Hristi Wilbur

Botanical Explorations in Acrylic

September 27-October 2, 2020 (Four Teaching Days)

This workshop has three main objectives: 1) To expose you to a wide variety of acrylic mixed media techniques. 2) To help you create four different, archival finished works. 3) To give you enough knowledge and inspiration for your future artistic experiments. It’s designed to accommodate students at any level of experience and cater to everyone’s individual needs and artistic style. Botanicals will be the subject matter of all projects, with the unique use of real dried leaves and flowers incorporated in two of the compositions. The remaining two projects are based on acrylic skins and their use in a mixed media collage and how to achieve a stained glass, cubist effect. Reference materials will be provided, but if there are flowers or other plants you are specifically interested in, bring your photo.

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Hristi Wilbur is a fine artist and maker living in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born in Bulgaria where in 1998 she graduated from The National Academy of Art in Sofia, earning a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and a Minor in Art Education. Upon receiving a Green Card by lottery, she moved to New York City in 2001 where her artistic endeavors continued with mural projects and experimentations in acrylics. Her recent works include mixed media, acrylics and drawings. In 2006, Hristi moved to Phoenix, where she currently resides, creating and teaching art. She was part of Indie Art House in downtown Phoenix and her art was published in the 18th issue of the Artist Portfolio Magazine. She has been a member of the Phoenix Artist Guild and Arizona Artist Guild. Over the last few years, her works have been displayed at the juried shows “All Art Arizona” at Art Intersection, “Seasons and cycles” and “Tiny Art” at the Herberger Theater, a solo exhibition at the Film Bar in downtown Phoenix. Her work “Their Highness” won 1st place in the Arizona Art Supplies competition “Tools of the Trade”. In 2017 Hristi won Best of Show in the City of Glendale Plein Air competition as well as a display in the Tubac “Flight” international art show. Recently she participated in two juried shows, the Shemer Arizona Arts Festival and Tucson Festival of the Arts.

Artist Statement
Experimentation and curiosity are driving forces in my creative process. Each of my works captures the thoughts, mood, and energy of the moment it was made. At any given point, I have a maddening amount of ideas in the form of memories, impressions and sketched images that I use in my art. I don’t intend to fit into a creative mold or apply forced limitations. As a hopeless idealist, I believe that “beauty will save the world” (thank you Dostoevsky for the quote). From the time I can remember, I’m drawn to painting, and practicing art has been one of the few consistent things in my life on my journey from Bulgaria to NYC and Phoenix. Like many artists these days, I’m an obsessive visual consumer, inspired by actual and virtual imagery. In my art, representational and abstract elements often blend to create a playful and intricate mix that reflects my life experiences. No matter what theme I’m exploring, my work is fundamentally rooted in classical drawing and my love of detail. I’m drawn to the expressive quality of the line. After decades working on representational art with oil, I switched to acrylics, enjoying their incredible versatility that matches my desire for constant experimentation. I love layering- in both the actual with acrylic skins and mediums, as well as the conceptual. Living in Arizona for the last twelve years has slowly changed my color palette. The earthy, subtle, burned rust and sand hues of the desert landscape, have influenced me and transformed the coloristic qualities of my drawings and acrylic paintings.

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student (Listed price includes $150 Materials Fee): $625
(Tiered pricing not available)

Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $415
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, September 27
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - September 27-October 1
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, October 1
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, October 2
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.