Save the Date we have Mary Beth Shaw coming to teach a fabulous class. No information and sign ups yet – stay tuned!!
Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. Since then she has spent all her waking hours exploring life as a painter working in mixed media, primarily acrylic, encaustic and collage. She initially put in lots of hours as a road gypsy, exhibiting at outdoor art fairs and selling as many as 300 paintings in one very blurry year. She transitioned into being a workshop instructor in 2008 and finds pleasure helping students find their own voice as a painter. Her personal creative process is a dance between spontaneity and intent; she finds great joy in the physical act of painting and looks at her best work as a gift from a higher power. She welcomes mistakes because they so often provide a delightful detour into new territory. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl, is a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine and a Golden Artist Educator. She is the founder of StencilGirl® Products, LLC.
In this workshop, students of all levels will learn how to venture into more painterly territory with their art journals. We will start by making unique painted pages using different types of papers and supplies, both opaque and transparent. Students will then learn several ways to start a page spread. We will work back and forth between collage and paint, building dimension in layers. There will be a focus on mark making and how to alter and personalize each element. We will use both common and unfamiliar supplies, including paint, crayons and markers to add painterly elements and explore color combinations that work every time. We will use stencils in a variety of ways, to create a composition, add dimension and help integrate page spreads. Ultimately, we will create layers that add loads of depth to our journal.