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JUNE 3: MARKING YOUR STORY  with Oil,  Pigment Sticks
 All workshops: $175
See details: click on info column to the right


Contact mira:
$225 w/2 hour minimum

June 5- July 24
September 18-November 6, 2023
Mondays 10 am-1 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez
Tuition: $325

May 11-June 8
June 20-August 1 ( no class July 4)
Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 pm
Studio One Art Center
365 45th St. Oakland, CA 94610
Register: 510 597-5027
$244 Non Res $288

May 10- June 7
June 21-August 2
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 pm
June 26-August 7
Mondays 6:30-9:30 pm
Studio One Art Center
365 45th St. Oakland, CA, 94610
Register: 510 597-5027
Tuition: Res.$244 Non Res $288

CONTINUING WATERCOLOR ( for continuing watercolorists only)
May 11-June 8
June 22-August 3
Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Studio One Art Center

365 45th St. Oakland, CA 94610 510 597-5027

June 7- July 26, 2023
September 20-November 8, 2023
Wednesdays, 10 am- 1 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA

LIFE DRAWING(live models)
March 11- April 29
June 17- August 5
Saturdays 10 am-1 pm
Studio One Art Center
365 45th St. Oakland, CA 94610 510 597-5027







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New! One Day Workshops 2023: Come Play With Me!

All workshops will be from 10 am-4 pm ( Bring your lunch! Coffee & Nibbles are here.)
Tuition: $175


MAY 13: EXPERIMENTS WITH GRAPHITE ( Subtle is the key word here) 



You Bring: Gessoed paper or panel, Graphite powder, any form of graphite tools
I Bring: Additional tools, templates, papers for transfer,  fixative

JUNE 3: MARKING YOUR STORY with Oil,  Pigment Sticks, Cold Wax

Urban Maze #2

You Bring: Your paper or panel, Oil paint,  pigment sticks, 
I Bring: Cold Wax, additional oil media, solvent (biodegradable, organic) additional tools




You Bring: large watercolor paper and support board ( 22″x30″ – 30″x40″), Your Brushes, Paint & Palette
and containers for mixing & pouring. 6 small 2 oz. sprayers ( on Amazon) , large sprayer, scissors


I Bring : Additional Sprayers,  stencils, etc., templates


    Join me for  a second  wonderful opportunity to experiment with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways in gorgeous Whidbey Island: 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! Focus on this workshop will be on building structure. Open to continuing artists of all levels and media-  and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium!

Pacific Northwest Art School, Coupeville , Washington 
June 17-19, 2023 Saturday-Monday, 9 am-4 pm,
Tuition $575
Pre-Register: Coupeville, Washington, Whidbey Island


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)


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

Mail Order Suppliers:  Dakota Pastels



July 7-9, 2023

This 3 day workshop focuses on building an abstract visual structure through the application of multiple layers,  working primarily with a combination of dry media, acrylic paint and collage. Dry media includes graphite, soft pastels. 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-Monday 9:30 am-4:30 pm                         Tuition: $350
Studio55, 55 Howe Road                                             Pre-register:
Martinez, CA


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)

Collage Papers: Your collection of both bleeding and non-bleeding tissue , hand painted ,           decorative papers- all workable

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

Additional Tools:

6 small spray misters (order from: each

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


WAXING INTENSIVE:Working with Hot Wax & Mixed Media

August 18-20, 2023

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with melted beeswax on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture & color.  We work with a combination of both dry & wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint/ sticks, charcoal, graphite & collage. No acrylic media. All imagery applicable. Use mediums of choice. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists. Beginners in Encaustic are welcome.  Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools, practice surfaces and 1 panel per student.

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Friday-Sunday– a 3 day workshop
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road
 Martinez, CA
Tuition: $400

INSTRUCTOR  BRINGS : 1 Cradled, primed Birch Panels 8″x8”  for each student
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 8“ squares for exercises You should  have several 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 OilNo acrylic paint
3  Additonal Surfaces to work on:  Must be Absorbent and Inflexible2 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                                        

Breaking Boundaries With Watercolor

                                                                June 7- July 26, 2023

This watercolor class is for artists who have experience working with watercolor and have  a strong foundation in watercolor fundamentals.  Designed for intermediate/ advanced artists and very experimental in nature.  A wonderful opportunity to work with watercolor in a variety of experimental ways on both unusual formats and also 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!

Mira’s Mixed Media Mash Up!

June 5-July 24, 2023
An In Person weekly class!

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

Layers upon layers300This 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.

 This class will be limited to 10 participants, Masks are optional. Materials list will be supplied upon registration.

Payment for this class is $325.00 Payment is through PayPal to the following address:


To register for my private classes & workshops: 925 947-5773 /
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.




Abstract Intentions in Cold Wax, Oil & Pigment Sticks

                                             March 17-19, 2023


Friday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road
Martinez, CA                                      

Tuition: $ 375
 More info:

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. 

  • 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.


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