Shawnee artist, Linda Dixon, is offering an "Intuitive Painting Clinic" at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art on Saturday, May 18th. In order to keep the clinic classes small, two class sessions are available: 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm.
The intuitive painting clinic is designed to help artists of all skill levels get in touch with their inner muses. Participants relax in a pressure-free environment, and are encouraged to unleash their creativity on the canvas. Each session of this class is limited to 12 participants, encouraging an intimate environment and plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor.
Donna Merkt, MGMoA Curator of Education, describes the class as "an opportunity to let go of the confines of realism and the need to create something perfect." She explains that "often artists who work very realistically or those individuals who wish to paint, but don't feel capable of producing realistic imagery, can be inhibited in their artistic efforts due to these expectations." According to Merkt, in this class, participants will be led through a series of guided exercises to help break down those inhibitions.
"I watch Linda do these exercises with students in our youth classes," said Merkt. "The students always surprise themselves and create absolutely phenomenal works-some representational and others completely abstract."
Youth artist Ivy McCray participates in an intuitive painting exercise under the guidance of Linda Dixon.
The success of these previous classes encouraged Dixon and the MGMoA to host this intuitive painting clinic for youth and adult participants.
"Intuitive painting encourages free flowing artistic expression and does not require any experience," said Dixon. "The inner artist can emerge in this safe, friendly and fun environment."
Currently, Linda Dixon teaches After-School Art classes and summer camps and clinics for youth at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. For several years, she has been offering private painting classes for Shawnee-area adults. Her work as a mural artist can be seen throughout the Shawnee community. Dixon's fine arts education began in Italy, when she studied oil painting with Ernesto Scudiero. Her fine arts studies continued later in Germany. Moving to Oklahoma in 1998, Dixon learned expressive watercolor technique from Kay Orr and began investigating a variety of drawing media. Her formal education was started at Rose State College, painting with Connie Seabourn and learning ceramics from Howard Koerth. Though working as an accomplished professional artist and art educator for many years, Dixon later returned to college, graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2010.
The "Intuitive Painting" clinic is open to adults and youth age 12 and up. Participants will do several warm up exercises and at least two paintings. All supplies and necessary tools are provided. Workshop tuition is $65, with discounts for seniors, teachers, students, and museum members. All supplies are included in the clinic tuition and all tools are provided for class use. Registration is available online at www.mgmoa.org/workshops or by calling 405-878-5300.