Upcoming Retreats

Portland, OR 2023 - April 11 - April 19, 2023

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The Abstract Figure

Donna Downey
9:00 - 4:30
Tue/Wed April 18-19

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$ 365  

Mixed-Media Art is exciting! The opportunity to stretch yourself, discovering how each
layer and art tool infuses more depth and personality as you work, leading you down the
path of making unique and expressive artwork that resonates with the viewer.
We will create artwork that has something to say, whether it is in the literal sense of
using words or simply knowing how to place color and textures so that your work lures
the viewer in to seek and enjoy more. We will focus on abstracting the human figure and
will use several different mediums to create a powerful, expressive composition that is
deeply personal. Art speaks volumes, and I want to give you the confidence that allows
you to continue to create in your own unique voice.
The course will focus on:
? Using graphite to break the stigma of the blank paper
? Building a background by layering acrylics
? Developing a figure(s) that helps express your concept
? Exploring paint applications that change the expressiveness of your work
? Shading and color development for building value
? Adding stencils for interesting visual textures and movement
? Changing media to build strong contrast
? Embracing the art of messy handwriting as a visual element

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

? Two 18 x 24 surfaces. These can be watercolor paper, mixed-media paper,
primed unstretched canvas, boards, etc. (Due to the nature of layers and
techniques preferably NO STRETCHED CANVASES)
? Brayer
? Palette or Palette Pad or STA-WET Palette
? Acrylic Paints. Please bring any and all colors that you want to work with. I
personally like to mix heavy body and fluid acrylics when I paint for texture and
contrast. I also like to work in a mix of warms, cools and neutrals like Titan Buff,
Raw Umber and White.
? Gesso. I actually use gesso as my white paint.
? Paintbrushes. Bring your favorites. I suggest a couple of flats and rounds in
different sizes, but I also like to paint with my fingers too.
? Palette Knife
? Neocolor ll Crayons
? Soft Pastels
? Charcoal Pencil
? Book text
? Matte Medium
? Stencils. My favorites are small designs like text, numbers or dots, but please
bring what you love.
? Brush Bucket. To clean your brushes.
? Paper Towels
? Baby Wipes
? Spectrum Spray Fixative. I’m suggesting this one because it is odorless and
can be sprayed indoors.
? Apron or Paint Clothes. I like to get messy :)
? * Optional - large drawing board. Sometimes students prefer to work on paper
sheets using these


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