Jennifer Mercede – Expressive Painting

Duration of Class: Two Days (12 Hours) // Medium: Drawing + Painting // Skill Level: All


In this expressive painting & drawing class, we will begin with mark making exercises to get you creating outside the box. Through various guided activities, we will practice letting go of the outcome. Learn to be expressive with your strokes. Experiment and let your intuition guide your artistic choices as we create abstract paintings on wood in a safe, encouraging environment. In this class you have permission to play.

Both of my classes will be unique experiences, with a few overlapping ideas and activities. If you are so inclined, feel free to take Doodle Draw as well as Expressive Painting. The fundamentals from day one will be a great resource for the layering techniques explored on day two, though definitely not necessary.

Please note:
I work and teach very organically, so be prepared to go with the flow!
My classes focus on process. While you may walk away with a piece of art ready to hang on your wall, you may also walk away with a few pieces started & ready to inspire many more hours of creating.


In this two-day class you can expect to:
• paint a lot
• paint fast
• create layers
• make large brushstrokes
• use text
• get messy
• use your other hand
• be blindfolded
• doodle/ scribble
• experiment with color
• get yourself to:
– loosen up
– let go
– get out of your comfort zone
– have fun


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Day 2 - 3 (9/29/18 - 9/30/18)

Class Size

Min # of students: 5
Max # of students: 20

Supply List

Please make use of what you have, no need to run out to the store and buy all new stuff. Check with me if you have any questions!
  • At least 6–8 colors of acrylic paint (any brand). Make sure you bring your favorite variation of yellow, blue, red, and white.
  • Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Scraping tool (like a palette knife or old credit card)
  • Painting clothes/smock
  • Cheap medium sized sketchbook (we will be making many quick drawings & journaling throughout the day. If you have an old and cheap sketchbook, that would be best. A handful of computer paper will work just as well.)
  • Rags
  • Kit Fee: $20 per student (payable to instructor at class time) for necessary drawing surface & some of Jennifer’s favorite drawing tools
I encourage sharing materials in my class. I will be bringing some of mine to share. While it is definitely not expected, it is fun to provide the opportunity for each other to try something new. You might just discover your new favorite tool!

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