Bruce Inspires: Mixed Media Painting with Dr. Flax: Amazonian Adventures – Part 1 & 2

Bruce Museum

Aug. 21, 2021, 11:00 am

1 Museum Drive
PHONE 203.869.0376

This is the first in-person adult workshop being held at the Bruce Museum since 2020. Participants will have the option to attend virtually using Zoom, or to attend in person wearing a mask. Workshops will be held on Saturday, August 21st from 11-1pm and Saturday September 25th from 11-1pm. Both workshops will take place in the Bruce Museum Education Workshop, and on Zoom. Participants will also have a chance to explore the “Amazon” exhibition and see some of the beautiful creatures that call the rainforest their home in person.

In the first workshop of this two session series, participants will work with a variety of media and inspired by the morpho butterflies on display in “Amazon: Beauty, Destruction Hope” make their own butterfly collection. Materials will include: pearlescent powder, matte medium, paper, watercolors, and adhesive materials. For participants who attend in-person all materials will be provided, for those working at home a materials list will be sent out.

In the second workshop, participants will use the live dart frogs on display in “Amazon: Beauty, Destruction, Hope” as their inspiration. Using a mix of mediums including watercolor, matte medium, powdered pigments and scrap paper, students will explore the at times flashy and at times camouflaged world of dart frogs.

During the each of these two hour workshops participants will explore creating three dimensional shapes in two dimensional media, use different powdered pigments and matte mediums to attain the glossy and iridescent tones of butterflies and dart frogs, explore the creation of rich, subtle and layered colors, use a variety of mediums to create a composite image, use watercolor for their backgrounds and create paper frames.

Dr. Flax has been teaching painting workshops at the Bruce for the last three years and loves the focus on natural forms and shapes that these workshops provide. A practicing artist for the last 50 years, Dr. Flax brings a unique aesthetic sensibility to her lessons and is excited to continue exploring form and structure.

For In Person Participants: All materials will be provided by the Museum. The workshop will take place from 11am-1pm in the Museum’s Education Workshop. If you have any questions about the Museum’s COVID policies please reach out to Manager of School and Community Programs, Corinne Flax [email protected]

For In Person Participants

Capacity: 20

Member Price: $60 for both workshops, $40 for an individual

Non Member Price: $80 for both workshops, $50 for an individual

For Remote Participants: A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event for registered participants. Virtual students will be sent a list of all materials needed after registration. If you have any questions about the workshop contact Manager of School and Community Programs, Corinne Flax at [email protected]

For Virtual Participants

​Capacity: 10

​Member Price: $40 for both workshops, $25 for an individual

​​Non Member Price: $55 for both workshops, $35 for an individual

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