“Winter Delta Abstracts” Acrylic workshop (Dec 2020)

This 1-day acrylic workshop will highlight the relationship of core compositional elements between landscapes and abstracts. We will focus on creating a simple semi-abstract Delta landscape using a limited color palette through step-by-step exercises.  Glazing and layering techniques using opaque and transparent colors will be covered in order to achieve depth in a landscape painting.  In addition to the basic compositional elements, students will also learn how to tap into the intuitive aspect of painting and dive into abstract interpretation. Demonstrations and individualized feedback will be given throughout the workshop.

class 6All levels welcome!  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylic for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is the canvas?
Everything else is included!  How wonderful is that?!
(Please bring either a 16×20 or 12×24 stretched canvas)

However if you are curious about the materials we will be using in class and would like to purchase them so you can continue to practice at home, here is the list for your reference: Check out the Delta Abstract Materials List

 

Delta Abstracts Student Work

REGISTER TODAY!  

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 1 week) your payment will be retained.  

Where to park?  Check out these Midtown Sacramento parking tips to help you have an awesome workshop experience!

“Misty Mountains” Acrylic workshop SAC (Dec 2020)

Misty Mountains

Vanishing mountains into the distance of a Winter terrain is one of the most beautiful sights of the year.  Of course the colorful greens of Spring, blue skies of Summer, and the fiery leaves of Autumn are extremely alluring.  However it is equally important to be able to capture the subtlety of those seductive Winter greys.  This full-day acrylic workshop will focus on creating depth and atmosphere in a simple Winter mountain landscape (pictured above). Demo’s will be given throughout the day covering glazinglayering and color-mixing techniques. By using a limited color palette of only three (you heard right – three!) colors we will build up transparent and opaque layers to ultimately capture the cold, receding Misty Mountains.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.


All levels welcome!
  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylic for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is the canvas?
Everything else is included!  How wonderful is that?!
(Please bring either a 16×20 or 12×24 stretched canvas)

However if you are curious about the materials we will be using in class and would like to purchase them so you can continue to practice at home, here is the list for your reference: Check out the Misty Mountains Materials List

Still curious about jumping in? See what students have produced in class!

REGISTER TODAY!  

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 1 week) your payment will be retained.  

“Atmospheric Depth” Acrylic workshop SAC (Dec 2020)

foggy day

Misty mornings, hazy low-lying clouds and fog offer subtle, thick and wonderful atmosphere to a painting.  There are so many different moods to the sky above. Even though mega-dynamic billowing clouds have the allure of grandeur, it is equally important to be able to capture the subtlety of light through a veil of mist or fog.  One of the most beautiful subjects to paint in nature is the ever-changing sky. Sunsets, starry nights, lazy summer days, and storm fronts provide a lifetime of inspiration. This full-day acrylic workshop will focus on creating depth and atmosphere in a simple “sky-scape” (pictured above). Demo’s will be given throughout the day covering glazinglayering and color-mixing techniques. By using a limited color palette of only three (you heard right – three!) colors we will build transparent and opaque layers to ultimately capture the misty veil of a foggy day.

class 3All levels welcome!  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylic for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is the canvas?
Everything else is included!  How wonderful is that?!
(Please bring either a 16×20 or 12×24 stretched canvas)

However if you are curious about the materials we will be using in class and would like to purchase them so you can continue to practice at home, here is the list for your reference: Check out the Atmospheric Depth Materials List

See some student work that is produced in class!

REGISTER TODAY!  

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 1 week) your payment will be retained.  

Where to park?  Check out these Midtown Sacramento parking tips to help you have an awesome workshop experience!

“Misty Mountains” Acrylic workshop RWC (Dec 2020)

Misty Mountains

Vanishing mountains into the distance of a Winter terrain is one of the most beautiful sights of the year.  Of course the colorful greens of Spring, blue skies of Summer, and the fiery leaves of Autumn are extremely alluring.  However it is equally important to be able to capture the subtlety of those seductive Winter greys.  This full-day acrylic workshop will focus on creating depth and atmosphere in a simple Winter mountain landscape (pictured above). Demo’s will be given throughout the day covering glazinglayering and color-mixing techniques. By using a limited color palette of only three (you heard right – three!) colors we will build up transparent and opaque layers to ultimately capture the cold, receding Misty Mountains.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.


All levels welcome!
  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylic for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is the canvas?
Everything else is included!  How wonderful is that?!
(Please bring either a 16×20 or 12×24 stretched canvas)

However if you are curious about the materials we will be using in class and would like to purchase them so you can continue to practice at home, here is the list for your reference: Check out the Misty Mountains Materials List

Still curious about jumping in? See what students have produced in class!

REGISTER TODAY!  

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 1 week) your payment will be retained.  

