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Discover the Depth of Your Doodles+Notes! Lessons from Lynda Barry taught by Tara Tieso

April 21 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

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Multi-Session Class

Meets 3 Sundays April 21,28, May 5 from 10am-12pm


Discover the Depth In Your Doodles! A Picture-Making and (A Little Bit Of A) Writing Class

MacArthur Genius Grant Winner Lynda Barry’s work is simple, sweet and sassy – and best of all, extra accessible to creatives of all kinds!

Research shows that there seems to be a particular sort of insight and creative concentration that comes about when we use our hands to help us think about ourselves and our ideas, figure things out, communicate them, and even develop a simple creative habit!

With easy yet surprisingly thought provoking things to try, and simple and fun things to do, we’ll dive into the world of our doodles and short notes-to-self that can develop into drawings, short, short stories, paintings, poetry, 3d work, memoir and more!

We’ll draw from two of Barry’s books – Syllabus and What It Is for our exploration.

As always, no drawing or writing experience necessary!

Materials to bring –

  • a sketchbook of medium to small size, any kind of paper, but with sewn, perfect, or tape binding (no wire bound sketchbooks!)
  • a permanent (waterproof) drawing pen – .7 or smaller
  • a set of crayons – any type will work – but my favorite multi-use tools are Stabilo Woodys – they are also water-soluble too so you can keep on using them in other creative endeavors! Woody sharpener6 color set+sharpener
  • glue stick (my favorite is UHU blue)
  • any ruler or other straight edge you have hanging around the house
  • copies of both books (optional)

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About the artist:

Tara L Tieso is an abstract artist who lives and paints in the historic arts Lowertown neighborhood of Saint Paul, on the mighty Mississippi. She works in encaustic, an ancient beeswax and resin medium fused to its substrate with a torch. Tara also works in pen and ink, and loves water soluble colors of any type.

Tara is Past Board President of nationally celebrated WARM, Women’s Art Resources Minnesota – where she worked with other women in the arts to steward the rich 40-year feminist legacy of Minnesota’s brilliant women artists. She currently serves on the Board of The Show Non-Profit, which brings artists of all abilities together in creative community.  

As teaching artist, Tara facilitates Eagan Artist Connect, Wet Paint’s Book Club, and Creative Circles from her loft studio. 

A grateful recipient of the McKnight Foundation-funded Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant; she is one of 30 ArtSage Minnesota Artists, and a winner of North Hennepin Community College Award of Excellence in Memory of Lance Kiland from the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Her work hangs in private collections in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Philadelphia.