Finger Painting & Color Theory Weekend Workshop with Alice Blessing


16 – Adult | $50
6-9 pm Friday June 12th and 10 am-2:30 pm Saturday, June 13th with a half hour lunch break at noon on Saturday
Headwaters Music & Arts |519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji

Headwaters Music & Arts will host a two-day finger painting and color theory course lead by by local artist and teacher, Alice Blessing the weekend of June 12th. Participants will be introduced to color theory and finger painting techniques in this hands-on painting class as each student creates a large painting of a bird to take home.

Participants will learn to mix the whole spectrum using the primary colors, as well as how white and black affect hues and mixtures. Throughout the workshops, participants will learn basic ideas and theories about art, painting, materials, and composition. The goal is to enjoy painting and have a lot of fun.

Alice is known for her finger-painted portraits of people and animals. She has taught Painting, Drawing, and Color Theory classes at Bemidji State University. Over the past year she has been working on her newest series of portraits about marginalized young girls in northern Minnesota, a series made possible by a grant from Region 2 Arts Council, with funding from the McKnight Foundation. She says, “I’m deliberately using bold, intense colors this year while knowing that they have always been an important part of my paintings, my style, and my message. However, my experience as a teacher has taught me that everybody has unique reactions to color, and the best thing I can do is help people identify the colors that make them feel strong, or happy, or relaxed. I have developed this workshop to produce a lively yet realistic painting that is easily adjustable to individuals’ color preferences.”

The workshop is for ages 16-adult and will be held 6-9 pm Friday June 12th and 10 am-2:30 pm Saturday, June 13th with a half hour lunch break at noon on Saturday. All supplies are provided but participants will need to plan their own meals. There are limited spots available so folks are asked to register by June 5th . The cost to attend is $50/participant with scholarships available.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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