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Week 12: What’s Your Movement?

Can you believe this is the last workout?!  Time has flown by and we have enjoyed sharing some of our favorite art movements with all of you, but now it is your turn to share with us!  What is the art movement that has inspired you the most either during this session of workouts or on your own artistic path?  Share something you’ve made that was inspired by an art movement or a specific creative piece, and explain how it has informed your work.

THANK YOU ALL for your participation and interest in the Weekly Workouts again this year.   Liz and I are grateful for your support of us and each other…this group was such a fun part of our responsibilities at Wet Paint this spring!  The “Workout” group will remain active; though there are no future workouts planned, you are encouraged to keep posting on this page if you would like.  All of the past workouts are listed under the Files tab in the Facebook group, so if you get in a rut, look at these for inspiration!

We hope to create with you all again soon – we’re already excited about the Summer Postcard project that’s coming up again in a few months.  Until then, we look forward to seeing you in the store!

Love,

Kristina and Liz

Liz Example: Liz has a memory of being 13 years old and visiting the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburg and buying this image on a t-shirt.  It resonated with the young artist within.  And she went on to major in Art in college (and still makes art!).

Kristina Example: Although I was interested in art growing up (and love the weird Surrealists), I didn’t really see myself as an artist/creator until I started taking some art classes in college.  One of the (many) artists that resonated with me was Robert Rauschenberg and his unique mix of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art (another two favorite movements).  I love his messy, yet deliberate, abstractions.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

 


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Week 11: On Point-illism

Get ready to test your perceptions as we take inspiration from Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh’s Pointillist period (Ha!).  Layer light to dark dots as you would with a watercolor, but don’t worry about staying within the lines, ‘cuz there are none!  Mix colors by layering your colored points. Take your sketchbook to your neighborhood park like Georges, or stay in an try a portrait like Vincent.  We recommend using a young artist style marker, in case you get a little heavy handed and squish the tip, or try a refillable marker where the tips can be replaced.

Pick a point with all our markers currently 15% off our everyday price thru the end of April, including sets!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Week 9: Loose yourself to Impressionism

Let’s loosen up your mark-making with the Impressionist movement.  Taking inspiration from the classic masters Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, find a lovely view, landscape, or whatever scene catches your eye (photo references are fine) and render it with either oil or soft pastels.  Keep your marks open and don’t blend too much.  Feel free to work quickly and gesture-ly, but pay attention to your light source and ambiance.  Explore a full color range but you may want an extra white (note: the soft color range of their palette).  Don’t get hung up on the details- capture the impression.

Our annual Make Your Mark Sale started this week and runs thru the end of April; that means all pastels are buy 2, get 1 FREE!  We have a wide range of types and colors for every budget.  Sets are on sale, too!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Week 8: Dada Discussion

Let’s cut it up with the Dadaists!  This avant-garde artist movement spans across many media, but is best known for its use of collage.  Artists such as Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters combined cheeky imagery with smart assemblage to critique politics and popular culture.  They also re-assembled found text into new forms, from poetry to literary statements to masterful graphic imagery.  We are going to use found text, papers and whatever images you want to create your own Dada comment.  Look at magazines, newspapers, and junk mail, and cut and paste into your sketchbook.  Add paint or decorative papers if you feel it needs more color.

This week at Wet Paint, all alphabet related products are 10% off! This includes stamps, templates, and vinyl lettering.  Mention the weekly workouts at the checkout to receive the discount.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

 


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Week 7: What’s your POP preference?

No, we are not talking about soda pop, but Pop Art!  Choose your favorite brand or icon- art supply, celebrity, or soda- and render it bright in one of the stylings of pop artists Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein.  Both of these artists used bright colors, black outlines and graphic details to create their work inspired by POP-ular culture brands, icons, and comics.  Try your hand at a repeated image with bright, colored backgrounds or draw it like a comic book. Note the use of primary and complementary colors in their vibrant works and try limiting your palette to a few colors and black.

On sale this week at Wet Paint is one of our favorite paints: Holbein Acryla Gouache at 35% off MSRP!  It is super versatile and can be applied on paper and panels. Fine tune your pop image with black lines created with the ever-POP-ular Pentel Pocket Brush Pen at 15% off MSRP!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

 


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Week 6: Give Nouveau a Go

Time to think spring and spread your wings with Art Nouveau! Taking inspiration from artists Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha give your art the gold treatment. Nature, curved flowing lines, and decorative details are at the core of this movement.  Start with an image of your favorite tree, flower, or lady in your life and add embellishments with swirls of gold and spring colors.  Use your colored pencils and add a golden touch with a paint marker!  Remember, tracing is a tool, too.

This week at Wet Paint, all gold paint markers are 15% off MSRP and Irojiten Colored Pencils are 15% off MSRP!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Week 5: Color Contemplation

This week we are focusing on color as the subject of your work.  This means we are getting abstract with the Color Field movement, and getting inspiration from artists Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler.  What is your favorite color? What do certain colors mean to you? Or invoke in others?  What color combinations are pleasing to you? What happens when you layer a different hue over another? Or in a different medium?  Try a couple of applications and mix your media to really explore color in its many forms.  This workout is designed to be meditative, so take your time and enjoy the colors in front of you.  Feel free to do multiples and post your favorites.

Now at Wet Paint, all Golden Acrylic Color is 40% off MSRP (High Flow, Fluids, OPEN, and Heavy Body).  Mix and match your favorite Golden products, and layer in with other favorite colorful media!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Week 4: Are You Surreal?

Time to dig out your dream journal and visualize that wacky wonderland as we take a dip into Surrealism.  Taking inspiration from René Magritte’s cheeky skewed representational scenes and Salvador Dali’s wild dreamscapes and creatures, paint and collage your way through this exercise.  We suggest painting the background first and then adding your surreal elements from magazines, books, found objects, or other ephemera.  Don’t over think this workout- let your subconscious guide you.  Yes, we are surreal.  Have fun!

This week at Wet Paint, stock up on your favorite Mod Podge collage adhesive and sealant- they are all 10% off MSRP! These are water-based, so keep that in mind if glueing over a water-soluble painted background.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Week 3: An Op-opportunity Awaits!

Don’t op out of this fun geometric art exercise!  Time to get funky with your black ink and a pop of your favorite color as we dive into to the Op Art movement.  Taking inspiration from Bridget Riley and Frank Stella, repeat a simple shape or line to create a pattern that makes you look twice.  Focus on black and white, but feel free to add 1 color accent. It may be useful to use templates, tape, rulers, etc. to keep things aligned.

This week at Wet Paint, FW Acrylic Ink black or Dr. PH Martin’s Black Star in Matte Finish are on sale for 10% off MSRP!  Use with a brush or a dip pen.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Week 2: Dreaming of Your Art Deco Getaway

Dreaming of a winter getaway?  Create your perfect destination poster in the classic Art Deco style. Take inspiration from the WPA historical posters for our National Parks, or the European Travel posters from the 1920’s through 1940’s…these iconic works focus on saturated colors, a limited color palette, and bold graphics.  Be sure to layer your colors to get the right perspective (back, middle, and foreground) and feel free to add a little text.  You can also use stencils or templates to help with your graphic elements.  We recommend using your favorite water media: gouache, watercolor, or acrylic paint.

Need more poster inspiration? Check out the fun, reprinted vintage posters from Italian Cavallini paper – bonus: all sheet paper is 10% off right now!  These new, old timey posters would make a great travel journal cover!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies