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New and Expanded! Explode Your Sketchbook w/ The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait  taught by Tara Tieso

April 6 @ 2:00 pm 4:30 pm

Multi-Session Class

Meets 3 Saturdays, April 6-20


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 volume will explode your ideas of what’s possible!  

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

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

No drawing, sketching, journaling or painting experience required!

Your materials list for Explode Your Sketchbook Class:

-Sketchbook that opens flat  – ideally multimedia (but not crucial)

-Waterproof drawing pen

-Any materials you have used in your sketchbook

but more important:

-At least 3 art materials you’ve been saving to use for a ‘special project’

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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.