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by Sue Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Calligraphy by Roxy at Destination: Art

“Intro to Modern Calligraphy” is a fun, 6-hour workshop specially designed for those who are new to calligraphy. In a relaxed atmosphere, students will be guided through a thorough introduction to the art of calligraphy, including the different disciplines, materials preparation, basic pen strokes, letter formation techniques, tips, and more! By the end of the workshop students will have a personal set of calligraphy materials, and all the information necessary to continue sharpening skills and developing their own calligraphic style.

Price includes a Personal Calligraphy Materials Set with all of the tools required, and instruction.

Roxy Szigat, Calligraphy with Roxy at Destination: Art Studios and Gallery
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
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Cost is $89.00

Registration is online on the Destination: Art website here, and is now open. Check out other Destination: Art workshops on their website, including Olga Ryabtsova’s upcoming Silverpoint workshop (BAGSC News blog post here.)

Questions? Contact Sue Kuuskmae.

Destination: Art is located in old, historic Torrance at:
1815 West 213th Street, Suite 135, Torrance, California 90501, (310) 742-3192, localArtists@destination-art.net

About the instructor

Roxy is a professional calligrapher with more than 30 years of experience. A California native and South Bay local, she began learning the art of calligraphy at the age of 14 when she was given her first Osmiroid pen set. She quickly developed the ability to translate the art of calligraphy and lettering across multiple art forms using various medium and styles.

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint, © 2019, all rights reserved.

Silverpoint is a traditional drawing technique first used by medieval scribes—silverpoint drawings of Old Masters can be seen in museums around the world. Some artists who worked in silverpoint include Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, and Rembrandt.

Silverpoint is a metal media that leaves a mark on a prepared abrasive surface. It is known for its fine, delicate lines, as well as its high archival qualities.

Olga Ryabtsova will be teaching a silverpoint workshop at Destination: Art Studios and Gallery
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
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The cost is $85.00, with an additional supplies charge of $25.00, payable on the day of the workshop. Registration is online on the Destination: Art website here, and is now open. The workshop is limited to 13 participants.

All supplies will be provided for this class by the instructor, including: stylus with silver point, paper, and suggested subjects. You may also bring your own simple image if you wish.

Olga will demonstrate how to apply the ground, as well as how to make the delicate strokes that quickly build a beautiful drawing. The additional supplies charge of $20 is payable at the workshop directly to the instructor.

Destination: Art is located in old, historic Torrance at:
1815 West 213th Street, Suite 135, Torrance, California 90501, (310) 742-3192, localArtists@destination-art.net


About the instructor

Olga Ryabtsova is a member of Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) and serves as the Exhibitions Chair. She also belongs to the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and serves on the Board. She has a Master’s Degree in graphic design and illustration from the Moscow University of Graphic Arts, has worked for international advertising agencies, as a photojournalist and a commercial photographer.

Olga has been drawing since she was a child. After moving to California in 2015, she became fascinated with the local native plants and botanical art. Olga works in many techniques, including watercolor, oils, etching, silverpoint and ceramics. She regularly teaches drawing and painting for children, and conducts workshops for adults.

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Suzanne Kuuskmae will be starting private botanical drawing/painting lessons next week in her expanded studio area. Destination: Art also has a beautiful exhibit, Spring Fling, on view this month, Thursdays – Saturdays, from 11am – 5pm, and Sundays, 12pm – 4pm.

Destination: Art hosts workshops in the gallery. On May 8, 2018 there will be a meeting and afternoon paint-in for the Paletteers Art Group. Information about classes, workshops and exhibit space for individuals or groups of artists is available on the Destination: Art website: Destination-art.net

Destination: Art is located at 1815 West 213th Street, #135, Torrance, California 90501. Check it out!

 

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Albrecht Dürer, Two seated lions, 1521, silverpoint on paper prepared with a light tone, located in Kupferstichkabinett Berlin. Downloaded from Wikimedia Commons: this work is in the public domain in the United States and in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Albrecht Dürer, Two seated lions, 1521, silverpoint on paper prepared with a light tone, located in Kupferstichkabinett Berlin. Downloaded from Wikimedia Commons: this work is in the public domain in the United States and in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.

Silverpoint has been used by artists to draw since the late Gothic/early Renaissance; a silverpoint drawing is made by drawing with a sharpened silver (or copper or gold!) stylus (thick wire) across a prepared surface. Some well-known artists who worked in silverpoint include Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Albrecht Dürer.

Destination: Art in Torrance will hold a silverpoint workshop taught by Morgan Kari on Saturday, March 5, from 10 am – 3:00 pm, NEW REVISED DATE:  Saturday, April 23, 9:30 – 3:00. Tuition is $60 with a supplies charge of $35. Morgan will bring supplies and know-how!; you will supply the drawing and watercolor paper.

