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Fine Art Department

Jacqueline Sullivan

Jacqueline Sullivan

Jacqueline Sullivan

Jacqueline Sullivan

Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
August 24, 26 & 31 and September 2, 2020
(Mondays & Wednesdays, 10am–12pm PDT)

Structure of Class: 4 two-hour Zoom classes
All levels

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As Picasso said, “The Muse will find us working.” What is our Muse? Webster says Muse means a person – especially a woman – who is a source of artistic inspiration. In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. This class will explore the idea that the “Muse finds you working.”

We will work on a series of small abstract paintings on paper, we will work quickly for the first part of class, cranking out a small series of paintings in various timed exercises. Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. The speed of working will force us into working intuitively without putting too much thought into the work. Each series will develop from a given theme or technique that the instructor will present before the series is started.

To some, working quickly and intuitively can be intimidating. But working this way, without the pressure of producing a finished work can often free up the creative muse and break throughs will happen. Working in series gives your art practice focus and momentum; rather than face the blank canvas with too many possibilities to choose from, the parameters of a series create clarity of a starting point. Get un-stuck by working in multiples. The class is open to all levels and instructor will work individually with students at their level.

This is a home workshop with online video support and chatroom class discussions. For each lesson, students are supplied with tutorials, and online video demonstrations to successfully learn the new techniques. We will have four live video discussions. In addition, there will be 2 videos to watch on Vimeo on your own time between classes.


Artist JACQUELINE SULLIVAN expresses her creativity through mixed-media, acrylic, and calligraphic paintings. Her works are unique expressions of adventure and discovery, each piece experimenting with texture, layers, color, unusual materials, calligraphic marks, and words. In addition to technical precision, personal artistic development is intrinsic to her practice.

In addition to her studio practice, Jacqueline is a teaching artist with more than 30 years of experience. Jacqueline has developed and presented many classes at art centers, colleges, guilds, and online. She is a certified GOLDEN Artist Educator, making her a specialist on acrylic products and techniques. She is a member of the education teams for Marabu Creative, Gel Press and Ampersand. She is known for her multi-discipline workshops given at top art retreats as well as art and calligraphy guilds and conferences in the US, Canada and Europe.

Jacqueline’s work has appeared in many publications, including Astarte’s Mega-Zine, Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages, and Somerset Studio, as well as many calligraphic journals. Her work has been published in Acrylic Works 4: Captivating Color the Best of Acrylics, and Acrylic Works 6: Creative Energy, the Best of Acrylics, both published by Northlight books. Her bestselling DVD, Acrylics: Textures, Layers, and Metallics, is published by Creative Catalyst Productions.

Jacqueline has a degree in graphic design, working for many years as a publication, marketing, and advertising designer. She is the recipient of top national awards for the fashion publications that she designed. She uses her knowledge of graphic design to help her students improve their paintings. She paints and lives in Cincinnati, OH.

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Current MAC Members: $202
Non-members: $225 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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