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Nature Inspired Abstract Art

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Nature Inspired Abstract Art
Zebith Thalden
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
Skill Level:
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February 26, 2019
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March 12, 2019

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Allow nature, such as seedpods, flowers, feathers or even beetle wings to become a creative starting point for abstract artwork. The design process will be both in and out of the studio as we look for subjects that inspire. There will be plenty of time for drawing, experimenting and sharing artwork. Design principals, species identification and traditional drawing techniques will be discussed.

About the Instructor(s)

Zebith Thalden is the owner and nature illustrator of Intersectus Design in Portland, Oregon. She has taught courses in woodworking, drawing, painting, graphic design, copper-smithing and environmental education. Her book The Butterfly Artist: How to Observe, Draw, and Paint the Fascinating World of Insects will be published by Timber Press in March 2019. She received an MFA from Goddard College and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Canvas- You can create on one large canvas or multiple small canvases. The size and shape are up to

you. Bring what you have, what inspires, or a few varieties and allow the creative process to unfold.

They should be ready to use upon arrival.

• Acrylic Paint- Feel free to bring as many colors and tubes as you would like. Select an artist’s brand such

as Liquitex, Golden, Reeves, or one similar. At a minimum include a 2 oz. tube of:

-Cadmium Red

-Cadmium Yellow

-Cobalt Blue

-Ultramarine Blue

-Burnt Umber

-Burnt Sienna

-Titanium White

-Mars Black

-Permanent Green

• Paint Brushes- It is always nice to choose from an assortment of brushes. The size you use can vary

depending on the size of canvas you select. Bring at least 3 different sizes so that you have the ability to

cover large areas quickly and can add medium as well as small details, consider a range from 1/8" wide

to 1.5" wide. Zebith uses short "round" and "flat" multipurpose synthetic bristle brushes.

• Paint Palette (Any water-resistant palette or material that will allow you to add dollops of paint and mix

colors is fine. Keep in mind that acrylic dries quickly and will become a permanent color/texture on your


• Sketchbook: Any high-quality sketchbook will do. Zebith recommends an 8x10 or 9x12 Green Strathmore

Recycled Sketchbook or Blue Strathmore Windpower Sketchbook.

• Water container

• Charcoal- vine (one- piece)

• Rag or paper towels

• Artist pencil (hardness around HB, any brand)

• Small colored pencil set (any brand)


• Ruler

• Eraser - Mapped Epure are great

• Small spray bottle for water

• Acrylic Retarder: To increase workability before paint dries. Zebith uses Golden but any artist quality

brand should work.

• Nature Identification Books

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)


• Acrylic Retarder (a communal bottle)

• Nature Identification Books (plants, marine animals, insects)

• Cropping Tools

• Magnifiers (hand held)

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