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Fine Art Department

Mark Eanes

Mark Eanes

Mark Eanes

Mark Eanes

Mark Eanes

Mark Eanes

Instructor: Mark Eanes
November 17–19, 2017 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10



”The attractiveness of art work. It is adventurous, strenuous and joyful!”

— Agnes Martin

The joy of working with collage and mixed media is how the process allows for experimentation, layering, and serendipitous orchestration of shape, color and pattern. Mark Eanes will provide students with in-depth instruction of color mixing, mark-making and strategies to create rich and harmonious designs that reflect each person’s unique creative voice.

Whether working from observation or abstractly there are three important concepts to explore:

Understanding Abstraction (freedom of representational qualities)
Exploration of Color (perception of color and understanding the role of hue, value, & saturation)
Creating good Design & Composition (balance, unity, hierarchy and simplicity)

The emphasis will be on the process over the product. Students will leave the workshop with several completed works of art, but more importantly, a renewed and enriched sense of adventure and confidence in how to tackle the blank surface.

Day one will involve students engaging in rigorous painting exercises, with a focus on composition, design, and devising personal strategies for understanding color. Color mixing and historical perspective will be an essential part of the work. Students will learn how to mix secondary and tertiary colors, split complimentary charts, as well as earth tones, skin tones, and a variety of grays, both warm and cool. Instructional texts will be discussed and recommended.

Day two will be devoted to pushing the work, requiring more time and layers of thought and activity. There will be many examples of other artists to view and discuss, and time will be devoted to personal critiques of students' work.

Day three we will explore other color mixing strategies+ exercises, and work on more advanced compositions. For those who wish to work from observation, additional projects and exercises will be presented.


MARK EANES is a painter, printmaker, photographer, curator, and educator who has spent the last 20 years living and working in Benicia, California. Eanes has shown his paintings throughout California as well as nationally and internationally. He has also had solo exhibitions at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, the Patricia Sweetow and Michael Dunev Galleries in San Francisco, Fairfield Center for the Arts, Dominican College in San Rafael, the Mill Valley Arts Commission Gallery, and the Hanford Center for the Arts.

Eanes' works have been included in shows at the Santa Clara Museum of Art, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art’s artist gallery, the Etra Gallery in Miami, the Ruth Bacofner Gallery in Los Angeles, and the San Paulo Biennale, among others.

Eanes' work is in numerous private and corporate collections, nationally and internationally.

Visit Mark Eanes' website

Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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