WORKSHOPS


Upcoming 2021 Workshop Dates

 

Online Workshops:
All online classes take place in Zoom, the online conferencing system.

 

4/17-5/14 2021 Paint like Maxfield Parrish with Acrylic
For intermediate to advanced students
Saturdays 10:30am-12:30 Pacific Time, (4 sessions $100, max of 15 students)
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6/11-7/16 2021 (LIVE ONLINE) Essential Acrylic Techniques
For total to mid-beginner students
Fridays 10:15am-Noon Pacific Time, (6 sessions $175, max of 25 students)
At Santa Cruz Art League
Registration opening soon.

6/3-7/12 2021 Layering and Glazing: The Next Level in Acrylic Painting
For intermediate to advanced students
Thursdays 10:30am-12:30 Pacific Time,
7 sessions, OSA Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 250.00
Register for this class with Oregon Society of Artists


 


My goals for each student are to help them create art works they are proud of, and add to or refine their painting technique so they have more confidence in creating better paintings on their own after the workshop.

I specialize in teaching people how to paint with acrylic. I have more 3 decades of experience working with acrylic and 13 years teaching with the medium.

I teach workshops in public art centers, my own artist studio, and private workshops at homes of my students. Some of the art institutes where I have taught include: Oregon Society of Artitsts, Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, Santa Cruz Art League, and Mendocino Art Center.

Students in my workshops have a variety of skills:from someone who has never painted to professional artists who want to refine their acrylic technique or learn a new medium.

In workshop painting sessions I give a lot of individual attention helping each student with his or her painting and refining his or her painting techniques.

For my repeat students, I work with them over time to take their painting to the next level by helping them to further refine their painting skills.

All online painting classes will meet using Zoom, the video conferencing system. The online class will have slideshow presentations, painting demos, paint along with Wayne, and critiques. Students will have access to download a video file of the painting demo to refer to so they can paint along at home at their own pace.
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Total Beginner: Those with little or no painting experience and new to acrylic. (less than 3 paintings in your adult life).

Mid Beginner: Little painting experience and new to acrylic. (3-5 paintings in your adult life).

Upper Beginner: Some painting and drawing experience, some experience with acrylic. (6-15 paintings in your adult life).

Intermediate: Been painting acrylic for a while and wants to take it to the next level. (16-50 paintings in your adult life).

Upper Intermediate: Been painting acrylic for a while and wants to refine painting techniques. (50+ paintings and exhibited your art in your adult life).

Advanced: Been painting acrylic for years and wants to learn some advanced specialized techniques. (50+ paintings and exhibited and sold your art in your adult life).

Wayne Jiang Acrylic painting program progression


If you’re new to acrylic or to painting, I highly recommend that you follow this level progression of workshops. This way, you’ll get the most out of the experience of studying with me.  If you have some experience in acrylic painting and not sure what level is appropriate for you please contact me with sample of your work.

 

Level 1 Workshops:

Classes in this level are designed for the total beginner to mid-beginner to painting, or someone totally new to acrylic. Before moving to the next level, it’s recommended you take this class at lease twice.

 

Essential Acrylic Techniques
(online or in person workshop)



Acrylic is an incredibly versatile medium. It can be used in illustrated journals, texture abstract paintings, or traditional portrait paintings. Learn the essential techniques of acrylic painting to improve any art project.


Upcoming class:

6/11-7/16 2021 (LIVE ONLINE) Essential Acrylic Techniques
For total to mid-beginner students
Fridays 10:15am-Noon Pacific Time, (6 sessions $175, max of 25 students)
At Santa Cruz Art League
Registration opening soon.


 

Level 2 Workshops:

Workshops in this level are designed for upper beginner to intermediate skilled painters. Before moving to the next level, it’s recommended you take at least two of the following classes or take the same class at least twice.

