Workshop: Alla Prima Oil Painting on Claybord

For teens and adults of all levels.

Learn to paint with buttery oils on a fresco-like surface

© Pam Van Londen 2010, Valley Storm 5, 8×8 oil on claybord
Valley Storm 5

…using a limited palette and minimal brush strokes. In this 4-hour workshop, you’ll create three paintings on 8×8-inch Claybord panels using primary and secondary colors plus white. The first of your three images will emerge as you explore the brushes, paint, thinner, and technique. The second will emerge as you meditate on the currents of water. And the third will emerge from the location’s landscape, bowl of fruit, or both!

Fine artist Pam Van Londen began painting in oil on American-made Ampersand Claybord panels when the Daily Painter movement caught on in 2006. Most daily painters use a standard small rectangle or square panel, paper, or stretched canvas with a consistent set of materials and techniques.

Van Londen’s technique is to apply an underpainting and while still wet, add colors in the order of the color wheel with the goal of using as few brush strokes as possible. Transparent layers of color on the clay surface result in a watercolor effect. Sgraffito is used near the end to create a contrast in line and to sign the finished work.

About the artist

Van Londen shows her work locally, regionally, and takes online sales at Etsy, Daily Paintworks, and Fine Art America. She has a degree in Art and Design and teaches technology courses at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

Valley Morning 16 © Pam Van Londen 2014
Valley Morning 16

Bring the following to the workshop:

  • A sandwich or other easy-to-handle food to eat during the discussion.
  • Waterbottle.
  • Painting clothes: comfortable pants, shirt, and shoes that can get dirty. (NOTE: Paint left on these clothes will potentially ruin other clothes in the wash.)
  • A positive attitude.

Cost Options

  1. If you are a first-time painter, all supplies will be provided for $20.
  2. If you have your own supplies, bring them; three Clayboard panels will be provided for $12.
  3. If you have some experience and are ready to paint on your own, then I recommend purchasing the kit for $98.*

Workshop instruction is $40 each.

Total Costs

Supplies and workshop cost is $20 + $40 = $60
Clayboard and workshop cost is $12 + $40= $52
Kit and workshop cost is $98 + $40 = $138.

Payment can be cash, check, PayPal, or credit/debit card.

* Oil Painting Kit $98.

Winsor & Newton oil paint tubes, odorless thinner, five synthetic brushes, three 8×8-inch Ampersand Claybord panels, table-top wood easel 30x20x19-inch, wood hand-held palette, palette covers, brush holder, gloves, cleaning supplies, storage container, and tote bag.

This kit must be ordered at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

Agreement

Last minute cancellations will receive a refund for the workshop cost only. Supplies are not refunded because they must be purchased ahead of time.

Arrive at the workshop ready to focus yet have fun! The goal of the workshop is to explore and enjoy the materials, techniques, elements, and principles, not to create masterpieces. Try to arrive with expectations for fun and learning but remain flexible in your thinking. Your work will not be judged but we will talk about what works in an effort to practice the language of art (elements and principles). Negatively criticizing your work or the work of others will not be tolerated. Excessive talking or other disruptions will result in expulsion.

Gloves will be provided for anyone concerned about skin contact with paint and thinner. Ventilation won’t be needed in small group workshops. For workshops with 5 or more participants, a sufficient location will be chosen. If a new location is needed, watch for email messages related to a change in location.

Host a workshop: Alla Prima Oil Painting on Claybord, Summer 2017

Supplies and easel to borrow for the Alla Prima Workshop.
Supplies and easel to borrow for the Alla Prima Workshop.

Host a workshop by in your home studio with your friends and get the workshop cost for free.

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Workshop: Alla Prima Acrylic Painting on Canvas

For teens and adults of all levels.

