In this fun-filled, expressive Frida workshop we will be gaining a deeper understanding of color & value as we create at least 3 Frida portraits; a charcoal piece, a monochromatic painting and a dynamic colorful portrait. Along the way, we’ll journey through a few expressive exercises that are designed to help you further explore and identify your own unique visual voice.
We’ll kick off the weekend with a black and white charcoal portrait then venture our way into paint and values. From there we will and go boldly into the glorious world of paint palettes and hue-packed portraiture! Once we’ve completed our fabulous Frida’s, I’m delighted to get to share my process for adding brilliant shine and texture to your work with a little metal-leaf technique I discovered a while back :)
Expressive mark making activity using our non-dominant hand
Sketch our profile picture of Frida onto our canvas using a simplified grid
Get down and dirty pushing, pulling, blending and removing a variety of types of charcoal to create a dynamic black and white Frida portrait.
Mix up a monochromatic palette and discuss the importance of value contrast
Identify the values of our palette’s colors by creating a simple value chart.
Paint an expressive, monochromatic portrait of Frida using our premixed palette.
Expressive activity using colors and marks
Discuss a few favorite apps used to layer and filter photos on your iPhone/iPad to generate fresh ideas and images for inspiration
Sketch our portraits onto our canvases, changing at least one element of the image (now is a great time to practice using an app for image manipulation)
Using a variety of tools, techniques and colors we’ll paint, drip, layer and pour on the color as we create our hue-packed portraits
Analyse and adjust the colors in our portraits to achieve the most successful value contrast as it relates to our reference photos
Finish off our portraits with a unique metal-leaf technique that adds brilliant texture and shine to any painting
Fluid acrylic paint in the primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and any of your favorite colors. Some of my favorites are Golden brand Teal, Turquoise, Quinacridone Magenta, Quin Nickel Azo Gold, Paynes Gray, Pyrole Orange and Iridescent Gold and Pearl
Golden High-Flow Acrylics in Fluorescent Magenta and Fluorescent Orange or any other colors you like (optional)
Titanium White heavy-body paint
Paint brushes in various sizes
Palette knives in a few sizes
Hot glue gun
Metal leaf (in sheet form) in any color/s you like
Kit available. Pricing ranges from $15-$60 depending on if you want full bottles of paint to take home or just borrow our colors. Let me know upon registration if you want a kit.
Normal Registration: $160, Starting
Online registration for Viva Frida with Jennifer Bonneteau (Day 2 Only) is closed. Please call 1(669)292-5001 to check for availability.