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Fluid Art 2.0: Beyond the Basics

 

Date/Time: Sat, 6/29, 1:30–4:30 PM & Sat, 8/3, 1:30–3:30 PM

Workshop Fee: $105 (Members), $115 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Aubrey Coffee

Skill Level: Confident Beginner to Intermediate

Materials & Tools Needed: An apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied.

 

Are you intrigued by the mesmerizing beauty of fluid art—and the simplicity of creating it? Have you done (or at least watched) some basic pours and are eager to explore some more advanced techniques? If so, this workshop is for you!

 

On Day 1 of this exciting class, local artist Aubrey Coffee will begin by briefly reviewing and demoing how to mix acrylic paint with pour medium to achieve a proper pouring consistency. Next, she’ll demo two intermediate pour techniques, a tree ring/swirl pour and a swipe pour, and show students how to use a torch to maximize “cell” production. After each demo, students will create their own 8”x10” painting following the instruction. The dried paint that pools beneath each painting—the “skins”—will be preserved for use in Day 2 of the workshop.

 

On Day 2 of the class, after students’ paintings and skins have thoroughly dried (which takes several weeks), Aubrey will show students how to use their skins to embellish one of their paintings and turn it into an even more beautiful and unique piece. Aubrey will end the workshop by demoing how to varnish a finished fluid art painting.

 

Notes:

  • If a student is unable to make it to the second day of the class, she will still have two completed paintings by the end of Day 1. The paintings will require at least 48 hours to dry before moving, so she will still need to return to the studio to pick them up.

  • Although confident beginners are welcome to attend the workshop, limited time will be spent reviewing fluid art basics.

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Introduction to Botanical Painting

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $164 (Members), $180 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Camille Daunno

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied, though students may bring their own botanical illustrations to paint if desired.

 

Bring your botanical illustrations to life by learning how to paint them! Veteran artist and instructor Camille Daunno will teach you how to become proficient in this challenging, but rewarding, skill.

 

By the end of the course, you will understand how to use different brushes and painting techniques, such as dry brush, pulling out the paint, and preserving the light of the paper, to build layers of color until your botanical painting reaches the desired tones and effects. You will also learn how to use a liner brush to create vines, tendrils, and veins in your leaves.

 

Notes:

  • Previous botanical illustration experience helpful but not required.

  • Fine motor skills required for detail work.

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Watercolor Snacks: Ocean Landscape (FULL)

 

Date: Saturday, 7/20

Time: 1:00-4:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $64 (Members); $70 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Kelly Reese

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: An apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied, though students may bring their own watercolor materials, if desired.

 

Note: This workshop is full. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist.

Have you been wondering if watercolor is for you, but you don’t want to spend weeks trying to find out? Or perhaps it’s been a while since you pulled out your watercolor paints, and you need a little “taste” of the medium before jumping back in. Either way, this half-day workshop is for you!

 

Local artist Kelly Reese is passionate about demystifying watercolor supplies and techniques and helping students unlock the creative potential of this popular medium.

 

In this fun, introductory workshop, Kelly will teach you how to break down the process of painting a loose watercolor ocean landscape. You’ll begin by learning how to sketch the composition and value of a reference photo. Then, you’ll practice some basic watercolor techniques. Finally, you’ll use your new understanding of composition, value, and techniques to complete a beautiful, frame-worthy picture.

 

No previous drawing or painting experience necessary!

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Acrylics Sampler

 

Date: Tuesdays, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 & 8/27

Time: 10:00 AM–12 PM

Workshop Fee: $164 (Members); $180 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Camille Daunno

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: List of Materials and Tools for Acrylics Sampler. All other materials supplied.

Interested in acrylics but don’t want to just paint landscapes or still lifes? In this playful, four-week course, veteran artist Camille Daunno will give you a taste of what else is possible with this uber-versatile medium.

