Art Insider – March Edition – Updated


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For March, the following is being offered for classes:

Sunday Afternoon Acrylic Painting Class

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You can make amazing leaps and bounds in your acrylic painting in this class!

Hermon Adams will guide you through learning and enhancing your skills in this exciting medium. Internationally recognized and collected, Hermon is open and loves to share his knowledge of acrylic painting.

Join us on the first four Sundays’ classes from 1 PM to 4PM.

Cost is $100.00 per student for 4 sessions during each month or $30 per individual session if class is already underway.

To register, please contact us by phone at 928-443-0749 or register online by clicking the button below.

Ages 16+.

**Minimum: 4 students and Maximum: 7 students

Request our staff to add you to our courtesy contact list.  Please remember to register at least three days prior to the start of class!

Hermon Adams, instructor. Materials extra.

Mr. Adams artwork has been on display at the Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center in Texas, and is in the permanent collection of the Prescott Resort and Conference Center on the Yavapai  Indian Reservation in Arizona. To view just some of his work, visit his blogspot here.

The required supply list can be found here.

*Student must have drawing experience and basic knowledge of acrylic paints. It is strongly recommended to attend every class during the month. Some projects will take more than a month to complete.

At the time of this posting, the subject matter has not yet been released. During our class update it will be.

Why should you sign up for an acrylic class with Hermon Adams? Mr. Adams is sharing his knowledge of painting in acrylics (his media of choice now) on how to use several acrylic techniques like you are painting in oils (his original media choice). Feel free to lookup Hermon Adams’ paintings to view his skill level. He has a lot to share. – Keith K.

Friday’s Oil & Acrylic Painting Class

Beginners to Advanced

In this class you can learn the basics and more while painting with oil and acrylic.

Neil Orlowski is a passionate painter and instructor with long-time students that love what they have learned. Neil enjoys sharing his knowledge of the skills he has honed while working as a an illustrator for Hallmark Cards. Understanding the multiple techniques of oil painting is much easier to understand by Neil’s instruction. Just some of the knowlege to be taught on a one on one basis are:Oil_painting_palette

  • painting equipment usage and maintenance
  • painting materials and their usage
  • proper compositions
  • lighting effects
  • glazing
  • color palettes and mixing
  • alla prima (wet on wet) techniques
  • varnishing

Join Neil on the month’s Fridays’ classes from 10AM – 1 PM. An extended schedule can be received by contacting this instructor as shown below.

Cost is $150.00 per student for 6 sessions.

To register, please contact Mr. Orlowski directly at the number below*.  Request Neil to add you to his call list by leaving your contact info with his answering service.

Ages 16+.

Please remember to register at least three days prior to the start of class!

Neil Orlowski, instructor. Mr. Orlowski has offered to rent the Art Store’s studio and manage all payments for his instruction himself. All transactions must be discussed with Mr. Orlowski at 928-642-8018 to reserve your space in this class.

Materials extra. Supply List is available by visiting our supply list page on our website.

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Tuesday’s Pastel Class Pastel icon

Beginners to Advanced.

You can make amazing leaps and bounds in your pastel work in this class!

Don Rantz will guide you through learning and enhancing your skills in the enchanting medium of pastels. Internationally recognized as one of the best pastel artists, Don is open and eloquent in his instruction.

Join us on the first four Tuesdays’ classes from 10am –1 PM.

The instructor is requiring all new students to attend the afternoon class to view his first day demo. If the morning class makes (at this time it is not being offered, it is offered only after 5 signups are in the afternoon class) all students will be contacted to confirm their attendance to either the morning or afternoon class in February.

Cost is $100.00 per student for 4 sessions during each month or $30 per individual session if class is already underway.

To register, please contact us by phone at 928-443-0749 or register online by clicking the button below.

Ages 16+.

**Minimum: 4 students and Maximum: 7 students

Request our staff to add you to our courtesy contact list.  Please remember to register at least three days prior to the start of class!

