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 THE ABSTRACT BEAUTY OF BLACK – and all the shades of grey
FEBRUARY 7-9, Sun 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake St., Mendocino, CA 95460
Tuition: $ 345Pre-register: 1 800 653-3328 or http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org

FEBRUARY 21-23, Fri- Sun 10 am-4 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe RoadMartinez, CA
Tuition: $ 350 ( $30  additional materials fee )
Pre-register:http://www.studio55martinez.com/Tel:925 937-6422
Advance registration required

 EXPERIMENTS WITH GRAPHITE– Tuition sale through Dec.1
MARCH 13-15, 2020 10 am-4 pm
Jen Tough Gallery
806 Old Santa Fe Trail,Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Tuition: $700– Sale  tuition is $525- just through Dec.1, 2019
Pre-register:https://jentough.gallery/workshops or mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Advance registration required ( enrollment limited to 10)

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
Studio 55 55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA
Tuition: $ 425 ( plus $ 75 materials fee directly to the instructor)
Pre-register:http://www.studio55martinez.com/Tel:925 937-6422
Advance registration required ( workshop limited to 7)

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:$ 345
( 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,
806 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Tuition: TBA( $30 additional materials fee to instructor)
Pre-register:https://jentough.gallery/workshops or mira@mirawhitefineart.com

 ARCHEOLOGY OF FORM: Mira’s Mixed Media Mash Up
July17-19, 2020, Fri-bSun. 10 am-4 pm
Healdsburg Center for the Arts,
Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg, CA
Tuition: $350 ( additional materials fee of $30 for extra supplies I bring)
Kelly Ebeling <kelly@4everywhere.com>707-344-2248

SEPT. 19-20, 2020, Sat-Sun. 10 am-4 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road
Martinez, Ca
Tuition: $300 ( $40 additional models fee to the instructor)
Pre-register:Pre-register:http://www.studio55martinez.com/Tel:925 937-6422
Advance registration required

OCTOBER 17-18, Sat- Sun 10 am-4 pm
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Ave.Healdsburg, CA
Tuition: $ 275 ( additional materials fee of $30 to instructor)
Kelly Ebeling :kelly@4everywhere.com  / text :707-344-2248

 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.





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

Moon300FEBRUARY 7-9, 2020

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)
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 13-15, 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.!

  Fri-Sun 10 am- 4 pm
  Jen Tough Gallery
 806 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
  Pre-register: http://www.jentoughworkshops.com
  Tuition: $700- Sale tuition through Dec.1 $525( $ 15 additional materials fee to instructor)




Graphite Powder (comes in a 6 oz. jar)( Cretacolor brand is available on Amazon)
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
Joint Compound or Nova Texture Paste or Golden Molding Paste ( Do not get the Light Molding Paste
Oil Pigment sticks- Black, Grey/ Silver, White ( R&F preferred)

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



Mira’s Mixed Media Mash Up! Abstraction in Layers

                                                       JUNE 12-14, 2020

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                               3 Day Workshop with Mira M. White

This workshop offers new possibilities for artists who want to enrich their work by incorporating multiple media.  It focuses on the amazing possibilities available in combining acrylics with soft pastels and oil pigment sticks. It is also about creating work that strikes a deeper meaning for you.  We will be building layers, adding, subtracting, scraping, using both homemade and commercial stencils, using soft pastels and oil pigment sticks  as both a drawing and painting mediums. Acrylics, soft pastels, water soluble graphite sticks, water soluble oil pastels, oil pigment sticks  will all contribute to this mixed media mash up!  I hope you will join me!

  • You are fascinated with Abstraction as a way to bring more personal meaning, excitement and  drama into your work.
  • You want to learn more about combining the soft pastel medium with oil pigment sticks and how to incorporate it into your paintings.
  • 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 acrylics with 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.

 Jen Tough Gallery                                                                Tuition: TBA
806 Old Santa Fe Trail                                                           Pre-register: 833-278-5683/           Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505                                               https://jentoughgallery/workshops




  Paints:     Your collection of  acrylic paints , including Titanium White ( or gesso),
Black Gesso( densest black in acrylics
Oil Pigment Sticks : I like R& F but  Sennelier or Winsor Newton are fine

   Dry Media: Water soluble Graphite tools: Lyra, Art Graf
Soft Pastels :Your collection of assorted Soft Pastels, grading from hard to      very soft        (try to include Schminke Deep Violet and Prussian Blue)

