The Richmond Register

September 3, 2013

RAAC offers decorative painting class beginning Sept. 18

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The Richmond Area Arts Council is pleased to announce its new series of decorative painting classes

The first class will be taught Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.

The first two classes will involve painting your favorite quilt square on a 12x16 canvas using acrylic paint colors of your choice. At the end of the second class, you will leave with a personally designed canvas quilt hanging suitable for a foyer, wall, fireplace covered porch, or sheltered door. The tuition for this two-week class is $35.

No prior experience in painting or drawing is necessary.  All you need is a desire to paint. The canvases will already have quilt designs prepared for you. Simply choose which you like best and you’re ready to paint. The instructor will guide you through the process and give any one-on-one help that is needed.

Canvas, acrylic paint, finishing spray, paint smocks and most other supplies will be provided. Students will supply the following:

• Apron or old t-shirt

• 12-inch ruler

• Pencil with eraser

• 1-inch regular paint brush - like you use around the house

• Paper towels or an old hand towel to clean brushes

• 3 artist paint brushes: #2 flat, #8 flat, liner

After the first two classes, the focus will turn to tole painting. The supply list and cost for subsequent classes may change with different projects.

Tole painting is the folk art of freehand decorative painting on tin, wood, canvas, household objects and furniture.

Typical metal objects include utensils, coffee pots and similar household items.

Wooden objects include tables, chairs, and chests, including hope chests, toy boxes and jewelry boxes.

The practice began in 18th century New England, and was also extensively used among German immigrants in Pennsylvania.

The instructor for this class is Jessie Arrowood. She and her husband Bill moved to Richmond 10 years ago from Michigan.

She discovered her love for painting as a young mother, when she took her first tole painting class. She has painted on tin, canvas, wood and furniture.

For her, painting is therapeutic and pure joy. Any problem seems smaller with a paint brush in her hand and one painting project just leads to an idea for the next one.

She  would like you to love it as much as she does.

For more details, visit, e-mail or call call 624-4242.