 

Explore Your Potential in Acrylic Painting
(online or in person workshop)



 

Register for this class with Oregon Society of Artists

Learn acrylic painting in the comfort of your own home. We’ll use the Zoom videoconferencing system for this 5-week online painting class. The online class will have slideshow presentations, painting demos, paint along with Wayne, and critiques. Students will have access to download a video file of the painting demo to refer to so they can paint along at home at their own pace. This class is designed to help build confidence while learning new techniques that take advantage of this versatile, practical, and non-toxic painting medium. Wayne will offer lots of individual coaching and step-by-step instructions to help students take their painting to the next level. We’ll be exploring diverse subjects using acrylic: portrait, landscape, and still life paintings. Students will also learn color theory, painting strategies, and composition so the painting process will not only be enjoyable, but also successful. By the end of this class, students will complete artworks suitable for framing.

In person class:

Learn acrylic painting in the comfort of your own home. We’ll use the Zoom videoconferencing system for this 5-week online painting class. The online class will have slideshow presentations, painting demos, paint along with Wayne, and critiques. Students will have access to download a video file of the painting demo to refer to so they can paint along at home at their own pace. This class is designed to help build confidence while learning new techniques that take advantage of this versatile, practical, and non-toxic painting medium. Wayne will offer lots of individual coaching and step-by-step instructions to help students take their painting to the next level. We’ll be exploring diverse subjects using acrylic: portrait, landscape, and still life paintings. Students will also learn color theory, painting strategies, and composition so the painting process will not only be enjoyable, but also successful. By the end of this class, students will complete artworks suitable for framing.

 

 

Learn Tricks of the Trade to Advance Your Acrylic Painting
(online workshop)



What’s my secret in success for painting? Checklists and processes.

Through painting demos, slideshow presentations, and painting assignments, this workshop is designed to help you learn the processes, concepts, and how to use my extensive painting completion checklist to improve your acrylic painting. Each workshop will focus on a different set of skills, techniques, and concepts in the following areas:

This workshop is offered once a year.
Next workshop: 2021

 

 

Applying Practical Color Theory to Advance Your Acrylic Painting
(online workshop)


The art of blending and applying colors is not that mysterious. We’ll take a deep dive into the color wheel and learn practical ways to create color combinations in your paintings that are just right. The slideshow presentation and painting assignments in this workshop have been designed to enable you to learn to harmonize colors in a more logical and simplified way. You will never see colors the same way after this class!

About online workshops

This online workshop is offered once a year.

 

 


 

Level 3 Workshops:

Workshops in this level are designed for intermediate skilled painters. Before moving to the next level, it’s recommended you take at least one following classes.

 

Layering and Glazing: The Next Level in Acrylic Painting



Would you like to learn to make your acrylic painting look like old masters oil paintings? Then this class is for you. Through a mixture of demos, step-by-step instruction of advanced techniques, slideshow presentations, and painting exercises, you will learn how to combine transparent and opaque layers of paint; how to use subtle glazes to create luminous and subtle colors; understand what combination of colors to use to achieve that old masters oil painting look from Johannes Vermeer to Maxfield Parrish

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Apply Color Recipes to Advance Your Acrylic Painting
(online workshop)



In cooking, a recipe is a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of suggested ingredients. In painting, there are also recipes for particular subject matters and painting styles. Except the ingredients are the color combinations and the set of instructions is how to mix and apply these colors together to achieve the right effect. The slideshows, color exercises, and painting assignments have been designed to help you learn how to apply the color recipes from some of your favorite painters and art periods.

This online workshop is offered once a year.

About online workshops

 

 


 

Level 4 Workshops:

Worksops in this level are designed for intermediate to advanced skilled painters. Before moving to the next level, it’s recommended you take at least one following classes.


Still Life and Floral Acrylic Paintings in Old Masters Style


In this workshop you will learn all the foundational elements for painting still life and floral painting in the old master style:

 

 

Paint Like the Old Dutch Masters with Acrylic
(online or in person workshop)



Through a mixture of demos, hands-on painting sessions from photos or still life, you will learn Wayne Jiang’s unique acrylic glazing and layering techniques to paint like the old Dutch masters. You will learn color theory behind old master paintings from the Baroque era such as: Vermeer, Rembrandt and Rubens, how to create rich tones with a limited color palette, and how to make the transition from oil or watercolor to acrylic.

