OVERVIEW MIRA M. WHITE FINE ART WORKSHOPS 2017-2018

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COLOR MATTERS! Making Confident Color Choices
March 25-26, Sat- Sun. 10 am-4 pm
Art Studio, Room 16
MEHER SCHOOLS
999 Leland Drive, Lafayette, CA 94549
Tuition: $ 200
Pre-register: 925 947-5773 / miraMwhite@earthlink.net

 

THE ABSTRACT BEAUTY OF BLACK
June16-18, 2017, Fri-Mon. 9:30 am-4:30 pm
MENDOCINO ART CENTER
45200 Little Lake St. Mendocino, CA
More information TBA

 

STUNNING ABSTRACTS WITH SOFT PASTELS ( 4 DAY)
August 14-17, 2017 Mon-Thurs
PACIFIC NORTHWEST ART SCHOOL
15 NW Birch St.
Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA 98239
http://www.pacificnorthwestartschool.org
Tel. 360 678-3396
More information TBA

STUNNING ABSTRACTS WITH MIXED MEDIA & SOFT PASTELS ( 5 DAY)
June 18-22, 2018, Mon-Fri 9am-4 pm
CLOUDCROFT ART WORKSHOPS LLC
PO Box 1202
Cloudcroft, New Mexico, 88317
http://www.cloudcraftart.com
More information TBA

 

 

 

To register for my private workshops: 925 947-5773 / miraMwhite@earthlink.net
REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY FOR MY PRIVATE WORKSHOPS: Cancellation will yield a refund only if cancellation occurs no later than 3 weeks before said workshop.

 

COLOR MATTERS!

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Mira’s Method of Color Mixing For Water Media Painters

A few years back I developed a  unique approach to color mixing that has stimulated a number of my artist students to enrich their color palettes in significant ways.  That fact greatly influenced me to introduce this method in a 2 day workshop.  We will do considerable color exercises with this approach and apply them to paintings.  Easily applicable to the watercolorist, acrylic and oil painter, although in this workshop we will be working primarily with water based media.  No dry media.  Previous painting experience helpful.

JUNE 25-26 Sat . Sun 10 am-4 pm                                            Tuition: $ 200
Art Studio, Room 16, Meher Schools                                       Pre-register 925 947-5773
999 Leland Dr. Lafayette, CA 94549                                                           miraMwhite@earthlink.net

MATERIALS LIST FOR BOTH WATERCOLOR AND ACRYLIC PAINTERS

 The materials listed here are primarily for watercolor paints. I will list liquid acrylics as well, and suggest that you purchase the small Golden liquid acrylic bottles; please do not buy any tube acrylics.

 Watercolor paints: I prefer Daniel Smith,

                  Hansa Yellow medium
Raw Sienna
Quinacrid0ne Gold
Quinacridone Sienna
Scarlet Lake or Cadminum Red Light
Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose
Carbazole Violet
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Pthalo Blue Red Shade or Green Shade
Cobalt Teal
Pthalo Green Yellow Shade ( PG 36
Burnt Umber
Payne’s Grey
Ivory Black

Golden Liquid Acrylics for acrylic painters ( 1 oz containers)

Hansa Yellow Medium
Raw Sienna
Quinacrizone /Nickel Azo Gold
Burnt Sienna
Napthol Red Light
Quinacridone Magenta
Dioxazine Purple
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Pthalo Blue ( Green shade or Red Shade)
Teal
Pthalo Green Yellow Shade( PG 36)
Payne’s Gray
Black
Van Dyke Brown Historical Hue ( or Burnt Umber Dark)

 BRUSHES:

 Watercolor Rounds:    (short handles, synthetics are fine; look for Richeson, Black Gold by Dynasty, Princeton, Cosmos, Imposter, Quiller or Raphael brands; key to a good brush is   spring, resiliency, and the cap bility to hold a   good point) Numbers of the sizes of brushes vary according to manufacturer. These are based on Richeson sizing:

Sizes:
#6  / 8
# 10 /12     ( 3/8 “ diameter)

Acrylic paimters will need similar brushes: more small than large for initial exercises. Make sure you have ROUNDS in the smaller sizes.        

PAPERS: Strathmore Watercolor Pad 9” x 12” ( for classroom exercises )
D’Arches 140 lb. rag watercolor paper 22”x30” Cold Press   (3 sheets)
SUPPORTS: 4 inflexible, smooth painting surfaces, as follows:
3  12” x 16 ” ( foam core, plywood, masonite, drawing boards, plexiglass)                                       1 large board for 22”x30” paper – ½” foamcore

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES:

 Watercolor palette: large, rectangular, covered plastic (paint dishes on 4 sides)

             (For acrylics:: spnge lined covered palette specifically for acrylic paints)
  Spray bottle: high intensity to hold at least 1 cup water
Water container, rags
1 1/2” or 2” masking tape ( blue painters tape is ok)
3 to 5 small plastic dishes for washes
Small sketch pad,  2h, HB pencils, magic rub eraser Binder with slide sheets for storing  color studies
Portfolio for carrying paintings and paper

 

 

 

 

 

STUNNING ABSTRACTS WITH SOFT PASTELS

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DAKOTA PASTELS: SEPT. 29, 30, 31, 2016

Thurs/ Fri/ Sat/ 10 am-4 pm
Dakota Pastels Art Center
PO Box 2258 Mt. Vernon, Washington, 98273
17873 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
info@dakotaartcenter.com
888.345.0067 (ext 5)
Tuition: $ 350

Please join me for 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!

MATERIALS LIST:

Soft Pastels ( no oil pastels)

    1 set Nupastels ( by Prismacolor)
    1 set Rembrandts ( can be  1/2 sticks)
    1 set either Schminke, Sennelier, Great American, Terry Ludvig ( if you are able)
    1 each of Schmincke: 59 B&D Deep Violet  & 66 B &d Prussian Blue

Papers: Surfaces

2 sheets Colorfix by Art Spectrum 20″x28″ or Premier or U Art or Pastel Mat ( Sanded Pastel Papers)
10 sheets hardware grade wet/dry sandpaper 320 grit ( black) ( for warm up exercises)
1 sheet D’Arches Watercolor Paper hot or cold press ( 300 lb preferable) ( Optional)

Brushes:  An assortment of inexpensive hog bristle brushes that can withstand sanded pastel papers, alcohol and acrylics ( include a 1 1/2″ and a 2″ brush

Paints:  Your collection of liquid acrylic paints and/or colored acrylic inks for under paintings

Additional materials:

1 pint Liquitex Clear Gesso ( has pumice-for priming watercolor paper- only this brand( optional)
Plastic tarp / table cloth for work surface
1 roll clear Contact Paper
2″ or wider Masking Tape, Bull dog Clips, Blending Stumps, Q Tips
FOR FIXATIVE RECIPE:
             1 Pre-Val Paint Sprayer for fixative( aerosol can and glass jar- at any paint store   
             1 small container fat free milk
             1 small container 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol
MIX 50% alcohol & 50% fat free milk into glass jar of paint sprayer.
Protective gloves and/ or hand creme
Utility Knife
Drawing board to fit paper
Portable Easel ( optional)
Glassine paper ( or wax paper) for protective work and portfolio for storing work

Mail order supplier: Dakota Pastels:www.dakotapastels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABSTRACTING THE LANDSCAPE WITH MIXED MEDIA/ SOFT PASTELS

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             MAY 13, 14, 15, 2016  Fri- Sun, 9:30am-4:30 pm
             Mendocino Art Center, Little Lake St., Mendocino, CA
             Tuition: MAC members $ 310  Non Members $ 345  
             Pre-register: 800- 653-3328/ http://mendocinoartcenter.org

     Do you love to play with materials, are tired of traditional , predictable landscape painting? Would you like to move forward toward a more personal expression yet still keep a hold on landscape imagery?

     To abstract means, basically, to simplify, to edit. You might alter color, simplify form and composition, introduce texture, go minimal with imagery, incorporate collage, build layers with texture paste, work on a variety of surfaces ( panels, paper or canvas, ) Each of these variables will be introduced and developed during this workshop. Both dry and wet media will be incorporated. Media may include watercolor, acrylic, oil pastels, oil sticks in addition to a variety of collage materials Previous experience in painting is a necessity.  Please join me for 3 days of delicious experimentation ! Our journey will progress from outward , external images to more abstract, playful and imaginative solutions.
   