   Surfaces: 10 sheets hardware grade wet/dry sandpaper 320 or 400 grit ( black)
( for warm up exercises
Arches Oil Paper pad 9″x12″  or 3 sheets 140 lb watercolor paper  22”x30”      cut                  cut into quarters   ( for warm ups)
2 sheets Watercolor Paper hot or cold press ( 140 lb OR 300 lb)( pre-gesso)
2 Cradled Wood Panels 16”x20” or much larger

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

     Additional materials:

1 pint Liquitex Clear Gesso ( has pumice-for priming watercolor paper- s bronlyand this brand only
2″ or wider Masking Tape, Bull dog Clips, Blending Stumps, Q Tips
Scraping tools : be resourceful!
Acrylic Gel medium for gluing
Wax paper ( for alcohol, pigment transfer paper)
1 qt. 70%  isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Plastic tarp / table cloth for work surface and floor-
Protective gloves and/ or hand creme
Utility Knife
Drawing board to fit paper)
Glassine paper ( or wax paper) for protective work and portfolio for storing work       work

 Fixative recipe:1 Pre-Val Paint Sprayer for fixative( aerosol can and glass jar- at any  paint store  ( You can also use Spectrafix- casein based fixative)
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





Abstract Intentions with Oil, Cold Wax & Pigment Sticks

                                      FEBRUARY  21-23

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Join me for a delicious 3 day workshop focussing entirely on abstraction with a combination of oil media and pigment sticks.  Mornings will begin with demonstrations, informal discussion of media and methods, proceed with color exercises focussing on opacity , transparency and compositional force.  Adventurous mark making will be a part of this workshop.  For continuing painters

FEB.21-23                                    Tuition:$ 350 ($30 additional materials fee to instructor)
Fri-Sun. 10 am-4 pm                        Pre-register: http://www.studio55martinez.com
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road                925 937-6422
Martinez, Ca 94553



Cold wax:  Gamblin preferred
Your collection of oil  paints
Gamblin Galkyd Gel ( in a tube)
Oil Pigment Sticks: R & F preferred(   Paul De Marrais also)Sennelier , Shiva, Winsor Newton are acceptable but not nearly as malleable)
Citra- Solv ( in lieu of Turpentine)
Additional mark making tools :
Woody pencils, Soft Pastels, Waterbased Graphite tablets( Made by Art Graf- Amazon)


Arches Oil Paper-  At least 3 sheets 22″x30″
Purchase also a pad of 9″x12″ for short term studies.
Comes in a variety of sizes- For exercises and developed paintings. Highly   recommended and capable of being mounted on panels upon finishing.
D’Arch Cold pressed watercolor paper gessoed is fine
1  cradled panel minimum 16″x20″

Brushes of all sizes- can be disposable
Scrapers, Spatulas, Color Shapers
Nitrile Gloves
Abundant supply of rags



WONDROUS WAX! Abstract Intentions with HOT WAX & Mixed Media

                                       APRIL 24-26

Wacky Wax300

 3 Day Intensive Encaustic Workshop


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               Tuition $ 425 (additional $75 materials fee to instructor)
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez      R
egister:http://www.studio55martinez.com/Tel:925 937-6422
Advance registration required ( workshop limited to 7


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                                        





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.


Please bring $ 40 cash for the models fee.

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.

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.


Graphite pencils and water-based graphite pencils or colored pencils
Black Rembrandt soft pastel
SOFT Chalk pastels  – A  good variety  is helpful
Black India ink /
Powdered Graphite   (optional)
Micron or other commercial marker pens


1st day- Large 18”x24” drawing pad and 2 or more individual sheets of  22″x30″sturdy drawing or  watercolor paper.


2nd day Canvases, wood panels,( gessoed) or watercolor paper ( gessoed) (you choose)

PAINTS: White Gesso/ Black Gesso

Choice of acrylics and brushes( need not be expensive)
Brands: Golden ( liquid or tube) or Nova (purchase online from Nova Paints)

Suggested colors:
Hansa yellow med,
Scarlet lake,
Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose,
Magenta, Violet,
Ultramarine blue, Pthalo blue,


Acrylic gel medium – for  possible collage gluing
Hand pencil sharpener-/ 220 sand paper for sharpening/ Walsco Utility Knife
Throwaway thin plastic gloves and/ or dustmask
Scissors , Erasers- kneaded and hard plastic
Masking tape or artists drafting tape- 1 1/2 inch
Drawing board- large enough for 18”x24” paper ( foam core and clips preferable)
Paint palette ( roll of wax paper & cookie sheet will do nicely)
Cheap hardware store- chinese bristle brushes 1” 2 “ & / 3
Assorted scrapers and other improvised tools you may have
Other papers for possible collage use
1 pint 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
Water Containers