Watercolor Floral Wreaths @ HOPEWELL

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

I am so thrilled to bring some watercolor love to the insanely cool, beautiful, bright space of Hopewell! My Grandmother was a brilliant watercolor artist and her breadth of work has always been so inspiring to me. She used to bring her easel with her on our family vacations and show us how to paint the trees and flowers. From a still life to her landscape paintings, I can tell an Elinor Winkler watercolor from a mile away.


We'll be learning the basics of watercolor and color mixing. First, you'll fill a sheet with various leaves and blooms to practice. Then, I'll show you how to design and paint a floral wreath with your new skills. 


Emily Spurlin, pastry chef at Bad Hunter, will be baking two different magnificent cookies for us too!


And, BEER. 


WHAT YOU GET



  • Watercolor and brushes to use during our time together

  • Paper (some with pre-drawn florals to help you get started)

  • One Hopewell beer

  • Cookies from Emily Spurlin (Bad Hunter pastry chef)


ABOUT THE VENUE


Many years ago, the Hopewell Brewing owners met in the idyllic bubble of a midwestern college town. That summer, they set out on a grand adventure across the American West, pitching their tent alongside bears (!) and buffalo. Studded along the journey were numerous craft breweries, names that they'd gotten to know in their college dorms. They collected coasters, cooled their six-packs in streams near the campsites, and became a unit. 


Now, two of them are married (to each other!) and the other was the best man at the wedding. They finally reunited in Chicago after spending time in Philly, Portland and New York City. With a nod to tradition as well as innovation, they are committed to making the beer that we all want to drink! Unpretentious, fresh, good beer.


 

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Watercolor
  • Beer
  • Cookies
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Joslyn Villalpando

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My name is Joslyn Villalpando and I am a working artist and art educator in Chicago. After studying fine art and art education at the University of Cincinnati, I spent 7 years teaching elementary art. While teaching, I completed my master's degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), studying the impact of craft and fiber art on art education. My small research group of young participants grew into a little community while learning to weave, sew, embroider, and dye; sharing the stories, memories, thoughts, and ideas that arise when creating together.

After witnessing the beautiful community that is built when creating with friends, I first began holding craft and cocktail parties to spread my love of the handmade with my favorite people. We gathered to learn how to block print to make valentines or embroider to create holiday ornaments- each craft accompanied by a featured batch cocktail and treats, of course. Inspired by the old sewing circles and expanding on the theme of intimate, creative social gatherings, I am moving these parties from my tiny Chicago condo and hosting craft events at some of Chicago's most beloved bars, restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques, and cupcake shops. I love utilizing classic, traditional art/craft processes such as; weaving, embroidery, printmaking, and watercolor, and putting a contemporary spin on them to bring you a unique learning experience.

There's nothing better than gathering with others to make something by hand, learning skills and processes that can be used again and again. At each J.Villa gathering, you will experience a thoughtfully curated event in an inspiring space, hand selected and/or handmade art materials, and enthusiastic guidance through the craft process.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Jasmine N.
    Reviewed on 05/26/17

    What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Josslyn is a wonderful instructor and really takes the time to make sure you understand the basics - so you can let your creativity flow! As always she pics a fun locale and provides everything you will need - plus a little goody bag to take home. :) I am no Frank Webb - but this class got me a few steps closer!

    What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Josslyn is a wonderful instructor and really takes the time to make sure you understand the basics - so you can let your creativity flow! As always she pics a fun locale and provides everything you will need - plus a little goody bag to take home. :) I am no Frank Webb - but this class got me a few steps closer!

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