Wildflower Watercolor Workshop
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Watercolor Workshop

Wildflower Watercolor Workshop
120.00

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Explore the playful side of watercolor and the simplicity of observational drawing in this introductory workshop. Participants will draw beautiful blooms of real blossoms in the studio with guided techniques that capture the essence of the flower. Drawing experience is not necessary. A variety of watercolor techniques will be introduced to explore a loose and free practice to combine with drawings of blooms.

Suggested Supplies:
All painting/drawing supplies are included, however those who have their own watercolors and brushes are encouraged to bring them.
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Watercolor paints and brushes of choice
-Sketchbook
-Blooms from your garden
-Black & white print of a favorite bloom

Bring a bag lunch to eat at the studio or step out to a local cafe during our lunch break.

Instructor: Justine Lasdin

About Justine: "I have a deep passion for the creative process and want to teach others how to find your own passion. I am not looking to turn everyone into a professional artist, but create a space to play. My background is teaching kids and my new found passion is teaching adults. I will encourage you to find your own unique creativity by getting into the process and not the end result."

This class needs a minimum of 5 students to run with a maximum of 10. Please sign up early to reserve your spot. 7/10/19 minimum has been met, a few open spots remain.

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Painting the Abstract Landscape - 1 Day Workshop
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Painting the Abstract Landscape - 1 Day Workshop

Painting the Abstract Landscape
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This class is FULL. Please contact us to be put on a short waiting list in case a spot opens up. And make sure to join our mailing list to be the first to see new class announcements.

SATURDAY MAY 25TH 10AM-3PM

This workshop will help you loosen up and experiment with new approaches to abstract or semi-abstract landscape painting. All work will be done in the studio using photographs as reference. 

  • learn new strategies of editing, abstraction, and bold paint application

  • watch demonstrations to help you get started

  • have plenty of time to paint and try different techniques

  • leave with several small completed paintings

Come with an open mind and a desire to free yourself from overwhelming details or attachment to realism. Instruction will be accessible to both newer and more experienced painters. Ages 14 and up.

Supply list below. Those without supplies may borrow them from the studio for a $15 fee.

*This class requires 5 students to run (minimum met), with a maximum of 10 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

Instructor: Adria Moynihan Rusk, artist/owner of Still Life Studio

SUPPLY LIST (bring or borrow)

Acrylic* Paint: (suggested palette, but bring what you have)
Titanium White
1 Cool Yellow: Hansa yellow light or Cadmium lemon
1 Warm Yellow: Cadmium yellow medium
1 Warm Red: Cadmium red light
1 Cool Red: Quinacridone magenta or Alizarin Crimson
1 Warm Blue: Ultramarine blue
1 Cool Blue: Cerulean blue, cyan, or phthalo blue
Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body, Utrecht Artist Paints, Liquitex Professional, Winsor & Newton Artist Paints.

Brushes: a small selection (3-4) in good condition. Bigger brushes are highly encouraged (size 6+)
Palette knife approx. 3” diamond or teardrop shape (or your favorite shape)
Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets, or the Sta-Wet palette
Water container (salsa jar is good, I have extras)
Rags or Paper Towels
Pencil and eraser (I have extras)
Unstretched canvas will be provided. For more finished looking work, feel free to bring 2-3 small painting panels of your choice (stretched canvas or hardboard is fine), under 8x10 inches. Square or rectangle is fine.
Bring a few images to work from (simple is best) or choose from a selection at the studio. 

*Those who prefer oil paints may use them. The demonstrations will be in acrylic, but the exercises will translate in either medium. Please bring only linseed/walnut oil as your medium (no mineral spirits, liquin or other mediums), and a way to transport wet paintings (they can’t be left at the studio).

If you have any questions about the workshop or the supply list please contact me

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Keeping a Visual Journal
Apr
27
to Apr 28

Keeping a Visual Journal

Keeping a Visual Journal
220.00

Registration fee includes most supplies, tea and snacks.

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*This class is FULL. Please contact us to be put on a short waiting list.*

Keeping a Visual Journal with Ingrid Ellison

Sat & Sun April 27th & 28th, 10am-3pm both days

In this two day workshop participants will be introduced to a variety of materials and processes both traditional and unconventional for capturing daily inspiration on a painted page. Whatever the motivation behind keeping a journal, I hope you will find some new tools and techniques to start you on your way.

  • Artist, poet, gardener, chef, this class is suitable for any creative soul.

  • For painters especially, participants may find prompts and exercises in color, value and composition that can help to enhance the jump to a bigger playing field- more finished work- when you return to your own studio practice. 

From the Instructor: I absolutely love my journals, I always say they are the first thing I would grab in a fire. Over the past few years they have become a way for me to record my life in pictures, symbols, and thoughts. I use mine for both painting and writing. Sometimes they just contain lists, sometimes I draw or paint from life. This is the place where I work out ideas for bigger paintings and projects, where I record what inspires me and where I stick things I don't want to lose. 

Material List for Participant: A journal or sketchbook of your size and shape preference. Paper should be suitable for both wet and dry media. Bring a bag lunch or plan to run into town.

Material List Provided by Instructor: While participants are welcome to bring their own materials, all basic materials will be provided for the class. Snacks and coffee/tea will be provided.

Minimum Participants: 5, Maximum Participants: 10. (Minimum met).

