May 20
Expressive Painting
w/ Nancy Colella


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Expressive Painting
Instructor: Nancy Colella
Day: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Price: Members $110/Non-Members $140


Learn how to create more “expressive” paintings by breaking the subject down into big, simple, shapes and letting go of the details. Using shape, color, and line, with an emphasis on strong composition and correct values, we will explore fun ways to express an emotion or feeling. Through a series of quick exercises, demos, and critiques, we will discover how to create lively, expressive paintings that are in fact, highly organized and carefully planned. Students will work from simple still life set-ups and photographs, using a limited palette and large brushes. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone!

Oils are encouraged, however acrylics will work.



  • 4 – 5  small canvas boards, toned a middle value, any color but white! (8 x 10, 9 x 12 is good)
  • Large palette for mixing colors  (at least 11 x 14)
  • A stand up easel of some kind  (a few available at venue)
  • Flat bristle brushes #6 and up, plus one smaller one for “mapping”.
  • Palette knife
  • Odorless turp  (Gamsol preferred)
  • Paper towels
  • Small sketch book / pencil or marker
  • Optional: Gloves, Camera, Plastic wrap, View finder, Small pocket mirror, Pizza box or dish drying rack for wet paintings


Paint– (Large tubes of paint (I use Utrecht))

  • White
  • Yellow ochre
  • Cad yellow med or light
  • Cad red light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Veridian
  • Raw Sienna or Raw Umber  (any dark neutral)
  • Small tube of black



10 /15 images printed on cheap copy paper of simple subjects, with a strong light and shadow pattern. These will be for quick exercises, so there should little detail – like a coffee cup on a table in the sun. (NO GREY DAY LANDSCAPES!) More info to follow. My demos will be in oil but acrylics will work.


For any questions, email


Instructor Bio-

Nancy earned a BA in Fine Art from Muskingum University, then studied painting at the Aegean School of Fine Arts in Paros, Greece and at the Instituto Allende in San Miquel Mexico. After a career in the hospitality business and while raising two children, she resumed her studies at Mass College of Art. She has studied with and is inspired by the modern contemporary painters, Charles Sovek, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Ken Auster, Patti Mollica, and most recently Catherine Kehoe,.  She is an Artist Member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA and a faculty member of the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. and the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA. She teaches numerous workshops throughout New England. Nancy has been awarded the Copley Society / Cape Ann Museum Artist Residency in Gloucester, MA for the month of September 2016.

“My paintings are continuously evolving and have become a visual diary of my artistic journey. Currently, I am working toward making a more expressive statement, beyond the obvious. While continuously experimenting with materials, color, pattern, and mark making, I’m finding each discovery an exciting step toward the next one. My fervent hope is that this fantastic and enlightening journey never ends!”


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