“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!

“Encaustic Aspens & Oaks” Encaustic workshop SAC (Oct 2020)

Yes!  This is the workshop where we will be working towards one final painting!  The composition will be simple so you will have the opportunity to explore the nuances of working large without getting over complicated.  As for inspiration you may absolutely come with an idea – I encourage you to keep it simple.  I will be demonstrating a very basic composition – a tree in a field. We will be using a limited muted color palette and working with larger brushes.  This is the class we’re we dive further into composition and layering to create depth.  We will practice more translucent layering for softness as well.  Here are the 5 specialty colors we will be using (they are delicious…):
  • Olive Yellow
  • Alizarin Orange
  • Cerulean Grey
  • Blue Ochre
  • Green Gold Ex. Pale
  • Titanium White
In class we are going to practice fusing BIG.   You have your choice of panel size – keep your panel size to no smaller than 4sq/ft and no larger than 6sq/ft.  Size examples:  24 x 24 / 18 x24 / 12 x 36 / 24 x 30.  There is a big difference when you start working in larger formats so we will be getting comfortable with starting large pieces.  Getting that perfect surface large scale is a challenge and we will get that under our belts…
  • Color mixing to create form:   Learn color combo’s to depict soft landscapes and tree form.  Explore mixing your own colors instead of painting straight from the “tube”.
  • Transparent & opaque layering:  We will practice how to achieve layers of depth – one of the most alluring aspects of encaustic art.
  • Creating a cohesive composition:  Move past the melted rainbow tie-die backgrounds!   We will discuss how to bring all the elements together into a painting that works.
 Of course there will be lecture/demos throughout each day with time to practice the techniques.

So what is included in the workshop?

  • R&F Encaustic Paint:  we will be using a limited palette of 5 specialty colors
  • R&F Encaustic Medium:  I’ve got the medium melted and ready to go!
  • Tools:  Brushes, incising tools, scrapers, rubber tools, etc….
  • The Heat:  Iwatani torches are available for you to use.
  • 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.  And oh yes, the classroom is ventilated!

Most of the materials are included but I am including a small list of things you should bring as well:

  • 1 cradled birch panel (American Easel brand recommended) size options: 24 x 24 / 18 x24 / 12 x 36 / 24 x 30
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • Boards are available for purchase in the store if needed
  • Bottled water, snacks and lunch (It is very important to hydrate yourself with encaustic)
    • I ask students to please eat outside of the classroom to get some fresh air. Drinks are fine inside the classroom.  There is a Starbucks across the street and restaurants within walking distance from the store.
  • 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!

REGISTER TODAY!

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast  and are limited to 4 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!

“Acrylic Color Mixing 101” Acrylic workshop SAC (Sept 2020)

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“Where did this color come from?!”

This can be a frustrating question, brought on by that mix of color on the palette: “mud.” This comprehensive workshop will show you how to take the guesswork out of color mixing and gain color confidence! Learn how to organize your palette in order to mix the color you want. Over the course of the workshop you will create a variety of color swatch pages to help you recognize specific color characteristics and color relationships. Demo’s will be given throughout the day on how to create proper mid tones, mutes and tints. Basic color theory will be discussed as well as instruction on how to really “SEE” color. The roles of white and black (and how to mix your own black) will also be covered.

This workshop is extraordinarily helpful to painters of all levels – it is certainly a great color start for beginners as well as an opportunity for advanced painters to hone their skills.

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A basic understanding of color is the beginning to creating rich, mature and cohesive works of art. More importantly, confidence in mixing color brings enjoyment and ease to the entire painting experience.

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

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is a “Mixed Media” sketchbook?
Everything else is included! How wonderful is that?!
(Bring a 9 x 12 or larger Mixed Media sketchbook)

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 Color Mixing 101

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!

“Flat to Form: Dimensional Painting in Acrylic” Acrylic workshop RWC (July 2020)

NEW DATE: JULY 26TH

ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED!

Understanding how to paint a 3-dimensional form is imperative in creating realistic portraits, landscapes, still-life, you name it.
The question is, how do we translate three dimensional LIFE into a two dimensional PAINTING?

This is an acrylic workshop, however the techniques learned are applicable to other painting media.

This half-day acrylic workshop is designed to shed light on how to paint dimension by using Tints, Tones & Shades.  Using a limited color palette will keep the form building exercises simple and attainable.   We will be working with Black, White + 1 Color (and you will have the opportunity to select the 1 color you’d like to work with!).  By focusing on strategic greyscale color mixing, layering techniques, and light source, we will practice painting simplified 3-D elements.  The wonderful secret to this workshop is that the techniques learned are applicable to ANY subject matter.  For instance, if your still-life paintings have a “sticker-like flatness”, the exercises practiced in this workshop will help give them more dimension.  If your portraits appear to be wearing a mask, this workshop will help give facial features more structure by focusing on highlight and shadow.  The process of painting 3-D form in a landscape painting, such as a tree’s foliage or a full-bodied cloud in the sky, will also be more easily attainable.  There will be short lectures and demonstrations throughout the day covering color-mixing, layering techniques and how to apply Tints, Tones & Shades to a painting along with time to practice the demonstrated technique.

