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Abstract Alchemy: From and with Nature

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Evanston, North Side
1717 Central St
Btwn Broadway & Eastwood Avenues
Evanston, Illinois 60201
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Judith Kruger

What you'll learn in this painting class:

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Abstract Alchemy: From and with Nature - Intensive with Artist Judith Kruger

Reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself within a limited palette. Paint, ink and homemade gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Natural metallics and oxidation will be introduced for warmth and depth. These arcane processes have been employed for thousands of years on cave walls, screens and scrolls, and aboriginal works.

A variety of drawing, painting and collage techniques will be covered to cultivate individualized expression. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological (non-toxic, water-based) work truly nurtures the heart and spirit. Abstractionists and realists are welcome. Many materials included in price.

Bring the following:
  • Watercolor brushes- variety of sizes – some small and up to 3” hardware brushes good too. If you have hakes or other
  • Asian brushes then please bring them. Foam brushes and old scruffy brushes are great too.
  • Optional pattern sources - stencils (wire mesh, cheese cloth, bubble wrap) and mark making tools. The instructor do not use premade stencils-devices in my work, but she is open to those who want to use them.
  • Optional resist supplies- masking fluid, white candle, white crayons
  • Optional: If you would like to incorporate imitation gold, silver, aluminum or copper leaf in your work, please bring it. She will have Japanese silver for the class to share. If you want your own pack of Japanese silver, then please let her know as soon as possible and she will order you a pack at a charge of $28 USD (50 leaves). This is not included in your materials fee.

    Japanese silver oxidizes beautifully. Copper does as well. Aluminum and gold do not, but they are beautiful in the work for a different effect. Imitation gold is fine. Please let her know. You can pay her in class, no need to send ahead of time.
  • A piece of premium felt (I prefer grey or black) approximately 36” square or larger from fabric store. A towel (any solid color) is fine too if you don’t want to own a “sumi” felt.
  • Smock and/or wear painting clothes
  • NTE HG-300D Mini Heat Gun
  • Optional Sumi and Suzuri if you have one of your own. She provides for the class to share.
  • A small spritz spray bottle
  • Scissors
  • 2 water containers (big plastic yogurt containers are good)
  • 1 cereal sized bowl (glass, ceramic preferred)
  • Optional-Soft brayer (if collaging) she like these brayers.
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Ruler
  • A sketch pad or sketch paper
  • 1 10 oz jar of Yasutomo Acid Free Nori paste
  • Wet sand paper (fine)- just a piece is fine
  • Steel wool (fine) – one piece is fine
  • Soft Pencil, eraser and any other natural colored drawing tools you wish to bring
Assorted Papers and Supports
  • 140 lb paper is good. Cold press or hot press fine. I like Arches, Lanaquarelle, Stonehenge, Rives BFK. Bring 4-8 sheets
  • Asian papers - sumi paper, kozo, Chinese Xuan, patterned papers, etc…https://www.dickblick.com/items/10468-1370/
  • Bring 4-6 sheets
  • Optional collage papers- anything is fine- keep to natural palette (blacks, browns, cream, white, metallic even if patterned).
Wood Panels- ideal sizes are 12” x 12” or 11” x 14”. You will be wrapping the paper around the panels and also can work right on the raw panels. Make sure they are not gessoed. The instructor like Blicks flat panels. https://www.dickblick.com/items/07044-1114/

Note: Some people labor over only 2-4 paintings and other make 10. Some like to work on two large pieces. Judge the amount of paper and panels accordingly. She prefer for you to have lots of paper to create with and 4-6 panels for mounting. 

It is best to bring natural panels that have not been gessoed. This way you have the choice to work on wood without paper. The panels we mount with paper can be gessoed in class. The ones you bring that are pre-gessoed can only be covered with paper as we do not work over a slick acrylic-gessoed surface. It is up to you if you want to work, square or rectangular.

Some people also bring their own handmade papers, fine art books, cardboard, etc. we can try to create on any natural surface.

Please bring some examples of your work to show the class. It can be on a jump drive, iPad, website or in print. We will have a show and tell the first day.

Please bring packing materials to safely transport your work home and please label your supplies.

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Refund Policy
Tuition is refundable for Adult and YFA (Youth Fine Arts) classes, minus a processing fee for each class dropped, only if the EAC Registrar is notified by or on the next working day after the first class has met. Workshop fees (minus a processing fee) are refundable up until one week prior to the program. 

If the Director of IT and Administration is notified at least one week prior to the scheduled start date, a processing fee of $50 is charged for dropping adult classes, YFA classes, or workshops costing $100 or more or a $25 processing fee is charged for dropping programs costing under $100. 

A processing fee equal to 50% of the tuition is charged for adult or YFA classes and camps that are dropped during the period from six days before the first class meets and the next working day after the first class has met (workshop fees are not refundable during this period). Please refer to the chart below. 

Students are responsible for notifying the Art Center Director of IT and Administration that they wish to drop a class or workshop; not attending class does not constitute an official withdrawal from courses or cancellation of tuition or fees. If you must drop a class or workshop after the deadline, no refunds will be given. 

There is no deferred, reduced or pro-rated tuition. Membership is non-refundable. There are no exceptions to the Evanston Art Center refund policy.

Refund Schedule for Dropped Classes or Workshops

Type Dropped 7 or more days before the 1st Session* Dropped between 6 days before the 1st Session & the 1st Working day after the 1st Session Dropped after the 1st Working day after the 1st Session*
Adult & YFA Classes & Camps Tuition refunded minus $50 processing fee** Tuition is refunded minus a processing fee equal to 50% of the Tuition No Refund or Credit
Workshops costing $100 or more Tuition refunded minus $50 processing fee** No Refund or Credit No refund or credit
Workshops under $100 Tuition refunded minus $25 processing fee** No Refund or Credit No Refund or Credit

*The first session is defined as the first day a class or workshop meets (not the first class or workshop attended).  

**To avoid paying the processing fee, students may elect to receive a full tuition credit for classes or workshops dropped seven days or more before the first session. Tuition credit will expire one year from the date the class or workshop is dropped and must be used in full for EAC class and/or workshop tuition. After the credit is redeemed, no further refund options will be available. 

Tuition credits are not redeemable for cash under any circumstances. Credits may be transferred to another individual only with written notice.

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