This workshop is offered in person once or twice a year either in Northern California or in Portland, Oregon.

Workshop Duration: 2, 3, or 4 days, 6-7 hours per day

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Level 5 Workshops:

Workshops in this level are designed for advanced skilled painters. Before taking this class it’s recommended you have taken at least one classes from the previous level.

 

Paint like Maxfield Parrish with Acrylic

The early 20th century painter and illustrator Maxfield Parrish was known for his saturated and colorful paintings like Daydream. To create his luminous oil paintings, he painted with many thin layers of transparent glazes. His technique is rarely replicated due to the time consuming nature of oil paint glazes. Each glaze has to be dried thoroughly before another layer of glaze is applied. It can take weeks to finish an oil painting in the Parrish technique. This workshop will help you achieve Parrish’s technique using acrylic paint in much a shorter time.

Taking advantage of the fact that acrylic dries much faster, Wayne has adapted the Parrish acrylic technique to acrylic. Instead of weeks, one can finish multiple layers of the Parrish technique in 1-2 days.

Upcoming workshop: 4/17-5/14 2021 (online workshop )
4 Saturdays 10:30am-12:30 Pacific Time, $100.00


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Painting Luminous Acrylic Portraits of People or Pets

Painting luminous portraits of people or pets with acrylic is easier than you think! This workshop breaks down complex processes into simple steps. Find out how to use photo references properly, how to plan a portrait’s mood and composition before painting, and how to build up contrast and texture with underpainting glazing and layering. Learn to create subtle luminous skin tones with a limited color palette. Wayne will help you improve your painting by learning how to analyze and apply techniques from your favorite painters


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Workshops for Upper Intermediate and Advanced Students:

 

 

 

 


 

Workshop FAQs

Why Acrylic?
Acrylic is an incredibly versatile medium. It can be used in traditional portrait, landscape, still life paintings, illustrated journals, or textured abstract paintings. Acrylic is a healthier medium than oil and pastel as it does not require air ventilation and is not harmful to the skin. Acrylic has the best light fastness than other painting mediums. It does not fade over time as much as oil, pastel, and watercolor. Acrylic can be applied to a variety of primed or unprimed surfaces: wood, canvas, paper, wall, etc. This is why acrylic is the medium of choice for most outdoor muralists. In my workshops you will learn the essential techniques of acrylic painting to improve any art project.

How many paintings/artworks can I finish in each in person workshop?
During a 3-day workshop, students generally finish at least 2, or up to 4 or 5 paintings depending on the size and the level and speed of the student. On the first day of a workshop, students generally finish one small painting using my technique step-by-step. The second and third days, students work with bigger and more complex paintings applying the techniques they learned the first day. For The Artful Sketchbook workshop, we work in simpler and more spontaneous methods. Students generally complete 10-14 pages of sketchbook pages in 2 days.

What kind of subject matters can I paint in your workshops?
In my workshops, you can paint any subject matter you choose: portraits, figures, pets, still life, landscape, or interiors. We generally paint from photo references, but will set still life if there is a request. I will bring variety of photo references for you to choose from.

Can I apply your painting techniques to other styles besides realistic painting?
My technique of glazing and layering acrylic is very versatile; it applies not only to realistic painting, but other paint styles like abstract, mixed medium, and plein aire.

What do I need to bring to the in person workshop?
In most of my workshops, most of the materials are included. This includes: paint, brushes, photo references, palettes, and painting surfaces (panels or canvas). In most cases, all you need to bring is yourself. If you like, you can bring your own brushes, photo references, or still life. In some cases, I might ask students to bring their own tabletop easel.

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Photos from Past Workshops