Ingrid Ellison is a painter and arts educator working in oil, mixed media and printmaking. She has a passion for sharing what she does with a greater community and makes connections with students both school aged and adult. Follow her on Instagram at @paintinginthebarn and online at https://www.ingridellison.com

Visiting from out of town? We have a few hotel recommendations on our FAQ page, and please contact us with any questions about travel.

all images © Ingrid Ellison

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Paper Flower Magic with Florabeane
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

Paper Flower Magic with Florabeane

Paper Flower Magic with Florabeane
85.00

Registration includes $75 workshop fee plus $10 materials fee.

All materials *except scissors* are included

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Saturday, April 13th, 1pm-4pm

Take home a gorgeous, handmade still life!

Course: Join Dixfield paper artist Amity Beane as she introduces you to the magic of paper flowers. This three-hour course will teach you how to cut, color, glue, and shape eight paper fiddlehead ferns and three paper daffodils, as well as style them using a steel pin frog. All materials except sharp scissors are provided.  You will leave with a new love of creating botanical sculpture from paper.

(4/7/19) 1 SPOT LEFT… A minimum of 5 students is needed to run this class, with a maximum of 10. Please sign up early to help ensure we can run the class and to save your spot. Ages 14 and up.

Bio: Amity Beane creates paper sculptures at her home studio in the winter and in a church studio on the banks of the Androscoggin river in summer. She has an MS in education and a BA in fine art from Maine public universities. Amity and her partner Owen live on a 50-acre forest farm in western Maine with their daughter Zoe. She is represented by The Good Supply in Bristol, Maine and has an online school for making paper flowers found at florabeane.com.

You can follow Amity on Instagram @florabeane

Still life images ©florabeane

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TINY Paintings Workshop
Dec
8
12:00 PM12:00

TINY Paintings Workshop

This workshop is FULL with a short waiting list. Please email us if you’d like to be placed on the waiting list.

TINY Paintings 2018 is here!

Painting tiny is a great way to produce a small body of work in one sitting. You'll see demonstrations that will explain how to approach different subject matter (representational and abstract) before setting out on your own. Open to all levels of painters, ages 14 and up.

Instructor: Artist and Still Life Studio owner Adria Moynihan Rusk

  • Experiment with paint application, color palettes, and subject matter

  • Keep it loose and don't get too attached (you can always do another one!)

  • Leave with several completed paintings - great for gift giving!

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Tiny Paintings Workshop
from 85.00

Painting panels are included. Please select whether you’d like to bring your painting supplies or have us provide them.

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4-5 small primed panels are included in the cost of the class. Additional panels and clever framing options will be available to purchase at cost.

Supply list (bring your own or borrow from the studio):
-Acrylic paint in your favorite colors (I suggest heavy body)*
-Your favorite brushes and a palette knife
-Your favorite palette or pad of palette paper
-Photographs or other reference images to work from, the simpler the better. Abstract images or favorite color palettes are great too! (We’ll have lots to share)

*If you prefer to use oil paints please bring only linseed oil (no solvents or liquin) and a way to transport wet paintings home (a cardboard box works well).

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*Please sign up as far in advance as possible to ensure that your spot is reserved. 5 students are needed to run the class, with a maximum of 10. 

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Handprinted Card Making Day
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Handprinted Card Making Day

This will be a fun, relaxed day of making hand-printed/handmade cards! You'll learn how to cut your own soft-cut block, register your prints, and create multiple cards with the same design. Bonus: They make great gifts!

This class has two sessions, please choose one when registering... 10am-12:30pm or 1pm-3:30pm

Handprinted Card Making Workshop
45.00

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Please bring some images or inspiration for your block. Plan to use simple designs for this class. We’ll have examples and ideas to help.

Supplies are included in the workshop fee: printing blocks (Soft-Kut), paper, envelopes, ink, etc. We'll have some tools to share, but you are encouraged to bring your own linoleum cutting tools if you have them. Ages 15 and up. 

Preregistration is required to reserve your spot. Last minute signups may be possible if space allows, but please email us first

Instructor Rachel Church maintains an active studio practice at Running With Scissors Artist Studios in Portland where she makes prints, creates textiles, binds books, and paints. 

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Asian Brush Painting Workshop
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Asian Brush Painting Workshop

Asian Brush Painting Workshop
125.00

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Meditations in Ink: Bamboo & Dragonfly
Asian Brush Painting with Bruce Iverson

Saturday, November 10th, 10am to 4pm

Against a backdrop of meditative music, this day-long workshop is your doorway to the exciting yet contemplative world of Asian art!

This workshop is for those interested in learning the traditional tools & techniques of Asian Brush Painting ("sumi-e" in Japan). Through step-by-step demonstrations and hands-on brush painting projects, you will explore this ancient and elegant art form. Using the "Four Treasures" (bamboo brushes, handground ink, inkstone, and rice paper) we will work on methods for painting several versions of Bamboo. Additionally we will learn how to create a delightful "guest" for our Bamboo "host"...a high-flying and inquisitive dragonfly.

No previous experience needed. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop. We will take a break for lunch. A minimum of 7 students is needed to run this class. Ages 15+.

All images © Bruce Iverson http://www.iversonarts.com/

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Block Printed Patterns Workshop
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

Block Printed Patterns Workshop

Saturday, October 27th 12pm-4pm

Make your own printed paper and fabric! Take home giftable projects and your own custom stamps so you can keep printing beyond the class.

This workshop is full, with a short waiting list. Please contact us to be placed on the list in case a spot opens up.