Learn to paint with versatile acrylics on canvas

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using a limited palette and minimal brush strokes. In this 4-hour workshop, you’ll create three paintings on 8×8-inch canvas panels and stretched canvas using primary and secondary colors plus white. The first of your three images will emerge as you explore the brushes, paint, and technique. The second will emerge as you meditate on the currents of water. And the third will emerge from the location’s landscape, bowl of fruit, or both!

Fine artist Pam Van Londen began painting in acrylic on paper, canvas panels, stretched canvases, and American-made Ampersand Claybord panels when the Daily Painter movement caught on in 2006. Most daily painters use a standard small rectangle or square panel, paper, or stretched canvas with a consistent set of materials and techniques.

Van Londen’s technique is to apply an underpainting, add colors in the order of the color wheel with the goal of using as few brush strokes as possible. Transparent layers of color on the canvas surface result in a watercolor effect. Heavier layers of paint, along with scraping, is used near the end to create a contrast in line and to sign the finished work.

Columbia River Gorge Beacon Rock from Rooster Rock 3
Columbia River Gorge Beacon Rock from Rooster Rock 3

About the artist

Van Londen shows her work locally, regionally, and takes online sales at Etsy, Daily Paintworks, and Fine Art America. She has a degree in Art and Design and teaches technology courses at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

Bring the following to the workshop:

  • A sandwich or other easy-to-handle food to eat during the discussion.
  • Waterbottle.
  • Painting clothes: comfortable pants, shirt, and shoes that can get dirty.
  • A positive attitude.

Cost Options

Supplies and easel to borrow for the Alla Prima Workshop.
Supplies and easel to borrow for the Alla Prima Workshop.
  1. If you are a first-time painter, all supplies will be provided for $15.
  2. If you have your own supplies, bring them; two canvas panels and one stretched canvas will be provided for $7.
  3. If you have some experience and are ready to paint on your own, then I recommend purchasing the kit for $98.*

Workshop instruction is $40 each.

Total Costs

Supplies and workshop cost is $15 + $40 = $55
Canvases and workshop cost is $7 + $40= $47
Kit and workshop cost is $98 + $40 = $138.

Payment can be cash, check, PayPal, or credit/debit card.

Supplies and easel to purchase for the Alla Prima Workshop.
Purchase your own kit to use at the workshop and take home.

* Acrylic Painting Kit $98.

Golden acrylic paint bottles, an assortment of 10 synthetic brushes, two 8×10-inch canvas panels, two 8×10-inch stretched canvases, table-top wood easel 30x20x19-inch, air-tight plastic hand-held palette, gloves, cleaning supplies, notebook, and tote bag.

This kit must be ordered at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

Sedona 3.2 Oak Creek 12x12-inch canvas @ Pam Van Londen 2014
Sedona 3.2 Oak Creek

Agreement

Last minute cancellations will receive a refund for the workshop cost only. Supplies are not refunded because they must be purchased ahead of time.

Arrive at the workshop ready to focus yet have fun! The goal of the workshop is to explore and enjoy the materials, techniques, elements, and principles, not to create masterpieces. Try to arrive with expectations for fun and learning but remain flexible in your thinking. Your work will not be judged but we will talk about what works in an effort to practice the language of art (elements and principles). Negatively criticizing your work or the work of others will not be tolerated. Excessive talking or other disruptions will result in expulsion.

Gloves will be provided for anyone concerned about skin contact with paint. Ventilation won’t be needed in small group workshops. For workshops with 5 or more participants, a sufficient location will be chosen. If a new location is needed, watch for email messages related to a change in location.

Creating a Web Site for Small Business

Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College

1-day workshop for artists, musicians, and small businesses

February 20, 2010
9:00am to 4:00pm
Room BC-246
, Benton Center, Corvallis, Oregon
$105

To reserve a seat, dial 541-917-4929 for LBCC’s Small Business Development Center.

Corvallis artist, businesswoman, and educator, Pam Van Londen, will assist small business owners in setting up a freely hosted web site in just a few hours.

