Class Descriptions and Materials Lists

Weeklong Painting Workshops

These three workshops are week long intensives, geared to intermediate to advanced painters wanting to explore working in long uninterrupted stretches of painting time.  Small groups (4-5) allow for intense one on one time. Designed to stretch your creative muscles.   

  • Painting and Process
  • Abstraction from Nature
  • Master Class

 I will provide guidance and technical support, along with indepth critique as well as demonstrations of boundary-breaking techniques I use in my large format pieces.  Explore practically everything Golden has to offer including OPEN, Digital Mixed Media, gels and mediums and grounds.  Bring your toughest questions and your most ambitious projects! 

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Materials: 

  • Canvases (large format okay)
  • Brushes 
  • Plastic palette knives, various tools, scrapers, etc.
  • All paints, gels and mediums provided by Golden.  

 

Acrylic Boot Camp

What's the difference between Boot Camp and the Weeklong Intensive? Structure.  In the Weeklong Intensive, you work on your own paintings, using your own source material.  In Boot Camp, I structure the entire week for you.   If you are new to acrylic painting, or if you've been painting for awhile and want to gain a better understanding of the technical aspects of acrylic paint, gels and mediums, this is the place for you.  In this week we will work with all of the gels and mediums, as well as five different types of paint from Golden. Boot Camp is geared toward making many samples of the different applications available in acrylic.  You will come away with loads of information, money saving techniques, and tons of samples for reference.  In addition, there will be time for you to explore techniques on your own.  I recommend Boot Camp for beginning to intermediate artists, as well as seasoned artists, needing a refresher.

Sample schedule (may vary)

Day 1 - Polymers, paints, gels and mediums.

Day 2 - Color Mixing, transparency/opacity

Day 3 - Working with Grounds and Gels (texture)

Day 4 - Glazing and Layering

Day 5 - Mixed Media Techniques

Materials:

  • Canvases to be discussed first day 
  • Brushes 
  • Plastic palette knives, various tools, scrapers, etc.
  • All paints, gels and mediums provided by Golden.  
  • Sample boards provided by Tesia. 

 

Abstraction from Nature

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A wealth of natural source material is right out the door.  Nature contains everything needed to create strong, interesting and compelling abstract paintings. Using nature as our source material we will start the day at an outside location which will be given to you with your registration materials.   After a brief lecture and demo, we will do simple sketches in preparation for an afternoon of painting back in the studio.  Tesia will cover topics such as designing a strong composition, using contrast, texture and color in combination and much more.  Days two and three will be spent painting  preliminary work done outdoors. Additional compositional studies will be done in the studio as well.   You do not need drawing skills to apply this information.  Suitable for all levels.

Sample Schedule (may vary)

Day 1 - Morning Compositional studies from nature

Day 1 - Afternoon studio work from studies

Day 2 - Morning studio work from studies

Day 2 - Afternoon additional compositional studies from nature

Day 3 - All day studio work from studies

Materials list:

Sketchbook

Pencils, eraser, ruler

Painting supplies (see "Non-Objective Abstract Painting" description below)


Mastering Gels and Mediums

Demystify all those acrylic gels and mediums! This class is an intense, in depth primer for all the gels and mediums that Golden makes.  Really get to know the differences, work with them and see for yourself

 what they really do.  You will have the opportunity to make lots of samples of all the different gels and mediums so that you will understand their properties.  I will have many dried samples for you to compare in a wet-to-dry comparison.  Finally understand all those complex issues such as drying times, pouring and layering,  (what works, what doesn't), what are GACs?, opacity versus transparency and so much more. Be prepared to make lots of samples.  Not a workshop to make a "painting" but to learn a lot!  Goldens mediums, gels and paints provided.  Materials list: 

  • 8-10 pieces of white matboard 9"x12"
  • Scissors or Exacto
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Brushes (bristle various sizes)
  • water container 1 qt
  • apron or smock
  • roll of paper towels
  • roll of masking tape
  • 2-3 plastic palette knives
  • styrofoam paper plates or
  • disposable acrylic palette pad

 

Free Hangouts

On YouTube and Facebook. Weekly hangouts all about acrylic painting. 