Spend a fall afternoon learning the techniques of making patterns through block printing, lead by Allison McKeen, a printmaker based in Gardiner, Maine. The workshop will cover the process of taking a simple sketch and turning it into a bold, graphic design using soft cut rubber blocks. Have a favorite blank tshirt, scrap of fabric, or paper? Please come prepared with your own preferred surface to print on such as paper or fabric. Have fun exploring shapes, forms, and patterns and take home unique hand printed items of your own design!

No experience is required, open to all levels, ages 15+. 

Supply list (please bring):
2-3 pieces of paper or fabric of your choice. Paper sheets and fabric pieces should not exceed about 24x30" in size. Suggestions: Printmaking paper, t-shirt, tote bag, tea towel, etc. 

All other tools and supplies will be provided, however please bring your own cutting tools or favorite ink colors if you have them. We'll be using soft-kut blocks and linoleum cutting tools for this class. 

Block Printed Patterns Workshop
85.00

$75 workshop fee plus $10 supply fee
Includes all supplies except paper/fabric of your choice

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Allison McKeen is a primarily self-taught interdisciplinary artist based in Maine. Her work is largely inspired by the rural environment of her upbringing along the Kennebec River. She equates her creative process to the themes experienced while playing outdoors: observation and adventure. "My block printed work is comprised of symbols of comfort, familiarity, and playfulness. Some common design elements in my work include chairs, coffee mugs, plants, geometric shapes, and more. These patterns and the images that comprise them create a sense of balance and calm while promoting an attitude of adventure, fun, and humor; they aren’t rigid or strict, the images float and dance around each other. "

See more of Allison's work on her website and instagram

All artwork ©Allison McKeen

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STRANGE ART (for teens!)
Oct
25
3:30 PM15:30

STRANGE ART (for teens!)

STRANGE ART (for teens!)
220.00

Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm, Oct. 25-Dec. 6

  • 6 week class, 12 hours of instruction (no class Nov. 22/Thanksgiving)

  • All supplies (and snacks!) included

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In this multi-media class instructor Abbeth Russell will guide us through an exploration of strange and wonderful surrealist art through history and practice. Surrealism is an art form that takes its inspiration from dreams and the subconscious mind. This class is an opportunity to delve into your imagination and bring the ideas and images that hide there on to paper and canvas. We will use surrealist drawing games and techniques to generate imagery for our own work.

This class is designed for teens in grade 7 and up (ages 13-18). It will be a fun, educational, and accessible class for young artists of all experience levels. All supplies and snacks are included in the cost of this class! Please sign up in advance to reserve your spot. A minimum of 5 students is needed to run this class.

Parents: please fill out the form below after you've registered. 

Abbeth Russell received her BFA in Painting from Maine College of Art and has been teaching since she graduated in 2011. When she isn’t teaching, she can be found painting, juggling, performing with her band, touring the country with her art collective, or petting her large cat Jackson. *Image above by Abbeth Russell

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Class starts promptly at 3:30pm and ends at 5:30pm. Your student will need to depart or be picked up no later than 5:40pm. *
If your student is late or needs to miss a class we'll do our best to catch them up, but missed class time cannot be made up. *
Please reserve Thursday December 13th as a make-up date in case of a severe storm/blizzard. *
Communication about classes will be sent via email. Please add info@studiostilllife.com to your contacts to ensure that you receive notifications. *
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Meditations in Color: Painting Workshop
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Meditations in Color: Painting Workshop

Meditations in Color
from 75.00

Saturday, October 20th 12pm-4pm

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This workshop is Full with a (short) waitlist. Please email us to be put on a wait list in case a spot opens up.

We're so excited to invite Portland artist Hannah Hirsch to the studio! Hannah has developed a process of creating abstract paintings inspired by memory and visual meditation. She will lead us through an afternoon of intuitive painting (with demonstrations and instruction) and you will leave with a new way of creating wildly colorful abstract compositions. 

This is an all-levels class, students will be engaged regardless of past experience. 

Supply list (please bring with you):
1-2 primed canvases, panels, or heavyweight paper of your choice, size 12x14 or smaller (square or rectangle is fine). We'll have extra paper for sharing.
Acrylic paint: Any/all of your favorite colors
A few brushes in various sizes (bigger is better) and a palette knife for mixing
Your favorite palette (I suggest a disposable palette pad or a Sta-Wet palette)
Optional: Pastels, markers

*Students may borrow all supplies from the studio for an additional $10. Select when signing up. 

*We'll be using acrylic paint to allow for fast drying, mixed media and layering. However the techniques learned in this class will translate to other media (oil, watercolor, collage, etc.) in your own studio practice. 

Hannah Hirsch is a visual artist from central Maine. Her work explores the themes of memory and time through use of texture, color, and form. Having experimented with textile, fiber art, and interior design, Hannah now focuses primarily on abstract painting using acrylic paint and other mixed media. 

See more of Hannah's work on her Instagram

All artwork above copyright Hannah Hirsch

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SCRAPS: Todd Pattison Art Opening
Jul
28
5:00 PM17:00

SCRAPS: Todd Pattison Art Opening

SCRAPS: Todd Pattison
Saturday, July 28th, 5-8pm

Artist's statement: "Beautiful paper is still beautiful no matter how small it is. I find it hard to recycle or throw away even the smallest scraps and enjoy the process of trying to turn them into something magical. By combining small pieces, either actual pieces of paper or tiny books made from scrap paper, you can build pattern, texture, diversity of color and an object that invites people to touch or examine."

