At the Improv

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At the Improv


 2 day workshop with

Seth Apter & Mary Beth Shaw

November 11th & 12th, 2017

St. Louis, MO

Join Seth Apter and Mary Beth Shaw as they teach the class of their dreams - where they compare and contrast their different methodologies, allowing the art and the students to be the guide. They will riff off each other with a ton of mixed media techniques, exploring various manners of working. In this two-day workshop at Mary Beth’s studio, students will complete one or more stretched canvasses to build layered mixed media paintings. As a student, you will find no limit to the inspiration that transpires. Expect the unexpected. 


We will cover the following:

-Various background techniques for starting a mixed media painting

-Color Management with Seth’s Paper Artsy paints & Mary Beth’s Favorite Golden acrylics; how to layer them together.

-Texture! How do Seth & Mary Beth each approach texture in their work; when and how to apply; which textures work best

-Selection of Collage components, how to pick meaningful items and what to do to make them your own, plus when to use them in your pieces

-Ways to beef up value changes

-Mark making vs. handwriting, when to use each, different approaches, which products to use

-The addition of 3D elements for emphasis and focal points

-Glazing techniques with ink and acrylic

-Integration using rubber stamps and stencils


$295 includes most supplies. Class size is limited to 12 students. 

If you have any collage components you wish to bring (especially B+W), feel free. Otherwise, Mary Beth’s enormous stash is available for your use, including canvas substrates, paints, pencils, markers, stencils and other supplies.

Please bring an apron, pencil for note taking, a few brushes, scissors, water container and a palette.

Payment due in full upon registration. No refunds unless a waiting list student can be placed in your spot. 


2 Days, November 11th & 12th, 2017, from 10-5 each day (one hour for lunch, either pack something or there are restaurants within walking distance)

1310 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, MO

636-236-9944 Mary Beth Shaw

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