Overview: Fine Art Online Classes ; Workshops March-May 2021

Please scroll down this listing for fuller descriptions of workshop and classes OR click on the menu on the right to go to specific classes and workshops to register.


All these classes and workshops utilize the Zoom platform in addition to email correspondence and frequent conversation, presentation & instruction through our private Facebook group

March22-May 3( Advance enrollment)
Mondays 1-3 pm Meet on Zoom
Tuition: $300 payable through PayPal
Pre-register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com

      March 17-April 28( Advance enrollment)

      Wednesdays 10 am-12 noon on ZoomPre-register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Tuition: $300 payable through PayPal ( go to specific workshop page for payment on Paypal
Limited enrollment to 10 participants


MARCH 20-21 ,2021
Saturday- Sunday 10 am-12noon- 1-3 pm
Meet on Zoom, work from home studios
Pre-register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Tuition $300

THE ABSTRACT BEAUTY OF BLACK ( and all the shades of Grey)
April 24-25, 2021
Saturday – Sunday 10 am-12 noon 1-3 pm
Meet on Zoom
Pre-register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Tuition: $300 payable through PayPal

MAY 22-23, 2021

Saturday-Sunday 10am-12noon 1-3 pm
Meet on Zoom , work from home studios
Tuition: $300

JUNE 19-20,2021
JUNE 26-27
Saturday- Sunday 10 am-12 noon 1-3 pm
Meet on Zoom, work from home studios
Tuition:$  425
Limited enrollment to 10 participants

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

Experiments with Graphite

2 Day Online Workshop
March 20-21, 2021

 A Meditation on Form

300sometimes-its-a-black-white-worldThis workshop is all about graphite and its multiple uses for  both  drawing and painting.

In our workshop we will be working on varied surfaces, working both small and large, with our objective being the development of 1 piece, as well as exposure to multiple processes.  The schedule will begin with morning sessions devoted to exploring different processes on different surface and the afternoons will  be devoted to the development of 1 long term piece, with opportunity to include transfers and collage in the process.

I began using graphite as a tonal medium in 1995 and it has continued to be a favorite since then.  I use it in multiple ways, on varied surfaces. and engage with it as a quiet meditation on form. My process allows me to take  deep journeys into my work in ways I cannot do with other media. Generally, the process is monochromatic, but sometimes includes subtle applications of soft pastel and additional  layering with gesso and pencil work.  

Sat-Sun 10-12 noon 1-3 pm
We meet on Zoom, working from our home studios
Tuition: $300 Pay through PayPal
 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)
 Black Rembrandt Soft Chalk Pastel ( really dense black)
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
 Black Gesso
  Black Sumi Ink
1 sheet 140 lb or 300 lb Rag Watercolor Paper 22”x30” ( Hot Press), cut in 2 pieces
 I mixed media sketch book 9”x12” ( at least 80 lb weight) for exercises
 1 Claybord  Cradled or Uncradled
 1(optional) wood panel at least 12”x12”- best if cradled and primed with white gesso
 1 sheet  matte Duralar ( needs to be fairly thick)(.005)(also called matte drafting   film)(Amazon)
 1 sheet Yupo- ( can be 9”x12”)
 Drawing Board
Protective gloves
Sand paper ( 320 grit)
Masking tape ( 1 ½”
Q Tips/ Blending Stumps/ Tortillons
Citra Solv ( waterbased potent organic solvent)
Rubbing Alcohol ( 70 %)
Trigger Sprayer with variable nozzle
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


Online: Mix Those Media!

2021 DAY: March 22- May 3 Monday 1-3 pm. ( 7 sessions online)


This vibrant online class explores abstraction with multiple layers and multiple media techniques.  Oil, cold wax, pigment sticks and collage converse on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color.  We  work with a combination of both dry & wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint, pigment sticks, charcoal, graphite and collage.  Acrylic media can serve as a base underpainting.  All imagery applicable.  Appropriate for continuing painters, who work toward developing a strong personal vocabulary.

