Jackie Reeves

Mixed Media Studio Fall 2019 SOLD OUT

Registration Closed

Don’t get precious! Loosen up and stretch your creative muscles. The goal of this class is to explore a variety of mark-making techniques with an emphasis on finding what works for you. Playfully experiment with drawing marks, painting spills, drips, drags, imprints (etc), and collage. The idea is to let go of control, get out of your own way and push your limits, allowing the materials to take the lead as you aim to develop a small series of artworks. With step by step guidance from Jackie, you will develop your skills with design and composition as you begin editing and composing images through a process of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction. By pulling apart and piecing work together again we let go of expectations and preciousness making room for artistic growth and a joy of discovery.

Slide show presentations of contemporary, abstract, and historical artworks will be given to demonstrate how cutting, ripping, masking, glazing, and layering paint has added to the language of art. Don’t understand Abstract art? Don’t worry. You will learn by doing.

All levels welcome.

Supplies list:

  • Paint brushes of varying sizes for ink and acrylic
  • Scissors, x-acto knife, erasers, roll of blue painters tape, scotch tape, glue stick
  • Acrylic medium, Modge Podge glue (matt finish) OR any brand of glue for collage that you prefer.
  • Drawing supplies: charcoal, pencils, erasers, pastels, oil cray pas… bring what you have and would like to play with. There’s drawing stuff in the studio to use as well.
  • A collection of collage materials from home: scraps of papers, newspaper, mesh, old letters, maps, drawings (things you donʼt mind collaging into artwork). Itʼs better if itʼs more personal to you and not bought from a store so just look around the house and bring whatever you have that could be good for collage. Also look for things with texture.
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Acrylic paint- a variety of colors that appeal to you
  • Paper towel, water jar
  • Surfaces: you can work on paper or art boards.
    • Paper: 18x24” Bristol or Mixed Media heavy weight paper - 90lbs or heavier. The heavier the weight of the paper, the less buckling and curling you will have when working mixed media.
    • Art Board: This is a hard smooth gessoed masonite surface that can be found in art stores, online or we have them at the studio for sale ($3 for an 11x14”). You can buy them in bulk at https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-edu-painting-panel-class-packs/ OR make them yourself- Go to Home Depot and buy masonite sheet (smooth) and cut to sizes you wish to work on. Surfaces must then be gessoed.

At the first class we will work on paper supplied by the Center. You can wait to decide what to buy for the rest of the classes after that if you prefer.





Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org