Open Studio! (Second Sundays, Ongoing)
Apr
8
to Dec 9

Open Studio! (Second Sundays, Ongoing)

Open Studio

$15 per session

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Open Studio Hours for 2018:
SECOND Sundays/10am-2pm

Come to the studio on the Second Sunday of every month to work on your own creative projects! This is unstructured time, without instruction. We provide the space, you bring your own projects.

Preregistration is required but you can sign up as late as the morning of the event. The cost is $15 and you can pay in advance or at the door. Stay the whole time or for just part of it, your spot will be reserved. Drop-ins are welcome as space allows, however if no one is signed up for a session we may close early.

Open Studio includes the use of...

  • Tables and chairs
  • Easels (standing and table top)
  • Sink for cleanup 
  • WiFi 
  • A selection of still life items and printed images for inspiration if wanted
  • Need a brush or other tool? Just ask, we've got supplies to share
  • Free parking on street and in the lot next to the studio (on Sundays)

Painting, drawing, fiber arts, collage, printmaking (without a press), digital art (bring your computer), beading/jewelry, etc. are encouraged. No projects that produce fumes, flames, or lots of dust. Clay hand building OK, please bring scraps home. If you're not sure about your project please contact us to ask.

*Bonus: Students taking private lessons with Adria may attend any Open Studio at no cost during the time of enrollment (please still preregister). 

Want the studio all to yourself? You can rent it by the hour or day! Read more here.

Looking for open studios on different days/times? We hope to expand these hours as soon as there is enough interest. Please fill out this form to help us determine the best times.

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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 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-Not yet met

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

Intro to Screenprinting Workshop

Intro to Screenprinting Workshop
75.00

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

Summer Botanical Drawing Workshop

Botanical Drawing Workshop
80.00
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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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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, with a maximum of 9. Please sign up early to save your spot. Class and Workshop Policies

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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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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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

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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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photo by Justine Lasdin

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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
35.00 40.00
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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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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.

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

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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

  • 250 Anderson Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
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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.  

Workshop Policies

SUPPLY LIST 

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. 

Workshop Policies

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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Painting the Expressive Still Life - 1 Day Workshop
Feb
25
12:00 PM12:00

Painting the Expressive Still Life - 1 Day Workshop

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Saturday February 25th. 12pm to 4:30pm

Learn to give everyday objects new life by painting the still life in expressive, vibrant ways. 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. 

Through demos and exercises you'll explore how to...

  • create dynamic compositions
  • 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 over. Some previous drawing and paint mixing helpful but not required. 

Supply list below. Canvas and paper will be provided. Those who don't have their own supplies can borrow all supplies from the studio for a $15 fee. 

*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. 

Workshop/Class policies 

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)

Un-stretched canvas will be provided. If you would prefer to bring stretched canvas or primed boards 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 (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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TINY Paintings WORKSHOP
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

TINY Paintings WORKSHOP

  • 250 Anderson Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
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This workshop is FULL! Please contact us if you'd like to be put on the waiting list. We hope to do another similar workshop before too long, so make sure you join our mailing list to be notified as soon as new workshops are scheduled. 

 

Let's get tiny! Painting small is a wonderful way to produce a small body of work all in one sitting. The point is to stay loose, get experimental, and have fun! This class is open to all levels of painters and no experience is necessary. You'll see demonstrations that will explain how to approach different subject matter (representational and abstract) before being set out on your own. Guidance will be offered throughout the afternoon to those who want it, and others may choose to work independently.   

  • 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! 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. 

This workshop will be held in the classroom space at Running With Scissors Artist Studios (250 Anderson St. Portland). 

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Drop-In Studio Day
Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

Drop-In Studio Day

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  • Come paint/draw/create on this day of open studio. The classroom at Running With Scissors will be open to anyone looking for space and time to work from 10am-3pm. 
     
  • A still life will be set up for inspiration, or bring your own subject matter to work from. It's a great opportunity to work on unfinished paintings that are waiting for attention, to brush up your drawing skills, or to create something new
     
  • No formal instruction will be given but Adria will be present the whole time to offer assistance if wanted. 
     
  • Come for a couple of hours or for the whole day, the $25 fee is the same. Early registration is highly encouraged, make the commitment to yourself! This is a new offering and we're still gauging interest, so please sign up in advance to help us plan ahead. Day-of registration is welcome as room allows. 
     
  • Any kind of paint, pastels, charcoal, collage, and most 2-D media is welcome. If working in oils please bring only odorless solvents and mediums.
     
