Have you ever looked at a painting, a swatch of fabric, a collage, or a patch of beadwork and thought, “Well, those colors just don’t do it for me!” This session will provide a framework for analyzing how colors interact. We will also try to figure out why some colors or color combination just feel ‘wrong,’ then consider what (if anything!) we can do change the way that we look at these ‘ugly’ colors and control the effect that they have on our work…at least on our beadwork! 2 1/2 hour class.
Below is a listing of some of the recent classes we have offered at BeadBush Studio.
- Bead Weaving Techniques with Seed Beads
- Color, Design and Clay
- Stringing, Knotting and Fiber
- Wire, Metal and Chain Maille
This class will investigate how color communicates messages, evokes predictable reactions and affects our moods and our emotions. We will look at color from a number of different perspectives including cultural, physical, physiological and psychological. And we will consider how we can use color in our beading or other artwork to set a tone, communicate a message, or evoke a response. This 2.5 hour class is fun and surprisingly thought-provoking!
Color Awareness is a pre-requisite for this class.
This workshop, Integrating Color and Design, will increase your understanding if color as you explore more complex color relationships including….triads, tetrads, split and compounds. This session will also encourage exploration of ways that use color coordinated design elements to define and enhance the impact of your pieces. This workshop is one of four applied color and design workshops. You may take the four workshops in any order. The two prerequisites for this class are Designing with Beads and Color Awareness.
In this class we will explore the contrasts that are traditionally associated with color…hue, value, temperature, complements, saturation, proportion as well as the fascinating properties of simultaneous contrast. We will consider the qualities of each contrast, identify their characteristics and determine how we can use these contrasts to make our work stronger and more interesting.
Neutral colors are often considered weak and ineffective. However, in design as well as palette they are not to be ignored! In this session, NEUTRALITY, you will explore techniques for turning passivity into activity, weakness into strength, and the ho-hum into humdinger! This workshop is one of four applied color and design workshops. You may take the four workshops in any order.
There’s more to making jewelry than just putting together a bunch of beads, and somehow we all know that instinctively. This class is designed to give you some vocabulary to understand what you know intuitively… to introduce design elements, the basic building blocks of all artistic media. What are these design elements? How are they used? How do they apply to beading? How can I use them to make my jewelry more interesting? Hands-on exercises in class will help you focus on practical application. This class, for beginners as well as experienced beaders, will give you a new perspective in creating and designing jewelry with all kinds of beads including seed beads.
What is the public domain? What is proprietary? Is it ‘inspired by’ or is it a copy? Is it OK to ‘borrow’ someone else’s design to make jewelry to sell at a fair or exhibit in a gallery? Is it OK to give a friend a copy of the instructions you received in a class?
These are not always easy questions to answer. And to make matters more confusing, the practices and philosophies of different designers can vary significantly on some of these issues. The Ethical Beader will use THREE CASE STUDIES as a basis for discussion about these difficult and frustrating topics. The class is designed to help you develop a framework for evaluating these and similar situations so that you can make ethical decisions with confidence. This class is open to anyone interested in this topic and is required for the Journeyman level of the Master Beader Program. Case studies will be distributed several days prior to each class date. 2.5 hour class.
Start an exploration of color and become aware of making conscious color choices! This class will introduce the traditional pigment color wheel. You will become familiar with basic color relationships as well as the characteristics and properties of color. Exercises with a variety of media will give you concrete experiences to help you make more informed color choices for your beadwork…or any art or craft.
3 hour class.
Moving from one color or design element to another in a piece can be tricky business. In this session, TRANSITIONS AND BOUNDARIES, you will explore how various design techniques can be used to manage changes and help you create a piece where color and design move seamlessly throughout a piece. This workshop is one of four intermediate applied color and design workshops. You may take the four workshops in any order.
The Cluster Knot Necklace is created building several strands of knotted bead clusters over a base anchor strand. It can be classic or dramatic depending on bead choice and number of strands used.
Pre-requisite: Getting Started with Beading class.