Resolutions for growth are in full swing!

Announcing our newest location for watercolor technique and color theory classes in Falcon, CO, starting January 2020, under the direction of Jana L Bussanich Artist Studio with our instructor, Leslie, Leslie McCrea Art. 

If you are local ( and even if you’re not!) tell your friends in Falcon, Peyton and the Black Forrest areas that we’re heading East with accessible, affordable, high-quality art instruction!

Jana Bussanich Art provides personalized art creation, consulting and Instructional services by highly qualified artists and instructors.

We’ve planned all year for this announcement. Our popular watercolor technique and color theory classes are coming to Falcon, CO in January 2020. Registration opening soon!

Classes Held at Three Locations:

Jana L. Bussanich Art & Instruction

218 W. Colorado Ave. Suite 1111, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 

Cottonwood Center for the Arts 

427 E. Colorado Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Falcon, CO (coming soon)

Learning about Gelli printing from Sprovtsoff Studios

Today we hosted a workshop by Tasha Sprovtsoff with the goal of using her Gelli print process to create a ground for watercolor painting. I made this print with a layer of Golden’s transparent watercolor ground, Daniel Smith’s Cadmium red, yellow spritzed with Ultramarine and Prussian Blue. I made a graphite drawing and painted in the street scene and people.

Title: London Chinatown, Gelli That.

Watercolor Gelli print.

Watercolor Gelli print with graphite drawing.

Watercolor Gelli print and painting.

Thank you, Tasha, for sharing your knowledge and skills with us!

Seeing Color As Value In Design

I’m finishing up coursework offered by artist and painter Nicholas Wilton, founder of the Art2Life and Creative Visionary Programs. We painted in acrylics during the course, which is not my usual medium. Now I’m reworking some of the assignments in watercolor. For this exercise, I taped off sections and rotated the paper as I went, building each area a little at a time. I’m exploring color as value (light and dark shapes) and their role in the design. Our eye is drawn to dark shapes, with areas of high contrast, first. When the image is converted to BW, we can more easily identify those shapes by their value and not be distracted by the colors. It’s is said that value does the work, but color gets the credit. Which area(s) below have the weakest design as it relates to value? Which areas are the strongest?

Jana L Bussanich teaches watercolor technique and color theory in Colorado Springs, CO

Jana L Bussanich teaches watercolor technique and color theory in Colorado Springs, CO