 

Non-Objective Abstract Painting

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Come and stretch your boundaries; artists of all disciplines will benefit. Explore abstract art, pure form on the painted surface. Transform reality or develop completely nonrepresentational imagery. Class supports your process, from accessing your creative source and gathering ideas, to developing your concepts and visual vocabulary. Emphasis on composition, color, shape, movement and texture. Experimentation is encouraged; use collage, mixed media and non-traditional media to enhance your work. Demonstrations, activities and individual attention as well as group critiques. All levels welcome.  Some paints, gels and mediums provided.  Materials List: 

  • At least 2 - 24" x 30" canvases (no smaller)
  • Brushes 
  • Water container
  • roll of paper towels
  • plastic palette knives
  • various tools, scrapers, etc.
  • styrofoam paper plates or
  • disposable acrylic palette pad
  • Some paints provided: students should bring additional paint. A good set is the Golden Principal Color Mixing Set.  Be sure to bring Titanium White,Titan Buff, Carbon Black, Zinc White.

 

Drawing And Acrylic Paint

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Have you always wanted to draw on your canvas and then paint on top? Frustrated that your charcoal drawings disappear when you apply acrylic? Let me show you how to incorporate drawing media into acrylic paint. Use it on top, under and in between. Get the luscious look of charcoal under a glossy skin of acrylic, without smearing! Draw with powdery pastel onto a dark gritty metallic surface. Draw onto a gel tinted any color you like! Even transfer your own drawing onto canvas. Oh yeah! Gels, paints and mediums generously provided by Golden.

 

 

 

Materials List:

  • Canvas, board or other surface(s) to work on
  • Soft pastels
  • Graphite and charcoal pencils
  • Vine charcoal
  • Colored pencils
  • Oil Pastels
  • Palette knives
  • Brushes
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Styrofoam plates or acrylic palette
  • Water container
  • Blue painters tape
  • Scissors and/or exacto

 

Composition and Design

Create dazzling compositions in whatever media you choose! In this jampacked class you will learn not only the fundamentals of design and composition but lots of ways to create exciting, bold and interesting designs. Whether you work in paint, quilting, watercolor, clay, fashion, or interior design, you can put the elements of good design to use. We will start with a broad overview of design from many cultures and eras via slide shows and handouts. Each week we will focus on one element of design, and exercises will be done in class. Materials List:

Strathmore series 300 bristol pad smooth 9 x 12

  • Nonsolvent markers 6-12 colors including black
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • Regular drawing pad 9 x 12 or 11  x 14
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Ruler

 

Acrylics A to Z

Charge up your acrylic paintings! In this overview class, I touch on some of the main acrylic questions you have such as: color, textures, collage, iridescent and interference, mixed media and much more.  Think of this class as a hands on opportunity to learn something about almost everything!  You will get a chance to work on your own projects using all the different materials but the primary purpose of this workshop is to allow you to learn and make samples of many different techniques and products.  You will have lots of samples to take home for future reference, so next time you go shopping for art supplies, you will know exactly what to buy! No previous experience necessary.

Golden paint, gels and mediums provided.  

Materials List:   

  • 8-10 sheets of 9" x 12" white matboard or canvas panels
  • Work in progress if you have it
  • Scissors or Exacto
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Brushes (bristle various sizes)
  • water container 1 qt
  • apron or smock
  • roll of paper towels
  • roll of masking tape
  • 2-3 plastic palette knives
  • styrofoam paper plates or disposable acrylic palette pad

 

Gelli Plate Monoprint with Golden OPEN

Partake in my addiction!

Using Golden OPEN with the Gelliplate is a match made in heaven!   I will demonstrate various techniques; masking, multiple drop printing, registration, color mixing, using stencils and much more.  

This is a wonderful way to work in series, creating design motifs that span several pieces. 

Materials List:   

  • Gelli Plate 8" x 10" (check to see if it's included in your fee)
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Various brushes,  bristle and faux sable of varying sizes
  • Roll of blue masking tape
  • Japanese teacher's baren (info here)
  • Paper plates or disposable acrylic palette
  • 1-2 water containers (1 qt)
  • Scissors and/or exacto knife
  • Printmaking paper - Several sheets of BFK (my preferred paper white 250 gsm) or Somerset, etc. (please no watercolor paper). Check to see if it's included in your fee.

