Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels and Mixed Media

with Mira M White

October 31 & November 1, 2020, Sat – Sun. 10am – 4 pm

Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg Community Center

Tuition: $275 ( additional materials fee of $30 for extra supplies provided)

Healdsburg Community Center, Room 9, 1557 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA

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This 2 day workshop focuses on building an abstract visual structure through the application of multiple layers, working primarily with a combination of dry media, acrylic paints & collage. Dry media includes graphite, soft pastels and transfers.  We will do morning exercises, have informal lecture and continual with a demonstration. The intention of this workshop is to enrich your current practice with a combination of spontaneous, innovative paint processes and mark making. There will be ample time for personal exploration and individual attention.  For continuing artists.


Liquid Media: Your collection of acrylic paint

  • White & Black Gesso
  • Acrylic gloss medium
  • Matt or Gloss Acrylic Gel

Dry Media:  Soft Chalk Pastels (should include Sennelier or Schminke or  Great American Artworks) Pan Pastels can be included, Colored Pencils, Watercolor Pencils, Water-soluble Oil Pastels, Water Soluble Graphite (Lyra brand from Amazon or Blick) Dry pigments (optional)


  • 2 sheets full size Gessoed watercolor paper, 140lb or 300lb hot or cold press
  • 10 pieces smaller sheets of Strathmore watercolor for exercises
  • 2 same size size cradled wood panel at least 12″  for focused diptych

Mediums: Gel medium-mat or gloss & Liquitex Clear Gesso

Additional Tools:

  • Palette of some form- Cookie sheet or tray is great
  • Wax Paper or freezer paper
  • 2 Spray bottles 1 for water and 1 for Alcohol
  • Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 70%
  • Dense Foam smooth rollers – contractors pack- roller handles are separate
  • Your collection of brushes and scraping tools
  • Drawing board of some kind- 1/2″  foam core is great- and light
  • Collage papers ( totally optional and your choice)


Colorist and visionary, American artist Mira M. White is an award winning painter with an exhibition record both domestic and international.  When viewing her multi-media artworks one bears witness to a personal mythology of deeply felt images that stem from a lifelong preoccupation with and devotion to life as an ongoing journey of change and transformation.

Her professional responsibilities include a full teaching schedule of classes and workshops in multiple media.  Widely respected in Northern California Bay Area art communities, she has in recent years broadened her teaching venues to include workshops in  New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, Nebraska and Washington.

The Pastel Journal just featured her work in its Dec. 2018 issue, with the apt title”Visual Narratives of Ethereal Beauty”.  Woven Tale Press just featured her graphic work in its June issue. She is included in a new hard cover book Art Journey: Abstract Painting, Encaustic Arts Magazine featured her work in its June 2015 issue. Other publications have honored her work as well: Gathering Clouds  in 2014, Inquiring Mind in 2012 & 2014, The Pastel Journal featured her pastel,  mixed media work in its Jan/Feb 2011 issue.  Her work is included in the 2010 anthology Best In American Water Media , and she is also featured in a recent anthology: Journeys Into Abstraction

BFA with High Distinction, MFA with Distinction California College of Arts & Crafts.  A member of CWA, IEA (International Encaustic Artists), National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arts Benicia and OPUS, an art collective affiliated with the Jen Tough Gallery.