Maine to Sedona: Color and texture of Place

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Maine to Sedona: Color and texture of Place with Erin McGee Ferrell

March 5 – 6, 2022

Using watercolor, ink, ripped heavy paper and cold wax, we will collage “Places.” In this workshop, we reflect on our visual experiences of location. Think of an alley in Chicago, a beach in Maine, or your grandmother’s kitchen. Using a variety of color palettes and watercolor methods for texture, we will create abstract or representational mixed media paintings.  For beginner to advance artist, this workshop offers the opportunity to delve into physical places that evoke one’s strong visual memories. Students will bring in photographs of significant locations and through color exploration on varying weights of paper we will rip and collage. Works can be as small or as large as you have the materials for. The city and landscape compositions will be detailed with fine brush and ink before cold wax is added. The outcome being a single sheet or a series depending on each participant’s process.

Erin McGee Ferrell’s website:          

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) Paper masks are available for no charge.
  • 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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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

Supply List: 

  • Two copies of Location 1 Color Photo printed on 8.5 x 11 in paper in Plastic Sleeve
  • Two copies of Location 2 Color Photo printed on 8.5 x 11 in paper in Plastic sleeve
  • (Optional Location 3 if doing a series)
  • Extra Fine Black Sharpie pens
  • Graphite woodless Pencil
  • Jar for water
  • Paper towels
  • Dorland cold wax medium
  • Acrylic Gel Medium (matte)
  • Burnt Sienna and white drawing ink
  • Long, super thin liner brush
  • Varity of brushes
  • Variety of colors tube watercolor paints (look at your photos to match colors… more the better)
  • 1 tube of white gouache
  • 1 Full sheet- 22 x 30 inches of 300lb watercolor paper per photo. (2 photo locations/ 2 sheets)
  • 5-10 full sheets of 140lb watercolor paper (variety of textures hot press, cold press, rough texture)
  • Any random other watercolor paper or old watercolor paintings you want to rip up.
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels


Costs approx. $160

Instructor Provides

  • Spray bottle with Alcohol
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kosher Salt
  • Extra wide Brushes to share

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

  • 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.