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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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   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
Monday Nights  -  6:30pm to 8:30pm
See the description for this class at the bottom of this page.     Cost -  $22

More fun with enameling

Add new techniques to your enameling talent
with Rick Allen & Laura Conway - SiblingRivalryArtisans.com
Saturday November 4 - 9:00am - 12:00

If you want to add some color to your life then we have just the class for you.  You will use powdered glass enamel to make pictures you will be proud to wear.  This class will include Sgraffito through sifted enamel.  Sgraffito is an Italian word that describes the techniques of scratching through a layer of something to expose what is beneath it. Then you will learn the process of wet packing transparent enamel to add color to your sgraffito piece.  You will also learn the technique of using a graphite pencil on fired enamel.  Come join us for a colorful morning.  
Cost - $75.00  -  All Supplies are furnished

8" x 8" handmade LEATHER JOURNAL

Professional Leather Journal for Sketching or Writing - with Dawn Giddings
Thursday - November 16 - 9:30 to 3:00

You will learn how to prepare the papers to create signatures.  We will 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 sketchbook or journal will be 8” by 8”  and will contain 72 pages.
Dawn Giddings is primarily a Graphite Artist who also enjoys Bookbinding, Fiber art, making jewelry and mixed media. She also loves to travel, spend time with her husband, kids and 8 grandchildren and puppy. You can see her work at Giddingsart.blogspot.com
Cost $55   - will include a Book ‘kit’  with the Leather cover, needle, professional thread, handmade end papers and key closure.
Supplies to bring:  Please bring your own paper for the journal   ... for a watercolor journal, you will need 3 sheets of 140lb paper (Fabriano or Fluid work best, CP or HP) - (or paper is available in the studio - 3 sheets for $12).  Full sheets (22 x 30") work best as there will be no waste  ... for a sketch or writing journal, you might choose to use other suitable papers  ... for a fun mixed use journal, use a mixture of papers - these could be mixed media paper, toned or colored papers, tracing paper, etc.  (papers should be at least 7 1/2" x 15" long). 
Additional helpful supplies:  If possible, bring  an awl, a bone folder, and pliers.
Note:  Additional 'Book Kits' available for $30 - includes leather cover, handmade paper flysheet, professional thread, needle, instructions, templates

Introduction to Electro-Etching

NEW CLASS... for Amazing Designs
with Rick Allen,  & Laura Conway - SiblingRivalryArtisans.com
Saturday  November 18 - 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

Art show - north haven gardens

Wonderful Art - Terrific Gifts - Talented Artists
Saturday December 2  -  11:00 to 6:00          7700 Northhaven Road in North Dallas
with Suzanne McNeill-Sparks

North Haven Gardens has invited me to exhibit at their Art Show for a second year!  Along with other wonderful artists... I will be offering unique, one-of-a-kind, original, hand-made pieces from my specialties.  Choose from art featuring original designs with Rust & Copper Patina, Silicone Pours, Alcohol Inks, Ornaments, Leather Journals, Gourds, Zentangle® Drawings, Silk Dyeing, Paintings, and more!

NEW - silicone pours

Swirls, Cells, Layers & More
FABULOUS  CLASS - New Techniques for Pouring, Shaping and Texture Cells

      January 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 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 canvas (good sizes are 6x6”, 6x12”, 10x10” &12x24”), 3 plastic trash bags, eight colors of acrylic paint (small bottles are OK), old 1” brush. 

Advanced Leather Journals and Sketchbooks

NEW techniques for interesting pages and binding options
with Suzanne McNeill-Sparks

      January date to be announced - - 9:30 to 3:30
Learn NEW techniques - with additional types of stitched binding options like twists, beads, stitches, etc.  You will learn NEW ways to prepare papers, stitch each signature into the exposed binding, and make an interesting closure.  We will cut or tear the paper in class.  The finished sketchbook or journal will be 8” by 8”  and will contain 72-96 pages.
Cost $55   - includes a Book ‘kit’  with Leather cover (your choice of colors), needle, professional thread, handmade marbled end papers, and closure.
Supplies to bring:  Please bring your own paper for the journal   ... for a watercolor journal, you will need 3 sheets of 140lb paper (Fabriano or Fluid work best, CP or HP) - (or paper is available in the studio - 3 sheets for $12).  Full sheets (22 x 30") work best as there will be no waste  ... for a sketch or writing  journal, you might choose to use other suitable papers  ... for a fun mixed use journal, use a mixture of papers - these could be mixed media paper, toned or colored papers, tracing paper, etc.  (papers should be at least 7 1/2" x 15" long). 
Additional helpful supplies:  If possible, bring  an awl, a bone folder, and pliers.
Note:  Additional 'Book Kits' available for $30 - includes leather cover, handmade paper flysheet, professional thread, needle, instructions, templates

RUST & patina on canvas

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

     January 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:  two 12x12”, one 6x6” stretched canvas. 

ABSTRACT INSPIRATION PAINTING

NEW Techniques, Ideas, and Inspiration for Fabulous Abstract Paintings
with Lynne Buchanan

January date to be announced - 10:00 to 3:00
    *  How do you compose an abstract piece of art?     
    *  How do you express your inner playfulness?
    *  How do you organize chaos into meaningful design?
    *  With steps showing her process, Lynne will show a beginning to end piece.
Lynne will lead artists in the process of how to paint an abstract from reference material/photos/or drawings. Using a viewfinder to locate a composition in our source material, we will enlarge that composition and work intuitively and playfully... using design techniques to pull everything together.  The goal is to allow our energy and emotion to come through our abstract compositions which a strong design unifies.   Come with an open mind, a sense of adventure and trust in your Artist self!!
Cost:  $45 - includes a handy goody bag of inspiration
Supplies Needed - 140# Watercolor paper (with 2-3 coats of gesso) or 2 smallish 14"x20" canvas, Charcoal pencils, Matte medium if you use collage elements,  Acrylic paints (warm and cool colors, burnt umber or black, and white) - or watercolors, favorite brushes, any mark-making tools you love!

monday night PAINTING - ALL MEDIA

Painting, All Media ​with Barbara McFarland
Monday Nights  -  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
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.