 

Amazing Color

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You'll spend the first half of class creating an intense color wheel which illustrates how everything about color mixing fits together as a whole, and gives an astonishing range of colors from only 3 primaries. Learn essential information about color pigments, transparency vs. opacity, mixing clean colors, glazing, and using mediums to alter the paint and control the drying time. Follow up with info and exercises that further hone your ability to mix any color you see. GOLDEN acrylic paints will be provided for study and the information can be applied to oil, watercolor, and other wet media. This is a great foundation for beginners, but even advanced artists will be surprised at how useful this class is. Free GOLDEN literature, hand-painted color charts, and paint samples will be provided. No previous experience necessary. 

Materials List:  

  • Please bring brushes (an assortment including some soft ones like these)
  • 2-3 smallish canvases 8x10 up to 11x14
  • Pad of bright white 9x12 bristol board like this
  • palette knives
  • palette or paper plates
  • water container
  • Please also bring one fresh red apple and fresh green pear.

 

Mixed Media Mania

Acrylic is the perfect medium for mixed media! In this class we will thoroughly investigate techniques including collage, gel transfers, rubbing, stamping, stencils and incorporating digital media. This is a comprehensive class guaranteed to expand your skills. We will also look at incorporating several techniques into an Artist's Book Sampler of techniques. All paint, mediums and grounds provided by Golden Artist Colors.  All Golden paints, gels, mediums provided.

Materials List:     

  • Work in progress (if you have it)
  • Canvas, paper or matboard to work on
  • Old magazines 3-5, decorative papers
  • Scissors or Exacto
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Brushes (bristle various sizes)brush list
  • Water container 1 qt
  • Roll of masking tape
  • 2-3 plastic palette knives
  • Styrofoam paper plates or disposable acrylic palette pad
  • Used hard back book (one that can be altered)
  • Roll of waxed paper

Acrylic Encaustic

Intrigued with the creamy translucency of Encaustic or Beeswax? Acrylics can create a buttery wax-like surface without the heating and ventilation issues of real wax. Apply "wax" over collages, photos, your artwork, adding mystery and depth, enriching the images underneath. Explore a range of acrylic gels and wax-like techniques that will enhance your artwork.  No previous experience necessary.

Golden paints, gels and mediums provided.

Materials List:     

  • Canvas, matboard to work on
  • Old magazines, photos and/or decorative papers, broken jewelry, fabrics, etc.
  • Scissors or Exacto
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Brushes (bristle various sizes)brush list
  • Water container 1 qt
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Palette knives
  • Styrofoam paper plates or disposable acrylic palette pad

 

Painting From the Soul

Consider this workshop as “boot camp” for creativity. People have told me that this workshop changed their life.  For a barrier breaking, no holds barred painting intensive, this workshop can't be beat.  We will spend the entire weekend blending technique with deep creative process.   Combining painting, drumming, chanting and dancing, you will access creativity and inspiration at the deepest level.  You will make more painting in this three day workshop than you can imagine.  Blast away artist's blocks! 

Wear loose comfortable clothing, be prepared to dance, drum, sing, paint and have fun!

All paints, gels and mediums provided.

Materials List:    

  • At least two blank canvases (24x30 or larger) to the first meeting.
  • Poetry, favorite books, CDs, dream journals etc.
  • Music makers if you have them (tambourines, small drums, rattles etc)
  • Scissors or Exacto
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Brushes (bristle various sizes)
  • Water container 1 qt
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Palette knives
  • Styrofoam paper plates or disposable acrylic palette pad

 

FREE Golden Lecture

The Golden lecture/demo is a two-hour free educational presentation on acrylic paints, gels and mediums: an advanced technical explanation of acrylics, and their inherent possibilities. It covers information about the different types of pigments, different viscosities and types of paints, grounds and color mixing. Various gels and mediums are demonstrated. You will learn how to extend paint to save money, and how to mix paints with gels to create unique textural surfaces. Learn how to use different products to make surfaces for watercolors, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, oil and soft pastels. Techniques for the use of iridescent and metallic paints will be shown. The lecture covers lightfastness for pigments, proper acrylic priming techniques, and health and safety concerns.

Free Packet of Literature and Samples. No materials needed.

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