Heard Art & Science Workshops

Valentine from the Pantry

February 1, 2020, 3-5 PM   - Canceled 

Join us for a unique afternoon creating a beautiful, one-of-a-kind Valentine with local animal artist Leslee Ortega. Using watercolor paint made from pantry items such as paprika, turmeric and coffee, pressed Art & Science workshop - valentine in the pantryflowers and recycled cardboard, we’ll create beautiful, one-of-a-kind art featuring the threatened Black Bear, Ursus americanus. Each participant will personalize his or her own project! Beginners are welcome and all materials are provided. This workshop is led by Leslee Ortega.

$45 non-members, $40 Heard Museum members. Pre-registration is required and registration closes January 29. Class size is limited to 15. Ages 12+. Children ages 12-17 may attend this workshop without an adult with completion of a Emergency Medical & Liability Release (included on the registration form).

About Leslee Ortega: Leslee Ortega is an award winning McKinney artist who has developed an expertise in contemporary pet portraits as part of her studio work.  She is most recognized for her animal portraits where she paints with a combination of super vivid color and contemporary realism.  However, her most recent exhibit explored a very different aesthetic. Canines in Coffee was executed strictly in the medium of coffee.  The resulting dog portraits were in the soft tones of a palette dictated by the earth the coffee is grown in and the way it is picked, roasted, packaged and shipped.  Leslee says that coffee is surprisingly tactile as paint and when working with it she feels a strong connection to the people involved it its production.  Each type of coffee used results in a slightly different earth shade, creating a variety of beautiful effects.  Born and raised in Oregon, this exploration of organic materials as paint feels deeply familiar to her, and has her excited about painting with other kinds of natural substances. Leslee loves Valentine’s Day, and has been making personalized, handcrafted valentines for her family for over 25 years! Her enthusiasm for making these gifts will be shared in her workshop. Her work can also be found at Last Gallery/Louisiana Street Artists in McKinney and at www.lesleeortegaart.com.