Creative Community Series – The Portrait in Mixed Media with Kate Thompson

April 27, 2016 10:00 am @ 10:00 AM – April 28, 2016 4:00 pm @ 4:00 PM
City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center

Two-day Course, April 27 & April 28
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days
At the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
$225 Class Fee, and a deposit of $100 is required.
To register or for more information contact Michele Tuccini at 906-250-7364 or

This class will start with foundational aspects of portrait painting including defining the planes of the face. Sketches will include face front view, 3/4 view and profile. A charcoal value study will show how light affects the face. Templates will be available to assist your drawing if needed. Paintings will be created in a variety of mediums including acrylics, inks, wateroolors, pastels and more. Substrates can be canvas or canvas board, watercolor paper, or wood panels in an 8×10 or 11×14 size.

Kate Thompson Artist Statement from

My work as a fiber artist working with fabric and fiber to create abstract 3-dimensional forms was my focus for many years. I started painting full time in 2009 focusing on portrait/figure work painting in acrylics, watercolors and mixed media. Fractured Angels is the continuous thread throughout my work. My art parallels my spiritual journey and I identify with the flawed, cracked and fractured human yearning for peace and fulfillment. The older I get the stronger the pull to explore and express this theme in my work.

Along the way I discovered I loved teaching. I find the creative process so incredibly interesting. My energy lies in that process and to share that with others has been the most fulfilling role of my life. The spiritual nature of the creative process is something that I think about a lot. The idea of constant practicing of my craft along with allowing myself to let go in moments of creating is the key to authentic art.

The Creative Community Series is made possible by grant funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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