October 3, 2011
Saturday, October 1: acting as a “book” in a Human Library presented by Windsor Public Library for Culture Days. Sorry, but you missed this one already; tomorrow I’ll show you the drawing I did in between sessions of being. . . read. The terminology of this event really is funny, but it was fun enough that I’d say yes to another one.
Wednesday, October 5 (yup, just two days from now): I’ll be appearing as a guest on CBC Radio Windsor’s afternoon programme The Bridge as part of a series they’re doing where they interview an artist at intervals throughout the show while during the rest of the show the artist works on a piece right there in the CBC studio. Listeners can email the programme for a chance to win the artwork at the end of the show. It’s been a pretty popular segment for them thus far; I think I’m their first printmaker. I’ll be getting a head start by bringing in a piece that’s already started with a couple of layers of woodblock printing that I will then spend the two hours drawing on top of. Horror vacui, folks. I’m scared a two hour drawing might still have some white space!
The Bridge airs from 4pm to 6pm Eastern. Not in Windsor? You can listen online, here: CBC (scroll to the “radio one” player and choose the Windsor Ontario stream). Please feel free to tune in and hear me possibly make an ass of myself on what thankfully is at least only regional radio. I haven’t quite decided whether it’s best to spend the next two days practicing not swearing, or whether to get all the swearing out of my system before then. Suspense!
Friday evenings, October 14, 21, 28 and November 4: I’ll be teaching another knitting workshop at a fun local shop, Saint Flamingo, this time on how to knit mittens. It’s a class for intermediate beginners: you should be able to do a knit stitch and possibly also a purl stitch, and have at least your first small project under your belt. But! You don’t need to know how to knit in the round or make a thumb gusset or anything more complicated than knit and purl. That’s what this class is for! We’ll have a project pattern for a simple worsted weight adult mitten, which the less-beginner, more intermediate-beginner students will be able to customize if they want more of a challenge.The sessions will run from 7pm to 9pm, and you can sign up by contacting Christine through the Saint Flamingo website.
Sunday, October 23: I’ll be having a studio warming slash art opening to welcome everyone to my fabulous new digs over at The House at 131 Elliott Street West. More details forthcoming on this once we nail down the specifics, but we’ll be starting at 4pm, going until who knows when, there will be live music and of course the bar at Rino’s Kitchen will be open for your beverage needs. In addition to having new artwork on display I’ll be debuting my fun new line of block printed clothing (skirts and bandannas, and I’m hoping to have some shirts ready by then too). If you’re in the area, I’d be honoured if you’d come by and say hello and check out my charming new studio/office, of which I’m quite enamoured.
Sunday, October 30: More fun times at The House! This time in the form of the Midtown Hallowe’en Bazaar, which will happen in the parking lot at the corner of Elliott and Pelissier, right next to The House. There will be artists, crafters, nonprofits (including the ever-awesome Border City Brawlers), local independently owned shops of all kinds (vintage gear! used records! so clearly if I make any money at this thing I won’t be taking any of it home). Everyone there will be handing out treats, so bring the kids all costumed and loot bag’d for a fun early start to the festival of sugary excess that’s to follow. The event runs from 2pm until 8pm, followed by a Hallowe’en party inside at Rino’s Kitchen. I hear there’s going to be pumpkin carving and prizes for the best costumes, too. I’m still trying to decide whether to be a pirate rollergirl, a medieval Russian peasant rollergirl, a 1970s rollergirl, an Ottoman Empire dancer rollergirl or some other kind of rollergirl for which I don’t already have an appropriate costume on hand. Or perhaps even (gasp) something other than a rollergirl? Nah.
Posted by jodi on October 3, 2011 at 4.51pm
November 21, 2010
Pentax ME Super, Fuji 400-PR.
Taken in May 2003 at the University of Windsor’s energy from waste facility, where Kay Byrne and I took our drawing students for a day to practice their interior perspectives in a Brutalist environment filled with industrial machinery. Kay and I were teaching assistants together for the first test run of a three week intersession drawing course designed for non-art majors: 5 hours a day of intensive drawing practice, 5 days a week. By the end of it we’d managed to coax some excellent drawings out of a group of (mostly) business and economics students who had never picked up a graphite stick before.
