Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting
Jo Toye, Instructor
Dates August 20-23 (9am-4pm)
Materials Fee: $0
skill level: All
All levels. Demos presented using fluid acrylics but watercolors may be used.
If the word “experimentation” causes your artistic juices to start flowing, then this is
the workshop for you. Jo bases her fun filled workshop on the belief that if you
approach your art with a playful attitude, you will be more apt to keep making art, and
the more art you make, the better your art will be. To facilitate this attitude of
experimentation and exploration, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are
no larger than 10” x 10”. By working in this small manner, you will have more freedom to
enjoy the process, learn the technique, and move away from your usual way of working.
Once you return to your own studio, each sample will serve as an invaluable reference for
incorporating these exciting new techniques into your own style of painting.
During the workshop, Jo will open up her toolbox of exciting painting tools and materials;
she will introduce you to the Resist Pen, Fineline Applicator Bottles, the mouth atomizer,
pipettes, Clear Tar Gel, Acrylic Glazing Medium, and even stencils made from hot glue.
You will work on a variety of surfaces including watercolor paper and Yupo that has been
coated with white and black Gesso. Jo also offers encouragement and direction to take
these techniques and materials and incorporate them into each individual’s style of
painting. Experimental painting by its nature involves “failure” on some level as we push
the boundaries of what we already know. With this in mind, Jo will share a few simple
tricks that she uses in her studio to enhance the chances of success with each new
Jo’s embracing style of teaching will ignite your passion for “possibility” and rekindle
your joy in the painting process. Jo takes great delight in sharing her process and
considers it an honor and privilege to be invited into, and share a small part of, another
person’s artistic journey. You can see her work and read about her unusual techniques in
her book, Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting.