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watercolor and acrylics while expanding your understanding of design elements and principles. Exploring mixed
media in water color and acrylic is designed to support and nudge workshop participants to play with process and
let go of outcome.
Students will be encouraged to try out a variety of techniques and decide which ones will become "tools" in their
personal "toolbox". Students will be provided with patterns, should they prefer to explore the concept/techniques
without the pressure of coming up with their own composition. Students may also choose to develop their own
individual composition to use while applying concept/technique of each lesson.
Three paintings will be started in the first two days of the workshop, focusing on process and playful
experimentation with multiple techniques. The first two days, we will not be concerned with the "outcome", or final
product. On the final day we will focus on outcome and begin the editing process, problem solving and responding
to feedback while completing our paintings and bringing them to the next level. Students should go home with art
that they are proud of.
Day 1: Class will begin with an introductory digital presentation followed by Rebecca demonstrating while students
follow-along on their own paintings. A smorgasbord of mixed media techniques will be introduced within a single
painting. Students will be encouraged to play with the process of creating impressionistic textures and patterns in
their paintings. You may choose to follow the reference provided by Rebecca or follow-along using the same
processes on an abstract composition. In the afternoon, we will explore techniques of your choosing, from those
introduced in the morning session, while cerating two painting starts that will reflect your own unique voice.
Rebecca will provide examples, suggestions and plenty of feedback as they work. At the end of the day, the first
painting will be set aside to be completed on the final day.
Day 2: In the morning, Rebecca will demonstrate, after which students will be given the time to begin their second
painting of the workshop, using one of their paintings starts from the previous day as a substrate, you may choose
to work with your own reference material, or use the subject matter Rebecca provides.
In the afternoon, Rebecca will demonstrate an alternate approach to mixed media and present a slide show of the
process. Students may experiment with this technique for their third painting or may choose to continue to explore
the techniques introduced in the morning for their third painting. Individual support will be offered for the
remainder of the workshop day.
Day 3: Rather than getting feedback after the painting is completed, Rebecca believes that feedback is most valuable
when given before a painting is completed. This gives the artist greater flexibility to make changes and create a
stronger finished piece. Today's class will begin with personal feedback and a short demonstration of strategies to
employ in creating stronger unified compositions. The remainder of the day will be given to students for editing
their three paintings. This day will be devoted to problem solving using the principles of design with students
working to bring their three unfinished paintings to a successful conclusion. Rebecca will encourage each student
to find his or her individuality and style and only respond to suggestions, which resonate with their intention.
Class will conclude with a group celebration/sharing of our completed pieces while we marvel at the variety of
mixed media solutions demonstrated by the creativity and individuality of our class members.