We will be working on multiple small studies and samples instead of working towards one completed painting.  

Some of the topics covered in this workshop are:

  • Tints, Tones & Shades:  Understand how Black and White can affect a color and why they are important.
  • Loading Your Brush:  Discover pigment strength and controlling how much paint to add to a color mix in order not to “backtrack”.
  • Layering to Paint Form:  Learn where to begin when painting a 3-D form.  We will practice by painting a simple sphere.
  • Proper Paint Application & Palette Management:  How to load your brush and control how much paint is on your brush.  Let’s keep that palette in check too!
  • Achieving Depth in a Landscape:  Foreground, middle ground, background:  Using Tints, Tones & Shades to make areas appear distant and emphasize elements that are close.

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.

ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED! WHAAA!?

Participants will be supplied with: 

Artist-Grade “GOLDEN” brand acrylics and Matte Medium
“Canvasette” Sheets (if you already have a “Mixed Media” sketchbook that you would like to work in feel free to bring it!)
Brushes
Palette Paper
Paper Towels & Water Container

Since this is a half day workshop there will be a short break mid-workshop.  Feel free to bring water and snacks to keep you comfortable.

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?  University Art in Redwood City has a parking lot!

“Flat to Form: Dimensional Painting in Acrylic” Acrylic workshop SAC (July 2020)

ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED!

Understanding how to paint a 3-dimensional form is imperative in creating realistic portraits, landscapes, still-life, you name it.
The question is, how do we translate three dimensional LIFE into a two dimensional PAINTING?

This is an acrylic workshop, however the techniques learned are applicable to other painting media.

This half-day acrylic workshop is designed to shed light on how to paint dimension by using Tints, Tones & Shades.  Using a limited color palette will keep the form building exercises simple and attainable.   We will be working with Black, White + 1 Color (and you will have the opportunity to select the 1 color you’d like to work with!).  By focusing on strategic greyscale color mixing, layering techniques, and light source, we will practice painting simplified 3-D elements.  The wonderful secret to this workshop is that the techniques learned are applicable to ANY subject matter.  For instance, if your still-life paintings have a “sticker-like flatness”, the exercises practiced in this workshop will help give them more dimension.  If your portraits appear to be wearing a mask, this workshop will help give facial features more structure by focusing on highlight and shadow.  The process of painting 3-D form in a landscape painting, such as a tree’s foliage or a full-bodied cloud in the sky, will also be more easily attainable.  There will be short lectures and demonstrations throughout the day covering color-mixing, layering techniques and how to apply Tints, Tones & Shades to a painting along with time to practice the demonstrated technique.

We will be working on multiple small studies and samples instead of working towards one completed painting.  

Some of the topics covered in this workshop are:

  • Tints, Tones & Shades:  Understand how Black and White can affect a color and why they are important.
  • Loading Your Brush:  Discover pigment strength and controlling how much paint to add to a color mix in order not to “backtrack”.
  • Layering to Paint Form:  Learn where to begin when painting a 3-D form.  We will practice by painting a simple sphere.
  • Proper Paint Application & Palette Management:  How to load your brush and control how much paint is on your brush.  Let’s keep that palette in check too!
  • Achieving Depth in a Landscape:  Foreground, middle ground, background:  Using Tints, Tones & Shades to make areas appear distant and emphasize elements that are close.

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.

ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED! WHAAA!?

Participants will be supplied with: 

Artist-Grade “GOLDEN” brand acrylics and Matte Medium
“Canvasette” Sheets (if you already have a “Mixed Media” sketchbook that you would like to work in feel free to bring it!)
Brushes
Palette Paper
Paper Towels & Water Container

Since this is a half day workshop there will be a short break mid-workshop.  Feel free to bring water and snacks to keep you comfortable.

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 Color Mixing 101” Acrylic workshop SAC (Mar 2020)

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY 17THmud to miracles banner
“Where did this color come from?!”

This can be a frustrating question, brought on by that mix of color on the palette: “mud.” This comprehensive workshop will show you how to take the guesswork out of color mixing and gain color confidence! Learn how to organize your palette in order to mix the color you want. Over the course of the workshop you will create a variety of color swatch pages to help you recognize specific color characteristics and color relationships. Demo’s will be given throughout the day on how to create proper mid tones, mutes and tints. Basic color theory will be discussed as well as instruction on how to really “SEE” color. The roles of white and black (and how to mix your own black) will also be covered.

This workshop is extraordinarily helpful to painters of all levels – it is certainly a great color start for beginners as well as an opportunity for advanced painters to hone their skills.

acrylic color_small

A basic understanding of color is the beginning to creating rich, mature and cohesive works of art. More importantly, confidence in mixing color brings enjoyment and ease to the entire painting experience.