  • Feel free to bring a lunch and any supplies you need. Easels, tables and chairs will be provided. I'll have some materials available for general use (free), but if you need anything specific email me ahead of time. Contact with questions. 
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Draw/Refresh: Drawing Basics for Emerging Artists
Oct
27
to Nov 17

Draw/Refresh: Drawing Basics for Emerging Artists

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This Class is now FULL.

Please contact me if you'd like to be added to a waitlist. And join our newsletter to find out about future classes.

THURSDAYS Oct. 27th-November 17th 2-4pm (4 weeks)

Drawing skills are the single most valuable asset for painters and artists of all kinds. The very best thing you can do to improve your work is to beef up your drawing skills. Drawing is about learning how to see and how to translate what you see. 

We’ll cover subjects such as...

  • Drawing objects in still life

  • Good composition, Scale & Relationships

  • Perspective drawing (at a basic level) 

  • Shading and mark-making

  • Good drawing habits (and how to break bad ones)

We will not be using rulers or completing long intricate renderings. This class is about every day drawing and will be geared toward those who are newer to or returning to drawing. We'll focus on practical drawing skills that are useful, accessible, and fun. 

5 students are needed to run this class with a maximum class size of 8. Please sign up in advance to reserve your spot.

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Supply list:

For those who don't have their own supplies, a supply kit can be purchased from the studio for $25 (yours to keep). Click links for product examples. 

HB Pencil
Conte crayon, 1 black
Vine charcoal (at least 2 pieces, any size)
Kneeded rubber eraser (any size)
Blending stump (one, larger is better)
Sketchbook, your choice
Small case or box to carry supplies
Optional: Gloves and/or baby wipes (charcoal can be very messy), pencil sharpener

Easels, paper and drawing boards will be provided. 

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Back to Basics, Painting After Time Away
Oct
4
to Nov 8

Back to Basics, Painting After Time Away

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TUESDAYS OCT 4th-NOV 8th 12:00PM-2:30PM (6 weeks)

Have you been wanting to get back into painting, but not sure where to start? This class will be geared toward beginning painters or those who are re-entering after years away. If you now have the time and desire but need some help settling back in, this is the course for you. 

In this 6 week class we'll go over the fundamental components of painting including...

  • overview of basic painting materials and equipment
  • basic color theory and paint mixing
  • elements of good composition
  • working from the still life as a frame of reference
  • tips for developing a home practice

We'll be using acrylic paint for this class. If you have a preference for oils this class will still be useful, since much of the subject matter is universal (I'll explain the things that aren't). For those who have taken painting classes in the past there will be some review in addition to learning new ways to approach painting. Ages 15 and up.

This class will be held in the classroom at Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson St., Portland.

This class requires 5 students to run with a maximum of 8 students. Please sign up in advance to reserve your spot. 

Workshop/Class Policies

 

SUPPLY LIST (PRINT)

For students who do not yet have their own materials, the in-class use of all supplies on the list below can be provided for an additional fee of $40 (optional). 

Acrylic Paint:
Titanium White
Cadmium Lemon/Lemon Yellow OR Hansa Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Light
Quinacridone Magenta OR Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue OR Primary Cyan

Recommended paint brands: Golden Heavy Body (the best), Liquitex Heavy Body, Winsor & Newton Artist Acrylic, Utrecht Artist Acrylic. Get tubes, not jars. Avoid student grade paints and hues for best results and less frustration.

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes in good condition (4-6). You may use hog bristle (my preference) or stiff synthetic. I suggest sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10 in primarily flats, brights and/or filberts.

Palette knife 2-3 inch diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic. 

Palette. I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets (no hole), or the Sta-Wet palette

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

Small spray bottle for spraying palette (optional)

Rags or Paper Towels. I use rags or blue shop towels found in the auto section.

Pencil (2B or HB) and kneaded rubber eraser

*Easels, chairs/stools, drawing boards, paper and un-stretched canvas will be provided for each student. 

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Jun
18
12:00 PM12:00

Reimagining the Landscape - 1 Day Workshop

SATURDAY JUNE 18th 12:00PM-4:30PM 

This workshop is now FULL. Please contact me if you'd like to be put on a waiting list.

Please sign up for my newsletter to be notified of future workshops. 

 

This afternoon workshop will help you loosen up and approach landscape painting in new ways. All work will be done in the studio using photographs as reference. 

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

Students can use acrylic or oil paints, whichever they are most familiar with. Instruction will be accessible to both newer and more experience painters. Ages 15 and up. Bring a few images to work from or choose from a selection at the studio. Canvas and paper will be provided. Supply list below.