Bio: Todd Pattison has worked as a Book Conservator for over 20 years. He first became fascinated with binding books in the Boy Scouts while completing his Bookbinding Merit Badge. He is interested in the construction of various binding styles and the history of bookbinding in general. He also hates to waste anything and prefers to take his “scraps” and try to make something - either collages or miniature books. Todd is the co-owner of Pattison Paperworks

Please join us for this special showing of new work by artist Todd Pattison. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

When: Saturday, July 28th. 5pm-8pm*
Where: 
Still Life Studio, 82 Elm St. Portland ME (click for map)
Free parking in the lot next to the building

*Additional viewing hours available by appointment. Please contact us to arrange a visit. 

All images ©Todd Pattison

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Addition & Subtraction: Abstract Painting Workshop
Jul
21
to Jul 22

Addition & Subtraction: Abstract Painting Workshop

Addition//Subtraction: Painting Workshop
from 260.00

2 Day workshop, July 21 & 22 2018

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Join us for this 2 day workshop with Portland artist Haley Nannig. Through demonstrations of her methods working in layers you'll be lead to develop your own style in the creation of abstract works. We'll explore the conversation between artist and canvas using color theory, paint, spray paint and stencils. Students will learn about pouring, blocking in/out, peeling back, and painting on nontraditional surfaces. 

Schedule:
9am-4pm each day with a break from 12-1pm for lunch
Happy Hour at Bayside Bowl on Saturday from 4-5pm (optional)

This workshop is designed for painters who have some basic experience with color mixing and composition, but the material will be accessible to artists of all levels. Contact us if you'd like help deciding if it's a good fit for you. 

This class requires a minimum of 5 students to run. Please sign up early to save your spot and to help ensure that it runs.  

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Supply List*:

  • 3 primed canvases or panels of your choice. Two must be 14x14 or smaller, one can be larger. One may be a non-standard surface such as a wood block or found object.
  • Your own water based** paints. Mixed materials are encouraged, you may bring any selection of acrylic, watercolor, guache, house paint, spray paint, etc. Colors can be single pigments or mixed, your choice! We'll have extra to share.
  • Mark making media such as pastels, oil sticks, pens, and pencils.
  • A few brushes of varying sizes.
  • Tools that can be used to manipulate paint...palette knives, rubber chisels, squeegees, etc.
  • Palette of your choice (we suggest disposable palette paper pads for easy clean up). Small containers (yogurt, tin cans, etc.) also come in handy for mixing larger quantities of paint. 
  • Painting clothes/aprons! We'll be making a big, beautiful mess. 

Easels, chairs, paper and additional supplies will be provided. Due to limited space, please bring only what is on the supply list. 

*For those who would prefer to borrow supplies, a supply kit can be provided by the studio that includes everything on the list (please select during checkout). 

**Water based paint has been chosen for rapid drying and layering of media, however the techniques learned in class will translate to your preferred medium in your own studio practice. 

Haley Nannig lives and works in Portland, Maine. You can see more of her work below and on her website, and follow her on instagram @halezcomet

All work above ©Haley Nannig

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Summer Botanical Drawing Workshop
Jul
14
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Botanical Drawing Workshop

This class has SOLD OUT. Please email us to be placed on a waiting list. We hope to do it again, so please let us know if there is interest! 

 

Join us for a summer day of botanical drawing from life! 

Artist Aidan Ackerman will lead us through the process of creating an original botanical drawing step by step using found natural materials as inspiration. We'll practice techniques of composition, line, shading, and color application. Each student will leave with at least one finished drawing. While botanical drawing leans toward realism and more detail, each student will be encouraged to bring their own style to their drawings with freedom to choose their level of detail. No previous drawing experience is required.

This class requires 5 students to run. Please sign up early to save your spot. 

Supply list
The workshop fee includes paper and a selection of studio supplies to use, however if you prefer specific materials please bring them!
Paper of your choice, we suggest smooth surface watercolor paper
Pencils of your choice
Erasers of your choice
Colored pencils
Watercolors and brushes (please bring if you have them!)
Found natural materials such as flowers (fresh or dried), leaves, weeds, feathers, bark, etc. 

Instructor Aidan Ackerman is Director of Digital Media & Landscape Architecture at Boston Architectural College. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 

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Intro to Screenprinting Workshop
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Intro to Screenprinting Workshop

Please email us if you are interested in taking this workshop. 

New to screenprinting? Come learn with working Portland artist-designer Kanya Zillmer! 

This workshop is for anyone interested in learning the basics of manual screenprinting and making prints on paper. In this intro workshop we will outline the process of printing from start to finish, using the instructor's designs as examples. We'll provide a choice of pieces from which you can print, and all supplies (equipment, ink, paper) are included in the registration fee.

We will go over the basics of making a transparency, coating a screen, exposing, washout, and printing in a DIY setting. 

Two sessions:
Morning: 9am-12:30pm
Afternoon: 1pm-4:30pm

Instructor: Kanya Zillmer, owner/designer at Hills & Trails Co. See more of her work and follow her on instagram @hillsandtrails  

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Methods of Monoprinting Workshop
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Methods of Monoprinting Workshop

Methods of Monoprinting Workshop
110.00

Saturday, June 9th, 10am-4pm

*Registration fee includes all supplies except for paper

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This one day workshop will cover 3 different monoprinting techniques:

  • gelatin printing to explore color, texture and pattern
  • reductive mono-printing with acrylic plates
  • trace monotypes

You'll learn about paper, inks, printmaking tools, and how to register your prints. Each student will leave with a small body of work. All techniques will be done without using a press and can be reproduced at home. 

