Curious about what class would be right for you? I’ve listed the description for each acrylic class as well as recommendations for the skill level you are at. Please note that with all of my acrylic classes all skill levels are welcome, however some are a little easier to jump into than others! Also note that you do not need to take any “Foundation Workshops” in order to jump into a Landscape, Abstract or Sky workshop – although the Foundation Workshops do help…If you are interested in a more intermediate workshop and you’ve never painted before, please don’t let that stop you from pursuing. You will gain knowledge no matter what skill level you are at!
Maximum class size ranges from 8 – 14 students (depending on the workshop) so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.
Have you thought of taking a workshop with a friend?
NEW FOR 2020: All you need to bring to the workshop is your substrate (or what you will be painting on, for instance a canvas or alternative listed surface). If you have a special sketchbook or notebook that you like taking notes in feel free to bring that as well. I always supply the materials list for your reference in case you’d like to pick up the same products and continue practicing at home which I highly encourage!
For each workshop you will be supplied with: Artist-Grade GOLDEN Acrylic Paint & Medium Brushes Palette Paper Easel (if applicable) Drawing Pencil (if applicable) Apron Water Container Brush Cleaner
A little personal note about my teaching philosophy, acrylic style and materials:
My parents made a promise to me at a very young age that my art box would always be filled with “high-quality” art supplies. Not just art supplies, but “high-quality” art supplies. This made an enormous impact on me and I carry this practice forward in my classroom today. I teach with GOLDEN artist-grade acrylic “heavy body” paint and medium. I want my students to have the best possible learning experience and having professional tools helps immensely. When you work with inadequate materials you don’t realize that it might be the material holding you back from creating what you want. I also provide my all-time-favorite synthetic brushes: Princeton brand “Umbria” style brushes. These brushes allow for beautiful line-work, blending and smoothing effects. Don’t worry – I instruct how to clean brushes properly so they will last for years.
As you can see from the class examples, my teaching style emphasizes smoothness, layers, blending, and luminous colors. My personal style leans semi-abstract (somewhere between realistic and abstract) and this is how I teach. I encourage using imagination during the painting process. Pairing this with learned techniques offers the opportunity to create exciting individual paintings. Even though the workshops are step-by-step, every single painting looks different after class (which is awesome)!
“PROCESS”, NOT “PRODUCT”
A very important note: In every one of my classes I like to describe the final painting as the “by-product” of the workshop. It is more important to understand the painting process and techniques instead of having a wall-worthy masterpiece. If the focus is tunnel-visioned to have a perfect final product and the journey is a mystery, being able to reproduce the techniques will be a challenge and the desire to continue to paint will diminish. However, if the focus is on the journey as opposed to the destination, such as how to get a particular color, what the paint is supposed to feel like on the brush, how and when to use medium vs. water. You will become more at ease with painting and the desire to pick up the brush will occur more often.
An excellent intro into acrylics and an opportunity to practice most brushstroke techniques used in class.
ACRYLIC COLOR MIXING 101
Hands down my favorite acrylic class to teach! I am such a color nerd and I love sharing techniques of how to mix the color you want. This workshop is meant to be repeated. You gain so much information in this class it is very helpful to come back. The more practice with mixing color, the easier painting will become. I LOVE this class!
Landscape Workshops If you are new to painting and wanting to jump into a workshop I suggest beginning with a landscape workshop because you’re more “grounded”, so to speak. 1-Day workshops vs. 2-day workshops: In the 1-day landscape workshops we do not go into as much detail as the 2-day landscape workshops (Luscious Landscapes & California Classic Landscape). The 2-day workshops allow for more work time and a chance to step back from your painting and look at it with with fresh eyes. This can be very helpful and offer a little more breathing room. Students find that the second day is immensely helpful.
HILLS/FOOTHILLS VALLEYS & HORIZONS
This is a good introduction into landscape, color and composition. Excellent for beginners.
Another good beginner class however a little more challenging due to the misty effects.
I describe this class as the “Leisurely Hills/Foothills, Valleys & Horizons” workshop because the composition is similar however it has more layers and details. This would be an easier 2-day class to jump into.
CALIFORNIA CLASSIC LANDSCAPE
I consider this an intermediate workshop because of the specific color mixes we use to create the beautiful dried California grasses. This workshop is more of a color balancing act than the Luscious Landscape even though both workshops use exactly the same colors. Having two days to work on this painting is very helpful.
This is also a good intermediate class because we are using a couple extra colors and engage in the “negative painting” process (so much fun!)
Sky Workshops I describe the Sky Workshops as intermediate because of a particular blending brushstroke we use throughout the class. Also, because the cloud form is a little more “abstracted” than say a grounded landscape, this makes the workshop more of a challenge. Don’t let this stop you! Begin the learning process and the more you practice the quicker you will get results!
This is a great beginner workshop that helps prep for the Sky Workshops. Students have said that taking this class before Big Sky has helped immensely.
Intermediate workshop that offers a great introduction in building cloud form with limited colors. The clouds are kept “simple” in an afternoon sky.
BIG SKY: SUNRISE/SUNSET
Also an intermediate Sky Workshop, this particular class is a little more challenging because the clouds are lit from below and we introduce a new color.
This workshop really dives into softness and misty effects using acrylic medium. The brushstroke to achieve the foggy atmosphere makes this more of an intermediate workshop
Semi-Abstract Workshops Abstracts are more of a challenge because they are more intuitive and you need to be open to allowing your painting to “morph”
INDIAN SUMMER MINI’S
This is a great beginner class where you can work small and fast. A very fun class to do with a friend!
Another good beginner workshop that emphasizes brushstroke and layering. Because of the workshop theme we use some exciting colors that really engage the imagination!
These workshops are more intermediate because of the abstract element. They engage more of the imagination and are an excellent tool to hone your intuitive painting ability.