Expressive Acrylic & Mixed Media

$225.00

Saturday & Sunday, November 10-11, 10am–4pm

Instructor: Jacqui Beck

This two-day workshop offers a great opportunity to learn many new ways of creating with acrylic paint and mixed media: collaging, stamping, stenciling, using mixed media, and other ways to apply and remove paint. You will learn to create art that is more expressive, contemporary, and personal. The class includes demos, exercises, individual support, and plenty of time to paint.

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Description

Saturday & Sunday, November 10-11, 10am–4pm

Instructor: Jacqui Beck

This two-day workshop offers a great opportunity to learn many new ways of creating with acrylic paint and mixed media: collaging, stamping, stenciling, using mixed media, and other ways to apply and remove paint. You will learn to create art that is more expressive, contemporary, and personal. The class includes demos, exercises, individual support, and plenty of time to paint.

Even if you’ve taken this class before, you can learn and enjoy it again as a great opportunity to move your art forward. Feel free to bring paintings you’re stuck on to work with during the class.

Class Fee: $202.50/members, $225/nonmembers

Additional Information

Prerequisite: This is an intermediate level course for adults.
Note: Classes must meet a minimum enrollment of students. Unfortunately, workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center

Supply List

Important/Necessary Supplies

  • a pad of Bristol board, 100 lb. 14”x17”
  • Palette (for mixing paint. Masterson is a good brand, with a sponge and special paper) OR use Bristol board as a palette.
  • Cradled boards (to paint on. This is plywood with a frame built onto the back) at least 14”x14”, square or rectangular bring at least 1 per day. Gesso the board before class. (Artist & Craftsman Supply, 4350 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105, has good cradled boards at a reasonable price. The ¾” deep ones are fine)
  • Brushes: Use synthetic bristle brushes for acrylic painting; a variety of sizes, including 1” or larger (mostly flats and filberts). I have started using very cheap brushes, available anywhere, like Royal A small round brush is also handy.
  • White Gesso (no need to bring this if you gesso your boards before class)
  • Acrylic fluid medium gloss and (+ optional: matte) (to use as adhesive & to dilute paint)
  • 9″ x 12″ sketch book, pen, pencil, eraser (you may also want a spiral notebook)
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Scissors
  • Large water container (or two)
  • Lunch and snacks/ drink
  • Things to write and draw with (nothing with wax or oil): my favorites: a graphite pencil; colored pencils: e.g. Derwent watercolor or Derwent Inktense; watercolor crayons, e.g. Caron d’ache; a couple of sticks (e.g. coffee stir sticks, tree branches, skewers) [Watercolor pencils and crayons will need fixative. We’ll talk about this]
  • Reference photos to paint from (from various sources, including magazines)
  • Samples and/or photos of your paintings (including paintings you’re working on, if you like)
  • Photos (electronic or printed) of OTHER PEOPLE’S PAINTINGS that you like

Optional Supplies

  • Isopropyl alcohol (cuts acrylic paint; 90%)
  • Molding paste and/or Light Molding Paste (for creating texture; dries opaque)
  • Misc acrylic gels and mediums (e.g. acrylic gel [gloss] use for adhesive for gluing heavier materials, molding paste, fiber paste, coarse molding paste, etc.)
  • Collage materials (colored/textured papers, fabrics, and other things to glue to painting. A variety of kinds of rice paper is good)
  • Black gesso
  • Easel or table easel
  • Latex gloves or barrier cream (can use Burt’s Bees Gardener’s Salve: smells good)
  • Palette knife (also try kitchen spatula and putty knives of various sizes)
  • Spray bottle for water
  • “Speedy-Cut” or Easy-cut (4”x5 ½” or larger block). This is a rubbery material to use to make stamps. There are many brands available. I like Speedball’s “Speedy-Cut.”
  • Olfa knife or other knife
  • Lino cutting tool. This is a universal handle with a variety of blades
  • Stencils. Artist and Craftsman Supply (4350 8th Ave NE Sea WA 98105) has a great selection of stencils by TheCraftersWorkshop.com. They are 6”x6”.
  • Apron or Smock (or grubby painting clothes)
  • Golden Archival Varnish (you can use brush on or spray varnish. If you use spray/aerosol varnish: always use outdoors and Don’t breathe it!). For more info on varnishing: http://www.goldenpaints.com/products/varnish-top-coat
  • Golden Gel Topcoat with UVLS. I prefer Semi-Gloss.
  • old credit cards (use for spreading mediums. You can also make cut into the edges to make texturing tool)
  • sand paper (100 to 140 grit; wet/dry works well)
  • q-tips, scissors
  • Chalk (colored and white) for sketching onto canvas (Crayola brand is good)
  • Tracing paper can be used as a palette (with dampened paper towel under the paper, the paint stays moist). This is less expensive than the Masterson palette. You might want to use a butcher tray with this.

About the Instructor

I create paintings using acrylics and mixed media. My artwork is colorful, personal, and expressive, and I keep in mind both the depth and whimsy of life.

Like life, painting is an unfolding process of intention and accident. I notice what shows up and decide what to keep or enhance and what to prune. The subject matter and meaning of my paintings is an exploration of what being a person means to me. I paint to explore my questions about life, about strength, fear, confusion, curiosity, and joy.