 Please see materials list below:

 ABSTRACTING THE LANDSCAPE With MiXED MEDIA!

This workshop involves creating artworks from a variety of materials. Artists acquire a great many supplies in their experiments with form and color. You will already have many of these materials.

BRING YOUR COLLECTION OF MATERIALS THAT YOU KNOW & LOVE!

 Please note that the list below is a general reference list for your perusal.
Many items are optional and will be approached with ample demonstrations and discussion.

\DRY MEDIA:

Graphite pencils and water-based graphite pencils Charcoal- compressed and vine
Chalk pastels , oil pastels , Oil Paint Sticks Black water soluble ink /colored inks
Powdered Charcoal & Powdered Graphite( Weber brand) ( Sharpies,

PAPERS/ SURFACES TO WORK ON:
1 pad of 14”x17” padCanvas paper/ watercolor paper or drawing for morning warm up exercises ( Canson makes a Mixed Media paper pad that is strong- (98 lb)

 1 or more wood panels with cradles ( backing supports) for building layers(panel should be at least 12”x12” ( can be a diptych or triptych)

 1 good size panel or watercolor paper ( at least 22”x30” ) for developing a painting that will incorporate multiple media. ( If using watercolor paper, please use 300 lb)

PAINTS: Choice of watercolors/ acrylics and brushes( need not be expensive)

Suggested colors: Hansa yellow med,  Quinacridone Yellow ( if acrylic, called Quinacridone Yellow Azo Gold)   Scarlet lake, Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose, Magenta, Violet, Ultramarine blue, Pthalo blue,Titanium white, Lamp or carbon black , using acrylics)

Note: I prefer to use white and black gesso )

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

Paint Rollers ( smooth foam) Scrapers,
Drawing board Clips/ Masking tape/ 1 ½”( not blue tape) Walsco Utility Knife
Throwaway thin plastic gloves and/ or dustmask
Scissors , Erasers- kneaded and hard plasticfor collage
Paint palette ( roll of wax paper & cookie sheet will do nicely)
Cheap hardware store- chinese bristle brushes 1” 2 “ & / 3 “
An assortment of magazines for collage Photographs and/or drawings for reference
Acrylic gel medium for gluing collage materials or PVA glue

INSTRUCTOR BRINGS TEXTURE PASTE AND ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES FOR THE GROUP TO USE.    MATERIALS FEE OF $ 25 PER PERSON TO INSTRUCTOR AT TIME OF WORKSHOP. CASH IS PREFERRED MEANS OF PAYMENT

 

PLAYTIME WITH HOT WAX AND MIXED MEDIA! 4 Day Workshop

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JULY 18-21, 2016 Mon- Thurs. 9:30 am- 4:30 pm,
Mendocino Art Center, Little Lake St. Mendocino, CA,
Tuition:Member: $ 460 10% discount to MAC members
Pre-register: 1 800 653-3328 / http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org

This workshop is a retreat into the seductive , luminous world of painting with melted wax! It is a rather synthetic medium, in that it gathers into itself collage, oils, graphite , soft & oil pastels, watercolor. It is, in fact, the glue that
pulls many mediums into a cohesive whole. I hope you will join me for this enticing adventure!
For continuing artists .

MATERIALS LIST:

For Mendocino participants only: Due to the nature of this workshop, the Instructor is supplying many of the materials and requires a materials fee of $50 to help defray the costs. Please pay at the workshop. Cash is preferred payment

INSTRUCTOR BRINGS :

2 practice boards  8’x8” for each student
2 pieces 8″x8″ 8 ply museum mat board for practice
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 & Drawing Media

YOU BRING:

