Paint a Series: Contemporary Acrylics with Tracy Felix Fraker

DATE/TIME:  Saturday,  November 14  11am-5pm
Location: Cole Gallery 107 5th Ave S.
COST: $125.00

REGISTRATION: You can register for this class by calling in, coming in, or online. Scroll to the bottom of the page for online registration. 425.640.6408

DESCRIPTION: Sometimes we get in the habit of creating one painting at a time. I used to do this and was amazed at the difference when I started rotating canvases during painting sessions. Not only did my productivity increase, but the real advantage was how much my work progressed. Another great benefit was that my paintings showed so well together in groupings and art show settings. I am excited to share these techniques with you so you can move your work forward as well. I promise this is super fun and satisfying!

     I will get you going on several paintings that are created simultaneously to make a cohesive series. Choose to work in a size that is manageable for you, but I am recommending 5x5, 6x6, 10x10 or 8x10s. These sizes are fun, unintimidating and perfect to use as gifts.

     We will focus on a non-representational style to free you up to focus on texture and color. We can even try a few super easy image transfers and play with color and texture across as many canvases you want to work on. Bring your own photos, buttons memorabilia to personalize your work if desired. Extra bonus: you will be able to add a touch of beeswax at the end of class to your paintings.

SUPPLY LIST:  You can purchase all your quality art supplies at ARTspot. Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies during the course. All items on this list are available at ARTspot.

    I ENCOURAGE experimentation, so a variety of supplies is welcome. I strongly encourage you to use artist quality paints - I use Golden paints as the pigments are pure and bright.
     Questions or info about these supplies? Feel free to email Tracy at Any one of our ARTspot staff members would be happy to answer questions and/or set aside what you need so you are all ready for class. 425-640-6408.

PALETTE  • You can use a rectangular Tupperware type container with lid or can purchase a sealing palette for acrylics to keep paints from drying out. We recommend the Artelier Airtight Peel-Off Palette.

4x4, 5x5, 5x7, 6x6, 10x10 or 8x10s or similar size stretched canvas, mdf panel, birch cradle board or canvas board. Start with a quantity of three or four all the same size, but you can purchase extras during class as you see how it is going. You may find ideas coming up that you want to keep going with!

Assortment of Acrylic Paints -   required
Here is the combination I use (Golden Acrylic Tube colors). You can use as a guide. any color that appeals to you personally is a good color for you!
Titanium White                                                       Cadmium Yellow light
Cadmium Yellow Medium                                   Cadmium Red Light
Primary Magenta or Alizarin Crimson               Cerulean Blue or Pthalo Blue
Ultramarine Blue                                                    Burnt Umber
Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna                               Black - optional
A 6, 8, or 12 tube set – either would work well. Get the artist grade, not the student grade. There is a difference!

Optional Additions (some of my favorites):
Buff or Unbleached White, Burnt Sienna, Dioxazine Purple, Green Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange…  Any color that inspires you is a good color!

One 1 oz Fluid acrylic paint color of your choice – optional if you want to try
One Pebeo fantasy paint color of your choice – optional if you want to try
One Jacquard Mica Powder color of your choice – optional if you want to try

Gel medium required
Use this to collage, or stretch out the coverage of your paints.  Could try an Acrylic Heavy Gel Medium – glossy 8 Oz OR two 4 oz – one regular gel and one heavy gel. Optional: add molding paste if you want to add stenciling texture effects.

Variety of ACRYLIC Bristol Brushes
Example: #2 Round, #2-6 Flat, #8 Filbert, #12 Flat or (Plus bring any brushes you want to experiment with)

One flat sided metal palette knife.

collage materials, ephemera, etc. Especially anything that incorporates your personality...  journal page or letter, photo, favorite poem, sketches.  paintings on canvas or watercolor paper. Interesting papers. Items you could embed in painting that have something to do with an interest area of yours.

Optional to bring, but we have these here at the ARTspot studio for you to use:
sharpie marker
spray water bottle                        palette knife
paper towels                                  apron or old shirt

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