The supplies from the workshop should last a long time after the workshop while you enjoy painting in silverpoint. In addition to showing silverpoint technique, Morgan also will demonstrate the use of black paper to enhance the silver etching and create a different look. It is a fit for botanical artists: all you need is the outline of your drawing, which can be a plant or flower you have already done, or a new one. The drawing outline is traced in dark pen, placed under the prepared paper on a light box, and drawn using the same silverpoint strokes that will be covered during the workshop. Using a light box is a big help! If you have a portable lightbox, please bring it to the workshop. We also will have two at the studio to use.

Questions, or to register, email Suzanne Kuuskmae or call her as listed in the BAGSC roster.

Destination: Art is located at 1815 W. 213th Street, #135, Torrance, CA 90501, (310) 742-3192, right next to the Bubble Bath Car Wash.

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Red Lilies, watercolor on paper, © 2015, Suzanne Kuuskmae, all rights reserved.

Red Lilies, watercolor on paper, © 2015, Suzanne Kuuskmae, all rights reserved.

Currently I have two botanical paintings out and about. One got into the Palos Verdes Art Center Show and is called “Red Lilies” and the other is in the Torrance Museum South Bay Focus Show and is called: “Camellias Next Door.” I think because no one around here is doing that kind of art, it attracts quite a bit of attention. I also sold two botanical this past few months: “Purple Iris,” and “Morning Glories.”

We are going to have a few openings in the gallery portion of our Destination: Art co-op so it might be that some other botanical artists might be interested in joining us?  The cost is $60 a month for a 6 foot space.

Camillia #3, watercolor on paper, © 2015, Suzanne Kuuskmae, all rights reserved.

Camellia #3, watercolor on paper, © 2015, Suzanne Kuuskmae, all rights reserved.

Our co-op did a Holiday Tree for the Torrance Memorial Hospital which took us all of October and November to put together as we hand-made all the ornaments. One group of ornaments was small 8 x 6 canvases on which we painted some of the old masters but with a Christmas touch, such as: Mona Lisa with a Santa’s hat. They turned out really well as one of our imaginative artists built frames for each one, and then we painted and put ribbon around each. He also cut out Christmas trees that we painted and decorated with shiny gems; a very labor intensive undertaking. Our tree sold right away at the Festival so we were able to make quite a nice sum for the Hospital plus make a name for our art group.

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Botanical colored pencil artist and sought-after teacher, Wendy Hollender will be here for a two-day workshop:
April 1 – 2, 2015

She will be stopping in Torrance at Destination: Art on her way back from her two-week class in Kauai. The cost will be $200 for the two days, and as space is going to be limited so that we can really get her full attention, please send a deposit check of $100 made out to Destination: Art to Suzanne Kuuskmae.

This will hold your spot with the balance due 30 days before the workshop. Her last class here a few years back was a sellout and very popular.

by Sue Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Something New in Old Torrance

Something New in Old Torrance

Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening of Destination: Art!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
4:00 –  8:00 pm

Celebrate with us the culmination of a year’s effort to establish a venue for studios and gallery for local South Bay artists, a facility from which to share the value of appreciating and creating fine art, to support our goal to be a nurturing, cooperative environment for local artists, art students, and potential art collectors.

 

  • See the studios and gallery
  • Enjoy the Fine Art
  • Sample appetizers and wine
  • Try for a Gift Basket
  • Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting with Torrance Mayor and City Council at 6pm
  • Support Destination: Art to get classes and workshops started

Please come to show your support and find out more about Destination: Art’s Studios and Gallery, and our future plans. Destination: Art is creating a unique Art facility that will house studios for local Artists, who will flourish in the creative synergy that comes from working with other Artists, as well as demonstrating their craft to the public, thus fulfilling their mission to promote Arts education.

Map to Destination: Art

Map to Destination: Art

Destination: Art is located at 1815 West 213th Street, Torrance, California 90501.

Primary sponsors of the Grand Opening are Chef Shafer of the Depot, Buffalo Fire Department, and the gracious participation of other downtown Torrance establishment. If you would like to become a sponsor, or donate online, please go to our website.

by Sue Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Destination: Art LogoBAGSC member Sue Kuuskmae, along with other artists and art organizations from the South Bay area are grouping together to create a Studios/Gallery called Destination: Art. View a three-minute video about the concept by clicking here.

They are in the process of finding a permanent location, but will debut in San Pedro at the Fall Fine Art Fest at CRAFTED at the PORT of LA:

October 18, 19, 20
11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day

Come meet the artists and see the demos. Destination: Art has a website, and a facebook page. They can also be contacted by email.

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