Embedding Technology into 2D Art



Embedding Technology into 2D Art with Erin McGee Ferrell

March 2 – 4, 2022 | Thursday – Saturday | Thurs: 10am – 5pm | Fri – Sat: 9am – 4pm

Experience Level – All Levels and All Ages

Medium – Watercolor and Smartphone with specified apps (click Materials List tab above.)       

In this workshop participants will learn to embed audio and video into 2D paintings, integrating smartphone app technology with traditional painting materials.  Viewers will then be able to scan where the NFC (Near Field Communication) sticker is located underneath the paint and hear sound or see an accompanying video that compliments the work.

Contemporary Maine Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell, will demonstrate and guide you into the exciting new world of making 2D work interactive. Paintings come alive with accompanying sound and video. Participants will work with watercolor from photographs. Erin McGee Ferrell will provide the NFC stickers that will be embedded in the works of art.

Click here to see her short youtube video demonstration of a painting with NFC technology.


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.

  • Mask-wearing is optional inside our buildings until further notice.

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Erin McGee Ferrell

Erin McGee Ferrell

Erin McGee Ferrell, Contemporary Professional Oil Painter and Arts in Health Advocate, teaches 2D Design at The University of New England. McGee Ferrell is a Published Researcher and Patient Advocate for the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center, and a National Cancer Institute Research Advocate, University of Arizona, CSBC.

Ferrell was raised with a Nigerian upbringing, with grandparents and father having spent thirty-five years in Ekiti State. She traveled and spent a semester painting in West Africa, experiencing its cultural benefits and influences. Born in Kentucky, Ferrell now lives in Maine and is a military spouse and a preacher’s wife. She is the mother of a military son, one daughter studying for a PhD in Biology, and the other daughter is a dancer.

Erin is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and University of the Arts Philadelphia. She has also studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Louisville in Italy, School for International Training in Nigeria, and Maine College of Art.

Artist’s Statement:

I work on the biggest canvases I can fit in my studio, applying painting strategies of Euan Uglow, and Robert Hamilton in my portraits, landscapes, and still life. My art reflects my surroundings and home: rich, lively color, texture, pattern, and skewed perspective. I collect fabrics from Europe and Asia, as well as Kentucky Quilts to use as background inspiration. Always I build, scrape, and pull to work an inconsistent surface. With undulating texture, I expose vulnerable ground with confident thick strokes, using oil paint and transparent watercolor to build figurative narration with ferocious determination. Honesty of discipline and joy of play are my truths. I mix materials to create innovative surfaces which my paintings reflect as scientific explorations. These rectangular diaries will outlive me to witness this insistent work.

Erin McGee Ferrell


Materials to bring:

  • Watercolor paper (any size)
  • Watercolor paints tubes (a Variety of colors)
  • Brushes
  • Viva Brand Paper towels
  • Small cup for holding water
  • Pencil and sharpener
  • 2 tubes white gouache
  • Masking tape
  • Extra fine sharpie pen
  • A couple of personal photos of landscape, cityscape, or activity which evoke emotion and have strong potential of adding sound and video to them. (example: storm, waves, birds, wind, cooking, crowds, cars….)

A smart phone downloaded with the following apps:

  • Google Drive
  • AudioEditor
  • NFC app for writing and reading

If possible, bring in your laptop. I also use a program called EpidemicSound.com

Questions about supplies/apps? Email Erin at erinmcgeeferrell@gmail.com

Cancellation Policy


  • 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

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before February 2, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after February 2, 2023.
  • 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.