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Finding Joy in Abstraction with DINA WAKLEY

Finding Joy in Abstraction


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Join me for an exploration in abstract painting. Abstract painting might seem random, but it is based in composition and color theory. The skills you learn will be useful whether you later use them for backgrounds or as stand-alone abstract pieces. We will work on boards to create interesting foundations and looks with our acrylic paints and other mixed media supplies. After we’ve practiced, we’ll create a canvas. The end result will be gorgeous multi-layered paintings. Bring your journal, too, for practicing and taking notes. We will have lots of messy, artistic fun!

Dina provides 90% of the materials needed for class, including paint, gesso, paint brushes, and gel medium. Students need to bring basic tools and a journal.

Please bring:

  • Basic tool kit: Ranger craft sheet, scissors, water container to clean your brushes, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as a palette (or you can just use your craft sheet). You may also want a small notebook and a pen for taking notes.
  • A tub of white gesso.
  • Your art journal.

{The store will have packages of wipes and paper towels for sale}  If you need any of the items for your basic tool kit for class, you can click the link on the item above and add it to your cart and we will have it ready for you at class.

About Dina Wakley

Dina’s colorful, expressive style is anchored by her design hallmark, the creative use of white space. Her personal, organic design aesthetic strikes a balance between “artsy” and “classic”.

Dina is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. She has been scrapbooking since 1995, stamping since 1996, and art journaling since 2004. She believes in writing yourself down, expressing yourself, and making your mark on the world. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more.

Dina lives in Arizona with her husband and 3 boys (affectionately termed “the fellas”). With a love of teaching and traveling, Dina travels the world to teach and share her art passion with students on every continent. Dina’s passion can be felt in this quote about herself – “Art fuels me, comforts me, permeates me.”


{Note: This class will be messy & fun!  You might want to bring an apron or wear clothing you don't mind stained.}

*Since Dina is a guest designer & flying in to teach us, There are no refunds on Dina's classes. If you need to cancel you may sell your spot or if we have a waiting list we will try and sell your spot. Refunds are ONLY given if we can sell your spot to someone else.

Instructor: guest
Instructor Bio: guest instructor Dina Wakley. (sorry, no discounts on guest instructors)

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.

Contact Us:

Phone: 865.247.6879
Address: 777 N Hall of Fame Dr
                Knoxville, TN 37917
Hours:Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sundays 1-5pm
Now open 7 days a week!!