"When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it." Jacob Lawrence

Exploring Design Workshop
with Nita Leland

nj workshopDesign is the secret to more powerful artwork. Instead of struggling to make a painting work, learn how to use design principles and color organization to create more expressive art. In this workshop you will try new design ideas in your current media and experiment with monotype, collage and mixed media in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with no competition or pressure to perform. Every day begins with a short demo and ends with a class critique. Activities are based on The New Creative Artist, Exploring Color, and New Creative Collage Techniques, as well as activities developed especially for this workshop. In addition to the supplies you normally use for painting bring:
  • 9" x 12" or 11" x 14" sketchbook 50-100 pp.

  • 25 or more sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" acid-free 20 lb. ink-jet printer paper for monotypes

  • 4-6 quarter-sheet illustration boards (Crescent 310 or Bainbridge 80) or heavy papers for collage supports

  • 2B pencil, white plastic eraser, black Pigma Micron .03 pen or similar drawing pen

  • colored markers

  • origami or other colored papers

  • unryu or other Asian and decorative papers

  • magazines with lots of colorful advertising on heavy paper (Vogue, Nat'l Geographic, etc.)

  • matte medium, acrylic soft gel

  • old synthetic brushes, scissors, sponges, paper towels, masking or drafting tape

  • Reynolds freezer paper; shop towels (automotive department)
  • artists' tube colors: French Ultramarine, Winsor or Phthalo Blue Green Shade, New Gamboge or Indian Yellow, Winsor or Cadmium Lemon, Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Rose, Winsor Red or Cadmium Red, Quinacridone Magenta, Burnt Sienna, and your personal favorites in watercolor or acrylic paints

  • palette for mixing, 2 large (quart) unbreakable water containers

  • 9" x 12", or larger, piece of Plexiglas or frosted Mylar drafting film for monotypes

  • one or two paintings for critique


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