Alcohol Ink Painting

Date: 6 Thursdays, April 20 - May 25, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Level: All
Location: Classroom 5A (Building 27)
Instructor: Dana Meachen Rau
Tuition: $165, Members save 10%
Cancellation Policy


Class Description

Bring your sense of adventure to this class, where we will play with alcohol inks. The saturated colors and wanderings of this medium on nonporous surfaces create unexpected images, unplanned patterns, and many happy accidents. Over the six weeks, we'll explore various techniques, such as blowing, painting, layering, resist, and wet-on-wet, as well as line work, adding details, and finishing options. We'll even play (safely) with fire!

Materials List
A set of alcohol inks (cost about $25-$30)
91% isopropyl alcohol
Yupo Paper (cost $15-$20)
Soft watercolor or acrylic brushes
Small plastic palette
Small plastic containers/cups
Paper towels
Small sprayer
White Gel pens or pit pens
Plastic or metal drinking straw
Cotton balls
Gloves (optional)

I will provide some other painting surfaces and will collect a small materials fee in class when the time arises.

About the Instructor

Dana Rau has written more than 350 books for children in a variety of genres. She graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with degrees in both creative writing and art history, and has worked in the publishing world as an editor, author, and illustrator. Since attending Vermont College of Fine Arts for her master’s degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults, she has also taught writing and literature classes at the University of Hartford, the Highlights Foundation, the Mark Twain House, and the Farmington Valley Arts Center. She is also a mixed media artist. Dana lives in Burlington, Connecticut.