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Getting Creative with your iPhone or iPad

Get creative with the tool you hold in your hands every day!

This class will help you use your iPhone or iPad to express yourself creatively. We will take you through a step by step process using your own photos or stock photography and combine them to make an amazing image.

First, we will use the app SuperimposeX to cut out elements that can be layered on top of another image. Then we use the program Procreate to paint background images. We will also learn how to make our own digital paint brushes in Procreate.

We will put them all together and design a wonderful composite!

This class includes digital downloads of some of Debbie Gay’s stock photography and backgrounds as well as Procreate brushes, a $40 value.

The apps you will need for this class are:
SuperimposeX
Procreate
Snapseed

The total cost for the apps is $15 purchased through your iTunes account.
Please bring your iPad or iPhone and a stylus.

 


 

About Your Instructor – Debbie Gay

Debbie Gay - The Art LoftDebbie Gay has been an artist for 30 years. She has explored many artistic mediums and still does but her current passion is iPad art. Years ago, Photoshop Elements was the tool many artists used for Photography, then Photoshop. She taught herself how to use the programs to realize her vision. When the iPad came there were so many wonderful apps to use for photos and painting that she was completely inspired to use it to the full to express her creativity. She is proficient in watercolor and acrylic painting as well as iPhone and Photoshop applications, and loves to combine them all!

“I truly enjoy sharing my love of creativity with others. I am excited to show you how to use these amazing tools (or your iPhone) to create art. So whether you’re just trying to get to know how to use your iPad or want to create with it I am here to share my knowledge.”

Getting to Know Your iPhone or iPad – Creative Apps

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.

Get to know the tool you hold in your hands every day!

Your iPhone or iPad are amazing creative tools you can pick up whenever the mood strikes you. You can even be creative waiting in line or while watching TV!

Yes, learning how to use them can be confusing or overwhelming at times but it really doesn’t have to be. Debbie will teach you how to use many of the features you need every day as well as how to use your tablet or phone create art. You can write a journal on them, read books, and paint pictures. You will learn how to edit your photos just the way you want and save them to the cloud. You can even use them to create amazing and fascinating works of art!

Debbie will be tailoring each class according to the needs of the students. You will become more comfortable with the tool you have in your hand every day, know how to personalize it, and know what to do when you want to fix something.

This class is for the iPhone or iPad, please bring it with you.

 


 

About Your Instructor – Debbie Gay

Debbie Gay - The Art LoftDebbie Gay has been an artist for 30 years. She has explored many artistic mediums and still does but her current passion is iPad art. Years ago, Photoshop Elements was the tool many artists used for Photography, then Photoshop. She taught herself how to use the programs to realize her vision. When the iPad came there were so many wonderful apps to use for photos and painting that she was completely inspired to use it to the full to express her creativity. She is proficient in watercolor and acrylic painting as well as iPhone and Photoshop applications, and loves to combine them all!

“I truly enjoy sharing my love of creativity with others. I am excited to show you how to use this amazing tools (or your iPhone) to create art. So whether you’re just trying to get to know how to use your iPad or want to create with it I am here to share my knowledge.”

Getting to Know Your iPhone or iPad – Creative Apps

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.

Get to know the tool you hold in your hands every day!

Your iPhone or iPad are amazing creative tools you can pick up whenever the mood strikes you. You can even be creative waiting in line or while watching TV!

Yes, learning how to use them can be confusing or overwhelming at times but it really doesn’t have to be. Debbie will teach you how to use many of the features you need every day as well as how to use your tablet or phone create art. You can write a journal on them, read books, and paint pictures. You will learn how to edit your photos just the way you want and save them to the cloud. You can even use them to create amazing and fascinating works of art!

Debbie will be tailoring each class according to the needs of the students. You will become more comfortable with the tool you have in your hand every day, know how to personalize it, and know what to do when you want to fix something.

This class is for the iPhone or iPad, please bring it with you.

