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Happy! Whether you want to work on easel pieces, paint a plate or a sarong, you’ll love the freedom and ease of this
Day 1: Intro to sketching ideas and painted ceramic Platters
Students will have a range of abilities. For the beginners I will set up palette of paints as an example for them to start with.
We will begin the morning with drawing and end the day with some painted ceramic platters that I will fire in my kiln and
return by Wednesday.
1. Two Handed Drawing: I will demonstrate how to draw with both hands at the same time. We will start with simple
vase and flower drawings.
2. I demonstrate Puzzle Piece Drawing and Painting. Students will work the entire afternoon on this concept, transferring
their favorite drawing to a solid substrate and painting it.
3. Students choose their favorite drawing(s) and paint them onto ceramic platters that we will glaze and fire at my studio.
Day 2: Color mixing lessons and painting on paper.
1. If the majority of the class does not know how to mix color, we will spend the day learning to mix color. Students will
create charts of a color wheel, neutrals and tints. I will poll the class and see. The second option is to have beginners paint
a color wheel and tints, and then have more advanced painters join us to work with neutrals. The more advanced students
would be working with the previous days subject matter on their own. A third option is to skip color mixing and begin painting.
2. I demonstrate to students how I paint a painting. This demonstration will take at least one hour. I start with a concept
and with very little preparatory sketching I begin working on paper. After that, they will start with a thought and begin their own
painting. After paintings are underway (about 1 hour) I will interrupt the class to show them examples of pushing the basic
design of their pieces in a particular direction. Students will create a list of thoughts that I will keep at the front of the class so
that they can generate ideas for paintings.
I will cover design concepts from chapters 4 & 5, using my “80/20 rule”, particularly straight versus curved lines. I will use a
students painting to demonstrate this concept by redrawing it within guidelines I explain. Students will work all afternoon on
Day 3: Large scale painting on Floormats or more ceramic tile painting or Your choice!
By now you’ll know what you want to do more of. I’ll introduce the floor mat (or wall hanging if you don’t put it underfoot)
techniques. You’ll see your finished platter from Monday’s class and have a choice of which medium you want to work in.
1. I will explain some aspects of color theory to students and demonstrate to students how to reverse the color balance
of a painting. Using one of my paintings I will demonstrate for apx. 1 hour. Students will then spend the day working on
reversing the color balances of paintings. During the day I will choose different students work to explain a design element. It
may be an example that stresses shapes, edges, texture, etc
Day 4: Paint with your choice of medium.
The design topic I will work with is “Space and Atmosphere”. I will intersperse the day with short drawing demonstrations of
techniques artists use to create the illusion of space. Students will be working in a variety of mediums, learning that the
formal art and design concepts they learn can be applied to any substrate.
Day 5: Let’s paint a sarong (call it a shade cloth or lampshade cover if you’re not the sarong wearing type)
1. Using a students painting, I will demonstrate how to pull out design elements to create a pattern, then how to apply it
to the sarong. This demo will take approximately an hour total. They can experiment making a variety of patterns from their
paintings. Students that quickly finish the project can work on additional paintings.
CRISTINA ACOSTA is a vibrant and prolific artist whose
lush, magical style conveys a sense of joyous spirit. She
applies her artistic vision to a variety of mediums,
receiving national acclaim for her artwork. Her artistry has
been and is featured in a variety of book and magazines,
museums and galleries.
Cristina is a classically trained painter. A life-long artist,
Cristina has been working professionally since her
teenage years. Though her formal education includes a
BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in Eugene,
she has since created work in a variety of mediums. Her
experience includes two years as a oudoor advertising
billboard mural and letter arts, teaching art for 5 years at
the college level and owning a artisan ceramic tile
business for almost a decade, successfully placing her
signature line of ceramic tiles with Ann Sacks Tile &
Stone and selected Home Depot stores. She licensed
images for a variety of products. She has illustrated a
children's book (When Woman Became the Sea), written
her own painting book (Paint Happy!), and continually
writes and contributes to a variety of magazines,
including a home decor column for Latina Style
magazine. She operates a business as a interior design
color consultant, both residential and commercial.
When she's taking a break from her work Cristina loves
to share a variety of sports with her friends and family.
She's an avid downhill and skate skier, and windsurfer.
She enjoys riding her bikes and hiking or walking. Her
enthusiasms have included horse-back riding (English &
Western), and boogie boarding when she's anywhere
near the beach. An intuitive cook, she loves to create
unique recipes. She explores everything from artisan
breads to regional chili sauces. Born in Los Angeles,
she now resides in Bend, Oregon with her family.
High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon – Hispanic Culture
Celebration – April 2006 Maryhill Museum of Art,
Goldendale, Washington – People, Places and
Perceptions: A Look at Contemporary Latino Art in the
Northwest, July – Nov. 2005.
Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington – Dia de
los Muertos event, October 2004, 2005.
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon –Solo
exhibit, North Gallery. April 1995.
Books & Periodicals- wrote
Paint Happy, written and illustrated by Cristina Acosta.
Published by North Light Books, an F&W publication,
Cincinnati, Ohio. August, 2002. 119 page adult art
instructional book. Reprinted September 2004.
Books -- Illustrated
When Woman Became the Sea, illustrated by Cristina
Acosta, written by Susan Strauss, published by Beyond
Words Publishing, Portland, Oregon. ©1998. 32 page
children’s picture book.
Books -- Contributed
Discovering Your Visual Voice, by Dakota Mitchell and
Lee Haroun, Northlight Books, Feb. 2007, selected
images of paintings.
