This event was at the Core in downtown, it was a paint it forward charity event. where the proceeds went to a local charity. These amazing photographs were done by Persuasion Photography.
We got to paint on the glass floor under the amazing skylight.
It was such an amazing location to teach at and what made it even better was that it was all for a great cause.
What do you get when you have a group of 8-10 year old girls and art supplies? Princesses! The girls each got to design their princess before bringing her to life on a canvas.
These are mixed media canvases, the princesses were adorned with paint, gems, paint pens, gold foil, and sparkles.
© Ammara Cokar 2016
This was a mixed media canvas class that I taught a little while ago. It involved painting a background using a few different techniques, such as dripping paint. The canvases were then finished off using gold foil.
Students were allowed to choose their own colors, some used warm colors and others used cool colors.
This final canvas here was my favorite, this student decided to add a splash of red over the foiled layer which added a lot of interest to the piece.
Lots of creative engineers at this Vin Gogh on the go party tonight. This was a company team building event/Christmas party and for the majority of the people here, it was also their first time painting. This painting is called moonlight deer.
Most of the artists made deer but one decided to make a gorilla. Can anyone spot the gorilla?
For this class we used some art journaling type techniques to build a background full of layers. Everyone then had the option to add text of their choice to the canvas.
It's always interesting to see how different a painting turns out given the same instructions, people have the freedom to choose their own colors and phrases and you can really see each individual's personality show through on the canvas.
I taught a class at Vin Gogh and it was for a holiday party. They all painted this sunflower painting. It's amazing how, given the same instructions everyone's paintings are unique. A few people decided to do purple flowers and everyone's vases and flowers are slightly different.
This was my first class at the studio and I'm looking forward to teaching many more. You can check out their calendar and pick the painting you're interested in if you wanted to take a class or you can book a private event with them as well at vingogh.ca.
This is a cute little painting I had prepared for a class. Everything was done in acrylic and then the stars were drawn in with a paint marker at the very end once the paint behind them had dried
These paintings are designed to be completed in short periods of time, and in one sitting therefore the level of detail is limited. The bright colors give this painting a cute whimsy feel.
I'll be teaching this sunflower painting for a class at the Vin Gogh Paint and Sip Studio in Calgary on Friday Dec 11th in the evening.
On Saturday morning the 12th of December I will be teaching this snowman painting.
To register go to their website here.
I've booked two more mixed media classes for Sunday July 19th in Loft 112 Downtown.
What: Mixed Media/Art Journaling Class
When: Sunday July 19th at 10:15-12:45 am
Price: $30, if you've taken one of my previous private classes then it will only be $20 for this class. Bring a friend to the workshop and it'll also only be $20 per person.
We will be playing with a number of different mediums from ink sprays, stencils, paints, markers, pens, and cutouts. Learn how to not be intimidated by a blank page and that you can make art without requiring the ability to draw. I will be teaching art journaling techniques and walking you step by step through the process.
Here are some samples of the types of things we will be making:
What: Mixed Media Button Tree Canvas
When: Sunday July 19th at 1:00-4:00 pm
Price: $30, includes all supplies but feel free to bring your own buttons, stickers, metal bits and trinkets
Payment can be made at the door, I accept cash and credit cards (credit card charges 2.75% extra).
Please R.S.V.P to register.
© Ammara Cokar 2015
This class was done as per request of someone who has never painted before, it's always so much fun working with people who are curious and willing to give new things a try.
I held a painting class at the gorgeous Loft 112. There were 5 of us in total and one girl decided to do her own painting of a map of Africa and the rest of us worked on trees. Trees seem to be becoming a theme in the things I do- trees, flowers, and leaves.
Back to what we were working on, these are the finished paintings.
While everyone is busy working away, you might might notice that the walls of the loft have some new art on them. These paintings were done by people in the Drop-in Center here in Calgary- there's so much talent.
If you're interested in seeing the complete album for today's class please visit my Facebook page.
There was an art journaling workshop at the Horizon Academy last weekend. I was with a group of young teens and the theme of the page was thankfulness. The workshop was only an hour long so we had to speed through it but I think the students came up with some really creative work in that time.
We used markers, paint pens, ink sprays and puff paint on these pages.
Part of the page was masked off in the beginning in order to leave space for writing what we're each thankful for.
They had the option of writing things in a way that no one else would be able to read what's written if they wished to keep it private.
Here are some of the students showing off their work, you'll notice a few of them hiding in the back as well, they were camera shy.
I wasn't able to catch a picture of everyone's work because they ran off pretty quickly once class was over but you can check out what I did manage to capture in the album on my Facebook page.
Today I had a private art journal lesson with a friend of mine and we played with Dylusions ink sprays. I found them really great for creating backgrounds, especially with the ghosting and stenciling however it's really difficult to add any other medium over top the sprays because they are water soluble. I tried sealing them in with a layer of mod podge however that caused the colors to bleed a bit. I'm going to have to find a better way to seal these inks in.
Here is the page that I came up with- the quote is from a rapper that I really like called Raxstar:
This next one is the one that my friend made using the same techniques.
© Ammara Cokar 2015
The CBE Staff association convention was this past Feb 12th & 13th. I had one class each day-both for artist trading cards. Artist trading cards are miniature pieces of art made on 2.5"x 3.5" cards, card stock, or chipboard. Some people actually get together (in person or in groups online) to trade these cards with one another. They give a little peek into an artist's style. I make mine very similar to my art journal pages, using multiple techniques and mediums.
Here's a closer look at what some of the lovely ladies created.
Time for a henna party! This was my first henna party and it was held for a girl's 25th birthday last weekend.
It was everyone's first time trying out henna for themselves and they came up with some really creative designs.
Here's a closer look at everyone's work.
