Teen Landscape Watercolors

The teens completed their landscape watercolor paintings.


There were a lot of lessons wrapped up into this project.


We started with an introduction to watercolor painting and all of the different types of marks you can make with watercolor.


We learned about color mixing and painted our own colorwheels.


We also had an in depth lesson on one point perspective.


We then completed mini-sketches of our paintings to check the overall composition.


And then our larger landscapes.


Watercolor is a very hard medium and they did a great job; had fun and learned a lot.


Glass Christmas Trees

Merry Christmas to all of you!  I hope you are enjoying this time with your families and friends.

Here is a look at our last project of the year.


We made  Glass-Fusion Christmas Tree Candle holders as our yearly Christmas presents.

The kids love making presents this time of the year.

They turned out just beautiful.


I loved this project so much, that my family made them as a special momentum from this Christmas.


Enjoy your time together. We will be back in classes on January 24th.

Much love,


End of First Session


Hi Parents and Students,

The First Session of Classes is now over! I leave Wednesday morning to see my daughter in Spain.  Yes, I am a little excited to see her.

The Next Session begins on November 8th.  You can find Registration Information Here. Most classes are already full. If you did not register and the class is full, send me an email to be added to the waitlist.

This is what we wrapped up:

Teen Mosaics

Most teens finished their Mosaics. They are just stunning. If your student grouted their mosaic last week it is ready to be picked up. You can text or email me and I can leave it on the Front Porch.   I’m traveling alone so my family will be home if you want to drop over while I am away to pick up your piece.

Looking ahead, the Teens will be practicing Observational Drawing and then Silk Painting in the next session.


We wrapped up our Reflections Projects as well. Good luck to all of the students participating in the Reflection’s Contest in their local schools.



The Adult Class continued to work on their Silk Paintings.


Looking ahead, we will finish these paintings and move on to Drawing and Painting with either Acrylic or Oil Paint.

See you-all in a few weeks!







After spending the last few weeks painting, we moved into making some 3 D art. We started by looking at sculptures of the human figure.

Alberto Giacometti and George Segal:

I introduced the students to Alberto Giacometti, Swiss Sculptor and Painter.

Although he was a painter as well, Giacometti is most renowned for his expressive sculptures of the human figure following World War II.

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Some view them as representing the isolation and loneliness following the war. As if the figures were turned in on themselves and failing to communicate with others, despite their overwhelming desire to reach out. Others see strength of humans in the frailty of the characters. Giacometti himself said he was not sculpting humans but rather “the shadow that they cast.”  I paint and sculpt to get a grip on reality… to protect myself. Alberto Giacometti

We looked at some of his sculptures and talked about how he exaggerated the arms and legs and how thin and flat the figures were. The students were surprised to find out that one of his sculptures recently sold for $104 million dollars, breaking the record for a work of art purchased at auction.

We also looked at human figurines sculpted by George Segal an American painter and sculptor associated with the Pop Art movement. artwork_images_117528_261874_george-segal

Segal pioneered the use of plaster bandages (plaster-impregnated gauze strips designed for making orthopedic casts) as a sculptural medium. In this process, he first wrapped a model with bandages in sections, then removed the hardened forms and put them back together with more plaster to form a hollow shell. These forms were not used as molds; the shell itself became the final sculpture, including the rough texture of the bandages. Segal’s figures had minimal color and detail, which gave them a ghostly, melancholic appearance.

We talked about the human body and proportions of head, chest, arms and legs, and how to accurately portray the human figure. Then we set to work creating our own figurines.

Our figurines.

Creating our figurines is a multi-step process that began with thinking about different gestures and trying them out on our wood models.


The students then built the armature of the sculpture out of wire.


Once the structure was built, they wrapped it with foil. We talked about how this was like building the muscle of the body.


The next step was to add the skin to hold it all together. We did this by wrapping the sculpture in plaster of paris strips.




Finally we dressed our figurines with strips of cloth dipped in Paverpol.

