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The Passion of Painting: Get In, Get Out, Get On With It! Week of February 18-23, 2018

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Workshop Details

How much more could you create if you weren't second-guessing yourself, or walking away from the easel too soon? During this workshop, you can learn tricks and practices to bring you back, including working in a series, setting a timer, and working with house-painting brushes and torn paper collage. Experiment and have fun with exercises that take twenty minutes or less. By utilizing short blocks of focus and surprising methods, you can awaken creative thinking and move into perceiving and expressing instead of overanalyzing. Artist-teachers Erin Lee Gafill and Tom Birmingham will offer ample demonstrations of technique, feedback, and encouragement. Known for their nurturing teaching styles and dedication to creating a caring classroom, Erin and Tom have traveled all over the US, Japan, Italy, and Mexico bringing creativity and painting techniques to students of all ages. This workshop is designed for the skilled artist looking for a creative breakthrough, as well as those who have never touched a brush.
($50 materials fee for artist-quality paper, paints, and brushes will be added to the workshop cost)


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