Workshops 2024


 Join internationally award-winning artist Mary Alice Braukman for this exciting 3-day workshop designed to encourage participants to take their art in new directions. Students will work with a wide variety of mediums, colors, collage, and experiment with various transfer techniques on different surfaces. ​ 

Each student will be encouraged to find his or her unique personal direction whether working abstractly or representationally. The goal is to make each painting sing with energy. Students will begin to ask "What If?" about their painting, and this is where they begin pushing themselves. ​ 

The workshop is a very hands-on experience and will include discussions, demonstrations, and individual attention. Individual guidance and critiques will be offered daily, as well as a class critique on the final day. ​ 

Dates and Times: The workshop will meet from 10am-4pm, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, February 12, 14, and 16. The classroom will be open for the student to work on their own Tuesday and Thursday, or the students may prefer to work from home on those days. ​ 

Who Should Take This Class? This class is open to anyone that would like to explore mixed media techniques, layering, collage, and transfers, and how to incorporate these into your paintings. If you feel you are stuck, this workshop will inspire and fuel new ideas. Ask “What If?” and begin exploring those ideas. ​ 

Supplies: Many supplies will be furnished at no charge, including wood blocks (to paint on); paper; transfer materials; mediums (polymer gloss fluid and matt fluid medium); and some collage materials, although students may bring their own. Gator Boards for substrate support will be available to use during the workshop. A list of other supplies will be provided upon registration. ​ 

About Mary Alice: Mary Alice is a creative and innovative artist who works continually on new ways to present images that evoke a sense of motion and texture, and an unearthing of paints and colors. ​ 

Mary Alice makes her home in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. She is a native Floridian and a graduate of Florida State University. After teaching in Florida public schools for five years, she relocated to Denver and became the art consultant for a Denver-area. School district. ​ 

Mary Alice returned to Florida in 1972 and became active in the arts community. As president of the Florida Watercolor Society, she organized the first FWS conference of workshops, demonstrations, and a trade show which continues to this day. She directed the Kanuga Watermedia Workshop for 17 years and guided its growth from 15 artist participants to over 300. ​ 

Mary Alice was invited to be the guest editor of the American Artist Magazine's special issue: Experimental Approaches to Watermedia -Watercolor 2001. Her work has been included in numerous feature articles, books, and public and private collections. In 2022, she was one of the three selected jurors of the 2022 National Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition and served in selecting those receiving NWS signature status. ​ 

Most recently, Mary Alice received an award in the International Society of Experimental Artists’ Fifth Annual “UTTERLY PROFOUND” exhibition for her painting “Tequila Moon.” ​ 

One of Mary Alice’s favorite quotes comes from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic: ​
Creativity is bigger than you.
Curiosity is the basis of creativity.
If you have passion for art that’s you.
If you’ve lost it you can get it back with curiosity,


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