My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1525: Art Play Date 2015 Kicking Off

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-30-2015 11:59 AM 1628 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a really busy and productive weekend. On Saturday, we got another couple of inches of SNOW, much to my dismay. Even though I love winter, I must admit that it is getting a bit tiresome and I am looking very much to the upcoming spring again. I miss being able to walk in the woods or go to the beach. I also am very anxious to have my car back. I won't do that until the roads are fully clear. 

I am not really one to complain though. Especially about things like the weather, which we can't change. I try to look on the positive side of things. I have a warm and comfortable home. There is plenty to eat. There is lots to do inside here. I always find something good to keep busy. 

I spent the weekend going back and forth working on the scroll saw and doing a 'secret project' that I am making for a gift for someone dear to me. The scroll saw work was my large order for The Artist's Club that consisted of about 80 dozen ornaments to cut. I spread out the process in about three cutting days, and it really was kind of fun. I had my favorite music playing in my head phones and it made the process all go very quickly. 

The 'secret project' was also a lot of fun to do and I am really pleased with the outcome. I promise after I present it I will post some photos. It is pretty much my own creation and I am glad that it looks nice as I continue to work on it. 

With that said, the weekend just flew by. It is hard to believe it is Monday and I am happy to see that it is calm and sunny outside. The new snow that has fallen over the weekend seems to have disappeared, and I see patches of what I believe to be GRASS in the middle of our yard.  There is hope after all. 

I did want to mention that the Art Play Date event is getting ready to begin. Kelly Hoernig created this fun Bonus Project that will be posted April 3rd:

(You can click on the photo for more information)

The Art Play Date 2015 is an online course that works like this : Every Monday, Beginning May 4th you will receive an email so you can have access to a wonderful online art lesson. The lessons includes both written instructions and approximately two hours of video instructions given by each of the 26 teachers. The course includes the 26 weekly lessons as well as the bonus project shown here. You are able to download the PDF lessons so that you have them always and you can view the videos up until March 1, 2016.  Teachers are available to answer questions and help you through the classes, and you can work at your own pace. Since I know most of the teachers, I know that they will be available even after the cut off dates to help you if you ever need it. It is like attending a wonderful painting convention without ever leaving home.

Just look at the gallery of projects being taught:

There are so many different styles and methods to learn! It is a wonderful opportunity not only for painters to increase their knowledge and learn, but also for woodworkers who want to expand their abilities!

The great thing about it is that you can pick and choose which projects you like, or make them ALL! Even though you may be busy in the warm, summer months, since the classes are available all the way until next March, you can work on them next winter, or whenever you get the time to do so. The 26 teachers are all wonderful and have their own styles and techniques and it is a great opportunity to experience taking classes with the BEST! We even have Pricilla Hauser participating, which alone is awesome!

For my own project, I am creating these fun Victorian Ice Skates:

I am doing them in the antiqued version as shown above, and also with a more contemporary look:

As my own bonus, I will also include the instructions on painting on a REAL skate:

It is going to be so much FUN! 

I hope you decide to join me. I really think that you will have a great time learning many things that can be applied to just about all of your creative work.

There is more information on my Art Play Date page on my website. Of course, you can ask me if you have any questions. I hope you consider joining! 

That will just about do it for today. I have some new projects that I am working on too. I suppose I will keep busy until the spring thaw finally does arrive! 

Happy Monday to you all! Have a wonderful (and WARM!) week ahead! 

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 03-31-2015 12:58 AM


I’m interested in the Art Play Date. Can you send me some more information? Sounds exciting.

-- Joyce Mississippi

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#2 posted 03-31-2015 01:20 AM

You can read about it here on my site here:

That tells more about what I am teaching and has a link to the main site where you can sign up. There are 26 teachers teaching 26 projects on line. One is posted each week and includes a video (usually about 2 hours long) as well as written instructions for the project. It makes it really easy to learn because the video shows the teacher doing the process. The projects will all remain online for about a year. The written instructions can be downloaded and kept and printed at your leisure. There is also a Facebook page where everyone ‘socializes’ and posts pictures of their projects, questions, etc. The teachers are also a large presence on the Facebook page and are very accessible through that, email and even the phone. I know most of these 26 teachers personally and they are very dedicated to teaching and love meeting new people. It is a great way to learn from the best of the best. I hope you give it a try. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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