Raku Workshop

August 30, 2007 at 2:52 pm (Uncategorized)

A couple of months ago, we offered a Raku pottery workshop here in the Art Village parking lot. Raku is basically a fast and violent way of firing pottery which results in some really cool effects. What happens is, we take pottery that’s already been fired once. Then we glaze it with special glazes and fire it in a kiln. We heat the kiln to temperature at a faster pace than usual. Then, once the kiln is at it’s peak temperature, we open it up, and take the pottery out while it’s still red hot. We then we place these red hot items into a garbage can filled with sawdust, leaves, or newspaper and the materials start on fire. We close the lid of the garbage can and let the pottery smoke for a few minutes. Then we remove the pottery from the garbage cans and place them in a bucket of water. The process creates awesome metallic colors of coppers, greens and blues.

We are going to be demonstrating this again at Art in the Park on September 15, 2007. Pfiffner Pioneer Park in Stevens Point. Here is a slide show of the workshop.

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Stevens Point Art in the Park

August 29, 2007 at 12:11 am (Uncategorized)

Art in The Park – Stevens Point
Pfiffner Pioneer Park
Saturday, September 15
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Free Admission�

Saturday September 15th is the 38th annual Art in the Park here in Stevens Point. We are pretty excited about this year’s event because Art Village will be taking part in the festival. Usually art festivals feature arts and crafts booths where artists display and sell their art. That will definitely be part of this year’s event, but we are also adding an interactive component as well. Art Village will have various art stations set up to showcase, demonstrate and allow visitors to sample different kinds of art. Some of the demos include Raku pottery • paper making • photography • painting • drawing • mosaics, and more.

We’re gearing up for our fall classes and we thought this would be a great way to let folks know what kind of art classes we’ve got planned. This way, they can come down to the park and actually meet our instructors, make a small sample and try us out.

We’re also putting together a Community Canvas Project, where anyone can express themselves by creating a piece of art that will become part of a larger piece of art that will be assembled when the event is completed. Each person will have the opportunity to paint a square panel which will become part of a larger community painting. This is a great way to show your community spirit while expressing your personal creativity. Everyone is welcome to participate.

This is the first year that we’re doing this so we’re hoping to get a lot of feedback so next year we can offer even more. This is going to be a great time. Hope people come out to join us.

Art in The Park – Stevens Point
Pfiffner Pioneer Park
Saturday, September 15
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Free Admission�

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The First One

August 22, 2007 at 2:08 am (Uncategorized)

Art Village in Stevens Point, Wisconsin opened 2 years ago. It was our hope to create a place where artists from all walks of life could come and create art, learn new artistic skills and be in an inspired atmosphere that lends itself to creative expression. We put together a little video that shows how Art Village has effected the lives of some of our local artists over the past 2 years.

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