with Mira M White

October 17-18, 2020

Sat- Sun 10am-4 pm  

Ages 16 – adult                           

Tuition: $ 275 ( $30 additional materials fee to instructor)

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Healdsburg Community Center, Classroom 9

1557 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA

We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: underpinnings with acrylics, watercolors or pastels diluted with rubbing alcohol (no petroleum based solvents). We will be layering  with both dry and wet media and using lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media!  



  • Soft  Chalk Pastels: ( No Oil Pastels)
  • 1 set Nupastels ( by Prismacolor)
  •  1 set Rembrandts  ( can be set of ½ sticks)
    OPTIONAL :Schmincke, Sennelier, or Great American ArtWorks  ( if you are able

Papers: Surfaces

  • 2 sheets  full size Gesso Primed 140 lb or 300 lb watercolor paper ( both sides)
  • 1 Sheet Colorfix by Art Spectrum Pastel paper 20”x28” or Premier or U Art ( Sanded Pastel Papers or Pastel Mat (From Dakota Pastels) ( OPTIONAL)
  • 10 sheets of hardware grade 320 grit wet/dry sand paper( 8″x10″ ( It is black) ( for warm up exercises)
  • Paints: Your collection of acrylic paints / colored inks
  • Brushes: An assortment of inexpensive hog bristle brushes that can withstand sanded pastel papers

Additional materials

  • 1 pint Liquitex Clear Gesso ( has pumice, for priming – only this brand
  • 70 % isopropyl rubbing alcohol 1 pt.
  • Trigger sprayer with variable spray ( 8 oz size)
  • 2 “ or wider Masking tape, Bull dog clips , Blending stumps/Q tips
  • Surgical/protective gloves/ protective hand creme
  • Utility knife
  • Drawing board to fit size of paper
  • Portable easel (optional)
  • Glassine paper for protecting work. and portfolio (can be homemade & cardboard) for storing work


  • Fixative for pastels ( archival)
  • Graphite powder and dry pigments
  • Additional tools and mediums
  • Extra mark making tools

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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.