Abstract Painting And the Spirit in Nature


Instructors: Diane Williams and Chuck Potter

Dates: May 1 & 2

Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM each day.

Cost: $225 per student

Ages: 16 and up, all levels welcome

Class size: minimum 8/maximum 15

Register here:

A link will be sent to you a few days before the class begins

CLASS DESCRIPTION:  In this 2-day workshop we will practice abstract acrylic painting techniques that are connected to the spirit in nature. We will identify how each of four elements – earth, air, fire and water – are sensed and then translated into abstract painting. Instruction will include demonstrations in basic and more advanced acrylic painting techniques including painting with rust to create the patina of age, sumi ink and Stabillo pencils to create expressive mark making, handmade stenciling and printing to create patterns.  The results are alive, authentic and exhilarating. Each student will receive individual instruction and group critique.


Acrylic Paint
We suggest you invest in good quality acrylic paints such as Golden, Utrecht, Gamblin or Windsor Newton. A good online source for supplies is www.jerrysartarama.com  or www.dickblick.com.

Student grade paints have a lighter pigment load and produce a less intense color.
Choose a variety of colors including warm and cool tones as well as opaque and translucent colors. 
Quinacridone colors tend to be more translucent while cadmiums are opaque.
*Be sure to include the primary colors of red, yellow and blue, plus black and white. 
Note that zinc white is more transparent and better for creating veils of color, while titanium whites are opaque for covering or blocking areas that have been previously painted.

Golden or Liquatex polymere mediums in gloss and/or satin (again may purchase online.  See above links)

Bring a variety of sizes including round, flat and filbert (angled) brushes. Also bring several “chip” brushes which can be purchased in any hardware store. These are inexpensive house painting brushes. You will need 1/2”, 1”, 2” and 3”. Brushes do not need to be expensive and can be purchased at any art or craft store like Michaels.

Canvas or panels
Please bring 3 canvas/panel surfaces approx 18″ x 18″each.
If you bring stretched canvas please get the 1.5 inch sides (not the thin student grade canvas). 

Prepare your surfaces with 3 coats of gesso before class. Give each coat time to dry before applying the next coat. Make sure your substrates are dry and ready to paint before class. 

Water containers
Any type of container to hold water such as cottage cheese containers or plastic food storage containers from the dollar store. I like 2-3 water containers at all times when painting.
Bring spray bottles for wetting your surface.

You may use large paper plates, wax paper and tape or commercial palette pads.

Paper towels

Optional supplies:

A VARIETY OF PAPERS FOR COLLAGE. You may or may not like to add collage to your surface. I particularly like thin papers that become translucent when glued down (we will use the polymer mediums to adhere the papers)

Suggestions: rice paper/mulberry paper

Deli sheets

News print

Tracing paper

Pages from books

Sheet music

Old posters or signs from phone poles

Paper bags

Palette knives and rubber scrappers.

Pencils, charcoal

Water soluble mediums like Stabillo pencils or Art Graff

Instructor Bios:

Diane Williams and Chuck Potter both hold Master of Fine Arts degrees in Studio Art and Consciousness studies from John F Kennedy University in Berkeley, California. Additionally, both have studied at the University of Hangzhou China, incorporating calligraphy, traditional Chinese landscape painting and Chinese medicine with their western art practices.

They have studios in Benicia, CA. (I AN I Studio) and Greenville, CA. (Diamond I AN I Studio). They teach workshops in their Benicia studio and Arts Benicia, Concord Parks & Recreation, and have run several workshops at their mountain retreat in Greenville. 

Their works can be found in corporate, public, and personal collections nationally and worldwide.

Handcarved Blockprints


Learn how to carve custom blockprints, using a clever transfer technique.
Each person will design and print a set of cards, a drawstring bag, and a zip pouch.
I will also demo how to sew a booklet with one of the printed cards.
You will complete the class with knowledge and new skills to create more on your own.
Blockprint images can also be used on T-shirts, caps, gift wrap, and more!

April 17, 2021, 2-4pm

Participants who would like kits, last day to register: April 5
If no kit needed and gathering own supplies, sign up through April 16.

2-hr workshop:
Workshop including supplies and shipping: $94
Workshop alone without supplies:  $45
     (Participant gathers own supplies)

Ages: 12 and up

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Kit contents:
– linocut carving tools set
– 3×4” Speedy Carve rubber block  
– 3 ink pads, good for both fabric and paper (red, green, blue.)
– 4 or 5 blank A2 cards (4-1/4 x 5-1/2” folded) and envelopes 
– small canvas or cotton drawstring bag
– canvas zip pouch – no. 2 pencil 
– large-eye needle
– linen thread or embroidery thread 

Additional items to gather:
– ruler
– six sheets 8-1/2 x 11” bond paper 
– scrap paper
Elaine G. Chu has taught students of all ages, in person and online.

