Mixed Media Effects with Venetian Plaster

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Mixed Media Effects with Venetian Plaster with Michelle Sales

April 28, 2023 | Friday | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Experience – All levels are welcome.
  • Medium – Mixed Media/Venetian Plaster.
  • Note: A lab fee of $45.00 is payable directly to the instructor on the day of the workshop.  See below for the list of supplies provided by the instructor.
  • Registration: Each student needs to enroll individually.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, South Studio.

Traditional Venetian Plaster, otherwise known as marble plaster, Italian plaster or polished plaster is made of lime putty and marble dust. Venetian Plaster sold today is often a combination of acrylic polymer and marble dust with an addition of lime putty. This combination allows the creation of surfaces that can be made to look like Italian fresco. Venetian Plaster has been used for centuries and although it was originally used for building purposes its main use now is to create sophisticated designs for the interior walls of buildings and private homes.

This one-day class will utilize an acrylic Venetian plaster base applied to canvas to create old world fresco effects. Participants will learn various techniques to crackle, paint, stencil, and transfer images to venetian plaster surfaces. Prior knowledge of transferred image techniques is not necessary. This class is appropriate for all levels.

A $45.00 Lab Fee will cover all supplies needed for this class. The Lab Fee is payable to the instructor on the day of class. Cash or check will be accepted.

Instructor will gladly answer any questions via email at michellesworkbox@yahoo.com or phone: 928-282-1186. Please leave a message if no answer!

$45.00 Lab Fee will include:

  • Acrylic Venetian plaster
  • Two 4” x 4” unfinished cradled board
  • One 8” x 10” unfinished cradled board
  • One 8” x 10” piece of unfinished painting canvas
  • Two 4” x 4” pieces of unfinished painting canvas
  • One 8 “x 10” Prepared Venetian Plaster board
  • Ready to transfer Images

**Note: If you have artist brushes and acrylic paints which you would prefer to use in class, please feel free to bring them. Oil paints cannot be used on acrylic Venetian Plaster.

Instructor will supply: 

  • Dust Masks (for working with plaster)
  • Unfinished canvas pieces
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paints
  • Plastic gloves
  • Paper towel
  • Brayers
  • Plaster spreading knives
  • Stencils Rollers
  • Acrylic markers
  • Scissors
  • Mark making tools
  • Acrylic gel medium
  • Sandpaper
  • Fans
  • Decorative scrap papers
  • Stencils
  • Rubber Stamps and ink
  • Blow Dryers

Again, Instructor will gladly answer any questions via email at michellesworkbox@yahoo.com or phone: 928-282-1186. Please leave a message if no answer!

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.

  • Masks are now optional inside Sedona Arts Center buildings until further notice.

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Michelle Sales

Michelle Sales



Michelle Sales was born in Chicago, Illinois where she lived much of her life. She recently moved full time to Sedona finding it immensely inspirational in the creation of her work. Michelle has been expressing herself forcefully with pigment and mixed media since childhood. Her early work was as a painter, but sculpture soon became her focus. Currently, Ms. Sales works in two and three dimensional media, as well as mixed media jewelry design.

In 1998, Michelle Sales received a Recognition Scholarship from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She received Her BFA in 2001. Her area of interest was mixed media and material studies.

Nature and its myriad shapes textures and colors inform her work today. Ms. Sales enjoys hiking and creates photo journals taken from these hikes. These photos serve as inspiration and are often incorporated into her work.

Ms. Sales maintains a working studio in Sedona Arizona. She teaches workshops and classes in mixed media and jewelry design.

Michelle Sales’ work has won awards and recognition in both national and international exhibitions. Her pieces have been shown for many years at SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier (Sculptural Object Functional Art) and can be found in private and museum collections. Ms. Sales is represented by Vale Craft Gallery, Chicago IL

 For more info please visit my website:  www.michellesales.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 Registration/Cancellation Policy:

  • 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 15% Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before March 28, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after March 28, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Important Cancellation Policy 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.

Face masks are optional until further notice.