Monday, June 22, 2015

Menucha Retreat Workshop: Sign Up Early to Get Your Discount

I am so looking forward to the Fall Workshop I will be teaching at Menucha Retreat. The workshop is scheduled for October 18 through October 22. 

I will be sharing many ways to combine abstract work with realism. We will make stamps, stain and stamp papers, add interest to the beginning paint surface, hone design and compositions skills and much more. This will be an exceptional experience for us all where art is the focus in a beautiful retreat setting where meals and beds are just a few steps from the art studio.

I want to let people know that there is a discount for early registration and there are just 12 more days to get that reduced rate!  

Early Bird Bonus: register by the 4th of July and get $100 off!

To sign up, go to the Menucha Retreat and Convention Center Space is limited, so be sure to register early to save your spot!

Below is the description of my workshop.

Abstract to Realism

Blue Moon Heron IIMargaret will teach a four-day workshop exploring abstract design in combination with representational subject matter. By building surface textures using gesso, rice paper, scraping and adding marks, participants will add dimension and interest to their art. This workshop will expand your experience with representational shapes united with abstract form using watercolor, acrylic paint and collage. All collage materials will be created by the participants using old paintings, newly created pattern paintings and stained rice paper. In this workshop you will learn:
  • How to start a painting with a textured surface.
  • How to create collage papers.
  • How to compose a dynamic abstract design.
  • How to combine abstract design with representational shapes.
  • How to use color and shape to unify a painting.
  • How to build a painting using an intuitive process.
Here’s what class participants have said about Margaret’s classes:
“Margaret encourages her students to stretch WEbsite photo revisedtheir imagination and skills beyond the ‘comfort zone.’ There is no such word as failure in her classes, only opportunities to experiment and try, try again and find a measure of success. With her help I came to appreciate my own style.”
The best mantra Margaret uses is, “It’s only paper!” Her fearless approach allowed me to be creative and try larger and looser paintings.  After taking classes with Margaret, I was encouraged to apply for membership in the Watercolor Society of Oregon, which I did and was accepted in September, 2007.  I have gone on to sell paintings and exhibit in shows.”