Artlink is committed to showcasing work of the highest quality by diverse visual artists. We provide educational programming for artists and the community.

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Classes & Workshops

CO.STARTERS

Cost: $250 Artlink Members  $275 General Public
Dates: Thursdays, September 18 – November 13, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Applications with $50 deposit due: September 5, 2014
Class fees due: September 12, 2014
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program meeting once a week for three hours. Facilitators are experienced entrepreneurs who are well connected in the business community. Guest speakers share the challenges they faced while starting and growing businesses and business professionals from leading accounting and law firms offer their support to program participants.
Throughout this business model discovery process, participants identify and test business assumptions through customer interactions, develop a functioning business model, learn valuable management and marketing skills, and receive constructive feedback from advisors, peers and former grads. At the end, you’ll have the tools, framework and momentum you need to make your vision a reality—and the best part is you won’t be in it alone.
Facilitator: Susan Bonnell Burns of Michael Burns Consulting

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Classic Teen Art Club

Cost: $55 Artlink Members / $65 Public
Saturdays, September 27, October 4, 11, & 18, 1 – 3 pm
Students will study under local professional artist, Karen Moriarty. Students will learn acrylic painting techniques and charcoal drawing using the principles of two-dimensional design and color. Students will work from a still life and copy a master painting in order to learn from them. Those who finish early will begin a painting from their imagination in the style of that master. Students who have already taken this class are encouraged to attend again in order to build on prior knowledge and skills. All supplies provided. Appropriate for ages 13 through 18.
Teacher: Karen Moriarty, local professional artist.

Download the Kids Programming Fall 2014 Registration form.

Accepting Credit Cards

Cost: $20 Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS grads, $25 General Public
Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn how to accept credit card payments at your art fair booth, in a pop up gallery, in your home studio, or anywhere you find yourself selling your products.  Sarah will cover Square, Pay Pal, and what happens when you sell your work on sites like Etsy.  Feel free to bring your laptop, Ipad, or smart phone.  It is not required, but if you are extra savvy, head over to Squareup.com and order a square reader for your smart phone.
Teacher: Sarah Thompson

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Saturday Art Sessions: Watercolor Basics I

Cost: $35 Artlink Members & $40 General Public
Saturday, October 4, 10 am – 1 pm
Spend three hours learning the basics of watercolor painting with professional watercolorist, Scott Kilmer. This basics class will be great for the new painter or for the experienced painter wanting a refresher. Scott will go over everything students need to know to start their first watercolor painting such as paper, stretching, paint quality, techniques. Participants will apply what they have learned by following Scott through a simple still life.
Supplies: Students must provide their own supplies. Arches cold press paper tablet or sheets with a wood or Masonite board to stretch, small round brush, medium round brush, medium flat brush, Winsor Newton or any other quality watercolor paint (a good beginning paint is Winsor Newton Cotman and it’s available locally), water container, and paper towels. Scott recommends the following watercolor pigment colors for starting out: Quinacridone Rose or some form of primary red, Cadmium Red or Cadmuim Red Medium, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Indigo, Lemon Yellow, and Yellow Ochre.
Teacher: Scott Kilmer, www.scottkilmerwatercolors.com

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Saturday Art Sessions: Watercolor Basics II

Cost: $35 Artlink Members & $40 General Public
Saturday, October 11, 10 am – 1 pm
Spend three hours learning advanced basics of watercolor painting with professional watercolorist, Scott Kilmer. This basics class will be great for the new painter or for the experienced painter wanting a refresher. Scott will demonstrate realism and go further into technique by walking students through a simple still life. This class will build on Watercolor Basics I, but participants are not required to have attended.
Supplies: Students must provide their own supplies. Arches cold press paper tablet or sheets with a wood or Masonite board to stretch, small round brush, medium round brush, medium flat brush, Winsor Newton or any other quality watercolor paint (a good beginning paint is Winsor Newton Cotman and it’s available locally), water container, and paper towels. Scott recommends the following watercolor pigment colors for starting out: Quinacridone Rose or some form of primary red, Cadmium Red or Cadmuim Red Medium, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Indigo, Lemon Yellow, and Yellow Ochre.
Teacher: Scott Kilmer, www.scottkilmerwatercolors.com

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Crash Course in Children’s Book Illustration

Cost: $35 Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS grads, $40 General Public
Saturday, October 4, 2 pm – 5 pm
Have you ever wondered how to break into the world of children’s book illustration?   Even though competition is fierce, there are things you can do to make your illustrations stand out.  This three hour workshop will give you a leg up on writing a query letter, assembling a portfolio, submitting to editors, finding an agent, creating a book dummy, developing compelling characters and plots, understanding the basics of contracts, and researching genres.  Talitha Shipman will also be teaching another children’s book illustration class in Spring 2015 on creating a book dummy.
Teacher: Talitha Shipman is an illustrator and graphic designer who was born and raised in Northeast Indiana.  She went to school for studio art at Taylor University, Upland, and then headed south for an MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA.  She’s been a freelance illustrator for five years and is represented by Lilla Rogers Studio.  Some of her clients include: Little Brown, Random House, Birds and Blooms, Galison Mudpuppy, American Greetings, Hallmark, and Cricket Magazine.  She has illustrated 3 children’s books to date.  She lives in Fort Wayne with her husband Mike and her very furry Norwegian Elkhound mix, Lucy.

