Work­shop: The Art of Mar­bling

March 22, 2015 

Sun­day, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Pre-registration required — sign up today as space is lim­ited

Non-Members: $110

Museum Mem­bers: $100 (Proof of Mem­ber­ship Required)

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The morn­ing ses­sion will fea­ture “mar­bling basics,” and you’ll try paper appli­ca­tions from 10 am-12:30, fol­lowed by a 30 min break in the gar­dens (feel free to pack a bev­er­age or sack lunch).  Dur­ing the sec­ond ses­sion from 1 – 3 pm, you’ll cre­ate a cus­tom silk scarf.

All classes will be held rain or shine. Wear com­fort­able cloth­ing that may get stained.

“Mar­bling” is an ancient paint or ink tech­nique that has been used for cen­turies in Turkey, Japan, and Europe to dec­o­rate paint­ings and books. The method involves dip­ping paper or fab­ric, into a liq­uid bath where the swirled ink designs are cre­ated on top of the sur­face.  It is called mar­bling because the ear­li­est Euro­pean designs resem­bled the veins in mar­ble. You will dis­cover the secret that arti­sans guarded closely for hun­dreds of years as instruc­tor Dan Tilstra illu­mi­nates the his­tory and process of mar­bling. You will be fas­ci­nated and delighted by how eas­ily you are able to cre­ate stun­ning works of art! Explore color and pat­tern while you cre­ate one-of-a-kind trea­sures. Any­one of any age or skill level may par­tic­i­pate, as it’s reward­ing for first-time artists and those who are cre­atively advanced. 

All mate­ri­als and tools will be pro­vided for this class. Each stu­dent will get to take home sev­eral works on paper suit­able for fram­ing and a cus­tom made silk scarf.  Wear­able art is the per­fect gift for some­one spe­cial or a nice treat for your­self. Sign up with fam­ily or friends and make mem­ory while you make art! The work­shop will be held in a cov­ered, out­door class­room with views of the beau­ti­ful Polasek gar­dens. Let nature inspire you!



Work­shop: Oil Paint­ing
Three day Capen-Showalter House Inte­rior and Plein Air Paint­ing Work­shop

Tues­day, June 2, 2015

Wednes­day, June 3, 2015

Thurs­day, June 4, 2015

9:00 am-4:00 pm each day

Pre-registration required — sign up today as space is lim­ited.

Non-Members: $400

Museum Mem­bers: $365 (Proof of Mem­ber­ship Required)


Reg­is­tra­tion Cost
Con­tact Phone Number:

 If you were inspired by The Win­ter Park Paint Out or have always wanted to learn how to paint, The Albin Polasek Museum is excited to offer a 3-day work­shop taught by nation­ally acclaimed artist  Stacy Barter. Learn how to cap­ture the light and color you see by paint­ing from what is right in front of you!  Study rel­e­vant meth­ods of com­po­si­tion with indoor stu­dio time focused on inte­rior spaces in the His­toric Capen-Showalter House onsite. You can set up in our stun­ning sculp­ture gar­dens on Lake Osce­ola for incred­i­ble plein air options also. Class will begin with a demon­stra­tion and dis­cus­sion on com­pos­ing a pow­er­ful focus, fol­lowed by lots of one-on-one instruc­tion, includ­ing assis­tance while stu­dents work on their can­vases. This Interiors/plein air work­shop is suit­able not only for begin­ners “in train­ing” but also for advanced level artists who are look­ing to hone their skills. Turn your paint­ing enthu­si­asm into tal­ent! 

Classes will be held rain or shine. Wear com­fort­able, weather appro­pri­ate cloth­ing that may get stained. Begin­ners may want to have a painter’s apron or smock. Each artist needs to bring their own portable paint­ing easel and palette (and please, no per­fume). Bring all mate­ri­als on the “Rec­om­mended Mate­ri­als List” below, sun­screen, hat, water, com­fort­able shoes and a sack lunch, if desired. There will be a one hour break mid­way through the day, when you are wel­come to go off cam­pus and grab a quick bite, or enjoy your sack lunch in the gar­dens before you return for the after­noon ses­sion.





Flats or Fil­berts (bris­tle):  #3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, (Sev­eral in each size, more of the 4, 5, 6 sizes)

Exam­ple: Robert Sim­mons brand for sim­ple hog bris­tle which are all you need.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING WHATEVER YOU LIKE, how­ever make sure they are NOT all small in width and the bris­tles are pli­able and not stiff with old paint or badly frayed




 (Rem­brandt brand or Wind­sor and New­ton Artists’ Oil Colour, but bring what­ever you like)

Cad­mium Yel­low Deep or Cad­mium Orange

Cad­mium Yel­low Light

Cad­mium Red Light or Cad­mium Red in Wind­sor and New­ton Artists’ Oil Colour

Trans­par­ent Oxide Red or burnt sienna

French Ultra­ma­rine Blue Deep

Cerulean Blue

Tita­nium White or whichever white you prefer

Alizarin Crim­son or Rose Mad­der Deep

Burnt Umber

Cobalt Blue (optional)

Ivory Black (0ptional)

Virid­ian Green (0ptional)


Neo Megilp by Gam­blin, a mod­ern replace­ment for Maroger.  Bring what­ever you pre­fer, some­thing with nice vis­cos­ity, not too sticky and not a dry­ing accel­er­a­tor. Sim­ply using Turpenoid is sufficient.

Odor­less Turpenoid ONLY 



PAINTING SURFACE – Oil or gesso primed can­vas or can­vas boards.

SIZES:  bring a RANGE of sizes exam­ples:  5 x 7,  6 x 8, 8 x 10,  9 x 12, 11 x 14, 12 x 16 up to 16 x 20 at the largest. I find it best to bring in a vari­ety of sizes so you can choose one the best fits your set up or sub­ject. Work­ing small is rec­om­mended for out­door painting.