INTRO TO MIXED MEDIA Cactus Series with Anna Swanson
INTRO TO MIXED MEDIA Cactus Series with Anna Swanson
INTRO TO MIXED MEDIA Cactus Series with Anna Swanson
INTRO TO MIXED MEDIA Cactus Series with Anna Swanson

INTRO TO MIXED MEDIA Cactus Series with Anna Swanson


 Learn the basics of drawing, painting, and collage to create a colorful & floral cactus garden piece with artist Anna Swanson.

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4-Week Live Online Course: (8 hours of instruction)

  • August 29th - September 15th, every Saturday
  • 11am - 1pm CT

Over this 4-week course we will: 

  • Experiment with pencil and paper to sketch your design
  • Learn about different cactus plants and flowers you can draw/paint
  • Focus on drawing, planning, and choosing a color palette
  • Learn different brush use techniques and skills
  • Mix paint colors
  • And leave with a final project of painting a larger scale piece with acrylic paint.

Tuition covers:

  • Four sessions of 2-hour instruction, demo, and practice
  • Limited class size for hands-on instruction
  • All materials you will need during class, including paints, brushes, paper, canvas, and more.
  • Optional projects to work on at home to continue your practice in-between the times we meet

Who is this course suitable for?
Individuals who have little or no prior painting experience, or individuals who would like to relearn intro skills.

Week 1:
Discussion: Composition and balance, Types of cactus plants
Instruction: Intro to composition, balance, drawing, and sketching of cactus and flowers
Project: Sketch out the cactus design, flowers, and blooms on paper with

Week 2:
Discussion: Intro to design principles and how to determine your design
Instruction: Demonstration of drawing and sketching of cactus and flowers on canvas
Project: Draw out design on big canvas adding detail and background color.

Week 3:
Discussion: Color planning and mixing
Instruction: Create palettes on paper with paints
Project: Begin adding first layer of paint to the canvas

Week 4:
Discussion: Final tips and techniques, Details and layers
Instruction: Adding more layers, light and dark details, background color, and finishing details
Project: Guided instruction through final 20x20 painting on canvas

Materials List:
Sketch paper
Intro Brushes
20x20” canvas for final project 

About the Instructor:
Anna Swanson is an Austin based painter, elementary school art teacher, and mom. She received her BFA in fiber art & textiles and obtained her elementary art teacher certification. She is a stylist at heart, and loves teaching children's art in her art studio with her daughter, whom her business is named after. A small collection of her original pieces are at Austin Art Garage and Gallery, and prints of her work are on and Greenbox Art and Culture.