Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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. (
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:


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

- 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

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

- 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.  

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