Have you wanted to explore painting on surfaces such as paper, cardboard, sheetrock or plaster? 


Are you looking for a direct way to paint onto paper or cardboard using encaustic, acrylic or oils?


Would you like to create many pieces that help to generate new ideas?

In addition to learning new processes and technical information about alternative substrates, this workshop will further expand your knowledge of how paint, drawing materials and other mark-making mediums react to different paint surfaces.

Painting with encaustic, acrylic, mixed-media, and oil on paper, cardboard, plaster, and sheetrock can be liberating and lead to discover. Discovering new approaches towards painting van free you up and allow for further growth in other work you create.

Class assignments will include spontaneously producing multiple pieces that may function as stand-alone works

In the four 90-minute live classes, content from pre-recorded demos will be discussed in lectures, live demos and in-depth Q&A to broaden the foundation of your creative practice.  This course will also include a resource guide identifying where to get the best materials and supplies.

3 months of access to the live courses recordings. Course is limited to 20 students.

Jeff Hirst - Printmaking & Painting

Topics and concepts covered in the course:

  • How to use alternative substrates with painting media including encaustic, acrylic and oil. This includes using paper, cardboard, plaster, and sheetrock.
  • Create images that utilize layering in an economical way.
  • Create paintings that incorporate and emphasize drawing as a structural element within the work.
  • Spontaneously develop shape, line, and color
  • Emphasis on intuitive development thinking through investigation and play.
  • Various use of tools
  • How to create multi-layered paintings that highlight the painting surface.
  • Thinking about the surfaces you paint on.
  • Rapid fire sketching
  • Succession drawing and sketchbooks
  • Introduction of painters using surfaces in unique ways while painting with encaustic.
  • Composition challenges when creating paintings.
  • Learn how to translate drawings into paintings
  • Class exercises to further inspire and brainstorm possibilities
  • Further reveal and define your voice through unusual juxtapositions


This class is an excellent fit for those looking to "shake-up" their painting practice and make many paintings during the course.
Prior to each class, participants will watch the pre-recorded content and complete the assignment for the live class session. 

Jeff Hirst - Printmaking & Painting

I have always loved playing and experimenting with different substrates such as plaster, sheetrock and cardboard. The idea that a painting grows and evolves from the beginning of the prepared surface is especially interesting to me and reenforces the uniqueness of each piece. I love the how John Cage would prepare a piano before playing and how the preparation further individualizes the music. I look at preparing each substate in a way that will enhance the uniqueness of each painting or drawing.

~ Jeff Hirst



Q:Do I need experience painting on alternative materials?

A: No, only the desire to experiment and push yourself to unknown places..


Q: How do I access the class?

A: Once you purchase the class, you will have access to the course content (pre-recorded, handouts, and live meeting s. Each unit shows the day, time, and how to join the live session on Zoom. Classes will take place live on Zoom. The recorded live sessions will be uploaded to the course for replay.


Q: Will we produce much work in the class?

A: Yes! We will produce many pieces (maybe over 100) in the 4 weeks and realize these pieces as finished pieces as well as prototypes for larger works.

Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?

A: You can email Jeff at [email protected].


Jeff is a generous teacher, focused but relaxed. I am primarily a painter and came with very little printmaking instruction; Jeff made the principles of the specific techniques accessible and clear, yet was open and very encouraging of experimentation, including mixing printmaking types and even other media.

~ Peggy E. ~

Jeff Hirst is one of my favorite teachers! His love of the work comes out in the enthusiasm he shows for the work of his students, and his patience helps us through the rough patches when we want to be as good as he is. His unique combination of artistic and teacher skills make classes a joy to participate in. I always look forward to spending two days with Jeff. 

~ Nancy D. ~

Jeff is an accomplished and talented artist who shares his knowledge and techniques with such enthusiasm that it is contagious. Each class presented a new challenge that included suggestions to combine methods from previous lessons. With Jeff, I was introduced to monoprint, intaglio, collagraph, and screenprinting. And more! I observed firsthand how a creative artist pushes the limits and experiments in a fun and safe way!

~ Kathy E. ~

Jeffrey Hirst's class on mixed media printmaking was terrific and I would highly recommend it. He provided lots of information, guidance, and instruction on various types of printmaking. But he also fostered a learning environment that allowed for experimentation with the various media. And if it worked out - fine, and if not, he exhibited great patience and encouragement for my trying it differently next time. I also appreciated his honest and candid feedback about my work. That is how I learn best. And finally, Jeff was personable with a great sense of humor. Our class had a wonderful week working with him.

~ Carol R. ~

The workshop was one of my all-time favorites! I feel energized and feel the courage to continue experimenting! I needed this!!!

~ Michele B. ~

I appreciate how your class was accessible to beginners as well as advanced printmakers. You welcome all levels and anyone can improve and expand their artistic language from your teachings. I think our students were at various levels and I could see that it wasn't boring for advanced students as well as not overwhelming for beginners. And thank you for your friendly, patient, and generous attitude and making the class fun. There was a good vibe and we learned a ton! Your printmaking workshop was a creatively magical experience and I was so sad to see it end. I hope you enjoyed your time in Cullowhee and hope you come back!

~ Dawn B. ~