FINE ART CLASSES & WORKSHOPS 2022

YAY! IN PERSON WORKSHOPS ARE BACK!!!!!

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.

 

ONLINE WEEKLY CLASSES

ONLINE: WONDROUS WATERCOLOR
January12- February 23 ( 7 weeks)
Wednesdays 10 am-12 noon
Register: http://www.miraMwhitefineartworkshops.com/ mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Tuition: $300 ( pay through pay pal  preferred

EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING
January 15- February 25
Fridays 10 12 noon (7 weeks)
Register: http://www.miraMwhitefineartworkshops.com/ mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Tuition: $300 ( pay through pay pal  preferred)

 

IN PERSON WEEKLY CLASSESMIRA’S MIXED MEDIA MASH UP
January 17- March  7(no class Feb.7(7weeks)
Mondays 10 am-1 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez
Register: http://www.studio55martinez.com
Tuition: $300 

THE WAY OF WATERCOLOR
January12-March 2
March 16-May 4
May 18- June 29
July 13-Aug.31
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 pm
Studio One Art Center
365 45th St. Oakland, CA, 94610
Register: http://www.studiooneartcenter.net/ 510 597-5027
Tuition: Res.$244 Non Res $288

MIX THOSE MEDIA!
January11-March 1
March 15-May 3
May 17-June 28
July 12-Aug.30
Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 pm
Studio One Art Center
365 45th St. Oakland, CA 94610
Register: http://www.studiooneartcenter.net/ 510 597-5027
Tuition:Res. $244 Non Res $288

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

IN PERSON WORKSHOPS

THE ABSTRACT BEAUTY OF BLACK
February 26-27
Saturday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA 94553
 Pre-Register: http://www.studio55martinez.com
Tuition: $350

THE ARCHEOLOGY OF FORM: ABSTRACTION IN LAYERS
March 19-20
Saturday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA 94553
 Pre-Register: http://www.studio55martinez.com
Tuition: $350

WATERCOLOR INTENSIVE-WORKING LARGE!
April  23-24
Saturday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA 94553
 Pre-Register: http://www.studio55martinez.comTuition: $350

June 10-12
Saturday-Monday 10 am-4 pm
Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake St.
Mendocino, CA 94560
Pre-register:https://www.mendocinoartcenter.org

STUNNING ABSTRACTS WITH SOFT PASTELS & MIXED MEDIA
July 16-18,
Sat-Mon. 9 am-4 pm
PacificNorthwest Art School
15 NW Birch St Coupeville, WA 98239
Office Hours: 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: (360)-678-3396
Toll Free: (866)-678-3396
Email: info@pacificnorthwestartschool.org
Tuition :$675
Pre-register:https://pacificnorthwestartschool.org/product/white-mira-6247-stunning-abstracts-and-soft-pastels-july-16-18/

 

 

 

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.

The Abstract Beauty of Black

IN PERSON WORKSHOP!!!  February 26-27, 2022

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. Workshop limited to 7 persons, with social distancing and masks required.

Sat-Sun. 10 am-4 pm 
STUDIO 55, 55 HOWE ROAD, MARTINEZ, CA
Tuition: $350
Pre-register:https://www.studio55martinez.com

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MATERIALS LIST: 

DRY MEDIA:

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)

Jar of Graphite or Charcoal powder

LIQUID MEDIA:

Gel medium (pint size), and/or Polymer Medium
White and Black Acrylic Gesso 1 QUART 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”,  or 30’X40″cut up into 7”x10” pieces for warm ups 

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES:

Large bucket for wild floor work

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
Sponges
Rags/ large plastic tarp for floor work/ crummy clothes
Scrapers of all kinds

Roll of practice paper

Mira’s Mixed Media Mash Up!

January 17-March 7
An In Person weekly class!

Monday mornings 10 am-1 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA

BBlue HavenThis vibrant  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.The class will meet weekly from 10 am-1 pm for discussion, live demos, an opportunity to work in class and presentation of work. It is my hope that participants can  exchange ideas and form a lively exchange.   Continue reading

STUNNING ABSTRACTS WITH SOFT PASTELS & MIXED MEDIA: 2 dates and locations

    Join me for  a wonderful opportunity to experiment with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: 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!

Online: May 14-15 10 am-12 noon 1 pm-3 pm
Mendocino art center, run on ZOOM
Tuition: $ 260
Pre-register: https://www.mendocinoartcenter.org

 

In Person:Saturday-Monday, 9 am-4 pm,
Pacific Northwest Art School, Coupeville Washington, Whidbey Island                                                                                Tuition $675
Pre-Register: 
https://pacificnorthwestartschool.org Coupeville, Washington, Whidbey Island

 

MATERIALS LIST:YOU BRING:

Soft  Chalk Pastels: Your collection of soft chalk pastels, preferably:  Schmincke, Sennelier, or Great American ArtWorks  , ( the richer and softer pigment load make for a richer , more vibrant result) and 1 set of Rembrandts for foundation work.

 Papers: Surfaces

  2 sheets  full size Gesso Primed 140 lb or 300 lb watercolor paper ( both sides)
  2 12”x12” cradled panels, primed with 2 coats gesso (can be larger)
  10 sheets of hardware grade 320 grit wet/dry sand paper( 8″x10″ ( It is black) ( for  warm   up exercises)

Paints & other media: Your collection of acrylic paints / colored inks, collage  papers,colored pencil, oil pastels, graphite tools

 Brushes: An assortment of inexpensive hog bristle brushes that can withstand sanded pastel papers,acrylic paint, and painting with rubbing alcohol on a roughened surface.

