workshops

"Rock-and-Roll technique" image transfer

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm , Seattle Pacific University Art Center, 3 West Cremona, Seattle, WA 98119

Often we look for inspiration, but ideation and exploration is a far more efficient way of coming up with ideas. Through Iteration and using unpredictable techniques, I will guide the students through a process that can feel chaotic, and a little scary. Why? To be able to find new imagery, and push your work from representation in to abstraction, loss of control and quantity is key. This process differs from the linear, quality-based processes that we are more familiar with, being able to "let go" of the final “perfect” piece can be hard. But following an idea generates creativity and leads to more innovative work.!

artist: Fiona McGuigan

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Life Drawing

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm , Seattle Pacific University Art Center, 3 West Cremona, Seattle, WA 98119
Jeff Hanada will lead LINK students through a session on drawing the human figure. Students will be led through an intensive few hours of gesture and timed drawings inspired by live models (this will be a clothed modeling session). From gesture drawing to drawing from a live model, life drawing is a powerful tool to catapult one's ability at rendering. We will stress completeness of the figure, speed drawing and rhythm of the pose. No matter what your favored area of focused artistic intent (photography, painting, sculpture, design etc.) life drawing can be a foundation for creative growth.
artist: Jeff Hanada

Character Development and Design: The Interplay of Story

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm , School of Visual Concepts, 2300 7th Avenue ste B, Seattle, WA 98121
With the starting point of "divine triads" — found in most ancient cultures such as the ancient Greek and Roman Fates and the Norse Norns — the workshop will explore the importance of character arcs in character design. Making clear that a character's full story is integral to the character's "look" and briefly introducing a notion of thematic structure. The workshop's goal is to inspire students to process ideas through the full context available to their individual imagination and awareness. From this conceptual framework, they will be encouraged to "trust themselves" so they can move through the sea of possibilities into a practical execution of their workshop assignment. Students will illustrate a character of their design in triple form, along the lines of "maiden, mother, and crone", which could be different versions of the same character at three distinct points of that character's life story, or three characters that together well represent the key facets or boundaries of a story's theme.
artist: Stefano Gaudiano

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Dream Objects

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm , School of Visual Concepts, 2300 7th Avenue ste B, Seattle, WA 98121
This month, artist and former LINK student, Zach Anderson, will lead students through a 3D laser-cutting workshop. Students will get the opportunity to explore their subconscious thoughts and then turn them into laser-cut 3D objects, giving physical form to their dreams. They’ll go about this by first thinking of a dream, identifying the shapes they saw within it and then reflecting on the emotions it evoked. Once they’ve chosen their shapes, they’ll sketch them from 3 different angles and choose their strongest. Then, using 3D modeling software and a laser cutter, they will bring these objects to the real world.
artist: Zach Anderson

Designing Pop-Up Libraries

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm , School of Visual Concepts, 2300 7th Avenue ste B, Seattle, WA 98121
In this month's workshop, students will be divided into 4 to 5 small groups to work on designing a pop-up library guided by a team of architects from Team Gensler, giving them the opportunity to learn the full architecture process and collaborate with teammates. The library will be designed so that it can be dropped anywhere, with a goal of increasing human interaction and community building. Each group of students will come up with a concept, design the space, sketch a floor plan, elevations, reflected ceiling plan, and make a model.
artist: Team Gensler

Sculpture – Material Presence: Line, Marks & Transparency

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm , Seattle Pacific University Art Center, 3 West Cremona, Seattle, WA 98119
Workshop Description:

Material Presence: Line, Marks & Transparency

From the earliest cave paintings, to Van Gogh, to contemporary artists like Julie Muhretu, artists have interpreted the world around them by making marks and drawing lines.
Students will generate a variety of expressive lines and marks during a guided exercise, and learn about the impact of repetition and movement. Using tracing paper and transparent dura-lar, students will layer their drawings to create representations of energy and nature.

Artist Bio:
Spreading across the wall, spilling onto the floor, or cascading from architectural supports, Katy Stone’s artworks are like Rorschach tests of natural phenomena. She paints on a variety of materials and layers the elements into sculptural assemblages and installations that blur the boundaries between drawing, painting, and sculpture and act as both kaleidoscope and microscope.

Stone has exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Vienna, and at museums including The McNay and the Boise Art Museum and alternative spaces including Suyama Space in Seattle. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions across the US including “Flow, Just Flow" at the Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, VA, "Art + Space” at Project4 in Washington, DC, “Other Worlds,” at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL; “Earthly Delights,” at Mass Art in Boston; and internationally at The Chengdou International Biennale in Chengdou, South Korea. She has been reviewed in many publications including Artweek, New Art Examiner, Sculpture Magazine and Art in America. Her commissioned public artworks include projects for the GSA's Art in Architecture Program, Washington State Arts Commission, The City of Seattle, Cleveland Clinic, Michigan State University, and corporate clients including ConocoPhillips and Microsoft.

Originally from Iowa, Stone received her BFA from Iowa State University in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Washington. She is based in Seattle.
Website: katystone.net
artist: Katy Stone

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Mythical Beasts For Your Feet

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm , Seattle Pacific University Art Center, 3 West Cremona, Seattle, WA 98119

Using mixed media on canvas (that happens to be in the form of shoes), we'll be expressing our personal mythology as wearable street art.  

artist: Terry Marks

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Link Goes to the Dogs

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm , The Canine Club 2751 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Join former LINK Student and present day San Francisco based artist Chelsea Wong as we adorn 200 square feet with a lasting piece of public art in her inimitable style. Located in SODO at The Canine Club, this is a work that will be seen by the entire city.
artist: Chelsea Ryoko Wong

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Small Paintings on Gold Leaf

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm , School of Visual Concepts, 2300 7th Ave B, Seattle, WA 98121

In this workshop we will be exploring the subject of rain in the city through the beautiful combination of acrylic paint on gold leaf. It is a multi-step process that is both ancient and contemporary.

Gold leaf is gold that has been hammered into thin sheets by goldbeating. Since pure gold is an element, it can be compressed to nearly the atomic level without destroying its structure. This means it can literally be pounded in a layer so thin sunlight could pass through it.

Artists have been inspired by the light that gold can bring to their paintings. "Gold-ground" paintings was introduced in mosaics in Early Christian art, while Japanese screen paintings and kinpaku are some of the worlds most beautiful uses of gold leaf on a large scale. Gustav Klimt created some of the most famous paintings employing the use of gold leaf in the beginning of the 20th Century. But perhaps the most interesting and mysterious uses of gold leaf in painting was done by Rembrandt. He would apply gold leaf to the surface of a sheet of copper and paint on top of the entire surface only allowing glittering dots in areas that were thinly covered with paint to show through.

Our artist for this workshop, Fred Lisaius, paints works that represent his exploration of man’s relationship to each other, the natural world, and the universe. He loves the misty Pacific Northwest, where he feels “The mystery of existence is all around you. It’s a place where you can dream out loud”. Fred Lisaius received a B.F.A. with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, R.I.) in 1981 and also studied at the Pratt Institute in New York. He has been a Northwest artist for over 20 years and his work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States.

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artist: Fred Lisaius