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July 20, 2017
Colored Pencil Art

"Color Their Collections"

Which Colored Pencils Should I Get?

Yvette shares...

Elaine Suggests...
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  Colored Pencil Art

(0 July 2017) YvettefrogLilia10.jpgOne attribute of colored pencils as an art medium is their easy portability.  Even better, they are not messy!

I hope you enjoy the colored pencil advice we've gathered for your children and you!

If you think you're not artistic enough to sketch a flower or seashell, leaf or bird, there are myriad sources of free coloring sheets and books available. Color with the children.  Discuss colors. Relax into creativity. Take art classes.  Have fun!

Wherever you go, bring the colored pencils! In fact, a great place to go with your pencils and sketch book is Seymour Marine Center where you can draw sharks (and other amazing sea critters) during Shark Week starting Saturday the 22nd.

(2 Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  Check the online calendar.

Have a great summer weekend with the family!  Parmalee

Drawing by Lilia, age 10, who enjoys classes at The Art Factory, Aptos.

 

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  "Color Their Collections"

(0 July 2017) ColorCollections_Architecture.jpgOver 100 Museums Invite You to "Color Their Collections" with Free Adult Coloring Books

By Sara Barnes on July 14, 2017

"The adult coloring craze isn't just a passing fad. Our love of filling in black-and-white line drawings goes back as far as the 18th century; it's only recently, however, that the adult coloring book trend was reinvigorated and seen as a way to unwind from our busy, connected lives. Bridging the gap between history and contemporary culture is the Color Our Collections campaign, in which libraries and museums from around the world invite you to reimagine their acquisitions in vibrant hues.

(0 July 2017) ColorCollections_Botannical.jpgOrganized by The New York Academy of Medicine Library, there are over 100 institutions that have compiled free adult coloring books as well as free coloring book pages for download. Each reflects the materials that they hold in their collections. The range of participating organizations and their available subject matter is impressive; from rare books to scientific diagrams to ornate Art Nouveau, there is truly something for everyone-and hours upon hours of relaxing entertainment.

Over 100 institutions participate in the creative campaign."

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  Which Colored Pencils Should I Get?

Best Colored Pencil Sets for Kids!

By Cheryl Trowbridge on April 9, 2014

(0 July 2017) Prang1.jpgWhen it comes to buying art supplies, how much does your budget influence your buying decisions? Do you sometimes choose your cheapest option just because, well, it's the cheapest? There's such a range of quality when it comes to student grade colored pencils and the difference in price doesn't always make up for the difference in quality. The next time you buy colored pencils, you could be better off spending a little more. Here's why...>>>

 


8 Best Colored Pencil Sets for Coloring Book Enthusiasts and Professional Artists

By Sara Barnes on July 14, 2017

(0 July 2017) colored-pencils-holbein-8.jpgColored pencils are often associated with childhood, but with the adult coloring book craze, it's clear that grown-ups like to use them, too. These tools, however, can do much more than color inside lines. Artists regularly use colored pencils in their drawings because they offer a range of possibilities-especially in their hues. While many professional sets include a bevy of beautiful colors, you can layer them to create even more dimension in your work.

Determining the best colored pencils can be a challenge. Ultimately it comes down to your personal preference, but to get you started on the right track, we've identified some of the best pencils to try. These brands are available to purchase online, so it's easy to test out a few different pencils without breaking the bank. It's important to find your favorites; by taking the time to hone your tools, you'll make producing your art more enjoyable.  Read more for an excellent discussion of which colored pencil set is best for you>>>>

 
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  Yvette shares...

(0 July 2017) YvetteHummingIris16.jpgColored pencils are a wonderful medium for artists of all ages and abilities, especially for those who love to work on a small scale.

They provide great control, vivid colors and in some cases, are water-soluble and can turn into a wash of color with the stroke of a wet brush.


(0 July 2017) YvetteKiera12Poppies.jpgStudents may find they've done a lovely pencil drawing, then try to paint it and become very frustrated. Colored pencils avoid that frustration all together because you know exactly where that color (point) is going to land. Adding a little water via a good brush to achieve the effect of water colors is a good intermediate step in learning water color techniques.

(0 July 2017) YvettecatJillian11.jpgColored pencils are also great for artists on the go. They're easy to transport, mess free, and fit budgets of all sizes. From sketch books to coloring books, colored pencils are a staple in the art kit of kids and visual artists everywhere! From handmade birthday cards to architectural renderings, colored pencils are for everyone! Visit our wonderful local art supply stores today to start or build your colored pencil collection.

