The Liberated Brush

Sat Mar 04 2023 at 11:00 am to Sun Mar 05 2023 at 04:00 pm UTC-05:00

VAPA Center | Charlotte

Felicia van Bork
Publisher/HostFelicia van Bork
The Liberated Brush
Learn to use a few bold strokes of acrylic paint to create a dynamic portrait
About this Event

A two-day deep dive that will blow your artist mind.

$350. 8 spots available. In-person only.

WHERE: This workshop meets in the chemistry lab at VAPA, the Visual and Performing Arts Center, in Charlotte, NC. 700 N. Tryon St., free parking.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 22-24, 2022, 11-4 each day

WHO: Adult and teen artists who want to loosen up their brushwork

WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING? Just seven colors of acrylic paint, a 3/4 inch flat brush and a few other basic supplies. A list will be provided to registered participants.

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED? A tabletop or standing easel, work area, source images; water, coffee and tea.

WHY should I take this workshop? It's a rare opportunity to work with artist Felicia van Bork, without having to enroll in a college program. You'll get master-level training and plenty of one-on-one feedback.

THE DETAILS: Gestural painting involves working with dramatic, loose, bold strokes. Felicia van Bork is known for her 10- and 20-minute gestural portrait paintings. (Instagram @feliciavanbork) Felicia teaches this two-day, hands-on workshop in her witty and empathetic style. There are many laughs and "aha moments" for everyone, and nobody feels left behind. She systematically instructs us in her technique, showing us how to use the minimum number of marks to paint a portrait in acrylic. She brings together the essentials of portrait painting—proportions of the head, color mixing and brush handling—and then guides us, stroke by stroke, through our “big brush” painting exercises. Felicia says that achieving a strong likeness with loose brushwork depends on finding correct proportions from the outset. She shows us how to do this, and she also teaches the use of bold values and subtle color contrasts so that we can put “the right color in the right place, right from the beginning.”

Students have said of this workshop,

"Instruction was superior, encouraging and enlightening."

"It was perfect!"

"Felicia's teaching style is wonderful—she is knowlegeable, approachable, and very organized—makes things very clear"

"Very good, encouraging and positive. Good instructions that are easy for a novice."

"Excellent experience"

"Loved this painting workshop. Beautifully and thoughtfully organized so activities flowed from one to another without a hitch."


Felicia van Bork has been creating portraits all her life. Portraiture is the formal practice she relies on to keep her observational skills sharp. Her oil portraits of professors, philanthropists and college presidents are to be found in the collections of academic institutions across the country, and her new, dazzlingly vibrant gestural portraits have been gaining attention as she shares and teaches her acrylic portrait technique. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, and she is the Coordinator of the Printmaking Lab at the McColl Center in Charlotte.

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VAPA Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, United States


USD 375.00

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