   Both classes will meet weekly on Zoom, either  Mondays 1-3 pm or Mondays 7-9 pm for discussion,live demos, and presentation of work. It is my hope that participants can set themselves up in their home studios and work along with me. Increased dialogue occurs through weekly lessons, demos and , our private Facebook group Both classes will be limited to 10 participants.  Materials list will be supplied upon registration.


Mix Those Media!


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

Questions: mira@mirawhitefineart.com


The Abstract Beauty of Black

April 24-25, 2021

The 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.

Tuition: $300
Pre-register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Pay through PayPal




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)
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

Abstract Intentions in Cold Wax, Oil & Pigment Sticks

                           June 19-20, June 26-27 2021

Love Orange300

  ONLINE 4 Day Workshop with Mira M. White
Sat- Sun 10 am-1-3 pm (both weekends)

This workshop will  focus on a variety of innovative  techniques with oil /cold wax and pigment sticks. During our time together we will work with a variety of mixed media methods with the wax, exploring its diversity.  You will leave the workshop with at least 3 panels that can work separately or together as a triptych. For continuing painters familiar with oil media. We will meet on Zoom and work together from our home studios. Enrollment limited to 10 participants.

  • You are fascinated with Abstraction as a way to bring more personal meaning, excitement and  drama into your work.
  • You are obsessed with color, texture, and design and want to incorporate these elements more fully into your work:
  • You are fascinated with layering processes and the possibilities of layering and excavating- it is kind of an archeological dig.
  • You want to learn how to combine  pastels and oil pigment sticks in a way that enhances rather than muddies.
  • You want to experiment with  mark making, doodling and develop a  more personal   calligraphy and visual vocabulary.

       Tuition: $425 Pay through PayPal
Enrollment limited to 10 participants
For more info: mira@mirawhitefineart.com

Expressions in Wax, Oil and Pigment Sticks

Online workshop


MATERIALS LIST 7You 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. You can also use Arches Oil Paper

  1. Your collection of oil  and collage materials including:
    Oil paint, Watercolor crayons, charcoal, oil pastels, water based graphite pencils, colored pencils, Oil paint sticks, graphite pencils. Wax loves OilNo acrylic paint
  2. I use R&F Pigment sticks; also workable are Shiva, Winsor Newton & Sennelier
  3. 3  Additonal Surfaces to work on:  Must be Absorbent and Inflexible
    3 Wood *or prepared Encaustic panels—8”x8” up to 14”
    * 1/2″  birch or finished plywood is grea
    4.Gamblin cold wax 1 pint, variety of scraping, spreading tool
    4. 1pint Citra Solv or Gamblin’s Gamsol
    5. 1 tube Gamblin’s G Gel
    6. Variety of scrapers, innovative tools: Meissermeister bowl scraper( from Amazon)
    7. Bristle utility   brushes , variety of sizes ½”, 1”, 2” – cheap are fine.
    8.Scissors, Tweezers,
    9. Collage materials: Papers, Threads, Xerox images, photos
    10. Masking Tape for stenciling—11/2 “ , 2-4”
    11. Rags/ Wear crummy clothes, Protective gloves and/ or hand creme

          Nail scrubber and bar soap
         Wax paper


Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels & Mixed Media

                                     May22-23, 2021

     A wonderful opportunity to experiment with with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways in your own home studio: underpinnings with acrylics, watercolors or pastels diluted with rubbing alcohol .( No petroleum based solvents) We will be layering  with both dry and wet media. 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!

Saturday 10-12 noon 1-3 pm/  Sunday 10-12 noon 1-3 pm
Online through Zoom format

Tuition $300
Pre-Register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Pay through PayPal
Workshop limited to 10 participants


 Soft  Chalk Pastels: ( No Oil Pastels)

 1 set Nupastels ( by Prismacolor)
 1 set Rembrandts  ( can be set of ½ sticks)
: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)
10 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 (either Spectra Fix or my recipe)***
Graphite powder and dry pigments
Extra mark making tools
***Fixative recipe: part fat free milk
1 part 70% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Mix and pour into either a Pre-Val sprayer or a really good trigger sprayer

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