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Alcohol Ink, Watercolor, and Cold Wax

July 30 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, July 30th
 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Colleen Giantiempo
Location: Room 110
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
 All Levels
Sliding Scale:
 $60 / $90 / $120
Materials Fee: $25

About the class

Paint large scale abstract paintings using these three dynamic mediums. The interaction between alcohol ink, watercolor and cold wax is so exhilarating and exciting. Alcohol inks are a vibrant and versatile medium that can be used to create stunning abstract paintings. We’ll use air to blow paint around – plus titling of the substrate, brute force, and flinging with a paintbrush or scraper! Get ready to have the best day of your life! Due to the evaporative fumes inherent in using alcohol inks, we will be working outside under a canopy. Dress accordingly for the weather. Important note: Before class you must prepare your substrates using Kilz primer (from Friedman’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Amazon) and fine sandpaper. Bring at least two prepared surfaces. These can be wood (such as masonite, plywood, cradled wood panels), canvas or watercolor paper. The larger they are, the more fun you’ll have – but no larger than 30” x 40”. (The instructor will be working on a 2 foot square.) Click on this link for instructions:

There will be a one-hour lunch break; bring a bag lunch or plan to grab a bite nearby.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when registering or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Colleen Gianatiempo

Instructor / Artist

As an artist, I live my life the same way I paint, by embracing the mystery, staying open to change, finding courage, honoring my intuition and trusting the journey.  This mindset has led me to my colorful, layered, contemporary, distinctive style.

Art has always been a part of my life paralleling my development as a person, through education, raising children and working professionally as a graphic designer.  I am honored to hold an MFA in non-figurative abstract painting from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  With three degrees in tow, I have all the knowledge I need to operate my fine art practice and teach and inspire students from around the globe.  I now live and work in St. George, Utah. 
Instagram:  @gianatiempofineart

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