Triumph of Our Communities – Four Decades of Mexican
American Art, by Gary D. Keller and Amy Phillips, Bilingual
Press/Editorial Bilingue, Arizona State University. Page
16 featuring Acosta’s paintings.
Ceramic Art Tile for the Home, by Debora Goletz, Shiffer
Books, Images of tile kitchen and hand painted bowl on
the foreword pages 6 and 7, and three other pages in the
Tile by Jill Herbers, Artisan, a Div. of Workman Publishing
Company, Inc., New York, NY, ©1996, page 80. Picture of
custom tile kitchen (Crane Kitchen, Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Brief description and listing in the appendices.
Handbuilt Ceramics, by Kathy Triplett, Lark Books,
Asheville, NC, ©1997, Picture of Cristina’s hand painted
ceramic pitchers, attribution.
The Clay Lover’s Guide to Making Molds, by Pierce
Clayton, Lark Books Div. Altamont Press, Asheville, NC,
©1977. Page 52, picture of Cristina’s three mosaic
lamps, attribution. p.117 - picture of Cristina’s hand
painted ceramic teapot.
Periodicals -- Contributed
Latina Style, Su Casa, Vol. 11, No.2 and No.3, No. 5.
Ongoing Home Décor Column 2005, 2006
Palette Magazine, June 2005. Article for painters.
Latina Style, Vol. 9, No. 6, 2003 (Dec.), Sun-Drenched or
Subdued? Oregon-based Latina artist Cristina Acosta
offers tips on how to make sure the colors of your home
reflect the colors of your life. Page 16.
Keller Morris Fine Art – Palm Desert, CA 2005, 2006
Onda Arte Latina – Portland, Oregon – 2005, 2006
Cathy Pettibone Gallery – Bend, Oregon – Paintings 2006
Cristina Acosta Art Gallery -- Bend, Oregon – Paintings,
etc. 1998 to 2004.
Cleaverheads Gallery – Monterey, California – Paintings,
April 2004 – Nov. 2005.
Glass Chameleon Gallery – Bend, Oregon – Paintings
and ceramics. 1998-2000.
Mirror Pond Gallery – Bend, Oregon -- Paintings and
ceramics. 1994 to 1998.
Blue Spruce Gallery-- Bend Oregon -- Ceramics and
Paintings. 1991 to 1997.
Mockingbird Gallery – Bend, Oregon -- Paintings. 1995-
Oregon Public Broadcasting, Art Beat weekly show. April
2007. Host KC Cowan. 10 min. Interview with paintings
and design work.
KATU – A.M. Northwest, Jan. 2003, Portland, Oregon.
Introduction of Paint Happy book and related book
signings. Cristina teaches the two show hosts to
successfully draw with two hands.
Mi Gente! My People, Show #4 Jan. 7, 1998, New York,
NY, NBC affiliate. Showed tile and brief description.
Small Business 2000 -- Interview by Hattie Bryant. Shown
on National Public Broadcasting. Topic covered the “OK”
business-consulting group. Interview displayed tile and
paintings. Fall Season 1996.
KCAL – Los Angeles, California, Channel 9. The fires of
Autumn, new piece discussing renovation after fire
devastation. Tile shown with Bolivar (Pasadena, CA
distributor) presentation, October 27, 1994. Page 33
KTVA – Bend, Oregon. Studio visit and Interview -- tiles
and painting. Aprx. 5 minute segment, Sunday evenings
and weekday news trailer. Spring 1991.
KTVA – Bend, Oregon. Interview highlighting billboard
work and teaching at High Desert Museum. Approx. 5
minutes. Spring 1989.
Teaching & Presentations
Art Workshops: nationwide. Curriculum based on Paint
Happy . Present.
Pacific University, Feminist Studies Program and the
Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ
– Female Spirituality Conference. Acosta’s presentation,
“Retablos and Ex-votos, a Spiritual Journey” was part of
the “Women’s Altars—Beyond Borders” presentation.
Lecture and art. Forest Grove, OR March 16, 20002.
Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Folklife Program, Las
Artes Tradicionales en las Comunidad, 4-week class,
Retablos Ex-votos, a traditional Latino art form. March
Mirror Pond Art Gallery – One day “Licensing Art”
workshop. Spring 1998.
Central Oregon Community College, Bend, Oregon.
Classes 100 and 200 levels: Figure Drawing, Basic
Drawing, Oil and Acrylic Painting. Part-time, Sept. 1990 to
The High Desert Museum, Bend Community College,
Bend Metro Parks & Recreation. Occasional classes
--1988 till 1996.
Habitat for Humanity - Bend, OR Branch: 2004/2005
Garnered an apx. $20,000. Grant from Benjamin Moore
Corporate for paint for the Silverlake subdivision. Donated
my color consulting services to the clients.
Latina Magazine annual award listing: February 2004,
“What We Love: 47 People, Places, & Cositas every
mujer must know.” Page 105, #33 –“One of the best
places in the country to find whimsical Latino artist is –
Surprise!-- Bend, Oregon at the CristinaAcosta Art
ASW- Art Supply Warehouse “cover contest”,$1,000. Prize
plus featured cover artist “Winter Sale” catalog. The
painting “Juggling Stars”. Feb 2003.
Central Oregon Arts Association – 1984 to present
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – 1999-
Willamette Writers Guild – 2003 to present
GAG – Graphic Artist’s Guild 1998 to 2000
TCA – Tile Council of America 1997 to 2000
Tile Heritage Foundation – 1995 to 2000