This workshop will be held in the classroom at Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson St., Portland.

If you would prefer to pay by check, please contact me for a mailing address. Spots are not reserved until payment has been received. 

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SUPPLY LIST (print)

UPDATE: The supply fee will be waived for those who do not have their own supplies. But please reserve in advance.

For those who have their own painting supplies: don't worry if you are missing an item or two from this list, bring what you have and we'll make do. If you have any questions about the workshop or the supply list please contact me

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May
21
10:00 AM10:00

Painting the Expressive Still Life - 1 Day Workshop at Continuum for Creativity

Saturday May 21st. 10:00am to 3:00pm

This workshop will be held at Continuum for Creativity at 863 Main Street in Westbrook, ME.

Learn to give everyday objects new life by painting the still life in expressive, vibrant ways. If you tend to get stuck on the minor details or you would love to learn how to paint more freely this workshop is for you. 

Through demos, brief exercises and one longer sustained painting you'll learn how to...

  • create dynamic compositions
  • 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 over. All painting supplies will be provided for this class, but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own brushes and/or acrylic paints if you have them (no oils please), and a tabletop or field easel if you have one. Tables and chairs will be provided.

We'll break at 12pm for lunch. Plan to bring a lunch or visit one of the nearby restaurants. Coffee and tea will be provided. 

Workshop/Class policies

Please contact me with any questions about this workshop. If you would prefer to pay by check, please contact me for a mailing address. Spots are not reserved until payment has been received. 

 

 
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Apr
5
to Apr 26

Giving New Life to the Still Life - 4 Week Class

stil life

Class meets 4 Tuesdays, April 5th to April 26th from 1pm-3:30pm. 

How can we give every day objects new life through painting? We’ll hang up our ideas about stuffy still life paintings at the door and focus on modern interpretations of this timeless subject. 

  • Learn to create drama through good composition
  • Learn when to utilize creative license when needed
  • Study and discuss composition, color relationships, brushwork, and editing
  • Complete quick exercises and sustained paintings

Classes will consist of demonstrations, group and individual instruction with ample time to paint, and brief critiques.

This course is for students who have a good understanding of the very basics of painting and paint mixing, but who are looking to gain more diverse skills. Some drawing experience helpful. 

Students may work in acrylic or oil (choose the most familiar medium). 

Workshop/Class policies

SUPPLY LIST (PRINT)

For students without their own materials, all supplies for in-class use can be provided by the studio for a $50 fee (pay at the first session). If you have any questions about the items on this list, please email me

Paint: (recommended colors)

  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium lemon or Lemon yellow
  • Cadmium yellow medium or deep
  • Cadmium red light or medium
  • Quinacridone red or rose OR alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cerulean blue OR phthalo blue 
  • Raw umber (optional)

Please have a warm and cool of each primary color, and any other favorites. Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body, Utrecht, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex Heavy Body. Get tubes, not jars. Recommended oil brands: Gamblin, M. Graham, Winsor & Newton. Purchase artist grade paints for best results.

Brushes: Please bring a small selection (6-8) brushes in good condition. You may use hog bristle (my preference) or stiff synthetic. I suggest sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10 in primarily flats, brights and/or filberts.

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

Palette. I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets, the Sta-Wet palette, or a metal butcher tray. Saran wrap if you want to save leftover paint. 

If using acrylics: Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

If using oils: Odorless Mineral Spirits for brush cleaning in a small jar with tight fitting lid. I recommend Gamsol (16 oz.) Odorless medium of your choice (not required). Please do not bring turpentine or other non-odorless solvents. 

Rags or Paper Towels. I use rags, but many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

2B or HB pencil and kneaded rubber eraser

Notebook (optional)

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Mar
22
to Apr 12

Breaking In: Basics of Acrylic Painting - 4 Week Class

palette knife

 

This class is now full. Please contact me if you are interested in a future session. 

Class meets on 4 Tuesdays, March 22nd to April 12th from 5:30PM-8:00PM 

Are you new to painting and not sure where to start? Let's remove some barriers by starting at the beginning. I believe that painting is something you learn by doing, not necessarily a talent you're born with. Painting is a language that is much easier to speak once you learn some basic vocabulary. In this 4 week class we'll go over the fundamental components of painting including painting materials, basic color theory and paint mixing, composition, working from the still life, and using a critical (but compassionate) eye. 

Some previous drawing practice is helpful but not required. For those who have taken some painting in the past there will be some review in addition to learning new ways to approach painting. 

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