Saturday, January 21, 2012

Acrylic Painting and Mixed Media Art Classes

Meet Therese Tucker, the Acrylic Painting and Mixed Media Art Instructor at our Bonney Lake store.

Tucker, a local actress, recently moved back to Washington state with her husband and their daughter, an energetic little girl whom Tucker says keeps her on her toes. New York, the place where she met her husband, has been her home for the last ten years.

Creating art has always been a passion of Tucker's, in which she has expressed through dancing, acting, painting, and even working as a make-up artist. Tucker also enjoys jewelry making and creating fun softies. 

How long have you been painting and creating mixed media art?
I have been drawing and painting from the time I could pick up a pencil...or get into my mom's make-up bag! Three years ago is when I started making jewelry, which lead me to open my own Etsy shop. Making softies started when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I wanted to be able to make her lovely, silly toys that had sentimental value.

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How did you get started in painting and mixed media?

It came naturally, to me. I have used drawing and painting as a method for expressing myself at an early age. My foray into mixed media has been a long journey and was born from my frustration that just a pencil or paint alone could not represent what I was trying to express.

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How did you develop your skills?

Experimenting and making mistakes -- it is my philosophy.

What do you enjoy the most about painting and mixed media?

To quote Bob Ross, "happy little mistakes." I love the beauty that comes from what you didn't expect to happen.
What do you love most about teaching painting and mixed media to others? How does it make you feel?
I love watching my students have the "AHA!" moment. I meet a lot of people who feel intimidated by the idea of mixed media art. Some of them are worried they are just making a mess. That's when I get them to stand back and see their art. Then, they realize they have just created something unique and beautiful. My students inspire me all the time. I find that I learn new things from them, as well. It's very exciting!

What can you say to those that are just beginning?

Art is not about knowing how do to it -- it's about the willingness to explore and express yourself.

What words of inspiration would you like to share?

I'd like to end this with a quote by Albert Einstein: "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

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Want to learn how to paint with acrylics or create mixed media art? Tucker also offers acrylic painting classes for kids. You can register for any one of her classes here or in store.

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