Open to all levels. Designed for new or returning printmakers looking to add to their skill set. We will have a break from 12:30-1:30 for lunch. Most supplies are included in the workshop fee aside from the short list below. 

Supply list (please bring with you):
Two 22x30 sheets of Stonehenge white printmaking paper
Sketchbook and pencil (or scrap paper for notes/sketches)
(optional) Textured scrap materials such as paper, fabric, thread, leaves, feathers, etc. (optional) Any drawings or images to use as inspiration for image transfers

Other supplies (we'll have these in class, but you'll need them if you want to practice at home)
Brayer, 3" soft
Acrylic palette or piece of plexiglass
Printmaking ink
Baren or wooden spoon
Acrylic plate
Gelatin plate (homemade or store bought)

Early registration is encouraged to reserve your spot. A minimum of 5 students is needed to run this class.

Instructor Rachel Church maintains an active studio practice at Running With Scissors Artist Studios in Portland where she makes prints, creates textiles, binds books, and paints. 

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Essentials of Drawing Two
May
31
to Jul 5

Essentials of Drawing Two

Essentials of Drawing Two
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Thursdays from 5:30-8pm, May 31st-July 5th
Instructor: Reesa Wood

This class will dive into the essentials - and more - of drawing. Building on the techniques of sighting, gesture, and composition we'll incorporate elements of still life, nature, and the human figure. One session will meet off-site in Deering Oaks Park for some drawing en plein air, and another will include a live model at the studio. 

This is an intermediate level class and some previous drawing experience is helpful but is not required. Come with an open mind and a willingness to explore drawing techniques both traditional and out-of-the-box. 

Class sizes are small to allow for lots of personal instruction. A minimum of 5 students is needed to run this class. Please sign up in advance to save your spot and to help ensure that the class will run(*Please save July 12th as a make-up date in case of a weather event that causes us to cancel a session). 

Supply list: 
Pencils: 4b, 2b, HB, 2H
Kneaded Eraserwhite Staedler eraser
Drawing pen (dip pen) and a skinny nib
Small Chinese ink brush (Yasutomo CC1 or CC2)
18x24 charcoal paper pad
23"x26" drawing board (we have a few if you need to borrow one)
Optional: Sketchbook, 8x10 or larger
Optional: Eraser pen 

*Additional paper, ink, and other materials will be provided. 
**Students opting to borrow all supplies from the studio will be able to keep everything but the drawing board (select this option at checkout). 

Reesa Wood is a Portland artist, musician, and teacher. She received her MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. 

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Methods in Abstraction Painting Workshop 2
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Methods in Abstraction Painting Workshop 2

Methods in Abstraction Workshop 2
130.00

Saturday, April 14th 9am-4pm

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3/10 THIS CLASS IS FULL. PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE PUT ON A WAITING LIST IN THE CASE OF A CANCELATION. ALSO, PLEASE JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO BE NOTIFIED OF FUTURE WORKSHOPS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST! 

Explore abstract painting, mark making and color theory in this full day workshop with Portland-based painter Amanda Hawkins. Students will engage in exercises that introduce a contemporary approach to abstraction followed by the completion of 1-2 finished abstract works. This is an all-levels class, students will be engaged regardless of past experience.

Most supplies included. We'll break from 12-1pm for lunch. Free parking on site. 

Supply list (please bring with you):
2 primed canvases or panels of your choice, 11x14 or smaller (square or rectangle is OK).
  
Optional supplies (Not required but encouraged if you have your own. Ours are student grade.)
Acrylic paint: at least one of each primary red/yellow/blue, white, black, and any other favorites
A few brushes in various sizes and a palette knife
Your favorite palette

*We'll be using acrylic paint to allow for fast drying, mixed media and layering. However the techniques learned in this class will translate to other media (oil, watercolor, collage, etc.) in your own studio practice. 

See more of Amanda's work on her website or Instagram

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Alcohol Inks: A Color Play Workshop
Apr
8
3:00 PM15:00

Alcohol Inks: A Color Play Workshop

Alcohol Inks: A Color Play Workshop
60.00

Sunday, April 8, 2018
3:00-6:00 PM

*Registration includes all supplies*

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This class is full. Please contact us to be added to the waiting list. 

A fast, fun way to make beautiful compositions that combines both intention and surprise!

Alcohol inks are highly pigmented, fast drying inks that bond to nonporous materials including glossy papers.

This 3 hour Sunday class includes instruction and all supplies. No experience necessary, open to all levels (ages 15 and up).

From the instructor, Justine Lasdin: "Let go of your week by allowing your freedom and expression to shine. Whether you consider yourself a creative or not, this class will explore the artist in everyone. I will introduce the technique of alcohol inks and let the class explore the process of letting go. We will learn to release the fear of preconceived ideas of what a painting is suppose to look like and just play with this forgiving medium. All supplies are included. Students are encouraged to wear clothes they don’t care about."

About Justine: "I have a deep passion for the creative process and want to teach others how to find your own passion. I am not looking to turn everyone into a professional artist, but create a space to play. My background is teaching kids and my new found passion is teaching adults. I will encourage you to find your own unique creativity by getting into the process and not the end result."

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Intro to Printmaking: 6 week sampler
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

Intro to Printmaking: 6 week sampler

Thursdays from 4pm-6:30pm, April 5th to May 10th (6 weeks)

In this course you'll experiment with a variety of printmaking techniques including mono-printing, single and multi-colored block printing, Chine-collé, and more! You'll learn about paper, inks, and printmaking tools, as well as how to register and edition your prints. All techniques will be done without using a press and can be reproduced at home. 