Agenda

  • Overview: what is a web presence and how can you have a successful one?
  • Demonstration: how to plan ahead.
  • Demonstration: how to keep inventory to streamline the process.
  • 15 minute break
  • 1 hour lunch break (on your own)
  • Build a site: Create a web site and add your biography and photos, documents, or movie links (using a free online service).
  • 15 minute break
  • Demonstration: 10 free options for promoting your new web site

Follow-up

  • One free consultation via email (must happen within 2 weeks of the workshop).
  • If enough students are interested, I’ll schedule a half-day catch up class for $30.

Student requirements

  1. Comfort with basic computer skills. Please review this list to help assess your comfort level.
  2. Access to web mail (bring username, password, and link to your online mail site).
  3. Comfort with using a USB stick drive (also known as a thumb drive).
  4. Bring in at least 4 digital photos, music files, and/or documents on a USB stick drive.

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Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College
Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College

1-day workshop for artists, musicians, and small businesses

April 4, 2009
9:00am to 4:00pm
Room BC-204, Benton Center
, Corvallis, Oregon
$95

To reserve a seat, dial 541-917-4929 for LBCC’s Small Business Development Center.

Corvallis artist and businesswoman, Pam Van Londen, will assist small business owners in setting up a freely hosted web site in just a few hours.

Agenda

  • Overview: what is a web presence and how can you have a successful one?
  • Demonstration: how to plan ahead.
  • Demonstration: how to keep inventory to streamline the process.
  • 15 minute break
  • 1 hour lunch break (on your own)
  • Build a site: Create a web site and add your biography and a gallery (or other documents) (using a free online service).
  • 15 minute break
  • Demonstration: 10 free options for promoting your new web site

Follow-up

Student requirements

  1. Comfort with basic computer skills. Please review this list to help assess your comfort level.
  2. Access to web mail (bring username, password, and link to your online mail site).
  3. Comfort with using a USB stick drive (also known as a thumb drive).
  4. Bring in at least 4 digital photos, music files, and/or documents on a USB stick drive.

Workshop Attendees Link Exchanges

Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College
Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College

These links take you to new web sites created by attendees of the Building an Online Presence workshops. Watch the list grow!

Gorilla Grams Blog, Balloon Bouquets & Classic Decor, Costumed Delivery & Balloon Twisting

Dylan McMahon, Fine Arts

Carolee S. Clark, Painter blog, web site, collaboration web site by Carolee Clark

Donna Beverly’s blog, web site, collaboration web site by Donna Beverly

Rusty Van Rossmann’s blog by Rusty Van Rossmann

Procession of the Species (Albany) by Tia Swanson.

Herb Berman, oil painter by Regina Berman

Rose Gate Pottery and Boundless Gallery by Becca Lemon

Linda J. Edwards Visual Arts by Linda Edwards

Jan Maitland Portraits and Paintings and JanMaitland.BoundlessGallery.com, Jan Maitland

Barbara Levine and her blog, by Barbara Levine

Willamette Valley Farmlands by Ellen Hamill of Oregon Art Photos

Ted Ernst Pottery blog & website by Ted Ernst

Clay with Fire and Willamette Ceramics Guild by Steve Aulerich

Fibers of Faith by Cindy McNutt-Kaestner

Anita Cook Landscapes in Pastel and AnitaCook.BoundlessGallery.com by Anita Cook

Fine Fiber Press & Studio by Pat Spark and Kathe Todd-Hooker

SparkFiberArts and blog by Pat Spark

Noris Dairy, Angela Spalt

Umbrella Painting Journal by Diane Widler Wenzel

JR Young, PC

Building an Online Presence workshop for Artists and others

Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College
Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College

After a successful first run of my Building an Online Presence for Artists workshop at LBCC’s Benton Center this spring, I’ll be teaching it again this summer and fall. Instead of teaching it hands-on computer-lab style, I’ll present it seminar style so those artists and others with lower computer skills can spend more time asking questions and less time fiddling with an unfamiliar computer.

