Painting Nature Using Acrylic and Metal Leaf with Jean Bradbury
December 3–6, 2018 — Mixed Media / All Levels
Taking inspiration from the natural setting of Sedona we will paint the plants, animals and geology that surrounds us, combining them into magical landscapes reminiscent of memories or dreams. We will capture the changing desert light by using copper, aluminum and 'gold' leaf. This course combines the rigors of botanical observation with some hippy, drippy acrylic spontaneity. Prepare to sharpen your drawing and observational skills while expressing your love of nature with loose and juicy acrylics. No drawing experience is required. You'll be amazed how good you already are with a little instruction and a lot of gentle encouragement. Students may choose to include animals that they observe during out time in the workshop such as insects and birds. We will take a few short strolls to see what we can find.
Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.
Notes: First Meeting on Monday at 10am in the North Studio on the Arts Center Campus.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all money paid will be refunded in full.
The School provides the following for this workshop.
Paper towels. Water buckets. Paper plates for pallets. Gesso.
Student Materials list:
Unprimed wooden panel. (Cradled birch is nice but any smooth surface is fine. Plywood or masonite. We don't want a canvas texture though) One, two or three. As large as possible depending on travel restrictions. Three feet would be great. But smaller is also fine.
Composite gold leaf. One pack of 5 inch squares should be fine. OR one pack of copper or aluminum leaf. THIS IS NOT FOIL. IT IS VERY FINE LEAF WHICH IS THIN LIKE A TISSUE.
Golden Fluid Acrylics in whatever colors you like. I suggest black, red, blue, yellow and a raw umber. It can be fun to include a fluorescent pink, orange or green which is available in high flow acrylics. (not available in Golden Fluid Acrylics)
Brushes in different sizes. I recommend flats that measure about an inch, a half inch and a quarter inch. For details some rounds in number 6, 4 and/or 2.
A camera if you want to work from pics of plants and landscape that we see on our strolls. You'll need to look at the pics on the screen as I am not sure printing services will be available.
Students can mail their supplies from distributors or from their homes if they want. To: Attention: (STUDENT NAME HERE) Jean Bradbury Workshop, Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Rd. Sedona, AZ 86336.
Send you materials to arrive 5 - 7 days before the workshop. We store the boxes and bring them out on the first day of the workshop.
About Jean Bradbury
JEAN BRADBURY, a Seattle based painter, explores her love of nature with large scale acrylic and metallic leaf works that depict plants and animals in whimsical landscapes. Her use of metallic leaf allows her to capture the changing light of day so that her artworks reflect light in even the darkest spaces. Bradbury has a BFA from Queen's University and grew up on an organic farm in rural New Brunswick. She currently works with the United Nations teaching farm women in the country of Jordan about natural dyes and textile design. She is the founder of Studio Syria which brings art classes to Syrians living as refugees in Jordan.
Her large scale public art pieces are found in collections around the world including Starbucks in China and Kuwait, as well as schools and hospitals in the Western United States and Maritime Canada.