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Unreal Beauty taught by Tara Tieso

May 25 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm



Inspired by The Voynich Manuscript

Drawing uniquely and beautifully, this is a common goal for those of us who can’t draw. What if what we needed was not so much a magic new drawing skill, but a new way to see the unique beauty in what we draw?

The Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious, much-speculated-upon, one-of-a-kind, centuries-old puzzle that we first explored in Wet Paint’s art book club is like a good historical mystery. This fifteenth century codex is written in an unknown script by an unknown author, and the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. 

The manuscript appears and disappears throughout history, from the library of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to a secret sale of books in 1903 by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The book’s language has eluded decipherment, and its gorgeous, elaborate illustrations remain as baffling as they are beautiful. 

This collection of illustrations of otherworldly plants, unfamiliar constellations, and unique text is inspiring precisely because it is not based on anything we could draw from life.

We’ll spend some time with this amazing manuscript – just taking it in – then we’ll use its inspiring beauty to create some beauty of our own.

No drawing, sketch-booking, journaling or painting experience of any kind required to create beautiful images in this class!

Materials to bring:

1.Your copy of the book Voynich Manuscript – if you have one .

2.A sketchbook – any size is ok, and it should be appropriate to the media you plan to use during class

3.Media of your choice – one or more (but don’t bring too much, 3 hours goes fast!) – e.g., colored pencils; water soluble: pencils, crayons, graphite; watercolors; markers; collage items

4. Permanent drawing pen(s) of your choice 

The Wet Paint classroom has some shared use supplies for in class use that you are welcome to use, including colored pencils, markers, graphite pencils, erasers, basic watercolors, some water-soluble drawing supplies, some basic charcoal and pastels.

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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.