i’ve been asked to teach at art+soul next week in portland for a dear teacher/friend who had to cancel her classes at the last minute. this is very spontaneous. not a lot of time to prepare, but the universe has totally aligned on this front and so i’m going for it. i’ll be teaching two different classes, one called transformative letter painting (on wed, oct 1st) and the other called patchwork collage painting (on saturday, oct 4th).
if you are interested in attending art+soul next week and taking a class with me on wed and/or saturday, then please contact art+soul’s organizer glenny directly at glennymoir [at] comcast [dot] net. she will give you all of the details. cost per class is $150 (classes are full days, 9am – 4pm). if you can swing it at the last minute, i’d love it if you’d come and play with me!
PATCHWORK COLLAGE PAINTING:
For this project we’ll use a variety of mixed media technique to create two paintings that will be wonderfully layered and textured. First we’ll create a colorful and textured background using paints, light molding paste, and collage papers. I’ll then share with you some secrets and tips on how to draw and then paint your subject so that your beautiful backgroud peeks through. I’ll also share with you unintimidating ways to work with oil paints (specifically for the face). We’ll finish up our paintings with details using a white gel pen, charcoal pencils, and more.
TRANSFORMATIVE LETTER PAINTING:
Are you like me and have a habit of saving each and every meaningful card, letter, and postcard that arrives in your mailbox? Do you then throw them into one big pile or drawer that often grows larger by the month? Do you often wonder wonder how you can hold on to the meaning of these notes and letters without throwing them away? If so, you are going to love this class. For this project we’ll use some of those meaningful cards and letters to create three wonderfully layered and textured patchwork collage paintings. After we use our old letters + cards to create a meaningful background, we’ll apply paint and inks to give your collage a distressed but cohesive look. Then you’ll learn how to use your fingers to paint faces with various mixed mediums – a fun technique that allows the beloved letters underneath to peek through the skin tones. We’ll define our facial features and our collaged background with with pens, pencils, crayons, and more. In the end, you will have created three meaningful paintings that that pay tribute to those who give us the gift of family and community.