He’s known around Dayton for his easy smile, laid-back attitude and, of course, for his vibrant abstract-on-rusted-steel paintings. Mike Elsass will be bringing his jokes and his painting know-how to King’s Yard for two outdoor workshops. It’s similar to the programs I run as an artist in residence at Miraval Spa in Arizona about three times a year,” Elsass said. “It’s a rush ahead of the brain: ready, fire, aim. You paint first and get introspective later.”
The participants will learn to use color, texture and paint ‘in the moment.’ They will paint several pieces, and take home a piece of artwork. There are no age limits. Those who present paid receipts will receive all the painting materials and supplies they will need. The cost is $70 for one workshop, and $140 for both. Registrations are being accepted now through the day of the workshop.
“Everyone puts on a white tuxedo shirt. It will be a day on location, so to speak,” Elsass said. “It’s letting yourself go with no fear and no mistakes. That’s really the way I paint.”
Elsass has painted and taught throughout the U.S. and Canada. His mentor is the late, great Roger Sayre. His artwork is represented in fine art galleries throughout the country, including Christine Klinger’s Springs Gallery in Yellow Springs.
“Come prepared to get messy and have fun,” Klinger said.