 


 

About Your Instructor – Debbie Gay

Debbie Gay - The Art LoftDebbie Gay has been an artist for 30 years. She has explored many artistic mediums and still does but her current passion is iPad art. Years ago, Photoshop Elements was the tool many artists used for Photography, then Photoshop. She taught herself how to use the programs to realize her vision. When the iPad came there were so many wonderful apps to use for photos and painting that she was completely inspired to use it to the full to express her creativity. She is proficient in watercolor and acrylic painting as well as iPhone and Photoshop applications, and loves to combine them all!

“I truly enjoy sharing my love of creativity with others. I am excited to show you how to use this amazing tools (or your iPhone) to create art. So whether you’re just trying to get to know how to use your iPad or want to create with it I am here to share my knowledge.”

Figure Drawing

The goal of this class is for the student to understand and practice seeing and representing the figure using fundamental methods of drawing based on traditional drawing and observation principles. After a series of demos by the instructor, students begin with block in drawing, learning to see the figure as a whole and to clearly develop proper proportions and gesture in a linear way. Proper proportion, gesture, value, correct anatomy and an understanding of the relationship between large and small forms will be stressed throughout the course. We will be working with a live model each week.

This is a life drawing class in the traditional sense with a model. The model will not be clothed while the class is in session. Please be advised, students under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Classes will be held every Saturday morning in September. A donation for the model would be appreciated.

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.

 


About Your Instructor – Katharina Gifford

Katharina Gifford was raised in Midcoast Maine and has studied at the Maine College of Art and University of Southern Maine, trained classically at the Florence Academy of Art, and trained with Maine artist Ronald Frontin. Having always been influenced by the old masters, contemporary artists, and the Maine environment, she currently continues to craft her technique in the realist tradition.

Figure Drawing

The goal of this class is for the student to understand and practice seeing and representing the figure using fundamental methods of drawing based on traditional drawing and observation principles. After a series of demos by the instructor, students begin with block in drawing, learning to see the figure as a whole and to clearly develop proper proportions and gesture in a linear way. Proper proportion, gesture, value, correct anatomy and an understanding of the relationship between large and small forms will be stressed throughout the course. We will be working with a live model each week.

This is a life drawing class in the traditional sense with a model. The model will not be clothed while the class is in session. Please be advised, students under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Classes will be held every Saturday morning in September. A donation for the model would be appreciated.

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.

 


About Your Instructor – Katharina Gifford

Katharina Gifford was raised in Midcoast Maine and has studied at the Maine College of Art and University of Southern Maine, trained classically at the Florence Academy of Art, and trained with Maine artist Ronald Frontin. Having always been influenced by the old masters, contemporary artists, and the Maine environment, she currently continues to craft her technique in the realist tradition.

Figure Drawing

The goal of this class is for the student to understand and practice seeing and representing the figure using fundamental methods of drawing based on traditional drawing and observation principles. After a series of demos by the instructor, students begin with block in drawing, learning to see the figure as a whole and to clearly develop proper proportions and gesture in a linear way. Proper proportion, gesture, value, correct anatomy and an understanding of the relationship between large and small forms will be stressed throughout the course. We will be working with a live model each week.

This is a life drawing class in the traditional sense with a model. The model will not be clothed while the class is in session. Please be advised, students under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Classes will be held every Saturday morning in September. A donation for the model would be appreciated.

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.

 


About Your Instructor – Katharina Gifford

Katharina Gifford was raised in Midcoast Maine and has studied at the Maine College of Art and University of Southern Maine, trained classically at the Florence Academy of Art, and trained with Maine artist Ronald Frontin. Having always been influenced by the old masters, contemporary artists, and the Maine environment, she currently continues to craft her technique in the realist tradition.

Figure Drawing

The goal of this class is for the student to understand and practice seeing and representing the figure using fundamental methods of drawing based on traditional drawing and observation principles. After a series of demos by the instructor, students begin with block in drawing, learning to see the figure as a whole and to clearly develop proper proportions and gesture in a linear way. Proper proportion, gesture, value, correct anatomy and an understanding of the relationship between large and small forms will be stressed throughout the course. We will be working with a live model each week.

This is a life drawing class in the traditional sense with a model. The model will not be clothed while the class is in session. Please be advised, students under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Classes will be held every Saturday morning in September. A donation for the model would be appreciated.

