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Supply List for Michael Longhofer’s Acrylic Painting Class

Take Time to Look - Michael LonghoferBrushes

Brushes come in many different sizes, styles, shapes, types and textures. Picking them can be overwhelming. Just get student grade to begin with, upgrade if you become more serious about painting. The brushes are your choice; the list below is a good place to start. You can never have too many brushes. You will find ones you love and not so much. 6 to 8 brushes in a variety of sizes and shapes are what you need to get started. Student Grade Brush packs or sets can be purchased online for a reasonable price. I even found a variety pack of assorted artist brushes at Wal-Mart for super cheap.

Definitions

  • Sizes: 0-24, ½ inch, ¾ inch, oversize and so on
  • Styles: long and short handles
  • Shapes: filbert, bright, flat, round, and fan and more
  • Types for acrylic: bristle/hog hair,  synthetic, and blends
  • Textures: soft, medium, firm and hard

1 qty. Set of medium or firm Synthetic Brushes or buy individually) Suggested brushes

  1. Size 1 and 4 round
  2. Size 2 and 12 flat
  3. Size 3 and 6 bright or filbert
  4. Size 4 fan
  • 3 qty. 16 x 20 canvases (3 can be canvas board or masonite, canvas multipacks are cheapest)
  • Q-tips 1 box
  • 1 qty.  inexpensive 2 inch flat brush
  • 2 qty. different shaped palette knives (for mixing paint)
  • 1 qty. palette (you can be creative here, piece of glass, Styrofoam plates, pie pan and tin foil,  paper palettes, etc.)
  • 2-3 qty.  Inexpensive containers, coffee cans, or jars (for holding water/brushes -Dollar Store)
  • White Rags
  • Golden Acrylic Retarder smallest size

Acrylic Paint (there are many different brands, get whatever fits your budget) I recommend Golden or Liquitex professional quality.

  1. Titanium White
  2. Mars or Bone Black
  3. Burnt Umber
  4. Lemon Yellow (this is a Cool yellow)
  5. Cadmium Yellow Medium (this is a Warm yellow)
  6. Alizarin Crimson or Magenta* (this is a Cool red)
  7. Cadmium Red Medium (this is a Warm red)
  8. Ultramarine Blue (this is a Cool blue)
  9. Cobalt Blue or Cerulean Blue* (this is a Warm blue)

*Only pick one

More Colors can be purchased when you get to the last painting if you need them.

Places to Purchase Supplies

  1. Online- Dick Blick or Cheap Joes
  2. Nova Color 
  3. Amarillo – Hobby Lobby and Michaels

All these stores have sales, discounts and coupons download their App if to save dinero.

Questions and concerns email me at Michael@longhofer.name

Intermediate to Advanced Acrylic Painting with Michael Longhofer

Acrylic Painting Intermediate to Advanced Summer Session – Instructor Michael Longhofer

Cost – $140 members $165 non-members

Thursdays at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 11th – Aug 6th

COURSE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

Paint from Still Life

Value within colors Applying and mixing color Creating depth and texture Learn how to paint from photo Tips, tricks and shortcuts.

This class is being taught by award-winning artist Michael Longhofer.
Michael earned a B.F.A. from The Laguna College of Art and Design in California. He currently is working on his Masters at WTAMU and doing commissioned works. His work has been seen in Texas Highways Magazine, and he’s been commissioned by American Express and Baylor Health Care.

Amarillo Art Institute
3107 Plains Boulevard 
Suite 117
Amarillo, Texas 79102
(806) 354-8802

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Corrected: Introduction to Glass Art with Matthew McUne

4 different opportunities for ONE 4-hr session

Starting June 13, June 20, June 27 and July18 –  8am – Noon

Members –  $150  Non-Members – $165

Come join Fine Artist, Matthew McUne, to learn professional techniques for cutting and fusing glass into masterpieces of your own design. Learn tips and tricks to make your personally created plates into works of art that will amaze your family and friends. Everything is provided in this exciting 4-hour seminar in which you will make an 8″ x 8″ glass plate. Plates will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later. No experience with glass is required for this course—recommended for beginners.

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Working with Watercolors 
with Janette Dickerson – July 15th

Janette Dickerson - Scissortail

Wednesdays 1:00-3:30 pm

Starting July 15th – August 12th (5 weeks)

Tuition:
$120-members
$135-non-members

Watercolor, how to control the unpredictable! At all skill levels, we want to choose how the paint will flow. Whether a beginner or experienced painter, this class will teach you how to improve the outcome of your paintings in transparent watercolor. We will review and learn the basic ways to paint with watercolor.

  • Learn to paint a flat wash and a graded wash.
  • Learn value scale.
  • Painting wet in wet and dry in wet.
  • Simple and complex still life.
  • Learn or revue the color wheel.
  • Complementary colors, analogous colors, monochromatic colors and color triads.
  • Composition, what makes it interesting.
  • Painting atmosphere in landscapes.

