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Instructor: Laura Reed
Ages: 18+, firm.
Skill level: Any. Absolute beginner to advanced.
Five consecutive Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 from 5-7PM
Note: The store closes at 7pm, but students are welcome to stay late Thursday April 19th until 8:30 because the store will be open late for The Art Loop (formerly known as Art Walk).
Cost: $100 tuition plus $20 material fee for resin to be shared by the class, $120 total. 

Join Laura Reed for a special, five session workshop focusing on one of her artistic specialties, painting three dimensional objects and coating them with a resin finish. The resin will seal the painted design and protect against wear, as well as "pop" the imagery and make the design motif appear more three-dimensional. For example, one of the sample images for this workshop is a bathroom scale Laura painted and has used for 15-20 years. Laura has been coating objects for at least one to two decades before it became "cool."

In this class, Laura will help students plan and execute a painted design or motif on any 3D object of the student's choosing, and apply a thick resin coating at the last class to seal and finish the piece. Laura will provide instruction for, and help students to:

  • choose supplies and paint colors for their motif
  • brainstorm pleasing + dynamic designs for their object
  • set appropriate goals for the project to ensure success
  • lay out and transfer their design using graphite paper or other means
  • paint designs and details on their object 
  • apply faux finishes (if desired) to enhance the design
  • apply a thick coat of resin to finalize the piece

Laura will also provide best practices and personal philosophies for avoiding (GMS) Grandiose Masterpeice Syndrome and remaining inspired and in the spirit flow of creativity.

Class outline:
Session One: Students will relax, review inspirational books or source material with the instructor and other students to plan their project and strategy. Students will discuss techniques and design with the instructor to develop a personal "game plan" to paint and finish their object. Students will begin to transfer their design to the object using transfer paper, stencils created by the student, or by direct drawing methods. Laura will review student's art materials and make suggestions for additional supplies that may be helpful to purchase to complete the project. Students may be required to work at home to continue to transfer their design, if needed, to be ready to start painting the second class.
Session Two: Students will begin to begin to paint their project. Underlying faux finishes can be added, or students can begin to directly paint their design.
Session Three: Students will continue to paint their project. Depending on the complexity of the design, outside of class work-time may be required to ensure the object is ready to a resin coat at the fourth class.
Session 4: Students will continue to paint their project.  Depending on the complexity of the design, outside of class work-time may be required to ensure the object is ready to a resin coat at the fifth class. Acrylic paints should be dry for two or three days before the resin coat.
Session 5: Laura will demonstrate how to apply resin to the object, and assist students with the resin project as needed.

Students should bring or buy:

  • Their own 3D object to paint and resin coat. No between class storage will be provided, so the object should be transportable. Good examples include: bottles, a vase, a teapot, a footstool, a wooden cigar box, a bathroom scale, or as Laura states any object smaller than a bread-box. Bad examples include: big objects such an armoire or very small objects. If you do choose to bring small objects, perhaps consider bringing a grouping to paint. The class resin fee includes 1/8 gallon of resin per student. Students with large objects who require more resin will be asked to reimburse Laura for the additional material. 
  • Small objects to embed into the resin coat, if desired. Example: Laura imbeds beads and small pieces of vintage jewelry onto her boxes painted with ladies. 
  • A general idea of what you'd like to paint, including reference material for your design.  Books, photographs, or personal sketches should be brought to the first class with your object.
  • Acrylic paints, either Golden Fluid or Americana Multi Surface Satin are good suggestions. Golden Acrylics will provide more coverage per layer than less expensive "craft" acrylic paints.
    • Bring whatever colors you have already. Suggested Paint Colors include: Titanium White, Carbon Black, Cadmium Red Medium, Primary Yellow, Permanent Green Light, Ultramarine Blue or whatever colors necessary to complete your design.
  • Short handled brushes are recommended. Snap brand, Select brand, or Real Value Brush Packs are nice, inexpensive options.
  • A 2H or other light graphite pencil
  • Saral Transfer Paper (if you desire to use transfer paper to apply your design to your object rather than directly draw)
  • Palette
  • Rags or Paper Towels
  • An awesome attitude and spirit of adventure
  • A water container for cleaning brushes
  • Master's Brush Cleaner recommended for cleaning brushes
  • Wear studio clothes or bring an apron

bout the Instructor: Laura is a professional self-employed painter who specializes in fine-art Expressionism and decorative painted objects. Laura studied at The Cranbrook Academy of Art, The Cleveland Institute of Art, and has her paintings in objects in many private collections. Her painted objects are featured in several regional galleries including The Detroit Artist's Market. She recently moved from the Grosse Point / Detroit area to Toledo to further develop her work and integrate into the Greater Toledo creative community.

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