Raise the Bar

“It’s a small step from Brave to Bravo”  — Michelle Ward

Are you ready to move forward from your typical art-making approach and take your painted surfaces to a new level? Curious about how tap your talent and amp it up to eleven*? Raise the Bar is a workshop designed to support you in the quest to push the boundaries of your creative process. Through both group and personal brainstorming sessions we will review and “It’s a small step from Brave to Bravo” Michelle Ward Are you ready to move forward from your typical art-making approach and take your painted surfaces to a new level? Curious about how tap your talent and amp it up to eleven*? Raise the Bar is a workshop designed to support you in the quest to push the boundaries of your creative process. Through both group and personal brainstorming sessions we will review and investigate opportunities for growth that arise in studying the interpretations of assignments I have prepared for you. We will discuss and practice many design principles like composition, color, and content, with both painting and collage. After this three day workshop you will have a completed journal full of ideas as well as one or more finished paintings.

Maybe you feel like you’ve hit a plateau, or a creative block, or you simply need to shake off self doubt. Do you want to be more deliberate or more impulsive? Not sure how to start, or can’t decide when a piece is finished? I love these kinds of conversations! I want to support you on your individual path of self expression. It’s not about teaching you how to paint like me; it’s about adding fuel to your creative fire, arming you with a few new skills, and offering a perspective that helps you see the handful of resolutions to every unanswered question. We will try many surface treatment techniques with acrylic paint, gesso, masking/stenciling, embedding imagery, transferring, and other texture building tricks. Each day will begin with some fun exercises to get us warmed up and then we will segue into more complex assignments such as making our own tools inspired by a field trip through the gorgeous Valley Ridge property.

Being creative has many rewards; one of my favorites is sharing the enthusiasm for making cool stuff with like-minded people. In my experience of teaching workshops I have discovered that students share my hunger for taking what we do to the next level. We all enjoy the show-and-tell segment following a class as it allows us to observe how each artist has interpreted the information, and it unlocks dialogue about possibilities. Imagine an entire workshop built on the show-and-tell process – that is what Raise the Bar will be.

In addition to the wine and cheese reception Friday evening, we are offering a fun Pasta Bar group dinner Saturday night (optional, additional $25.) I am so excited to present this class in this very special setting. I invite you to join me for inspiration, information, motivation, encouragement, but most of all, enthusiasm!

* Eleven is one louder than ten. For reference, see film: Spinal Tap.