Whether you are new to painting or just want to mix it up with some new work, this class is perfect for folks who want to get dirty, play with color and texture, and have a willingness to not know how the art will turn out. Experiment with layering techniques. Look back at abstract artists through the years to jump start ideas. Get an extensive perspective on color theory and application, and understand paint quality and how to get the most value from future art supply purchases. Use a variety of materials from the Seattle ReCreative Retail Shop, and feel free to bring in any materials you want to add as well.

Abstract Painting & Mixed Media
Dates: April 16 to May 21 (6 Mondays
Time: 1:00 to 4:00pm
Cost: $295 (includes all materials)

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About the Instructor

Emily was born and raised in Indiana, but has since lived all over. She earned her BA in Fine Arts at Flagler College with minors in Creative Writing and Stained Glass, and her MFA in Non-Figurative Painting and Drawing from Academy of Art University, where she made huge found object mixed-media abstractions and focused secondarily on fashion illustration. Emily loves building community and enjoys empowering youth through gardening and healthy food preparation. She cares equally about putting art materials into the hands of enthusiastic and reluctant beginners as well as elevating art intellectualism to an elite level with her more experienced students. She believes art is in everyone’s guts, we just need to let ourselves channel it, roll with it, risk, and be rewarded.

She has worked at many art centers and organizations including the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Art on Wheels, Stuff Redux Creative Reuse Center, Art 180, Performing Statistics Project, the Richmond Virginia Academy for the Arts, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and many more.

Emily is also the Operations/Materials Manager here at Seattle Recreative and runs the social media and teaches at Thrive Art School.