Wonderful Wednesdays

Part of the Topeka Art Guild mission is "to promote and support the visual arts and arts education through public programs...."

The "Wonderful Wednesday" events were designed with the mission statement in mind. Here is the latest information:

October 2023: EVENING EVENT: Acrylic Painting for Beginners

It is scheduled from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM every Wednesday in October. This is an informal, work-shop-style event, for beginners. Experienced artists are welcome to join us... and if you would like to assist new artists you are EXTRA welcome! Materials are provided. Donations to TAG are requested but not required.

TAG members may still come to the classroom from 1-4. Materials will still be available, but LuAnn usually won't be in until later.

Planning Ahead....

If you are planning to attend the workshop, this page may help you decide how and what to paint.

Wonderful Wednesday Photos!

Webmaster's comments: 
To me, "Wonderful Wednesdays" and "Open Studio Thursdays" are what the Topeka Art Guild is all about. Friends making art together... 

So I like to add  pictures each week, whenever possible. Yes, you will see many of the same faces. "Friends making art together" is what this is all about!

September 20 and September 27

Seven in the classroom on the 20th. Six on the 27th. Each week we had a combination of returning artists and new artists!

September 13

We had a FULL house on September 13!

Several of our young artists completed more than one small painting. The variety of subjects and styles was amazing. 

Even MORE wonderful was the spirit of cooperation and sharing in our small classroom. Our tables were filled. The classroom was HOT. The host did not have everything perfectly organized. In spite of the less-than-perfect set-up,  everyone helped out and we all had a good time.

September 6

 August 30

Anna works on an "overpainting" of Van Gogh's "Starry Night." Adding colors and textures greatly enhances this thrift store find!

There are all kinds of art.

There are many different ways to LEARN art.

During the Open Studio hours at the Topeka Art Guild, members and guests enjoy every aspect of art-making!

August 23

Only four of us were in the class room on August 23: Three members and one guest. Lin worked on a landscape. She agreed to let me photograph it as a Work-In-Progress. Connie continued working on a Santa, which she began last week. Lila was here, but she was working on the TAG data base. 

TAG visitor Corinne joined us for the second week. She finished TWO "beginner paintings" as part of our Wonderful Wednesday offerings.

The Open Studio events continue to be popular.

LouAnn Thoms has recently joined the "Thursday regulars." Here she displays her most recent work.

August 16

What a BUSY afternoon!

Laurine, mistress of subtle delicate colors, tried a new technique: an under-layer of brown paint.  I need to try this!

Lila has added a delightful elephant to her collection of masterful watercolors. (Or should I say "watercolor-style paintings that now include some acrylics?) 

Connie began painting a Santa. The face is delightful. His cloak is bright and colorful. But there was much discussion about the background. Critiques are still very difficult for some of us. We all have different opinions about things, and even though I am the "teacher" for this workshop, I am a less-experienced artist than most TAG members. It will be interesting to see what Connie does with the background next week.

Lin continued working on a cat portrait. It's fun to see how paintings progress. Scroll down a bit to see an earlier verson!

Guest Corinne almost finished a darling little owl painting. She's joining us again next week!

August 9

Nine artists met this week. They worked with watercolor, colored pencils, and acrylic paint. 

Guild members benefit greatly from these sessions. Those who wish for a critique of their work can request it. Others give hints and help with peers who are learning new media. Most of all, it is a social meeting of kindred spirits. 

Open Studio is available every Thursday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. "Wonderful Wednesdays" started out as an acrylic painting class, but quickly became a second Open Studio event, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. So members have two opportunities to meet during the day and enjoy the company of fellow TAG artists.

"Wonderful Wednesdays" are open to the public from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. If you know someone who is interested in joining the Topeka Art Guild, this is the perfect opportunity to see what goes on in the classroom.

We hope to include early evening (4:00-7:00 PM) sessions in September. Contact LuAnn Lawhon admin@TopekaArtGuild.org  if you are interested in this!

August 2

Wednesdays have become a day for "painting friends" to get together! Six TAG members were in the classroom on the first Wonderful Wednesday of August. One more member dropped by, and a potential member came to see what it was all about.

guild: an association of people for mutual aid or the pursuit of a common goal.