“Atmospheric Depth” Acrylic workshop RWC (Dec 2020)

foggy day

Misty mornings, hazy low-lying clouds and fog offer subtle, thick and wonderful atmosphere to a painting.  There are so many different moods to the sky above. Even though mega-dynamic billowing clouds have the allure of grandeur, it is equally important to be able to capture the subtlety of light through a veil of mist or fog.  One of the most beautiful subjects to paint in nature is the ever-changing sky. Sunsets, starry nights, lazy summer days, and storm fronts provide a lifetime of inspiration. This full-day acrylic workshop will focus on creating depth and atmosphere in a simple “sky-scape” (pictured above). Demo’s will be given throughout the day covering glazinglayering and color-mixing techniques. By using a limited color palette of only three (you heard right – three!) colors we will build transparent and opaque layers to ultimately capture the misty veil of a foggy day.

class 3All levels welcome!  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylic for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is the canvas?
Everything else is included!  How wonderful is that?!
(Please bring either a 16×20 or 12×24 stretched canvas)

However if you are curious about the materials we will be using in class and would like to purchase them so you can continue to practice at home, here is the list for your reference: Check out the Atmospheric Depth Materials List

See some student work that is produced in class!

REGISTER TODAY!  

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 1 week) your payment will be retained.  

“Luscious Landscape” 2-day acrylic workshop SAC (Nov 2020)

 

Luscious Landscapes is an exciting 2-day landscape adventure!  Grassy knolls and emerald hills are only the beginning…this 2-day workshop allows you to dive a little deeper into landscape detail.  The first day of the workshop will give you a strong foundation in how to create a successful landscape through composition and color.  It is important to be able to capture the subtlety of light and atmosphere in any vista so we will put some attention on our skies as well.  On the second day we will refine our landscapes, jump into some smaller brushes and play with the details:  Trees, flowers and water!  Technique demonstrations will be given each day covering glazing, layering and color-mixing in order to create a simple landscape (pictured above).    By using a limited color palette of only four (you heard right – four!) colors we will build transparent and opaque layers to ultimately capture the receding grandeur of a beautiful valley.

class 6All levels welcome!  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylic for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is an 18×24 canvas?
Everything else is included! How wonderful is that?!

However if you are curious about the materials we will be using in class and would like to purchase them so you can continue to practice at home, here is the list for your reference: Check out the Luscious Landscapes Materials List

REGISTER TODAY!  

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 1 week) your payment will be retained.  

Where to park?  Check out these Midtown Sacramento parking tips to help you have an awesome workshop experience!

“Encaustic Layering & Collage” Encaustic workshop (Oct 2020)

Layering & Collage!

The visual movement of encaustic is undeniably alluring, and yes, addicting.  By pairing it’s natural “controlled chaos” with the exciting layering effects of collage paper and fabric inclusions you can create whole new levels of color, pattern and dimension in your encaustic artwork.  This 1-day workshop goes beyond the basic introduction to the encaustic medium.  The emphasis of this workshop is to learn how to integrate collage paper, tissue paper and various fabrics safely into your encaustic paintings to make them more personal.  We will discuss the effect of UV light on paper inclusions and how to make paper choices that will allow your artwork to last.  You will also learn how to control the torch (yes, we will be using fire!) so the collage papers remain intact.  We will not be working towards a “completed painting” in this workshop; the emphasis will be on familiarizing ourselves with the application of the wax and collage techniques by creating multiple sample boards.  In addition to having painted a handful of encaustic creations, you will walk away with an understanding of why this medium is so alluring (and I warn you, addicting!)  This workshop is limited to only five students so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.

So what is included in the workshop?

  • R&F Encaustic Paint:  I have a rainbow array of colors that you can use.  This includes metallics.  If you see a color that you like in my collection I am more than happy to get it melted for you.
  • R&F Encaustic Medium:  I’ve got the medium melted and ready to go!
  • Tools:  Brushes, incising tools, scrapers, rubber tools, scissors, etc….
  • The Heat:  You WILL learn how to paint with fire!  Iwatani torches are available for you to use.
  • Collage Paper & Fabric:  Assorted collage papers, rice papers, tissue papers, book pages, patterned napkins and fabrics
  • Safe working environment:  Limited seating offers you elbow room to spread out.  You get a whole table to yourself!  Galvanized sheet metal at each table provides a safe work space.  Oh yes, the room is ventilated!

 

Most of the materials are included in the workshop.  Here is a small list of things you should bring as well:

  • 4 boards of various sizes (around 5×7 or 6×6 is ideal.  You may bring 1 larger panel 8×10 or 8×8)
    • Ampersand EncausticBords are good, so are cradled birch panels
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • Additional boards are available for purchase in the store if needed
  • I will have collage paper for you to use however you are welcome to bring your own if you like.  Bring any collage paper, tissue paper or fabrics you would like to experiment with (please be open to sharing with other students).  Thank you for limiting yourself to filling an 11×14 envelope (yes, I understand its challenging!) 
  • Bottled water, snacks and lunch (It is very important to hydrate yourself with encaustic)
    • I ask students to please eat lunch outside of the classroom to get some fresh air. Drinks are fine inside the classroom
  • Notebook & pencil for taking notes
  • Appropriate attire and a great attitude: long hair tied back in ponytail, no flip flops, avoid loose-fitting “flowy” clothes.  Be prepared to learn and have fun!

