ArtVerveAcademy

Friday, March 18, 2022

Creative Pathways (April 2022)

Creative Pathways (April)

Creative Pathways (April)

Do you want to be in the driver’s seat but also have guidance and support to help you along your artistic journey? Creative Pathways combines an open studio experience with an instructor who leads constructive, structured critiques that include group discussions, one-to-one instruction, and optional exercises to push you to the next level.

These classes are perfect for those who want to choose what to create while benefiting from feedback, inspiration, or the vitality achieved when working with other creative individuals. You choose your subject and your own 2D art medium.

Lisa Larrabee is most recognized for her unique figurative paintings that stylistically blur the boundaries between the figure and their environment. Her paintings visually convey the intangible connection between people, nature and the subconscious. Lisa creates artwork that allows us to slow down and contemplate our relationship to others and to the world around us.

The instructor will guide you in finding your visual voice to achieve your artistic vision and cultivate your creativity. Optional exercises are designed to strengthen your skills and open new pathways to explore in your work. Where you go with them is up to you. It is all part of the journey.

Lisa Larrabee
Lisa Larrabee

Lisa builds an expressive and textured surface using oil and cold wax medium with improvised tools, rollers and pallet knives before refining her image with traditional oil painting methods.

The effect feels both timeless and contemporary. Specific details come into focus while others are left to be completed in the mind of the viewer. As you can see below, the result is ethereal poetry.

To see more of Lisa's work visit her instructor page or visit her website at LarrabeeART.com

Encaustics Workshop: Exquisite Corpse Book

Last Encaustics Workshop: Exquisite Corpse Book

Encaustics Workshop: Exquisite Corpse Book

We wanted to let everyone know that instructor Sherrie Posternak will be leaving us this May. Sadly, this will be her last encaustics workshop in the Tucson area. We learned that she was moving out of state a while ago but wanted to publicly thank her for giving her heart to the Art Verve over these past few years, plus her time and energy. We wish her all the best as she transitions into the next adventure and chapter of her life!

Explore the fascinating unbounded rich medium of encaustic! Create luminous encaustic bound collages with an expert guide.We will each make a book based on Picture Consequences, the visual version of the Surrealist parlor game Exquisite Corpse (wherein a collection of words is collectively assembled). As a child did you have a book in which the pages were cut into thirds, the top third of the pages showing the head of a person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third the legs? We will compose our books with a least 8 individual drawings that we produce in class. We can use all our own images in the book or trade some with classmates. Encaustic wax medium will be the binding material for the drawings on Sumi paper adhered to “Encaustiflex.” Our covers will be made of cotton quilt batting saturated with wax medium. We will use eyelets and binder rings to put it all together.


Sherrie Posternak
Sherrie Posternak

Sherrie Posternak has had solo and group shows in the encaustic medium internationally in both the U.S. and Mexico since 2007. Her thoughts have appeared in various magazine articles or blog interviews and she's also juried various prestigious gallery exhibits.

Images of Sherrie's work are in the gallery section of the E-book "Contemporary Paper and Encaustic" by Catherine Nash, and Volume I of Linda Robertson's revised E-book "Embracing Encaustic."

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Seeing in Full Color

Seeing in Full Color

Seeing in Full Color!

Do you want to create luminous color in your paintings? Learn to see the full color of what is truly there so that you can paint it. Lighting conditions, atmosphere, and the surrounding environment affect an object’s color and shadow. There are a variety of methods used to create convincing colors in a painting. However, there is no formula. A few tips on what to look for, combined with careful observation, will help you notice an object’s subtle color nuances.

Capturing the full range of color and color relationships will make your artwork sing! Take your artwork to the next level, no matter what style you prefer.

Lisa Larrabee
Lisa Larrabee

Lisa builds an expressive and textured surface using oil and cold wax medium with improvised tools, rollers and pallet knives before refining her image with traditional oil painting methods.

The effect feels both timeless and contemporary. Specific details come into focus while others are left to be completed in the mind of the viewer. As you can see below, the result is ethereal poetry.

To see more of Lisa's work visit her instructor page or visit her website at LarrabeeART.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Creative Pathways (March 2022)

Creative Pathways (March)

Creative Pathways (March)

Do you want to be in the driver’s seat but also have guidance and support to help you along your artistic journey? Creative Pathways combines an open studio experience with an instructor who leads constructive, structured critiques that include group discussions, one-to-one instruction, and optional exercises to push you to the next level.

These classes are perfect for those who want to choose what to create while benefiting from feedback, inspiration, or the vitality achieved when working with other creative individuals. You choose your subject and your own 2D art medium.

Lisa Larrabee is most recognized for her unique figurative paintings that stylistically blur the boundaries between the figure and their environment. Her paintings visually convey the intangible connection between people, nature and the subconscious. Lisa creates artwork that allows us to slow down and contemplate our relationship to others and to the world around us.

The instructor will guide you in finding your visual voice to achieve your artistic vision and cultivate your creativity. Optional exercises are designed to strengthen your skills and open new pathways to explore in your work. Where you go with them is up to you. It is all part of the journey.

Lisa Larrabee
Lisa Larrabee

Lisa builds an expressive and textured surface using oil and cold wax medium with improvised tools, rollers and pallet knives before refining her image with traditional oil painting methods.

The effect feels both timeless and contemporary. Specific details come into focus while others are left to be completed in the mind of the viewer. As you can see below, the result is ethereal poetry.

To see more of Lisa's work visit her instructor page or visit her website at LarrabeeART.com