Paint Free Class


Free: (adjective)

being without hindrance or constraint; released from burdens or worry; not blocked or impeded; generous in spirit.

PAINT+FREE= your own UNIQUE style

I receive numerous emails from artists who are struggling to find their own unique style.  They take lots of classes, but cannot seem to break away into something that is uniquely their own.  We get so caught up in gaining knowledge that we forget that we are the boss, the creator of our own work. If you look through the internet you find so much art that all looks the same.  As a painter, how do you find your own style? For some people, it comes naturally.  But, for others we seem to be influenced by classes we taken or other artists that we admire.  You almost become a sponge soaking it all in, unable to produce any work that doesn't reflect someone else's work in some way.  This class is designed to share with you techniques that I have learned over the years to help you paint with more freedom.  You'll discover how to mentally, emotionally and creatively let go, as well as the actual painting techniques to accelerate your progress.

Work at your own pace, you always have forever access to the class and videos.

Paint Free is divided into weekly lessons.  It's a process and shouldn't be rushed.  But, please work at your own pace.  Here's what we cover each week:

Week One: Finding your own unique inspiration. How to go beyond "It's all been done before" and create meaningful, heartfelt paintings. Discovering your own painting approach. Getting comfortable with the art supplies you already have, and how to use them to their full potential.

Week Two: Unblocking and learning to let go. Clearing your mind to paint without limitations. Creating your own unique personal color palette. Trusting yourself and obliterating your inner critic. Learning that technique follows creativity.

Week Three: How your emotions can have positive or negative effects on your painting.  Getting over the feeling of not being good enough, or comparing ourselves to others. Learning simple composition strategies to ensure a balanced successful painting.

Week Four: Dealing with time management. Using doodles to create brilliant, unique paintings.  How to become "unstuck" when you are at a loss for ideas. Technical artistic mediums and techniques to take your work to another level.

Week Five: Recycling old work into new work. Keeping collage work fresh and exciting, instead of just objects stuck to a painting.  Questioning our need to use additional collage elements in paintings, and how it can serve as a crutch. Additional technical art techniques to take your work to the next level. 

Week Six: Bringing it all together.  Combining your old style of painting with your new style.  How to incorporate new learned techniques into your work without losing your own unique style.  Recap, summary and closing inspiration.

This class is for artists of all levels.  If you haven't painted in 20 years, are just starting out, or paint every day and feel you'd like to change your style and loosen's for all levels.

Here are some reviews of the class from past students:
This is from Carrie from Carrie's Art and Soul:
Paint Free has helped me with exactly what I was struggling with as an artist--finding my own style and ability to come up with my own original ideas.  I'm very good at copying other people's work but was afraid and unsure of how to take the next step.  This class has given me the skills and confidence I need as an artist to make art that is truly my own.
The exercises throughout the class simultaneously combine art techniques with self-reflection that merge to create meaningful and artwork that only you can create based on your past experiences, energy and perspective.  I finally have realized that I need to stop comparing myself to other artists because what I offer is unique and valuable as an artist and individual.
I have also benefited from Wyanne's vast knowledge of other prominent artists.  The videos and artwork she shares is extremely helpful in learning techniques with other artists to incorporate into my own artwork in my own way without having to copy their art.
Additionally, I really appreciate the small class size.  I've taken online art classes before where the instructor lets so many people in the class that it is impossible to connect with other class members.  Wyanne respects the need for us to go through this together and offer support to one another without feeling overwhelmed by the class size or amount of content being shared.
This has by far been my favorite and most worthwhile art class I have taken on so many levels.  I feel that I am challenged as an artist, enjoy the assignments (I love Wyanne's ideas!), and feel that I am growing as an artist and learning the skills I need to continue to grow after the class has ended.  Thanks, Wyanne, for all your help and sharing your knowledge, wisdom and experience with me.

And Christine Krauss from San Diego wrote:

The gears are clicking into place and for the first time in my artistic
life my heart feels like it is soaring above the earth.  THAT is how 
free I feel now and it is from your words Wyanne! How powerful they 
have been for me!   Of course the lessons and words all tie in, 
but it is your words that have made such an imprint on my heart 
and mind and artistic soul.   In fact as I read the assignment 
you posted today (Friday) all I could think about was the fact that I 
felt I was finished with the class.  You had given me what I had been 
searching for years for... already!  The key had been handed to me 
that unlocked that golden door!  I no longer feel I need anything 
except some brushes and some canvas or wood or whatever to express my 
heart and soul!   Jeez, I would paint on the walls of the house or 
my shoes  or the dogs if I didn't have anything at this point! lol  
You have given me the ultimate I could have asked for and that was 
the knowledge of what it means to be an artist.  It extends to 
anything I might want to create and it was your own personal journey 
and sharing that so openly and honestly that gave me that magical key! 
My hope is that everyone else got a magical key as well Wyanne 
because no drug on earth could give you a high like I am feeling 
right at this moment in time! 
With love and SO MUCH gratitude,

Christine Krauss
Painting free forever!= 

Donna Heart - Australia

Kim Ellery - USA

Renée Gardner - USA

Christine Krauss - USA

Connie Foster Bissell - USA

Jane Davenport - Australia

Mandy Kopelke - USA

Must Have Supply list:
inexpensive kid's crayon set
acrylic paints in a variety of colors (can be artist tube acrylics or craft bottle acrylics)
paint brushes
your choice of canvas, wood or paper to paint on
your choice of a Clear Acrylic Gel or Clear Gesso* such as Golden Soft Gels, Golden Self Leveling Gel*, Tri Art Self Leveling, Mod Podge)
your choice of Molding/Modeling Paste or Heavy Gel*, heavy gesso(different companies call it different names, Golden Molding paste or Liquitex Modeling Paste)
spray water bottle

Items with an * are actually used in video demonstrations. Others brand names listed above are alternative suggestions.

As an artist, everyone has their own set of additional supplies that they like to use that might make their work more uniquely their own. Wyanne will be using some of the supplies listed below in the video demonstrations, but they are not required to complete the class. It is subject to your own style and personal taste.

Nice to Have, but not totally necessary list:
waterproof or water resistant pens and markers (any marker or pen that will not smear when painted over with water)
collage paper
rubber stamps
meaningful found objects if you like to collage
various other art supplies that are subject to your own style and taste levels such as glitter, found objects, beads, rhinestones, etc
dimensional paint ( like Tulip brand purchased at craft stores or walmart)

Past students of Wyanne's classes always get a discount! Please select past student or new student in the options.

New Student - $68
Past Student - $56

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