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Applied Anew: New Approaches to Paint Application

Heather Sayeau

All Levels
May 9 - 12
9 - 3pm

About the Workshop

This workshop will look at some alternative approaches in the creative process. Using different tools and materials can generate a new kind of energy. Together we will “see what lies beneath”. There is a lot of freedom in using new ways to work and not having an expected result but instead a result that is unexpected, fresh and exciting. 

Spray paints - covering the canvas surface with one or a combination of colours before putting down an image - see the effect of the background on the subject matter. e.g.: a pear on a gold background. Paintbrush taped to a stick - taping the brush to a stick makes more space between you and the image - means less control and more room for expressive lines. Start with a canvas stained in one or more colours then begin to draw using a reference photo. This could be floral, figures, still life or a landscape. The result will be a combination of painting and drawing. Make your own unique tool to paint with from a found scrap - a piece of hard plastic, heavy paper or cardboard, small piece of wood. Using a different tool will open possibilities for expression and create an interesting and unusual image. e.g., a painting of an apple or a semi-abstract landscape using a piece of wood to apply the paint. This would be similar to using a palette knife. Collage - cutting / tearing paper. Cutting paper gives one kind of image - tearing paper gives a different image. Use a variety of papers ( newspaper, wrapping paper, coloured papers) and spray glue, build an image - landscape, portrait, still life. You may want to draw on top of this. 

Paint Brushes

Material List


Your Instructor

Heather Sayeau

Heather is a graduate of NSCAD University. She taught painting and drawing in the Fine Art Department at NSCAD and in the Continuing Studies Department until retirement in the spring of 2017.  Her practice focuses on nature and the beauty of everyday life and how painting can express her emotional relationship to subject matter. Her work is in private and public collections in Canada and the U.S.  

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