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Gualala Arts Workshop
Texture and Self Portraiture
in the Digital Age
Instructor: Myrna Wacknov

Monday - Friday
October 27 - 31, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Register by:   October 17, 2014; after that, check availability
Tuition:   $400 members; $440 non-members
Materials list:   Texture and Self Portraiture materials list

Texture and Self Portraiture in the Digital Age This workshop is for those artists who are looking for a shift in their work from copying a photograph to interpreting an image in some new and exciting ways. We will be working with our own faces but the ideas and techniques learned can be applied to any subject.

Taking advantage of the amazing power of our electronic devices, we will take a self portrait using an iPad or iPhone or equivalent device, learn how to use the Photoshop app PS Touch to manipulate the image in creative ways then transform some of those ideas into paintings.

The classic approach of designing a painting using the Elements of Design will be combined with utilizing unexplored materials, tools, techniques and pairings. Each day will start with the element of Texture, plus a focus on one additional element. Day 1: Texture and Shape; Day 2: Texture and Value; Day 3: Texture and Line; Day 4: Texture and Color. Day 5: Texture and Pattern. This will be a fast paced, fun and exciting week to help you discover new ways of thinking and working to create your own unique style and vision.

About the instructor

Texture and Self Portraiture in the Digital Age Myrna Wacknov has been a portrait artist from earliest memory. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, the Kansas City Art Institute, San Mateo Jr. College and graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in painting and drawing.

A signature member of the National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association and San Diego Watercolor Society, she has won many awards including the CFS Medal from the American Watercolor Society and was a semi finalist in the Outwin Bouchever Portrait Competition for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Her work has been featured in Watercolor Magic Magazine, Artist Magazine, Palette Magazine, and in Splash, Strokes of Genius and Incite Books.

Myrna resides in California and teaches workshops in the United States, Europe and Israel.

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.