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Pretty is Boring: Texture Explosion

Clarissa Callesen
9:00 - 4:30
Tue/Wed April 18-19

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$ 365  

Pretty is nice but can also be boring. Of course, what one person sees as pretty can be night and day from someone else’s pretty. I am not actually here to dissect the word pretty. What I am here to do is invite you on a messy adventure where you are the one in charge of your experience. My job is to teach you a ton of crazy techniques, offer suggestions when wanted, and support you in YOUR unique creative process.
I want to invite you to explore making art that is interesting, mysterious, deep, scary, strange, but never boring.

We will have two full days to dive into this delicious process. The first day will be spent creating an original palette of beautiful chaos. Texture is the temple I worship at. I love cracked rusty, and peeling textures. I have a million different techniques to share and with two days we can explore some that take more time. On the second day, we are going to take your booty and create works of art. This is your journey, so you get to decide if you want to work to create an art book or if you want to work on singular works. Some of the techniques we will be exploring include rusting paper, staining paper, mark making, distressing, paint peeling and crackling, Gelli printing, and some crazy things I haven’t even come up with yet. On the second day, we will be covering composition and resolution. Making a simple pamphlet book. Playing with unusual combinations and exploring emotions and moods in abstraction.

Materials Fee $20 paid at beginning of class includes:

Walnut Ink
Instant Coffee
Metal reactive paint
Metallic acrylic paints
Other assorted acrylic paints and mediums
Rusty objects
Black ink
A ton of mark-making tools
Water-soluble graphite
Watercolor pens.
Posca pens
Texture tools
Vintage papers

 Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

• An assortment of sturdy paper: mixed media paper, watercolor paper, card stock
• A Gelli plate of any size or shape
• A brayer
• An assortment of acrylic paints from different manufacturers. We are looking to experiment with different qualities of paint: including some cheap craft paints, transparent paint, a heavy-bodied paint, and perhaps that strange paint you don’t know what to do with. Make sure to include a black and white.
• Scissors
• Wet wipes
• A palette and water container
• Paintbrushes in an assortment of sizes
• Matte gel medium
• Your favorite pens or pencils for mark-making
• A roll of blue painter’s tape


• Heat gun and extension cord
• Flat rusted objects
• Colored ink or watercolors
• Other papers you may want to use for experimenting
• Small canvas if you prefer for a working surface
stapler and staples 

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