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Meditation on Maria Prymachenko’s Bold Colors with Anjelika Deogirikar Grossman

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Wednesday, February 28, 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST

When I saw Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko’s paintings up-close, I was instantly taken away by the bold, bright colors of her work. My notes from the exhibit I recently visited included “bright, bright colors!” A self-taught artist, Maria worked in the naïve art style. Her work reflects the kaleidoscope of Ukrainian folk art from paintings on paper, painted earthenware pottery, and colorful cross-stitch embroidery, known as vyshyvanka. In 2009, UNESCO declared that was the year of Prymachenko.

Inspired by Maria’s bold use of color, participants will create a zine filled with floral patterns! An upcoming holiday that my family celebrates is International Women’s Day on March 8th, which we usually celebrate by sending greetings and flowers to women in our lives. We’ll create a zine of flowers for you to send to a friend! “Zines” comes from the word “magazine.” While we will create one-of-kind zines, we’ll also discuss some ways to reproduce your zine if you want to make copies to share!

The instructor will donate a portion of profits from the session to Sunflower for Peace, a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization mobilizing medical and humanitarian aid for people affected by violence in Ukraine learn more at

Join Zoom 15 minutes early (4:45pm) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 5:05pm PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!

  • Your favorite brightest watercolor paints (think CfM Fuchsia, Fluorescent Brick Red, ultramarine blue, french vermillion)
  • 2-3 sheets of mixed media paper — considerations for making a zine with watercolor: a) paper weight around 98 lbs or a weight that will be easy for you to fold and cut and that will hold up watercolor paint; and b) a size that will be comfortable to paint on and fold up (one option from Case for Making: Strathmore Mixed Media Drawing Pads that you can tear out:
  • 1 piece of scrap paper for swatching
  • 1 piece of scrap copy paper for warm-ups and sketching
  • 1-2 Brushes (Anjelika’s preference is small round size 2-4 for details, and larger brush size 6-8 for backgrounds)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Water
  • Paper towel



Anjelika found her love for CfM when she was on the hunt for the perfect watercolors to match the landscape of Death Valley and Mojave Desert back in 2019. She loves typography, design and color theory and draws inspiration from textiles, political posters, and patterns found in nature. She is an artist-in-residence at the Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.. She is a scientist, researcher, and educator; by day, Anjelika is the Associate Director of the Massive Data Institute at Georgetown University.

See more of Anjelika’s work on her Instagram at @anjelika and @democracypostcards.


All workshops are recorded and the replay will be automatically available the day after class to everyone who paid for a spot! The link to the recording will expire 30 days after the date of the workshop.

Zoom links will be sent via email 24 hours and 15 minutes prior to the workshop; please check out using the email to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the class, please check your spam folder first and email

** If you’d like to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open up the spot! We are only able to refund if we’re notified at least 48 hours prior to the workshop.

*** Each class is currently capped at 40 people, but we will be offering 5 free spots per class to people with financial need. Financial aid spots are first come, first serve.


Thank you so much for taking our workshops. We do ask if you are planning on teaching in the future by using anything you’ve learned from us, to please credit Case for Making + the individual instructor where applicable.