ART & Dine in Las Vegas

I know what you were thinking this morning, you thought, “Belle, how can I make the month of June more fun for me? I wish you knew how.” Well, I do! Come join me for an ART & DINE at Rachel’s Kitchen Restaurant on June 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. You will get to create something unique you can take home and brag about… for years to come. We will be painting with acrylics on canvas. Ages 12 and up are welcome. No experience necessary, just your willingness to have fun!

Also, don’t miss ART CAMP for this summer. Kids 5 yrs. old and up can sign up.

8.5 x 11 poster


Arts and craft classes

Arts and crafts topI decided to open up an arts and crafts class/school for children, so, in my way of just doing things, classes begin the first week of July. I will be teaching children from the ages 3-12 years old. I’ve had a few teenagers interested in my classes as well.

For the month of July, I will be teaching line and form. Since the ages of each one of my classes vary, this is how I will break it up:

We will be reading the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

With this book, we will learn about color, shape and form as well as about the artist behind this book, Eric Carle, during our first two weeks of class.

3-4 and 5-6 class — Will learn about hand painting and cutting with scissors. We will be making the following projects:

7-9 and 10-12 class — Will learn about the process Eric Carle uses in order to make these fabulous illustrations and will be making our own bugs. Here is the process of his genius. we will end up with something like this:
Abdulla's Flying Insect
The last two weeks of class we will learn about line and shape. To this end we will study Mr. Paul Klee. He is famous for his simplistic yet evocative art.
The work I am most interesting in sharing with the students is this one, Du gris de la nuit surgit soudain, 1918:
Based on this work, the children will learn about line, color and negative space.
We will also be working, on the last two weeks of July, with the book The Dot, by Peter H. Raynolds.

Great Design: Cloned Video Animations by Erdal Inci

poi by Devrim, 2012. performed by Devrim Ekin Sahin , Sundance, Antalya.  

En Español

when I look around for inspiration I sometimes find the most amazing things. There are a few animated .gifs that Erdal Inci has made public on the net. Very interesting stuff. Apparently he has being experimenting with cloned video animations since 2004. I hope they don’t take too long to upload for you. Enjoy.

runner on the cliff , 2009. performed by Ogun Kekul.  video version : self with whippy stick , 2009. video version: Self with torch in Tunel Square , Istanbul , November 2012 skater in besiktas square , 2010 self in front of Laleli Fountain, Galata 2012 Fire staff by Huseyin in J-fest 2012 Sundance  

Great illustrator: Ruslan Khasanov


I teach graphic design. I’ve been doing so for the past 6 years. One of the classes I teach is Illustrator. Every time I teach that class in either basics, intermediate or advanced I like to point out one excellent designer and illustrator, Ruslan Khasanov. The following illustrations are all done with gradient mesh, a tool that allows the artist to create very smooth and seamless transitions. It is a difficult technique that i have not mastered in any way, shape or form.

Native of Yekaterinburg, Russia, Ruslan loves to work in illustrator and experiment with how far he can take vector art, as well as photography.

I invite you to check out his website and be inspired.


Great design: Design Army for the Washington Ballet

At the beginning of the year Design Army created a wonderful display of typography and photography for the Washington Ballet. It was centered on the showcasing of Alice in Wonderland. The costumes are amazing! I wish that I had had the chance to see this performance live. Here are a few images from the campaign.

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