The event-that-occurs-on-Wednesday started out as an every-other-week acrylic painting class in May. In June and July, the name was changed to "Wonderful Wednesdays" and a few other art media were added. A few young people joined us to make art, since it was summer vacation.

We are continuing to meet at the same time in August:
TAG members can come to the classroom at 1:00.
Members of the public are invited to join us at 2:00.
Materials are available in the classroom.
A donation to TAG is requested, but not required.

The goal of WW has always been to encourage people to join TAG. Perhaps the best way to do this would be to change the hours of Wonderful Wednesdays to the evening, so that working persons have a chance to join us?

July 26

On Wednesday, four adults and one nine-year-old met in the TAG class room to make art.

Connie English finished this  watercolor, a commission for the owners of this delightful pair.

Malcolm made an alcohol ink tile and two Artist Trading Cards. (ATCs)

LuAnn Pepperwood attempted a tutorial by Marilyn Allis, from one of the many books available in the TAG classroom. (She used acrylic paint instead of watercolors and over-worked it... but experimentation and learning are what's important!)

Thursday's Open Studio group may attempt this tutorial on July 27, so better paintings are coming!

July 19

On July 12, we had SEVEN people in the classroom.

On July 19... only two.

Connie English is a prolific artist who can complete a small painting during our short sessions.

July 12

Three young artists came to the Wonderful Wednesday event.

Here are the "Box Sculptures" that they made!

July 5

Five people took part in the first "Wonderful Wednesday" of July. Gel prints, textured ATCs, and acrylic paintings were made.


June 28

Brothers Kaiden and Sylas have been to the Topeka Art Guild before. They came to one of the "Art for All" workshops in January and each completed several small projects.

But this time, they decided to work on larger pieces. Each young artist mixed paint for the first layer, carefully covered the canvas, and waited for it to dry. Then the fun began.

Sylas planned to paint a beehive, and we discussed various ways to get the look of a honeycomb. He tried using a hexagon stamp that we made from an eraser, but after a few stampings, he decided that wasn't the look he wanted. Next, he tried a hexagon cutout. For the next hour, he patiently outlined that little hexagon,  placing rows of honeycomb cells on his canvas.

Meanwhile, Kaiden had painted a green outline of a cactus. He asked about using a cutout cactus shape for add more to his canvas, but was open to discussing other techniques. We went out into the gallery and took a look at a wonderful mixed media piece by Marie Plinsky. 

Kaiden decided to add cutout shapes to his canvas. Several other artistic problems were worked out, and he was pleased enough with his painting to take the picture shown below.

photo by Kaiden
And here is the mixed media piece that inspired Kaiden:

Marie Plinsky's "2 and 1/2"

Six people were making art on Wednesday, June 28.

Since the Topeka Art Guild class room only has ten seats, and the host is still trying to get everything organized... that's a great group!

June 21

It was a small but active group this Wednesday.

Adam and Simon made art with alcohol ink on ceramic tiles. Macenna painted with acrylic paints.

June 14

"Wonderful Wednesday" was SO much fun!

First to arrive was Ella, who comes from Missouri. She has a fun and personalized souvenir of her trip to the Topeka Art Guild. Ella painted a lovely flower painting (which didn't get photographed), experimented with alcohol inks on a ceramic tile, and delighted us all by posing for selfies with us at the end of class!

Our second group, Anna and Isaac and Oliver, also painted with acrylics. The brothers painted smaller paintings, which fit on mini easels. Mom Anna brought a photo reference and painted an 8 x 10 canvas. When the paintings were completed, they all  experimented with gel plate printing.

TAG members Connie and Laurine also attended the event. They worked quite independently so that our guests could have plenty of support. Unfortunately, acrylic paints are sometimes hard to photograph. The tiny image on the right does not capture the lovely background colors and the great stroke work of Connie's peonies.

Laurine brought her own oil pastels, drew a rustic fence, and decided that she does NOT like oil pastels! Her normal medium is pencil, but one of the goals of "Wonderful Wednesdays" is to give artists a chance to try new media and techniques.

-- LL 230614

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