Artist of the Month for Joyce Oroz

Each month the Dragonfly Gallery in Aromas honors one of its artists, naming that person, “Artist of the Month.”

The month of February belongs to the exceptional Darlene Boyd, sculptor, painter, writer, teacher and member of Aromas Hills Artisans.

Boyd writes a monthly column for the San Juan Star newspaper. She is now the Chief Creative Officer of The ART Experience, LLC studio, nestled in the pastoral mission town of San Juan Bautista, California. She is currently working on figure sculptures in clay for bronze casting.
She also creates landscape, floral, still life, portrait and architectural paintings.

Darlene began her art studies at the age of 11 and found it to be a very satisfying experience. Over the years she has been equally interested in both two and three dimensional expressions and currently displays much of her work at www.

Boyd enjoys teaching art lessons to participants of varying ages. She holds a California Multiple Subject teaching credential with a Visual Arts Supplement.
Samples of her art lessons:

Intro to Drawing........ Students will explore some basic drawing techniques and exercises and exploration of different drawing materials.

Illustrations....... Students will explore further techniques and materials related to drawing and apply it to illustrating.

Painting with Pastels....... Students will learn to draw, compose and create a composition using charcoal and pastels.

Calligraphy .......Students will learn a basic joined-italic Chancery Cursive script which can also be used for personal handwriting.

Acrylic Painting .......Students will learn to do color theory using the primary colors and apply this to a simple composition.

Bold and Free Students will learn and incorporate varied watercolor techniques into some of their drawings, to create visual textures.

Calligraphy .......Students will learn a basic joined-italic Chancery Cursive script which can also be used for personal handwriting.

Georgia O'Keefe: Closing in on Nature Students will explore the idea of scale and enlarging forms to fill the entire format. This will be done using watercolors and/or acrylic paints.

Henri Matisse:
The Art of Cut-Outs Students will explore using cut-out forms and creating balanced compositions by dividing space aesthetically.

M.C. Escher:
Visions of Symmetry Students will learn to create repeated patterns using tessellated systems and forms, using colored pencils and/or color cut outs.

Darlene holds 'Artists'-Writers' Workshops. She explains that Artists'-Writers' Workshop curriculum is a progression of art, literature and writing experiences designed to teach the key elements of writing to students with diverse learning styles. Within it, key literary elements are taught in a way that is both inviting and engaging to students with a variety of learning styles. Through hands-on explorations in art and writing and the sharing of quality picture books, students with diverse learning styles are able to comprehend, absorb, digest and apply important literary concepts.

Currently Ms. Boyd teaches art lessons at client's homes, Country Rose Gallery and Frame in Hollister and Michaels in Gilroy and Salinas. For information concerning her lessons please peruse the website at
She is also active in several arts organizations, such as the South Bay Area Womens Caucus for Art, Aromas Hills Artisans, the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association, and the San Benito County Arts Council.

Darlene invites you to view her work at the Dragonfly Gallery located at 380 Blohm Ave., Aromas, CA. Open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00
Saturday, February 9th 3:00 to 4:00 pm Darlene will be greeting folks at the Dragonfly Gallery. Plan to stop by and see her latest creations as you enjoy music and Valentine refreshments.


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