Overview: Fine Art Workshops 2019-20

Sept.21-22, 10 am-4 pm
Mira M. White Teaching Studio, Meher Schools, 999 Leland Dr. Lafayette, CA
Tuition: $225
Pre-register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com

OCTOBER 3-5, Thurs-Sat. 9am-4 pm
Dakota Pastels Art Center,
17873 State Route 536 Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Tuition: $350
Pre-register: http://www.dakotapastels.com
info@dakotapastels.com / 
888.345.0067 (ext 5)

THE ABSTRACT BEAUTY OF BLACK – and all the shades of grey
November 1-3,Fri-Sun 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake St., Mendocino, CA 95460
Tuition: $ 345
1 800 653-3328 or http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org

March 7-8, 2020 10 am-4 pm
Jen Tough Gallery Studio Space 940 Tyler St. #29, Benicia, CA
Tuition: $ 300
Pre-register:https://jentough.gallery/workshops or mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Advance registration required ( enrollment limited to 8)

March 21-22, 2020, Sat-Sun 10 am-4 pm
Marin MOCA,781 Hamilton Parkway
Novato, CA
Tuition $ 275 ( plus additional materials fee of $ 25 to the instructor)
Pre-register: http:www.www.marinmoca.org

WONDROUS WAX!: Abstract Intentions with Hot Wax & Mixed Media
April 24-26, 2020  Fri-Mon  10 am-4 pm 
Jen Tough Gallery, 942 Tyler St. Suite #28, Benicia, CA
Tuition: $ 425 ( plus $ 75 materials fee directly to the instructor)
Pre-register:https://jentough.gallery/workshops or mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Advance registration required ( enrollment limited to 6)

May 23,24,25, 2020, Sat-Mon- 9:30am-4:30 pm
Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake St. PO Box 765
Mendocino, CA 95460
Tuition:TBA ( Additional materials fee of $30  directly to instructor)
Pre-register: 1 800 653-3328 or http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org

MIRA’S MIXED MEDIA MASH UP :Oil & Waterbased Media
June 12-14, 2020 Fri-Sun 10 am-4 pm

Jen Tough Gallery, 942 Tyler St. #28, Benicia, CA
Tuition: TBA
https://jentough.gallery/workshops or mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Advance registration required ( enrollment limited to 8)




To register for my private workshops: 925 947-5773 / mira@mirawhitefineart.com
REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY FOR MY PRIVATE WORKSHOPS: Cancellation will yield a refund only if cancellation occurs no later than 2 weeks before said workshop.


Archeology of Form:Abstraction in Layers

Layers upon layers300

This weekend workshop focuses on building an abstract visual structure through the application of multiple layers, working primarily with a combination of dry media and acrylic paints. Dry media will include graphite, soft pastels,   transfers, some collage.  We do morning exercises, have informal lecture and continual demonstration. This workshop will be small, affording lots of time for personal exploration and individual attention.  For continuing artists.

September 21-22, 2019                        Tuition: $ 225 ( Additional materials fee $ 25)
Sat-Sun 10 am-4 pm                              Pre-register : mira@mirawhitefineart.com                  

Mira M. White Teaching Studio                 
Meher Schools, 999 Leland Dr. 
Lafayette, CA 94549


Liquid Media:Your collection of acrylic paints
White & Black Gesso
Acrylic gloss medium
Matt or Gloss Acrylic Gel

Dry Media:    Soft Chalk  Pastels( should include  Sennelier or Schminke or
Great American Artworks)Pan Pastels can be included
Colored Pencils, Watercolor Pencils, Water-soluble Oil Pastels
Water Soluble Graphite ( Lyra brand from Amazon or Blick)
Dry pigments ( optional)

Surfaces:       2 sheets full size  Gessoed watercolor paper, preferably rag 140 lb or 300 lb         hot  or           hot or cold press
10 pieces smaller sheets of Strathmore watercolor for exercises
1 good size cradled wood panel at least 12″ ( optional)


Additional Tools:

Palette of some form- Cookie sheet or tray is great
Wax Paper or freezer paper
2 Spray bottles 1 for water and 1 for Alcohol
Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 70%
Dense Foam smooth rollers – contractors pack- roller handles are separate
Your collection of brushes and scraping tools
Drawing board of some kind- 1/2″  foam core is great- and light
Collage papers ( totally optional and your choice)







Luminous nite300

We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: under-paintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastel diluted with rubbing alcohol.( No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.)  We will be layering both dry and wet processes.  Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces!  Open to continuing artists of all levels and media and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium!

