As we all look forward to Spring’s eventual arrival, after the season’s storms and surprise snow, I find myself looking forward also to things that are shaping up elsewhere.
Since mid-February, I have been working with Chris Zonta as an intern on her Visiting Artist Mosaic Mural project at Ebinger School in Park Ridge, IL. As an intern, I am learning all I can absorb about the process of making a mosaic mural. Chris is a fabulous teacher, working in ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles. The spheres of her design, The Power of One, are shaping up with the enthusiastic help of Ebinger school’s sixth through eighth graders.
We are rapidly creating individual circular mosaics on primed hardboard using mastic to attach the various pieces in abstract and decorative designs. The finished work will be installed on an interior wall near the school office. Many thanks to the staff, parents and volunteers who have helped us to work collaboratively within the school community to make this beautiful mural. We may be completing and grouting seven or eight circles by the early part of June 2016, with installation to follow. For more murals: Murals, Faux Finishes, Signs & Trompe D’oeil
My classes at Michael’s in Downers Grove are ongoing, with Drawing classes available on Monday afternoons and Acrylic Painting classes available on Thursdays daytime and Saturday afternoons. We have worked with a variety of subjects, including landscape, florals, still lifes, and seascapes. Recent drawings include a family of penguins and paintings include an Easter basket, a Chicago Bridge scene at sunset and a Monarch Butterfly. The students who sign up for these classes can choose any single class day to attend, and over the course of two hours will create their own drawing or painting with step by step instructions. Look for dates in May and June coming soon. Resgistrations are taken online at https//classes.michaels.com/OnlineClasses and in the store at 1516 Butterfield Rd, Finley Square Suite A, Downers Grove, IL, 60515. (630) 812-1305.Michael’s Classes
The Arts Center of the Community Arts Council in Bourbonnnais at the Northfield Mall is how hosting my Painting and Drawing Studio Tuesday afternoons. Currently we are focusing on Oil and Acrylic Painting techniques, with individual projects and daily demos on select Tuesdays through May. Recent classes have covered the color wheel, complimentary colors, tints and hues. Students can sign up for these classes directly with me, Jessica Kronika. By email: email@example.com, by phone or text: 847-722-7032. For information: CAC Classes
The Life Force Arts Center is currently hosting the The Creative Soul: Art & the Sentient Being, a group exhibit, ongoing through April 26th, 2016. My work, A Map of Life Lived, a work in gel pen on black artagain paper, depicts the passage of significant lines in the palm, and explores the differences between the right, or current palmistry and the left, or potential life palmistry. This work also explores the markers that form based on activity marking what are called the eyes of the artist, small diamond shaped linear creases that mark junctures of the fingers on the working hand. Within the left hand the potential is drawn with lines and also marked with the symbols of astrological arrangements upon the raised mounds of various planetary features described by palmistry. Gallery hours are every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 6:30pm. There will be a closing reception on April 26th, from 7-9pm. I have also had work accepted for the next exhibit: The Creative Soul: Art Play and Ritual, scheduled to open May 6th, 2016. More information about this show to follow. The Life Force Arts Center is located at 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 733-327-7224 and LifeForceArts.org
Just recently, I designed my first clothing collection with Vida.com. This collection features several floral, sapling, moving water and color field works. The Spring Collection, including several pocket squares, long scarves, blouses and sleeveless shirts, is now available for purchase at http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/jessica-kronika
Spring classes are also opening soon for Watercolor Studio and Introduction to Drawing at the Elk Grove Village Park District. The deadline for registration is April 13 for the Watercolor Studio which covers a range of subjects including still life, floral, portraits and landscapes. Classes run Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm, April 16th through May 14th. The deadline for registration for the Introduction to Drawing is April 11th, and the class will work with basic drawing techniques and cover skill development, composition, still life, portrait, landscape and abstraction. Classes run Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Pavillion Art Studio, Elk Grove Village, IL. Register online at www.elkgroveparks.org or by stopping in at the Pavillion, located at 1000 Wellington Av., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.Elk Grove Park District Classes
The 22 page Spring Journeys Coloring Book is now available for print on demand, $10 each, along with the 12 page Journey through the Solstices book, $7 each, available by request and at a range of Illinois vendors. Contact me to place your order. For information about our vendors: https://flyngypsyarts.wordpress.com/welcome-to-the-new-flyn-gypsy-arts-blog-home-of-journeys-coloring-books/buy-journeys-coloring-books-at-these-fine-vendors/
Pronto plate printmaking is a lithographic printing process that uses polyester plates and drawn or laser printed and fused material for the image. Adult classes (18+) in this unique and hands on process will begin Sunday, May 1st and run from 1 to 3:30 pm. We will work with both direct drawn material and xeroxed material. Yes, you can use photos, line art on transparency and a variety of oily drawing tools such as sharpies, lithography pencils and crayons, and china markers. Sessions run May 1st through June 5th, 2016, at Expressions Graphics, 29 Harrison St., Oak Park, IL 60302. Contact me to register for this class or register online using expressionsgraphics.org‘s “Donate” button. Expressions Graphics Printmaking Classes
During the First Friday during the What’s Blooming Festival in the Oak Park Arts District, I will be hosting a collagraphic and simple stamping printmaking workshop at Expressions Graphics. Materials will include simple found object plates, built collagraphic plates, personal sytrene blocks ready to incise and more! The Event is scheduled for May 20th, from 1-6pm. You can register to assure your space and preferred time, or drop in and see us. Contact me to register and secure your spot! Jessica Kronika, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone or text: 847-722-7032
And some things to come:
Farmer’s Market & Art in the Park, Elk Grove Village Green
Green Fest, Aurora, IL
Chicago Pagan Pride Fest, Mills Park, Oak Park, IL
May spring bring you blooming flowers and singing birds!
aka The Fly’n Gypsy