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WONDROUS WAX!#2: Working Large with Wax & Mixed Media ( 3 Day)
February 17-19, Sat- Mon. 10 am-4 pm ( previous encaustic experience helpful)
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA
Tuition: $ 425 ( plus $ 75 materials fee directly to the instructor)
Pre-register:www.studio55martinez.com/ Tel:925 937 6422 mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Advance registration recommended

WONDROUS WAX: Mixed Media Meets Melted Wax! ( 3 Day) ( All levels)
May 25-28, Fri-Mon- 9:30am-4:30 pm
Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake St. PO Box 765
Mendocino, CA 95460
Tuition: M/ $ 414 N/M $ 460 ( ( Additional Materials fee$ 85 directly to the instructor)
Pre-register: 1 800 653-3328 or http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org

June 18-22, 2018, Mon-Fri 9am-4 pm
Cloudcroft Art Workshops LLC
PO Box 1202
Cloudcroft, New Mexico, 88317
Tuition: $ 525 ( through Paypal)
Contact info: mira@mirawhitefineart.com/ or Cloudcraft Art Workshops website

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.

Stunning Abstracts with Mixed Media & Soft Pastels

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Join Mira for a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: underpaintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastels diluted with rubbing alcohol. (No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.) Learn to layer in both dry and wet processes. Set yourself free with exuberant mark making on several different types of surfaces as you explore abstract art. This class is open to all levels, including adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium.

This workshop with Mira will be a joyous adventure into abstract art. See what color, composition, line, value, mark making and edges can do when you are freed from the constraints of representational art.

June 18-22, 2018                           Tuition:    All Levels – $525
5 days – 9:00 – 4:00                        Enrollment with Paypal

Artist Website – http://miramwhite.com/
Email – mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Cloudcroft Art Workshops, LLC
P.O.Box 1202
Cloudcroft, NM 88317


                   Mixed Media Meets Melted Wax

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                           3 Day Workshop with Mira M. White

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. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists. Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools( griddles, heat guns, torches) practice surfaces and two panels per student. See materials list on instructor website:http://www.miraMwhite.com

 November 3,4,5, 2017                                            Tuition: $ 400 (to Studio 55)
Fri- Sun. 10 am-4 pm                                               Materials fee: $50 ( to Instructor)
Studio 55                                                                     Pre-register:
55 Howe RoadMartinez, CA 94553                        mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Tel. 925-937-0176


 Due to the nature of this workshop, the Instructor is supplying many of the materials and requires a materials fee of $50  to  help defray the costs. Please pay at the workshop. CASH is preferred payment.

2 Cradled, primed Birch Panels 8’x8”  for each student
8 ply museum mat board , small pieces for mounting  8”x8” for practice pieces
Texture materials: joint compound, texture paste
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

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

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. Additonal Surfaces to work on:  Must be Absorbent and Inflexible: Here are some possibilities:

   Wood *or prepared Encaustic panels—8”x8” up to 14”
Watercolor paper- 300 lb

      3 Bristle utility brushes ,  variety of sizes ½”, 1”, 2” – cheap are fine.
     Scissors, Tweezers,
     Collage materials: Papers, Threads, Xerox images, photos ( optional)
      Masking Tape for stenciling—1/2 “ , 1”
      Rags/ Wear crummy clothes,
Nitrile gloves ( optional)
     The following mediums are entirely optional but extremely useful
      Oil Paint Sticks ( Sennelier or R&F are best)
      Oil Pastels
     Watercolor crayons ( Caran D’Ache  Neo color II), Woody Stabilo)                                          





300sometimes-its-a-black-white-worldSometimes It’s A Black & White World            Mixed Media                                        © Mira M. White

This mixed media workshop focuses on the inherent beauty of black as a color. It will incorporate both drawing and painting processes and honors the rich and varied tonal & 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, silverpoint, graphite, water based graphite & graphite powder. Marker pens will be included in the mix as will both pencils and soft pastels. This exciting, innovative workshop is for continuing artists of all mediums.

Its all about finding beauty in both the dark and the light.

June 16-18, 2017                                               Tuition: $ 345
Friday- Sunday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm             Pre-register: 800 -653-3328
Mendocino Art Center                                    www.mendocinoartcenter.org
45200 Little Lake St.
Mendocino, California


THE ABSTRACT BEAUTY OF BLACK—and all the shades of grey….

Derwent Graphtone Water based Graphite set 2b, 4b,6b,8b
Lyra Water based Graphite crayon ( Blick online
Art Graf Water Based Graphite Tablets ( Amazon)
Rembrandt black, white, grey soft pastel sticks, 1 each
Powdered Charcoal & Graphite powder( Weber brand)

Gel medium ( pint size), and/or Polymer Medium
White and Black Acrylic Gesso
Silver/ iridescent acrylic ( I like Nova) and/or silver acrylic ink
Black Sumi Ink ( Yasutomo preferred)

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
Additional supplies:
3 Cosmetic spray bottles ( .99 @ Bed, Bath & Beyond)
A piece of Silver jewelry and/or a silverpoint stylus ( purchase online:www.silverpointweb.com)
Variety of purchased or personally designed stencils ( optional)
Mark making tools:The following are your choice:
Different Brushes
Color Shapers

Materials fee to instructor: $ 10

 Questions: miraMwhite@earthlink.net


                  Confident Color Choicesbred-whimsy300

Mira’s Method of Color Mixing For Water Media Painters

A few years back I developed a  unique approach to color mixing that has stimulated a number of my artist students to enrich their color palettes in significant ways.  That fact greatly influenced me to introduce this method in a 2 day workshop.  We will do considerable color exercises with this approach and apply them to paintings.  Easily applicable to the watercolorist, acrylic and oil painter, although in this workshop we will be working primarily with water based media.  No dry media.  Previous painting experience necessary.

