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Fine Art Department

Robert Burridge

Robert Burridge

Robert Burridge

Robert Burridge

Instructor: Robert Burridge
It's Like 4 Years of Art School!

August 6–10, 2018 (Monday–Friday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Robert Burridge will also be teaching:
Abstract Acrylic Painting and Collage – With an Emphasis on Collage... from Day One!, August 13–17

THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. To be placed on the waiting list, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Burridge’s popular “Loosen Up” workshops nurture individual success and personal enrichment with a big emphasis on daily painting projects at your own pace. It is stress-free, but be warned; you could end up with too much enthusiasm for painting. This Burridge flagship workshop offers a variety of painting subjects for everyone. Designed for the professional painter who is stuck in a style as well as for the novice who wants to conquer their fear of painting. Starting each day with multiple, small “warm-up painting exercises” and up to larger-format paintings, Burridge’s positive approach towards the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up, have fun again and paint more!

Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop where you will create many works of art using spontaneity for maximum effect. This workshop has become a must for artists who want the confidence and permission to paint the way they have always wanted to paint.

Students will take home preprinted notes of useful and need-to-know information.

Burridge’s newest color combination technique is also demonstrated. A positive attitude is a must!


ROBERT BURRIDGE, a noted international award-winning Industrial Designer who, after 25 years in the corporate world, has focused his life to painting everyday. He is a celebrated, contemporary painter, contributing author to artists’ magazines, college teacher and publisher of his own books, Loosen Up Workbook & Studio Notes and Hot Art Marketing. His instructional DVDs feature his popular “Loosen Up” techniques.

Burridge attributes his success to his education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, his stint as an adjunct professor at Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City and, in 1966, his Fluxus art performances with Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Jim McWilliams and Charlotte Moorman.

Burridge is much sought after as juror, speaker and workshop instructor, and is a featured artist-mentor for Master Workshops in France, Italy, Mexico, Bahamas, Guatemala and Cuba.

Burridge was commissioned to create 12 large abstract canvas paintings for the Hollywood movie Dean Quixote, a feature film produced by Victor Simpkins. Burridge’s Coffee Cup painting series was reproduced by Starbucks Coffee Company on thousands of cups as well as framed art prints. Williams-Sonoma stores carried his popular fruit and vegetable prints. His commercial successes now include eight paintings woven into large tapestries selling at national design centers.

Being a typical Gemini, Burridge’s painting themes can be put into two categories: His Good Life series emphasizes color, humor and good times. The other theme is his continued focus on contemporary Abstract Icons, Mythology and Metaphors.

Currently, his popular work hangs in the permanent collections of international embassies, corporate galleries, art colleges as well as television and entertainment personalities. His previous solo museum exhibitions received positive attention, so he was invited to exhibit his circus paintings at the Smithsonian Folklife Circus Arts Festival in Washington, DC.

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Current MAC Members: $585
Non-members: $650 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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