I also had a young artist in the group (he makes paintings), and he did a gecko/lizard design on his hand which turned out quite amazing.
Check out the full album on facebook here
We had a mixed media/art journal workshop at loft 112 on Feb 7th just after the henna workshop. We created some gorgeous pages, this time without words and that's why it ended up being more of a mixed media class.
On the first page we used a mask to mask away a shape in the middle of the page and then all the of the work was done around it. The mask was then removed at the end to reveal a crisp shape.
On the second we page used tissue paper as a background and then we layered on some ink sprays as before applying stencils with gesso over top. Two of the girls then added some magazine cut-outs to the page as well.
I had a small henna class at the gorgeous Loft112 in downtown today. The students started off by learning how to draw lines and how to use the henna cone.
The students first practice in a booklet until they get the hang of using the henna cone before moving on to putting it on their own hands.
Have a look at the beautiful designs that these lovely ladies came up with. They created some flowers, vines, and there's even a peacock.
Hi everyone! I'm having more henna and art journaling classes in Calgary on Saturday Feb 7th in a gorgeous loft in downtown. For more information please have a look here.
Each class is 3 hours long and costs $15 for Henna, and $20 for art Journaling (prices reduced!)
I'm going to be teaching a few classes for Chinook Learning in March for their Spectacular Saturday event. One is an artist trading cards class and the other is a henna class for beginners.
Artist Trading Cards are miniature pieces of art work (usually 2.5'' X 3.5''). They can be created with any medium and are made to trade with other artists. These cards can be traded in groups online or in person, or be made as a collection. There are some examples of cards here.
Please register if you're interested.
I had another class this past weekend, this time it was a mixed media tree canvas class. I'd actually love to teach this class again because all the students seemed to be having fun creating these trees and the results reflect that. I gave general guidelines along with the creative freedom to draw any type of tree you like, and to use any colors you want.
This is the tree that I made, I had created the background prior to the class starting and then I drew the tree and added all the buttons during the class.
A couple that took my class decided to make one look like a sunrise and the other a sunset. This first one is of a sunrise and it was inspired by the scene in The Loin King where Simba is born and Rafiki is holding him up on the edge of that rock for the whole animal kingdom to see.
This next one is the sunset, this is my personal favorite out of everything that was created on Saturday. I LOVE the curved tree as well as the fact that the buttons match the background paint color- so, so creative!
This next one is super colorful and it makes me happy just looking at all the colors.
I love all the different materials that were used on this next tree, the student brought metal elements and other trinkets from home which made her tree very unique.
And last but not least is this pretty tissue paper and pearl tree. It reminds me of Japanese cherry blossoms because of the delicate tissue flowers.
© Ammara Cokar 2014
I had another Henna class this past Saturday. This time around, the girls had previous experience with henna and one of the girls was actually a cake decorator so she's had plenty of experience playing with cones/piping bags. For those reasons, the class moved along much quicker than the usual- with time to spare at the end. I didn't really know how to fill the extra time other than to let the girls go ahead and do as much henna as they liked.
This first hand was done by the baker and you can see that she has a beautifully steady hand with the henna cone.
I actually did this next one for one student.
The following hand was done by my youngest student so far, she is 14. She came up with a very intricate design.
And this final hand was done by her mom.
© Ammara Cokar 2014
My first Art Journaling workshop was this morning, and I think I was over ambitious on what I thought we could get done in 4 hours. I spent years and years learning so many techniques and it was just too much for just one 4 hour long class. We did however manage to get through 3 pages each.
I love how even though the processes were the same, each page looks so different from the other showing each student's individuality.
For the first page the students used tissue paper and stamps to create their background. The quotes that the girls used were all so meaningful starting from the top left:
" Thinking positive is the first major step on the path to tranquility"
" If you fear the future, try thinking about what you can do about the situation, rather than focusing on what you can't"
"Kindness and consideration are never wasted"
"What you seek is seeking you"
On the second page I had the students use stencils and mists, and then I gave them poetry tiles (tiles with random words on them) to be used on the pages.
One came up with a whole phrase:
"Fleeting heart dreaming of the flight awakened into stillness and light"
"Happy bright thoughtful morning"
Others used the tiles to scatter random words around their pages. The first one below also has a quote on it:
" Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be"
For the final page, I wanted to teach the girls some more techniques with pastels, paints, and cutting letters from a magazine.
I had so much fun teaching these techniques, the 4 hours went by very quickly. If you, or anyone you know, would like to take art journaling classes from me, so long as you have a group of at least 4 people I do small in-home classes as well. Just contact me!
© Ammara Cokar 2014
I'll be teaching some 3-4 hour long workshops on a few Saturdays starting this month through November at the U of C in various locations. The next workshop is coming up on October 25th and it's a 4 hour workshop on Art Journaling.
I will go over what art journaling is- to me- along with some basic techniques for creating various backgrounds and building up layers in your art journal. We will be working on individual sheets of heavyweight paper so that we can work on multiple pages at a time and to ensure that you can learn as many new techniques as possible in the 4 hour class.
If you're interested in this, or in any of my other classes, please click on the events tab to see the details of what's available and to register.
© Ammara Cokar 2014
So my very first workshop was this past Saturday and I think it went pretty well. I had a small group of 5 students so it was a nice cozy atmosphere. The time went by really quickly. Everyone started from learning how to draw a straight line in the beginning all the way to creating a beautiful design on their own hands by the end of the 3 hours.
Look at all the gorgeous designs that these ladies came up with. If you would like more information on the classes that I will be instructing please click here.
© Ammara Cokar 2014
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I love creating stuff. I also get bored easily. So, on this blog you'll find my experiments with various mediums and techniques along with some of my students' creations from classes that I teach.
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