Overview: Fine Art Online& In Person Classes ; Workshops Spring & Summer 2021

IN P ERSON WORKSHOPS RETURNING SUMMER 2021- STAY TUNED!

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.

WEEKLY CLASSES

ONLINE: MIX THOSE MEDIA
MAY 31-JULY 12 (Advance Enrollment)
Mondays 1-3 pm Meet on Zoom
Tuition: $300 payable through PayPal or check
Pre-register:mira@mirawhitefineart.com

ONLINE: WONDROUS WATERCOLOR
 MAY 26-JULY 7( Advance enrollment) 7 meetings
 Wednesdays 10 am-12 noon on ZoomPre-register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Tuition: $300 payable through PayPal ( go to specific workshop page for payment on Paypal
Limited enrollment to 10 participants

ONLINE WORKSHOPS:

 STUNNING ABSTRACTS WITH SOFT PASTELS & MIXED MEDIA
MAY 22-23, 2021

Saturday-Sunday 10am-12noon 1-3 pm
Meet on Zoom , work from home studios
Pre-register:mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Tuition: $300

The ARCHEOLOGY OF FORM:ABSTRACTION IN LAYERS
JUNE 19-20,2021
Saturday- Sunday 10 am-12 noon 1-3 pm
Meet on Zoom, work from home studios
Pre-register: http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org

Tuition: $295
Limited enrollment to 10 participants

IN PERSON WORKSHOPS

ABSTRACT INTENTIONS WITH OIL, COLD WAX & PIGMENT STICKS
JUNE 26-27, 2021 
Saturday- Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA 94553
Tuition: $300
Pre-register:http://www.studio55martinez.com
For continuing painters:Enrollment limited to 7 

THE ARCHEOLOGY OF FORM: ABSTRACTION IN LAYERS
SEPT.18-19, 2021

Saturday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Healdsburg Center for the Arts ( meet  at Healdsburg community center Room 9)
Tuition $ 275.00
Pre-register:http://www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.org/abstraction-layers/
more information:mira@mirawhitefineart.com

THE ABSTRACT BEAUTY OF BLACK( and all the shades of grey)
AUGUST 14-15, 2021
Saturday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Studio 55, 55 Howe Road, Martinez, CA 94553
Tuition $300
Pre-Register: http://www.studio55martinez.com

 

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.

Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels &Mixed Media

                                     May22-23, 2021

     A wonderful opportunity to experiment with with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways in your own home studio: 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!

Saturday 10-12 noon 1-3 pm/  Sunday 10-12 noon 1-3 pm
Online through Zoom format

Tuition $300
Pre-Register: mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Pay through PayPal
Workshop limited to 10 participants

MATERIALS LIST:

 Soft  Chalk Pastels: ( No Oil Pastels)

 1 set Nupastels ( by Prismacolor)
 1 set Rembrandts  ( can be set of ½ sticks)
:Schmincke, Sennelier, or Great American ArtWorks  ( if you are able)

 Papers: Surfaces

 2 sheets  full size Gesso Primed 140 lb or 300 lb watercolor paper ( both sides)
1 Sheet Colorfix by Art Spectrum Pastel paper 20”x28” or Premier or U Art ( Sanded Pastel Papers or Pastel Mat (From Dakota Pastels) ( OPTIONAL)
10 sheets of hardware grade 320 grit wet/dry sand paper( 8″x10″ ( It is black) ( for warm up exercises)

Paints: Your collection of acrylic paints / colored inks
 Brushes: An assortment of inexpensive hog bristle brushes that can withstand sanded pastel papers,
Additional materials:
1 pint Liquitex Clear Gesso ( has pumice, for priming – only this brand)
70 % isopropyl rubbing alcohol 1 pt.
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
Portable easel (optional,) –
Glassine paper for protecting work. and portfolio ( can be homemade & cardboard) for storing work
Fixative for  pastels (either Spectra Fix or my recipe)***
Graphite powder and dry pigments
Extra mark making tools
***Fixative recipe: part fat free milk
1 part 70% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Mix and pour into either a Pre-Val sprayer or a really good trigger sprayer

