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      Workshops and classes at Sparks Studio Art include a wide range of art mediums and techniques. The common thread in all  of our classes is having fun with like-minded friends while learning!  We work hard, we play hard, we create! 
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Sign up for a workshop...   817-266-3085

   Call Suzanne 817-266-3085 or email suzannebmcneill@hotmail.com to reserve a seat in any class
 our mailing address... Sparks Studio Art, 1809 Elm Crest Drive, Arlington, TX 76012
Monday Night Painting, All Media with Barbara McFarland
Every Monday Night  -  6:30pm to 8:30pm
See the description for this class at the bottom of this page.     Cost -  $22

fun with enameling - Sgraffito

                                More Colorful Fun with Enameling
                               from Laura Conway and Rick Allen

                                     SiblingRivalryArtisans.com        
                                  Friday, March 22 - 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Enameling on copper is a hot technique! You will learn the techniques of applying powdered glass onto copper and see the magic of enamel come alive.   This class will show you how to prepare the copper, apply enamels and torch fire your pieces to create your own wearable art. The class fee includes copper, enamel, chain, use of torch and all tools needed to complete your colorful creations.  Feel free to bring your own tools clearly marked as yours. Just show up with your imagination and a love for color.                                                                                                                        
                     Cost - $85.00  -  All Supplies are furnished
                                                        To sign up and pay please go to siblingrivalryartisans.com and look in “Sign up for Classes”

8x8" Leather sketch-journals WORKSHOP

                    Professional Leather Journal for Sketching or Writing
                                      Saturday March 23  -  9:30 to 3:00
                                        Cost $55   -   includes a Book ‘KIT’  

             with Leather Cover, needle, professional thread, end papers, and key closure
                                    Suzanne McNeill          817-266-3085

Learn how to prepare papers to create signatures.  Stitch each signature into the exposed binding and make a closure for your new journal.  We will cut or tear the paper in class. The finished class sketchbook or journal will be 8” by 8”  and will contain 72 pages.
    Supplies to bring:  Please bring your own paper for the pages ...  
You will need 3 sheets of 140# paper - Fabriano or Fluid work best, CP or HP (please don’t bring Arches) - OR paper is available in the studio - Three 22 x 30" sheets for $12.  
    Supplies:  If possible, bring  an awl, a bone folder, and pliers.

                           zentangle - a relaxing way to draw

                                           Peek-a-Boo Greeting Cards
                                Zentangle for Every Thoughtful Occasion
                                   with Suzanne McNeill, certified CZT
                                 Thursday  March 28  - 6:00 to 8:00 pm 

Zentangle®... a relaxing way to draw.  Beautiful tangled designs are amazingly simple... no art skills or training are required.  Learn the relaxing method of Zentangle to draw graceful designs on 'Peek-a-Boo cards' with elegant scrolls and patterns.  Infinite  designs radiate out from the opening to surprise and delight the viewer and we'll add a touch of color to enhance the design.  Enjoy the process of creating something extraordinary.
               Cost $20  all supplies and a Zentangle ABCs book are included
                                Please contact 'Monkey and Dog Books' (monkeyanddogbooks.com) to sign up for the class   817-489-5747 
                                                    Note:  This class will be held at 'Monkey and Dog Books' bookstore 

                                intro to soldering

                        Learn to Tackle the Torch... with Laura Conway and Rick Allen  -
                                                 Friday  April 10  - 6:00 to 9:00 pm

If you’ve ever wanted to solder silver and copper to make jewelry but are intimidated by the torch, this is the class for you. This class is for beginners and people that just want a refresher soldering class. You will learn to cut, file, texture, patina and solder while designing and creating a unique pendant using sterling silver and copper. All you need to bring is your imagination. Class includes: Sterling silver, copper, sterling components, copper wire, jump rings, sterling chain, use of torch and all tools needed to complete your unique creation. Feel free to bring your own tools clearly marked with your name.
                                                     Cost  $95 all materials included  
                          We are offering an “Early Bird Special” of $85 if you sign up by 3/18/19.
                                                                            To sign up and pay please go to  SiblingRivalryArtisans.com  and look in “Sign up for Classes” 

"My Sketchbook is my passport"

                available for groups and Art or Travel organizations - please inquire
                                             
               date to be announced
Join Suzanne as she shares her journeys of two month long trips through INDIA.  This presentation includes a slide show, photos, memories, and textiles from India.  Enjoy an artist view of traveling with descriptions of the people, the patterns, the colors, and the culture. Suzanne will bring her handmade Sketchbook from INDIA that was featured in the July 2017 issue of Cloth•Paper•Scissors magazine.

new - spinner ring in copper - silver

                  Amazing Technique - with Sibling Rivalry (Rick and Laura)
                                       
date to be announced - 6:00 to 9:00pm
Round and Round!  Come take a spin. Learn to make unique spinner rings!  You will create a sterling silver and/or copper spinner ring that is fun to wear.  Your friends will be impressed!
                                    Cost  $120 - All Supplies are furnished
Sibling Rivalry Artisans - Rick Allen and Laura Conway are a brother and sister team that use rivalry as inspiration to design and create mixed metal jewelry. Their popular metal-smithing classes include copper, brass, sterling silver, bronze, and stone setting.      siblingrivalryartisans.com

Encaustics - Ephemera, Marks and More!

                                         NEW TECHNIQUES with Ephemera, Marks and More!
                                                                          with Ann Webb
                                                       
date to be announced - 1:00 to 4::00pm
A review of encaustic basics and ‘painting’ with hot wax. We will also explore new techniques and working with ephemera. Enjoy the  exploration of mark making using different materials such as pencils, inks and pastels, and how to incorporate them into Encaustics.
                                                     Cost:  $50.00...  All materials included
Ann Webb - Masterʼs Degree in art. Her art skills includes painter, printmaker, ceramic sculptor, jeweler, and mixed media artist. Ann loves to share what she has learned by creating a supportive environment of fun and discovery. You can do this!

