Saturday, February 13 & Sunday, February 14, 2016

9:30 PM – 4:30PM

Learn How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold

Through a series of targeted exercises you will learn to paint confidently, using brilliant color, gestural brushwork and starting from strong compositions. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished artist, you’ll learn:

• how to see limited values clearly
• how to mix colors so they stay clean and bright
• how to create a value sketch as a “roadmap” to a successful painting
• how to translate your design into exciting and endless color possibilities
• how to economize and let go of the unnecessary repetitive brushstrokes
• how to simplify – know what’s important detail- and what’s not
• how to start out with large shapes rather than smaller details
• how to work with bigger brushes for a more gestural quality
• how to hold your brush for a bolder application of paint
• how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes
• how to paint with fewer strokes for a bolder look
• how to work with thicker paint
• the importance of grays
• how to mix colorful grays
• and more

The most eye-catching, dramatic paintings are based on strong composition with simple, large shapes. Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start – to create dramatic, brilliant and confident paintings!

All levels and all media are welcome. A materials list will be provided. Painting demonstrations will be in acrylics or oils, but the fundamentals taught apply to all media.

Patti Mollica believes that truly great painting is not about the “subject matter,” but rather the way an artist communicates beauty, sensitivity and integrity in whatever is painted. Flowers, gardens and sunsets are no more worthy as painting subjects than a subway station full of weary commuters, or a closeup of an old rundown building with cascading fire escapes. She believes that a painter’s job is to show the viewer the inherant beauty of all subjects and scenes, most especially the ones that are not commonly thought of in an artistic light.

Although she is equally comfortable working in both oils and acrylics, she feels that the new developments in recent years to acrylics make them a perfect vehicle for infinite versatility and personal expression. This is explored and illustrated in depth in her book, “Modern Acrylics“. She has also recently authored “Color Theory” and “Getting Started in Acrylics“, available in art stores worldwide and online at

For more about Patti, please visit her website:

$350 members/$380 non-members

Update: We had a wonderful time with Patti! Click here to see pictures on our Facebook page.  (You don’t need a Facebook account to see them.)