 

Each week, you’ll explore a different technique. You’ll experiment with creating:

 

  • A mixed media collage by combining acrylic paint, photo transfers, and stencils

  • A flamboyant abstract painting by overlaying gold leaf/foil onto acrylics

  • A beautiful batik by melting crayons and tiny bits of hard wax on top of acrylics

  • An abstract painting of an animal or human by using monochromatic colors and various tools (brushes, palette knives, scrapers, and rollers)

 

This class is great for students of all levels. Beginners will get a feel for working with acrylic paints, and more experienced painters will have an opportunity to explore new ways to use this amazing medium.

 

No drawing or painting experience necessary!

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Needle Felted Black Bear (FULL)

 

Date: Friday, 8/9

Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (includes 1 hour break for lunch)

Workshop Fee: $108 (Members), $135 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Irene Heckel-Volpe

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied.

 

Note: This workshop is full. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist.

It’s August in Asheville, and that means black bear season! While black bears rarely attack humans, you’re guaranteed a safe sighting by making your own needle felted critter! Join us for this fun, full-day workshop with fiber artist Irene Heckel-Volpe.

 

In just a few hours, you’ll learn the basics of needle felting, including what fibers are appropriate for creating a needle felted structure, how to build a three-dimensional piece, and how to embellish creations by adding details.

 

You’ll leave the class with an adorable 6” x 4” (approximately) free-standing black bear that will make a charming addition to any décor!

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Alcohol Ink Flowers (FULL)

 

Note: This workshop is full. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist.

Date: Saturday, 8/17

Time: 1:30-4:30 PM

Workshop Fee: $74 (Members), $80 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Angie Bryant

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: Apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied.

 

Note: This workshop is full. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist.

Preserve the beauty of summer by making your own alcohol ink flower art! Whether you’re brand new to alcohol inks or have been playing with them for years, you’re sure to learn some new techniques in this exciting, hands-on workshop.

 

Join veteran artist and teacher Angie Bryant as she shows you how to create a bouquet of gorgeous flower tiles. Angie will provide a brief lesson on the basics of alcohol inks, but the class will primarily focus on using an air source to create floral designs.

 

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have two tiles ready to be displayed and the knowledge needed to seal your tiles to use as a coaster or trivet.

 

No drawing or painting experience necessary.

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Mixed Media Collage: Sassy Silhouette (FULL)

 

Date: Saturday, 9/7

Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $82 (Members), $90 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Kim Smith

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Materials & Tools Needed: Small, sharp scissors and an apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied. 

 

Note: This workshop is full. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist.

Most people avoid drama, but, when making art, it can be a welcome addition to a piece. Join veteran artist and instructor Kim Smith as she teaches you how to create a layered, dramatic background in an analogous color scheme. You’ll also learn how to use: 

 

  • Various collage and mixed media techniques to bring your piece to life

  • Composition basics to create a pleasing design

  • Various materials for printing and stamping patterns

 

You’ll walk away with a completed, detailed mixed media painting which is sure to impress. Your friends will marvel at the complexity of your work, and only you will know how easy it was to make using Kim’s simplified collaging process.

 

This workshop will introduce beginners to basic mixed media collaging concepts and provide intermediate creators some new techniques and best practices. Students of all levels have found success working with Kim—and they’ve had a ton of fun doing it!

 

No previous drawing, painting, or collaging experience necessary!  

 

Note: Fine motor skills required for “fussy cutting.”

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Yarn Coil Basket

 

Date: Saturday, 9/21

Time: 1:00-5:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $77 (Members), $85 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Pam Robbins

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: 1-3 skeins of Bulky (5), Super Bulky (6), or Jumbo (7) yarn; all other materials supplied. (Additional information about purchasing yarn will be provided upon registration.)

There are lots of ways to make baskets—twining, plating, doing free-form work—but one of the most versatile, easy, and inexpensive approaches is yarn coiled basketry.

 

In this colorful, relaxing workshop, PC Owner Pam Robbins will teach you everything you need to make a beautiful, 8” yarn coil basket. First, Pam will show you how to start a basket. Then, you’ll learn how to build and shape your work, adding color and pattern to give it visual interest. Finally, Pam will teach you how to finish your new, one-of-a-kind vessel. 

 

No previous basket weaving experience necessary, though students should have a moderate amount of hand strength and dexterity.

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