Classes / Workshops

Legal Considerations for Artists

Thursday, January 15th 4-6:30 p.m. Meet at Elk River Arts Alliance, 609 Main Street, Elk River
This session provides information about copyrights, contract basics for selling & licensing your work, and getting into business. This ten-session workshop series, presented by Springboard for the Arts, is developed for artists practicing in all disciplines brought to you by a collaboration of the ISD 728 Regional Center and Elk River Area Arts Alliance.  The Central MN Arts board is a partner in sponsorship of this activity.  Website: www.centralmnartsboard.org/

The session is FREE, but space is limited! Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. To register please call the Elk River Arts Alliance at (763) 441-4725 or email info@elkriverart.org

You must register for each session you plan to attend! Take the whole course or only those that best suit you. The full ten-session course description and schedule are available on the centralmnartsboard.org website CMAB Trainings & Classes page.

Visit www.centralmnartsboard.org for more information.
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Dan Mondloch Workshop at Dillman’s  – June 7-12, 2015      
In this workshop you will learn how to use three water-media in one painting; watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. If you’ve ever felt trapped or limited with transparent watercolor, you will enjoy the freedom this process offers. The freedom comes in having that second and third chance at getting your subject right. After adding acrylics and gouache to your watercolors, you will feel like a weight had been lifted off your shoulders, the pressure is off! The challenge is in knowing how and when to mix the various media. The secret is that each medium has its own unique visual qualities and physical characteristics. Through demos and plenty of painting time, you will learn how to combine them in a natural and effective way. Undercoating and this mixed media process can re-light your fire for painting.


Undercoatings with bold color have been used for centuries for their aesthetic beauty, but they are relatively new to water-media. It has had a huge impact on me because I was able to look at the same subjects I’ve always painted, but in a new way. I will show you how to pick the right colors for your undercoating, and demonstrate how that color can magically unify your entire painting. Then, you will learn how to balance the various media within one painting so that your mixed media attempt doesn’t look like an afterthought. I like to use bold color and high contrast for a dramatic effect, and sharing this water-media process is so much fun because students make a lot of progress and they get excited about painting again. They feel like going back and trying all those old failed paintings again, but with the new things they’ve learned. Join me for this workshop and re-light your fire for painting!

Workshop Experience:
In this workshop the goal will be to combine fluid acrylics, watercolor, and gouache in what might feel like a reverse painting approach. Any subject matter will work for this process, and you will want to bring many reference photos or sketches to work from. My suggestion is to bring subject matter that is Simple, Easy and Familiar to paint from. This is important – and will allow you to focus on this new painting process versus focusing on trying to figure out how to paint something new. Bring whatever size paper you prefer to work on; I would recommend a quarter sheet minimum as the goal of this workshop is to explore the new materials and loosen up a little. I will bring a variety of subject matter to demonstrate with, with my primary focus being watercolor. If you have a certain subject you would like to see demonstrated, feel free to email me at artist@danmondloch.com. It would be helpful if a few participants brought hairdryers to speed up dry time between the initial wash and clear coat steps.

Process:

  1. Undercoating (Fluid Acrylic Wash) is a wet into wet wash that unifies the painting, provides sparkling light to show through in the finished piece, and since acrylic cures and becomes permanent, it allows for lifting and re-working of the watercolor and gouache applied over the top. What color should you use? Whatever color you want to “shine” through in little bits, and whatever color you want to lift down to. Darker undercoatings may require heavier use of gouache. Dry before next step.
  2. Isolation coat (3 parts water: 1 part Golden Soft Gel Gloss) is a clear wash over the top of the undercoating that enhances the slickness of the paper, allowing for more lifting and re-working abilities with watercolor and gouache. Do a lift test to check slickness of surface – this is done by applying a small swatch of dark color, drying it, and using clean water and a brush to see if you can lift it cleanly. If the lift test fails, apply an isolation coat. Dry before next step.
  3. Apply watercolor next to build up color and values. With watercolor you build from light to dark. Use watercolor first to apply dark colors; because if you put gouache down first, it will be harder to apply darker colors without them mixing with the gouache and becoming muddy. Watercolor is generally used for “positive” painting.
  4. Apply gouache to retrieve lighter values in your painting. Gouache can be mixed with regular watercolors to create colored gouache. It is important to think of gouache as being both a translucent and opaque paint. Opaque means you can completely cover up the color underneath, while translucent means you can partially cover up the color underneath. A successful painting using this approach will have a good balance of opaque, translucent, and transparent applications. Gouache works particularly well when doing “negative” painting.

