Tuesday, May 21, 2013



Newsletter May 2013
 -Veterans Therapeutic Art Center
220 N. Center Street
Plymouth, Indiana 46563
574-935-5554


Thank you to the City of Plymouth, the Marshall County Community Foundation, Otis Bowen and Family, Joe Donnelly and my fellow Board Members. To our Corporate Sponsors and Partners: Moontree Community Studios, Heartland Artists, Hoffman Insurance, Neidlinger Farm Tile, Mr. Rick Huff, PC Source, AMP Custom Woodworking, Martin's Supermarket, and Quality Dining... Thank you. And our local Veteran Support Groups: Operation Quiet Comfort, Corvettes for Vets, Michiana Homes for Heroes, Sarah Neidlinger from the VA, and the Marshall County Peer to Peer Support Group...
Our Catapult Contest and Grand Opening went off without a hitch!

Our new office hours are:
Tuesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Noon to Six PM

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 04 June 2013, 6:00PM - 9:00PM: 

 Hand Drums: Sacred Tools of the Spirit

·        Lynn Young, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 8)
·        Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 2013; 6:00 to 9:00pm & Drum Circle Friday, June 21, 6:00 to 7:00pm
·        $97.00(Includes all materials)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Participants will be introduced to the spirituality of drumming in general, the role of drumming in the cultures of the world, funneling down to the role and significance of drumming in Native American contexts. Lynn approaches drum making as a traditional Indigenous Drum Maker, and she is called to work with those interested in exploring drumming and rhythm as a spiritual practice for healing and wholeness. Over the course of the experience, you will assemble your own drum and will decorate it in traditional ways of your own choosing. The final Friday meeting is a drum circle where the drums meet as a family, before they are dispersed to live in various places.
Location MoonTree Wood Studio
   
  

June 8th, 2013:  Chip-Carving Workshop

  $75/person/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients.  A one-day introduction to Chip Carving with artist Carol Fleming will be offered on Saturday, June 8th , from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Carol will show you basic wood cutting techniques and you will practice them on your own boards. Then you will layout a design of your own invention and depending on the complexity, finish it. Carol will also explain chip carving resources. MoonTree Studios will provide chip carving knives for your use.


Saturday 15 June 2013, 10:00AM - 4:00PM: 

 Artistic Fusion: Brightly Colored Glass Over Metal

·        Jayne Jacobson, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 4/Maximum 6 Participants)
·        Saturday, June 15, 2013; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT
·        $60(Includes materials)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Experience the creative properties of layers of colorful, powdered glass, kiln-fired onto copper to yield beautiful, if unexpected results. Explore this ancient art form with wide application, from creating vibrant enamel “paintings” and medallions, to jewelry-making and other art objects. At the end of the class, you will take home an original piece of your own making. Bring a sack lunch!
Location MoonTree Paint Studio

 

June 19th-21st, 2013:  Plein Air Landscape Painting Retreat.

  $275/person/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients.
 Painting demonstrations will be given in oils, but participants are welcome to use their medium of choice. Students will be provided with a suggested materials list upon receipt of paid registration.  Includes two nights’ single occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center (on the same property) and meals Wednesday evening through Friday lunch.  Experience will include individual painting opportunities for participants on the Ancilla Domini grounds, painting demos, individual instruction opportunities and group demonstrations, Topics will include composition and editing in Nature, capturing shadows and light, painting trees and plants, and painting water. In the event of a few sprinkles, we will go inside MoonTree Studios and discuss how to finish work in the studio, or paint the landscape outside the panoramic studio windows.


 

Saturday 22 June 2013, 10:00AM - 3:00PM:  Composition for the Everyday Photographer

·        Jayne Jacobson, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Saturday, June 22, 2013; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
·        $55.00(Includes materials)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Experience the elements that make up a well-composed picture. Practice outdoor with a series of creative photo-taking assignments and learn from each other via discussion of the results. Lunch and materials, including a disposable camera, are included. Wear comfortable walking shoes for trekking outdoors!


 

From Friday 28 June 2013 To Sunday 30 June 2013:

  The Story Inside Retreat—Encouraging Your Inner Storyteller

•Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, 2013
•$310.00/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients (Includes two nights’ double occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center and meals Friday evening through Sunday lunch. All experience materials are included.)
When we engage with our creative self to produce an artistic experience for everyone to enjoy we begin to unleash a whole host of abilities we didn’t know were present.
The Story Inside is a weekend excursion into the most elementary forms of creativity. No need to worry about trying to be a great artist, instead just sink into each exercise prepared to laugh and enjoy the experience, as step by step your story comes into view. Along the way you’ll color with crayons, shape clay, and articulate with gestures and miming, until at last your story comes into view. It’s effortless; in fact, participants are instructed “not to think,” and just enjoy each exercise as they experience it.
This method has proven useful for developing personal presentation skills, gaining greater facility with public speaking, deepening the understanding of the relationship between self and soul, and realizing that artistic expression is essential to your health and that of the community.
The Story Inside retreat is funded in part by a grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation.
Location MoonTree Studios and Gallery


Monday 08 July 2013, 9:00AM - 12:00PM:  Mother Earth or Garden Diva

·        Bill Kobe, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Monday, July 8, 2013; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
·        $45.00 (includes materials)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Building a large clay figure using slab-built, draped, and thrown methods of working with clay, surface decoration including inscribed or applied designs, and finishing your creation.
Location MoonTree Clay Studio





Monday 08 July 2013, 1:00PM - 4:00PM:  B’dote Turtle or Zen Cat Clay Experience

·        Bill Kobe, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Monday, July 8, 2013; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
·        $45.00/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients (includes materials)
Building a Na├»ve American-inspired turtle using various clay techniques. Experience the spirituality behind why these objects were made. B’dote is a Lakota Indian term for “full of natural energy; where two waters come together.” Either object can be used as a vessel when finished
Location MoonTree Clay Studio



