Join My Big Art Workshop Challenge!

Has the Big Art Challenge inspired you? Strike while the paint brush is hot and book an art workshop and get those creative juices flowing. If you never try you’ll never know!

Here’s the schedule for some up and coming workshops – book 2 and get a 10% discount!Big Art

Let’s start creating!

Abstract Collage with Hand-Painted Papers

  • Date – Friday 17th March  
  • Time -10.30am till 4.30pm
  • Location – Mijas Art Centre
  • Fee – €50 paid in advance

Learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques that transform plain white paper into gorgeous colourful collage material. Make patterns, textures, expressive marks, and painterly surfaces to create simple, but dynamic collages. Engage your creative spirit, as we will explore abstract composition, make a huge mess, and have a whole lot of fun in the process. This six-hour workshop includes a break for lunch. Please bring a bag lunch. Drinks will be provided. 

Supplies you must bring*

  • Any watercolour or printmaking paper .
  • Expired credit card or gift card for scraping paint
  • Toothbrush for spattering
  • Pitt pens (fine-tip felt pens)
  • Stamps (handmade or purchased – optional)
  • Stencils (optional)
  • Disposable Palette: pad of paper style, 9”x12”
  • Acrylic paint s if you have them, I can provide if not
  • Brushes: a variety of decent quality brushes, some flat, ½” – 1”, some round if you like. I can provide if not
  • Acrylic glazing medium/liquid: this helps keep your paint wet longer. I can provide if not
  • A stash of printed papers – think pattern, text, colour, NOT image. Book pages, maps, packaging, junk mail, and gift wrap are all good sources

Supplies that will be provided:

  • Drawing paper for making our collage papers
  • Acrylic matte medium as adhesive and top coat for collage
  • Material Fee of €10 for providing paints/brushes/mediums

ABSTRACT PAINTING: SERIES AS PROCESS

  • Date – Friday 31st March  
  • Time -10.30am till 4.30pm
  • Location – Mijas Art Centre
  • Fee – €50 paid in advance

In this workshop we explore the idea that working in series is a process. Whether the resulting pieces “hang together” or not is secondary to the notion that this process gives you breathing room to explore multiple possibilities, try out different solutions to visual “problems”, and develop confidence in uncertainty.

To some, the idea of “Creating a Series” can be intimidating. It sounds so serious, and perhaps monumental. I am offering this workshop to emphasise the series as a way to format your art practice, rather than a method of creating a group of finished pieces. Working in series gives your art practice focus and momentum; rather than face the blank canvas with too many possibilities to choose from, the parameters of a series create clarity of a starting point. By considering the series the basic unit of art making, you shed the preciousness of the individual piece, the fear of “ruining” it, which can keep you stuck. Get un-stuck by working in multiples.

Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. As the workshop progresses, you will work more independently, setting your own parameters and starting points. Most importantly you will learn the practice of working in series as a way to keep your creativity alive and thriving!

Supplies you must bring*

  • Any watercolour or printmaking paper .
  • Expired credit card or gift card for scraping paint
  • Toothbrush for spattering
  • Pitt pens (fine-tip felt pens)
  • Stamps (handmade or purchased – optional)
  • Stencils (optional)
  • Disposable Palette: pad of paper style, 9”x12”
  • Acrylic paints if you have them, I can provide if not
  • Brushes: a variety of decent quality brushes, some flat, ½” – 1”, some round if you like. I can provide if not
  • Acrylic glazing medium/liquid: this helps keep your paint wet longer. I can provide if not
  • A stash of printed papers – think pattern, text, colour, NOT image. Book pages, maps, packaging, junk mail, and gift wrap are all good sources

Supplies that will be provided:

  • Drawing paper for making our collage papers
  • Acrylic matte medium as adhesive and top coat for collage
  • Different tools and pieces to work with
  • Material Fee of €10 for providing paints/brushes/mediums

Visual Improvisation Mixed Media Workshop

3 Day Workshop

  • Dates –  Friday 21st Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April
  • Time – Friday 11.00 till 5.00pm Sat 12pm till 6pm Sunday 10.30 till 4.30pm
  • Location – Mijas Art Centre
  •  Fee – £250 paid in advance

Medium: Acrylic, Collage & Drawing

Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing materials to explore a visual world beyond the usual design principles and concerns of composition. Let go of Rules and Expectations and discover what is unique about you as an artist. If you’ve ever tried this, you’ll know that it is SO much more easily said than done. How do you silence the voices that tell you that you have to Get It Right? If you paint without concern for colour theory or accurate representation will you just make a mess? In this workshop we’ll take a broader view of composition, and you will gain the tools to create in a more personal voice.

I use the term “improvisation” to describe this approach because it offers you a freedom in your art to explore new possibilities, stretch the perceived boundaries and discover your true creativity. It is very much like playing a solo in jazz: In a typical jazz solo, the musician makes up a melody as she goes along, over a set of chord changes that define the song. In “free jazz”, you can make it up without the underlying chord progression. We’ll begin with an underlying structure so that you can create variations on a theme; then we’ll move to a broader kind of visual improvisation where you get to compose-as-you-go in every aspect of the painting.

Supplies to bring*

  • Any watercolour or printmaking paper .
  • Expired credit card or gift card for scraping paint
  • Toothbrush for spattering
  • Pitt pens (fine-tip felt pens)
  • Stamps (handmade or purchased – optional)
  • Stencils (optional)
  • Disposable Palette: pad of paper style, 9”x 12”
  • Acrylic paint s if you have them, I can provide if not
  • Brushes: a variety of decent quality brushes, some flat, ½” – 1”, some round if you like. I can provide if not
  • Acrylic glazing medium/liquid: this helps keep your paint wet longer. I can provide if not
  • A stash of printed papers – think pattern, text, colour, NOT image. Book pages, maps, packaging, junk mail, and gift wrap are all good sources
  • Small painting roller

Supplies that will be provided:

  • Drawing paper for making our collage papers
  • Acrylic matte medium as adhesive and top coat for collage
  • Plastic printing squares
  • Material Fee of €10 for providing paints/brushes/mediums

 

 

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