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Explode Your Sketchbook! taught by Tara Tieso

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June 12 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CDT


Explode Your Sketchbook with The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

Frida Kahlo’s iconic artwork is immediately identifiable – brightly colored, direct, strong. 

But did you know she kept a book over the last 10 years of her life, 1944-54, that is at once a sketchbook, a diary, a commonplace book, and a trusted companion that does not look so much like her public work? It is as vibrant as we might expect, but it is also so much more – of everything.

If you are struggling with how or why to keep a sketchbook, Kahlo’s sketchbook will explode your ideas of what’s possible!  

Filled with beautiful self-portraits, personal writing, swathes of color, passionate scribbles, wild doodles, this is a captivating diary, commonplace book, and sketchbook filled with Kahlo’s observations, thoughts, poems, snippets of life and things to remember. This is a captivating snapshot of the process of Kahlo’s observations, thoughts, poems, snippets of life and things to remember. This peek into the process of one artist and her open, creative approach gives us the sense that anything is possible.

We’ll spend time with the book, our own sketchbooks, and find our personal inspiration to explode our sketchbooks wide open! 

No drawing, sketch booking, journaling or painting experience required!

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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.  Her work is bold, yet intimate.

Tara is Board President of nationally celebrated WARM, Women’s Art Resources Minnesota – where she works with other women in the arts to steward the rich 40-year feminist legacy of Minnesota’s brilliant women artists, and ensure that WARM is part of the lives of creative girls and women far into the future.

A grateful 2011 recipient of the McKnight Foundation-funded Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant, 2012 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and one of 30 ArtSage Minnesota Artists for 2013, her work hangs in collections in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Philadelphia.

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