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

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is a “Mixed Media” sketchbook?
Everything else is included! How wonderful is that?!
(Bring a 9 x 12 or larger Mixed Media sketchbook)

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 Color Mixing 101 2020_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 Color Mixing 101” Acrylic workshop SAC (July 2020)

mud to miracles banner
“Where did this color come from?!”

This can be a frustrating question, brought on by that mix of color on the palette: “mud.” This comprehensive workshop will show you how to take the guesswork out of color mixing and gain color confidence! Learn how to organize your palette in order to mix the color you want. Over the course of the workshop you will create a variety of color swatch pages to help you recognize specific color characteristics and color relationships. Demo’s will be given throughout the day on how to create proper mid tones, mutes and tints. Basic color theory will be discussed as well as instruction on how to really “SEE” color. The roles of white and black (and how to mix your own black) will also be covered.

This workshop is extraordinarily helpful to painters of all levels – it is certainly a great color start for beginners as well as an opportunity for advanced painters to hone their skills.

acrylic color_small

A basic understanding of color is the beginning to creating rich, mature and cohesive works of art. More importantly, confidence in mixing color brings enjoyment and ease to the entire painting experience.

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

OH WOW!  

All you need to bring to class is a “Mixed Media” sketchbook?
Everything else is included! How wonderful is that?!
(Bring a 9 x 12 or larger Mixed Media sketchbook)

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 Color Mixing 101 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!

“Eucalyptus in Acrylic” Acrylic workshop SAC (June 2020)

One extraordinary tree we see sprouted in our landscape is the beautiful eucalyptus.  There is something very alluring about it’s rainbow of color and underlying luminosity that makes this tree especially interesting.  In this one day workshop we will paint a solitary eucalyptus tree against a simplified blue sky background.  By singling out our subject matter we will be better able to pinpoint the distinctive qualities of this tree species. By focusing on color, brushstroke, and translucencywe will practice painting in layers in order to achieve the details found in these beautiful trees.   There will be short lectures and demonstrations throughout the day covering layering, brushstroke / line-work and color-mixing along with time to practice the demonstrated technique.  We will discuss bark, leaves and how to shape your tree so it is more life-like.  By learning how to define and paint the characteristics of eucalyptus trees they will be easier to add into your own landscape paintings!

Some of the topics covered in this workshop are:

  • Working with Layers:  Understand the impact of glazes and working on a spectrum of transparent to opaque.
  • Specific Color Mixing:  Explore the “rainbow” of eucalyptus by using a limited color palette.
  • Brush Action:  Practice different brush strokes and line work in order to depict bark movement, branches and leaves.
  • Proper Paint Application:  How to load your brush and control how much paint is on your brush.
  • Achieving Depth in a Landscape:  Foreground, middle ground, background:  How to make areas appear distant and emphasize elements that are close.

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 a 16×20 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 Eucalyptus in Acrylic 2020_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!

“Landscape Lab” Acrylic workshop SAC (May 2020)

ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED!

We are always surrounded by landscape.  The picturesque views of the mountains, oceans, or rolling hills of California only describe a few.  The question is, how do we translate three dimensional LIFE into a two dimensional PAINTING?  This half-day workshop is designed to help keep the elements of the landscape simple and attainable.  By focusing color, brushstroke, and shape we will practice building elements commonly found in the landscape surrounding us.  The wonderful secret to this workshop is that the techniques learned are applicable in ANY subject matter and not just limited to landscape.  For instance, the brushstroke to create grass might also be used to paint fur.  The process of building 3D form in a tree’s foliage is also applicable for how one might paint a cloud; and the color used for bark has countless other possibilities. This workshop will focus on how to create simplified landscape elements with an emphasis on trees/shrubs, lush grass/dried grass, and earth tone color mixes.  There will be short lectures and demonstrations throughout the day covering layering, brush / line-work and color-mixing along with time to practice the demonstrated technique.

We will be working on multiple small studies and samples instead of working towards one completed painting.  

Some of the topics covered in this workshop are:

  • Picking Your Paint & Landscape Color Mixing:  Understand the impact of color choice and how it effects an overall mood.
  • Sketching with Paint:  Keeping it loose and then add details with layers
  • Brush Action:  Learn about the different brush shapes and what they do.  Practice different brush strokes and line work.  Experiment with dry brush and scumbling.
  • Proper Paint Application:  How to load your brush and control how much paint is on your brush.
  • Achieving Depth in a Landscape:  Foreground, middle ground, background:  How to make areas appear distant and emphasize elements that are close.

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.

ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED! WHAAA!?

Participants will be supplied with: 

Artist-Grade “GOLDEN” brand acrylics and Matte Medium
“Canvasette” Sheets (if you already have a “Mixed Media” sketchbook that you would like to work in feel free to bring it!)
Brushes
Palette Paper
Paper Towels & Water Container

Since this is a half day workshop there will be a short break mid-workshop.  Feel free to bring water and snacks to keep you comfortable.

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 (May 2020)

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MAY 28TH

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!