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Aleksandra is a fine artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Arizona State University and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fashion Design from Phoenix College . She lives and works in Phoenix , Arizona. She moved form Bosnia and Herzegovina (Former Yugoslavia) in 1997 with her family. She taught drawing at the Jewish Family Services Center in Phoenix. At Paradise Valley Community College she teaches various art classes in the Continuing Education Division. Her work has been exhibited in both solo and group shows. She works in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Color inspires her the most. Her motto: " Every man in creating the beautiful appearance of the dream world is a perfect artist." Friedrich Nietzsche

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August 27, 2009

Photography: What I see...How I see ...




Photography is a wonderful medium that has allowed me to better communicate with and experience the world around me. Like a lot of my work it is guided more by emotions than intellect. Trailing behind with my knowledge of the digital world and its possibilities I rely on a small portable
( fits- in- my back- pocket) camera ( EXLim Casio10.1) to capture these images.

August 25, 2009

Intro to Oil Painting starts on 08-31-2009













Introduction to Oil Painting!
If you ever wanted to learn about oil painting, this class is for you. We will discuss the brushes, paints, painting mediums, palettes, supports and other important basics. There will be demonstrations of various techniques.
Subject: Cont_ed Course #100-10157
Class #67147 Aug 31- Oct 26 6:30-9:30pm
Fee: $99 8 Mondays K114

Oh, Tuesday, Tuesday...



























On thisTuesday, August 25th 2009, I am thinking of my next project. My morning class Color Wheel did not make
it due to low enrollment. There are only 2 days left of my residency at the Civic Center Library. I will be packing up on Thursday. There is something about things ending that does not really put me into a mood to create...Original Artwork...Art classes...Inspiration...

August 24, 2009

Fruits And Flowers Series


oil 2009 16x20 $550


(detail) Spring Bounty oil 2009 30x40in $850
(detail) Spring Bounty oil 2009 30x40in $850

Spring Bounty oil 2009 30x40in $850

(detail) Spring Bounty oil 2009 30x40in $850
Having had 3 days off from painting leads me to a slow start this morning. A hot steamy latte gave me the push I needed. First things first, scraping off my palette, trying to keep paint out of my clothes ( impossible) , mixing color ( 15 minutes at least) all the while listening to a book on tape, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Who says that starting painting is a simple task?
Original artwork...Art classes...Inspiration...

August 23, 2009

Self-Identity




Trying to focus so I can complete some of my works for an upcoming Call to Artist titled Self-Identity. Having lost some of my work space it tends to require more planning and follow through to be in the mood. Anyway, I am super excited that non-credit classes start on August 31st. For a detailed listing go to the heading Fall 2009 PVCC ( Paradise Valley Community College).

August 22, 2009

5 days left to see the Dream World Exhibit at the Civic Centar Library













I
am excited and relieved that the exhibit is coming to a close. I will be spending the next couple of days painting there. On Thursday all the work is coming down. Thank you everyone who stopped by and your words and encouragement. I might take a break from painting faces for awhile. Just joking.
P.S. A gallery visitor recognized someone in my painting of a local Art Show opening ...

August 20, 2009

Only a week left to see my art show...




I am painting at the library...from 13-19h today August 20th...a couple of paintings are not done but I am not worried...the response from the public has been amazing...some people stay for 10-15 minutes talking to me...kids are wonderful too and ask very specific questions about the subject matter...I would love it if you could give me some feedback on the work as well..

August 18, 2009

Seeking variety after Painting figures and faces...


I have challenged myself with a series of paintings depicting figure and face/ head close-ups.... I needed to take a break and worked on my flower painting series...again close-ups of tiny petals blown to 20x their size and unrecognizable as such...I am still figuring this blog thing out but bear with me and I will share the artwork with you...Original artwork. ...Art classes...Inspiration...

August 17, 2009

Monday... I am painting at the Gallery..open to public


come check out my new oil paintings titled Dream World...watch me paint...ask questions....commission a piece ...anything you like ...here is the address Scottsdale Public Library : Civic Center Library - library.scottsdaleaz.gov 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale - (480) 312-7323

August 16, 2009

My first Blog...


