Friday, April 12, 2013

Copic Art- Tracing Memories

Beautiful Art without having to draw
Many years ago, the manufacturer of Copic markers showed us a class they had researched and developed. This class was designed for people who are concerned about their memories, and are looking for ways to relieve stress, but be productive.

In Japan, they called the program Copic Art. I've had samples sitting in my office for a long time, but never had time to develop the program in the US. Well, that has finally changed. Over the next few years, you will start to see more about our US version of this program, which we are initially calling Tracing Memories.

The concept is simple, you take a photo, convert it to outlines on the computer, then you work on coloring in, with the help of an instructor, and while looking at the original photograph. You learn to pick and match colors, you make artistic choices, but you don't have to draw! And, each time you color the work, it is a mini masterpiece. In Japan, they even have art gallery shows of these beautiful pieces.

Next week we will be teaching our first class in the US! It will be here, in Eugene, OR, and we will be coloring scenes from around Eugene. Eventually we will be offering training all across the country, but for now, if you are local, you are welcome to attend the first workshop.

The class will be held at Maude Kerns Art Center, and registration goes through them.  Cost is only $40 for three, 2-hr classes on Tuesdays during the rest of the month of April.

I am so excited about this program! I can't wait to see you at one of these classes!


Cassie said...

So amazing! What a fabulous idea, and I would so take that course!

Knitty said...

This is wonderful! I was just thinking of trying this a few days ago with a photo of my grandson. I did a watercolor portrait of a child where I transferred the basic image with graphite before painting. I think I will work more on my skin tones with Copic and give this a try.

KellyRae said...

What a great idea - creating art without the angst of drawing it! Hope a class comes to the Phoenix area :)

Sabrina said...

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful and glorious idea! I only wish you would have class like that here in Roseville CA. Pretty Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top!Me With A Sheepish Grin Or Cheesy Grin.

Jan Castle said...

Bummer, I'm going to be out-of-town during these classes!!! Hope you do it again...Eugene is only an hour or so from Salem!!!! Pretty please!

bhelenj said...

I so hope that Indianapolis is on the list of cities to visit.

Nat said...

wow, how exciting! please bring this class to Toronto Canada!!!!

Nrhaller said...

Do you need a certain computer program to convert the actual photo to line drawings? This sounds so interesting.

jane smith said...

Great idea!