OCTOBER 13-15 Fri-Sun. 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Tuition: $ 345
MENDOCINO ART CENTER                                        Pre-register:  800-653-332845200 Little Lake St. Mendocino, CA                               http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org


 The materials listed here are primarily for watercolor paints. I will list liquid acrylics as well, and suggest that you purchase the small Golden liquid acrylic bottles; please do not buy any tube acrylics.

 Watercolor paints: I prefer Daniel Smith,
 Hansa Yellow medium
Raw Sienna
Quinacrid0ne Gold
Quinacridone Sienna
Scarlet Lake or Cadminum Red Light
Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose
Carbazole Violet
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Pthalo Blue Red Shade or Green Shade
Cobalt Teal
Pthalo Green Yellow Shade ( PG 36
Burnt Umber
Payne’s Grey
Ivory Black

Golden Liquid Acrylics for acrylic painters ( 1 oz containers)

Hansa Yellow Medium
Raw Sienna
Quinacrizone /Nickel Azo Gold
Burnt Sienna
Napthol Red Light
Quinacridone Magenta
Dioxazine Purple
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Pthalo Blue ( Green shade or Red Shade)
Pthalo Green Yellow Shade( PG 36)
Payne’s Gray
Van Dyke Brown Historical Hue ( or Burnt Umber Dark)


 Watercolor Rounds:    (short handles, synthetics are fine; look for Richeson, Black Gold by Dynasty, Princeton, Cosmos, Imposter, Quiller or Raphael brands; key to a good brush is   spring, resiliency, and the cap bility to hold a   good point) Numbers of the sizes of brushes vary according to manufacturer. These are based on Richeson sizing:

#6  / 8
# 10 /12     ( 3/8 “ diameter)

Acrylic paimters will need similar brushes: more small than large for initial exercises. Make sure you have ROUNDS in the smaller sizes.        

PAPERS: Strathmore Watercolor Pad 9” x 12” ( for classroom exercises )
D’Arches 140 lb.  or 300 lb rag watercolor paper 22”x30” Cold Press   (3 sheets)
Panels and/or canvases are optional for acrylic painters on the last day( choice of size
SUPPORTS: 4 inflexible, smooth painting surfaces, as follows:
3  12” x 16 ” ( foam core, plywood, masonite, , plexiglass)
1 large board for 22”x30” paper – ½” foamcore


 Watercolor palette: large, rectangular, covered plastic (paint dishes on 4 sides)
 (For acrylics:: spnge lined covered palette specifically for acrylic paints)
  Spray bottle: high intensity to hold at least 1 cup water
3 small travel misters for spray painting
Water container, rags
1 1/2” or 2” masking tape ( blue painters tape is ok)
3 to 5 small plastic dishes for washes
Small sketch pad,  2h, HB pencils, magic rub eraser Binder with slide sheets for storing  color studies
Portfolio for carrying paintings and paper


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Monday-Thursday, AUGUST 14-17 , 2017              Tuition: $ 600
10 AM-4 PM                                                                    Pre-register: 866- 678-3396
PACIFIC NORTHWEST ART SCHOOL                              www.pacificnorthwestartschool.org
15NW Birch St.
Coupeville, WA 98239 ( on Whidbey Island)

Please join me for a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: under-paintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastel diluted with rubbing alcohol.( No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.) We will be layering both dry and wet processes. 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!


Soft Pastels ( no oil pastels)

    1 set Nupastels ( by Prismacolor)
    1 set Rembrandts ( can be  1/2 sticks)
    1 set either Schminke, Sennelier, Great American, Terry Ludvig ( if you are able)
    1 each of Schmincke: 59 B&D Deep Violet  & 66 B &d Prussian Blue

Papers: Surfaces

2 sheets Colorfix by Art Spectrum 20″x28″ or Premier or U Art or Pastel Mat ( Sanded Pastel Papers)
10 sheets hardware grade wet/dry sandpaper 320 grit ( black) ( for warm up exercises)
1 sheet D’Arches Watercolor Paper hot or cold press ( 300 lb preferable) ( Optional)

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

Paints:  Your collection of liquid acrylic paints and/or colored acrylic inks for under paintings

Additional materials:

1 pint Liquitex Clear Gesso ( has pumice-for priming watercolor paper- only this brand( optional)
Plastic tarp / table cloth for work surface
1 roll clear Contact Paper
2″ or wider Masking Tape, Bull dog Clips, Blending Stumps, Q Tips
             1 Pre-Val Paint Sprayer for fixative( aerosol can and glass jar- at any paint store   
             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.
Protective gloves and/ or hand creme
Utility Knife
Drawing board to fit paper
Portable Easel ( optional)
Glassine paper ( or wax paper) for protective work and portfolio for storing work

Mail order supplier: Dakota Pastels:www.dakotapastels.com