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Abstract AND Representational Painting on YUPO

Date: July 23
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Registration Deadline: July 20
Location: GAAC

You will love the forgiveness and workability of YUPO paper. There are no mistakes that cannot be easily fixed. This surface is forgiving and perplexing at the same time. Made of Polypropylene, this surface is non-absorbent and offers exciting textural possibilities. Gravity works in mysterious ways creating unusual textures, and the smooth surface allows the artist to create many stamped, imprinted, and applied textures of their own. Because all the paint sits up on the surface of YUPO, it is also easily manipulated and removed. There are no mistakes that can not be corrected or altered–which leads to brave painting! Mark will cover both compositional and technical applications in the abstract and realist format using your photographic reference. Join us for a fun, fast-paced class!

Internationally recognized artist Mark E Mehaffey is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society; Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member – Master Status and Distinguished Master, Watercolor West,  the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member, Nautilus Fellow, and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Mehaffey has won major awards in juried exhibitions internationally including the Silver Medal of Honor (twice) and the Arches Paper Co Award from the American Watercolor Society, the Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award from the National Watercolor Society, M. Grumbacher Gold Medal from Allied Artists of America, the Skyledge Award from TWSA, Biennial Award from the 2010 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Biennial Watercolor Exhibition, Best of Show from the San Diego Watercolor Society and guest artist for the Salon De L’Aquarelle 2015, Antwerp, Belgium. In 2016 Mark was honored with the new designation of ‘Distinguished Master’ by the Transparent Watercolor Society of America for having over 20 total paintings accepted.

He wrote “Creative Watercolor Workshop”, published in 2005 and it was rereleased as “Creative Watercolor and Acrylic Workshop” in 2013 published by Northlight Publishing.  Mark has also created twelve instructional videos.  He has appeared in many publications.  He was featured in “Masters of Watercolor” written by Konstantin Sterkhov and “Inspirations & Technical Breakthroughs: Secrets from the Contemporary International Watercolor Masters Volume 1” written by Zhou Tianya & Ruan Hoe.

Mehaffey’s paintings are included in corporate public and private collections including Blue Cross Blue Shield and The Arches Paper Co., USA. In 2018 Mark was invited to participate in the International Watercolor Masters Exhibition in Weston Park England. His work is included in the permanent collections of transparent watercolors at the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan, the National Watercolor Museum of Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico, Quanhua Watercolor Art Gallery, Zhujiajiao, China and the Dachong Art Museum, Zhongshan, China.

Mark is a popular juror, workshop instructor and lecturer. http://www.markmehaffeyfineart.com

Yupo paper will be provided. All participants will receive two 20×26 sheets of Yupo, which may be cut for working in a smaller size or used as a stencil material. Yupo does not absorb water, so it makes a lasting stencil paper.

Paints-Transparent watercolor (care of Cheap Joes Art Stuff) and Gouache (opaque watercolor, care of M. Graham Co.) will be provided for all participants. If you have pigments you would like to try, bring them with you. Acrylic will also work; however, once acrylic dries, it is not easily removable.

Water-soluble crayons and pencils. I use Caran D’Ache and Prismacolor Watercolor pencils, and I will make those available for you to try. Wax crayons and wax-based pencils will also work but are harder to remove.

Stamps, Stencils, and Textures- I usually make my own stencils which I cut out of Yupo. Feel free to bring any commercial stencils you may have. Bring anything that might leave an impression or make a stamp in paint. I have many and will share! If you think it might work, bring it!

Tools and Supplies- Masking tape, a roll of paper towels, spritzer bottle (plant mister), a fine craft knife (I use a no. 11 exacto knife), a three or four-inch FOAM roller (check the hardware, I will have extras) , a water container and a large plastic garbage bag to protect either the table or the floor…we could get messy!

Brushes-Bring what you have; I use mostly flat watercolor brushes in the 1 and 1 1/2 inch size. Acrylic brushes also work, as do smaller house painting brushes.

Please read the GAAC cancellation and refund policy here: http://www.glenarborart.org/terms-and-conditions/

To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2022 programs, to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons or less for outdoor programs and 8 or less for indoor programs.
All students must wear face coverings inside the center.
Students and staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
Common areas and touched surfaces will be sanitized regularly.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, any new policies or procedures for classes will be communicated.


July 23, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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