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Fine Art Department

Arlene Reiss

Arlene Reiss

Arlene Reiss

Instructor: Arlene Reiss & Kate Donohue
August 17–18, 2019 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Alive in all of us is an intuitive flow of creativity and imagination, just waiting to be engaged and expressed. This two-day workshop invites both beginning and experienced artists to experiment with an Expressive Arts approach to painting that focuses on the process of painting rather than the product. Our approach invites the imagination to flow in abstract ways, rather than representational forms. You will receive much individual attention as we explore this process.

In this workshop you will be invited to experiment with a variety of media such as acrylic and/or watercolor, charcoal, and pencils. You will also be exposed to different arts through expressive arts methods to encourage and enhance your intuitive process. You may be surprised at your creativity and your ability to access your inner world. Your powerful paintings can result in meaningful personal insight and growth. A participant in a previous workshop said “I loved the hands on trying of the varied techniques and the excellent combination of talents of the instructors, it all contributed to a very exciting experience. I also appreciated not having to buy a lot of materials.”

Come join us for this exciting two days of Intuitive Painting. Returning participants are welcome as a way to deepen their experience.


One of the Grandmothers of Expressive Arts, KATE T. DONOHUE, Ph.D., REAT, is a licensed psychologist, registered expressive arts therapist, and teacher at many international universities and institutes. Kate is a cofounder of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Her passion for the arts stems from her deep love of indigenous visual arts and dance. She sponsors expressive arts cultural journeys to Ghana and India to explore the indigenous roots of expressive arts therapy.

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ARLENE REISS has been an exhibiting artist for over 40 years. Her work is abstract and intuitively based. She is a founding partner and currently exhibiting member of Partners Gallery in Fort Bragg, CA. She is also the Fine Art Coordinator of the Mendocino Art Center, and is a Board Member of Art Explorers, an art organization for developmentally disabled adults. Arlene leads workshops on Acrylic Abstract Painting as well as giving private classes and critiques.

Visit Arlene Reiss' website

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.

Instructor materials fee: $25

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$275: Non-member tuition price (includes a $45 registration fee)
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