Open to all levels. Designed for new or returning printmakers looking to add to their skill set. Most supplies are included aside from the short list below. 

Supply list (please bring with you):
3 sheets of white printmaking paper: Stonehenge or BFK Rives. (not needed until 2nd class)
3 Soft-Kut (or similar) printing blocks, size (4x6-ish, all the same size)
Sketchbook and pencil
Textured scrap materials such as paper, fabric, thread, leaves, feathers, etc. 

Optional supplies (we'll have these in class, but you'll need them if you want to practice at home)
Linoleum cutting set
Brayer, 3" soft
Acrylic palette or piece of plexiglass
Printmaking ink
Baren or wooden spoon

Preregistration is encouraged to reserve your spot. A minimum of 5 students is needed to run this class. 

Instructor Rachel Church maintains an active studio practice at Running With Scissors Artist Studios in Portland where she makes prints, creates textiles, binds books, and paints. 

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Methods in Abstraction Painting Workshop
Mar
24
9:00 AM09:00

Methods in Abstraction Painting Workshop

Methods in Abstraction Workshop
130.00

Saturday, March 24th 9am-4pm

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This class is Full. Please contact us to be put on a waiting list in the case of a cancellation. Also, please join our mailing list to be notified of future workshops. Thank you for your interest! 

Explore abstract painting, mark making and color theory in this full day workshop with Portland-based painter Amanda Hawkins. Students will engage in exercises that introduce a contemporary approach to abstraction followed by the completion of 1-2 finished abstract works. This is an all-levels class, students will be engaged regardless of past experience.

Most supplies included. We'll break from 12-1pm for lunch. Free parking on site. 

Supply list (please bring with you):
2 primed canvases or panels of your choice, 11x14 or smaller (square or rectangle is OK).
  
Optional supplies (Not required but encouraged if you have your own. Ours are student grade.)
Acrylic paint: at least one of each primary red/yellow/blue, white, black, and any other favorites
A few brushes in various sizes and a palette knife
Your favorite palette

*We'll be using acrylic paint to allow for fast drying, mixed media and layering. However the techniques learned in this class will translate to other media (oil, watercolor, collage, etc.) in your own studio practice. 

See more of Amanda's work on her website or Instagram

All artwork above by Amanda Hawkins

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Modern Art Exploration (for Teens)
Feb
27
to Apr 3

Modern Art Exploration (for Teens)

Modern Art Exploration
220.00

Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, FEB 27-APR 3

  • 6 week class, 12 hours of instruction
  • All supplies (and snacks!) included
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Explore the many styles and movements of modern art!

In this multi-media class students will be led through lessons in modern art theory while experimenting with watercolor, colored pencils, and other mixed media in unexpected ways. Experimentation and self-exploration through art will be encouraged! 

This class is designed for teens in grade 7 and up. It will be a fun, educational, and accessible class for young artists of all experience levels. All supplies and snacks are included in the cost of this class! Please sign up in advance to reserve your spot. A minimum of 5 students is needed to run the class (minimum not yet met).

Parents: please fill out the form below after you've registered. 

Abbeth Russell received her BFA in Painting from Maine College of Art and has been teaching since she graduated in 2011. When she isn’t teaching, she can be found painting, juggling, performing with her band, touring the country with her art collective, or petting her large cat Jackson. *Image above by Abbeth Russell

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Class starts promptly at 3:30pm and ends at 5:30pm. Your student will need to depart or be picked up no later than 5:40pm. *
If your student is late or needs to miss a class we'll do our best to catch them up, but missed class time cannot be made up. *
Please reserve Tuesday April 10th as a make-up date in case of a severe storm/blizzard. *
Communication about classes will be sent via email. Please add info@studiostilllife.com to your contacts to ensure that you receive notifications. *
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Essentials of Drawing
Feb
15
to Mar 22

Essentials of Drawing

Essentials of Drawing: 6 Week Course
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Thursdays from 5:30-8pm, Feb 15-Mar 22
Instructor: Reesa Wood

This class is full. Please contact us if you'd like to be put on a waiting list in case of a cancellation.

This is an all levels class that will be accessible to beginners and helpful to those returning to drawing after time away. Adults/teens age 15 and up.

Learn key techniques such as contour, gesture, shading, and composition as well as best practices and helpful drawing tips.

Class sizes are small to allow for lots of personal instruction. A minimum of 5 students is needed to run this class, please sign up in advance to save your spot and to help ensure that the class will run. 

Supply list: 
Pencils: 4b, 2b, HB, 2H
Kneaded Eraserwhite Staedler eraser
Eraser pen (optional)
Drawing pen (dip pen) and a skinny nib
Small Chinese ink brush (Yasutomo CC1 or CC2)
Sketchbook , 8x10 or larger (bigger is better)
23"x26" drawing board 

*Paper, ink, and other materials will be provided.
**Students opting to borrow all supplies from the studio will be able to keep their sketchbook, pencils, and erasers.

Reesa Wood is a Portland artist, musician, and teacher. She received her MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. 

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Veggie Printed Holiday Cards with Still Life Studio’s Adria Moynihan Rusk
Dec
15
12:00 PM12:00

Veggie Printed Holiday Cards with Still Life Studio’s Adria Moynihan Rusk

Veggie Printed Holiday Cards with Still Life Studio’s Adria Moynihan Rusk
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December 15th, 12pm-2pm. 
At the Portland Food Co-op
290 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Want to make something special for your friends and folks this holiday season? You're in luck! Still Life Studio's Adria Moynihan Rusk will be at Portland Food Co-op on Friday, December 15th from 12-2pm to teach us how to make beautiful veggie printed greeting cards. This is an all ages event. All supplies are included!