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Kids’ Art Exploration: Adventures in Printmaking!

Cost: $75 Artlink Members / $85 Public
Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 & 11, 6 – 7 pm
Oh, there are so many fun ways to create prints! We will be exploring printmaking this session through stamping, carving, glue relief, collagraphs, foam prints, monoprints, found objects… you can even print with food! Our artists will explore many ways to create prints and learn some tricks for trying it at home. In addition to creating prints, students will have the opportunity draw on, paint and hand color their creations. This will be hands on fun experience with lots of work to bring home and share. All supplies provided. Appropriate for ages 6 to 11.
Teacher: Erin Patton-McFarren, FWCS art teacher

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Creative Construction with LEGO

Cost: $75 Artlink Members / $85 Public
Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 & 11, 6 – 7:30 pm
Artlink, Design Collaborative, and AIA present Creative Construction with LEGO, a class for kids who want to learn about creative design and construction using LEGO bricks. Design Collaborative architect, Ron Dick, will take kids on an architectural learning experience. Artlink will provide LEGO bricks, kids will not be able to take LEGO bricks home. Students will receive a 10-postcard pack with images of student LEGO creations. Appropriate for ages 9 to 13.
Teacher: Ron Dick, AIA, Principal Registered Architect with Design Collaborative. Ron worked on the original drawings and designs of the Auer Center when it was the gas company and again when it was renovated for Arts United in 2010.

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Art Fair Panel Discussion

Cost: $10 Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS grads, $15 General Public
Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Listen to our panelists discuss what it takes to be in an art fair.  Learn when and how to apply, what set up you will need, what to expect the day of, how to find out about upcoming art fairs, what sells best and much more.  Make sure to bring pencil and paper for note taking plus plenty of your own questions as the discussion will be open to participants with a Q & A.  Our panelists are either working artists with lots of experience with selling at art fairs or those that set up and run the events themselves.
Panelists: Sarah Thompson, local professional artist (sarahmics.weebly.com); Terry Ratliff, local professional artist (terryratliff.com); Glenda Stoppenhagen, Covington Art Fair Coordinator (Facebook.com/CovingtonArtFair); Amanda Mauer Taflinger, Owner & Shopkeep of Homespun: Modern Handmade and Indieana Handicraft Exchange, Indianapolis, IN (indieanahandicraftexchange.com).

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Selling on Etsy I: Half Day Workshop

Cost: $40 Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS grads, $45 General Public
Saturday, October 18, 1 pm – 5 pm
Sarah is going to share some of her tips and tricks to getting noticed and getting sales on Etsy. Etsy is an enormous online marketplace and getting noticed is difficult. Sarah will help you set up an Etsy shop if you don’t already have one. When you leave this half day workshop you will have an Etsy shop and the listing an item, photographing and item, shipping an item, processing time, and payment. As well as: conversations, hearts, follows, treasuries, and teams. This class will benefit you if you’ve never heard of Etsy, been told you should sell on Etsy, or already have a shop.
Supplies: Laptop, Item to list, Camera or Smart Phone, Artist statement or bio, Notebook, Pen/pencil
Teacher: Sarah Thompson, Sarah opened her Etsy shop on November 9th in 2009 and got her first sale that very day. However, her second sale didn’t come until January 8th of 2011. Sales trickled in for the next two years until she decided to take herself to “Etsy school” and make Etsy work for her. Since summer 2013, she has been getting online sales daily, sometimes multiple items in one day. She’s shipped to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, and all over the United States. Etsy now makes up 20% of her yearly revenue. Check out her shop at www.sarahmics.etsy.com. Connect with her at sarahmics.weebly.com and facebook.com/sarahmics.

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Selling on Etsy II: Half Day Workshop

Saturday, November 1, 1 pm – 5 pm
Cost: $40 Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS grads, $45 General Public
This Etsy II workshop will build off Etsy I. Etsy I is not a prerequisite if you already have a shop and are fairly comfortable with the online marketplace.  Etsy II will go into more detail with certain topics and will focus on each individual shop. It will be more about critiquing the shop they already have and getting advice from an outside perspective. We will go over images descriptions and tag words that are already being used and how we can improve upon these items. Everyone will get individual attention with Sarah.  During individual counseling, the rest of the class will be broken off into peer critique groups. When critiquing, participants will test their own knowledge and receive outside perspective. There will also be a lot more time for questions based on each individual needs and wants.
Supplies: Laptop, Item to list, Camera or Smart Phone, Artist statement or bio, Notebook, Pen/pencil
Teacher: Sarah Thompson, Sarah opened her Etsy shop on November 9th in 2009 and got her first sale that very day. However, her second sale didn’t come until January 8th of 2011. Sales trickled in for the next two years until she decided to take herself to “Etsy school” and make Etsy work for her. Since summer 2013, she has been getting online sales daily, sometimes multiple items in one day. She’s shipped to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, and all over the United States. Etsy now makes up 20% of her yearly revenue. Check out her shop at www.sarahmics.etsy.com. Connect with her at sarahmics.weebly.com and facebook.com/sarahmics.

