Art Talk with Over the Moon: Make 2024 a year full of art

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Over the Moon Gallery is an online art gallery featuring works by various artists. Artists currently featured in Over the Moon Gallery: Denise Marshall, Jennifer Hernandez, John Solom, Lauralyn Eschner, Jane Owelleen, EE Jacks, Terry Gamallo, Shanny Waters, Marie Lavallee, Steffy Moellers, Bob Hogue, Leslie Lambert and Kate Jarvik Burch.

Thinking about New Year’s resolutions can get old fast. Part of the reason is that many resolutions are hard-and-fast rules or guidelines that you haven’t mustered the energy or enthusiasm for in the last year.

Why not go for something fun and easy? Consider adding more art to your life in the coming year. This isn’t a solution – it’s an adventure! We have a few ideas:

Plan a day trip where you will visit an art museum or galleries. We’re lucky that So Cal has many art museums to explore, and there are art districts in Orange and Los Angeles with tons of galleries that are open to the public. Learn more about the art and, as you watch, discover what appeals to your interests.

Visit ArtWalk. These events usually happen monthly and feature local art. In the smaller establishments, you will sometimes have the chance to meet artists and learn more about their art. Fullerton’s Artwalk is the first Friday of every month.

View and explore art from the comfort of your home. There are numerous online galleries that display a variety of artwork with excellent graphics and artist information.

Find art books and artists. You can immerse yourself in the world of art through books and discover what you like. HalfOff Books on Wilshire in downtown Fullerton is a great place to browse art books. The Fullerton Public Library is another great place to spend a relaxing day.

One of the best ways to explore your own artistic creativity is to enroll in an art class or workshop. Dive in! There are many options, from a 1/2 day class to an instructor-led destination trip. Seeing what you can create with a little instruction can inspire you to pursue more artistic adventures.

We’ve compiled a list of local places that offer one-day or multi-week courses to pique your interest. Most already have their schedules online for the new year, and if not, check back for opportunities that may be added.

Bowers Museum
Located at 2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, the Bowers Museum offers several interesting exhibits and also hosts art workshops. Seniors over 62 can enjoy the classes for free; general admission is $7 for most classes. Watercolor Braid Painting, Silk Fan Painting and a Memory Box workshop are coming soon. For more information, call (714) 567-3600 or go to http://www.bowers.org.
Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning

Commonly referred to as OLLI, the institute is affiliated with Cal State Fullerton and offers courses for retired or semi-retired individuals. Art-related classes in this session include:

• Ceramics

• Drawing for fun,

• Introduction to watercolor painting

• Watercolor workshop

OLLI also offers art appreciation courses. To participate, you must register and pay a semester fee that allows you to take as many classes as you like. Learn more at http://www.olli.fullerton.edu.
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Our local cultural treasure, Muck, offers art courses throughout the year. The new class list is now available. Most classes start on January 8th, so it’s best to check the schedule online now. Expected offerings include pottery classes for all levels, including teens and children, digital art, animation, comic book creation, and introspective art. Located at 1201 W. Malvern Ave, Fullerton. For more information, call 714-738-6595 or visit the website at: http://www.themuck.org
The Potting Shed

This boutique garden store on the Circle in downtown Orange offers “Workshops on the Plaza.” Two classes in watercolor, pressed flower and a candle making workshop are planned for January. And for a twist, in January and February, they have three sausage making workshops, adding a bit of flavor to the art! They will be adding more workshops to the schedule in the coming days. Private workshops can also be scheduled.

Visit the Potting Shed website at tpshomeandgarden.com. Located at 10 Plaza Square Suite 102, Orange. For more information, call (714) 468-5154.

Brea Gallery

Located at the Brea Civic Center at 1 Civic Center Cir, Brea. Brea Gallery does not yet have a schedule for its workshops for the new year.

In conversation with the gallery staff, they plan to host several artist workshops. This is a great way to meet local artists and talk to them as they create new works. Keep checking their website at http://www.breaartgallery.com for workshop dates or call (714) 990-7731.

If you take on a new artistic medium in 2024, be kind to yourself. The experienced artists leading the class have hundreds or thousands of hours behind them. While they can share their techniques with you, it takes time to develop skills and create your own style. Enjoy the process and have fun!


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