Additional materials:

 Acrylic Gel Medium for gluing collage papers
 1 pint Liquitex Clear Gesso ( has pumice, for layered priming – only this brand)

 70 % isopropyl rubbing alcohol 1 pt.
 Trigger sprayer with variable spray ( 8 oz size)
 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, water containers
 Glassine paper for protecting work. and portfolio ( can be homemade & cardboard) for storing work

 Fixative for pastels( archival) :Use Spectrafix or my own fixative:

1part 70%isopropyl rubbing alcohol
1part fat free milk
(combine and spray in a Pre-Val Sprayer( any hardware / paint store has this)

 

INSTRUCTOR BRINGS:


Graphite powder and dry pigments,
Additional tools and mediums
Extra mark making tools

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING

January 15- February 25, 2022

(Online)

MATERIALS

I am delighted to offer this experimental drawing class, which will be devoted to using many unconventional tools and processes to explore graphic expression. We will be working  with a variety of both color and tonal media. Zoom will be our meeting place.  I envision this class as a fun way to loosen up our practice  and discover new avenues of approach. Open to artists of all levels with a sense of adventure.

January 15-Feb.26                     Tuition: $300                                                    
Fridays 10am-12. noon              Pre-register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com

MATERIALS

Drawing Paper:( Your choice of:)
Hot press watercolor paper 90 or 140 lb or
2 sheets Coventry Rag, Stonehenge Rising printmaking paper – white
Multi media sketchbook 
Graphite powder
Charcoal powder
Sumi Ink
Watercolor crayons and/or pencils
Art Graf tailors chalk ( Amazon)-looks like dark chocolate
Lyra Water based graphite sticks
Rags,  TP for smearing dry media
Q tips, tortillons or blending stumps
Templates/ homemade stencils
Your collection of graphite pencils
Dip pens of all sizes for working with ink
small spray misters ( travel section @ Bed Bath Beyond or Amazon)

WATERCOLOR INTENSIVE: WORKING LARGE

April 23-24, 2022

     A wonderful opportunity to experiment with with watercolor in a variety of experimental ways on a large scale.Historically we associate watercolor with small scale works on paper. In this workshop, our efforts will be magnified, very physical and exciting. We will be working wet & dry. Open to continuing artists who love  the adventure of the way of watercolor, and those who want to explore and expand their personal vision and celebrate the versatility of this vibrant medium!

Sat-Sun 10 am-4 PM
Studio55,55 Howe Road Martinez, Ca
Tuition $350
Pre-Register: http://www.studio55martinez.com
Workshop limited to 10 participants

MATERIALS LIST:

 Paints:

Tube watercolors: I primarily  use Daniel Smith, some Winsor Newton, Holbein and Graham
Suggested colors: Cadmium Yellow Hue, both medium & Deep, Quinacridone Gold,
                               Cadmum Orange Hue,Quinacridone Sienna, Quinacridone Coral,  Cadmium Scaret Hue, Pyrrol Red   
                               Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridone Magenta, Carbazole Violet
                                French Ultramarine Blue, Indanthrone Blue, Pthalo Blue
                                Pthalo Green Yellow Shade (PG 36), Perylene Green
                                Payne’s Grey, Lunar Black

( This is just my collection- feel free to eliminate or add your own choices)
                                                          

PAPERS:

A roll of 44″x10 yd D’Arches cold press or hot press watercolor paper,  The process for flattening the paper is a bit arduous, but well worth the effort. ( To be explained)
5 sheets 22″x30″ D’Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper.

BRUSHES:
Your collection of both rounds and flats, making sure you have some really big round mop brushes 
7″ Hake goat hair brush (wide flats made by Mandalay: get at Jerry’s Artarama online

SUPPORT BOARDS:

Boards need to fit size of paper:1/2″ foam core about 30″x40″ because it is light.  If you prefer, plywood will work fine.
2 large  sheets  old plexiglass  30″x40″(the plexiglass can be thin sheets)

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

Covered Palette,
smaller plastic dishes for mixing and pouring

6 small travel size spray misters ( on Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond)
Larger spray bottle for water

White metal mixing tray 
2 “ or wider Masking tape, Bull dog clips , Blending stumps/Q tips
Portfolio ( can be homemade & cardboard) for storing work
Extra mark making tools: scrapers, silicone wedges
Roll of paper towels
Rags ( to use as brushes)

 

 

The Archeology of Form: Abstraction in Layers

March 19-20, 2022

This 2 day workshop focuses on building an abstract visual structure through the application of multiple layers, working primarily with a combination of dry media ,acrylic paints & collage. Dry media includes  graphite, soft pastels,  transfers,.  We do morning exercises, have informal lecture and continual demonstration. The intention of this workshop is to enrich your current practice with a combination of spontaneous, innovative  paint processes and mark making. Ample time for  personal exploration and individual attention.  For continuing artists.

Saturday – Sunday 10 am-4pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez, Ca
Tuition: $ 350
Pre-register: https://www.studio55martinez.com

 MATERIALS LIST:

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, 140 lb or 300 lb hot or cold press
                      10 pieces smaller sheets of Strathmore watercolor for exercises
                      2 same size size cradled wood panel at least 12″  for o focused diptych

 Mediums: Gel medium- mat or gloss &  Liquitex Clear Gesso( I use this as both a clear barrier and a tooth providing surface, as this gesso has pumice in it- great product)

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)

 

Archeology of Form

2 day workshop in person

$275.00