Giving thanks

happy thanksgiving

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year already (and this would be accompanied by further exclamations on how I’m getting a year older come December!)

This time of year will normally be the time where I reflect on what has happened throughout the year. And when I reflect, it’s never lost on me how Pikaland has grown by leaps and bounds since my first post here in February 2008. And so to Pikaland’s artists, sponsors, buyers, collaborators, participants and readers, I would like to shout out a big THANK YOU for making Pikaland into the community that it is today.

{And as my small way of giving thanks and in honor of the festive spirit, there’s a 20% discount in the shop just for you – just key in the coupon code PIKATHANKS during checkout! Feel free to spread the word around as the code will be valid until Wednesday next week.}

Camp Pikaland: Back to Basics with Jamie Shelman


Art by Calder

Jamie Shelman’s Back to Basics: Visual Communication class is the perfect antidote to brush up on your art basics! Perfect for those in need of fresh weekly exercises to get you inspired and creating new art this Winter, Back to Basics starts Monday Nov. 28th!

Join Jamie as you explore deceptively simple concepts such as shape, color, space and pattern to imbue our art with visual power and umph together! Weekly assignments are playful, quick studies in visual exploration. From ink to acrylic paint, pencil or gouache she’ll use artistic medium to loosen up your hand and get creating! You’ll also be given a look at numerous examples from past and present artists to inspire you as you go along, including Calder, whose work you see above. You may be familiar with his famous mobiles but did you know he also created these playful works on paper?

His ability to electrify both the positive and negative space in his piece with mark making and shape alone is exciting, fun, and fresh! One gets a sense of movement and vibrational frequencies which makes the piece active and alive. So take this opportunity to infuse your own work with life this Winter. Whether abstract or figurative, develop your artistic voice by building your own artistic vocabulary!

The class is open to anyone who wants to experience the pure joy of making art again, and you can sign up here!


Calder mobile

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