Building an Online Presence workshop for Artists and othersFor more information, call me at 541-760-1449. To reserve your seat, call (541) 917-4929.

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Thursdays
July 3- August 14, 2008

BC-244, Corvallis LBCC Benton Center, 757 NW Polk Ave.
$245

I will present the many low-cost or free options available to artists and provide at-home exercises to help you create a web site, gallery, and shopping cart ready for patrons around the world. Discover the online presentation and sales methods that work best for your style, schedule, and budget. Incorporate an online
presence in your art marketing plan to help sell your work online, make residual income, and
stay in touch with your collectors while keeping the process simple. Here’s a rough schedule:

DAY 1: Overview and how to optimize images
DAY 2: Explore inventory systems and try a database or spreadsheet
DAY 3: Explore Google tools and try Google Docs and iGoogle
DAY 4: Review blogs and set up one account
DAY 5: Review of galleries and set up one account
DAY 6: Review of affiliations and stores and set up one account
DAY 7: Present attendee web sites and discuss promotional options

“I’ve enjoyed your workshop and hope to incorporate lots of the ideas into my blog/website as soon as I have more time and develop more computer skills. I did learn quite a bit despite this being a difficult subject for me and I appreciate your knowledge and enthusiasm.”

Spring workshop attendee/artist

Basic computer skills needed to survive in the online world

Use the common left-hand keystrokes to save your right arm from fatigue.
Use the common left-hand keystrokes to save your right arm from fatigue.

Learning new skills can be frustrating for some. Sometimes this frustration is a direct result of poor teaching, poor listening/watching skills, lack of experience with pre-skills, or other distractions. And sometimes, the frustration is normal! Learning is not something that is easily acquired the first time it is heard or seen. A learner must experience the task first hand and practice it again and again to fully understand and make it part of rote memory.

Learning in a workshop can be particularly trying when the purpose of the task to learn is not clear, the computer you use does not look like your own, or others students progress at a different pace. Experienced educators who teach in a computer lab situation know that not all students will listen and watch carefully, stay together, or tell the instructor when he/she is going too fast. Some educators create and print extensive tutorials for students to use in their learning only to find out they are not used. Many students want instructors to do the work for them because they do not want to struggle. Learning computer skills is like playing a game…you must explore like a detective to persevere.

If you are learning a new skill and don’t feel you have a complete handle on it, try showing someone else. Sharing and teaching is one of the best ways to learn something well (fully understand and retain the new knowledge). Dr. Gary Phillips of the National School Improvement Project (based on Piaget’s theories about learning) makes this claim: People retain learned material at the following levels:

  • 10% of what we hear
  • 15% of what we see
  • 30% of what we see and hear
  • 80% of what we experience actively
  • 90% of what we teach others

The following list of basic computer skills will be linked to tutorials as I can find good ones. Check off the ones you know and begin to practice the others. Please do not feel like you are supposed to master a skill immediately. Some skills include “setup”, which is done one time. After that it is a matter of using the tool or skill often in order to remember it.

Skills that are 20+ years old.

  • Turn your computer on and off.
    • Turn the volume up and down.
    • Adjust the screen brightness and contrast.
  • Open an application/program.
    • Make a new file in the application.
    • Save and close a file.
    • Reopen the file.
  • Use the common file and edit functions (using right-click or these keystrokes):
    • Open Ctl+o
    • Quit Ctl+q
    • Save Ctl+s
    • Find Ctl+f
    • Copy Ctl+c
    • Cut Ctl+x
    • Paste Ctl+v
    • Undo Ctl+z
    • Select All Ctl+a
  • Find/search a file.
  • Copy a file from one folder/directory to another.
  • Copy a file or folder/directory from the hard drive to another device.
    • Back up files to floppy or Zip disk.
    • Consider a copy a backup file.
  • Rename a file.
  • Put a disk/disc in the computer and view its file list.
    • Eject a disk.
    • A disk can be thought of as a floppy disk, CD-ROM disc, DVD disc, USB stick/thumb/jump drive.
  • Print a document.
    • Change the page orientation.
    • Change the color/ink settings.
  • Archive and decompress a set of files and folders/directories.
  • Use word processing and spreadsheet programs.
    • Type text and numbers
    • Tab to indent or tab to move from one cell to another.
    • Return to start a new paragraph or new row.
    • Set margins.
    • Set custom tabs.
    • Bold and italicize text.

