Workshops

In my workshops you can expect a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Students of all levels are welcome — if you’re a beginner, you’ll learn as much from watching the people around you as from me. If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of acrylics, develop a more creative, spontaneous approach or just reinvigorate your practice, these workshops will meet your needs. I’ll do some brief demonstrations to show you how I use layering and acrylic mediums and I’ll show you slides of other artists’ work to stir your imagination. Most of the time you’ll be painting while I move around the room making sure everyone gets the individual attention they need. We’ll end with a group critique where you’ll learn to assess your own work in progress and decide what to do next when you’re working on a painting.

Upcoming Workshops:

Monotype-Paint-Collage

Discover the exciting possibilities of monoprinting combined with painting and collage. We’ll use a gel plate and acrylic paints to create a stash of beautiful and inspiring collage papers. Then we’ll layer paint, collage and more monotypes in an iterative, intuitive process. We’ll also use the gel plate on its own to make figurative or abstract monotypes and experiment with image transfers. Artists of all levels are welcome. 

The Lodge on Amherst Island, June 7-12, 2020 (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

This is a week-long retreat in a serene rural setting. Cost: $290+HST, not including accommodations and meals which are provided by The Lodge. To register for the workshop please email me at debkrakow@gmail.com. For information on The Lodge please go to thelodgeonamherstisland.com  or call Victoria at 613-634-1388. 

 

Abstracting the Landscape in Acrylics

Learn to simplify a scene to create an abstract landscape on canvas. The emphasis will be on a free and expressive approach, taking inspiration from the abstract landscapes of contemporary artists. You may work from photos, sketches or your imagination. We’ll work in layers, using colour and a variety of acrylic mediums to create vibrant, textured underpaintings.  We’ll overlay these with layers of opaque colour and transparent glazes to bring our abstract landscapes to life. I will provide daily demonstrations and lots of individual attention. Artists of all levels are welcome. 

Haliburton School of Art and Design, July 6-10, 2020 (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

Fleming College, Haliburton, Ontario. Registration opens March 2, 2020 at flemingcollege.ca

Painting in Series

In this workshop you’ll discover how rewarding it can be to work in series. Starting with quick exercises in acrylic and mixed media we’ll explore the process of working on many paintings simultaneously, gradually bringing them to completion as a unified group. As the week progresses you’ll move into to a more self-directed series of paintings in acrylic or mixed media on a theme of your choice. Artists of all levels are welcome.

Haliburton School of Art and Design, August 3-7, 2020 (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

Fleming College, Haliburton, Ontario. Registration opens March 2, 2020 at flemingcollege.ca