Monday, February 14, 2011

So You Think You Can Paint? Yes, You Can!

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Donna Zieky

Saturday, April 16th 2011 : 2-4pm

For beginning artists or creative individuals looking to learn more about art, artist Donna Zieky will lead a fun and informative no-pressure painting workshop at Left Bank Gallery Essex on Saturday, April 16th from 2-4pm. This creative workshop will cover basic acrylic painting techniques and applications, and will offer insight into the medium that will open your eyes to a broad range of possibilities. Learn tips and pointers about painting, including form, composition and color in order to express your creativity. Guided by the artist, attendees will explore the potential of acrylic painting and create their own masterpieces to take home and show-off to friends and family.

Donna Zieky is a resident of East Hampton, CT. Her artwork ranges from exciting landscapes to brilliantly colored abstracts done in oils or acrylics. Her florals and landscapes originate from her love of nature, gardening and the outdoors. She is inspired by Connecticut’s varied geography, stating that, “It is so wonderful to have such beauty in your own backyard.” Imagination, innovation, and creativity are the driving forces behind her fun and vibrant work. Donna is excited by color, movement and texture, and strives to imbue in her paintings, a feeling of overall happiness and joyous emotion. Donna Zieky’s artwork has been exhibited in many juried shows in Essex, Lyme, West Hartford and Glastonbury. She is an elected member of Essex Art Association; and won an award from EAA for Best Technique in 2009. In 2007, she won First Place for a painting at the Glastonbury on the Green Art Show. Zieky is a member of many artist leagues and associations throughout the state and exhibits her work at Left Bank Gallery Essex.

“So You Think You Can Paint? Yes, You Can!” Acrylic Painting Workshop with Donna Zeiky is a free public event suitable for adults and teens. No experience is necessary. Painting supplies and material will be donated by Jerry’s Artarama of West Hartford, CT. To register, please contact the gallery no later than April 14th at or by calling 860.767.0449.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Color Theory Workshop!

Color Theory Workshop with Aleta Gudelski
Sunday, March 6th from 2-4pm

Explore the physical properties of color with artist and teacher Aleta Gudelski at a Color Theory Workshop at Left Bank Gallery Essex on Sunday, March 6th from 2-4pm. For beginners and advanced artists, this crash course will cover a broad spectrum of basic color mixing techniques and tricks of the trade. Aleta will demonstrate a variety of color mixing methods in watercolor and acrylic. Attendees will mix paint to explore hue, value, intensity and temperature. Whether you paint landscapes, still lifes, or portraits, this informative lesson will teach you how to master warm and cool primaries, neutral and chromatic greys, and flesh tones in order to create sophisticated and rich palettes. The workshop will cover color relativity and optical color mixing. Learn how the Impressionists juxtaposed color to create stunning optical effects. Utilize the color wheel to maximize the visual impact of your paintings by selecting the perfect color scheme to suit your compositions. Uncover strategies to brighten up your canvas and avoid mixing “mud”.

Aleta Gudelski is a resident of Durham, CT. She holds a BS in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University, a MALS from Wesleyan University, and a Post-Baccalaureate degree from Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. She has taught painting, drawing, and design at secondary and college levels for several years. Her artwork has been included in juried group shows and gallery exhibitions throughout Connecticut. View her latest paintings at Left Bank Gallery Essex.

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