Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Hours

Dec 24: 10-5p
Dec 25:  Closed, Merry Christmas!!!
Dec 31: 10-5p
Jan 1:  11-6p, Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Additional 20% OFF of Select Holiday Sale Items!!

Until December (and while supplies last) take an additional 20% off of all sets, easels, tables, and chairs currently on sale in the 2013 Holiday Sale Flyer (located below)!! 

That means something like the Renoir table easel, for example, on sale in the flyer for $49.99, is now only $39.99!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Artist Trading Card Meet Ups!

What are Artist Trading Cards?
Artist Trading Cards grew out of the Mail Art movement of the '60s. Their beginning is credited to the Swiss artist M. Vänci Stirnemann in the mid 1990s, when he started creating and trading cards roughly the size of a baseball card with friends and other artists. The movement caught on and has become something of a global phenomenon. 

How does it work?
There are a few rules to it - the card must measure roughly 2.5 x 3.5 inches. They have to be traded - not sold! And the ATC should be signed and dated on the back. Any medium can be used (collage, pencil, paint, pens, fabric, etc.). That's all there is to it!  

When can I trade?
Come by the store every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month
from 1-3pm to trade and see what people have created.

And don't forget to post your favorite ATCs to our Facebook page!

Travel Sketchbooks with Sharon Zeugin (Free demo!)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Black Friday Sale!

Black Friday!
Nov 29, 2013

7am-9am: Save 40% off of our regular, everyday low prices
9am-11am: Save 30% off of our regular, everyday low prices
11am-Close: Save 20% off of our regular, everyday low prices

COMPLETE CUSTOM FRAMING ORDERS: 60% off until 12/2/2013.

Portraits in Oil - Free demo!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Announcing Kids Art Classes at Jerry's

We are extremely excited to announce that starting in January we will be offering KIDS ART CLASSES! We've partnered with Art Amore Austin to bring to you three awesome classes for your art-inclined kiddos.

Those classes are:
Art Discovery
6 to 9yrs (Saturdays 12-1pm $80 monthly) 
In this engaging class, students will develop drawing, painting and clay skills while learning fundamental art elements: line, shape, texture, color, value and space.
Our fun projects are geared towards developing skills within each theme, while also encouraging individual creativity and expression.  
While many of the projects are guided, each student works with his or her own vision and produces a unique finished piece.

Comicbook Workshops
10yrs & up (1st & 3rd Saturday 2-4pm $39 per class/ $80 per month) 
In this fast-paced workshop, we will cover color theory, storytelling and drawing techniques.  We play games, create comic strips, design our own trading cards and will complete an original comic book. We will cover many different styles of comic story telling, including cartooning, Manga and graphic novels.  

Drawing Intensive
10yrs & up (2st & 4rd Saturday 2-4pm $39 per class/ $80 per month)
Drawing Intensive is intended for  students at beginning and intermediate levels of skill and confidence. It's a completely safe, relaxing, non-judgmental environment where students are taught how to use art techniques to create realistic drawings and sketches.  
As students become familiar with basic drawing skills (proportion, perspective, shading etc), new mediums like comte, charcoal, ink and digital are introduced and students are encouraged to experiment with the techniques and visual effects that each medium allows.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Paper Marbling (Free demo!)

Sky Candy Drawing Session

Attention! Figure drawing fiends!

Sky Candy artists will be doing a session of arial poses and gesture work this Sunday, the 17th during E.A.S.T.  This is the session of a lifetime for all you gesture junkies!!! The entertainment value will also be off the charts.

Jerry's will have a small table at Sky Candy with supplies in case you or your friends forget something.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Native American Pottery Workshop

On Saturday November 30th and Saturday December 14th
Taught by Charlotte (Whiteowl) Wheat
This workshop will focus mainly on the Cherokee pottery Tradition. Cherokee pottery is renowned for being the product of one of the longest continual traditions of pottery in America, having been made for nearly 2,000 years. The style of Cherokee pottery has evolved over the years. The earliest pieces were hand built and then elaborately decorated with cross hatching, spirals, and other designs. Other designs used by the Cherokee in their pottery included making pots that looked like people or animals, like fish or birds. These containers were used for storing water or seed or for spiritual purposes.  

The Cherokee tradition of stamping pottery has been reinvented and imitated by both later generations of Cherokee potters as well as other modern day potters. Clay artisans use wooden paddles to texturize the clay with modern or ancient designs. The Cherokee also made use of the shells they found to both stamp their clay pottery and to decorate it. Sticks also were used to create new designs, similar to the way that modern artisans use a variety of hand tools to impress designs into their pottery.

The Cherokee Native Americans also were among the first to experiment with the different chemical reactions that they could cause through different firing times, temperature, and smoke. Today we refer to the latter two elements as varying oxygen and carbon levels, however the results were the same. The Cherokee were able to give their pottery different colors as a result of their experiments in the pottery firing process.

Above are some examples of traditional wedding vessels and animal effigy bowls that we will be making in this workshop.

The workshop is taught by the great-great-grand-daughter of Chief John Brown, who was Principal Chief of the Western Cherokee in 1839 and welcomed Chief John Ross and the Eastern Cherokee when they arrived in Oklahoma at the end of the Trail of Tears.

The workshop will cover 2 Saturdays. The first Saturday will be for hand-building your chosen pieces and the second Saturday will be for pit firing the pieces. The first Saturday workshop will be held at Jerry's Artarama off IH 35 in Austin, Texas and the second Saturday workshop for firing will be held two weeks later at 1104 Delano, Austin, Texas (to repeat - the second Saturday will NOT be held at Jerry's Artarama).