1/2  sheet 4 or 8 ply rag museum board cut into 8″ squares   (about 10 pieces)
Choose:3 or more surfaces to work on ( Must be absorbent and inflexible)
1. Wood *or prepared Encaustic panels
2. Paper ( Rag Drawing or Watercolor) Archival 4 & 8 ply museum boards are great
Your collection of drawing & painting materials- everything except NO ACRYLIC PAINT. Wax loves Oil.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT WANT TO BRING FOR YOUR CREATIVE WORK:
Collage materials:mages, photos Papers, Threads,
Xerox copies for photo transfers
Joint Compound
3 Bristle utility brushes , variety of sizes ½”, 1”, 2” – cheap are fine.
Scissors, Tweezers,
Blue Painters tape 1 “- 1 ½”
Masking Tape for stenciling—1/2 “ , 1”
Rags/ Wear crummy clothes, bring an oven mitt

STUNNING ABSTRACTS WITH SOFT PASTELS

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DAKOTA PASTELS: SEPT. 29, 30, 31, 2016
Thurs/ Fri/ Sat/ 10 am-4 pm
Dakota Pastels Art Center
PO Box 2258 Mt. Vernon, Washington, 98273
17873 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
info@dakotaartcenter.com
888.345.0067 (ext 5)
Tuition: TBA

Please join me for 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!


                                                                      

 

MIX THOSE MEDIA! An Experimental Workshop

August 10-12, 2016  WED-FRI 10 am- 4 pm                                             Tuition: Members $ 375 Non Members $ 425
Bascom Art Center,
323 Franklin Road, Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Pre-register:http://www.thebascom.org
828787-2865

 

 

MATERIALS LIST

 SURFACES: Please bring with you several canvases and papers. Here are some suggestions to select from:

  1. 4 ply rag museum board( or 8 ply if you can get it)
  2. 300 lb watercolor paper at least 22”x30”- cold or hot press- your choice
  3. Canvas on panel or on stretchers.
  4. Prepared panels available in catalogues.

 

PAINTS: Please bring your collection of water based and dry media:

  •  Acrylics, liquid and/ or tube, brushes and/ or Gouache, Colored Inks
  • ** Dry media includes: Graphite, pencils , graphite powder, Soft Pastels, (I use Nu Pastels, Rembrandts, Sennelier and Shmincke) Colored Pencils,
  • Erasers( kneaded and Magic Rub Hard Plastic Eraser), Blending stumps
  • (assorted sizes)
  • Acrylic mediums: soft gel gloss, polymer medium, molding paste

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

  • 1pint Liquitex Clear Gesso ( It has pumice in it-this brand only)
  • 2 packages 320 grit wet/dry sand paper. ( It is black)
  • 1 pt 70% rubbing alcohol
  • 1 roll clear contact paper ( I like Targets brand)
  • 2-3” masking tape ( not the blue stuff) 
  • Variety of Brushes- house painting flats as well as standard painting brushes
  • Scissors/ exacto knife
  • 2 8 oz. spray bottles ( 1 for water, 1 for rubbing alcohol)
  • Hair dryer ( optional)
  • 3 or 4 lidded containers for storing liquified paint
  • Lots of rags/ latex or nitrile protective gloves and/ or protective hand crème
  • Collage materials of your choice: magazines, old paintings, etc ( optional) 

MY APPROACH

It is important to mention that this workshop is medium, materials and method based.
Imagery will be according to personal preference. You may work from any perspective:

  •  Visual Observation: Landscape, objects
  • Photographs that you bring
  • Sketches that you bring
  • From ideas that emerge as you work
  • From poetry, mythology, personal visions
  • 6.From the magical play of form and color as you layer and combine media.
  • TENTATIVE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
  • The general format will include an informal lecture and demonstration of differentprocesses each morning, followed by individual help on participant designed projects.Very important: Please feel free to work at your own pace. While there will be muchinformation and many approaches covered, no one is expected to produce a completepiece each day.
  • Day 1: Intro demo on variety of methods and layering techniques and workshop
  • rhythm.Short term warm up exercises .
  • Demo: Working with molding paste , acrylic, graphite, collage and introduction to
  • : Pouring Techniques: Acrylic and/or watercolor. Using cut outs and”
  • negative painting in the layering process//
  • Work on self designated projects using some of the above mentioned processes.
  • Day 2:Warm up exercises Brief Demo on developing paintings with acrylic, pastel and collage, including some transfer processes
  • Day 3: warm up exercises Soft pastels in the mix
  • Questions: e mail me: miraMwhite@earthlink.net