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SOLD OUT Shem's 3-over-3 Abstraction By Design


“I had an excellent time at Shem’s workshop! Shem really took the time to walk us through the process of “Abstraction by Design” His one on one approach really helped in times I felt I was creatively stuck. I would definitely recommend his workshop and look forward to future opportunities!”

One of the gallery’s most sought after instructors and a favorite of collectors and students alike, Shem will be teaching for three full days this September. This is a very special class you don’t want to miss… Fun and informative, supportive and enlightening are words that others have used to describe Shem’s workshops. 

In this 3- day  workshop you will be creating a modular (3 over 3)  panel installation. As with our past triptych workshops, each panel should work on their own  and be integral to the installation as well.  We will establish a limited color palette with both our collage papers and paint. This parameter allows us to fully focus on our design, mark making and  balance skills, as well as permit a manageable interplay between our panels.

Students will leave the workshop with a in-depth knowledge of Shem’s techniques and materials to use in their own studio practice. Because the number of students is limited to 12, there will be a lot of one-on-one instruction opportunities. This class is appropriate for both beginning students who wish to learn techniques, or returning students who wish to refine skills with more personalized instruction.

About the Instructor: Shemchuk “Shem”, known for his multi-layered mixed media works on panel, is a Bay Area artist with decades of experimental art making experience. A career dating from the 1980’s includes photography, installation, paint- ing, mixed media and a commitment to art mentoring and instruction. He is represented by Jen Tough Gallery.

“Excellent instruction and I’m excited about the possibilities unlocked over the course of the workshop. I’ll be mining them for years to come.”

Class will run 10:00-4:00 each day. Doors open at 9:30 AM each day.

Unlimited + free bottled waters, coffee and tea (bring your own carafe or mug). Sodas and sparkling waters available for $1 each.

Limited to 12 students.

Lunch: We offer a delivered lunch from one restaurant (with limited selections) each day for $20, payable each morning of class. Students are also welcome to bring their own lunch and store in the refrigerator, or take a longer break and drive to Benicia’s First Street, 2 minutes away, for a variety of dining options.

Materials to bring:

6- 16”x16” x 1.5” cradled wood panels. (See Blick)

1 qt “white” satin or semi gloss house paint. Any brand

1 qt. “Black” satin or semi gloss house paint.

2 qts. Gloss acrylic varnish

10-12 sheets black tissue paper (non bleed)

6+  Quart paint/mixing containers. Plastic, yogurt, cottage cheese containers work well

5-6 2” chip brushes. & stir stick

1-wide 6” 1 -narrow 1” metal putty knives

1- scrubber sponge & rags 

1 sheet 80 grit sandpaper.

Scissors & utility knife.

Various collage papers including: white/black/solid color/pattern/recycled paper as well.

Instructor: I will supply primary latex paint color, some collage papers, some tissue papers, sanding block, utility razor knife.