Skills that are 10+ years old

  • Connect to the internet.
  • Setup an email account.
    • Update the name that will show when someone receives the email.
    • Add an email signature.
    • Set new messages to retain the original message when replying.
  • Send and receive email.
    • Attach a document to an email.
    • Download email attachments and file them on your hard drive.
  • Search for a file online.
  • Download a program, Acrobat (.pdf) file, or picture file.
  • Decompress an archive file.
  • Copy/back up files to a CD-ROM.

Skills artists need

  • Open, enhance, optimize, and save photo files in various formats for print and online use.
  • Organize inventory.
  • Send professional looking email messages.
  • Upload photo files to online service sites.
  • Write and edit in a variety of local applications/programs.
  • Write and edit in a variety of online service sites.
  • Back up files to CD-ROM, DVD, and/or USB drive.

Women Role Models Project

Women Role Models web siteWhen I where my teaching hat for OSU’s Women Studies and Computer Science departments, I get to rub virtual elbows with many great women from our past and present.

So that girls and women from all walks of life around the globe will be inspired to excel at any dream, a handful of interns and I have launched a project which seeks to host video interviews of women succeeding in the arts and sciences.

The site design was created as a demonstration for the CS 295 Web Authoring course the movies are either found at other sites or created by the staff of interns.

Contributions to the project can be made at the WomenRoleModels.org site.

Building an Online Presence for Artists

Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College
Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College

Learn to Sell Your Art Online

A 7-week Hands-on Workshop or Artists

Description

Incorporate an online presence in your art marketing plan to help sell your work online, make residual income, and stay in touch with your collectors while keeping the process simple.

Artist and business women, Pam Van Londen, will present the many low-cost or free options available to artists and provide hands-on computer instruction to help you decide which methods meet your goals.

Register

Call (541) 917-4929 to reserve your space.
April 10 to May 29
3:00pm to 5:00pm
LBCC Benton Center Computer Lab
One 2-hour session each week for 7 weeks (No Class April 17)
$245

Goals and outcomes

Prepare your work for online viewing.

  • Students will optimize a set of digital photos of their artwork.

Keep track of your inventory and sales.

  • Students will experiment with and choose from a database, spreadsheet, or web site service to maintain a written and visual inventory of their work.
  • Students will add a set of works to their new inventory system.

Choose and implement the presentation and sales method that works best for your style, schedule, and budget.

  • Students will experiment with and choose between various web services to create a web site. Options include blogs, galleries, auctions, affiliation stores, and on-demand printing stores.
  • Students will incorporate sales options into their new web site to promote and sell their work online as well as make residual income.

Track the success of your online efforts.

  • Students will use Google Analytics to see how many people are visiting their site(s).
  • Students will use store/blog/gallery site statistics to see how many people are visiting their site(s).

Present your work to peers and professionals.

  • Students will show and discuss their online efforts.
  • Students will evaluate the choices they’ve made.
  • Students will submit their site(s) to important online sources such as Google, MSN, Yahoo, guild sites, and other associations.

Required reading and materials

Students should bring a USB jump drive to class each week to save work to.

Recommended readings will be listed in each day’s lecture notes.

Schedule

Day 1 Overview and how to optimize images

Day 2 Review of inventory systems and try a database or spreadsheet

Day 3 Review Google tools and try Google Docs and iGoogle.

Day 4 Review of blogs and set up one account.

Day 5 Review of galleries and set up one account

Day 6 Review of affiliations and stores and set up one account.

Day 7 Review statistics and set up Google Analytics