Classes and Events


Classes

  • (Beginning) Contemplative Watercolor Workshop, series of classes starting Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center (Iowa City, IA; membership in The Center is required for this course)
  • (Intermediate) Contemplative Watercolor Workshop, series of classes starting Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center (Iowa City, IA; membership in The Center is required for this course)
  • Watercolor Portrait, 2-session course, February 8 and 15, 2020 at Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy (Bettendorf, IA)
  • Contact me (email jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to plan a class, workshop, or retreat.

Events

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5:30 p.m.:  I’ll be part of this second of two panel discussions in conjunction with the Hard Won, Not Done exhibit at Muscatine Art Center (Muscatine, IA).
  • Ongoing:  ArtiFactory’s Life Drawing Drop-In sessions are usually held twice a month — see the ArtiFactory’s website for more information (I’m not teaching at these sessions).

Temporary Exhibits

  • Hard Won, Not Done exhibit, along with other artists, at Muscatine Art Center (Muscatine, IA), January 18 – April 12, 2020
  • Iowa Watercolor Society’s 2019–2020 Traveling Show, along with other artists, at various Iowa art centers

Ongoing Exhibits

In shops

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(Beginning) Contemplative Watercolor Workshop at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center

Logo of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center

   

  • When:
    Mondays, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
    January 13 – March 16, 2020,
    except Center holidays
    (no class on Jan. 20 or Feb. 17)
      
  • Where:
    The Center
    28 S Linn St
    Iowa City IA  52240
    Phone (319) 356-5220
    Website www.icgov.org/senior
       
  • Cost:
    $100.00 for the series (supplies not included)
    Membership in The Center is required

Contemplative or mindful watercolor gathers us into the present moment, letting the clutter of the day subside and letting the painting paint itself. Allowing “happy accidents” to be the focal point alluring us with color, shapes and exciting compositions.

The morning class is for beginning watercolor enthusiasts, and I’ll be teaching along with other talented facilitators. We will concentrate on sketching, value, overlapping shapes for distance making, perspective, color mixing, layering, glazing, wet in wet, salt resist and experimental techniques, with an emphasis on composition. I’ll supply a workbook and demonstrations which still allow time for personal painting exploration. Bring supplies you have on hand and I’ll provide a suggested supply list on the first day of class. I will offer Arches watercolor paper for $5.50 a sheet (22″ x 30″).

See The Center’s online registration page to sign up. Membership in The Center is required to register for this course.


(Intermediate) Contemplative Watercolor Workshop at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center

Logo of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center

   

  • When:
    Mondays, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
    January 6 – March 9, 2020,
    except Center holidays
    (no class on Jan. 20 or Feb. 17)
      
  • Where:
    The Center
    28 S Linn St
    Iowa City IA  52240
    Phone (319) 356-5220
    Website www.icgov.org/senior
       
  • Cost:
    $100.00 for the series (supplies not included)
    Membership in The Center is required

Contemplative or mindful watercolor gathers us into the present moment, letting the clutter of the day subside and letting the painting paint itself. Allowing “happy accidents” to be the focal point alluring us with color, shapes and exciting compositions.

The afternoon class is for intermediate watercolor enthusiasts, with me facilitating. We will continue to concentrate on drawing, composition and watercolor techniques with more individual work time. I will supply a workbook and composition critiques. Bring supplies you have on hand and I’ll provide a suggested supply list on the first day of class. I will offer Arches watercolor paper for $5.50 a sheet (22″ x 30″).

See The Center’s online registration page to sign up. Membership in The Center is required to register for this course.


Watercolor Portrait, 2-session course at Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy

Sketches showing portrait painting concepts by Jo Myers-Walker

   

  • When:
    Saturdays, February 8 and 15, 2020
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
       
  • Where:
    Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy
    2967 State St
    Bettendorf IA  52722
    Phone (563) 508-4630
    Website bereskinartgallery.com
       
  • Cost:
    $150.00

Painting portraits is exciting and challenging, but to get them to “talk” is the fun part! To do this we will be working from your photographs and a model. Be sure and bring in photos of close-up faces that are 8 x 10 with a shadow side to help show form, not smiling is easier. It is like carving out the darks and plains on the face. We will focus on blocking in the eyes, nose, mouth and ears, value, proportion and color mixing for skin tones.

Bring watercolors or the medium you like to work with and a #2 pencil; I will supply a workbook and one sheet of Arches 140# watercolor paper. I will be demonstrating a step by step method.

See Beréskin’s registration page to sign up.


Hard Won, Not Done exhibit at Muscatine Art Center

Marisa, handmade paper bust of a young woman in a draping hat by artist Jo Myers-Walker

“Marisa”
(sculpture, handmade paper)

  • When:
    During gallery hours,
    January 18 – April 12, 2020
    Panel discussions Sunday, February 9
    and Thursday, March 26 (see below)
       
  • Where:
    Muscatine Art Center
    1314 Mulberry Ave
    Muscatine IA  52761
    Phone (563) 263-8282
    muscatineartcenter.org

I have two paintings and a sculpture in this exhibit of works by eastern Iowa women artists commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. From the art center’s website:

  • “The artists selected for this invitational represent a wide range of mediums as well as backgrounds and experiences. Through the artwork and written statements of two dozen Eastern Iowa women, the visitor to “Hard Won, Not Done” will encounter many different voices. Some of the works of art are deeply rooted in tradition while others spotlight current issues, and many both reference the past and voice modern day concerns. The committee included artists from different generations, ethnicities, and races, and also balanced considerations such as urban/rural, within/outside of university setting, and native Iowan/Iowa “transplant” from another state or country.”

Panel discussions are scheduled on February 9 and March 26, and I’ll be part of the March 26 panel! See the exhibit website for more information.

“Hard Won, Not Done” is just one of three exhibits which will be at Muscatine Art Center at the same time, inspired by the 19th Amendment milestone. The City of Muscatine has posted a good summary of all the exhibits and events.


Iowa Watercolor Society’s 2019–2020 Traveling Show

The Iowa Watercolor Society’s Traveling Show is a selection of works from a variety of Iowa artists, chosen each year from the Society’s juried exhibition. I’m honored to have one of my paintings (Emma, shown here) in the 2019–2020 show which will travel to:  (contact galleries for exact dates/times)

Emma, watercolor portrait of a young woman by artist Jo Myers-Walker

“Emma”

Schedule information is from the IWS’s Traveling Show page.


Ceramic Story Wall at St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Ceramic Story Wall at St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Ceramic Story Wall at St. Thomas Aquinas Church

  • When:
    Ongoing
       
  • Where:
    St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center
    2210 Lincoln Way
    Ames IA  50014
    Phone (515) 292-3810
    STA Art on the church website

Stories from the Bible depicted in a tableau 20 feet high.