1 DAY WORKSHOP – Gilded Portraits with Laurie Johnson – Sunday, March 10th – 10am-4pm – Spring 2024


Sunday, March 10, 2024 — 1 Day Only!
Meets: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuition: 6 hours – $275.00
Level: Teens & Adults
Instructor: Laurie Johnson
Medium: Oil Paint

In this workshop students will create whimsical works of art by combining traditional oil painting tactics with gold leaf and decorative paper. We will use a simple 4 step process for creating a portrait and getting a good likeness. It’s all about value and smart color choices. We’ll be using the Zorn pallete for most of our painting which consists of only four tubes of paint. Color mixing and good color choices will be a focus in this class. Sometimes artists think that painting people can be overwhelming, but taking this course and following the steps will take away the intimidation of portraiture.

Required supplies for this program: All materials are included.

About Laurie:

At the age of 12, Laurie’s father introduced her to the wonderful world of drawing and painting by sending her to the Ogelbay Art Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was there that she became addicted to that wonderful smell of oil paints, wet watercolor paper and turpentine. “If I walk into a studio anywhere in the world, and smell those smells, I know I’m home and in the company of friends.”


She continued with her art studies through high school and college and moved to Scottsdale, AZ to study full time at the Scottsdale Artist School.


In 2006, Laurie traveled to Paris, France and moved into an apartment in the 1st arrondisement near the Louvre. When asked about her experience, Laurie said, “Everyday was a holiday. Weekday mornings, I walked down L’Avenue de Champs Elysees to attend “Immersion French” classes and then painted in the afternoons around Paris. The weekends were spent at the museums, especially the Musee D’Orsay.  Laurie had the unbelievable opportunity to paint in Monet’s Gardens for 10 Days through an Art Study Program!”


After returning to the states,  Laurie continued her studies at the Watts Atelier in Southern California.




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