About this Course
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"It took me four years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child" -
I have often watched in awe, my 7 year old niece paint and draw. She is not concerned what grownups with think. Children are there to please themselves and they simply get lost in the process and the feel of the paint on their hands. As we get older, we start comparing ourselves and the art we make with others. We slowly start to lose the wonderment and joy of painting.
My belief is if you can let go and just DO rather than letting your brain get in the way, you will not only enjoy painting so much more but over time, you will find that particular style that defines you as an artist.
Come play with me as we explore art making with paint, oil pastel, watercolor, inks, and other fun media. I will introduce some tools for you to become inspired, to create your own library of unique signatures, and to release the over-thinking. Let the scribbles and mistakes begin!
To give you an idea of the layout of the course, here's how I've it broken down:
week 1: Searching
We will get inspired by building inspiration boards of color palettes, textures, and lines, form, and animals.
week 2: Gathering
We will start building libraries of words, symbols, marks, and textures.
week 3: Backgrounds and painted papers
We will explore the beauty of the background. We will create painted papers to use as collage in our paintings. We'll also implement our libraries at this point.
week 4: the Face - color and dimension
I will show you how I paint faces using color to give dimension to the face.
Week 5: The animal and finish up
I'll demo ways of adding animals to your painting.
Pinterest: We will be utilizing Pinterest for a holding spot for our inspirations. If you haven't already signed up for Pinterest, consider doing that now or a couple weeks before the class starts to familiarize yourself with it. Beware! it can be addictive!
I have never painted before. Will I be able to do what's put forth in this class?
You bet! This class is perfect for the beginner as well as those who have been painting a while. I have found, after taking online and in-person workshops like this, that I have felt more comfortable and learned SO much more than taking the scholarly route at University.
I like to work at my own pace. How long will the workshop remain open?
I will leave you access to the workshop up until December 1st, 2012 for you to go back and work or re-watch any video demos. Also please feel free to download any of the videos for your own private viewing. I also encourage you to print out any of the text you'd like.
Can I share the password to the class with my friends or family?
I would kindly ask that you not share the password to the videos with anyone. Only 1 user for each registration please.
Can I use different colors than what you demo?
Sure! Feel free to use colors that you are drawn to....in the backgrounds as well as the face. I challenge you though, to use at least one neon or bright color that you don't normally think to use. It can be beautiful in small doses!
Is it important that I am on Pinterest?
Pinterest is an important tool in this workshop and it basically just makes it easier to bookmark your inspiration images. You don't have do it but it certainly makes it easier to share your inspiration boards with folks. You could also have a physical inspiration board (i have a big cork board) that you could collect and photograph...then share.
Can I get a refund if I pay for the course and decide not to use it?
I'm sorry, but there are no refunds after payment is sent.
I tend to paint too tight or neat, will I be able to loosen up?
You have come to the right place! No tidyness here......
The process of my painting style and teaching will help (and possibly force) you to loosen up. No thinking. Just doing!
Can I sell my work that I make in the course?
Will there be written instructions to download for me to keep?
The only downloadable pdf will be a step-by-step instructions for painting a face (also included in the zine). You are welcome to print out the text in the classroom blog to refer to for later use. I like to think of my workshop as a process of painting rather than a step-by-step instructional to complete a project. As you continue to work, the intuitive process will start to make sense in your daily painting practice.
Hogs hair variety brush pack - i like the round or filbert
sketch book or loose sheets of scrap paper
soft graphite pencils - 6B, 8B, or 9B
soft watercolor brush
water soluble oil pastels (portfolio or caran d'ache neocolor II)
bristol smooth paper pack - 9x12 or 11x14
a few colors of adirondack alcohol inks
mod podge - matte
bleeding art tissue paper - pack of 24 sheets assorted
- these boards (i love these boards. they are wonderful because they are already gessoed)
- here are the colors I use for the face (but feel free to deviate from this)
apple barrel - neon red (cheek, nose, and lip color)
liquitex - bronze yellow (eye shading)
Golden - Green gold fluid
Blick - heavy body titanium white (8oz)
a pretty aqua - such as calypso sky (by folk art)
Creamcoat - timberline green