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Virtual Art with Diamond: Paper Quilling

Paper Quilling is one of the more simple forms of sculpture. It only involves paper and adhesive and then the rest is up to your imagination. I love paper quilling because it is so low pressure, and I feel like even without much practice or know-how it tends to look awesome – unlike some other types of sculpture and fine art 🙂

You will need (I didn’t get this list exactly right in the video):

• Paper
• GLUE – liquid glue is preferably
• Possibly a pencil
• And possibly a ruler
• You might want a pen, toothpick, popsicle stick, or a sharp fingernail – whichever tool you like for bending.

Quilling is pretty old art form that started back when folks made a point of using EVERYTHING. Many old quilling pieces are made with scraps of paper leftover from bookmaking. I think this means you don't have to worry about getting fancy at all. During our collage video I told you about my years old box of paper scraps – that is what I dug into for this piece. Being that Earth Day was this past Wednesday it only seems fitting to challenge yourself to use some (if not all) paper scraps for this project. And also, if you don’t yet have your own paper scrap box you should start one. I call my box of paper/ribbon/cardboard scraps my treasure box because when it comes to creating scraps and found bits are truly like gold 🙂 Please – get creative with us! And then if you you feel comfortable please share your creation in the comments or email to diamond.knispel@headwatersmusicandarts.org.

Diamond Knispel
Art Teacher | Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator
Headwaters Music & Arts

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Virtual Art: Ball Point Pens & Zentangles

Right now is a lovely time to send some snail-mail to someone you love. The United States Postal service is still running and everyone loves receiving mail from loved ones - especially pretty mail. This week I invite you to make some pretty mail for a loved one using a ball point pen. There are some easy ways to use a ball point pen to make something beautiful, all it takes is time and patience.

You will need:

• Ball point pen
• Pencil
• Paper
• Any other fun tools you may want to use

I practiced a lot of my drawing skills by doodling in class and as a teen I got really good with a ball point pen. I found out I could do almost as much with the right pen as I could a pencil - except erase 🙂 With a few shading pointers you don't ever have to use a pencil sharpener again! As always - this activity is for all ages and artistic abilities. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how nice zentangle art turns out even if you don't consider yourself an artist. If there is any part you don't like just black it out with the pen or cut it out with scissors🙂 Get creative with us and then please share your creation in the comments or email to diamond.knispel@headwatersmusicandarts.org.

Diamond Knispel
Art Teacher | Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator
Headwaters Music & Arts

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Virtual Art with Diamond: How to Draw Plants

Drawing plants is a fun way to learn observational drawing skills. This weeks Virtual Art Session touches on observation, shadow vs. light, pencil technique, shading, and still life through the no-pressure form of a plant. The natural form of plants makes them perfect for a budding artist because there isn’t just one way to draw the shape – every angle make the shape appear different. Drawing a plant starts with drawing the leaves.

You will need:

• Pencil (or charcoal)
• Pencil sharpener
• Eraser
• Paper
• A plant or a photo of a plant

Drawing leaves is for everyone! Whether it be with a pencil, crayon, marker, or paintbrush you can join in by observing and drawing your own plant. As always, the goal of our Virtual Art sessions is to introduce a fun project for all ages and artistic abilities. You don’t have to be able to draw a straight line – a curve will do just fine 🙂 Get creative with us and then please share your creation in the comments or email to diamond.knispel@headwatersmusicandarts.org.

Diamond Knispel
Art Teacher | Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator
Headwaters Music & Arts

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Preschool Offerings Spring 2020

Headwaters Music & Arts is proud to announce their latest in preschool programming. Set for Spring 2020 Mini Musician and Lil Artist are both 8 session programs that will introduce pre-k children and their guardians to the very basics of music and art through fun, hands on, activities. The cost to attend is $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members)

Mini Musician
Mini Musician, an 8 session program led by experienced general music teacher Leisa Bragg, will be packed with singing, movement and dance. Held 4:45 – 5:30 pm on Monday, kids and adults will explore the building blocks of music together through play and experimentation.

Leisa Bragg is an instructor of piano, voice and clarinet at Headwaters Music & Arts with over 20 years experience in Colorado as a public school band, choir and general music teacher, theater and church music director, and private lesson instructor. Leisa brings her core belief that "music is a vital part of everyone's existence, no matter what the age" and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for music with Bemidji area children and adults.

8 sessions held 4:45 – 5:30pm on Mondays, Feb. 3rd – March 23rd

Lil Artist
Lil Artist is an 8 session art program held on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:00. The program. Led by Diamond Knispel, will be filled with fun and messy art projects that will introduce pre-k children to basic art concepts such as color and texture while exploring age-appropriate media.

Diamond Knispel is a local artists and art instructor with 8 years of experience teaching art to various ages and abilities through tutoring and group classes. Diamond believes creating and learning about art is as much about the process as it is the outcome, and she brings this belief into her teaching, putting an emphasis on fun and exploration.

Tuesdays, 2:45-3:30pm | 8 Sessions, Feb. 4th – March 24th

Both programs take place at Headwaters (519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji). Advance registration is required as there are Limited number of spots available. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The cost to attend is $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members).

