Text and Texture: Embedding Words into Art
Text and Texture: Embedding Words into Art
Text and Texture: Embedding Words into Art
Text and Texture: Embedding Words into Art
Text and Texture: Embedding Words into Art

Text and Texture: Embedding Words into Art

OCTOBER 26 & 27

Regular price $287.00
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Course Fee: $275
Non-refundable Materials Fee: $12

TIME: 10:00AM – 4:00PM PDT
LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
AGE GROUP: Adult (ages 18+)
LOCATION: Building 324C, Fort Worden, Port Townsend

Explore new techniques that will transform words into art. We will examine two twentieth-century visual artists whose work incorporates text and text-like elements. Through a series of exercises based on masterworks by Cy Twombly and Mark Tobey, we will combine drawing materials and paint to create richly layered, small pieces that fuse text, texture and color. This process will enable you to add greater depth, meaning, and possibility to your artistic practice. You will complete the class with an appreciation for two influential artists, new ways of working, fresh ideas and a hand-constructed portfolio to house your own word art.

Many supplies and materials are provided with the materials fee.

Students should bring:

  • Words that inspire you.
  • 4H, 2B, 6B pencils (or any similar variety of graphite pencils that you have), not water-soluble kind.
  • White Prismacolor brand pencil.
  • Pencil sharpener (there is also one in the classroom).
  • Staedtler white eraser.
  • Kneaded eraser.
  • Tombow Mono Zero eraser or General's Factis Mechanical Eraser.
  • Water dropper (eye dropper, pipette, small bottle, etc) for mixing paint.
  • Water jar.
  • Dick Blick Scholastic Wonder White Brush-Flat #20 or #24 (serial #05380-1020 or #05380-1024), or a similar brush. It doesn’t need to have a long handle but needs soft, smooth, flat, white bristles, 1 inch or wider. Will be used with acrylic paint.
  • Two small, pointed brushes size 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4. Bring any other pointed brushes that you own. These will be used for writing and mark making with acrylic paints.
  • Paint palette with wells.
  • Three or more colors of Pan Pastels. Get the deep saturated colors, do not buy any that say tint. These are soft pastels that come in a small plastic container.
  • Roll of Scotch Magic Tape 3⁄4” green label (must be this brand, size and kind). Do not buy blue label removable.
  • Roll of (approximately) 1” or wider yellow Frog Tape for delicate surface or regular blue painters tape (not the super lock blue).
  • Scrap of a soft, fine weave cotton rag (like an old t-shirt).
  • Rag for wiping brushes.
  • Metal ruler with cork backing.
  • A paper grocery sack for trash.

OPTIONAL: These may add to your classroom experience. Bring if you already own.

  • Lettering/calligraphy/mark making tools.
  • Hair dryer.
  • Apron.
  • Drafting brush.
  • Fine tip acrylic pens (Posca Brand .7 mm are great).
  • Prismacolor Artist’s Quality colored pencils (not watercolor pencils).
  • Look at the work of Mark Tobey and Cy Twombly.

After registration, course details are available via the Northwind Art School learning portal, including course syllabus and supply information. Learn more

Rebecca Wild is an artist and calligrapher from Port Townsend, Washington. Her work pairs a love of letter forms with the luminous qualities of drawing materials and paint. She was a calligraphy and art instructor in Portland, Oregon for 25 years and now teaches workshops for art centers and guilds throughout the West Coast. Rebecca is an enthusiastic and organized instructor whose emphasis on process and technique is infused with creativity and encouragement. She strives to help beginners feel successful and to give established artists fresh ideas. Her goal is to make the making of art accessible to everyone.

Artist website: Rebecca Wild

This course is eligible for a 10% member discount at the Supporter level and beyond. 
Get a membership today!

Don's Pharmacy offers Northwind Art School students a 10% discount on art supplies.

If Northwind Art has to cancel a course for any reason, all enrolled students will receive a 100% refund (including any materials fee).

Students who withdraw from a course at least seven days prior to its first meeting will receive a 90% refund (less any materials fee).

Students withdrawing fewer than seven days from the first day of class are not eligible for a refund except in the case of illness or injury, in which case they are eligible to receive a 40% refund (less any materials fee).

Please note that 10% of every course’s registration fee is considered to be a non-refundable deposit in cases of withdrawal to cover administrative overhead. All refunds will be applied to the same credit card that was used for enrollment. No credits or transfers will be granted. Please contact registrar@northwindart.org for more information.

Recently viewed