Abstract/Figurative 3-Day Workshop

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Description

This workshop pushes you out of your safe zone and into a brand new, looser, abstract direction drawing, painting and collaging the contemporary nude. You will learn expressive painting techniques for the modern painter. If you ever wanted to learn how to paint the freestyle abstract figure, this workshop is for you. Color is explained and explored. You will learn the 12 Design Compositions for a successful painting. Your “drawing the nude” skills are not a prerequisite.

The second day of class will include a variety of poses with the nude, draped and partially draped model, lots of paint sketching, gestural drawing and finger painting techniques. Be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. Plenty of time for action-filled painting exercises, demos and personalized attention. All water soluble paints are welcomed. Materials list provided. No photography, please. Handouts provided.

In 1985 Robert Burridge turned his passion into his second career. He retired from industrial design and became a full time, contemporary fine art painter, moved to California’s Central Coast and prepared to paint the rest of his life. Today, besides painting, he is an invited juror for international art shows, a college and national painting workshop instructor, and teaches a fine art mentor program in central France. Recently selected as the Honorary President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, he holds a signature membership with them and with the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

His original paintings can be seen in six international galleries, on Starbucks Coffee mugs, Pearl Vodka bottles, eight tapestries and on fine art edition prints in upscale retail stores and cruise ships.

His work has received lifetime honors, including The Franklin Mint Award and recently the Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s prestigious Crest Medal Award for achievement in the arts previously awarded to Pablo Picasso, John Singer Sargent and Georgia O’Keefe.

It is said, “Your heart doesn’t know how old you are.” For me, it’s true. Painting everyday in my small studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I feel like a kid again playing with color, design, paint and canvas, which reminds me of the saying, “It’s never too late to be what you always should have been.” Follow your bliss!

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • We require that face masks, covering mouth and nose, be worn in our buildings until further notice. (Note: face shields are not adequate)
  • Enrollment in classes and workshops is limited to ensure social distancing is possible.
  • Staff perform a rigorous sanitation protocol throughout the day.
  • Thermometers are available in the Gallery and Studios for self-checking of temperature upon entrance.
  • Sanitation stations are available at each entrance to the Center. Paper masks are available for no charge.

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Robert Burridge

Robert Burridge

In 1985 Robert Burridge turned his passion into his second career. He retired from industrial design and became a full time, contemporary fine art painter, moved to California’s Central Coast and prepared to paint the rest of his life. Today, besides painting, he is an invited juror for international art shows, a college and national painting workshop instructor, and teachs a fine art mentor program in central France. Recently selected as the Honorary President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, he holds a signature membership with them and with the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

His original paintings can be seen in six international galleries, on Starbucks Coffee mugs, Pearl Vodka bottles, eight tapestries and on fine art edition prints in upscale retail stores and cruise ships.

His work has received lifetime honors, including The Franklin Mint Award and recently the Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s prestigious Crest Medal Award for achievement in the arts previously awarded to Pablo Picasso, John Singer Sargent and Georgia O’Keeffe.

It is said, “Your heart doesn’t know how old you are.” For me, it’s true. Painting everyday in my small studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I feel like a kid again playing with color, design, paint and canvas, which reminds me of the saying, “It’s never too late to be what you always should have been.” Follow your bliss!

  • Paints
    Any professional-grade acrylic paint (no cheap, student grade paints). Your choice of colors. I will be painting with Holbein Artist Acrylic paint - colors to match my Goof-Proof Color Wheel, plus black and white. •Pyrrole Red Light •Marigold •Opera •Hansa Yellow •Middle Green •Pearl Gold •Cad Green Deep •Compose Blue #1 •Titanium White •Ultramarine Deep •Compose Blue #2 •Carbon Black •Amethyst •Primary Magenta Note: “Color Comparison Chart” available on my website.
  • Brushes
    Acrylic/synthetic combos, 1” Flat or Round. Several 2” and 3” cheap chip bristle brushes. (hardware store) NO FOAM BRUSHES.
  • For cleaning brushes
    Murphys Oil Soap, “Original Formula.” (grocery & hardware stores)
  • Surfaces
    Per day you may need up to 2 Full Sheets of 140 lb. or 300 lb. CP watercolor paper, pre-gessoed (thin layer of acrylic gesso - brush or trowel on one side only, let dry) Brushmark texture is okay; do not sand smooth. Bring flat - do not roll up. I recommend Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. or 300 lb. CP. Optional: Also, small pre-gessoed canvases - as many per day as you want. (should fit on your painting table)
  • Gesso
    One pint of thick white professional acrylic gesso. Bob uses Utrecht’s Professional Gesso ---it’s thicker than most. Available from Utrecht or Dick Blick’s catalog.
  • Final Coat
    Water-based POLYMER VARNISH with UVLS for “sealing” all paintings - gloss, semi gloss or matte. Bob uses Minwax Polycrylic Water Based from hardware store
  • Collage scraps
    Your own collection of collage paper scraps, such as: Old letters, music sheets, photos (make prints from a Xerox copier), fabric or any other weird stuff you need. Bring a recent National Geographic Magazine to be used for collaging.
  • Glue for Collage Work
    Polymer Gel Medium - gloss.
  • Small water container
    Such as a 1 gallon plastic bucket or a low 10x10 inch tupperware-type container.
  • Table covering
    Clear, 4ml plastic sheet, precut to 4 ft x 8 ft. Tape down with strong tape. (not green or blue painters’ tape)
  • Roll of VIVA towels
  • Robert Burridge’s Goof Proof Color Wheel
    For sale at most Burridge Workshops
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hand Barrier cream or Nitrile gloves
  • Artist’s Sketchbook
    Maximum size 11x17, spiral bound for note taking.
  • Sketch pads
    Large Watercolor Sketch Pads such as 18”x24” Canson Biggie Sketch Books or 15”x20” Canson Montval Watercolor Pad. Bob uses Fabriano Papers and 22”x30” BFK Rives Printmaking Sheet Paper for drawing.
  • Fluid Acrylic Inks
    Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! and Holbein’s Drawing Inks (transparent and opaque). Holbein’s Aeroflash can also be used.
  • Any drawing tools are encouraged
    Such as sharpened 20” twigs for drawing, charcoal, Derwent Water Soluble Drawing Pencils, very dark; or Derwent Water Soluble Inktense Blocks.
  • Knife for sharpening pencils
  • Washcloth or sponge for blending
  • IMPORTANT:
    No hair dryers, cameras, easels or cell phones allowed in this workshop.

Cancellation Policy

Registration

  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.

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