Don Rantz, instructor. Materials extra.

Mr. Rantz’s artwork can be found at Arts Prescott Gallery on Whiskey Row. Don’s entire portfolio can be found online at

The supply list can be found here.

Last month’s classes maxed even after split into two classes, you may want to plan ahead. At this time, only the morning class is being offered after the afternoon class has sold out for March.  April classes have been released for easy early registration. 

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To register for April classes feel free to click the button below:

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Saturday’s Sculpture Class

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K&K Studios and the Art Store offers a course on the Principles of Sculpture & Mold making. Enjoy building a bust of your loved one! Or creating a voluptuous form in plasteline clay with the correct supports.  From designing in the round, to the proper equipment and tool techniques to mold making, your imagination is your only restriction.

Sculpture: This is a water-based clay and an oil-based clay class. Firing of your projects built in class is included in the class fee. Size and quantity of projects are limited by the present equipment. Please ask about these restrictions.

The sculpture studio offers (3) throwing wheels, a slab roller and a clay extruder for your project needs. The kiln in the store also fires from low to high fire (cone 06 to cone 10).

K & K Studio’s sculpture class is held at 1pm-4pm is usually running on the first four Saturdays.

Open enrollment, all skill levels accepted. A maximum of 8 students is allowed in the studio space so one on one instruction has greater possibilities for the honing of your skills.

All materials are extra. Supply list for drawing can be found here. Supply list for sculpture can be found here. 

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March’s Saturdays: Basic Drawing II

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If you are just getting started or are in need of a review of what you may have already learned, this class is for you.  Success in other art techniques are often dependent on how well you have learned to draw. Exploring the assorted techniques of colored pencils and ink pens. Expect to learn more than the basics about these materials.

Cost: During the month of March, the cost will be $90.00 for the first four Saturdays or $30 per individual session if class is already underway.

12 years and older.

**Mininum of 4 & a maximum of 10

To register, Call (928)443-0749 or register for this class online!

The required supply list can be found here.


Frame & I’s Francine Hackerot Larson Juhl molding released!


The Frame & I says,”Look! It’s our fabulous Francine Hackerott at the unveiling of her new picture frame line, Larson Juhl’s “Salon 1789”. We’re so proud of her and her achievements!

Francine’s designs were released in January at the international convention in Las Vegas. As a Designmaster, Francine’s molding line will be part of future artworks to come for many years. The centerpiece was built and designed at the Frame & I in downtown Prescott. This design will tour worldwide to inspire others on how to present such art.


This year the Frame & I placed in two categories at the 2016 Larson Juhl International Designmaster Show.

12509120_10153875859769935_1677896626212606841_n2016 Mirror Design – 2nd place

12647423_10153875859819935_5064224224372460476_n2016 Canvas Design – 3rd place

Classic designs and impressive for all to see. Stop by the  Frame & I to view how they built such designs and why they enhance the artwork.

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Project by Carolyn Hasenfratz, courtesy of Jacquard Products

Normally when I’m planning a new craft project, I try not to be too influenced by trends. The new Pearl Ex Chromatic colors however seem to be in harmony with some things going on in the world of fashion, so I decided that bead-making would be a great application for these bold new colors. Bright jewel and metallic tones are perfect for jewelry!

Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments are a versatile pearlized powder that can be added to nearly any artist medium. They need to be mixed with or coated with some kind of binder for permanence. In this project we’ll be rolling the beads in the powder to apply it to the surface of the beads, and then sealing the surface with Pearl Ex Varnish.


Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments
• Dust Mask
• Disposable latex gloves
• Scrap polymer clay or color of your choice
• Polymer clay work surface
• Skewer for making holes
• Polymer clay blade
• Embossing powder (optional)
• Polymer clay dedicated oven
• Wire
• Scrap cardstock
• Hole punch
• Tape
• Small paintbrush
Pearl Ex Varnish
• Chunk of scrap Styrofoam (such as overturned food tray)

1. Put on your disposable gloves and roll out the clay in tubes about as big around as a pinky finger. (If you are beginner to working with polymer clay, see my tutorial Polymer Clay Lesson One: Introduction and Making Textured Beads for general tips on working and safety information. Jacquard’s brand of polymer clay, Cernit, is phalate-free.)

    step_2 2. Put on your dust mask and sprinkle some Pearl Ex onto your work surface. You can use just one color or blend the colors. Then roll your clay tubes in the powder, simultaneously narrowing them to about the diameter of a pencil.

Variation: During this step, if you want you can add some embossing powder to the mix. In my samples I used clear embossing powder to add texture to some of the beads without adding color. You can experiment with colored embossing powder if you like. The temperatures at which the clay is baked should melt the embossing powder. If you have any problems getting it to melt, you can use a heat gun on the beads after baking to finish melting.

3.step_3 When completely coated with powder, cut clay tubes into 1-2 inch segments. Pierce lengthwise with a skewer to make holes. Roll skewered tube while cutting clay into segments with polymer clay blade.

step_4 4. Dip sides of beads in powder and smooth edges with fingers.

5. Note: If you need to clean your work surface between colors, I get very good results by wiping it down with hand lotion then scrubbing with a rag and wiping it thoroughly clean. If you decided not to use gloves, hand lotion followed by soap will get the clay/powder residue off of your hands.

step_6 6. The next step is to bake the beads. If you don’t have a rack for baking beads, you can easily make one by making three long wedges out of scrap cardstock and holding them together with tape. Punch holes along the tops of the wedges to make depressions for the wires to rest in. String beads along the wires and bake according to clay manufacturer’s instructions.

step_7 7. After the beads are baked, paint them with Pearl Ex Varnish to seal the powder coating. Use bent wires pushed into a piece of styrafoam as a support for the drying beads. If you like you can add a bit of powder of another color to the clear varnish to layer and blend the colors.

After the varnish is dry, you can now come up with jewelry designs for the rondelle beads you’ve made.


Click on the PDF icon for a print-friendly instruction booklet


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Investing in Framing?

Christies gives us an interesting read about the history of frames. Click the image above to learn more about the value of framing.

Where do you see art in your world?

Not pretty, but definitely symbolizes an artist’s emotions.

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Being human and interacting with your fellow beings is important to all of us, especially around valentine’s day, it can be more important than other times.


Ida at work, with one of her favorite tools….

I post this as a thank you to my wife (Ida) in sketching me a heartfelt remembrance of the feral cat I friended in Skull Valley while casting one of my many bronze projects. “Dingles” past this last December due to cancer. I received this drawing and matting from Ida a week later as a gift. One of the few animal drawings I have received or seen that the artist caught their spirit. You can feel that Dingles was happy to be alive. His mother was killed by a golden eagle in the pasture while he watched from the shadows of the Phippen carriage house. Crying for two days for his mother until I found him. It’s easy to coax out a wild kitten with canned tunafish. Dingles protected the foundry on the Phippen ranch for 3 years until we moved the foundry to Dewey. He became our house cat after this point. Foundries are difficult for humans, deadly for small animals due to the materials and processes used. Dingles survived for 12 years and got me through some hard times. Art is important to all, especially to remember the good in this world – Keith K.

Coming Soon to the Art Storesketchbook

The Art Store is assembling custom pads of Canson’s Mi-teintes Paper for our customer’s needs. This classic French paper has a “vellum” texture on one side and a smoother surface on the other, both equally suitable for pastel, oil pastel, chalk, charcoal & graphite pencil, colored pencil, watercolor, and acrylic.

It is a heavy, 98 lb (160 gsm) sheet, with a high rag content (66%) to ensure long life without deterioration. This 48-page, 9”x12” assorted pad was constructed from their black, earthtone, grey and assorted colored pads. Each page was then layered with glassine to discourage acid migration and abrasion. Glassine is museum quality, smooth, transparent sheet. All pages were then spiral bound.

