Workshop - Painting for Self-Expression with Jessica Kovan

  • 19 Sep 2019
  • 21 Sep 2019
  • 3 sessions
  • 19 Sep 2019, 10:00 AM 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • 20 Sep 2019, 10:00 AM 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • 21 Sep 2019, 10:00 AM 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • Petoskey/Mackinac Room
  • 13


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Create for the Soul

Jessica Kovan will encourage and challenge participants to find their own personal language in their paintings. The workshop will focus on learning to create strong conceptual work by communicating personal vision/feelings/emotions/concepts in your paintings. Explore how to expand the creative possibilities through mixed media techniques including working with everything from gesso, acrylics, collage, inks, photo transfer and mark making tools.

Painting for Self-Expression will focus on inspiring individual expression, creating backgrounds that tell a story, and creating mood and emotion in your painting. Discussion will be given to the importance of shape, line, color and texture all working together to communicate a concept. Through demonstrations, candid conversation and individual time Jessica will share her painting style and the versatility of working with acrylics and mixed media.

Jessica paints from the heart and shares that passion with her students. She believes in having fun, taking risks and her personal mantra is “go with the flow.” Each day will include group instruction, personal attention, individual feedback and painting time. Come ready to choose your own focus, experiment, work deeply, learn and share.

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10:00 - 3:30 each day Painting for Self-Expression (3 sessions)
12:00 - 1:00 each day

Buffet Lunch provided in Thornapple Room

(included in workshop fee)

Supply List - Click for printable PDF

Acrylic paints, matt and/or gloss medium

Journal or sketch pad and papers to write on

Brushes, brayers, whatever tools you use



Collage material if you work in collage

Drawing tools such as graphite, pastels, etc.

Paper towel

Spray bottle for water

Container for water

Substrate - paper, canvas, or wood panels (whatever you like best)

Works in process to cut up or drastically change

About Jessica

My overall teaching philosophy is to help students enjoy the process of making art.  As an adult educator, I believe art is an individual journey. Creativity should be personal, playful, and insightful. I want to help students both experience the journey and find their own way while remaining open to the learning process.


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