Art Every Day Month: Day 29 and the Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 29 Spread

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 29 2010 found paper and thread 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge

I feel like I’ve run out of artful ideas tonight but really what’s true is that I’m tired. Tom and I saw an amazing performance of The Frames last night at the Fillmore and I’m still recovering. We discovered The Frames after seeing the movie Once and three concerts (two of the Swell Season) and three albums purchased, anytime they make it to the Bay Area we’ll see them. Such an incredible example of getting publicity for your band, your art or whatever.

Here’s another great way to get your art out into the world, have someone interview you and publish it. Works and Conversations published a really nice interview with Lisa Kokin. She’ll be giving an Artist talk at the Opening Reception of her new solo show on December 11, 6 – 8 pm at the Donna Seager Gallery in San Rafael, Californa. Show dates are November 23 – January 11, 2011. Looking forward to it!

Art Every Day Month: November 14

Yellow Wallpaper A6 Envelope, originally uploaded by Leah Virsik.

My site is back up. It was down for a little over a day. I didn’t realize how attached I was, especially since I’ve been blogging so often with Art Every Day Month Challenge!

I had a really great day full of inspiration and motivation and meeting other artists at Alyson B. Stanfield’s Art Marketing seminar in San Francisco. I’ll share some more about the seminar tomorrow.

Stitched A6 envelope above. This one is very excited to be on a journey to Italy next week!

Writing & Illustrating for Children’s Books Class

I am very fond of Dona Turner. I took a packaging class from her at UC Berkeley Extension many years ago and am very happy to say we still keep in touch. Very encouraging and positive, she’s an incredible artist and a really enjoyable person to be around. In the class I took from her, she helped me push my ideas further to create pieces that I enjoyed producing. If you’re interested in taking this class from her, I say “go for it!”

Writing and Illustrating for Children’s Books – bring your ideas to life!
Instructor: Dona Turner
Thursdays, April 23—June 11th   6:30-9:30pm
8 sessions. $200.00.
2501 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
(at Dwight in the famous Sawtooth Artists Building)
Offered in the artist’s studio. There is plenty of safe free parking and the studio is accessible directly from the street. Café Trieste is nearby!

This workshop is designed to provide anyone interested in writing and illustrating children’s books with a supportive and stimulating environment to bring their ideas to life. Participants will work collaboratively in an informal setting to develop their works to their richest potential—with the goal of creating a professional presentation for editors or agents. This workshop will use constructive group critiques to further each student’s process; so, time will be dedicated during each class to review participant’s work.

We will:
• discuss illustration techniques
• examine character and setting development
• study page layout and pagination
• create beginnings and endings
• explore dos and don’ts for marketing and getting published

Materials: Bring ideas, manuscripts and sketches, plus painting or drawing materials, or your laptop.

Sign Up: Please email the instructor to secure a space. Check or cash payment appreciated before or at first class. Make check payable to: Dona Turner and send to the studio address above.

Dona Turner has taught illustration at CCA, Extended Ed. and currently teaches Graphic Design at UC Berkeley Extension. She has illustrated numerous children’s books, including the popular, “What Makes a Rainbow” and “What Makes Music”.  McAdam/Gage Publishers in San Francisco brought out her own book, “My Cat Pearl”, this year. She recently completed a picture book in Korean for Yeowan Media. Dona is also a Life Coach specializing in Creativity and Goals.

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FREE Art Marketing Salon

Nine Tuesdays evenings: 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

April 7, 21, May 5, 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 14 and August 11

Meetings will be held in Oakland and possibly in Alameda
(meeting address will be given upon registration)

Are you serious about marketing your art?

Alyson B. Stanfield
has created a free 9-week program that guarantees each and every participant a complete art marketing plan. Click to find out more about the program. Art Biz Connection art marketing salons provide a structure to help artists work together and support one another. Plus, Alyson B. Stanfield’s book I’d Rather Be In the Studio is a great read and valuable resource!

I have two people interested already. Come join us and make promoting your art fun!

About the coordinator: Leah Virsik is an artist with a passion for bookbinding, painting and repurposing everyday objects. She brings a marketing degree, a wide variety of resources and a love of research to this art marketing salon. You’ll also find her on the Alameda Women Artists board. Learn more about her at

Interested? Contact me to help create this art marketing salon by replying to this post or by calling 510-418-9383.