ABSTRACTING THE FIGURE WITH MIXED MEDIA

2 WORKSHOPS 2 LOCATIONS

JULY 11-12, 2020

                                 SEPTEMBER  19-20, 2020

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Join me for an exhilarating adventure in contemporary figure painting with 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.

July 11-12Marin MOCA
781  Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949
Sat-Sun 10-4
Tuition $ 275 ( plus $25 models fee to instructor)
Register: http://www.marinmoca.org/ 415-506-0137    

Sept. 19-20 Studio 55
55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA 94553

Sat- Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuition: $ 300 ( $30 additional models fee to instructor)
 Register online at www.studio55martinez.co/ 925 937-6422

MATERIALS LIST:

Please bring 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.

DRY MEDIA:

Graphite pencils and water-based graphite pencils or colored pencils
Black Rembrandt soft pastel
Black India ink /
Powdered Graphite  (optional)
Micron or other commercial marker pens
Oil pastels and/ or oil pigment sticks ( optional)

PAPERS/ SURFACES TO WORK ON:

Large 18”x24” drawing pad and 2 or more individual sheets of  22″x30″sturdy drawing or  watercolor paper. for work with our model

PRE-PRIME  1 SHEET  WATERCOLOR AND/OR DRAWING PAPER FOR PAINTING WITH WHITE ACRYLIC GESSO

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,

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

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
Water containers- good size,
70%  Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
Citra Solv ( for pigment sticks) (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  ABSTRACTING THE FIGURE WITH MIXED MEDIA  (March workshop postponed: please see new dates  
JULY 11-12, 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 17-19, 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)

 ABSTRACTION IN LAYERS: A MIXED MEDIA MASH-UP: Oil & Water based media
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: 707 937-5818 or http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org

 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

ABSTRACT INTENTIONS WITH MIXED MEDIA & PIGMENT STICKS
AUGUST 14-16, 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

ABSTRACTING THE FIGURE WITH MIXED MEDIA
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

EXPERIMENTS WITH GRAPHITE (Workshop is on hold due to the virus, but stay tuned for updates)
OCTOBER 19-21 10 am-4 pm
Jen Tough Gallery,806 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa FE, New Mexico,87505
Tuition: $ 700 ( additional materials fee of $30 to instructor)
Pre-register: wwwcontemporaryartworkshops.com/ 833 278-5683
Advance registration required

HOT/COLD: EXPRESSIONS IN WAX!
NOVEMBER 5-7, Fri- Sun 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake St. Mendocino, CA  94560
Tuition: $360  Additional Materials fee  directly to the instructor $75
Pre-register: http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org / 707  937-5818

 

 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.

 

 

 

 

WONDROUS WAX! Abstract Intentions with HOT WAX & Mixed Media

                                       APRIL 17-19, 2020

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 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

 

 MATERIALS LIST

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.  

 INSTRUCTOR  BRINGS :

 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

MATERIALS YOU BRING :  

  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

ADDITIONAL:

           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                                        

 

 

 

ABSTRACTION IN LAYERS:Mira’s Mixed Media Mash Up

                MAY 23-25, 2020

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This vibrant workshop 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.

 Sat- Monday 9:30-4:30 pm         Tuition: $345 ( Additional Materials Fee of $30 )
Mendocino Art Center                Pre-register: 800 653-3328
45200 Little Lake St.                    http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org
Mendocino, CA 95460

MATERIALS LIST:

PAINTS: Your collection of both oils and acrylic paints.  Please include white,  black, yellow or raw sienna, scarlet red, rose red, ultra and pthalo blue- other colors viable.
OIL PIGMENT STICKS:  I like R &F but others are fine
DRY MEDIA: Soft Pastels- the softer the better
MEDIUM: Gamblin Galkyd Gel or solvent free gel.
SURFACES: 1 Arches Oil Paper pads 9″x12d” or 12″x16″ ( for warm ups)
                      2 sheets D-Arches watercolor paper 22″x30″ primed with gesso. (optional) 
                     2 or 3 cradled panels at least 12″x12″
TOOLS & ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
2-3 different palette knives and scraping tools
Bowl silicon scraper – Messermeister from Amazon
Smooth foam rollers- a contractor pack with handle
Assorted brushes
Waxed paper or freezer paper
Palette of some sort
Masking Tape
Protective nitrile gloves
Collage papers of choice

(The materials fee will cover the additional materials I will be bringing up for group use: graphite, some pigments, additional pastels and pigment sticks, powders, cold wax medium)

 

Abstract Intentions with Oil, Cold Wax & Pigment Sticks

                                      AUGUST 14-16

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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

MATERIALS LIST:

YOU BRING:

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)

SURFACES:

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″

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

 

 

EXPERIMENTS WITH GRAPHITE

                         A QUIET MEDITATION ON FORM                          

                                  OCTOBER 19-21, 2020

Update: Workshop is on hold due to the virus, but stay tuned for updates and alternate locations….

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 for  both  drawing and painting.

     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. I also want to include in this workshop an exposure to silverpoint, a metal point tool that pre-dated the graphite pencil; it was widely used in the Renaissance in preparatory drawing, and I enjoy incorporating it in  my experimental graphite work.

     I find alternating between working quietly with dry mediums and my larger, layered multiple media works gives me increasingly fresh perspectives  and opens up new possibilities.

      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.

 Mon-Wed 10 am- 4 pm
  Jen Tough Gallery
 806 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
  Pre-register: http://www.contemporaryartworkshops.com
  Tuition: $700 ( $ 15 additional materials fee to instructor)

 

MATERIALS LIST:    YOU BRING:

DRY MEDIA:

Graphite Powder (comes  in both water soluble and oil soluble)
Lyra Water based graphite stick-  set of 3 ( Amazon)comes 2B, 6B / 9B
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
Silverpoint tool
WET MEDIA:
White Gesso, Black Gesso, Black Sumi Ink, Gel medium for gluing

SURFACES:

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
2 Claybord  panels Cradled  8”x8” ,
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”)

OTHER:
Protective gloves, Scissors
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
Rags , 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 .

 

 

HOT/ COLD: EXPRESSIONS IN WAX!

                                                  NOVEMBER 6-8, 2020

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                               3 Day Workshop with Mira M. White

This workshop will first focus on hot wax techniques that are then amplified 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 want to learn more about combining the encaustic 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  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.

 Mendocino Art Center                  Tuition: $360 plus $75 dollar additional materials fee
45200 Little Lake St.                                            directly to the instructor
Mendocino, CA 95460
Pre-register: http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org / 707937-5818

 

MATERIALS LIST

 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.  

 INSTRUCTOR  BRINGS :

 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
Pigment sticks
Some Oil Pastels , soft pastels & Drawing Media, watercolor in spray bottles
Tubs for pouring Wax

MATERIALS YOU BRING :  

  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. You can also use Arches Oil Paper
  2. Your collection of 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. 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 great

ADDITIONAL:

            Gamblin cold wax 1 pint, variety of scraping, spreading tool
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,
          Protective gloves and/ or hand creme
          Nail scrubber and bar soap
         Wax paper