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Rebecca Wild: Small Art, Big Ideas (2-day workshop)

  • Edina Art Center 4701 West 64th Street Edina, MN 55435 (map)

Registration for workshops opens 8 weeks in advance of the workshop. Cost of the workshop is $145 with a $15 supply fee to be collected the first day of the workshop.

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Workshop is from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days (Saturday and Sunday). The doors will open at 9:00am. Please pack a lunch on both days; refrigerator space is available at the art center.

This idea-packed workshop will introduce you to new techniques that integrate art and words. Working on small format paper, 7” x 7”, combine drawing materials, acrylics and hand cut stencils with handwriting (no matter how readable) to create a series of richly layered, meaning-full pieces. All the user-friendly methods link together to allow endless possibility for individual expression and enable you to add greater depth to your art. You will complete the class with a stunning series that is luminous in both surface as well as personal reflection, a set of detailed instructions and a hand-built portfolio to house your “small art.”



About Rebecca Wild

Rebecca Wild is an artist and calligrapher from Port Townsend, Washington. Her work pairs a love of letter forms with the luminous qualities of drawing materials and paint. She is greatly influenced by nature and the marine environment where she lives. Originally from West Virginia, she has a B.A. in studio art. She was a calligraphy and art instructor in Portland, Oregon for 25 years and now teaches workshops for guilds and art centers throughout the West Coast. Rebecca is an enthusiastic and organized instructor whose emphasis on process and technique is infused with creativity and encouragement. She strives to help beginners feel successful and to give established artists fresh ideas. Her goal is to make the making of art accessible to everyone.

Supply list

Words and texts that inspire you and that you will use in your art. 

Several images or silhouettes that relate to the texts you are bringing.  Try to choose images that aren’t very complex such as organic shapes, geometrics, leaves, etc. We will cut simple stencils based on these forms. Bring images no bigger than 3” x 4”. (Coloring books can be good sources) 

Scrap paper 10 sheets (8 ½ x 11 is fine) This can be used copy paper not printed on one side.

½ sheet of Canson mi-teintes paper any color (will be made into a portfolio)

4H, 2B, 6B pencils (or similar variety of graphite pencils) (Not water-soluble kind.)

Be thinking of color palettes that appeal to you and choose pencils and pastels accordingly

A small set of Prismacolor Artist’s Quality colored pencils (or similar) or 2 warm and 2 cool colors of Prismacolor colored pencils (or similar). We will be layering on top of these with water-based media so avoid watercolor pencils. 

Pencil sharpener

Soft Chalk Pastels not oil pastels. Choose 3-6 colors of your choice. Choose deep hues that are saturated with color. Avoid pale hues. Pan pastels are expensive but well worth it.  A small set of Alpha Color Pastels or Mungyo brands work well. Avoid Nupastel brand. (Rebecca will bring extra pastels to share)

¼ -½ sheet of sandpaper 220 or finer. This will be for grinding stick pastels. 

Tuff Stuff eraser or Tombo Mono Zero Eraser or General's Factis Mechanical Eraser or Pentel Click Eraser if you can’t find one of the other 3 (they are the fine tip white erasers that are housed in a retractable case). My favorite is Tombo Mono Zero) 

Staedtler Mars White Plastic eraser

Kneaded eraser

A flat, water color or acrylic brush approximately 1” or bigger. Will be used with acrylic paint. Should be soft bristles. I like the Dick Blick Scholastic Wonder White Flat or Bright #20.  Serial #05380-1020. 

Pointed brushes, bring a variety of small to medium sizes (also known as round brushes). They will be used with acrylics. 

Water jar

8 oz bottle of Golden brand Matte Medium (you will use less than 1/3 of this so you might consider splitting) 

Small scrap of a soft, fine weave cotton rag (old t-shirt is especially good)  

Towel or rag for wiping brushes

Sharp x–acto knife #11 or #16 with extra blades (or similar) 

(Self-healing) plastic cutting board any size 

Roll of Scotch Magic Tape ¾” green label (must be this brand, size and kind) Do not buy blue label removeable.

Roll of (approximately) 1”or wider yellow Frog Tape for Delicate Surface or regular blue painters tape (not the super lock blue)

Metal ruler with cork backing or a cheap wooden ruler with a metal edge

Paper sack to use as a garbage can

OPTIONAL: These may add to your classroom experience. Bring if you already own.
Waterproof black pen
Lettering/calligraphy/mark making tools that can be used with acrylics
A hair dryer.  
An assortment of pointed and flat brushes that can be used with acrylics
Drafting brush
Small sharp scissors 
Acrylic pens or ink
If using Pan Pastels bring applicator tools
Acrylic markers
A pipette or small water bottle or dropper for mixing paint
Paint palette with wells for mixing color 
An embossing stylus

$15 supply fee will cover:
Strathmore 500 paper
Wax paper
Contact paper
Tracing paper
Instruction sheets
Pastel and graphite applicators
Powdered graphite and containers
Acrylic paint and medium
Bottles for Matte Medium
Fun foam for embossing
Glue sticks
Fluid acrylic paints
Acrylic markers for sharing 
Color wheels for sharing
Additional pastels for sharing
Stencil brushes for sharing
China markers for sharing

Earlier Event: October 18
Letter Stories with Rebecca Wild
Later Event: November 16
Inspiration Stations With Wet Paint