How to stay cool in the classroom:

It can get pretty toasty in the classroom during the Summer.  Even though we have air conditioning, sometimes it’s not as cool as we would like so here are some tips to keep cool in class!

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and can “breathe” – this includes shoes.  When your feet are cool, your body feels a little cooler (avoid flip flops or any shoes that you might trip on.  Sandals with a heel strap are ok)
  • Hydrate yourself:  Bring some cool water to keep yourself going through the workshop.
  • I have some cooling towels that you are free to use on the back of your neck in case the heat asserts itself 😉

REGISTER TODAY!

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast and are limited to 5 students.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Encaustic class cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 2 weeks) your payment will be retained.  

Where to park?  Check out these Midtown Sacramento parking tips to help you have an awesome workshop experience!

“Hills, Valleys & Horizons” Acrylic workshop (Oct 2020)

 

Landscapes have a way of drawing us in.  We can’t help but imagine what it’s like wandering through the grassy knolls, mountain paths or emerald hills in a painting.  It is important to be able to capture the subtlety of light and atmosphere in any vista.  The artistry behind a successful landscape begins with foundation.  This full-day acrylic workshop will focus on creating depth and atmosphere in a simple landscape (pictured above). Demo’s will be given throughout the day covering glazing, layering and color-mixing techniques. By using a limited color palette of only four (you heard right – four!) colors we will build transparent and opaque layers to ultimately capture the receding grandeur of a beautiful valley.

class 6All levels welcome!  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylic for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is the canvas?
Everything else is included!  How wonderful is that?!
(Please bring either a 16×20 or 12×24 stretched canvas)

However if you are curious about the materials we will be using in class and would like to purchase them so you can continue to practice at home, here is the list for your reference:  Check out the Hills, Valleys & Horizons

Student Work from Hills, Valley’s & Horizons Workshop

REGISTER TODAY!  

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 1 week) your payment will be retained.  

Where to park?  Check out these Midtown Sacramento parking tips to help you have an awesome workshop experience!

“Big Sky: Sunset/Sunrise” acrylic workshop SAC (Oct 2020)

One of the most beautiful subjects to paint in nature is the ever-changing sky. Sunsets, starry nights, lazy summer days, and storm fronts provide a lifetime of inspiration. Who can argue that one of the most dynamic natural elements of the sky above are the clouds? These are the personality of the landscape and are glorious to paint. This acrylic workshop will focus on creating depth in a simple “sky-scape” (pictured above).  The emphasis of this Big Sky workshop will be the lighting effect of a sunrise or sunset.  Demo’s will be given throughout the day covering glazing, layering and color-mixing techniques. By using a limited color palette of only 4 colors we will build up transparent and opaque layers to ultimately capture the beautifully expressive “Wild Blue Yonder”.

All levels welcome!  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylic for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is a 12×24 canvas?
Everything else is included!  How wonderful is that?!

However if you are curious about the materials we will be using in class and would like to purchase them so you can continue to practice at home, here is the list for your reference: Check out the Big Sky Materials List

REGISTER TODAY!  

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 1 week) your payment will be retained.  

Where to park?  Check out these Midtown Sacramento parking tips to help you have an awesome workshop experience!

“Acrylic Aspens” Acrylic workshop SAC (Oct 2020)

Explore this unique tree with a dynamic color palette! 

These stunning trees have been painted throughout the centuries and this workshop will show you how to create your own colorful aspen landscape.  Tree species have very individual personalities and aspens are perhaps one of the most distinctive.  Learn how to capture the beautiful characteristics of aspen trees: their luminescent colors, linear shape and singular white and black bark.  So let’s heat up our color palette!  “Acrylic Aspens” offers an opportunity to rejuvenate your color sense with the familiar hues of the forest.

The approach to this workshop is simple and the colors are bold.  We will use a limited palette of 6 colors to create a serene aspen landscape.  There will be demonstrations throughout the day covering glazing, layering and color-mixing techniques.

All levels welcome!  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylic for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

There will be a 45 minute meal break mid-workshop.

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is the canvas?
Everything else is included!  How wonderful is that?!
(Please bring either a 12×12 or 12×24 stretched canvas)

However if you are curious about the materials we will be using in class and would like to purchase them so you can continue to practice at home, here is the list for your reference:Check out the Acrylic Aspens Materials List

REGISTER TODAY!  

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 1 week) your payment will be retained.  

Where to park?  Check out these Midtown Sacramento parking tips to help you have an awesome workshop experience!