Joan Fullerton Workshop: Intuitive Explorations with Acrylic and Collage


Through many demonstrations and practice, you’ll experience how to paint freely and with greater self-expression.

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October 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2021
9:00 am to 4:00 pm (includes 1 hour lunch break)

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Through many demonstrations and practice, you’ll experience how to paint freely and with greater self-expression. You’ll discover your own unique voice and find joy in the process. You’ll learn to expand your imagination, curiosity and courage as you paint with fresh solutions. The environment of this workshop is lighthearted and fun, yet intellectual and inspired. The tools you will acquire will be of value no matter your style or level of experience.     

Falmouth Art Center Refund Policy:

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.








Brushes:  Inexpensive 2” hardware brush and a 1” synthetic flat brush, no need for good brushes!


Brayer, hard rubber one any size


Acrylic Paint: a handful of colors plus black and white. I use gesso for white, and my most used colors are Golden Fluid Acrylics:  Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Turquois (Phthalo), Quinacridone Crimson. Other colors often used are: Cobalt Blue, Green Gold, Yellow Ochre, Hansa Yellow Light, Titan Buff, Pyrrole Orange, Oxide Green, Naphthol Red, Red Oxide and Raw Umber; but feel free to bring YOUR favorites! (Heavy Body paint is okay too.)


6 or more large substrates. Your choice: 140 lb. or 300 lb. watercolor paper and/or stretched canvas and/or cradled wood panels.

(I will use w/c paper and Cheap Joe’s ¾” unprimed cradled panels or stretched canvases)


Soft lead pencil

One or 2 oil pastels

Small travel-size spray bottle (from Target, Walmart, Dollar Store)

At least one water-soluble colored pencil, I like Intense Pencils by Derwent

Vine Charcoal: one stick

Small amount of Rubbing Alcohol for lifting and blooms.


Xerox copies (not inkjet)-I use black and white images of metaphorical textures, seed pods, flowers, raindrops, cracked asphalt, trees, etc.


Alternative papers: If you wish (optional), you can bring a very small amount of printed pages from books, textured rice papers or sewing patterns.


Adhesive: 16 oz (or larger) of regular gel medium or soft gel, either gloss or matte. This will be used for collage and texture

Palette: Anything to mix paint on…I’ve been using newspaper and then using it later for collage material.

Stack of Newspapers or lifting, printing and creating a stencil.

Plastic bag for garbage

Water container for brushes

Paper towels

Small piece of Sandpaper

Hand Protection: optional, latex gloves or barrier cream

Apron or a smock

Journal/Notebook: for notes, ideas, drawing, etc.



The most important thing to bring is an attitude of play!







Here is what you can expect:


Participants will unleash their spontaneous, imaginative, intuitive selves, with a series of dictated exercises that encourage and allow the logical/thinking mind to take a break. We will approach the results of this dynamic process with child-like curiosity, and then edit these works during the course of the workshop. Some non-objective paintings can be left as they are, but others will lead to inventive florals, abstracted landscapes or figurative compositions.


Demonstrations will commence each morning with studio exercises to follow. After lunch we’ll do a timed 20-minute painting or collage as a warm-up followed by a brief critique. One-on-one studio time will complete the workshop day.


My art techniques are quirky and unforgettable, and will offer new dimensions to your established studio process. I will encourage you to paint with appreciation for your own unique voice, and to become more comfortable with inevitable doubts and frustrations when they occur. A ‘mind-set’ curiosity is the most valuable tool you can have!


Students can expect to have 5 or 6 paintings at the end of the workshop, not necessarily all of them resolved. A truly creative process sometimes leads to quickly finished work, yet other times it takes years. This is not a cookie-cutter class, with everyone finishing similar paintings. This will be “an experience” designed to spark new ideas, encourage you to trust the unknown, and paint creatively!



Instructor Bio

Joan Fullerton Colorado Artist/ Workshop Instructor


Joan Fullerton grew up on the vast, slow-paced plains of Eastern Wyoming. While raising 3 children, she studied watercolor with Edgar Whitney, Frank Webb, Charles Reid and many other nationally known watercolorists.  In 1985 she returned to college and achieved BFA and MFA degrees in painting from the University of Wyoming.  She was a college art instructor at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming from 1990 to 2003.  In 2003 she made the leap of faith to relocate and paint full-time in Taos, NM. During her 8 years in Taos, Fullerton made her mark and established her reputation as a well-known and respected artist and teacher. A recent move to south Denver, she is now hosting workshops internationally.


Joan Fullerton’s work has been in galleries, juried shows and museums since the early 70’s and she has shown internationally in Italy and Japan. Her work is published in Open Studios Press 2010, and Visual Journeys, Art of the 21st Century. She is featured in Spring 2017 Acrylic Artist Magazine and is included in and New Edition of the Encyclopedia of Acrylic Painting Techniques by Hazel Harrison. 


Joan Fullerton, has instructed all levels of experience and ages of painters. Students in Fullerton’s classes thrive in the atmosphere of her informative and relaxed classes.  It is her belief that people are open to learning and creativity when they are having fun.  She is adept at demonstrating a multitude of techniques. Beginning students will find encouragement and confidence, while more advanced students will benefit from her insightful solutions to their creative challenges.


In 2018, Joan released her online art experience, Paint Yourself Free. This unique workshop shares the most valuable insights she has gleaned from her 45 years or painting and teaching. An unusual approach of instruction has opened hundreds of students to greater freedom and a more imaginative avenue of self-expression.

“Fullerton’s enticing teaching style has charmed and inspired painting students in college classes and in workshops across the nation. Her diversity of style and use of media attracts both collectors and curators, who have honored Fullerton with one person shows it the United States, Italy and Japan.”.  Dr. Nancy Stewart, founder of the Taos National Society of Watercolorists


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