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*GUEST SESSION* Painting in Negative Space with Tess Rubenstein

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Thursday, July 14, 5:00-6:30pm PST

This workshop will explore the interplay between positive and negative space. We’ll shift focus from subject to background as we practice design elements such as silhouette, simplified form, and compositional balance. Rather than placing emphasis on any particular subject (the positive space) we’ll create our composition by highlighting the space around that subject (the negative space). In doing so, we’ll develop a fresh perspective on composition, and practice a playful new approach to working with watercolors.

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


  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scrap paper for sketching
  • Watercolor set - as many colors as desired
  • One medium sized round brush (large will work as well)
  • Mixing palette
  • Water jar
  • Paper towels or rag
  • Minimum 3 or 4 sheets of Watercolor paper, any size


Tess Rubinstein is an artist and naturalist based in coastal California. She received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2017, and has since worked as an art teacher, outdoor educator, and illustrator. She works in variety of mediums including screen printing, painting, textile design, and the occasional mural. 


View more of Tess’ work on Instagram @tessrubinstein

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 session.

*Each class is currently capped at 40 people, but we will be offering 5 free spots per class to people with financial need. Email if you would like to request a spot. Free spots are first come, first serve.

**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 session.

***Links to sessions will be sent via email 24 hours and 15 minutes prior to the session; 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 session, please check your spam folder first and email