Upcoming Acrylic Workshops with Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro, a SDA WA member, is a painter, sculptor, installation artist and educator, sponsored by Golden Artist Colors, Inc. She works both two and three dimensionally, translating and cross pollinating her concepts from one media to the other. Her expansive knowledge of acrylic, combined equally with her broad understanding of a full range of media opens the door to vast possibilities. All of this, she generously shares with other artists in her workshops and lectures.

All products graciously provided by Golden Artist Colors for Barbara’s classes.  Most other supplies & tools provided by instructor.  Supply list provided.

Here are some of Barbara’s upcoming classes:


Encaustic Effects with Acrylic

Encaustic Effects with Acrylic

Encaustic Effects With Acrylic

APR 5 & 6, 11-4


Learn how to create the luscious effect of wax encaustic surfaces, both transparent & translucent, using acrylic gels and mediums. Explore layering in painted, collaged, drawn or transferred images. These techniques will create a mysterious & luminous depth, enriching your artwork!

Where: Artist & Craftsman   4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA

Contact for registration:




Collage & Mixed Media

Collage & Mixed Media

Collage & Mixed Media

MAY 11, 11-4

Discover methods of combining textile, fiber, paper, found objects and acrylic to create inspirational artworks.  Build up surface texture, imagery and pattern using both collage and assemblage techniques, combined with a range of textural acrylic products.  Gain a concise understanding of the qualities each product offers; in creating texture, for gluing and embedding.

Where:  Artist & Craftsman   4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
Contact for registration:  http://www.eventbrite.com/o/barbara-de-pirro-4165162463



Acrylic Essentials: Mediums & Gels

Mediums & Gels

Mediums & Gels

MAY 24, 11-4

Gain a working knowledge of one of the most versatile and durable painting options for artists today, Acrylic!  We will focus specifically on the vast array of mediums & gels, extending paints, altering viscosity, changing the sheen, slowing down drying time and so much more. Understanding each of the unique characteristics of the various products is the key that unlocks & blasts open the door of possibilities.

You will create samples of each product,  process & technique; each detail will be documented, creating a reference that will prove to be an invaluable resource for all future projects.  All levels are welcome.

Where:  Dakota Art Center  17873 SR 536, Mt. Vernon, WA

Contact for registration:  (360)416-6556 ext 5



Texural Surfaces

Texural Surfaces

Textural Surfaces

JUNE 8, 11-4

Explore a diverse and remarkable combination of textural acrylic grounds, pastes and gels. Discover the unique qualities each product

offers in its natural state, plus a range of techniques that can be used to manipulate the surface. Experiment with paint on each of these surfaces, extended with water, or mixed with various mediums. The same technique appears very different with each new product.

You will create samples of each product,  process & technique; each detail will be documented, creating a reference that will prove to be an invaluable resource for all future projects.  All levels are welcome.

Where:  Artful Touch   12437 116th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA

Contact for registration:  (425)823-2336



For more about Barbara’s art, go to her website at:   www.depirro.com  or her Facebook page:  De Pirro Studio


Natural Dyeing and Organic Indigo Vat Dyeing with Michel Garcia

The University of Washington School of Art in Collaboration with the Surface Design Association of Washington State and Earthues Natural Dye Company Seattle, WA are thrilled to present two workshops and an evening lecture with Michel Garcia!

Michel Garcia, natural dyeing expert

Michel Garcia

Workshop 1:  July 10 – 14, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm

Fundamentals of Color from Plants and Insects:  Exploring Wide Applications of Natural Dyeing and Printing on Textiles

University of Washington Seattle Campus:  Art Building Room 216

 Keen on sustainable development and ecology, Michel Garcia will teach special techniques for extracting dye from plants and insects and using these to dye and print on textiles. He will demonstrate a variety of mordants on cotton cloth, using various techniques to get a full range of shades in the same dye-bath! In this workshop, students will make different soluble extracts that can be used to dye wool, silk and cotton.

 In printing on wool and silk, the difficulties of using powdered dyestuff can be avoided altogether by using a natural extract. These extracts also present a wealth of opportunities as they can be applied directly to cloth. The class will use extracts to print directly onto wool and silk using blocks, paintbrush and screens. Michel will also present a variation that permits printing with indigo.

 Participant Experience: Dyeing experience required.  Natural dye experience preferred.

 Cost of the workshop is $575 including supply fee.


 Workshop 2: July 16 – 20, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm

Indigo: The Organic Reduction Vat

University of Washington Seattle Campus:  Art Building Room 216

Indigo has a reputation for being a difficult dye. In this class, students will discover some very simple methods to prepare natural organic indigo dye vats. These vats can be kept in the studio for a very long time and can be revitalized through readily available natural ingredients. Students will learn the mechanics of the vat and move beyond a single recipe to a thorough knowledge of the indigo process and the ability to select the appropriate vat to match the desired technique.

 Michel Garcia brings in depth experience and perspective to the vat process. His background in botany and chemistry and his intense knowledge of colorants combine with his enthusiasm for sharing this information! Students will learn about possibilities for making a natural indigo vat using henna, dates, figs, pears, or bananas as reagents. Students will be able to establish and to maintain a fast natural vat that can be used to dye any natural fiber.

