Thursday, June 23, 2011

New summer classes: WD-40 for the Creative Soul – how to get unstuck.

I’ve been teaching WD-40 for the Creative Soul: how to get unstuck for five years now. Here’s a summary of the class:

Support your artistic practice by turning obstacles into raw material; learn daily routines to accelerate your studio work, no matter what your medium or level of experience.

Working with materials takes us out of our heads and into the flow of process. Define and refine your personal vision through the practice of keeping a visual journal – this is the single most valuable method I have found for supporting creative practice.

This class includes:

• the potency of line and color
• off-the-press printmaking techniques to transfer personal imagery into journal format
• incorporating type and text
• the emotional and visual power of page layout
• gluing and fastening for all occasions
• the More is More Theory of collage
• a weekly overview of international work
• individual and group feedback and critique.

I alternate teaching specific projects and techniques with assignments that allow for interior exploration.

Classes are Tuesday evenings. Click here for more info. And download testimonials (!) from past students on my site.

10% discounts available: members of Seattle Print Arts, Seattle Center for Book Arts, Book Arts Guild. And if you refer someone, you get a 10% discount on your own tuition!
I teach in Seattle, at my studio on Phinney Ridge, right next to Fremont and Ballard. Easy bus, easy parking.

The studio.

The view.

For any questions, or to register by snailmail:
.Info: I have taught and lectured at University of Guanajuato, Mexico; the 2011 Sofia Biennale lecture series, sponsored by the Department of State; Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle; EDGE Program, Artist Trust of Washington; University of Washington School of Art; Seattle Central Community College; School of Visual Concepts, Seattle; Whitman College, Walla Walla.
In addition to my artistic and teaching practice, I have been a graphic designer for twenty years.


  1. Hi Ellen! I've signed up and am very much looking forward to taking your class!

  2. We always have a great time. In addition to in-depth investigation, the class also includes hilarity, chocolate, and sometimes Prosecco :)