Jan’s experience and enthusiasm create an atmosphere of fun and spontaneity inspiring new directions and discovery through innovative combinations of design and materials. By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various “raw” materials in the abstract painting we get surprising results. The layering method yields a magnetism that is particular to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and above all emotion, play off each other in creating the work. Part of the adventure is not knowing where you are going until you get there! You will become thrilled with possibility as you journey through this process. You will learn to let go of painting habits and gain the knowledge of layering textures, colors and feelings while executing shapes utilizing a structure of positive and negative space.
All of the paints used will be water-based.
Jan is an internationally recognized art instructor and juror, and recently published an art book, TEXTURE | COLOR | FEELING.
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.
Class meets 10 – 5 on the first day, 9 – 4 on subsequent days with a one hour lunch.
In Jan’s more than thirty years as an art instructor and professional painter, she continues her exploring and experimentation with many mediums. Her accomplishments in the art arena are many, working in commercial art, teaching in public schools, and teaching international workshops. Her studies include the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, Missouri), a B.A. degree at Western State College (Gunnison, Colorado), and ongoing workshops and seminars in the arts. Her latest book is TEXTURECOLORFEELING.
Artist’s Statement My work is a reflection of who I am. I work in a spontaneous manner until I have built up a surface on a support by texturing, layering papers, and painting. Often repeating this process many times. As the work develops, this process becomes one with the satisfaction I feel with the final image.
SUPPLY LIST (m/m and abstraction) Texture-Color-Feeling IN ACRYLIC
SUPPORTS – Two pre-stretched canvas 16×20. 1 sheet of 300lb. w.c. cold press paper divided into 1/4 sheets. A yupo pad 11X14.
ART TISSUE – 1 pkg. (white only) Spectra Brand.
ACRYLIC PAINT & INKS – Bring any acrylic paints, and acrylic inks. I prefer GOLDEN FLUID ACRYLIC PAINTS in small 1” bottles. A few FW waterbase inks in your favorite colors, or any brand you prefer. Also a black and white…(sometimes I use white gesso for my white)
ACRYLIC ALL-PURPOSE BRUSHES – A One and two inch synthetic flat brush. Bring also a few small synthetic rounds (#4,6,7) Michaels has a good variety of synthetic brushes.
ACRYLIC MATTE MEDIUM, ACRYLIC GEL MEDIUM, and WHITE GESSO (I prefer GOLDEN ACRYLIC brand)
TEXTURE TOOLS – Bring Anything you think would make good texture in your paintings. A few White thin rice papers. Drawing pencils. (caren d Arch, or Lyra) any soft colored pencils, watercolor pencils or charcoal pencils in white and black.
EXTRA ITEMS – sketchbook for note-taking, thin tight fitting rubber gloves, paper towels, small plastic palette knives,sissors, Paper palette or freezer paper (Walmart). There will be a variety of projects in this class, therefore expect some changes in art materials or supports which are not on this list. I will notify you if changes are made. Most items you have as a painter and when traveling you can fit all of this in one medium size luggage and still still have some room..or ship! EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS……JAN@JANSITTS.COM IF YOU HAVE TAKEN THIS CLASS BEFORE, REMEMBER THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT………… AND NEVER A DULL MOMENT!!! NEW…ADDED TO THE LIST …..We will explore light weight copper metal which will be layered into our paintings along with various paper. Metal provided.