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.

 


About Your Instructor – Katharina Gifford

Katharina Gifford was raised in Midcoast Maine and has studied at the Maine College of Art and University of Southern Maine, trained classically at the Florence Academy of Art, and trained with Maine artist Ronald Frontin. Having always been influenced by the old masters, contemporary artists, and the Maine environment, she currently continues to craft her technique in the realist tradition.

Mixed Media – Drawing and Collage

In this class, we will be learning the basics of drawing and collage to develop creative and colorful pieces of art. Additionally, we will incorporate printmaking and painting to integrate our work and create amazing pieces that are meaningful and personal. If there are objects, photos, or specific things you would like to incorporate, bring it along! Old paintings you want to paint over incorporate, also great.

All materials will be provided.

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.

 


 

About Your Instructor – Naomi Howe

Naomi Howe - The Art LoftNaomi Howe, a resident of Spruce Head, has been an artist all her life, beginning with pen and ink in her young years, and moving on to watercolor and various mediums in painting. As a clinical psychologist, therapist and educator, she has worked with adjudicated and behaviorally challenged youth, and those with addiction and mental health issues for over 40 years, and saw how important art and music were to her clients and students. In the 1990s she discovered the paper arts and has shown her altered books in the Camden area, as well as teaching drawing classes for the adult ed in Camden and MCST Region 8 for several years while working as day treatment and special education teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School. She loves to create cards and books, teach and explore multi-media, but her passion is to open doors for those who are ready to explore drawing and art as an essential, revealing part of life. She is a violinist and singer and incorporates music into her classes where appropriate.

Cardmaking – Photo Collage

Create beautiful cards to send to your favorite people.

Every month we will explore a different technique in cardmaking. In this workshop, Naomi will bring her extensive collection of ephemera for you to layer and make unique cards and envelopes. Bring your own photos to incorporate if you desire. You will go home with a collection of cards to have for any occasion.

 


 

About Your Instructor – Naomi Howe

Naomi Howe - The Art LoftNaomi Howe, a resident of Spruce Head, has been an artist all her life, beginning with pen and ink in her young years, and moving on to watercolor and various mediums in painting. As a clinical psychologist, therapist and educator, she has worked with adjudicated and behaviorally challenged youth, and those with addiction and mental health issues for over 40 years, and saw how important art and music were to her clients and students. In the 1990s she discovered the paper arts and has shown her altered books in the Camden area, as well as teaching drawing classes for the adult ed in Camden and MCST Region 8 for several years while working as day treatment and special education teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School. She loves to create cards and books, teach and explore multi-media, but her passion is to open doors for those who are ready to explore drawing and art as an essential, revealing part of life. She is a violinist and singer and incorporates music into her classes where appropriate.

Painting BIG!

Painting big & painting barefoot.

Let’s explore and expand our creative energy with full body movement and wonder.  Have you ever wanted to get downright dirty while you paint, I have! I’ve started a new method for myself to create with abandon.  Fun will be had by all!

Wear something you won’t mind getting paint on because we’re going to get messy!!

This class is a drop-in class: free to members and $20 for non-members.


About the Artist – Kim Nicoll

Kim Nicoll - The Art LoftPablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
How true that is. As adults, many of us are inhibited by the way we were raised or our education. Creativity is a need we have that tends to get pushed aside by the “have to’s” in life. Generally, creative expression is considered childish or perhaps a luxury. This was certainly true in my case.

But I discovered that art is in my blood and it is a thrill for me to create! I also discovered that creative expression can be extremely helpful for reducing anxiety. Art is a deeply nourishing and therapeutic process. My six-year-old boy has helped me let my silly side free. It has been an absolute joy to discover the world anew through his eyes. I wish to reveal as much of this as possible in my art.

It’s my goal to nurture in people the inner child or inner artist. It’s in each of us! And the Art Loft is a lovely place to take a class. It is my delight to share the love of life, learning, and creativity with people everywhere, and to help their creativity flourish.

See more of Kim’s work on:

Instagram @kimberlyannenicoll

kimberlyannenicoll.com