Download the Art Dialogues Fall 2014 Registration.
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Register online (transaction fees may apply).

Taxes for the Small Creative Business

Cost: $5 Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS grads, $10 General Public 
Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Melissa Wolf from the accounting firm Baden, Gage & Schroeder, LLC, will discuss taxes related to running a small business. Topics include: Schedule C, what is deductible and what is not, the importance of record keeping (especially for mileage), how the self-employment tax works, hobby rules, and more. Join us for an evening of exciting tax talk.
Teacher: Melissa Wolf, CPA, Tax Manager, Baden Gage & Schroeder, LLC

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Saturday Art Sessions: Basic Acrylic Painting I

Cost: $40 Artlink Members & $45 General Public
Saturday, November 1, 10 am – 1 pm
This basics of acrylic painting class with Karen Moriarty will be great for the new painter or for the experienced painter wanting a refresher. Karen will go over everything students need to know to start their first acrylic painting. She will cover substrates and surfaces, paints and their characteristics, general acrylic painting techniques, and how to set up your palette. Participants will learn by painting a simple still life in this class.
Supplies: Artlink will provide student grade materials. Participants may bring their own acrylic painting materials if they have them. Materials provided include: canvas board, acrylic paints, brushes, palettes, etc.
Teacher: Karen Moriarty

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Saturday Art Sessions: Basic Acrylic Painting II

Cost: $40 Artlink Members & $45 General Public
Saturday, November 8, 10am – 1pm
This basics of acrylic painting class with Karen Moriarty will be great for the new painter or for the experienced painter wanting a refresher. This class will build on Basics of Acrylic Painting I but it is not a pre-requisite. Karen will briefly cover paints and their characteristics and general acrylic painting techniques. In this class, she will go more in depth about color mixing, paint application, design, and basic painting history. Participants will learn by copying a master print in this class.
Supplies: Artlink will provide student grade materials. Participants may bring their own acrylic painting materials if they have them. Materials provided include: canvas board, acrylic paints, brushes, palettes, etc.
Teacher: Karen Moriarty

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LEGO Exploration Junior

Cost: $50 Artlink Members / $60 Public
Tuesdays, November 18, 25, December 2 & 9, 6 – 7 pm
Join other kids to create awesome LEGO projects! Collaborate with other kids and learn new stuff about LEGO bricks. Artlink will provide LEGO bricks, kids will not be able to take LEGO bricks home. Students will receive a 10-postcard pack with images of student LEGO creations. Appropriate for ages 5 – 8 years.
Teacher: Paul Demaree, local professional artist

Download the Kids Programming Fall 2014 Registration form.

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Have your next birthday party or other special event at Artlink!  And add an extra special educational component.  Artlink has designed a program combining a few of our favorite programs with a private party.  For the kids, enjoy Kids’ Art Exploration or LEGO Exploration during your party and for the adults, Bring Your Own Brush Studio.  Check out the link below for more information.

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Peer to Peer Critique

Artlink is hosting a peer group critique for artists. Bring one or two of your own pieces of art to discuss in a respectful and constructive environment.  No Artlink staff will be in the group or offer suggestions on artwork. Come ready to discuss your work and the work of others. Critique groups are moderated by Michael Poorman and Karen Moriarty.  This is a free program. 
This program takes place on the last Saturday of  each month, 1 – 3 pm.  Call ahead to check dates.

Ongoing Figure Drawing Sessions

For adults:ongoing figure-drawing sessions are held twice weekly at Artlink. Sessions are intended for professional and amateur artists, and university students. Held Monday & Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m., a minimal charge of $3 per hour covers the cost of the model. Call Suzanne for more information, 260.424.7195 
Costumed Figure Art Sessions:
Costumed model to draw, paint, sculpt, photograph or whatever art process you choose. One Saturday morning a month 9:30 am -12:30 pm.  $3 per hour
Costumes provided by Stoners Fun Stores, 712 S Harrison St, Fort Wayne

 

Artist Talk Series

Lectures will be held at 6pm on most opening reception evenings.
Artists and curators will present a walk through the exhibitions beginning at 6pm on most opening reception nights. Please call the gallery for more details. Funds from the Flora Dale Krouse Foundation and Edward D and Ione Auer Foundation have made the lecture series possible.

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Parking

The Auer Center for Arts and Culture is under construction until December 2013. Due to the building expansion there is limited parking in the parking lot closest to the corner of Lafayette and Main Street. Building visitors may park at the Arts United Center parking lot on Main Street directly across from the Auer Center.

Metered parking on Barr St, until 5 p.m., after 5 and weekends, parking at meters is free.

Garage parking is also available off of Barr St. Artists delivering a large piece of artwork or a large quantity should call the gallery before arriving.