Adult Workshops

 

Southwestern Inspired Mixed Media

Instructor: Suzanne Villella

 



Create colorful mixed media pieces inspired by the beautiful southwestern landscape. Learn the supplies and materials, including paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, and varnish and their applications on a wood panel to create a unique and dynamic piece of artwork. On day 1 you will work on several small format landscapes to get an understanding of the materials. On day 2 of the workshop, you will create a larger format piece, while using your new mixed media knowledge and skills.

Suzanne studied art at the University of Arizona. Her first passion was watercolor painting. She has been focused on mixed media for the last 15 years. She has taught numerous classes in mixed media. Suzanne shows her work regularly at the Southern Arizona Art Guild Gallery and the Tucson Gallery in the Proper Shops, both located in Tucson, Arizona. She is the current president of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild and is passionate about supporting the local arts.

Suzanne is married to Matt Villella. They traveled the world while Matt flew the A-10 with the US Air Force and are now settled in Tucson. They have three children and two rescue pups.

Artist Statement

Imagine combining textiles to create a work of art. Paper, photographs, metal, maps, papers, and sheet music, layered and secured with your favorite paint. Options are limitless. I find fabulous color, papers and texture appealing. Mixed media work challenges me to combine materials harmoniously. My style is unique.

A story evolves from each piece I create. Nothing is placed on the canvas without intent. I like words. Words can be powerful, especially standing on their own. I like surprises. Watching someone discover a subtle ideal hidden in my work is exciting. I want people to think, ask questions.

I am inspired by real world experiences and history. If something is interesting, it needs to be shared.

Dates: February 27 – 28, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee:Includes Special Supplies (wood blocks, acrylic paint, brushes, papers, matte medium, varnish, water wells, paper towels, brayers): $275, Early Bird Special $255 if paid in full by February 13, 2024

Supplies List: Pencil, scissors, apron and gloves if you do not like getting paint on your hands

Registration Cut-off Date: February 16, 2024

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Exploring Paint Portraiture

Instructor: Ana Rincon

 


This workshop will encompass a series of activities which will culminate in the completion of an oil painting of animal portrait. Students can bring their own photo or use one of the instructors.

The first part of day one will involve a discussion about art concepts and previous experiences, if any. It will evolve into an introduction of design concepts to define two- and three-dimensional spaces, light, and shadows. Students will practice some sketches with pencils or other drawing tools, and then the class will begin a discussion of oil painting, with emphasis on techniques for painting backgrounds.

The second part of day one will be about setting up your easel and beginning the painting process. Students will focus on creating their backgrounds. This will enable it to dry enough to paint the portrait on the next day.

During the second day, emphasis will be on capturing the facial features and fur or feathers. The goal is to complete the portrait at the end of the second day. Throughout the workshop, students will be giving individual instructions to help them capture the essence of the animal they are painting. You will be taking a wet painting home and may wish to continue work on it after class.

Ana Rincon began drawing at the age of eight and has explored a variety of media including pencil, pastels, watercolor, acrylics, and oils. After completing her degree of Studio Art of the University of Texas at Austin, she lived in Paris and later in San Francisco where she expanded her art into computer graphics. Ana has studied the development of human consciousness to achieve higher awareness an combine these studies with her art.

Dates: March 11 – 12 2024

Time:9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee:: $220, Early Bird Special $200 if paid in full by February 12, 2024

Registration Cut-off Date: February 26, 2024

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The Expressive Portrait!

Instructor: Tonja Vojacek Sell

 

This class will approach portrait painting in an experimental, fun way. Together we will learn to take risks and explore abstraction while working toward the goal of a finished portrait(s).

We’ll focus on loosening up, learning how to embrace and utilize “mistakes” while discovering the joy of the journey!  I encourage experimentation while creating mixed media portraits from start to finish.

We will not only discover how to improve our classic portrait feature painting skills, but also, how to build up interesting layers by experimenting with a variety of mark making tools.

We’ll touch on value and color mixing to improve your confidence while creating expressive but harmonious non-traditional portrait paintings.

Tonja Vojacek Sell is a Wisconsin native and daughter of glass artisans. She attended the Milwaukee School of Art & Design, where she studied fine arts, drawing, and illustration.

Tonja lives with her family in the home, teaching studio & gallery they built near Lake Superior. They spend part of their winters in Cochise County, AZ. Tonja works in and teaches many different mediums; including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ceramic, glass, felt and more!

Tonja is an award winning artist who has been represented by galleries across the country and her work is in multiple private collections Internationally. She is well known for her figurative work but enjoys painting a wide range of subjects and styles.

She and her husband, Matthew, also lead International Art Tours where students explore and paint. Links to her online classes may be found on her website: www.doartworx.com.

Dates: March 26 – 27, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: $300, Early Bird Special $270 if paid in full by March 12, 2024

Registration Cut-off Date: March 19, 2024

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Merging Pastels & Watercolor

Instructors: Tonja Vojacek Sell

 

This class is for beginner to advanced students who are interested in exploring water mixed media. This unique combination of common materials promises surprising and exciting results! If you have found traditional watercolor too “color-less,” limiting or even frustrating ~ consider trying this mixed-media approach. Pastels add an exciting layer to watercolor under-painting. Learn to mix these mediums to create a whole new look for your watercolor or pastel painting!

Subject matter will vary, and Tonya will walk you through the process step by step to build your confidence and control.

Tonja Vojacek Sell is a Wisconsin native and daughter of glass artisans. She attended the Milwaukee School of Art & Design, where she studied fine arts, drawing, and illustration.

Tonja lives with her family in the home, teaching studio & gallery they built near Lake Superior. They spend part of their winters in Cochise County, AZ. Tonja works in and teaches many different mediums; including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ceramic, glass, felt and more!

Tonja is an award-winning artist who has been represented by galleries across the country and her work is in multiple private collections Internationally. She is well known for her figurative work but enjoys painting a wide range of subjects and styles.

She and her husband, Matthew, also lead International Art Tours where students explore and paint. Links to her online classes may be found on her website: www.doartworx.com.

Dates: April 16 – 17, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Theater Lobby at CPAC

Fee: $300, Early Bird Special $270 if paid in full by April 2, 2024

Registration Cut-off Date: April 9, 2024

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