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Learn to paint a mural with Rachel Kaiser at ‘Murals and Merlot’ on Friday

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Have you ever seen one of the many fantastic murals in Great Falls and felt the urge to try doing one yourself, but felt like you could never take on such a large project all by yourself?

Great Falls mural by Rachel Kaiser
Great Falls mural by Rachel Kaiser

Rachel Kaiser, one of Great Falls’ most talented muralists, this weekend leads an adult course that’s set out to show folks what’s needed to go about starting one at an event titled “Murals and Merlot.”

The class runs Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. At Paris Gibson Square. Pre-registration is required.

In an exclusive interview with Big Sky State Buzz, Kaiser said instead of using huge canvases to start with, people will get a smaller canvas but will receive instruction on how to “approach it like a mural.”

“It’s about making something big and bold based on what makes people happy and what makes them smile,” she said.

She also said she’ll also frame her instruction on creating art that isn’t based on real objects.

Murals and merlot“What I’ll really touch on is that some of the best painters and artists I know don’t know how to draw real objects,” she said. “Just because you can’t draw something from nature realistically or naturally doesn’t mean you’re not artistic. It’s more about balance, texturing, layering, the approach and your imagination.”

Kaiser added that if someone wants to create some kind of miniature mural that is based on a real-life object, they are welcome to do that, too, but she said she wants to let people know that it’s perfectly acceptable to experiment with leaving that way of painting behind, too.

“A lot of non-objective works plays with the space in a different way,” she said. “It’s a lot more conceptual than people give it credit for. It’s based on a feeling, or the basic raw place of design and art, texture, color and layering. That can be a little strange at first so I’ll also be doing a few examples of what I mean.”

The Square will provide all materials along with Hors d’ oeuvers, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.

Finally, Kaiser said it doesn’t matter if you’ve been painting for years or are brand new to it, the class is open to everyone.

“It’s going to be a fun time, and a time to just let out your inner artist, diva, poet or philosopher,” she said. “Plus you’ll get to meet other people and talk to them. It’s going to be a great time.”

Kaiser said they’re planning a future event led by Jeff Kuratnick that involves pottery, also.

Admission to Friday’s event is $40 per person. You can sign up by calling Paris Gibson Square at 727-8255.

 

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