Posted by jodi on November 21, 2010 at 11.42am
June 29, 2010
Some photos from a workshop I taught on June 27 as part of the Art Gallery of Windsor’s Sundays in the Studio programme.
Selective inking! And fireworks! [We had just had our fireworks a few days earlier. Because when you live on the Canada/U.S. border it makes total sense to have the joint fireworks celebration for your four-days-apart national holidays A WEEK AND A HALF EARLY for either. Just another way in which Windsor is charmingly whack.]
Posted by jodi on June 29, 2010 at 7.24pm
April 15, 2010
A few more from the Life Drawing II class.
Posted by jodi on April 15, 2010 at 9.40pm
April 13, 2010
My marks are all entered. Feedback has been given on projects, portfolios are waiting for the students to pick them up again. Pretty soon I’m going to have to wash away this little drawing I’ve been working on since January with tea and a spoon.
Posted by jodi on April 13, 2010 at 8.28pm
April 12, 2010
This project combined woodblock printing and monotype techniques: each student was given one block of wood (16 x 24inches) from which to produce a series of six related monoprints. The works produced combined reduction and multi-block printing methods (most people used both sides of the block) with monotype, stenciling, chine colle and trace monotype. Here are just a few of the projects, with two prints from each to give an idea of the variation each student achieved across the series.
Posted by jodi on April 12, 2010 at 9.59pm
April 10, 2010
Now that the school year is over and there’s a bit of breathing room here, I can take my time doling out images of some of my students’ projects from earlier in the semester. The goal of this project, for the Drawing II class, was to bring to life a normally overlooked space, taking into consideration the space’s function, how it facilitates the movement of people, and what (if any) psychological impact the space has on those who interact with or travel through it.
Posted by jodi on April 10, 2010 at 3.22pm
April 5, 2010
I had a funny story to tell, I’m sure of it. But if it had nothing to do with students and drawings and evaluating and critiquing and sifting through portfolios then it slipped my mind somehow. I’m almost through with it all, but still holding my breath until then.
I’m remembering to take breaks, though. The Monastery Pond is pretty now that the snow’s all gone. There’s a little niche out behind the parking lot where the nuns had a statue and a garden (yes, nuns in a monastery. No, I don’t get it either). I went out there at lunchtime and took some photos and sat and ate an apple and waited for the deer to come (they didn’t).
Posted by jodi on April 5, 2010 at 8.43pm
April 2, 2010
Seven hours at the Monastery today and I’m not even through grading one class’s assignments (although I did get them all photographed, so it should go more quickly now).
So far I’ve only been evaluating work from the drawing classes, as those are the portfolios I’ve got to return first, but here’s a sneak peek from the printmaking class’s bookwork project:
For fun this afternoon I picked this set of four taped-together linoblocks, left over from my class, out of the garbage and printed it (a little crookedly) on a singlet.
This is an introductory linocut project I borrowed from Melissa Harshman: cut up multiple copies of an image into pieces the same size as your small test blocks, hand them out randomly to the class, demo the transfer process and cutting and printing, and then have them mix and match blocks with their classmates in order to print the reassembled image. I even used the same image I saw her use (Chuck Close’s portrait of Philip Glass), because it’s so fantastic, and has a good balance of interesting open shapes (that hair!) and solid blacks (what better to torment students with when insisting their hand printed blacks aren’t salty?).
Posted by jodi on April 2, 2010 at 9.05pm
April 1, 2010
It’s been a long week of final critiques, a public lecture about my artwork, extra time put in helping students finish their projects and more portfolios and drawings crammed into my (shared) office than I thought possible. This afternoon was my last class, followed by an end-of-year party and the sad realization that I probably won’t see more than one or two of my students again after today. And tomorrow, the grading begins.
Here are a few pictures of the Monastery pond yesterday, with the ice almost completely off now.
Posted by jodi on April 1, 2010 at 10.48pm