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2nd Saturday: Impasto Inspired Texture Painting

Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

Venue: Art & Education Studios


* This is either a "ticketless" free event, or an event where free tickets are handed out at the door — simply show up and enjoy. Early arrival is STRONGLY recommended as seats fill up quickly. Learn more...


Taking inspiration from Convergence/Convergencia artist, Dennis Ellman, this 2nd Saturday lesson will teach you techniques based on impasto painting, using affordable materials.


Dennis Ellman, Puzzling Landscape, 2018, Acrylic & modeling paste on canvas, 24 x 24


Impasto is a technique used in painting, where paint is

laid on an area of the surface in very thick layers, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture; the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.

Ellman’s work is based in the rich and full textures and colors of life, and relishes the discovery of new ways to portray elements of life with various textural mediums and new color combinations.

Sunflower Impasto example from Center Teaching Artist, Nancy Robinson

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2nd Saturday is a free event, but donations are appreciated. There are two, 1-hour classes available at 10am and 11:15am. Space is limited and seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Lessons take place in Studio 2. For easy access, park near the Boys & Girls Club in the public parking lot off of Woodward Ave. and N. Escondido Blvd., and enter the studio hallway near the Grape Day Park entrance by the Escondido Historical Train Depot.

Enjoy the museum exhibition for free before or after your art lesson.


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