Friday, September 3, 2010

Artist Spotlight part 2: Diana Trout - upcoming teaching events


When I introduce you to an artist who is also a great teacher I love to get out the word about where she is teaching next. Diana Trout, who I introduced recently, teaches some wonderfully fun classes that I want to jump right in and take.

I asked Diana the big question - WHY she teaches.



Diana: I started teaching kids in my studio when my kids were young. My neighbors and friends were after me to set it up so I did and discovered that I love it. A lot of what I was doing with the kids was to foster creative problem solving along with good foundations in art and confidence in art making. After a bit, it seemed to me that adults would benefit from my teaching style. 
Teaching feels like a mission. I had no guidance as a child or adult and had to find the path to art without any encouragement. It feels like a privilege to be able to help guide and encourage adults and children and foster their love of art making.
Anything coming up you'd like me to promote?


My DVD, Playful Paper Backgrounds, from Cloth Paper Scissors is now available. It is loaded with techniques on watercolors, paste paper, inks and a section on designing and carving your own rubber stamps (emphasis on design). 

I’ll be teaching at 

October 7-12, 2010. This is a relatively new art retreat that I’m very excited about. I’ll be teaching 
Rescue Book Journal, ColorWheel Journal Quilt, 
Acrylic Glazes & Collage, Journal Spilling Watercolor, 
Journal Spilling Layers 
and Port Townsend, here I come! 
JournalFest, Port Townsend, WA
October 27-31, 2010
Journal Spilling Watercolor, Rescue Book Journal, ColorWheel Paper Quilt
There are still spaces available at both of these retreats. If you are in the area go check them out! And..... I'll be giving away a copy of Diana Trout's book, "Journal Spilling" to one lucky reader next week right after I review it for you. Leave comments on this post, on the upcoming review, or on the first spotlight I did of her.

19 comments:

robinww said...

Diana' dvd sounds like lots of fun. I'd love to try some of her techniques.

Bookcat2 said...

I love her use of color. I'll be checking to see if she is teaching near here (IN) anytime soon.

Victoria said...

I love Diana's techniques - wishing for more art time!!

Karol said...

Her work reminds me of some of the techniques I have done with my high school art classes in their sketchbooks/altered books.

Kathy said...

Her work looks interesting and sounds like something worth while exploring further!

Bethany said...

I just ordered Diana's DVD and now and so pleased I did..can't wait to receive it.How lucky the students at CT Retreat. I will follow Diana for sure.

J said...

Thanks for the opportunity sounds informative and fun.

Debbie K. said...

I love Diana's thoughts on teaching. I've tought a little bit and look forward to doing it more.

Debbie Krueger debdancestango@yahoo.com

Merrie Jo said...

Thanks for introducing me to another wonderful artist.

Leslie Tucker Jenison said...

I love her take on teaching, and her work really appeals to me. Thanks for highlighting her on your blog, Lyric!

Elizabeth in NM said...

I love Diana's sense of color and whimsy. The DVD is definitely on my Wish List!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing her work!

Willa said...

Journal Spilling sounds interesting. Would love to give it a try.

upstateLisa said...

I would love to read Diana's new book!

Jeannie said...

I own Diana's book and it is wonderful. Her voice is so encouraging. I have her dvd on my wish list. Thanks for the great interviews!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Just watched her DVD and painted two new journal pages!

Ann Morrell said...

I love her DVD...it is packed with great ideas...since I know she will never be in my part of the US...her DVD is the next best thing.

Ann Morrell said...

I love her DVD...it is packed with great ideas...since I know she will never be in my part of the US...her DVD is the next best thing.

Anne Copeland said...

Sounds absolutely luscious! I am enamored with her use of color and what looks like simple things to get a sophisticated and yet welcoming look.