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  • Instructor:  Melinda Cootsona
  • Dates:  September 22-24, 2020
  • Materials:  Listed on Registration Page
  • Cost – $559

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Do you have moments of complete frustration with your work? We all do.

In this course Melinda will help you to embrace those moments and learn to work with the idea of Chaos and ‘The Uglies’ in your paintings for as long as possible in order to achieve rich work with history and lasting interest.  We will look at the Elements of Design to give you some concrete ideas in abstraction that can help a painting move forward. These Elements, mixed with several Approaches to Figurative Abstraction will spark your creativity and give you lots to work on going forward. Join Melinda Cootsona in this fast-paced workshop as we learn to “Stay in the Play” to find our most authentic work.  This workshop is for intermediate to advanced level students. Oil paint or Acrylic paint is acceptable. Some cold wax techniques (for oil painters) will be discussed, however, this is not a cold wax specific course.


Workshop Schedule:


Tuesday, Day 1:

  • 9:30 – 4:00 - Workshop
    • We will break for lunch.  There are many wonderful eateries within walking distance.  I hope to have us all eat together at least one of the three days!


Wednesday, Day 2:

  • 9:30 – 4:00 - Workshop
    • We will break for lunch halfway through.


Thursday, Day 3:

  • 9:30 – 4:00 - Workshop
    • We will break for lunch halfway through.

Registration is Open!

September 22-24, 2020

Payment Plan Available Upon Request


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Melinda Cootsona is a figurative painter in Northern California. Greatly influenced by the Bay Area artistic tradition, her paintings focus on the strength of the female figure. The paintings are created with layers of oil paint, applied and then scraped away revealing figures that fill the canvas in varying poses of contemplation or reflection in abstracted surroundings. Whether in a soft or harsh surrounding, the strength of the female figure is primary.

Melinda has been included in exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Triton Museum in California, The San Francisco Art Market, The Coos Bay Museum of Art in Oregon, and Art Basel Miami, as well as many group and solo shows throughout the U.S.

Cootsona received her BA from the California College of the Arts. Her work can be found in collections in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China.



Studio Information:


Studio Location:

Class will be live via ZOOM from Angus' personal studio.


Workshop Policies: Due to limited class size, payment is non-refundable, but is transferable ONLY if the workshop sells out. If you purchase a workshop and are unable to attend, AND if there is a wait list for the course, we will offer your spot to a person on the wait list. If someone on the wait list is able to take your spot, we will reimburse you your tuition, minus a $75 admin fee for handling the replacement.  If you are unable to attend the workshop, and the workshop has not sold out with a wait list, we will not be able to refund your purchase.


Cancellations: If the event does not reach the minimum number of participants, workshop may be cancelled. In the very rare event of an emergency or unavoidable natural disaster or act of God, the class may be cancelled. If this is to happen, all purchased workshops will be reimbursed to students in full.  


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