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Shirley Blake


Artists will enjoy using our everyday symbols in their abstract painting. Examples and exercises are demonstrated, connected to other painting criteria, and critiqued with the goal of the completed piece relating to others.

Supplies: Supply List: Student may bring any media they wish; however, instructor will be painting in acrylics. Bring the primary colors of yellow, red, & blue as well as the secondary colors of orange, green, and purple plus black & white (your gesso may be used for your white). Pre-stretched canvas, canvas panels, watercolor papers, or your choice of another firm surface, Plan to paint on larger surfaces with 16 x 20 as a minimum. Each morning & afternoon, we will begin a new painting. Sketch pad at least 9 x 12", pencil and sharpener, ruler, eraser, & scissors. Tape (masking or art), water containers, paper towels (prefer Viva) and small sponge for texturing. Synthetic brushes-not hardware store. A 1" flat, one round (size 6 or higher), and one thin (size 1 or 2) for detail work. One bottle of gesso and either matte, satin, or gloss varnish to finish your piece. Palette-can be commercial, white plastic plates, butcher tray, or freezer paper. Bring any symbols or references you may wish to use as visual help in your work. Questions: email to
Artist's Statement: My work represents 30 plus years of studying with local and national artists as well as personal artistic growth. Using different media in both realistic and abstract paintings has contributed to my style. I have a B.A. from the University of Iowa with graduate work in Art and Adult Education. Both private tutoring and group teaching in water color, acrylic, mixed media and collage have added to my painting concepts via selective use of design elements, color and composition.

Location: Kavanagh Building
Days: Friday and Saturday: September 20, 21; 9:30am - 4:30pm ;
Class ID: 319110540
Class Price: $275
Member Price: $250(check your newsletter for discount code)
Materials Fee: $0

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