The cost of the workshop is $150.00 for the complete workshop which will include the clay you will use.  You may purchase any tools necessary at Jerry's Artarama before the workshop begins. The hand-building workshop times are from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM with an hour lunch break.  The firing workshop will be a pot luck lunch where everyone brings a dish to share.  The workshop will begin at 10:00 AM and last until the firing is complete, usually about 4-5 hours. The finished products can be picked up a couple days later  after they have sufficiently cooled and will be yours to keep or to make great gifts just in time for Christmas.   

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Windsor & Newton Canvas Sale!

8x10:  $2.40
9x12:  $3.00
11x14:  $3.60
12x12:  $3.90
12x16:  $4.35
16x20:  $5.55
18x24:  $7.05
20x24:  $7.65
24x24:  $9.48
24x30:  $10.50
30x40:  $17.10

Deb's Pastel Portrait Class Testimonial

We received another email from another satisfied artist who took Deb's Pastel workshop. We thought we'd share it with you:

"Dear Deb,

I took your portrait class a couple of months ago and found it to be very inspiring and right on.  I am sending you my first attempt on my own and what I learned from doing it on my own.
By Marie Rockey
First you were right!  You were right about a lot of things.  I made all of these mistakes and I laughed each time I realized my mistake.
  • 1) Do not use photo paper for your grid picture. It is glossy and you cannot mark well on it.
  • 2) Do make sure your photo is the actual size you are going to draw.  Mine was not and it was very difficult to improvise.
  • 3)  Make sure you have a very crisp picture the size you need.  Mine was blown up from a very small snapshot and all the lines and details were fuzzy.
  • 4)  DO NOT use black pastel to draw the Grid Lines, no, no, no!
  • 5)  And finally DO NOT eat cheesy rice or anything close to the picture you are drawing.  Of course I choked on it and I am lucky my subject has a very speckled complexion because some of that is oil stains.
 I am looking forward to attempting another one,  and this time, I will be more prepared.
Again, I totally enjoyed the time spent with you in the class and hopefully will be doing another in the future.


Marie Rockey"

Join us this weekend for another one of Deb's FANTASTIC Pastel workshops! Call the store or stop by for more info. 

Dino Munny Show!

Deadline for submissions is September 10th! Opening night is Sept. 13th. See you there!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Announcing 'Paintings by Jamie Canfield'

Announcing the opening reception for Jamie Canfield's painting show! 

Jamie Canfield was the winner of our Reusable Bag Design Contest, but her talent doesn't stop there. Born in San Antonio, raised in Syracuse, N.Y., 20-year Austin resident and former IT Specialist Jamie Canfield was a pencil 'doodler' all her life, but two years ago changed direction and took up oil painting, with special focus on portraits. Since then she's done several commissioned portraits, including beloved pets! She is inspired by drawing and painting as a way to learn more about anything- the endless variations of the human face, the strength and movement of life, the graceful lines and complexity of constructed things- "if you really look, everything is interesting!"

Come see the beautiful paintings that are currently gracing one of our gallery walls and enjoy refreshments on the house.

Friday, July 26 from 6-8pm

Jerry's Artarama
6010 N IH-35
Austin TX 78752

Monday, July 15, 2013

D.K. Richardson's Pastel Portrait Workshop

Cow Dog by Denise Beard
A recent student of one of D.K. (Deb) Richardson's pastel workshops sent over a nice email, which we wanted to share. We also wanted to say congratulations to Denise, who won 1st Place at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery with her pastel portrait of a good-looking dog. Congrats, Denise!

She also chronicled her experience with Deb's workshop on her blog. You can see step-by-step some of the skills that she learned by clicking here.

Her email to Deb:

I won my first 1st place ribbon tonight for a pastel. It was at the Texas Show at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery.

I painted Cow Dog using the techniques learned in your workshop, so thank you very much!!

As I was heading to hang the ribbon on the painting, the painting was being whisked to the desk to be sold to a lady from Austin!!! Jubilation and disappointment in one fell swoop. I wanted to just take in the idea of a blue ribbon hanging on one of my paintings for awhile---that will be occurring in my imagination.

Just wanted to share my good news.
Have a great evening. Denise Beard

D.K. will be offering another Pastel Portrait workshop in September. Sign up now at the store and be on your way to your first blue ribbon painting!

Click here to see all upcoming classes & events at Jerry's.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Big Hippie is Watching You

       Jerry’s Artarama just became the proud home of a new mural by nationally renowned mural artist, Scott Debus. Debus began his career with a series (continuing today) of large-scale, biomorphic paintings representing the faces of people well known by their names yet unrecognized on the street, such as Albert Camus. More recent studies feature musicians and dancers, exploring the form and interaction between bodies as they react to each other yet move together in harmony. 

       After moving to Charleston in 2006, Debus opened The Bogard Street Gallery and co-founded and curated the wildly popular Kulture Klash, a bi-annual, multi-media art event featuring local contemporary artists. His December 2012 mural for Art Basel Miami was among ten murals featured in the movie Step Up Revolution, where dancers camouflaged as the paintings broke out of the murals.  He was also a graffiti artist for the movie version of Rock of Ages. His work has appeared in the NY Times, Miami New Times, and other publications. 

        Scott Debus recently moved to Austin with hopes to continue his collaborative, multimedia projects within an even larger and more vibrant community. If you ever spot a 30-foot truck covered in large-scale, undulating paintings driving around the country, honk and give Scott a wave. 

        In addition to Scott Debus’ mural, Jerry’s Artarama is also hosting an elaborate showcase of his more intimate works in the store’s new local artist gallery space. Come help us celebrate this vibrant addition to the Austin mural collection on Friday, June 28, from 6-8p.