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Unreal Beauty taught by Tara Tieso


August 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

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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 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, sketchbooking, journaling or painting experience of any kind required to create beautiful images in this class!

Please wear masks during in-person classes at Wet Paint. If you are having any COVID or cold-like symptoms even if you have been vaccinated, please do not come to the class. Thanks!

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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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