(0 July 2017) YvetteContois2.jpgYvette Contois is a local mom, art teacher and artist. You can find her and other artists at The Art Factory Studio in Aptos sharing their skills and encouraging budding young artists who love creating favorite images and don't want to leave when time is up.  There are a few spaces left in week long theme classes.

Hummingbird (in process) by Iris, age 16; Poppies by Kiera, age 12; Cool Cat by Jillian, age 11

 

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  Elaine Suggests...

(0 July 2017) ElainesTree.jpgMy friend and artist, Elaine, does a live demonstration of how to draw a tree using 140 lb water color paper and a special colored pencil called Sketch & Wash Pencil (General).

She adds color with Neocolor Aquarelle Water Soluble Wax Pastels (moss green and Indian red).

To blend, she uses a Creative Mark Mimik Kolinsky Professional Artist Synthetic Sable Brush. Elaine favors it because it holds water and springs back into shape.

Watch her demo here.

 

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Graphite Pencil Drawing

by an art student at

The Art Factory Studio

Pajaro Valley Arts Show

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June 7 - July 23

22 Sudden St.

Watsonville

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Free Music Together Preview Classes!
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  Free Music Together Preview Classes!
MusicalMe, Inc.
Date: Every day (Jul 9-Jul 31) from 9:30am to 5:30pm
Ages: 0-6 with parent/cargiver
Details: The Joy of Family Music
Special Instructions: Schedule online www.musicalme.com or call 831 438 3514
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Shakespeare Summer
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  Shakespeare Summer
Santa CruzShakespeare
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Sep 23)
Ages: All ages
Details: The 39 Steps, Measure for Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 460-6399 view all details >>
     
California Rodeo Salinas
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  California Rodeo Salinas
California Rodeo
Date: Every day (Jul 20-Jul 23)
Ages: All
Details: 2016 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
City: Salinas Phone: (831)775-3100 view all details >>
     
Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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  Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
Capitola Village
Date: Every Wed (Jun 7-Aug 30) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
 Dramaturgs ~ Two Gentlemen of Verona
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  Dramaturgs ~ Two Gentlemen of Verona
Library Aptos
Date: 07/25/2017 at 7:00pm
Ages: 8 and up
Details: This lively discussions, now in their third year at SCPL, will greatly elevate your enjoyment of the 2017 season performances
City: Aptos Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 view all details >>
     
 The Premiere of "House on Rodeo Gulch"
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  The Premiere of "House on Rodeo Gulch"
Rio Theater
Date: 07/22/2017 at 6:30pm
Details: Premiere of drama film with mostly local actors & crew
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
July Fridays at MOD
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  July Fridays at MOD
Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Date: Every Fri (Jul 1-Jul 28) from 10:30am to 4:00pm
Ages: 0-12
Details: Stories, Circle Time, Summer Art
City: Capitola Phone: (888) 424-8035 view all details >>
     
2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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  2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
State Park Castro Adobe
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details:
Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-335-6318 view all details >>
     
Community Restoration
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  Community Restoration
Watsonville Wetlands
Date: 07/22/2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Join us to help restore wetlands...
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-345-1226 view all details >>
     
Triple P Workshop: Balancing Work & Family
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  Triple P Workshop: Balancing Work & Family
Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Date: 07/26/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Balancing Work & Family
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 465-2217 view all details >>
     
Beauty and the Beast
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  Beauty and the Beast
Cabrillo Theater
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 21-Aug 13)
Details: A heartwarming performance of a classic!
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-6154 view all details >>
     
Calendar Contest
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  Calendar Contest
Elkhorn Slough
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Details: Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
     
Shark Science Week
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  Shark Science Week
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: Every day (Jul 22-Jul 30) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Shark Science Week
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Wharf to Wharf
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  Wharf to Wharf
Wharf to Wharf
Date: 07/23/2017 at 8:30am
Details: A scenic six-mile race with 35 or more live bands and throngs of festive spectators along the route. The coveted Wharf to Wharf
City: Santa Cruz to Capitola view all details >>
     
Summer Concert Series
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  Summer Concert Series
State Park New Brighton
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Aug 27) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
City: Capitola view all details >>
     
     
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