Framing for the ArtistFraming Class

Time:  Wednesday, May 30, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location:  Ann Arbor Women Artists 4844 Jackson Road Suite 100 Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Fee:  $60 members, $65 non-members

Instructor:  Christine Cook, Certified Picture Framer

Seats are limited.  Register soon.

This workshop is for artists or anyone that frames art or is curious about framing.  It is a 3-hour workshop designed to help artists understand tools, materials and techniques when framing their original works of art.  A history of picture framing and paper will be covered along with measuring, copyright and signatures.

There will be demonstrations as we discuss different mounting techniques and the best materials to use for specific types of artwork. A folder of reference information is included.  This class is not just for the do-it-yourselfers; having knowledge about the process and its costs will help to make your framing experience fun!


Life Drawing (uninstructed) at the AAWA Studio –  4844 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor:

Thursdays: January 25 – March 1
$70 for six 4 hour sessions – 10 am – 2:30 pm (half hour lunch break at noon)
$35 for six 2 hour sessions – 10 am – noon or 12:30 to 2:30pm
Drop-in rates:  $15 for 4 hours, $8 for 2 hours 
Sign up: please contact Melora Goosey (see Member Directory)

Non-Instructed Life Drawing/Painting – Life drawing is an exercise that benefits all creative mediums, and this group hires a model for non-instructed sessions each week. There’s a $5 drop-in fee, and the group meets every Saturday from 10am – 1pm at Eastern Michigan University in the Sherzer Building, Room 201.

Plein Air Painting Sessions– AAWA artists meet monthly to paint/draw outdoors in various local beauty spots. Sessions normally begin at 10am and end when you’re done. Bring lunch, art materials, and whatever the weather calls for. Come paint/draw, have lunch, have fun, and follow this great art tradition. Consult our blog, newsletters, and emailed announcements for upcoming sites. For more information, or to to be added to the Plein Air email list, contact Nancy Murray or Sue Craig (see member directory for contact info).

Summer Schedule:

May 20:  Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Rd., Saline, MI 48176. This coincides with an outdoor event they are having on Sunday afternoon, 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

June 4:  The Peony Garden in Nichols Arboretum, Monday evening, 6 pm. Depending on the progress of the peony bloom, date may be moved to June 11.

July 21:  Hidden Lake Gardens, 6214 Monroe Rd (M50), Tipton. MSU’s 755-acre botanical garden features a greenhouse complex, lake, gazebo, picnic area, 6-mile paved scenic drive. Meet at 9:00 in front of the visitor center. Admission is $3. Pack your lunch! This is a joint meet with Great Lakes Plein Air Painters.

August 14:  Websters Corners, Dexter MI, at the intersection of Webster Church and Ferrell Roads. Belonging to the Webster Township Historical Society, the “village” consists of 4 historic buildings: May Mast’s Horse Barn, the Wheeler Wheelwright and Blacksmith Shop, Podunk School, and the Old Town Hall. They also maintain a lovely garden. Meet at 9:00 am.

Portrait Studio Sessions – Portraiture presents the greatest challenge to the artist… and offers the most satisfaction. This group meets weekly at the Northfield Senior Center on Main Street in Whitmore Lake on Mondays from 1:00pm to 3:30pm for clothed figure drawing/painting. $6 fee. You are cordially invited to join us. For more details, contact Peggy Brewer (see member directory for contact info).