MIAD Student/Alumni Sale

Find unique holiday gifts this season at the 2015 Student/Alumni Art & Design Sale!

December 3 – 5

Thousands of edgy and elegant works by MIAD students and alumni, priced for beginning to experienced collectors. Proceeds benefit participating artists and designers.

Preview NightThursday, Dec. 3, 6 – 9 p.m., $20
Friday, Dec. 4, 5 – 9 p.m., Free
Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 – 5 p.m., Free
MIAD 4th Floor
273 East Erie Street, Milwaukee

New Methods in Acrylic Painting

Class held at:
The Museum of Wisconsin Art
205 Veterans Ave.
West Bend, WI 53095
262-334-9638 (Phone)

Saturday, December 5, 10:30am–3:30pm

Learn how to turn dull photographs into vibrant and colorful compositions by using acrylic painting techniques. Students will build images using painting knives, rollers, and rags.

Register by December 1

Materials included

Cost: $125

Register with MOWA by phone at: 262.247.2263 or online


Landscape Painting in Watercolor

Class held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Dr. Brookfield, WI

Tuesdays, Nov. 3 – 17
6:00 – 8:30 pm

This class will work from photographs to study the elements of landscape and how watercolor painting technique can be used to recreate a scene. We will work on how to achieve depth, atmosphere, and feeling in a landscape.

Cost: $65 ($55 for donors)
Supplies not included.

register by phone: 262.373.5023 or online

Forest Space 19

Abstract Watercolors

Held at the Cedarburg Cultural Center

Wednesdays, December 2 – 6: 6:00-8:00pm

Abstraction is a fun and unique way to work with watercolor.  We will briefly cover the basics of watercolor and then delve into experimental techniques that respond to the patterns, colors, and textures. Composition will be discussed along with ways to express oneself through the flow of water. Beginners are welcome! 

$59 Member/ $74 Non-Member Register by phone: 262.375.3676 or online

121 Tree Pattern Platform

Mixed Media Pastels with Beki Borman

 Held at the Cedarburg Cultural Center

Wednesdays, October 28, – 18: 6:00-8:00pm

Pastels are one of the most versatile mediums.  In this class we will take pastel drawing to the next level. Intricate under paintings, experimental techniques, layering, and more will be covered.  Learn to combine pastel with watercolor, pencil, acrylic, and more! Beginners welcome. 

$79 Member/ $98 Non-Member Register by phone: 262.375.3676 or online


Thoughts on Process


I recently taught a class, “Painting by Process” at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. The purpose of the class was to take students step by step through planning and execution. Often my students ask me in such classes, “Do you really work this way?” The truth is no, but I should. The class involves composition studies and value studies on the first day. The second day we do a study focusing on color. The last two sessions are spent executing a larger final painting. Each day also involves journaling with prompt questions. While this is not the only way to work- it is a beneficial one. Not all people are planners. I know I am not (at least when it comes to painting). Many painters are spontaneous and in the moment and I think that is important too. But at least once and a while it is important to slow down and plan. Even if it does not result in a masterpiece. The process will force you to think more critically about your art and that habit will carry over even when not intentionally utilized.



I am frequently asked about brushes. When I am teaching brushes are a fundamental component of painting but I use them in my studio rarely. I think many artists, especially those just beginning their painting journey, think that there is a perfect brush for every task. I tend to think that you can make most brushes do what you need (with a few exceptions). So I tend to not spend much time worrying about what number or hair type I have. Of course softer brushes are better for thin applications and blending, and stiff brushes are better for thick paint and texture. Big brushes are better for washes and small ones are better for detail. But I can get a filbert and a round to make pretty much the same marks, and a flat brush makes great lines. So there is a lot of overlap. You don’t need dozens of brushes. But maybe that’s just me. I work mostly with knives anyway. When I do use a brush, my all purpose favorite is a medium soft synthetic flat. Here are a few examples of my most used brushes (when I use brushes at all).