Robert Burridge
Watermedia and Collage
Postmodern Painter Meets the Contemporary Collage Artist

Robert Burridge
Feb 28 – Mar 4, 2011
9:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Robert Burridge was an Industrial Designer who, after 25 years in the business, left the corporate world to be a full time, contemporary painter. Today he is a juror for international exhibits and a college and workshop instructor. He is currently the Honorary President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

He is a Signature Member Philadelphia Watercolor Society and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. His honors include the Franklin Mint Award and the prestigious Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s Crest Medal for Achievement in the Arts.

The Crest Medal Award was previously awarded to Picasso, John Singer Sargent, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Robert Burridge’s work is featured in many books and magazines, on Starbucks Coffee mugs, Pearl Vodka bottles and on eight commercial tapestries. His paintings can be seen in galleries, cruise ships, corporate spaces, universities and embassies worldwide.

In this exciting workshop, students will learn to fearlessly combine acrylic paint with fine art collage materials. Remember the expressive and dynamic work of Matisse, Rauschenburg, Diebenkorn, Motherwell…? Using an assortment of materials, you too can glue, assemble and paint your way to producing groundbreaking art work, in this innovative workshop!

Art School Fundamentals are covered including:

  • Mixed media paint
  • Construction
  • Textured surfaces
  • Assemblage
  • Composition
  • Photo transfers
  • Color theory
  • Create a series of works, on paper or canvas, based on your life experiences, personal themes and goals
  • Copyright materials
  • Ethics
  • Art marketing
  • Daily information handhouts
  • Paint demo and lectures
  • Personal critiques

Come prepared to have an exhausting, exhilarating painter’s experience.

Register for this workshop by mailing your $75 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit to Artists’ Showplace Gallery, 15615 Coit Rd., #230, Dallas, TX 75248, or with a credit card by calling 972-233-1223. Workshop spaces are reserved in the order the deposit is received. Deposit is refunded if the workshop is canceled. The balance is due 30 days before the start of the workshop.
Click to see more of Robert Burridge's art at his website.

Suggested Materials List:

  • Your choice of Acrylics.
Robert recommends: Holbein Acryla Acrylic Polymer Paints:
  • Flame Red-Marigold
  • Yellow -Cad Yellow Light
  • Cad Yellow Orange-Middle Green
  • Cad Green Light-Compose Blue #1
  • Compose Blue #2-Katsura Blue
  • Compose Rose-Violet
  • Luminous Opera-Pearl Gold
  • Titanium White-Lamp Black

Other Suuplies:

  • A few deep mixing trays or tubs, like microwave food trays, disposable containers, etc.


  • Acrylic/Synthetic/Combos
  • 1/2" Flat or Round
  • 1" Flat or Round
  • Several 2" and 3" cheap, disposable bristle brushes from the hardware store. NO FOAM BRUSHES
  • Murphys Oil Soap, "Original Formula."


  • Two full Sheets of 300 lb. CP watercolor paper each day. They must be pre-gessoed with a thin layer of acrylic gesso. Brush or trowel it on one side only, then let dry. Do not roll it up, bring it flat.

    Robert Burridge recommends Fabriano Artistico 300 Ib CP. Before class, take one sheet and cut up into 10" squares. You'll get 6 squares per sheet.


  • 1 small canvas up to 16 x16 per day
  • 1 pint of thick white professional acrylic gesso.Robert uses Cheap Joe's one coat (Red label) or Utrecht's Professional Gesso, since it's thicker than most.
  • Hand Barrier cream or Nitrile gloves
  • Derwent Water Soluble Drawing Pencil, #8B
  • Lazertran Transfer Papers w/images already in place available at Dick Blick
  • Copy of National Geographic magazine
  • Bottle of concentrated Citra-Solv (not spray bottle) found in most natural food stores

Other Supplies:

  • Glue: Polymer Gel Medium (gloss or matte)
  • Your own collection of paper scraps, old letters, music sheets, photos (Xerox prints from a copier), fabric and anything else that may seem interesting
  • Final Coat: Water-based POLYMER VARNISH with UVLS, such as Holbein's Crystal Vanish, Lascaux, Golden or similar for sealing all paintings in either gloss or matte.
  • One gallon water bucket
  • Small plastic sheet (4 ml polyethylene) to cover the table
  • Roll of VIVA paper towels
  • Color Wheel for reference, such as Robert Burridge's Goof Proof Color Wheel
  • Rubbing alcohol from the drug store

Important: No hair dryers, easels or cell phones will be allowed in this workshop.

If you have any other questions, please call Teta Smith at 214-244-9449