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Meet the Teacher: Meet Tracy Weinzapfel

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our class teachers so you can learn about the projects they’ll be teaching and why you should register for their classes.

Today we meet Tracy Weinzapfel!

Meet Tracy Weinzapfel

Tracy is teaching one of the classes in our expanded mixed media track. Register for In Full Bloom With Tracy Weinzapfel and learn techniques you can incorporate on canvas, art journals and so many more surfaces. Read our interview with Tracy to find out more about her class in Daytona Beach!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a DecoArt Artist, Dynasty Artisan and licensed product designer with Dare 2b Artzy who hosts a show on the Internet called Mixed Media Monday. I have a passion for teaching and sharing my love for painting, and wish to encourage all to exercise their creative side!

What you see is what you get! I put it all out there every day. For me, every day has creative moments. I am happiest in my studio painting and behind my camera capturing life’s every amazing second. I live life with a creative edge. I am a full-time licensed artist who enjoys creating pieces using all types of mediums, including my favorite DecoArt products! I have been published in various arts and crafts publications. I enjoy teaching and sharing my passion for art and everything colorful. I try to live life to the fullest every day. I never know where life is taking me, but sure enjoy the creative journey and those who I cross paths with.

In a few words, tell us about the class you’re teaching at Oceans of Color.
My approach to art is one of letting it go and seeing where the painting takes you. My classes are technique based, so you will learn lots of fun techniques and be educated on the products we use. This class is for everyone – beginner to advanced – and allows you to build on skills you have and get new ones!

Why should someone take your class?
Someone should take my class for the sheer love of all things painting, to learn about the DecoArt Media products and to learn new techniques! Also, it is just flat out fun! My goal is to connect and reach everyone who takes my classes. Plus, I love to give things away (bribery works too 🙂 ).

What are you looking forward to the most at Oceans of Color?
It is an honor to be part of the Society of Decorative Painters’ painting community. Just a couple of years ago I was introduced to this wonderful world and its generous people. My style of art and teaching is unique and entertaining. I encourage everyone to paint outside the lines and trust me for that time we are given together. What comes out of the classes is amazing!

What do you love most about the painting industry?
As I said above, I find this industry to be very generous and giving. I have learned so much while being a teacher. I have been lucky to have wonderful mentors like Doxie Keller, Darla Foreman and so many others who have inspired me to keep doing what I love and find my space in this industry.

I look forward to sharing that with everyone at SDP. Along with my workshop, I am honored to be part of a Special Event called Dare 2 Create Live with Andy Skinner. I also will be at the DecoArt booth with Andy where you can stop by and see fun demonstrations from us both! I invite you all to stop by!

Register for Tracy’s class and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color. Stay tuned to meet another teacher next week right here on the SDP Blog!

Meet the Teacher: Meet Sue Bowers

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our class teachers so you can learn about the projects they’ll be teaching and why you should register for their classes.

Today we meet Sue Bowers!

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Take Sue’s acrylic class, Some Assembly Required, and paint this snowman to use for next year’s winter decorations! Read our interview with Sue to learn more about why you should join her in Daytona Beach!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I started taking classes in 1985 and started teaching in 1986. It was by chance that I was asked to teach, and I found how much I enjoyed sharing things I had learned with students. Over the years I have come to specialize in designing Santa, but as you can see at Conference I will be teaching how to paint winter’s other friend – a snowman!

One of the things I’ve learned is the techniques for one medium can carry over to many others. I continue to take classes because I believe we should always continue learning. I love mixed media, and I have done many projects in that area, both teaching and taking.

I’ve served on the SDP Board of Directors as President and Treasurer. I also have been very active in many SDP Committees and Chapters. I work a full-time job, but it allows for flexible hours so I try to fit painting into that. Recently, I started teaching fun canvas classes at work, and they love it; many have never touched a brush before.

My husband and I live in Oklahoma City with our two dogs, a two-year-old Golden Retriever/Lab mix, Zoey, and a six-month-old Chocolate Lab, Stella.

In a few words, tell us about the class you’re teaching at Oceans of Color.
This is a fun class in which you’ll learn to space out the area and tape it off to get nice results of a border and window panes. In always looking for something a little different – why not mix up the parts and put them back together? A puzzle so to speak, any way you want.

Why should someone take your class?
Let’s make something that looks hard so very easy! The finished project is easy to pack to get home, so don’t worry about the size. You’ll have a new decoration for next winter, and a new project that’s easy enough to make again for gift giving.

What are you looking forward to the most at Oceans of Color?
I always look forward to seeing so many of my friends that I only get to see once a year. I also always seem to meet someone new to add to that list for the next year!

What do you love most about the painting industry?
I have moved a few times around the states and can always find someone who paints and makes me feel welcome in my new home. Having been in the same place now for 12 years I enjoy attending conventions when I can; there are always people I know and everyone is part of the great, wonderful, big group of painters.

Register for Sue’s class and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color. Stay tuned to meet another teacher next week right here on the SDP Blog!

Meet the Teacher: Meet Wendy Watson

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our class teachers so you can learn about the projects they’ll be teaching and why you should register for their classes.

Today we meet Wendy Watson ADP!

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In Wendy’s class Keep Your Fork, you’ll use colored pencils and acrylics to paint a fancy fork! Read our interview with Wendy to learn more about why you should join her in Daytona Beach!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I began my art “career” at the ripe old age of seven with a box of pastels from my grandmother. Art has always been a part of my life. I often included illustrations with school reports and projects. I obtained a degree in theater and costume design, and was active in community theater for many years. I discovered decorative painting in 1986 and have been addicted ever since. I began teaching in 1987 when friends asked me to “show them how to do that!” I have my own teaching studio a few steps from my home and teach on a regular basis.

In a few words, tell us about the class you’re teaching at Oceans of Color.
Several years ago, I heard a story entitled “Keep Your Fork, the Best is Yet to Come.” Ever since that time I have wanted to design something with a fork. I found an old fork that was perfect for what I wanted to do and at 3am, I woke up with the color palette and techniques that I wanted to try.

Why should someone take your class?
This project involves acrylic and colored pencil. Although I will have the painting portion of the project completed for you; you will have the opportunity to try basic colored pencil techniques to create the detailed values and shapes of the fork. The neutral color palette goes with most decorating schemes and is a wonderful value study. I have a surprise technique that I used for the background and will demonstrate before we start using the pencils!

What are you looking forward to the most at Oceans of Color?
For me, the best part of going to the annual SDP Conference & Expo is meeting up with all the friends that I have made over the years. This year, I am really looking forward to a few walks on the beach and sinking my toes into the sand!

What do you love most about the painting industry?
What I love most about the painting industry are the people. They speak my language! Of course I love all the great products that stimulate my creative juices and motivate me to try new things.

Register for Wendy’s class and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color. Stay tuned to meet another teacher next week right here on the SDP Blog!