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Artist-in-Residence: Emily Balsley

Emily Balsley sitting at a table

Visit the Bubbler Room and immerse yourself in All The Things! Illustrator and maker Emily Joy Balsley will host workshops and open studio sessions exploring various mediums throughout her September-October residency.

Joy in All the Things describes Emily's state of euphoria while she explores a wide variety of projects, ideas, materials, and creative endeavors. In her own world of making, no project or idea is beyond the scope of possibility if it inspires happiness.

With All The Things, Emily looks forward to working with her Bubbler residency to embrace our diverse community and help everyone find a passion for creating. From the simplicity of making pom-poms to the hectic world of public art and murals, the refined skills of hand-lettering to the whimsy of anthropomorphic illustrations, All the Things aspires to fill the Bubbler with joy in all pursuits!

People of all ages can drop-in, view, and contribute to ongoing projects such as gratitude wall hangings, a community mural, and a number of different drawing prompts. Or register for free to attend a variety of workshops focused on hand-lettering, illustration - even some Halloween-inspired fun!

Open Studio Sessions

Thursdays in Sept - Oct, 5:00-7:00pm - Central Library, Bubbler Room
(No open studio on 9/12 & 10/17)


Shape-ly Characters Workshop

Saturday, Sep 7, 10:00am-12:00pm - Central Library, Bubbler Room
All ages | 
Did you know that most artists build up their characters using basic shapes? In this 2-hour family-friendly workshop, we will be combining squares, circles, triangles (and more!) to create two characters - a self-portrait and a zany creature, inspired by Emily’s recently-completed 100-Day Project!

Illustrator’s Meet-up & Drawing Session

Saturday, Sep 7, 1:00-3:00pm - Central Library, Bubbler Room
Ages 18 and up | 
Calling all local illustrators, drawers, doodlers, and beyond! In this casual session, Emily will supply some black paper, Posca markers, and a drawing prompt for you to create in your own unique style. These illustrations will be hung outside the Bubbler Room as a collective piece for Gallery Night (Oct 4), showcasing the diversity and talent that exists within this illustrator community. Use this time to connect with other artists in the field of illustration, ask questions and draw together. Feel free to bring your own sketchbooks, tablets, lucky drawing materials, but plenty will be provided.

Hand-Lettering Basics Workshop

Tuesday, Sep 17, 5:30-7:30pm - Central Library, Bubbler Room
Ages 10 and up | 
In this 2-hour workshop, participants will learn the basic terminology of hand-lettering, tools, and supplies, as well as lettering styles, composition, and layout. Workbooks will be provided, along with ample time to practice!

3-D Exquisite Corpse Workshop

Saturday, Oct 5, 10:00am-12:00pm - Central Library, Bubbler Room
All ages | 
Inspired by the almost-century-old word-collecting method called Exquisite Corpse, we will be creating 3-D, interchangeable, free-standing characters utilizing boxes, paint, and our imaginations!

Business of Illustration Workshop

Tuesday, Oct 15, 5:30-7:30pm - Central Library, Bubbler Room
Ages 13 and up | 
Emily’s 11 years as a freelancer, six of those focused on illustration, has provided her with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll cover many topics of the business side of being an illustrator - from self-promotion, getting clients, and time-management, to considering an agent, taxes, and pricing your work.

Creepy, Kooky, Spooky Workshop

Saturday, Oct 26, 10:00am-12:00pm - Central Library, Bubbler Room
All ages | No registration required, walk-ins welcome
Let’s have some Halloween-inspired DIY fun! Up your style-factor with a one-of-a-kind block printed tote bag for collecting your candy, add some pizzazz to your Halloween decor with some happy, confetti pumpkins, and become a monster with your fantastical pasta mask!

Photo Credit: Nikki Hansen

Emily Balsley illustration
Sep 5, 2019