Her work has been featured in “Greencraft” and “Somerset Studio” magazines
as well as “1000 Artists’ Books.” She co-authored “Wood Paper Scissors,”
a how-to crafts book. Elaine received a B.A. in music at Yale University and
a B.F.A. in graphic design at University of the Arts.
View more art at EGChuHandcrafted.etsy.com and on Instagram @egchu1

Student Reviews:
“Elaine is an excellent teacher. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow. Her demonstrations were wonderful.
She is encouraging. And the class was fun.”

“Elaine was enthusiastic about her topic of instruction – it is clear that she loves doing this work and
shared her love with her students.”

Fearless Abstract Painting

INSTRUCTOR: Samantha da Silva

DATES: March 20 & 21, 2021

TIMES: 10 am – 3 pm (30 min lunch break included)

COST: $210 (Supplies not Included)

Ages: 16 and up

Register here:

A Zoom link will be sent to you upon your registration.


Play, experiment, have fun! Explore spontaneous creation with emphasis on “no rules!”.

Join professional artist Samantha da Silva as she shares her unorthodox method of painting: Rollers rather than brushes, tables instead of easels, lots of paint and water, canvas manipulation and plaster, salt, sand and wood shavings to create ethereal, textured abstracts. 

Heart-centered discussions will be offered to assist you to let go of fear, silence the inner critic, turn up your intuition & explore your own artistic style in a safe, supportive environment including: 6 Questions to Help You Paint Fearless, Compassionate Critiques, How to tell your painting is finished, and so much more! 

Everyone is considered a beginner. No previous artistic experience necessary, just an open mind and an open heart.


1. Philosophy “The process of creation evolves into ideas.”

2. Materials Overview Deep VS Thin profile canvas Artist VS Student quality paint
3. How to Begin
Fear no canvas: Set your intention Tone your canvas
4. Fearless Abstract Painting Foundational Techniques Use nature as a starting point Paint application with a roller Use water to blend colors Canvas manipulation Paper towels to lift & transfer color
5. Texture
Modelling Paste VS Gloss gel Plaster Make your own mediums using salt, sand & sawdust
6. Create Depth in Your Paintings Glazes VS Washes


Decorative Papers for Crafting & Bookmaking

Book Arts Roadshow, Decorative Papers for Crafting & Bookmaking

Workshop Type: Series of 2 sessions via Zoom
Dates: Saturdays, March 27 & April 3, 2021
Times: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Deadline to enroll: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Fee: $140 (includes all decorative papers materials and shipping within the US)
Instructors: Book Arts Roadshow
Ages: 16 and up

Register Now: Click HERE

This 2-session Decorative Papers for Crafting & Bookmaking Workshop, taught by Book Arts Roadshow, focuses on providing basic information and hands-on instruction (via Zoom) on how to make selection a selection of decorative papers for crafting & bookmaking. This lively, stress-free Decorative Papers workshop is intended to provide Decorative Paper beginners with an opportunity to have fun, explore a new creative outlet, and to create decorative papers to use in future crafting and bookmaking projects.

On Day One of this workshop, we will explore these decorative paper techniques: Contemporary Paste Papers, Wax Resist and Botanical Printing.

On Day Two of this workshop, we will explore Dry Rubbings and Stenciling, and we will dive in to a little bookmaking to make a Decorative Papers Sampler Book to hold samples of your decorative papers and your notes on how you created each design.

Good Idea: Register for this workshop with friends and family from across the country — it’s a great way to make something together even when you can’t be in the same place.

Materials: Book Arts Roadshow will prepare all Decorative Papers materials for this workshop and will ship them to each registered participant via US Postal Service Priority Mail prior to the first session.

Tools: Participants need to provide their own:

  • fresh leaves (several various shapes and sizes are best)
  • plastic garbage bag
  • small jar of water
  • paper towels or rags
  • a few sheets of waste paper (such as pages from an old newspaper or paper grocery bags)
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • pencil & eraser ruler
  • spoon (metal or wooden)
  • OPTIONAL: bone folder

Zoom Access Code & Password: Registered participants will receive an email containing the Zoom access code & password on Friday, March 26, 2021. (NOTE: The email will come from Book Arts Roadshow.)

Recording: The workshop will not be recorded and recording of this workshop is prohibited. Book Arts Roadshow provides Book Arts instruction to and hands-on learning experiences for children & families, teens & grown-ups. Offerings include teachers professional development workshops, private parties & group sessions, classes, summer camps, team builders. Find out more at www.bookartsroadshow.net and follow on Instagram @bookartsroadshow.