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Beautiful Backgrounds

Saturday June 19, 2021. 10 am-4 pm, $225

It's tough to start a great painting from a blank panel, so why not give yourself a head start? In this class you'll have the opportunity to try several intuitive painting techniques including layering gesso and paint for a rustic, weathered look as well as flinging your favorite colors to get a spontaneous start!

We'll use another gesso and a variety of tools to add texture and create patterns on your panel using materials that makes this technique a fun way to start many of your projects, not just with encaustic.

I often sketch into my wet gesso to get an idea of what I want my imagery to look like in the final work, or use traditional paints with the gesso before I start adding wax. Not every type of paint is appropriate, but I'll introduce several for you to try. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided including 2 wood panels, but you are welcome to bring additional panels up to 14" on the longest side to work on.

Please note: You will not paint with hot wax in this class because the gesso will need to dry first, but your panels will be ready for you to work on at home or during your next class. Most students will leave class with at lest 2 textured panels and the skills to use these techniques on your own.

Confirmation, directions to my studio and additional information will be emailed to each student upon registration. Space is limited to 5 students so classes fill quickly.

NOTE: If the date you want is listed below then there is still room in that class.

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If you have trouble registering online please contact me at (503) 348-9139 or Classes must be paid for in full by cash, check or credit card prior to the class to confirm your spot. When your payment is received you will be emailed a confirmation notice, additional information about the classes and a map to my studio in NE Portland.

Please note: I am fully vaccinated! Class will be held in my private studio in NE Portland and will be held following CDC COVID-19 protocols. To keep everyone safer, everyone who enters my studio must show proof of vaccination, and cannot participate in classes until two weeks after their final shot.

Following the recently updated mandates, masks will not be required and 2 artists will share a 6 foot table and one hotplate just like we used to. There may be up to 5 students in each class. I look forward to welcoming you back into my studio!

Cancellation and Liability Policies

  • Cancellation 14 days before the class date = full refund or may change to another class.
  • Cancellation less than 14 days before the class date = full refund minus a $30 cancellation fee ONLY if the space is filled by another paying student.
  • No show = no refund.
If the workshop is canceled by the instructor, you will receive a full refund. If another instructor must be substituted for Linda Robertson due to illness or emergency you will have the option to attend the class with the substitute instructor or cancel/reschedule without penalty.

By registering for this class you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the class, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Should any injuries occur during or as a result of participation in any class or workshop, the registered student agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Linda Robertson and all employees, instructors and volunteers connected with Linda Robertson Arts.

Raw panel with texture and color,
no wax at all yet!

Here it is finished with wax and collage

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