Creating with Clay

with Anna Wiancko Chasman

Sunday, November 20th and Sunday,  December 11th10:00 am-12:00 pm

River, trees and wildlife will serve as inspiration for these two wonderful clay classes taught by Pacific NW artist, Anna Wiancko Chasman.  Students will have fun exploring handbuilding techniques and their own creative expression in a relaxed, informal  atmosphere.  The sky’s the limit!  Students are encouraged to pursue one or more of many techniques and ideas, from hand forming to slab building, press molds, incorporating found parts,  and even jewelry making.  These classes are designed for beginners and intermediates.
Location:  Anna’s ceramic studio serves as an extension setting to support some of TreeSong’s art classes.  Her studio is located minutes from downtown Washougal/Camas on the beautiful Washougal River.  Precise directions will be provided upon registration.

Tuition:  $60 (includes two days of class, clay, glazes and other supplies)

Online Registration, click here

Limited to 6 participants

Anna’s art can be seen at Camas Gallery, Aurora Gallery in Vancouver, Rivers Gallery in Astoria, Guardino Gallery in Portland, and Harbor Arts in Port Angeles.  You can also check out her website:   www.freshwaterbayarts.com
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Artist’s Statement

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      I have been selling my art for more than four decades, but my love of art and the creative process has happily been a major part of my life since I was a child.

      I believe the powerful communication and expression of art enriches both the artist and the public.  Therefore, I feel that with art making comes not only personal satisfaction but also a sense of responsibility.  Through art, the artist speaks a universal truth that is often more accessible than other forms of communication.  I try to speak out about critical and difficult issues facing people and the planet, but also balance this with art that is whimsical and humorous.  I enjoy the exploration of metaphor and irony in all their permutations.

     I frequently work in clay,  mixed media, and found objects to create unusual and expressive sculptures and assemblages.  Working in this manner allows me a freedom of expression that I cannot achieve nearly as well as with a single medium alone.  Sometimes I prefer to work  in 2-D, in acrylic, collage and watercolor, but most often, I incorporate mixed media and found objects as well.

     I draw most of my inspiration from a deep and lifelong love of nature and animals.  Much of my work reflects that passion,  whether it is a sculpture of a shore bird or salmon, or a mixed media painting of our forests and streams. 

      I teach classes in clay and mixed media to adults and children.  I am also an art therapist and art therapy supervisor.   Following the tragic loss of my daughter to cancer in 1989, I returned to college and in 1992, I earned a master’s degree in art therapy, later working for hospice in Portland.  Several years after that, I began private practice, specializing in grief and loss.  I believe my own experience and the experience of helping others through such difficult and challenging times have enriched my own personal growth and expression and given me an understanding of deep human connections.  Even if someone is not directly involved in art therapy, just the process of making art can have a deep healing impact on the artist.  

     I continue to seek out new artistic ways to express my thoughts and feelings, stretching the limits of the materials and subject.  It is inspiring, challenging, thrilling, and always powerful.

 Anna Wiancko-Chasman

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