Thurs-Sat 9-4 pm
Dakota Pastels Art Center
17873 State Route 536
Mt. Vernon, Washington 98273

Tuition: $350   ($ 30  Additional materials fee to instructor)
 Pre-register: http://www.dakotapastels.com
info@dakotapastels.com/ 888.345.0067 Ext.5



Soft Pastels: ( No Oil Pastels)

 1 set Nupastels ( by Prismacolor)
 1 set Rembrandts  ( can be set of ½ sticks)
 OPTIONAL :Schmincke, Sennelier, or Great American ArtWorks  ( if you are able)

  Papers: Surfaces

2 sheets  full size Gesso Primed 140 lb or 300 lb watercolor paper ( both sides)
1 Sheet Colorfix by Art Spectrum Pastel paper 20”x28” or Premier or U Art ( Sanded Pastel Papers or Pastel Mat (From Dakota Pastels) ( OPTIONAL)
15 sheets of hardware grade 320 grit wet/dry sand paper( 8″x10″ ( It is black) ( for warm up exercises)

Paints: Your collection of acrylic paints / colored inks

 Brushes: An assortment of inexpensive hog bristle brushes that can withstand sanded pastel papers,

Additional materials:

 1 pint Liquitex Clear Gesso ( has pumice, for priming – only this brand)
70 % isopropyl rubbing alcohol 1 pt.
2 “ or wider Masking tape, Bull dog clips , Blending stumps/Q tips
Surgical/protective gloves/ protective hand creme
Utility knife
Drawing board to fit size of paper
Portable easel (optional,) –
Glassine paper for protecting work. and portfolio ( can be homemade & cardboard) for storing work

Fixative for  pastels ( archival)
Graphite powder and dry pigments
Extra mark making tools


Mail Order Suppliers:  Dakota Pastels http://www.dakotapastels.com


                               MARCH 7-8, 2020


Graphite Grey Wonder300 Graphite Grey Wonder Graphite/ Gesso  on 30”x40”                     © Mira M. White 2019                  

     This workshop is all about graphite and its multiple uses as both a drawing and painting medium. We will be experimenting with graphite powder, water-based graphite pencils, & exploring an exciting array of techniques.  If you are captivated by the subtle richness of delicate grays or the range of powerful charcoal tones you can achieve with this medium,  this workshop is for you.!

  Sat/ Sun 10 am- 4 pm
  Jen Tough Gallery Studio Space
  940 Tyler St. Suite #29, Benicia, CA
  Pre-register: http://www.jentoughworkshops.com
  Tuition: $ 300 ( $ 15 additional materials fee to instructor)



  Graphite Powder (comes in a 6 oz. jar)
  Lyra Water based graphite stick-  set of 3 ( Amazon)comes 2B, 6B / 9B
 Art Graf water soluble graphite tablets ( set of  3 or 6 on Amazon)
 Your collection of regular drawing pencils ( any brand)
 Fine line Marker pens – white & Black
 Magic Rub Eraser
 Kneaded Eraser
Saral graphite transfer paper- can be a single sheet or a roll
White Gesso

 Select  at least 3 of the following surfaces:

 1 sheet 140 lb or 300 lb Rag Watercolor Paper 22”x30” ( Hot Press)
1 Claybord  Cradled or Uncradled
Additional wood panel at least 12”x12”- best if cradled
1 sheet  matte Duralar ( needs to be fairly thick)(.005)(also called matte drafting film)(Amazon)
Yupo sheet


 Additional materials:
Protective gloves
Sand paper ( 320 grit)
Masking tape ( 1 ½”
Q Tips/ Blending Stumps/ Tortillons
Citra Solv ( waterbased potent organic solvent)
Rubbing Alcohol ( 70 %)
Appropriate brushes- bristle and/ or synthetic
Dust Mask
Containers for liquid and lidded container for small amounts of graphite powder
Color shapers and/ or color scrapers

Additional Materials fee of $ 15 to be paid to the Instructor for additional materials she will be bringing .



The Abstract Beauty of Black ( and all the shades of grey)

November 1-3, 2019The Three in the One300

This mixed media workshop focuses on the inherent beauty of black as a color. While the focus is on abstraction, it will incorporate both drawing and painting processes; it honors the rich and varied tonal and textural effects one can achieve with a restrained palette of blacks, greys and white. We will work a variety of media, which will include black and white gesso, ink, graphite, water-based graphite, graphite powder, soft pastels and oil pigment sticks. This exciting, innovative workshop is for continuing artists of all mediums.

