Pocket Watercolor Journal: Reinvent/Invent a Journey with Tara Sweeney

This class filled- Thank you!  Please call the store to be added to the wait list 651-698-6431

Tues/Wed June 14 & 15th from 10-5pm with 1 hour break for lunch

Fee: $168

Ever had a really great time traveling but returned home wishing you’d taken the time to sketch and journal along the way? Invent, or reinvent a favorite journey with road-tested materials and a mindset to match. Participants of all levels of ability learn the basics of combining watercolor and ink to mingle art and writing in a portable accordion journal format. You’ll practice keen observation, contour ink drawing, basic watercolor technique, and guided writing prompts to create a postcard-sized keepsake journal. Bring photos, guidebooks, published articles, collected treasures, or anything else that inspires the journal you want to make. You’ll leave with the basics for keeping a watercolor journal on your next adventure.

Materials:

– watercolor accordion-style, postcard-sized blank journal
– professional quality split primary watercolor palette of at least 6 pigments + paynes gray, white gouache. For example: warm yellow=nickel quinacridone gold; cool yellow=hansa yellow; warm red=naphthol red; cool red=quinacridone rose; warm blue=phthalocyanine blue; cool blue=ultramarine blue
– Medium water brush and any other travel watercolor brushes you have
– Staedtler fine liner permanent black ink pen, 0.3
– 2B drawing pencil
– pencil sharpener
– kneaded eraser
– scissors or xacto knife
– gluestick
– moleskine 3 x 5 unlined journal
– paper towels
– reference material from a favorite trip or materials for planning a dream trip: travel essay/article(s), guidebook(s); photos; souvenirs, memorabilia, collected stuff

WetPaint_pocketjournal_headshotInstructor Bio:

Saint Paul teaching artist and writer Tara Sweeney has been creating with watercolor and ink for nearly forty years. “Close to Home: Sketching a Minnesota Year,” is her debut collection of illustrated creative nonfiction featuring her favorite everyday people, places and things. She teaches drawing and painting at Augsburg College.

Encaustic Collagraph Printmaking with Jeff Hirst

Friday, February 3rd from 10-5pm with 1 hour break for lunch

Fee: $108 includes materials

Encaustic Collagraph involves making the printing plate from a specially formulated encaustic medium.  The medium is painted onto an acrylic surface, the wax surface is manipulated and the plate is printed with Akua waterbased inks.  The process is very immediate and multiple images can be printed from one plate.  The one day workshop will cover multi-plate color printing.

We are excited to have Jeff Hirst back at Wet Paint to teach a daylong class on Drypoint and Encaustic Collagraph Printmaking processes.

This class is designed for both beginners with no printmaking experience as well as experienced artists who would like to add new techniques to their own personal toolbox.  Each class will provide you with technical information and assistance with discovering and creating your own personal imagery. 

Please bring: an old phone book if you have one. Pages will be used in wiping the printing plates.

Materials provided in the fee:

Rives BFK paper, encaustic medium, AKUA intaglio inks, 2 plexiglass plates, newsprint

Miscellaneous materials, tools and supplies for shared use during class.

Jeff is bringing in a 15”x30” press. Paper will be dampened.

headshotAbout the instructor: 

Jeff Hirst, who has both a BFA and MFA in printmaking, has been exhibiting his work since 1987 and has shown extensively across the United States and Europe. Hirst’s work has been shown at The Minneapolis Institute of Art, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, Butters Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Brandt-Roberts Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, Addington Gallery in Chicago, and Arte Internazionale in Matera, Italy.  Hirst has been invited to exhibit his prints in the 9th Douro Biennial Print Exhibition is Portugal.  Hirst is the owner of Hirst Printmaking, a print shop and teaching facility based in Chicago where research and exploration in experimental print ideas meld encaustic, printmaking and sculpture.

www.jeffreyhirst.com

Decorative Paper Valentine Ornament with Mary Lee

Thursday, February 9th 5:30-7:30pm

Free event, but please register as space is limited.  Use the online form below or call the store 651-698-6431

Join paper enthusiast and long-time friend of Wet Paint, Mary Lee, as she helps you create a simple paper ornament just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Paper and other materials are included.

Hygge Coloring Night in the Classroom

Friday, February 10th 5:30-7:30pm   (also Saturday, March 11th)

FREE event, but please register as space is limited.  Use the online form below or call the store 651-698-6431

 

Bring a friend or family member, your colored pencils and coloring book.  Join fellow coloring book enthusiasts and Wet Paint staff for a casual night of coloring and hot cider in the Wet Paint classroom. Hygge*!

