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Intensive Intro to Encaustic-Painting


with Sherrie Pasternak

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 14, 2020 at 10 am

Artist and teacher Sherrie Posternak will introduce students to the fascinating unbounded medium of encaustic-painting with heated, pigmented beeswax medium. This ancient medium is experiencing a truly extraordinary revival, after two full days of demonstrations and student experimentation, you will understand why. A full range of beginning and intermediate techniques will be taught: history and safety, studio set-up, substrates and grounds, surface techniques and fusing, recipes for encaustic medium and paint, more advanced texture and surface techniques, collage, mixed media, and 3-D applications.

Supplies provided by teacher: Use of all equipment, tools and supplies. Supplies/materials provided for reimbursement by students listed below.

Kit/supplies fee: $50 per student payable to instructor includes: Encaustic medium, encaustic paint, brushes, cradled and uncradled wooden panels, encaustic ground, some collage materials, soy solvent, razor blades, beeswax, damar resin, pigments, Gamsol, lint-free cloths, masking tape and stencil making materials, some mixed media materials. 

TCA Members receive a $50 discount on select classes and workshops.

Watercolor Pouring & Blending, Chinese Painting


with Lian Zhen

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 20, 2020 at 9 am

Lian's workshop First day:

Chinese painting session. Students learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as theories of the Asian Art. You will learn to use the spontaneous style painting technique (not painting subjects like bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid, nor plum blossom).

Next two-days: Watercolor painting. Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around (negative painting)". He shows you how to mix colors on watercolor paper, as well as letting the pigments paint themselves. Only three primary colors will be used. 

Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books.

He started sketching and painting in his childhood and continued as hobby while practicing as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He has had many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings.

TCA Members receive a $50 discount on slected classes and workshops.

Painting the Impressionist Landscape


with Lois Griffel

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 8, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Lois' workshop focuses on how to capture color and light into your paintings by gaining insight into the foundations of Impressionism.

The workshop is based on her two books, Painting the Impressionist Landscape and Painting Impressionist Color.

You will learn how to interpet nature with rich and beautiful color. Lois will combine impressionist therory with the essential principles of successful paintings.

The morning session will be held outdoors with the afternoons in the studio. Each consecutive class is based on what has been previous covered; building from each lesson to make the learning curve easier,

Open to artist of all levels, oil, water-based oils or pastels. Acrylics if you have experience with using them outdoors.

The workshop is informal and fun, be perpared to learn a lot and work hard too.

Lois Griffel was honored by the American Imppressionist Society as a Master Signature Artist.

Her book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape was published over 25 yrs ago and is still considered an exemplary source on seeing color and light. It has been translated into four languages. Her second book, Painting Impressionist Color embellishes lessons in the first book, including many new concepts.

Lois's paintings have twice been on the cover of American Artist Magazine. She was also featured in The Artist Magazine, The Boston Globe, American Art Review and the New York Times.

Lois has taught throughout the US and Europe and has sold out shows in New England.

Her mission is to share her love of color with artisti and collectors to help people see the world in a new and beautiful way. "Nature is precious and fleeting and we must do everything in our power to perserve it."

TCA members receive a $50 discount on selected classes. 

Palette Knife Oil Painting for Bold Textures and Brilliant Colors


with Linda Star Landon

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 1, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 3 weeks

Learn to paint colorful, textural impressionist desert landscapes featuring saguaros and prickly pears with a palette knife.  Linda will also share what she has learned in her 25+ years of painting on how to create better art.  Some experience with oil paints required.

1/2 day class. Wednesday's 9am-12pm for three weeks.  April 1, 8, 15, 2020.

TCA Members receive a $50 discount on all classes.


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