Supply List

  • Cadmium Lemon Yellow
  • Viridian Green
  • Sap Green
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • 140 lb Arches Cold Press Water Color Paper, either in tablet or sheets
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • Kleenex or soft paper towel roll
  • Masking tape
  • Board to place paper on.
  • 1 inch flat brushes
  • 4, 8, 12 round brushes of good quality synthetic sable or sable
  • Any other brushes
  • Water container
  • HB pencil
  • Pink pearl eraser
  • An old toothbrush.

$135.00 Add to cart

Updated Date: Dyan Newton 
One Day Acrylic Workshop May 9, 2015

9am – 4pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015               

Cost: $90 – Members $100 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Dyan is a signature member of West Texas Watercolor Society, has won numerous awards, and has paintings in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.

She also teaches classes at Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, Texas and at Amarillo Art Institute in Amarillo, Texas starting in February 2013.

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Michael Longhofer – 2-Day Mixed Media Workshop

Michael LonghoferFriday, March 20, 6-9pm & Saturday, March21, 2015, 1pm – 4pm
Cost: $140 – Amarillo Art Institute  Members $155 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

This workshop will consist of learning incredible mixed media techniques!

Supplies – whatever you’re painting with, please bring it! Supplies needed for this mixed-media workshop are provided.

Michael earned a B.F.A. from The Laguna College of Art and Design. He is currently working towards his MFA at WT A&M. Michael’s commissioned works include murals, portraits, landscapes, and custom hand painted art boxes. He teaches beginner to advanced acrylic painting classes, Mixed Media workshops, and Fun Painting at Amarillo Art Institute.

longhofer.name

Sign UP TODAY! Spaces are limited. No previous experience required!

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Updated Time: Watercolors 
with Janette Dickerson Starting February 17, 2015

Date: Feb 17 – March 31, 2015 Tuesdays

Time: 9:00am-Noon

Tuition:
$140-members
$155-non-members

Watercolor, how to control the unpredictable! At all skill levels, we want to choose how the paint will flow. Whether a beginner or experienced painter, this class will teach you how to improve the outcome of your paintings in transparent watercolor. We will review and learn the basic ways to paint with watercolor.

  • Learn to paint a flat wash and a graded wash.
  • Learn value scale.
  • Painting wet in wet and dry in wet.
  • Simple and complex still life.
  • Learn or revue the color wheel.
  • Complementary colors, analogous colors, monochromatic colors and color triads.
  • Composition, what makes it interesting.
  • Painting atmosphere in landscapes.

Supply list

Watercolor Class with Janette Dickerson:
Cadmium Lemon Yellow
Viridian Green
Sap Green
Ultramarine blue
Alizarin Crimson
Cobalt Blue
Burnt Sienna
Any other colors you may have.

140 lb Arches Cold Press Water Color Paper, either in tablet or sheets

Sponge
Spray bottle
Kleenex or soft paper towel roll
Masking tape
Board to place paper on.

1 inch flat brushes
4, 8, 12 round brushes of good quality synthetic sable or sable.
Any other brushes.
Water container
HB pencil
Pink pearl eraser
An old toothbrush.

$135.00 Add to cart

Ned Mueller Workshop

Last Light St. Ives - England- Ned Mueller

Last Light St. Ives – England- Ned Mueller

Date Updated April 10-12, 2015, 9am-4pm.

$300 for price of workshop that is normally $350!

“The Art of Seeing – Making a Painting Work”

For oils, Pastels and Acrylic mediums

A good painting is a very personal statement by the artist and tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. We will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together, from the first concept, to small idea, value or color studies to a more finished product. Weather permitting students may work outside if they choose as Portland has a multitude of great painting subjects. The emphasis will not be so much on a finished painting as the process of achieving it. Most paintings are ruined at the start because of little thought and idea of what to paint and how one will do it. We will work on color harmony and the balance of shapes and edges in size, value and color. We will work on seeing things in a more “abstract” way instead of more literally. In other words, to not see things as sky, water, trees, and ground, but as an interesting and compelling arrangement of shapes and colors. This opens up to seeing more options of what to paint, seeing more as an artist and being able to find your own “voice”. Bring a good sense of humor and we will have a grand time, making mistakes, working hard, and enjoying the whole experience. Artists may work from their own photos and I will have a large selection and variety of great things to paint from, including landscapes, figures and portraits. Students can work outside or inside in the studio as the weather an inclination of the student desires. Join Ned Mueller in this exciting 3-day indoor painting workshop. Please visit Ned’s website for more information.

NedMueller.com

Thanks,

Spunky

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Alexis Lavine – Watercolor Workshop – August 14-16

By Alexis Lavine

Hello to everyone who painted with me last September at Amarillo Art Institute. I hope this letter finds you well, painting well and often, and enjoying Spring in Amarillo!