Fri-Sun 9:30 am-4:30pm                         Tuition: MAC member $ 310 Non member $345
Mendocino Art Center                           (Additional $15 materials fee to instructor)
45200 Little Lake St.                                Pre-register: 800 653-3328           
Mendocino, CA 95460                              http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org



Lyra Water based Graphite crayon (Blick online
Art Graf Water Based Graphite Tablets (Amazon)
Rembrandt black, white, grey soft pastel sticks,
Black, white & grey oil pigment sticks (R&F preferred)


Gel medium (pint size), and/or Polymer Medium
White and Black Acrylic Gesso 1 pint each
Black Sumi Ink (Yasutomo preferred)
1 pint Citra Solv organic natural solvent
Liquitex Clear Gesso- 1 quart

PAPERS/ SURFACES TO WORK ON: Select your choice.

Rag Drawing paper- 2 large sheets (Lennox 100, Coventry rag)
1 Cradled wood panel and/or, gessoed cardboard

1 sheets Arches hot press 140lb.or 300 lb watercolor paper—
A support board for your work
2 sheets 140 lb Watercolor paper 22”x30”, cut up into 7”x10” pieces for warm ups


Variety of brushes and/or foam rollers
3 Cosmetic spray bottles (.99 @ Bed, Bath & Beyond) or on Amazon
Variety of purchased or personally designed stencils (optional)
Mark making tools: The following are your choice: Feathers,
Different Brushes
Color Shapers
Scrapers of all kinds


Roll of practice paper
Large feather duster tools
Extra tools


MARCH 21-22, 2020


      Join me for an exhilarating adventure in contemporary figure painting with soft pastels and mixed  media. During this workshop you will initially work from a model. Focusing first on observation, then using your drawings as starting points, work toward interpretive abstraction using multiple processes. Recommended for continuing artists and very adventurous beginners who have some experience in figure drawing/painting.


 Sat- Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Marin MOCA,  500 Palm Drive
(Studio is at :781 Hamilton Parkway, behind Beso Cafe)

  Fee: Members $225;  Non-members $250 (plus model fee of $40, paid to instructor)  Register online at www.marinmoca.org  Visa and MasterCard welcome.
Registration forms are also available in the MarinMOCA lobby, 500 Palm Drive, or in theclassroom building, 781 Hamilton Parkway.

More info:  MarinMOCA office at 415.506.0137, Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 4pm or Saturday – Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Materials list: TBA

WONDROUS WAX! Abstract Intentions with HOT WAX & Mixed Media

Webbings with Red Rectangle300

 3 Day Intensive Encaustic Workshop
APRIL 24-26, 2020


This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with melted beeswax
on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels , watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels., charcoal, graphite and collage. No acrylic media. All Imagery applicable. Use mediums of choice. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists.Beginners in Encaustics are welcome!. Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools( griddles, heat guns, torches) practice surfaces and 1 panel  per student.
Fri-Sun  10 am-4 pm                     Pre-register:
Tuition: $425  ( $ 75  additional materials fee)
Jen Tough Gallery Workshop Space
Tyler St.#29 Benicia , CA 94510


Due to the nature of this workshop, the Instructor is supplying many of the materials and requires a materials fee of $75  to  help defray the costs. Please pay at the workshop. CASH is preferred payment.  


 1 Cradled, primed Birch Panels 8’x8”  for each student
 3 8 ply museum mat board , small pieces for mounting  8”x8” for practice pieces
Paint Brushes
Encaustic Medium ( wax with damar resin)
Encaustic Paint ( the rainbow spectrum plus white)
Heat Guns, torches, heating surfaces ( electric griddles, fry pans)
Graphite Powder, Charcoal powder
Some scraping tools
Some Collage tools
Some Oil Pastels , soft pastels & Drawing Media, watercolor in spray bottles
Tubs for pouring Wax


  1. You will need 300 lb w/c paper or 4 or 8 ply museum board – 1 full sheet cut up in 6 “ squares for exercises You should  have about 15 6″x6″ pieces for samplers
  2. Your collection of watercolor, drawing, oil  and collage materials including:
    Watercolor crayons, charcoal, oil pastels, water based graphite pencils, colored pencils, Oil paint sticks, graphite pencils. Wax loves Oil. No acrylic paint
  3. 3  Additonal Surfaces to work on:  Must be Absorbent and Inflexible
    2 Wood *or prepared Encaustic panels—8”x8” up to 14”
    * 1/2″  birch or finished plywood is great


           3 Bristle utility brushes ,  variety of sizes ½”, 1”, 2” – cheap are fine.
           Scissors, Tweezers,
           Collage materials: Papers, Threads, Xerox images, photos
          Masking Tape for stenciling—1/2 “ , 1”
          Rags/ Wear crummy clothes, bring an oven mitt
          The following mediums are entirely optional but extremely useful

               Oil Paint Sticks ( Sennelier or R&F are best)
               Oil Pastels
               Woody Stabilo pencils
Soft Pastels  – both stick and/or Pan pastels