This event is being hosted by the Portland Food Co-op. Questions? Email info@studiostilllife.com

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TINY Paintings Workshop
Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

TINY Paintings Workshop

  • 250 Anderson Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
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Instructor: Adria Moynihan Rusk

Painting tiny is a great way to produce a small body of work in one sitting. You'll see demonstrations that will explain how to approach different subject matter (representational and abstract) before setting out on your own. Open to all levels of painters, including beginners.

  • Experiment with paint application, color palettes, and subject matter

  • Keep it loose and don't get too attached (you can always do another one!)

  • Leave with several completed paintings - great for gift giving!

All supplies are included in the cost of this class including paint, brushes, palettes, reference materials, and 4-5 small panels (approx 4x4") to paint on. Extra panels will be available for purchase as well as creative framing options. 

Students are encouraged to bring the following supplies if they have them (optional)...

  • Acrylic paint and your favorite brushes

  • A palette or pad of palette paper

  • Photographs or other reference images to work from, the simpler the better. Abstract images or favorite color palettes are great too!

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*Those who prefer oil paint are welcome to use it. Please bring your own paint/medium (linseed oil only), and/or Gamsol in a jar with tight fitting lid, brushes, and a way to transport wet paintings. 

*Please sign up as far in advance as possible to ensure that your spot is reserved. Class size is limited to 8. 

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Handprinted Card Making Day
Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

Handprinted Card Making Day

Handprinted Card Making Day
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Instructor: Rachel Church

This will be a fun, relaxed day of making hand-printed/handmade cards. We'll have two 2.5 hour sessions with a demo at 10am and a demo at 12:30pm to explain the printing process and give you ideas. Please select either time slot when you register. 

The demonstrations are only a suggestion, we welcome your own creative ideas. Bonus: They make great gifts!

Supplies are included in the registration fee: printing blocks (foam and Soft-Kut), paper, envelopes, paint and ink, etc. We'll have some tools to share, but you are encouraged to bring your own linoleum cutting tools if you have them. Also optional, please bring your favorite paper, a pair of scissors, and any other craft supplies you like. 

Preregistration is encouraged to reserve your spot. Drop-ins on the day-of may be possible if space allows. 

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Digital Editing in Photoshop
Nov
11
12:00 PM12:00

Digital Editing in Photoshop

Instructor: Aidan Ackerman, Director of Digital Media & Landscape Architecture at Boston Architectural College

In this workshop you'll learn some basic tools in Photoshop including:

  • Editing and enhancing your digital images
  • Working in layers
  • Adjusting exposure and color
  • Cropping and resizing

Students will be lead through the process of editing with images provided by the instructor, and then will have time to practice on their own images. This is a basic class designed for those new to Photoshop or those who need a refresher class. 

Supply list:

  • Laptop (wifi enabled)
  • A copy of Photoshop CS6 or later installed on your computer, OR an online subscription to Photoshop CC via Adobe Creative Cloud ($30 for 1 month, or a free 7 day trial)
  • A few of your own digital images (optional)

*Please sign up in advance to reserve your spot and to help ensure this class will run. 5 min/9 max. 

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Gelatin Printing Workshop (FULL)
Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

Gelatin Printing Workshop (FULL)

This workshop is full. Please contact us to be placed on a waiting list. 

Gelatin Printing Workshop

Instructor: Artist & Printmaker Rachel Church

In this workshop we'll learn to make layered monoprints using simple, inexpensive tools and acrylic paint. No printing press required! This is a great technique to explore color, texture, and composition, create materials for use in future collage projects, and make a series of small works on paper quickly. No previous printmaking experience required. 

Gelatin and a selection of papers and paints will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring a few supplies if they have them...

  • A selection of your favorite papers in different colors/textures
  • Acrylic Paint in your favorite colors. Golden Open Acrylics work best for this process.
  • Textured items that will leave an imprint such as leaves, feathers, lace, etc. 
  • A brayer if you have one (we'll have some to share)

*Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. Min 5/Max 9 students. 

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Farmer's Market Flowers - 1 Day Workshop
Jun
25
12:00 PM12:00

Farmer's Market Flowers - 1 Day Workshop

  • 250 Anderson Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
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In this fun summer workshop we will paint bouquets of gorgeous flowers from the Portland farmer's market. They'll be brought into the studio so you can paint them at leisure, with guidance and warm-up exercises to get you started. 

If you tend to get stuck on the minor details or you want to learn how to paint more freely this workshop is for you. 

You'll explore how to...

  • create a dynamic composition
  • simplify the subject to the most important details
  • use bold paint application
  • relax and enjoy the process of painting expressively! 

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 15 and up. You'll be guided through a process and then you'll have time to experiment and play. 

Supply list below. Canvas and paper will be provided. For those who don't have their own supplies the supply fee has been waived for this workshop, but Please indicate whether you need supplies when you register. (If you only have paints and brushes but not the other supplies please bring them!)

*This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

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SUPPLY LIST 

Acrylic or Oil Paint**: Titanium white, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, quinacridone magenta or alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue. (suggested palette, but bring what you have)

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes (4-6) in good condition. Bigger brushes encouraged, no tiny brushes.