From Tuesday 09 July 2013 - 9:00AM To Wednesday 10 July 2013 - 4:00PM: 

 Art of the Doll--Mixed Media Nature Dolls

·        Barb Kobe, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Tuesday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 10, 2013
·        Wednesday, July 17 through Thursday, July 18, 2013
·        $240.00 /double occupancy; $265.00 /single occupancy (Includes one night single occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center [on the same property] and meals first day lunch through second day lunch.)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients-- Overnight or Commuter
·        $185 Commuter rate for 2-day Art of the Doll experience (Includes lunch each day)
Come immerse yourself in doll-making. You will learn about and experiment with clays, fibers, body structures and parts, fabrics, wrapping and embellishment, faces and face molds, and how to put them all together to make an art doll. You will play with possibilities and practice doll-making skills, leaving the experience with enough skills to continue to make dolls of your own. Leave your worries behind and be prepared to get out of your box!
Location MoonTree Paint Studio



From Thursday 11 July 2013 - 9:00AM To Sunday 14 July 2013 - 4:00PM: 

 Clay: Every Which Way

·        Visiting Facilitator Bill Kobe, from Minneapolis, Minnesota
·        For VTAC Participants only up to May 31, then open to public (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14, 2013
·        $355.00 Commuter rate for 4-day experience (Includes lunch each day)/
FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Combining slab-built, draped, and thrown methods of working with clay, surface decoration, glazing, Raku firing, along with learning the meaning of what you’re making via the history of clay vessels among the American Indians, their symbology, etc.
Location MoonTree Clay Studio



From Friday 12 July 2013 - 9:00AM To Monday 15 July 2013 - 4:00PM: 

 The Dollmaking Circle: a process to deepen your connection to your creative soul using dollmaking and journaling

·        Barb Kobe, Facilitator
·        For Participants who have already taken Art of the Doll experience (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Friday, July 12 through Monday, July 15, 2013
·        $550.00 /double occupancy; $625.00 /single occupancy (Includes three nights’ single occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center [on the same property] and meals Friday lunch through Monday lunch.)
·        $375.00 Commuter rate for 4-day Mindful Stitching experience (Includes lunch each day)
FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
The act of making a doll can take a person through a process of creative imagination, growth and healing. This retreat focuses on the personal growth and healing aspects of doll-making. The Doll-making Circle is a creative process based on the organizing principle of the Native American medicine wheel – using the four directions and four elements to focus on intention and inspiration; creative play; healing and wisdom. Participants will be invited and encouraged to explore their range of perceptions through the doll they will create; and in doing so will reach a deeper understanding of themselves and their doll-making process. On day four participants will experience a witnessing and blessing of the dolls ceremony. Participants will be expected to bring a journal and pictures of their own face, their mother’s face, grandmother’s face and the faces of any other important women in their lives. Participants will be invited to play with creative energies through drawing and writing.
Location MoonTree Studios



From Wednesday 17 July 2013 - 9:00AM To Thursday 18 July 2013 - 4:00PM: 

 Art of the Doll--Mixed Media Nature Dolls

·        Barb Kobe, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Tuesday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 10, 2013
·        Wednesday, July 17 through Thursday, July 18, 2013
·        $240.00 /double occupancy; $265.00 /single occupancy (Includes one night single occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center [on the same property] and meals first day lunch through second day lunch.)
·        $185 Commuter rate for 2-day Art of the Doll experience (Includes lunch each day)
FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Come immerse yourself in doll-making. You will learn about and experiment with clays, fibers, body structures and parts, fabrics, wrapping and embellishment, faces and face molds, and how to put them all together to make an art doll. You will play with possibilities and practice doll-making skills, leaving the experience with enough skills to continue to make dolls of your own. Leave your worries behind and be prepared to get out of your box!
Location MoonTree Paint Studio



Saturday 20 July 2013, 9:00AM - 3:00PM:  Creating a Watercolor Conversation

•Laurie Balla, Facilitator
•Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
•Saturday, July 20, 2013; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
•$45.00/FREE to all VTAC Clients (Includes all materials and lunch)
In this experience you will be exposed to the materials used to work in watercolor, color wheel and color mixing, wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques, tight versus loose painting, and “lost” “and” found edges. Even though Laurie Balla suggests watercolor techniques and styles, she encourages participants to be brave and bring themselves into their art. She inspires through the use of rich, vibrant color and propels participants with words of encouragement and pure delight at their progress.
Laurie offers two different flowers for study, and demonstrates how to transfer a drawing onto watercolor paper. During the experience you can complete two small flower paintings, as you’re experiencing the art of watercolor conversation.
Location MoonTree Paint Studio




Saturday 27 July 2013, 9:00AM - 3:00PM:  Creating a Watercolor Conversation

•Laurie Balla, Facilitator
•Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
•Saturday, July 20, 2013; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
•$45.00/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients (Includes all materials and lunch)
In this experience you will be exposed to the materials used to work in watercolor, color wheel and color mixing, wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques, tight versus loose painting, and “lost” “and” found edges. Even though Laurie Balla suggests watercolor techniques and styles, she encourages participants to be brave and bring themselves into their art. She inspires through the use of rich, vibrant color and propels participants with words of encouragement and pure delight at their progress.
Laurie offers two different flowers for study, and demonstrates how to transfer a drawing onto watercolor paper. During the experience you can complete two small flower paintings, as you’re experiencing the art of watercolor conversation.
Location MoonTree Paint Studio

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