To see some examples of my work, visit my website: www.danmondloch.com.

Artist statement
Painting landscape to me was always about being close to nature, having special moments, and a connection to the land that I wanted to express through painting. The vibrant colors, range of textures, and the exhilaration of discovering new things are what inspire me. Lately I’ve been exploring a unique process that combines acrylic, gouache, and watercolor. Each medium has its own unique benefits, and when used together can create amazing results. I first started using this approach when I became unsatisfied with the technical limitations that transparent watercolor can have with certain subjects. I found that mixed media can be extremely liberating! No matter what medium I use, at the end of the day I want my paintings to be beautiful, expressive, impactful images that resonate with people.

Studio: Something for all levels.

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The following CMW Members are teaching 2015 Winter/Spring art classes at the Paramount Visual Art Center — Details are as follows:

Acrylics 101: Painting with Acrylics Workshop (Spring)
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015 -10am-4pm with Dan Mondloch
Truly for beginners! Dan will cover basic acrylic painting techniques like wet into wet, dry brush, layering, and glazing. We will also discuss how to use the composition to lead your eye through a piece. In the morning we will create a black and white painting, and in the afternoon we will complete a beautifully colored landscape!

Tuition: $65 (plus the cost of materials) Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Watercolor 102: Watercolor Wonders Workshop (Spring)
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 10am-4pm with Dan Mondloch
Find your inner watercolor talents in this one day workshop with easy to follow instruction on the basic techniques of creating beautiful and fresh watercolor paintings! Learn how to add depth, texture and water control in the first portion of the class, and then a paint your own beautiful winter landscape using Dan’s simple step-by-step instructions in the second half!

Tuition: $65 (plus the cost of materials) Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Drawing 102: The Fundamentals of Basic Drawing
Date: Tuesdays, March 3,10 and 17 – 10:00AM-12:00PM with Elly Van Diest
Explore foundational drawing skills for the complete beginner including lines, basic forms, simple perspective, contour, light and shadow, and complete the class with experiences you need to create a good drawing!

Tuition: $65 – does not cover the cost of materials.

Drawing 102: The Fundamentals of Basic Drawing (Evening)
Date: Tuesdays, Mar 3-17, 6-8pm with Elly Van Diest
Explore foundational drawing skills including lines, basic forms, simple perspective, contour, light and shadow, and complete the class with experiences you need to create a good drawing!

Tuition: $65 (plus the cost of materials) Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Watercolor 101: The Basics of Watercolor (Spring)
Date: Tuesdays, March 24, 31 and April 7 – 10:00-12:30 with Elly Van Diest
Dive into the wonderful world of watercolor in this course designed for the complete beginner! Through experience, learn the essential processes for creating beautiful watercolors including color, design, washes, brushwork, paint characteristics and more!

Tuition: $65 – does not cover cost of materials

Watercolor 101: The Basics of Watercolor (Spring, Evening)
Date: Tuesdays Mar 24-Apr 7, 6-8:30PM with Elly Van Diest
Dive into the wonderful world of watercolor, in this course designed for the complete beginner! Through experience, learn the essential processes for creating beautiful watercolors including color, design, washes, brushwork, paint characteristics and much more!

Tuition: $65.00 (plus the cost of materials) Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Watercolor 201: Gilting Watercolors
Date: Wednesdays, April 22, 29, May 6 and 13 – 10:00-12:30 with Bonnie Schwichtenberg
Learn a unique way to liven up your watercolors using guilding! Bonnie will take you step-by-step through a watercolor painting, to which you will apply foil for shimmer and shine! This truly is a must try experience for watercolor artists!

Experience Level: Intermediate, some prior watercolor experience required.
Tuition: $80- does not include the price of materials.

Paramount Paint and Wine Party (Spring)

Date: Friday, May 1, 6-9pm with Bonnie Schwichtenberg
Come experience art with wine, cheese and crackers in our studios! Have fun, meet new people and learn something new. Be ready to spark your creativity, make new friends and have a good time. (We will host AND bring the wine!)

Tuition: $50 (includes all materials) Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

To register with the Paramount online, click on this site: http://www.paramountarts.org/classes/