• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Painting!

For anyone who has dappled in the area of Fine Arts, you know that there are many different forms and mediums that go along with painting.  From watercolor, to oil, to acrylic, to finger painting, there are tons of styles and ways to approach the art of painting.  The one that I am going to hit on specifically here is acrylic, which is the form that I have been working in since I was in high school.  Acrylic paint is water-based, and it comes in a variety of viscosities so that multiple textures can be created on the canvas.  There are several specific techniques that apply to acrylic painting that I will share with you, but remember that painting is also highly objective, and that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to paint.

Flat painting: Adding the colors as layers of pigment that appear flat and poster like, with little appearance of brush strokes

Spattering: This simply entails that the artist splatter or drip paint onto the canvas, which creates a free and effortless appearance.  This technique was made famous by whimsical Jackson Pollock (check out his work!)

Scraping: Pulling pigment off the canvas using sharp instruments (like razors or credit cards) to create additional texture and lines

Rubbing: Smudging areas of color on the canvas to appear blended and graduated

Texturing: Ever heard of “impasto”?  Well that’s where this technique comes in.  It involves using thick amounts of paint and rough brush strokes to create texture.  To aid in this process, you can also include bits of paper, sand, or salt to create added texture.

**One of my projects will be posted later to illustrate a work in progress!

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