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3 Day Workshop, MAY 3 - 5, 2023

Join world-renowned Wildlife Conservation Artist Vickie McMillan-Hayes for a 3 day workshop. The workshop will feature special attention to composition, shading and texture details that will help bring your wildlife art to life. This workshop will include instructor demos, individual instruction, and critiques.

Tuition $450

Includes lunch each day

Space Limited

Register online now or call 830-896-2553

Vickie McMillan Hayes at the Museum of Western Arts

Instructor Vickie McMillan Hayes

Painting of Elephants at the Museum of Western Arts


Acrylic paints:        
The suggested brand of paint is Liquitex. If you already own other brands o
f artist's paints, such as Grumbacher or Winsor & Newton, bring those instead.  No need to buy new paint. You can buy a set of Heavy Body Liquitex then purchase a couple of other colors to complete your supply list.  The goal is to have 3 different reds, blues and yellows. I suggest not buying student grade.
Lemon Yellow OR Yellow Light Hansa
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium red light hue
Cadmium red medium
quinacridone magenta (or another brand of Magenta)
emerald green
Pthalo Blue
French Ultramarine Blue or cobalt blue
Cerulean Blue
Titanium White
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
For convenience, you may also wish to include the following colors if you don't care to mix them from the primary colors above: (but not necessary)
Sap Green OR Hookers Green
Cadmium Orange
Dioxazine Purple
Yellow Ochre
Alizarin Crimson
Synthetic bristles are best for acrylic painting. Natural bristles become water-logged. The handles are silver, and the bristles are white. You will need a variety of sizes, and shapes ( flat and round ) e.g. #4, #6, #8, #10. I also have a few very small rounds in varying sizes for detail work. I will have some brushes for you to try. Everyone has their own brush preferences.

If you have any old brushes bring them.  We scrub the canvas with older brushes.  If you do not have any, I will have some on hand)

One, 2 in. Flat Chip Brush you can purchase at home depot ( I use them a lot in my work. A bag is also good)

Note: Purchase brushes that are designed for use with acrylics, such as synthetic nylon or Taklon brushes. Bristle brushes may also be used but they give a "scratchier" appearance. (I prefer)  Avoid sable brushes, and brushes made only for watercolors and oils.  If you already have acrylic brushes and prefer to use them, please do so.
Acrylic gesso – discarded white house paint from Home Depot -white/shade of white

Container for water (large) And / cleaner for your brushes. (dish soap also works)

Palette --   Masterson Sta-Wet  Plastic Palette with lid

Sta-Wet palette papers 12″X 16″ (this is the only brand that works) typically this comes with the Masterson wet palette.

If you do not want to purchase the Mastereson Wet palette any white paper palette or white plate will work

Palette knife
3- Old rags (or old t-shirts/towels
1 spray bottles for water (cheap)
Latex gloves or barrier cream (to protect hands from paint) if needed
Small easel for a table or you can bring a standing easel
Note book  or a sketch book
exact-o knife
An old shirt, smock, or apron to protect your clothes while painting
2-5 images of bird/wildlife to paint. Please bring your phone or iPad with the image downloaded
An artist's color wheel (you can download one onto your phone)

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