SPRING QUARTER 2018 RECAP
Here we are in May, at the end of spring quarter and the first school year at Western Neon School of Art. We’re thrilled about the success of the three classes we’ve held so far and the exponential interest in what the school has to offer. Our first class filled in 48 hours and the two courses in Spring Quarter filled two months in advance. Sixteen students completed our Introduction to Light-Based Media class this quarter, each leaving with finished, fantastically lit pieces. Students drew from their backgrounds in other fields such as architecture and graphic design to create unique, personal works of art that speak to their own experiences and the medium as a whole.
This quarter, WNSA was lucky to host two visiting artists. Sharon Louden, our first guest, is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining A Creative Life series of books. Alongside artists Robert Yoder, Margie Livingston, and Dylan Neuwirth, Sharon led a successful one-night panel discussion regarding creative sustainability. Find Sharon on her website, Instagram, and Twitter and see more information about Living and Sustaining a Creative Life at livesustain.org.
Interdisciplinary artist Kacie Lees visited the school and led a 10-person, 6-hour intensive covering basic bending techniques. Kacie works across a variety of media, including screen-printing, video, neon, embroidery, and holography. She often photographs her neon work with diffraction lenses to showcase a spectrum not visible to the naked eye. Kacie has shown her diverse work in solo and group exhibitions nationally, most recently in She Bends, the most comprehensive all-female neon exhibition to date. Check out her website and Instagram to view more of her work and find out where she’s teaching next.
We will host more visiting artists next school year due to the success of these two events and the interest in future workshops and discussions. Stay tuned to our website, Instagram, and upcoming newsletter for details.
Aside from one epic, soon-to-be-announced collaboration, we are taking a break until Fall Quarter to go over feedback from previous classes and plan for the school year ahead. Registration for Fall Quarter will open in August; keep an eye out for more information in the upcoming newsletter, on our website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.