Go Small or Go Home
PAINTING BY HEART :: SMALLS
with Jenny Doh
1-Day Workshop, offered on two different dates:
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
(Please note at time of purchase which date you'd like to enroll in. If you want to come both dates, please purchase this class two times.)
Location: Studio CRESCENDOh
207 N. Broadway St., Suite L, Santa Ana, CA 92701
The supply list is the same
as usual, except the size and number of canvases. I would say canvases
anywhere from 4 x 4 inches to 6 x 8 inches that total say anywhere from
10-20 canvases is what you will want.
Have you ever tried to make a very small intuitive painting?
Pretty hard, huh? Reminds me of when I was learning to knit and found
out that knitting a tiny sweater or socks for a baby is much harder than
painting a sweater or socks for an adult.
If you've taken my Painting by Heart class, you will utilize what you've learned there and apply that knowledge and combine it with fun methods
that are involved with making a whole bunch of small intuitive paintings at
one time. If you've not taken my Painting by Heart class, no worries! You will learn first this method of going small and apply that knowledge to go big at a regular Painting by Heart class that I offer at a future date. If you want to. :)
How do you feel when you look at the canvas and consider the process of
painting? Is it possible for you to conceive of a way for that feeling
to change and evolve? If so, how might you go about getting your
feelings about the painting process to evolve ... anywhere from slightly
to radically different?
Just like I would never hand over a sewing machine to someone who has
never sewn and say "follow your intuition and just sew," I also think
that guidance with paints and related materials are needed to get a
person to feel comfortable with the painting process, before we engage
I will demonstrate and teach numerous ways to help
you manipulate and apply paint onto multiple small canvases so that you can build up
layers, causing the canvas to transition from a "young" canvas to a
"mature" canvas. The first part of this class will move quickly on
purpose, to get you to stop over-thinking and simply try the methods out
quickly, so that we don't develop emotional attachment to the marks
prematurely, as we work with two canvases simultaneously.
As we have digest the methods and
as we potentially discover new ones together, we will rely more on our
intuition as we each make decisions, solve problems, and wrestle with
the resounding "what next?" when it comes to building layers on a
We will embark on either leaving our canvases
abstract or having them project a conceptual image. To do the latter, we
will work on how to observe our canvases, and how to coax out concepts
that the canvases may be projecting out to us through the marks that we
have made. I will also demonstrate methods of how to deliberately place a
concept onto the canvas, regardless of what the canvas might be saying.
To leave a canvas abstract, I will demonstrate more fine-tuning methods
that add polish and details that help an abstract work feel "done."
We will discuss many topics that will strengthen our fluency
in the language of painting and art-making. We will discover the joy
and power of expressing our unique perspectives through the wondrous
world of painting.
- Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time to arrive, and settle in.
- Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Jenny who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
- Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like C4 Deli, Chapter One, Paninoteca, Boldo, 4th Street Market, Cafe Calacas, and The Gypsy Den.
- Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Jenny who will guide the 2nd part of class.
- Show & Tell, Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM
- 15-20 (or more) small stretched canvases: anywhere from 4 x 4 inches to 6 x 8 inches. They can be assorted sizes.
paints in assorted colors (the more the better ... and make sure to
bring colors that make you feel good). I favor Golden fluid acrylics, Golden heavy body acrylics, and also Holbein heavy acrylics.
- Paintbrushes in assorted sizes (I like these. Filberts and flats for sure in several sizes)
- Palette knife (or two or three): there are lots to choose from. This is a pretty standard one that lots of people start out with. Pick one
that feels right to you. Eventually, you'll probably want to get several
but you'll learn to use the one you get during class.
- Sketchpad or journal and pencil that you can write in and do practice drawings in
- Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.
Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Jenny Doh is an artist, author, and teacher.