations necessary to choose the commissioned piece. 
6. Upon selection of a commissioned piece of art, a contract or letter of agreement will be signed by the Fellowship Community (FC) and the artist. 
7. The contract will include payment schedule (Artists will receive 1/3 of the amount upon selection and the balance when the art piece is delivered to the Fellowship Community) and what will be the process if the Fellowship Community rejects the artwork during the manufacture of the art work. A residency may be possible outlined in a separate document. 
8. The Artist will begin the artistic process and demonstrate the clear understanding of the FC culture, needs, budget and timeline. 
9. The FC will have the right to graphic reproduction of the artwork for FC use. 
10. The Fellowship Community will be the sole owners of the art piece upon the signing of the commissioning agreement. 
11. The FC will review and approve, modify, and reject artists model/sketch/rendering/ maquette of commissioned art work. 
12. Repeat as many times as needed until both the FC and the Artist are in agreement. 
13. Bless and install artwork in space agreed upon. 

Please email proposals to: Carol.avery@fellowshipcommunity.org or mail it to: 
Carol Avery 
Development and Communications Coordinator 
Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Community 
241 Hungry Hollow Road 

Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977


PDF of the Application Form

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Portland Oregon Art Retreat
September 19-24, 2016
With Jennifer Thomson

Landscape Painting
Experience fall through five days of Art



Autumn’s clarity, light changes, coolness, earth’s aroma, signals an inner soul change from summer’s dreaminess to Michael’s wakefulness.

Mornings:  Veil painting: Let spaces of Blue, Gold, Orange & Red arise.  A hint of Green, shimmering.  In the periphery overlapping veils of yellow, red and blue die into grey, contrasting the light.  Add Black for weight and wakefulness.  Feel the release of light. As outer nature dies, an inner light appears in the autumn landscape.

Over 5 days, we will explore various artistic approaches to landscape painting.  Such as color moods, gestures, color relationships, compositional light & dark and inspirational exercises from artists of the past.

Material:  watercolor, gouache, charcoal.

Work Space:  Studio & Outdoors ……nearby area:  garden & creek, possible 2 afternoon outings at Sauvie, Columbia Gorge or a Japanese Garden (depending on weather)
Bring with you:  brushes & note pad or sketch pad

Daily Class:  9am to 5pm (2 hour lunch break)

Tuition:  $425 includes art supplies, 5 veggie lunches and snacks.

Deposit:  $100 nonrefundable, to reserve a space

Accommodations:  $25 to $35 per night with a community family.  Call Kathy or Robin
Location:  Lovely westside, forested setting in Portland, Oregon.  Details given upon registration.

Info & Sign up:  Robin Lieberman, robin@robinlieberman.net, 503-222-1192
1410 SW Morrison Street, Suite 901
Portland, Oregon 97205
Kathy Kremer, KKremerDesigns@msn.com   503-636-1977
Jennifer Thomson, sunstudio.thomson1@gmail.com, 719-937-7694www.jenniferthomson.net


Upcoming Summer Retreat August 2016

August Art Retreat
12 to 16, 2016

Metamorphosis
Darkness & Dawn



Peach blossom, Rosa, and Green give luminosity, as ethereal world presents itself to balance the earthiness of Blacks and Browns.  We will explore lightness and weight through color and the art of painting.  The moving colors awaken our own inner movement and we begin to perceive a motif that condenses from the flowing color.   
Taking the theme of Persephone ( a Greek myth), we will aspire creativity to awaken the motif artistically.  Mornings are devoted to this ongoing exercise of watercolor veil painting.  Afternoons, a variety of artistic exercises devoted to compositional work inspired from Emily Carr and Lawren Harris’s art.  One outing will be sketching & painting in the National Forest.  We will practice techniques from the ‘Group of 7’ to apply in our own 
work.



Evening Presentations:
Canadian artists, Emily Carr & Lawren Harris Artistic presentation: Ammi & Jennifer
Health through Anthroposophy by Philip Incao
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Material:  watercolor, gouache, ink and charcoal

Location:  Sun Studio in Crestone, Colorado

Tuition:  $355 includes supplies, plus 5 organic veggie lunches & snacks
Deposit:  $75, nonrefundable, to reserve a space

Accommodation:  B&B, Hotel, Camping

Sign up & Info:
Jennifer Thomson
Sun Studio
PO Box 894
Crestone, Colorado 81131
www.jenniferthomson.net




Renew yourself and your life path in contemplation and color in nature’s beauty in Crestone 8000ft. Alpine Valley.