Shape up your art with Jay Bishop

Jay Bishop“I want to help you acquire the skills to enhance your own artistic voice,” said Jay Bishop, artist, sculptor.

Placerville Arts Association is excited to have Bishop sharing his knowledge and talent at the Sunday, March 16 meeting.

He will be demonstrating the art of sculpting — his passion.

The public is cordially invited to join PAA members at the meeting at the El Dorado Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m.

Now an award-winning artist, Bishop began drawing at the age of 5 and has studied art throughout his entire life. He has been teaching private lessons for many years.

Why is he an artist?

Over the years he’s given that question much thought. Bishop said that it’s an affliction he’s had since childhood. Not being good at anything else in school, he was always the weird kid who did art.

“When we were supposed to be reading a book, I always wondered, how did they draw like that?” So he started attempting to draw and has never stopped.

Bishop is self-taught, learning to perfect his skills in the “art school of hard knocks” — try, try again, try some more and then start over from the beginning.

He said this it is not a bad way to learn how to do this thing called “art” — just harder than learning from professors at an art school.

Where does Bishop get his ideas?

Art gremlins, he said. Well not really but he’s not quite sure exactly where ideas come from. They just appear suddenly while he’s living life.

“Maybe there are little gremlins in my head generating all these ideas and forcing me to generate art. Create stupid human. Create. More. More. Don’t sleep, don’t eat, just get to work creating,” he said.

So for him, art is a passion — and he gets ideas from life.

Bishop is from the Sacramento area and is a member of the National Sculpture Society, the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Northern California Arts Inc. and the Valley Sculpture Artists.

He currently draws, paints and sculpts.

The demonstration will follow a brief PAA business meeting that begins 1:30 p.m.

Refreshments are served about 2 p.m. and the demonstration follows, concluding about 3:30 p.m. The event is free.

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Placerville Arts Association

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