Participant Experience: All dyers welcome.

Cost of the workshop is $575 including supply fee.


Lecture: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7-8 pm, catered reception 8-9pm

Natural colors and even more

Center for Urban Horticulture

3501 NE 41st St, Seattle WA

Around the world, the rediscovery of colors from plants and insects is strongly linked with the concept of a “better life from natural substances”, of sustainable development, traceability and care for the planet.  From the point of view of Biology and “green” chemistry, it seems that the colorants from plants are bioactive components, with interesting protective effects on the body, even when they are used to dye a simple cloth. The plurality of biochemical effects of these colors is amazing. These natural substances are no longer considered as only ordinary colorants, but also as protective molecules. With the help of simple explanations, Michel Garcia will introduce the world of the bio-active dye.

A reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres will follow the lecture from 8-9 pm.

Cost of the lecture is $12.


Michel GarciaMichel Garcia short biography

Michel Garcia, a French national born in Casablanca, Morocco, has been interested in plants since childhood. He was a teenager when he first discovered a passion for natural dyeing and his study of plants and pigments over the decades has made him a leading authority on natural dyeing.  Author, collaborator, and founder of Couleur Garance and the Botanical Garden of Dye Plants in Lauris, Provence, he is a passionate advocate for the use of these dyes and for their many commercial and educational possibilities. His work includes professional consultation in West Africa, Tunisia, Mexico, United States, Canada, China, Indonesia, and Europe.  He has written 21 monographs and 3 books and is featured in three pedagogic DVDs.

Since founding his first company in 1988, Michel has continued in his in depth study of the biology and chemistry of plants. His generosity in founding the Botanical Dye Garden as a resource center for anyone interested in sharing in the knowledge of Natural Dyes extends to teaching philosophy.

He is an innovative dyer and hands-on teacher whose enthusiasm is infectious and knowledge extensive. He is interested in using simple methods to present the complex world of Natural Dyes to a wide public.

Registration for Workshop and Lecture


Registration for the workshops and the lecture will open at 9AM PDT on March 15th.  Acceptance into the workshops will be based on date of payment.  Class size for each workshop is limited to 15 each.  Participants can register for one workshop.    Please fill out registration form here (link will work starting at 9 am PDT on March 15):


 and follow the link for Pay Pal payment.  Registration is NOT complete until both the registration form has been filled out and payment has been received through Pay Pal.


Registration for the lecture and payment on Pay Pal can be found at

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X8qNRr9kgieT_Mn8TRlnX8XzfMKBQX1zuKQk-4yLF4A/viewform (link will work starting at 9 am PST on March 15)

Lecture is limited to 200 people.  Registration is NOT complete until both the registration form has been filled out and payment has been received through Pay Pal.


Please email Layne Goldsmith ms.layne@gmail.com.

Presented by: University of Washington School of Art, Surface Design Association of Washington State, and Earthues Natural Dye Company.

Bring Your Best Ideas To Life


Dreams are the stuff of meaning, purpose, calling, our life’s work. Following them or ignoring them impacts our income, health, weight, emotional well-being, and more. What creative projects and dreams have you deferred or left unfinished?

You know what I’m talking about. That novel, that work of art, that album, memoir, show, tour, play, movie, website, business, garden, or other creative project that’s been bouncing around in your head or maybe you’ve even begun. Still, deep down, you know, your life won’t be complete if you let it stay hidden inside of you forever. And, you’ll miss out on the chance to confirm your gifts and make the impact in the world you know you could.

This project may be all that stands between you and:

  • The success of your business
  • The legacy you leave to your grandchildren
  • Your recognition as an artist
  • Becoming a (well-) paid professional
  • Proving all the doubters wrong (including yourself)
  • Changing the world

Time to admit that a dream deferred too long is a dream denied and make your dreams a reality! The world needs your gifts and vision. Let’s bring them to life!

Join us for a FREE Workshop, Bring Your Best Brilliant Ideas To Life on Monday, November 4 from 7-9pm.

In this workshop, you will discover:

  • Why it is so important to finish that/those project(s) anyway
  • Mindset traps that are holding you back
  • Behavior patterns that prevent your gifts from being born and shared
  • How a big creative project is different from creative play and how to have both alive in your life
  • The 4 Key Steps To Completing Your Work while getting the income, fans, recognition and meaning you need

PLUS, receive a complementary 1-on-1 Creative Project Jumpstart Session to help you gain clarity, focus and direction about bringing your ideas to life.

Patricia Morrison, Founder of Inner Fire, Outer Light will lead the workshop

Patricia Morrison, Founder of Inner Fire, Outer Light will lead the workshop

In this engaging workshop, Inner Fire, Outer Light (www.innerfireouterlight.com) founder, Patricia Morrison, will help you leap over your creative blocks. Working with creative people across disciplines, Patricia has many suggestions and tools that will help you gain clarity about what’s holding you back, overcome your creative and organizational challenges, complete your projects and gain the income, recognition, fans, and impact you’ve been missing.

Monday, November 4th 7-9 PM
Spark Studio in the BallardWorks building
2862 NW Market St, Seattle WA 98107

Please RSVP by November 1st to patriciamorrisonmusic@gmail.com  to claim one of the 10 available spots.