Expressive and Spontaneous Knife Painting

Red Fox - Acrylic Knife Painting - Michele Traum

Title: Expressive and Spontaneous Knife Painting

Type of Class: Oils and Acrylic, Palette Knife

Instructor: Michele Traum

Time: 10 am to 4 pm


Dates: Oct 18 and 19, 2019

Price: $225/200 members

Discover your unique expressive and spontaneous style! Creative self-expression is a natural human gift. Pair this with your artistic talent for a potentially dynamic result. Learn how painting boldly, quickly, loosely and intuitively can bring you back to the free-spirited nature you had as a child. Allow yourself to escape a self-imposed concept of how you think you should paint.


Michele will teach you to take risks and become more confident in your self-expression. You will bring out your expressive and spontaneous artist in this fast-paced workshop, learning knife painting techniques, composition skills and color mixing. Reference photos in various subjects will be provided but please bring the photos that inspire you.


Build your creative painting capabilities with demonstrations and individual instruction from artist and educator Michele Traum.

Michele Traum has taught many workshops on the Eastern Shore.  Here are testimonials from her past students:

“Trying a new painting method or medium is stressful, but Michele made us comfortable and gave us confidence to explore and learn.”


“I loved all the knowledge shared freely by Michele in this workshop. She’s a very encouraging and supportive teacher! I loved how she works with each person individually.”


“Michele’s instructions were very clear and I learned so many new techniques and general art education.”


“Michele is an outstanding teacher with a keen eye for what works and what needs improvement. Her easy-to-understand instruction is combined with unparalleled patience and a gentle spirit. Michele is always encouraging and her criticism is constructive, never demeaning or demoralizing. Under Michele’s guidance, I was amazed at the art I was able to produce.”


“I had an excellent experience in Michele’s workshop with demonstrations, color mixing and individual help. I would definitely recommend this workshop to a friend and also I’ll take it again!”


“This was the best workshop I have had in such a long time. Thank you for your encouragement, patience, expertise and good humor.”


“The individual instruction was well done and helped me execute the process while encouraging my personal style. I enjoyed your teaching style and supportive attitude.”


“Michele is a very generous teacher. She demonstrated the process and then evaluated each student’s ongoing work while providing good insights.”


“This workshop gave me more confidence in overlaying color with a painting knife by using the four stage painting process.”

Michele has always been driven by the desire to create and express herself with art. She paints to capture nature’s beauty – from soft and subtle to bold and dynamic colors. And she teaches her painting process to help artists realize that with passion and drive they can create art filled with light and color.


Michele’s current portfolio includes mostly landscape oil paintings. Her preferred painting method is with a knife because of the immediacy and vibrancy of color it offers. She has found that knife oil painting works very well for applying many colors from subdued to bold, inviting the viewer to find and visually blend these colors to share in the stories her paintings tell.


An award winning artist, Michele’s paintings are included in numerous private art collections throughout the U.S. Her art education includes Rhode Island School of Design along with acclaimed artists Susan Sarback and Michael Chesley Johnson.



A $25 fee will be charged for all class refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to seven (7) days prior to class start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the class.


A $75 fee will be charged for all workshop refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to one (1) month prior to the workshop start date. Thereafter, norefunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the workshop.


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