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Sara Post

Sara Post

Sara Post

Sara Post

Sara Post

Sara Post

Instructor: Sara Post

August 3–5, 2018 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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


This workshop offers new directions for oil painters who want to experiment with materials and techniques. At the same time we’ll focus on personal sources of inspiration to gain a better understanding of why we make what we make and how we may express that inspiration most truly.

We’ll use oil paint, cold wax, pigment sticks, graphite, solvents and powdered pigments, applied with unconventional tools: brayers, palette knives, wide brushes, scrapers, incising tools and handmade stencils to develop textures, lines, marks and color fields. Working in layers by adding and subtracting materials, makes each artist a change agent, working with processes that mirror deposition and erosion found in nature. Exploratory exercises nurture each student’s personal art language. Applying that language to multiple pieces during the workshop, allows students to create a small body of work.

PowerPoint presentations and discussions of contemporary painting supply creative groundwork. Individual feedback helps each student develop ideas for both work in class and continuing practice in his/her own studio.


SARA POST’s paintings combine the richness of oil and wax layers with lively pigment stick and graphite drawing elements. Her studio, Art 26, in downtown Davis, CA, is known for innovative exhibits of abstract art as well as being a center for the creation and teaching of abstract painting and drawing.

Paint is a transformational material – combined with the translucence of wax it makes a beautiful medium for recording and communicating experience. Abstraction creates space to see and feel the big picture.

Sara studied painting at Southern Methodist University and earned a Master’s degree in ceramics from Northern Arizona University. She has been a practicing artist since 1981, winning national acclaim for her glaze painted ceramic wall works. She began working with oil and cold wax mixed media in 2010, studying with Rebecca Crowell and Lisa Pressman. Her award-winning mixed media abstract painting is currently exhibited in California, Massachusetts and New York. Post is a painting instructor at the Davis Arts Center, a curator for the Davis Arts Center’s Tsao Gallery and for The Artery, a co- operative gallery in Davis, California.

“I consider teaching an integral part of my art practice and look forward to classes and workshops to see what may develop for students in terms of technique and imaginative exploration.”

— Sara Post

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

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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.

Instructor materials fee: $15

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