Add yourself to the Waitlist for
If a spot opens up we will contact you.
56605 Sitka Drive
Otis, OR 97368
Send us a note
Please contact us with questions! Please fill out the form and we will get back to you soon.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form

Word Art

Registering as Guest.

Print Workshop Info
Word Art
Rebecca Wild
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$330 plus $16 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
Skill Level:
Registration for this workshop is closed.
Registration for members begins
February 27, 2018
If you are a member, please sign in above. If you are not yet a member, you can purchase a membership
The open enrollment period begins on
March 13, 2018

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Explore new techniques that will transform words into art. We will examine several 20th century visual artists whose work incorporates text and text-like elements. Through a series of exercises based on their masterworks, we will work on small format paper and combine drawing materials and paint to create richly layered pieces that fuse text, color and image. This process will enable you to add greater depth, new meaning, and possibility to your artistic practice. You will complete this class with fresh ideas, a broader perspective and a hand-constructed portfolio to house your own word art.

About the Instructor(s)

Rebecca Wild is a Pacific Northwest artist and calligrapher from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Her work pairs a love of letter forms with the luminous characteristics of drawing materials and paint. She uses text as a tool for both conveying message and creating abstraction. Originally from West Virginia, she was a calligraphy and art instructor in Portland for 25 years and now teaches workshops throughout the West Coast. Rebecca is an enthusiastic and organized instructor whose emphasis on process and technique is infused with creativity and encouragement. She strives to help beginners feel successful and to give established artists fresh ideas.

Materials List: Students Bring


• 4H, 2B, 6B pencils (or any similar variety of graphite pencils that you have)

• White Prismacolor brand pencil

• Lettering/calligraphy/mark making tools that you already own

• Pencil sharpener (there is also one in class)

• Staedtler white eraser

• Kneaded eraser

• Tuff Stuff eraser or Tombow Mono Zero eraser or similar (these are the white erasers that are housed in a retractable, tube shaped, plastic case.)

• Water jar

• Water dropper (eye dropper, pipette, small bottle, etc) for mixing paint

• 1 oz. bottle of Golden brand fluid acrylic Titanium White. You could split with someone(s).

• A flat, water color or acrylic brush approximately 1" or bigger. Will be used with acrylic paint. Should be soft bristles. I like the Dick Blick Scholastic Wonder White Flat or Bright #20. Serial #05380-1020.

• 2 small pointed brushes size 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4. Bring any other pointed brushes that you own. These will be used for writing and mark making with acrylic paints.

• Paint palette with wells

• Soft Pastels not oil pastels or 2-3 warm colors and 2-3 cool colors of your choice. Pan pastels are expensive but fantastic. Choose deep hues that are saturated with color. Avoid pale hues. A small set of Alpha Color Pastels brand works fine. Avoid Nupastel brand. (Rebecca will bring extra pastels to share)

• 1/2 sheet of 220 sandpaper. Will be used for grinding stick pastels. You won’t need this if you are using Pan Pastels

• Scrap of a soft, fine weave cotton rag. (Old t-shirt)

• Paper towels

• Scrap paper 8 ½" x 11" 20 sheets (used is fine, it can be printed on one side)

• Roll of 1" blue painters tape or Frog tape

• Roll of Scotch Magic Tape ¾" green label (must be this brand, size and kind) Do not buy blue label removeable.

• Small sharp scissors

• Sharp x–acto knife #11 with extra blades or similar

• Self-healing cutting board 8 ½ x 11 or larger. (Not kitchen kind)

• Metal ruler with cork backing or a cheap wooden ruler with a metal edge

• 2 non ink jet photocopies of black and white photographs that have meaning to you or that you find visually intriguing (old or current). **These need to be reduced to small sizes no bigger than 2 1/4" x 2 1⁄4. They will be used in collage accompanied with text.

• 5-10 words that are relevant to you or that pertain to the photographs and images.

• If possible print a sheet in 24-36 point, bold, all caps, using 5 of the above words. Non ink jet. Use a typeface that is similar in boldness to Helvetica, Arial black or Impact. These will be used for collage.

• Other words that inspire you. (journal writing, song lyrics, old letters e-mails, poems, prose, haiku, etc)

• A paper grocery sack for trash.

OPTIONAL: Hair dryer, an apron, drafting brush, a fine line water proof pen, acrylic paint, gouache, bone folder, a small set of Prismacolor Artist’s Quality brand colored pencils or 2 warm and 2 cool colors of Prismacolor brand colored pencils or similar. Not water color pencils.

Look at the work of Mark Tobey, Cy Twombly, and Adolph Wolfli.

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• Strathmore 500 paper

• Arches Text Wove

• Canson Paper

• Contact paper

• Tracing paper

• Handout packets

• Various mark making and lettering tools

• Acrylic markers

• Glue sticks

• Additional Pastels for sharing

• Powdered graphite

• Containers for graphite

• Eye shadow brushes

• Sumi Ink

• Fluid acrylics

• Golden Soft Gel Gloss

• Matte medium

Explore Workshops
Browse Workshop list