*the Danish word for coziness and social gathering combined with an activity.

Just Another Vase of Flowers: An introduction to Collage, Watercolor and Acrylic with Carol Spohn

This class has nearly filled- please call the store to register 651-698-6431

Thursday, February 16th 1-5pm

Create a whimsical painting with a delightful combination of collage, watercolor and acrylic paint. The step by step instruction enables beginner and experienced painters to complete a successful painting. Your creativity will guarantee an original piece of art!

You can expect the paintings will be 90% completed in class.

Carol’s workshop is a perfect opportunity for the beginner painter as well as the experienced painter to learn techniques enabling them to complete successful paintings.  Carol shares her step-by-step approach to painting with students of all levels.  All projects include written instructions, a line drawing and a color photo.  Drawing ability is not necessary, allowing the student to focus on the mechanics of painting.

The creative backgrounds in Carol’s paintings set her artwork apart from other artists.  Her use of color and textures invite you into her joyful paintings. Each lesson is designed to introduce the student to a new technique or way of looking at art.  Students paintings are successful when they “trust the process” of Carol’s methodical instructions.  No two paintings are alike, and that is a good thing!

Instructor Bio:

Carol recently retired to be a full time artist and instructor.  Painting is her joy and often times, her therapy.  As much as she enjoys painting, Carol’s first love is teaching painting to others.  Carol is a popular instructor at decorative painting conventions sharing her joy of painting with watercolors and other media to over 400 students throughout the North America each year.

A lifetime resident of Minnesota, Carol lives in a 100+ year old house in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband Coz and their two cats, Mickey and Bailey.

www.carolspohn.com

East Meets West – Introduction to Pointed Brush Lettering taught by Lori Tews

Tuesdays: February 28th –March 14th from 5:00-7:30pm

Intro to Italic Calligraphy or equivalent required

Get ready to add some expressive strokes to your lettering/calligraphy repertoire!!!

In the first evening, you will be introduced to the Pentel Color Brush, a wonderfully responsive brush from Japan – a land of brush lettering. You will explore Eastern techniques of brush manipulation and pressure and how they relate to Western lettering. Care and cleaning of your brush (and other brushes) will also be discussed.

Through the following three evenings, several styles of pointed brush lettering will be explored – from more controlled and uniform to loose and wild. You will also try different mediums and be encouraged to try other brushes as well found objects as “brushes.” The goal will be to letter a short quote on the last evening on high-quality hot-press watercolor paper.

You will be excited to transfer this skill to mediums other than paper, too:  canvas, wood, metal, walls, etc. Follow your imagination!!!

Materials required:

  • Pentel Color Brush – Black or any other dark color for starting out.
  • Paper – Borden & Riley Layout paper pad, or Canson Layout, or good quality copy paper. Even yellow lined legal pads will be fine.
  • Bring along pointed brushes from home with which you’d like to experiment. (The brushes can be sable, nylon – whatever you have.) The instructor will demonstrate with a variety of brushes to help fuel your creativity.

Purchase of classes is subject to Wet Paint cancellation policy. Click here.

Watercolor Batik: Whimsical Flowers Trilogy with Carol Spohn

Friday, March 24th 10-5pm 1 hour break for lunch 

Watercolor Batik is a process of using watercolor and wax on Kinwashi paper. The transparency of the paper combined with the transparent watercolors creates a luminous effect.

wcbatikdetailIn this class you’ll make three 5.5”x9” paintings. A line drawing featuring some of Carol’s new favorite flowers is supplied so no drawing is required. Tips and tricks to make the technique easy will be taught. Though the process is time consuming, it is not difficult.

All levels of painters will complete a successful painting!

Once you learn the batik process you will be able to adapt this process to your own designs.

Carol’s workshop is a perfect opportunity for the beginner painter as well as the experienced painter to learn techniques enabling them to complete successful paintings.  Carol shares her step-by-step approach to painting with students of all levels.  All projects include written instructions, a line drawing and a color photo.  Drawing ability is not necessary, allowing the student to focus on the mechanics of painting.

The creative backgrounds in Carol’s paintings set her artwork apart from other artists.  Her use of color and textures invite you into her joyful paintings. Each lesson is designed to introduce the student to a new technique or way of looking at art.  Students paintings are successful when they “trust the process” of Carol’s methodical instructions.  No two paintings are alike, and that is a good thing!

Instructor Bio:

Carol recently retired to be a full time artist and instructor.  Painting is her joy and often times, her therapy.  As much as she enjoys painting, Carol’s first love is teaching painting to others.  Carol is a popular instructor at decorative painting conventions sharing her joy of painting with watercolors and other media to over 400 students throughout the North America each year.

A lifetime resident of Minnesota, Carol lives in a 100+ year old house in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband Coz and their two cats, Mickey and Bailey.

www.carolspohn.com

Linocut: Relief Block Printing for 10-15 year olds with an Adult taught by Jon Koch

Saturday, March  25th from 10-1pm

Fee: $35 each person- must register one adult and one child

This class will introduce child/adult pairs to simple one color relief block printing. Students will use linoleum blocks and metal cutting tools, quality block printing paper and water based ink to produce their own single color relief prints based on their own design. We will also discuss the necessary tools, inks and varieties of paper used.

Class material list:

Students will need the following, at a minimum:

Carving tools suitable for carving linoleum blocks (Exacto-type knives are acceptable)*

5 x7 Linoleum Block*

6” Rubber Brayer* (optional)

11745347_10203657629954999_2380456766688552189_nBio

I’ve been printmaking all of my life, starting at my Mother’s kitchen table with a potato. The tuber was cut in half, a design was carved on the flat face, and was then used as a stamp to print designs on paper; the very basics of relief print making.

As a teen, I was encouraged by an enlightened High School Art Teacher to continue with print making, and was influenced heavily by a dear sister, who introduced me to the UW River Falls print making studios.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was to spend many hours years later as a student of UWRF Professor Mary Barrette in those same studios as a student, but only after a stint of being a US Marine immediately out of high school. With several trips to Japan and Korea with the Marines “flavouring” my work, I eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

I have been producing and selling woodcuts professionally since 1995.

Decoupage Paper Mache Spring Chick and Eggs with Liz Carlson

Please call the store to register at this time 651-698-6431

Friday, April 7th from 4-5:30pm or 5:30-7:00pm (Choose 1 session)

$6 materials fee

Spring is a time for all things new!

Decoupage on paper mache chicks and eggs for spring décor at this family friendly activity.

We supply a charming chick and three eggs made of paper mache, the Decopatch tissue papers, glue, set up and guidance. This activity is suitable for most ages. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Sumi Calligraphy and Painting Workshop with Yuming Zhu at Artistry

Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30th from 10:00 am. – 4:00 pm each day

“Rooster Singing – Sumi Floral and Bird” Two-day Sumi Painting Workshop

This is mainly a Floral and Bird workshop. We will try to do at least three type of Birds: Rooster, Peacock, and MN state Bird. Local blooming are encouraged to being to workshop as subjects to paint.

This workshop will concentrate energetic strokes and create paintings of beautiful flowers in Sumi style. We will use Sumi ink to paint on Sprinkle Gold paper and other absorbent rice paper, to interpret flowers in Sumi style.  The fusion of western and Eastern techniques is encouraged.  Photos and real live local flowers, branches are welcome.

Since this is the Rooster year, we will also work on painting expressive style of rooster and writing Chinese characters of Rooster and Blessing.

Please for repeating students, bring your sketch screen books and we will transfer sketch to paintings.

In this workshop, composition – planning, arranging what you see and feel will be emphasized all along the workshop. First we will make sketch on small sketch books. We will study how to emphasis the “focal points”, and how to have brush strokes guiding audience vision traveling on your painting. Then we will paint what we see, what we design subjects onto large sheet of rice paper. This is the process of embracing new changes, new happy or not happy accidents on your paper. We will learn how to accept mistakes, and how to adjust composition to fully express yourselves.

Bring a bag lunch.

About the Artist

Yuming Zhu is a very passionate and well-known artist in the Great Seattle area.  Sumi/Chinese Watercolor, Oil and Pastel are the mediums Yuming loves to express himself with. Yuming was interviewed by Art Business News magazine, refer to article “Simply Sumi-E: Capturing Nature with Sumi-e Master Yuming Zhu”. He participated in the “Five Thoughts of Asian Art” program that was offered through the Seattle Art Museum and KCTS Channel 9.

In 2015, he was the artist for Amazon Series “The Man In The High Castle”.

He continues teaching sumi painting and calligraphy at Bellevue College, art centers at the Greater Seattle area and nation-wide. Also he shows his artworks at galleries. To view his work: www.yumingfineart.com.

Most of you already have all the suppliers. If you are short of suppliers, please order in advance.

A list of suppliers will be provided.

Note: students need to bring all your supplies to the workshop. You can also purchase from Wet Paint prior to the workshop.