Journey in Abstract Art

   Special techniques for layering with paint, texture and paper
                                            with Paula Pillow
                             
date to be announced - 10:00 - 3:00
Combine spontaneity and planning to create your own quality art piece on canvas, paper, or in your art journal. You will make your own painted, stamped and printed  papers to layer into paintings.  We will use tried and true compositions with painting, layering, and mark-making.
                    Cost $45 - Paula will bring tissue and papers to share
Supplies to bring:  Sharpie, brayer, fluid or acrylic paint (3-5 colors plus black and white), scissors, water container, spray bottle, paper towels, paint brushes, surface of your choice (canvas, watercolor paper, journal, etc. (optional: favorite collage papers).
Paula Pillow - In her amazing abstracts, Paula  explores patterns, shapes, and textures using water media and mark-making, and textures.  Line and color capture an element of the unexpected exploring a new way to view images.

RUST & patina on canvas

                               Layers, Textures, Copper & Iron Finishes
              TERRIFIC  CLASS - Reactive Techniques with Copper and Iron
                                         with Suzanne McNeill-Sparks

                                      date to be announced - - 9:30 to 3:00
Create amazing wall decor with your favorite images - horses, people, hearts, birds, fish, geometrics, etc.  We’ll use Reactive paint solutions to alter canvas surfaces into genuine Iron rusted to a burnt orange, and genuine bluish-green Copper patina.  Learn to work with canvas, paper, and metals to create amazing art!
Suzanne is a versatile artist, author and teacher. She has received numerous awards for her paintings (watercolor, collage and acrylics). She was chosen 'Designer of the Year' and received 'The lifetime Achievement Award' from CHA.
                           Cost:  $55   -  Paints and accessories are included
                Supplies needed:  one 12x12”, two 6x6” stretched canvases. 

Introduction to Electro-Etching

                         NEW CLASS... for Amazing Designs
 with Rick Allen,  & Laura Conway - SiblingRivalryArtisans.com
                 date to be announced - - 9:00am to 12:00

This class will teach you how to etch copper using a common household battery.  This eliminates the need for messy chemicals.  Etching is a great way to add depth and dimension to your copper jewelry. You will create a beautiful piece of jewelry while learning a clean and chemical free technique to etch copper.  You will also texture, sand, file, patina and finish your etched piece so it is ready to show off.   The class fee includes copper, leather cord, and use of instructor’s tools. All you need to bring is the desire to learn something new and have fun creating your own piece of jewelry.  Each student will get to keep the electro-etching kit you use in class.
         Cost -  $90.00  -  All Supplies are furnished
Sibling Rivalry Artisans - Rick Allen and Laura Conway are a brother and sister team that use rivalry as inspiration to design and create mixed metal jewelry. Their popular metal-smithing classes include copper, brass, sterling silver, bronze, and stone setting.      siblingrivalryartisans.com

bezel making and stone setting

                               Fabulous Pendant - with Sibling Rivalry (Rick and Laura)
                                  date to be announced - - 9:00 to 3:00 (break for lunch)

Take your jewelry to the next level! You will design a sterling silver pendent, make a bezel that custom fits a cabochon which is soldered onto the pendent and then set the stone to create a one of a kind necklace.  You will impress yourself with your new skill! Prior soldering experience is necessary.
                                               Cost  $120 - All supplies are included
Sibling Rivalry Artisans - Rick Allen and Laura Conway are a brother and sister team that use rivalry as inspiration to design and create mixed metal jewelry. Their popular metal-smithing classes include copper, brass, sterling silver, bronze, and stone setting. siblingrivalryartisans.com

Colorful silicone pours

                                         Swirls, Cells, Layers & More
     FABULOUS  CLASS - New Techniques for Pouring, Shaping and Texture Cells
                                   date to be announced - 9:30 to 3:00

Create fabulous and colorful works of art with texture, movement and abstract design.  We’ll use colors of acrylic paint, flow medium, silicone, and PVA to master the art of pouring.
Suzanne McNeill-Sparks is a versatile artist, author and teacher. She has received numerous awards for her paintings (watercolor, collage and acrylics). She was chosen 'Designer of the Year' and received 'The lifetime Achievement Award' from CHA.
       Cost:  $55  -  includes Flow medium, silicone, PVA, mixing cups, stirrers, plastic gloves
Supplies needed:  four stretched canvases (good sizes are 4x4", 6x6”, 6x12”,  and 10x10”), 3
 plastic trash bags, 2 aluminum baking pans that will hold your canvas sizes, eight colors of acrylic paint (small bottles are OK), old 1” brush. 

monday night PAINTING - ALL MEDIA

                                      Painting, All Media with Barbara McFarland
                                    EVERY MONDAY NIGHT  -  6:30pm to 8:30pm 

Barbara teaches watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media at Sparks Studio Art. Her Monday night venue is an on-going painting class every week.  All painting and drawing mediums are welcome.  Work on your own individual projects in the material of your choice.  BEGINNERS are welcome.  Each student receives personal instruction.  
                                      COST -  $22.00 - please bring your own supplies
Barbara McFarland  - Magnum Cum Laude UNT grad, B.F.A in painting and drawing from U.N.T. in Denton. She works in watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media. Her work has received numerous awards in local, regional, and national shows. She has spent two summers painting on location at the La Romita School of Art in Italy.