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

 

 

Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastel and Mixed media

Online 2 day workshop

$300.00

The Abstract Beauty of Black

IN PERSON WORKSHOP!!!  AUGUST 14-15, 2021

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: $300
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)

LIQUID MEDIA:

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 

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES:

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
Scrapers of all kinds

Roll of practice paper

Abstract Intentions in Cold Wax, Oil & Pigment Sticks

IN PERSON WORKSHOP!!  JUNE 26-27, 2021

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, including dry media( pastels, dry pigments, graphite.) exploring its diversity.   We will begin with morning exercises which you then will be able to apply to your panels.  It will be advisable to begin underpinnings with acrylic to expedite drying.You will leave the workshop with at least 3 panels that can work separately or together as a triptych. this workshop is for continuing painters familiar with oil media and excited about combining cold wax, oil,pigment sticks , and perhaps some collage.. Workshop limited to 7 participants, wearing masks, gloves and honoring social distancing.  

And why should you take this workshop?

  • 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.

        Pre-register:https://www.studio55martinez.com
       Tuition: $350
       For more info: mira@mirawhitefineart.com

 

MATERIALS LIST 

          PAINTS: 

1.Your collection of oil paints, including white, black, yellow and or raw Sienna, scarlet red, rose red, both ultramarine and pthalo blue- other colors viable.
2.  Acrylic paints, which will serve as first layer underpainting media.
3.  Liquitex clear Gesso, which will be necessary as a barrier.

PIGMENT STICKS:  R&F, Sennelier, Winsor Newton , Shiva, all make pigment sticks, but R&F are my favorites.

OTHER DRY MEDIA: ( Optional) Soft Pastels, Graphite, Dry pigments

MEDIUM: Gamblin Cold Wax or Dorlands
Gamblin Galkyd Gel tube

SOLVENT: Citra Solv(the concentrate- pint or quart) container with lid and also spray bottle
or any oil based solvent- Gamsol is preferred.

SURFACES: 
1 Arches Oil Paper pad 9″x12″ or 12″x16″ with a support board 
1 or each 2 or 3 cradled panels, no smaller than 12″x12″
And/or Gessoed Watercolor Paper.

TOOLS & ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Palette: Freezer paper or white coated paper or palette
2-3 Palette knives( trowel type blade
Any additional scraping tools.  I love the Bowl scraper Meissermeister from Amazon/Color Shapers
Assorted Brushes
Smooth Foam rollers- 3 ” and/or 6″
Masking Tape/ Waxed Paper
Protective nitrile gloves/ cream for hands
Newsprint and other collage papers of choice ( gel medium as an adhesive for collage underpainting)

 

 

Online: Mix Those Media!

May 31-July 12 1-3 pm. ( 7 sessions online)

Daylight300

This vibrant online 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.

   Both classes will meet weekly on Zoom, either  Mondays 1-3 pm or Mondays 7-9 pm for discussion,live demos, and presentation of work. It is my hope that participants can set themselves up in their home studios and work along with me. Increased dialogue occurs through weekly lessons, demos and , our private Facebook group Both classes will be limited to 10 participants.  Materials list will be supplied upon registration.

Pre-register:mira@mirawhitefineart.com
Tuition$300

Mix Those Media!

$300.00

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.

Questions: mira@mirawhitefineart.com

 

The Archeology of Form: Abstraction in Layers-IN PERSON WORKSHOP

                       SEPT.18-19 2021

 

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.

 

                                                                                                       Tuition: $275 ( Additional materials fee $ 20)
Sat -Sun 10 am-4 pm                                                             Pre-register : https://www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

Healdsburg Center for the Arts                                              text 707-314-2248
Healdsburg Community Center
1557 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg, CA

 

 

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