ART + SCIENCE Exhibition

Paw Paw Festival

ARSP-Pawpaw-Folk-Festival-FLY0416But what is a Pawpaw?

If you’re lucky, America’s best secret fruit might be growing on a tree close to your backyard. Pawpaw trees, the largest edible fruit trees native to North America, produce greenish-blackish fruit, usually three to six inches long. The flesh is pale to bright yellow and contains a network of glossy, dark brown seeds. A pawpaw’s flavor is sunny, electric, and downright tropical: a riot of mango-banana-citrus that’s incongruous with its temperate, deciduous forest origins. They also have a subtle kick of a yeasty, floral aftertaste a bit like unfiltered wheat beer.

The star of this Festival is one of Delaware’s native trees, the Pawpaw. This event features a wide array of activities, such as live music, local food trucks, folk artist vendors and demonstrations (like mine), guest speakers and guided hikes.  The main theme of the event is our area’s unique pawpaw tree, which supports our park’s ecosystem and happens to produce the largest native and edible fruit in North America!  The participants have a chance to taste the pawpaw fruit pulp, buy pawpaw trees and learn about them through our guest speakers. I’ll be demonstrating a simple bookmaking process from 1-2 PM. Come on out and join us for a super fun festival. This family friendly event is FREE with paid park admission.

For more details click here

 

Printmaking for Kids & Teens

Highlands Art Garage After School

Tuesdays 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

September – November 2016

This class taught by Susan Benarcik, and is specifically designed for eight year olds and up- including teens.

Printmaking involves the creation of a master plate, from which single or multiple images are made. There are four main types of printmaking. In this course, the projects we will focus on are:

• Relief printing- created from a raised surface, such as wood or foam. A good example: Wood cut

• Intaglio printing- created from a cut etched or scratched surface such as foam/gel plate.

• Stencil printing- created by forcing ink through the openings of stencil.  A good example: Silk Screen

• Resist printing – created by blocking areas of color on a surface using glue or adhesive.  A good example: Monoprint

We will use a variety of materials such as wood, plexiglass, screens, foam, and gel boards, carving tools, scissors, rollers, and ink. Printmaking is fun and a bit messy… smocks are required.

This class is on-going (excluding the month of December) with payment due at the beginning of each month. If your kids or teens would like to learn a new creative process that explores line, shape, texture, color and pattern, or just good old self-expression, this is the class for them!

4-week session cost is $110. Visit Highlands Art Garage website to register and pay for class in advance: Highlandsartgarage.com

Printmaking for Kids and Teens

 

Highlands Art Garage After School

Tuesdays 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

September – November 2016

This class taught by Susan Benarcik, and is specifically designed for eight year olds and up- including teens.

Printmaking involves the creation of a master plate, from which single or multiple images are made. There are four main types of printmaking. In this course, the projects we will focus on are:

• Relief printing- created from a raised surface, such as wood or foam. A good example: Wood cut

• Intaglio printing- created from a cut etched or scratched surface such as foam/gel plate.

• Stencil printing- created by forcing ink through the openings of stencil.  A good example: Silk Screen

• Resist printing – created by blocking areas of color on a surface using glue or adhesive.  A good example: Monoprint

We will use a variety of materials such as wood, plexiglass, screens, foam, and gel boards, carving tools, scissors, rollers, and ink. Printmaking is fun and a bit messy… smocks are required.

This class is on-going (excluding the month of December) with payment due at the beginning of each month. If your kids or teens would like to learn a new creative process that explores line, shape, texture, color and pattern, or just good old self-expression, this is the class for them!

4-week session cost is $110. Visit Highlands Art Garage website to register and pay for class in advance: Highlandsartgarage.com 

An Afternoon in Arden

The Arden Craft Shop Museum and Archives Committee Presents:

An Afternoon with the Artist
Celebrating our exhibition Authors of the Ardens

Authors of the Ardens Logo

Demonstration on simple bookmaking
and

 Art Exhibition with artist Susan Benarcik

Sunday, April 24, 1-3 pm
At the Arden Craft Shop Museum

Susan will demonstrate how to make a book by hand and what materials you would need to make your own. An exhibition of her own art, which incorporates paper and text, will also be on display.

Arden Craft Shop Museum
1807-A Millers Road
Arden , DE 19810

302.475.3060

An Afternoon in Arden with the Artist

The Arden Craft Shop Museum and Archives Committee Presents:

An Afternoon with the Artist
Celebrating our exhibition Authors of the Ardens
Authors of the Ardens Logo

Demonstration on simple bookmaking
and
 Art Exhibition with artist Susan Benarcik

Sunday, April 24, 1-3 pm
At the Arden Craft Shop Museum

Susan will demonstrate how to make a book by hand and what materials you would need to make your own. An exhibition of her own art, which incorporates paper and text, will also be on display.

Arden Craft Shop Museum
1807-A Millers Road
Arden , DE 19810

302.475.3060

Creative Spring & Summer Courses

The deadline to sign up for this 6-week Spring course is Monday, 30 March… so hop to it and sign up on Monday!

Summer courses fill fast, so keep your eye out for my posts on Facebook and my website (here), and the DCAD website:

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This Spring and Summer I’ll be teaching two new courses :

“Inspired by Nature: Drawing Organic Patterns and Forms”Sea Weave

Are you inspired by the natural world – it’s forms and patterns? In this course, students will identify an organic form found in nature, such as but not limited to a sea urchin, bird feather, coral, seed pod, or spider web, and make detailed records of its characteristics, habits, and other attributes.  These observations in turn, will inform preliminary sketches from various perspectives.  Based on the sketches, students will express the nature of their form in several comprehensive drawings with a single medium, or a variety of mediums. The second half of the course will focus on the design of a continuous pattern based on collected observations, sketches, and drawings. This design will consider color, repetition, size and placement of the organic form in the layout with as much consideration one would use to design textile prints.  This class is open to students of all experience levels.

 

 

“ Art Improvisation”

Naiad on Stone WallArtists produce solutions, manage uncertainty, experiment, explore, transform, collaborate, problem solve and take risks every day. In this 6 session course, you are invited to experiment with a practicing studio artist with a variety of creative mediums that will activate your risk taking, and problem solving skills. Crazy fun processes such as paper-marbling, photo collage, and a collaborative sculpture project- based on the Exquisite Corpse parlor game will  improve your capacity to trust your intuition, and think outside the box. Each session will be full of surprise and excitement, with equal time for creating and for reflection on the materials, process, and outrageous results.

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