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Acrylic Skins! Painting to Projects


Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Arlene Westen Evans

Class limit 10 students

Day 1: Create a wonderfully versatile ‘skin’ from acrylic paint, gels, and mediums in sheet form. The result is ideal for collage or for controlling smaller elements in larger paintings. Surface design can be created with a variety of stencils and markmaking tools while building up skins in thin layers of patterned colours and varying translucency. Day 2: 24 hours is required to create the skins and have them dry in time for the second class. In it we will create a few exciting projects, one of which is a decorative front cover for a blank journal.

About the Instructor: Multi-disciplinary artist Arlene Westen Evans brings more than 30 years of teaching experience to her students. Her proficiencies include mixed-media collage, encaustic painting, image transfer, printmaking, papermaking, and various fibre and ceramic art forms. She is perhaps best known for her bookbinding and book arts practice having taught numerous workshops throughout western Canada and exhibiting extensively. Arlene graduated BFA Honors with Distinction from ACAD after obtaining an earlier Visual Arts Diploma from Grant MacEwan College and a Tailoring Certificate from NAIT. Her combined disciplines culminated in a further degree from the University of Lethbridge (Honors with Great Distinction) in 2011 with a focus in Studio Arts and Art Therapy.

Supplies: You will receive a 20% discount on all art supplies from your registration until the end of class day!

You need (many of these can be shared if you register with a friend):

  • GOLDEN Soft Gel Gloss (8oz) + Matte Medium (8oz)
  • Your choice of acrylic paint + small containers/palette for paint
  • Small blank journal with a hard cover
  • Bone folder + stencils, stamps or markmaking tools
  • Pair scissors + black Sharpie +4 foam brushes in various sizes
  • Wax paper
  • Bring suitable art clothes, hand-/tea-towel, soft cloth, sketch-/notebook, snack/lunch, drink

Included in Supply Fee: additional acrylic colours, brushes, matt board, disposable materials, optional embellishments


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