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Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Instructor: Erin Dertner
November 3–4, 2018 (Saturday–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


Oils are sumptuous and forgivable and you will enjoy this two-day workshop because of Erin’s knee jerk approach. She will start each day with a short demo where she lays in the darks first, establishing the ‘armature’ of the painting. Shapes, Values and Edges will be stressed and she will help you “discover” new colors in the landscape. This will be a combination brush and palette knife class with the initial lay in done with a brush and embellishments added with a knife. Erin will provide one-on-one interaction throughout the day at each student’s easel and if time allows, a short show and tell will take place as the class concludes.


Born in 1957, ERIN DERTNER’s career began under her mother’s tutelage and has continued through the summer workshop format over the past 32 years with the Mendocino Art Center being her first. She has also enjoyed many teaching opportunities both here and abroad and watercolors, oils and acrylics have all made their way into her satchel. Her current focus is light infused impressionistic oil landscapes when she can portray the cool shadows of the early morning or those that fall long and warm in the evening. Many of her pieces have been accepted and awarded in a variety of juried exhibitions over the years, and she has a keen eye for choosing award winning paintings when called upon to judge art competitions. She has been exhibiting in galleries for the past 30 years and original works are represented in Mendocino, Carmel, St. Helena, Ojai, Sacramento, Lahaina and Boulder, as well as in her own gallery and frame shop in Fort Bragg, and is also widely used on a variety of gift items from woven wall tapestries to serving trays and note cards. According to Erin, “There is no better life than to study the world with paintbrush in hand and a heart full of love and gratitude.”

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Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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