Paverpol is the leading textile hardener and fiber sculpting medium in the world, and the only one awarded the AP non-toxic seal by the Arts and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI). It was created by a group of Dutch artists in the early 1990s as a user-friendly, environmentally friendly alternative to resin and is now used by artists and crafters in more than 20 countries around the world.

It was messy but a lot of fun to dress our figurines.

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The final step is to paint the figurines all black and then add bronze or silver texture to make them look like metal sculptures.

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The Teen Class:  Students of all levels have enjoyed this project.  We modified the project to make it more challenging for the Teens who are creating larger figurines with more complicated positions and interest.  It has been really fun to see their individual personalities expressed through their sculptures.

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They are really enjoying this project!  We should be wrapping this project up this week so look forward to your student bringing their creation home. Enjoy!


Teen Still Life Paintings

As part of our Acrylic Painting series, the Teens painted fruit still life paintings.  Here is a peek at their work.

We warmed up by doing some exercises with brush strokes, surrounding color and layering of colors.

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They picked the fruit they wanted to paint and the background colors.

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We talked about using complimentary colors to create shadow and they practiced color combinations that would work for their paintings.

Then they got busy painting. They all seemed to really enjoy this project and I love the paintings they created.



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We framed the paintings in clear glass.





We have added a new Tuesday night Teen Class that still has a few spots in it.

Register for Weekly Teen Art Classes (grades 6th – 9th)

Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  – Limited Spaces Available

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See you next week as we continue to work on our Figurines.


Teen SunFlower Paintings

It has been so fun to share my love of painting with the Teen class.

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In December, we started painting sunflowers with acrylic paint in a Van Gogh style.


Not only did this introduce us to a new medium and artist, this project was extra special to me because I am dedicating it to my dear friend Marcia.  Marcia is an amazing artist who has shared her gifts of art and service with the world.  We used her Sunflower Painting as inspiration for our acrylic paintings.

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The Teens have really taken to acrylic painting.  I hope you are enjoying the art they are bringing home.


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We have added a new Tuesday night Teen Class that still has a few spots in it.

Register for Weekly Teen Art Classes (grades 6th – 9th)

Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  – Limited Spaces Available

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See you next week as we start a new figurine project with Paverpol.

New Tuesday Night Teen Art Class

We are adding a new Teen Art Class on Tuesday nights from  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm that is open to students in 6th – 9th grade.

Classes will consist of fine art instruction with exploration of diverse mediums while learning basic art concepts such as drawing, shading, color mixing and composition.  Our high quality projects are carefully developed to maximize success while building self confidence and encouraging creative thinking.  Some mediums which may be explored include watercolor painting, ink printing, contour drawing, felt art, mixed media and 3D art.


Weekly classes will begin January 12th and will generally follow the Northshore School District calendar.


Registration Fee: $50 on line payment applied to first two classes.

Weekly Class Fee: $25 per 1.5 hour class, due at the beginning of the month. Checks payable to Picket Fence Studio or Jamie Eppenauer.


Includes all class materials.

Class size limited to 8 students to ensure individual instruction.


Register for Weekly Teen Art Classes (grades 6th – 9th)

Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  – Limited Spaces Available

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Torn Paper Portraits – Teens Class

In our teen class this week, we assembled our ceramics projects. Sorry images of these are under wraps until after Christmas.

Now that the big ceramic project is done, we returned to our Torn Paper Portraits.  This project is an exercise to learn value. Value is the amount of light reflected from the surface. Value creates depth in a picture making the object look 3 D.


A picture was taken of each student and it was abstracted in Photoshop using the cutout filter. This filter breaks the image down into specific values. The student mixed black and white acrylic paint to create similar values on pieces of paper.

The photo was attached to foam board. The students are in the process of tearing value-toned paper into small pieces and gluing the pieces directly onto the photo.

Here are two of the finished pieces:

The students will be bringing these home as they finish them.