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Get into Shapes:

The Art of Rex Ray and Alexander Calder as Inspiration for Your Art

February 6, 13, 20 and 27

Get into Shapes:

The Art of Rex Ray and Alexander Calder as Inspiration for Your Art

An Online Zoom Course
When we feel in a creative mood, we want to create original art. But sometimes we need a push, a nudge, a creative idea or see what others have created in the past. This is not about copying another’s art. But rather a stimulus to get our own creative juices flowing.

To do this, we’re going to take a look at the work of two celebrated artists, Rex Ray and Alexander Calder. You may be familiar with their art. Or you may not be. No matter. Their strong artwork can serve as an inspiration for you to dive in and create your own art. You might be encouraged by their shapes, colors, patterns or composition.

The Zoom class will be recorded in case you can’t make the live session.


Rex Ray and Alexander Calder

Rex Ray Rex Ray (September 11, 1956—February 9, 2015) was an American graphic designer and collage artist, based in San Francisco. He is best known for his innovative pop aesthetic in fine and commercial art—on canvases, wood panels, album covers, paper, book jackets, murals, and rock and roll posters.

Alexander Calder Alexander Calder (July 22, 1898-November 11, 1976) was an American artist best known for his invention of the kinetic sculptures known as mobiles. Calder also produced a variety of two-dimensional artworks including lithographs, paintings, and tapestries.


The Cost

All four sessions are $60. Or, you can join individual sessions at $18 each. Think about it. That’s less than going to a movie or going out for a light dinner. And you’ll have art to keep! (Contact me if you need scholarship assistance.)

Weekly Classes

February 6: Rex Ray – Organic Shapes
February 13: Rex Ray – Futuristic Designs
February 20: Alexander Calder – Exploring Circles
February 27: Alexander Calder – Triangles and More

Class Time

Classes are 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Classes Are Recorded

Zoom Classes are recorded in case you need to miss a “live” class.

Follow Up Emails

I’ll send you a follow up email after each class with links to the class, class demonstrations as well as other pertinent resource material for you to read on your own time, at your own speed.

Join Us

So give yourself the gift of a loving and supportive art community. I look forward to working together!

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Register for All Four Sessions – $60
Register for February 6 Session – $18
Register for February 13 Session – $18
Register for February 20 Session – $18
Register for February 27 Session – $18
Register for All Four Classes:
February 6: Rex Ray – Organic Shapes
February 13: Rex Ray – Futuristic Designs
February 20: Alexander Calder – Exploring Circles February 27: Alexander Calder – Triangles and More


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About the Zoom Sessions​

First of all, use what you have around. Don’t go out and spend a lot of money on extra materials. (Unless that makes you happy!)

For Your Substrate (or Surface) to Make Your Art:
– One substrate for each class. This can be heavy paper, watercolor paper, wood panel, paper board, canvas sheets or stretched canvas for this course. 8″ x 10″ or 11″ x 14″ are workable sizes.

To Make Painted Paper Collage Elements:
– Sheets of regular printer/copier type paper. I like using inexpensive printer paper since it’s thinner. You’ll need a number of sheets. Maybe ten or so. If you already have painted papers, you might be able to use them.
– Acrylic paints, any brand. I use GOLDEN since I’m a GOLDEN Artist Educator and GOLDEN provides me paint for my classes. The paints can be regular paints in tubes (Heavy Body) or fluid acrylics. Use colors you like. I’d recommend at least red, blue, yellow, green, black and white.
– A tool to apply paint to paper (a wide brush, palette knife, plastic putty knife, old plastic credit card/gift card, etc.)

To Adhere Collage Elements:
– Gloss medium, Soft Gel Gloss or glue stick

Painting Materials:
– Acrylic paints and/or watercolors. Again, use what you have. I use highly pigmented GOLDEN acrylics as noted above.

Drawing Materials:
– Pencils, colored pencils, markers, crayons, POSCA pens, whatever you have around.

– An open mind, sense of experimentation and adventure

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What People are Saying about Tom and His Classes

"One really great part of Tom’s classes, is that he is clearly supportive of his students taking the principles he teaches and running with them. To integrate a technique into my own expression is so very fulfilling and truly optimizes what I get from the class."
Tina N.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
"With each of Tom's classes I was inspired to work beyond what I had known before and then, like a dog by the bowl, waiting for the next class. With each class Tom taught a myriad of techniques and tips. As a teacher and facilitator, he is exceptional. His classes are packed with useful information - even for someone like me who already had a fair amount of knowledge. Tom is a delightful, warm and caring person. All of this comes through when he shares all that he can in every class. And if that's not enough, he attracts wonderful people too! His students are so supportive and inviting; I think he brings out the best in us."
Christy D.
West Hartford, Connecticut
"I’d always been interested in collage but could seldom find classes. When I first heard about Tom’s class, I signed up and was very nervous, and a bit intimidated, as I had little to no background in art. Tom put me at ease immediately. He has a very relaxed, supportive, and encouraging teaching style. His classes are diverse and cover a range of creative techniques. It’s a great mix of learning about a style/artist/technique with short demos, and then plenty of hands on art making. Tom also makes himself available for input and questions outside of class. His classes are my favorite part of the week."
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Vancouver, British Columbia
"Tom is very creative, warm and encouraging. He is enthusiastic and inspires students to follow their own vision. He is a great communicator and well-organized. His lessons are concise, well-planned and filmed beforehand so they are easy to understand and follow. In addition, Tom makes these videos available to students who missed the class or who wants to review the techniques shown in class. He is open to questions from his students."
Terry B.
Avon, Connecticut
"When I found Tom Hlas’ classes my creative world changed. From doing collage almost exclusively, I have learned and incorporated several other disciplines in my work. In the classes I’ve taken for more than a year, we’ve had the choice to do a new and different project every week. But there’s no way to talk about Tom’s classes without talking about Tom. In addition to being a great teacher he is a generous, kind and caring man with whom we have a good time in every class. I consider him a mentor and a friend.”  
Linda L.
New York, New York
"I love Tom's classes. The Zoom sessions are fun and informal, yet I learn so much each time. Tom and the participants highlight materials, techniques, art styles and themes, and marketing ideas that I've been able to use in my own work. The price is right and very little prep is required by the participants. Working from my own studio with the encouragement of fellow artists and an experienced teacher like Tom is the best!"
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Hillsborough, North Carolina