July 24th- August 27th Aleksandra will be the resident Artist at the Gallery @ Civic Center Library, Scottsdale Arizona. Visit the website for more information http://www.scottsdalepublicart.org/

NON-CREDIT CLASSES at PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

To get a complete listing of all SPRING 2011 classes in the Continuing Education at PVCC click here

PEN AND INK with Watercolor

Explore and apply different texturing techniques (contour lines, parallel lines, hating, crosshatching, dots and stippling) to your work and use them separately or combined to produce countless effects in pen and ink with watercolor.

Improve your skills through various demonstrations and exercises. You will create value charts and bars for future reference. Students will also receive one on one instruction throughout the course.
For supply list contact the instructor at :

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com
Instructor: Aleksandra Buha.

Subject: Cont_ed Course# 100-10150
#58148 Feb 5 – Apr
2 1-4pm
Fee:$129 8 Saturdays UHILLS Q151
No class March 19.

#58864 Mar 31- May 5 3:30-6pm
Fee: $109 6 Thursdays BLKMTN 109

PAINTING FROM PHOTOGRAPHS

Individual and unique styles will be encouraged for the beginner and intermediate artist, as you learn about oil and acrylic media and how to use either of them to create paintings from your personal photos or favorite pictures. Manipulate, enlarge, crop and combine images to create dynamic compositions.

For supply list contact the instructor at:

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com


Instructor: Aleksandra Buha
Subject: Cont_ed Course #100-10134

#58124 Feb 5 - Apr 9 9am-12pm
Fee: $129 8 Saturdays UHILLS Q151

No class February 26 and March 19.

#58125 Feb 2 - Mar 23 2 - 5pm
Fee: $119 7 Wednesdays BLKMTN 109

No class March 16.

NEW! STILL LIFE PAINTING

Learn how to arrange and sketch basic geometric and turn them into fruits, flowers and other traditional still life arrangements. We will explore composition, laying out and planning, rhythm, color schemes and much more through various exercises.

Bring your own still life components or paint from the classroom set-up. All painting levels welcome. Students will also receive one on one instruction throughout the course.

For supply list contact the instructor at :

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com
Instructor: Aleksandra Buha

Subject: Cont_ed Course# 100-10257


#58122 Apr 16- May 7 1-4pm
Fee: $99 4 Saturdays UHILLS Q151

INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING

If you ever wanted to learn how to paint with oils, this class is for you. We will discuss the brushes, paints, painting mediums, palettes, supports and other important basics.

There will be demonstrations of various techniques such as dry brush, painting on toned ground, all prima painting, working with painting knives and glazing with an overview of color basics (value, hue, saturation and temperature) and elements of composition.

For supply list contact the instructor at :

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com
Instructor: Aleksandra Buha
Subject: Cont_ed Course #100-10157


#56716 Jan 31- Mar 21 6:30-9:30pm
Fee: $119 6 Mondays UHILLS Q151

No class February 21, March 14.

#58126 Feb 2 – Mar 23 6-9pm
Fee: $119 7 Wednesdays BLKMTN 109
No class March 16.

INTERMEDIATE OIL PAINTING

This class is designed for students who wish to expand their painting capabilities. We will be covering composition, value and color. Brushwork and knife techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. This is designed to get you moving beyond the “comfort zone” in your painting.

We will also work from still life set-ups in the classroom. Students will also receive one on one instruction throughout the course. Critiques will be given.

For supply list contact the instructor at :

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com

Instructor: Aleksandra Buha
Subject: Cont_ed Course #100-10259


#58127 Mar 28- May 2 6:30-9:30pm
Fee: $109 6 Mondays UHILLS Q151

#58128 Mar 30 – May 4 6-9pm
Fee: $109 6 Wednesdays BLKMTN 109

CLASS LOCATION(S):

Paradise Valley Community Collage (PVCC)

18401 N. 32nd street

Phoenix, AZ 85032

For map click here.

PVCC at Black Mountain Campus

34250 N. 60th St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85266

For a map click here.

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