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Headwaters prepares for school year with after school Art Clubs

Grades K - 2nd | Young Artist Club

This year-long club is an introduction to formal art instruction for children in kindergarten – 2nd grade. Participants will explore basic art concepts through crafty art projects using various art forms. The group will get a feel for how to do art with a large group in an art room setting. Small snack and art supplies provided. Held Tuesdays, 4-5 pm, October 1st – May 5th. Space is limited to the first 12 participants.

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Grades 3rd - 6th | Headwaters Art Club

Explore art in the Headwaters Art Studio. Enjoy fun and supportive environment while gaining mad art skills. Participants will learn from guest artists, explore local art on field trips, and prepare art exhibits. Our goal is to provide an informal, safe and supportive atmosphere while offering high quality art instruction and mentorship Early arrival supervised open studio time 3:30 -3:55 available for additional fee. Snack and art supplies provided. Held Thursdays, 4-5:30 pm, September 19th – May 7th. Space is limited to first 15 participants.

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Grades 7th - 12th | Teen Art Club

Join us for the launch of our year-long after school art club for teens! Teen Art Club is an opportunity for participants, grades 7-12 to explore art in a fun and supportive studio setting. Participants will start with the basics and create work at their own pace, exploring concepts and skills through different projects. The group will work with watercolor, acrylic, clay, drawing, and more. Participants will prepare exhibits, meet local artists and learn from guest instructors. This fun and informal setting is perfect for students looking for mentorship to grow as an artist. Snack and art supplies provided. Held Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, October 1st – May 5th. Space is limited to first 15 participants.

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Give the gift of creativity with Headwaters art clubs!

Art elements and principles, techniques and critique are just some of the focus of Headwaters art clubs. With offerings for K-6th grade the clubs also put a focus on fun and listening to what participants want to focus on. The art clubs, which take place after school, are split up by age with the K-2nd grade meeting on Tuesday and 3rd-6th meeting on Thursday. Both art clubs have spent the fall discussing the 7 elements of art and practicing technique in different media such as paint, clay, paper, fiber, basic drawing and more.

Young Artist Club for k-2nd grade is held 3:15-4:15 Tuesday evenings. The group has openings for their spring session when they plan to continue their exploration and growth with some of the same media. Instructor, Beth Andrews, says that “My favorite thing about art is using science and nature. This spring we are going to explore more of those things.” The group will continue to grow relationships and techniques this spring, introducing guest presenters to share their knowledge with the participants.

Headwaters Art Club for 3rd-6th grade is going on it’s fourth season this spring. The group, which has grown and shifted over time, has a mix of newcomers and participants that have attended every season, and still has room for more! The club has evolved since the first season, introducing field trips and teen mentors to the program. Headwaters Art Club has always put a focus on bringing in guest instructors and they will continue to do so come spring. Instructor, Diamond Knispel leads the group. Speaking to the diversity of experiences offered in this after-school program she says, “Younger students are often just looking for the right spark to ignite their interest in art. As they move towards high school and more art opportunities we hope to offer some quality experiences to do just that. Plus it is never to early to start learning technique. With an understanding of basic skills kids can create the coolest art.”

The goal of Headwaters art clubs is to provide an informal, safe and supportive atmosphere while offering high quality art instruction and mentor-ship.

More details and online registration can be found by calling 218.444.5606 or on Headwaters website. Those who register before Dec. 25th will receive a holiday discount!


Young Artist Club:

$250 Spring Session ($240 if registered before Dec. 25th!) | Jan. 8th – May 7th, 3:15 – 4:15pm
Space is limited to first 15 participants. Art supplies provided.

Headwaters Art Club:
$275 Spring Session ($260 if registered before Dec. 25th) | January 10th – May 9th, 4 – 5:30pm (no session March 7th)
Early arrival supervised open studio time 3:30 -3:55 available for additional fee. Space is limited to first 20 participants. Snack and art supplies provided.

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Youth Community Band

Headwaters Music & Arts invites Bemidji area brass, woodwind and percussion players to take part in a new youth community band. Youth ages 7-18 and their parents or guardians are invited to an organizational meeting and first rehearsal at 6pm Monday, November 6th at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW in Bemidji.

Directed by Craig Haugen, the group will rehearse every other Monday, November-May, to prepare for several performances during the year. The goals for this group are to build ensemble and performance skills and experience the fun and camaraderie of rehearsing and performing as a group. All skill levels welcome, with a pre-requisite of one year of lessons.

Craig Haugen has taught privately through the public school system and Bemidji State University. He is a free-lance musician and performs in local bands, Pelican Railroad and CrossWater. He received his degree in Instrumental Education from Bemidji State University, and has taught guitar, ukulele and all band instruments for over 30 years.

Those interested in taking part but unable to attend the first meeting and rehearsal are asked to contact Headwaters at 218.444.5606 before November 6th.

 

 

 

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First City Singers Seeks a Director

The First City Singers, a non-audition vocal performance group, is seeking a volunteer with choral direction experience to lead weekly rehearsals and occasional performances at area senior living facilities. Rehearsals are 1pm Mondays at Headwaters Music and Arts. First City Singers also welcomes additional men and women ages 55 and older to the group; for information about the volunteer director position or becoming a member, contact organizer Kathy Hughes at 218.751.5129

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