The return of Rodney Wood



If you missed out on Rodney Wood's fun and inspiring classes while he was here stirring up the Colorado Springs art community, here’s another chance.

The longtime artist, educator and advocate will return to teach two workshops at SPQR, 17B E. Bijou St., next to Modbo in the Alley Arts District downtown.

ArtThrive, billed as an interactive “kick in the butt,” will cover marketing, portfolios, artists' statements, gallery representation, work habits, studio design, goal setting and ways to stay motivated. That will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26; cost is $55, and it’s limited to 40 students.

“ArtThrive is equal parts art business and artist motivation — how to keep art integral in life and what the heck to do with it when you want to show others,” Wood says via e-mail from New Mexico.

ArtStorming will offer exercises and projects designed to keep your art evolving and growing. Sessions are scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19; cost is $125, and it’s limited to 20 students.

“The emphasis in ArtStorming is on the artists and their creative process — for use in keeping their art fresh as well as assisting in regard to finding ways to present their art,” Wood writes.

He started putting together these workshops in fall 2010. Although they’ll be similar to the classes he’s offered for 25 years, he promises a few twists. For one thing, he says his standards and passion for art are higher, rejuvenated during an 112-day, “life-altering Oddasee” around the country he took last summer.

“On this adventure I saw ‘real’ art — art from the heart, creativity, authenticity and passion. On numerous occasions I saw art that truly amazed me — I mean jaw-dropping awe and a level of astonishment and wonder akin to seeing with the eyes and spirit of a ten-year-old child. Now that is art. I want to share this new energy and encourage artists to KNOW what art is and why it matters.”

Wood also says he’s reacting to the frustration he’s witnessed among artists who are feeling the pain of the economic downturn.

“The fact that ‘times are hard’ does not mean that there no opportunities, nor does it mean that artists should not continue making art; quite the opposite really,” he writes.

If you’d like to soak up some of Wood’s energy and passion, call 650-2381 to reserve your spot; pre-payment by check is required.

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