Yesterday, I decided I needed a change - a hair adjustment! So here it is bangs and um some feathers - yes real feathers - in my hair. They can be washed and brushed and blown dry! They can stay in for months! It's my little bit of a wild side ;)
Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she went crazy one day and quit her job. While exploring her creativity, she re-ignited a childhood love of art. She is now ecstatic to support herself as a full time painter, participating in fine art fairs and teaching workshops nationwide. Her mixed media process utilizes pastel, ink, marker and acrylics layered with various collage materials; she welcomes so-called “mistakes” because they lead to wonderful opportunities and discoveries. She works in series and has several bodies of work that employ her own symbolism of embedded meaning. She is the author of Flavor for Mixed Media, published by North Light Books. Living in St. Louis with her husband and 2 cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.
Feast on Mixed Media
June 4 and 5th
Sat and Sun 9-4
2 day Worshop - $275
Kit Fee -$20
(includes use of paints, inks, pastels, texture mediums, alcohol inks, carving tools, pens, pencils, markers, glues, erasers and stencils. I will also provide each student with a packet of collage items to use in their work.]
I have often joked that I work in Mixed Media because I can't pick from among all the wonderful supplies! In this class we will explore tons of new techniques as well as re-visiting old ideas. Working on the very forgiving substrate of Claybord, we will create multiple pieces that can function together as a small body of work. Bring an apron cause the paint is gonna be flyin' as we play with abandon!!
Color - it's not all about paint ya know - we will explore soft and oil pastels; inks, and airbrush paint; fluid and heavy body acrylics; colored pencils and paint markers. I will provide palette options that help you to avoid 'mud' in your pieces.
Texture - carving into the claybord as well as layering on top of it with acrylic mediums and Wood Icing
Collage - imagery and text and 3D, oh my! how they can enhance your work.
Composition - how to paint loose yet also maintain the ability to step back and critically assess your own work. How to strenghten value contrast and line in order to move your paintings to the next level.
The art of multi-task, working across multiple pieces, moving seamlessly from one technique to the next, using 'drying' time productively.
Presentation of your work - options on how to hang your pieces.
This class is suitable for any level of painter and beginners are welcome!
1. Ampersand Claybord - buy the flat, uncradled boards, 4-8 boards in any size, no larger than 12x12. You may mix up your sizes if desired to create a mosaic type look or work in all the same size. Your preference.
2. If you have specific paints you know you want to use, bring them. Otherwise I will bring enough to share. We will also use alcohol inks, again if you have favorite colors, you can bring them, otherwise I will have plenty.
3. Brushes - bring a few of various sizes, I like inexpensive brushes such as the Robert Simmons ones that are suitable for Acrylics. I usually like a Shader and Angle Shader - 3/4 to an inch wide.
4. Water container, apron, gloves, pencil, scissors.
5. Small cutting mat.
Let me do most of the schlepping. Your Kit fee of $20 includes use of paints, inks, pastels, texture mediums, alcohol inks, carving tools, pens, pencils, markers, glues, erasers and stencils. I will also provide each student with a packet of collage items to use in their work.
SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED
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YOU MAY MAKE A 50% DEPOSIT TO HOLD YOUR SPACE AND REMAINING 50% IS DUE BY May 1st