Palette knife approx. 3” diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic. (optional but encouraged)

Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets.

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Rags or Paper Towels. Many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

Pencil 

Un-stretched canvas will be provided. If you would prefer to bring a stretched canvas or primed panels you may do so (two, any dimensions 9x12 or smaller).

**Those who prefer oil paints may use them. The demonstrations will be in acrylic, but the exercises will translate in either medium. Please bring only linseed oil and/or Gamsol odorless mineral spirits in your own jars (no liquin or other toxic or smelly mediums), and a way to transport wet oil paintings.

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Smart Mixing: Making the Most of Your Palette
May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Smart Mixing: Making the Most of Your Palette

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Saturday May 20th 12:00PM-4:30PM

Does it take you an eternity to mix the color you’re looking for? Would you like to learn how to better translate color onto the canvas? In this one-day workshop we’ll review some basic color theory and then dive into more complex approaches to color mixing.

  • Explore the elements of hue, value, temperature, and intensity
  • Experiment with limited palettes to create color harmony
  • Learn to mix beautiful browns and grays

We'll use paint as our color mixing medium, but all artists who use color in their work can benefit from this workshop and no painting experience is required.  

Canvas/paper will be provided. All levels, ages 15 and up. 

*This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved.  

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Students without their own materials can borrow all workshop supplies from the studio for a $15 fee. If you have any questions about the items on this list, please contact me. 

Acrylic Paint*: (ordered by preference)

  • Titanium White
  • 1 Cool Yellow: Cadmium Primrose, Hansa yellow light, Cadmium lemon or Lemon yellow
  • 1 Warm Yellow: Cadmium yellow deep/dark, or cadmium yellow medium
  • 1 Warm Red: Cadmium red light 
  • 1 Cool Red: Quinacridone magenta or Quinacridone red
  • 1 Warm Blue: Ultramarine blue
  • 1 Cool Blue: Cerulean blue

Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body (#1), Utrecht Artist Paints, Winsor & Newton Artist Paints. Liquitex not recommended. NO Student grade paints (they will only cause frustration). 

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes in good condition. 

Palette knife of your choice. Metal, not plastic.

Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets or the Sta-Wet palette. 

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Rags or Paper Towels. Many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

Notebook (optional)

Paper/Canvas will be provided

*Those who would prefer to use oils are welcome to use them. Please bring paints and linseed oil only, no other mediums or solvents. 

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Tiny Paintings Workshop
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Tiny Paintings Workshop

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Painting small is a great way to produce a small body of work in one sitting. The point is to stay loose, get experimental, and have fun! This class is open to all levels of painters, including beginners. You'll see demonstrations that will explain how to approach different subject matter (representational and abstract) before setting out on your own. 

  • Experiment with paint application, color palettes, and subject matter
  • Keep it loose and don't get too attached (you can always do another one!)
  • Leave with several completed paintings

All supplies are included in the cost of this class, but those with their own paints/brushes are encouraged to bring them. Each student will be provided with acrylic* paint, brushes, palettes, and 5 small panels (approx 4x4") to paint on. Additional panels will be available for purchase as well as creative framing options. 

Workshop/Class Policies

*Those who prefer oil paint are welcome to work in that medium. Please bring your own paint/medium (no toxic/smelly mediums or liquin please), Gamsol in a jar with tight fitting lid, brushes, and a way to transport wet paintings. Please inform me of your plans before class. 

**This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

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Reimagining the Landscape - 1 Day Workshop (FULL)
Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

Reimagining the Landscape - 1 Day Workshop (FULL)

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SATURDAY MARCH 18TH 12:00PM-4:30PM

This workshop will help you loosen up and experiment with new approaches to abstract or semi-abstract landscape painting. All work will be done in the studio using photographs as reference. 

  • learn new strategies of editing, abstraction, and bold paint application
  • watch demonstrations to help you get started
  • have plenty of time to paint and try different techniques
  • leave with several small completed paintings

Instruction will be accessible to both newer and more experienced painters. Ages 15 and up. Bring a few images to work from or choose from a selection at the studio. Canvas will be provided.  

Supply list below. Those without supplies may borrow them from the studio for a $15 fee. Spots are not reserved until payment has been received. 

*This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

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SUPPLY LIST 

Acrylic* Paint: (suggested palette, but bring what you have)

  • Titanium White
  • 1 Cool Yellow: Cadmium Primrose, Hansa yellow light, Cadmium lemon or Lemon yellow
  • 1 Warm Yellow: Cadmium yellow deep/dark, cadmium yellow medium
  • 1 Warm Red: Cadmium red light 
  • 1 Cool Red: Quinacridone magenta or Quinacridone red
  • 1 Warm Blue: Ultramarine blue
  • 1 Cool Blue: Cerulean blue, manganese blue, or phthalo blue

Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body, Utrecht Artist Paints, Winsor & Newton Artist Paints. NO Student grade paints (they will only cause frustration). 

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes (4-6) in good condition. Bigger brushes encouraged, no tiny brushes.

Palette knife approx. 3” diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic.

Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets.

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Rags or Paper Towels. Many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

Pencil and kneaded or rubber eraser

Notebook (optional)

Canvas will be provided. 

*Those who prefer oil paints may use them. The demonstrations will be in acrylic, but the exercises will translate in either medium. Please bring only linseed oil and/or Gamsol odorless mineral spirits (no liquin or other toxic or smelly mediums), and a way to transport wet paintings.

If you have any questions about the workshop or the supply list please contact me

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