Sunday, December 30, 2012

Artists teaching Art!

Mike Ryan will be teaching oil painting again this winter.  

Time:  Tuesday evenings 7-9 PM 
Starting: January 15th
Place:  Murphy Gallery 
122 1st Street SW
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  
Cost: $150.00 for 6 sessions.  
For more info:  call Murphy Gallery at 319-333-9912.  

"Breathe Through This #1,2,3",  12"x20"x2", acrylic, Durlar on cradled panel,  2011 copyright Mary Zeran

Mary Zeran will be teaching again this Winter at
the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

Collage “Mini Class”
Category: Adult Class 
Thurs, Jan 10th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, $20.00

Collage is an extremely versatile way of making art. During this class, you will experiment with techniques like drawing, painting, layering, and cutting to create a beautiful collage that has special meaning to you.

Collaged Acetate Scrolls “Intensive”
Category: Adult Class
Sat, Jan 12th, 10am-2pm, $75.00
+$10.00 materials fee paid to instructor at first class.

Do you love the look of acetate infused with light? I do! That's why I have been experimenting with collaged acetate scrolls. In this workshop, we'll add color with paints, stencils, and stamps. Then we’ll layer in texture and dimension. I'll demonstrate how to cut out pieces of acetate and reattach them for a layered effect.

All supplies will be provided and most students leave with at least 3 projects, including 1 - 2 scrolls up to 5 feet long. These colors go down very quickly so bring paper if you like, or you can purchase more acetate in class. Confirmation, directions, and additional information will be emailed to each student upon registration.

Found Object Jewelry “Mini Class”
Category: Adult Class
Thurs, Feb 7th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, $20.00

What could be more fun than spending an evening totally immersed in learning to make jewelry? Together we will tackle the fundamentals of beginning jewelry-making using "found objects" for gems. Techniques include "cold connections" like riveting, hinges, and simple clasps.

Painting on Acetate “Intensive”
Category: Adult Class
Sat, Feb 9th, 10am-2pm, $75.00
+$10.00 materials fee paid to instructor at first class.

Two hours is never enough time to get the hang of things. This “intensive” workshop lets students relax and discover the magic of painting on acetate. Activities include mixing color, working with transparency, exploring different kinds of acetate, stencils, textures, and drawing with colored glue! Bring a sack lunch, your favorite brushes, and a paint shirt! At the end students will leave with several pieces of art and “raw” materials for future collage.

Wire Sculpture “Mini Class”
Category: Adult Class
Thurs, March 14th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, $20.00

Bend, twist, tie, and wrap!  This course will explore the versatility of wire. Sculpt using both figurative and abstract forms. There are no limits to the way soft wire can be twisted and shaped! Projects will include using fun, found objects to add a little extra “Bling.”

3 Dimensional Acetate Collage “Intensive”
Category: Adult Class
Sat, March 16th, 10am-2pm, $75.00
+$10.00 material fee paid to instructor at first class.

Acetate is really flexible and can be formed by using hot water…and it is paintable!!! Join me and discover all the great shapes and sculptural forms you can make!
All supplies will be provided and most students leave class with at least 3 projects. Confirmation, and additional information will be emailed to each student upon registration.


To register go to Workshops at
or email   319-363-0053

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
410 Third Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Paint the Music: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Artist Residency



I'm honored to announce:

In the next 8 weeks, 
I (abstract artist Mary Zeran) will engage 4th graders 
at Arthur School in an after-school experience 
involving themes of La Boheme and The Student Prince.

As part of this residency, I will be:
  • keeping an active journal of how this influences my art on my blog
  • adding images, music clips, and visual inspiration to this pinterest "field notes" board
  • archiving student work and photos from the class this pinterest board
It is going to be an exciting time,  join me on the above links and see my progress.

Special thank you to the 
for this amazing opportunity!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Debora Stewart is Featured!

Local artist Debora Stewart's work has been chosen for the poster of the Holiday Miniatures Show. Congratulations Deborah!