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Introduction to Painting with Alcohol Ink

Saturday September 27, 2014 10 am – 4 pm
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Cost: $120 for AAI Members $135 for Non-Members without supplies included.
Cost: $150 for AAI Members $165 for Non-Members with these supplies included: 6 shades alcohol ink and 10 sheets of 9×12 yupo sheets

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Dyan Newton 
1-Day Acrylic Workshop August 9, 2014

9am – 5pm, Saturday, August 9th                  
Cost: $120 – Amarillo Art Institute Members $135 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Dyan is a signature member of West Texas Watercolor Society, has won numerous awards, and has paintings in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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Mike Mahon Workshops™ – Painting Large in Oil & Pastel September 25-27, 2014

$325 for AAI Members $360 for Non-Members.

Begins with a reception and painting demo from 6-9 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

“Truchas Sunset”  Oil 30” x 40”

“Truchas Sunset” – Oil 30” x 40”

Some Things You Will Learn

  • What must be done before you even start a painting
  • How to draw and paint accurately in large scale from your photos and life
  • How to accurately determine the relative proportion for large size painting, working from ANY size photo
  • How to crop your subject and create powerful compositions
  • How to use a camera and photography for paintings
  • How to color correct for poor lighting situations
  • Professional commercial art techniques for controlling your drawing quality and accuracy
  • Unique design challenges for larger pieces

Mike is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM) and American Plains Artists (APA). He is frequently an art show judge and has received many awards and honors for his work throughout the country. Mike was a featured artist in the book, 100 Ways to Paint People and Figures, published in 2004 by “International Artist Magazine.”

Mike with “Good Hands” painting - Oil 40” x 30”

Mike with “Good Hands” painting – Oil 40” x 30”

A Systematic Painting Process

You will learn about Mike’s DiVine Setup©, a 7-step systematic approach to painting based on classic principles of art which are logical, learnable, memorable, and which free the artist to be more spontaneous but in control of the painting.

You will learn about how to plan your painting so that you can be confident that it is good at the beginning rather than waiting to the end to see if it “works.”

Cost

  • Tuition is $325 for members & $360 for non members. A $100 registration deposit is required.
  • When we receive your deposit, you will be sent a notice of confirmation and a materials list. Class size is limited, so don’t delay.

A Word About Skill Levels

This is a beginner-friendly workshop! Just call for a preparatory phone consultation with Mike if you have had little or no experience painting. You will learn how a systematic approach to painting will help free you from not being familiar with your materials or technique. I recommend pastel rather than oil or acrylic for beginners. Since so much of the information in the workshop is new, even for experienced painters, it will be a challenging learning experience for all. Your opportunities to learn are enhanced by being around others of varying skills.

If you are an intermediate or advanced painter, you may use your favorite medium, oil, pastel or acrylic, but we recommend that you limit your choice to only one medium for the workshop. Mike’s DiVine Setup© systematic painting procedure applies to any medium, but class demos will be in either oil or pastel.

“Sun Swirl” - Pastel “20 x 24”

“Sun Swirl” – Pastel “20 x 24”

Any Questions?

Contact Mike or Cynthia at (505) 473-1098 or E-mail art@mmahon.com; OR contact Spunky Harrel at the Amarillo Art Institute: (806) 354-8802, email: director@amarilloartinstitute.org

Registration

You may sign up for this workshop on line by simply logging on to the Institute’s website at http://amarilloartinstitute.org/ or call Spunky Harrel at (806) 354-8802.

Mike enjoys teaching, and will do everything he can to insure a good learning situation for you!

After graduating from art school, Mike was the art director of an advertising agency and of a large commercial printing company; he operated an independent film animation studio and was owner of a commercial art and photography studio before starting his full time fine art career. During his over 35 years of commercial and fine art experience, he has developed the speed and accuracy that are essential in successful painting and will show you how to do it, too!

Mike Mahon

Mike Mahon

www.mmahon.com

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Guido Frick Workshop to be Held May 30 – June 1

May 30 – June 1, 2014 – 9AM – 4PM 

Members – $550 Non-Members $600

($100 deposit to hold your spot in workshop)

German impressionist artist, Guido Frick will be at the Amarillo Art Institute on MAY 30 – JUNE 1 for a three day workshop.  Guido has been referred to as one of the “up & coming” artists of our time. Guido began his art career by enrolling in an art academy in Constance, his home-town in southern Germany, Frick decided on landscapes for his subject matter, and became “absolutely dedicated to painting outdoors.” Now living in Germany as well as in USA… , Frick conducts Workshops for Student painters while he explores the land on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. His brilliant colors and loose impressionistic style are both things that you can learn in his class.

Contact AAI at 806-354-8802 or sign up online.  We have a supply list that we can email you after you register.  But, do so soon, as time is quickly approaching.

Dyan Newton – Develop Luminous Paintings with Vibrant Crisp Colors – May 10, 2014

1⁄2-Day Acrylic Workshop May 10, 2014
May 10 (Saturday) & May 22 (Thursday) 1pm – 5pm
Cost: $60 – Members $75 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years, Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Visit Dyan’s website at dyannewton.com

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