Great for studies, journaling and finished art creations. Suitable to be framed when completed.

These pads are not normally stocked but can be ordered by special order if needed. We are working on building some inventory of these now.

If you are interested in ordering some of these pads for your artist friends or to work on as you travel, feel free to contact us at

The Art Store
537 6th Street, Suite E (& F)
Prescott, AZ 86301

Custom covers are possible such as the one pictured below:

begin it nowThe artist’s custom artwork is behind the text and his favorite saying reminds him to unleash his inner artist today.

So true, so true

12096222_924769990951046_6366946907065526561_nThe following pictures are just some of our fellow recent students’ and customers’ artwork  who come into the Art Store and Frame & I. They live because of their art and refuse to suffer from this reality.

swimmerRalph Barksdale – Past Art Store Sculpture Student

syreDavid Syre – Art Store and Frame & I customer

sculpt ex 20160206_152230Cecelia McGuire – Present Art Store sculpture student


This one will be a hit when it hits stores in Spring 2016. Warhol got into more trouble than Waldo ever did.

12523008_10153943723159903_1522544373592113137_nAmazing Surreal Drawings Works by N.C. Winters

Art Store Coupons & Deals


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loboFlash Sale – Manager’s Special – 30% off until they are gone!

Best’s Deluxe Lobo Easel is an easel to accommodate the watercolorist, pastel artist, and oil painter. It tilts forward to reduce glare and prevent dusting, and backward to form a table for gessoing, watercolors, and varnishing.

Its retractable mast extends upward to handle a 60″ canvas, and folds down to a compact 52″ height. The painting tray can be adjusted from vertical to horizontal in just seconds.

flat loboA hinged, oak veneer plywood shelf beneath the frame provides storage for books or supplies. Top and bottom painting trays have rubber grips to hold a canvas securely.

It’s made of hand-rubbed, oil-finished, solid red oak.

Some assembly required.

Come in to the store to see this easel in action. Some are used during our classes.

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This artist takes found-art projects to the extreme. Click on the image above and you can see more of what they can do.

Left? or Right? – Part 1

– Keith K., Art Store instructor, March’s Drawing II

Compositions mean a lot to art. What can it mean to the viewer? The picture below is the same one as the above but it has been flipped horizontally only. We as the viewer are trained or conditioned to see this bather as a focused subject matter more than the other. Do you see it this way? Why do you also feel more at ease with the top one?

Both use a value change to attract your initial focus on the cliff face. From this point you are directed by other strong visual lines to a value change of the silhouette,  this change of direction is also drawing your eye to the exit point to the right if viewing the bottom one. Did you linger on this exit point or did you continue out of the composition? Most will not start to the left again until they have exited completely into the white of the background.

The top one is more successful as a composition due to many visual lines, basic shapes and contrasting values. Brain conditioning is the reason for these reactions. If you are of American or English language  influence your (word) reading conditioning will not allow you to enjoy the bottom one as much. It will leave you disinterested and ready to move on. Some will feel cold or even off-balance. A shift of direction (body angle) by the subject matter as well as a strong directional exit line below the bather cause this. You also may feel the change in physical or visual weight of the subject. The top one also has two major focus points, a third one is a minor value change. These values keep you visually interested.  Do you see the natural triangular shapes being made by these value changes? You want to stay in the light, in turn you almost feel the coldness of the water and shade more in the bottom one compared to the warmth of the sun on the top one. A strong focus point (contrasting sunlight) takes you in turn back to the left to start the stimulus of reaction all over again.

The photo is intended to be a moment of zen. Would you rather feel like staying or going? I would rather spend some time in this beautifully designed composition than not. I think I would like to visit the top photo’s cave rather than the bottom one.

Part II will be in March – Be an insider to learn more about successful composition design

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