Heartland Artist Workshop

Art by Catherine Kirkland

If you're an acrylic painter looking for a paint-mixing challenge or wanting to explore abstract art, then this workshop is for you! You'll stretch your painting talent through abstract exercises, both in sketches and painting, and will expand your color-mixing skills through the use of a limited set of primary colors.

A Zorn palette is four colors: black, red yellow and white.  The challenge is mixing a pleasing array of colors to create an abstract painting.  We'll also have fun using non-traditional tools for applying paint to your artwork. 

Cost includes 12 hours of professional instruction and lunch both days.


2022 Instructor:

Lenexa artist Catherine Kirkland knew from childhood that she wanted to be an artist. She was a studio art major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Before retiring as an award-winning art director, illustrator, and graphic designer, Catherine began painting again in earnest. Her style has evolved from representational landscapes and figural works to vivid abstracts in pointillism and works in the limited Zorn palette. Catherine’s artwork was recognized with several awards in juried exhibitions in the Kansas City metro region. In 2019, a large collection of her work was purchased and installed in The Lofts at City Center in Lenexa.




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In Person

Visit the Merriam Community Center at 6040 Slater St.

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Call 913-322-5550

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