Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing - Nashville, TN
Located on the corner of 7th Avenue South and Middleton Street one block from Lafayette Street.
Tons of free parking in front of the store.
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From your finest artwork to your newly earned diploma, Plaza frames it all! Our expert picture framing design team is ready and waiting for you to bring in your treasures.
Pumpkin Marbling with Marabu Easy Marble Paints!
Celebrate Halloween with Plaza Art! On Saturday, October 27, come to any Plaza Art Store between 1pm and 4pm and give a mini pumpkin a fantastic makeover with Marabu Easy Marble Paints. Bring your own mini pumpkin and marble for free! We will have mini pumpkins for sale for $2.99 (while supplies last). Please do not bring a mini pumpkin larger than 5 inches across. And don’t miss the Marabu Flash Sale! On Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, all Marabu products will be 40% off list!
8th Annual Hands on Creativity
40+ FREE Art Activities, Demonstrations, and Presentations. A weekend to explore and learn - Free Samples, Door Prizes and more!
Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing is excited to present the 2018 Hands on Creativity annual event in Nashville! On Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 11am-4pm, professional artists will demonstrate various media, techniques, and styles. Creative demos and hands-on activities will include airbrushing, drawing, acrylic and oil painting, screen printing, and much more. Along with ongoing demonstrations and activities for all ages and skill levels, there will be free samples and door prizes! There’s something for everyone at Hands on Creativity. If you’re looking for an artistic outlet on October 27-28, come to this annual event at Plaza Artist Materials. We can’t wait to get creative with you!
For more information, download the Nashville Hands On Creativity pdf
Featured Vendor Activities and Demonstrations
Marabu – Art & Craft Paints
Join Marabu Artist and educator, Frances Tyler as she demonstrates the fun and versatile line of Mixed Media applications of their Fashion Sprays, Fashion Shimmer, Easy Marble, Stencils, Art Crayons and more! Learn all about the countless uses of this versatile Mixed Media line of art materials. Marabu is inspiring people to create something unique!
Ampersand – Painting Panels
Meet Elaine Salazar, owner of this unique and innovative company whose passion is panel painting! Explore exciting surface techniques that will help your paintings explode with color, nuance, and detail. Artists now have a full range of panels from Claybord to Gessobord to the Artist Panel.
Speedball – Printmaking, Inks & Supplies
We will be featuring their screen and block printing supplies and so many other tools for the print maker and artist. Factory expert, Stacey Kelley and Mar Augelli will be on hand to demonstrate Screen Printing and Printmaking. Make a great impression!
Liquitex – Acrylic Paint, Mediums & Tools
The biggest acrylic company in the world. Discover their diverse range of professional products including Markers, Inks, Sprays, Mediums and so much more. They also were the first company to introduce Cadmium Free colors with a focus on sustainability. And introducing their new acrylic gouache!
Winsor & Newton – Paint
The leader in Oils, Watercolors, Gouache, Acrylics, Markers and now Arches Watercolor Paper and more! Experts Eric Malmquist and Nick Scrimenti will be joined by Artist, Barbara Hutchinson.
Golden Artist Colors – Acrylic Paint
Recognized as the most innovative acrylic company with over 50 mediums and gels, giving the artist endless possibilities. The corporate mission of Golden Artist Colors is "To grow a sustainable company dedicated to creating and sharing the most imaginative and innovative tools of color, line, and texture for inspiring those who turn their vision into reality." Experts Jean Beasley and Justin Burns will be on hand.
Daniel Smith - Watercolors
Join art materials expert, Scott Stevenson and sample watercolors from Daniel Smith, the company that makes the largest range of watercolors of any manufacturer. The 240+ color collection includes the exciting PrimaTek watercolors made from minerals (like Amethyst) plus other unique colors (like Moonglow) not available elsewhere, and Luminescent Watercolors which allow artists to cap¬ture the radiant colors that exist in nature that regular watercolors cannot capture!
Sign up for FREE Expert-Led Workshops
Each workshop includes free product and literature samples! Class sizes are limited and registration is required. Please call 615-254-3368 - extension 4 to reserve your spot.
Saturday, October 27:
9:00am - 11:00am Speedball: Screen Printing on Different Surfaces – With Stacey Kelley
Whether you’re just starting out with one of our all-in-one kits or a screen printer wanting to add to your selection of our pro tools & accessories to your studio, Speedball is the only resource you need to find all things screen printing. Taught by Factory Expert, Stacey Kelley.
9:00am - 11:00am Daniel Smith Watercolors: Lecture, Samples and Hands-On – With Scott Stevenson
Join us for a fun and interesting conversation with Scott Stevenson, Sales Representative for DANIEL SMITH Manufacturing. Have questions about Quinacridone pigments? Wonder where the color Serpentine comes from? How did the color Moonglow get its name or how does DANIEL SMITH test pigments for lightfastness? What’s granulation? This is a great opportunity to ask questions in a conversational and relaxed atmosphere. The presentation will start off with the history of DANIEL SMITH Manufacturing and the many aspects of developing DANIEL SMITH products. You will see firsthand lab paint outs, minerals used to manufacture colors in the PrimaTek line and more. The finale...the exciting opportunity to sample a selection of our colors and put paint to paper!!!
11:45am - 1:30pm Winsor & Newton: Explore ProMarkers & Brush Markers - With Nick Scrimenti
The new Fine Art Collective drawing demo covers a range of Winsor & Newton ProMarkers and Brush Markers. In this hands-on event, Nick will demonstrate the blending properties of the Brush and ProMarkers and show tips and techniques to help create artwork you can be proud of. After the demo, you will have the chance to use the markers first hand to create your own artwork.
2:00pm - 4:00pm Golden: Learn About All Things Acrylic! - Sponsored by Golden Artist Colors
The GOLDEN Acrylics FREE lecture and demonstration is a fun, informative, educational and fast-paced presentation of all the products GOLDEN has to offer. The lecture covers information about the different types of acrylic paints, mediums, gels, pastes and grounds. The lecture will also cover a technical review of acrylics and their varied application possibilities, working in mixed media, printmaking, and the review of GOLDEN’s newest products including OPEN acrylics, High Flow acrylics and QoR watercolor. The lecture also covers proper ways to varnish and touches on some notes for Willamsburg Oils Paints as well. All participants will receive a free information packet, hand painted color charts and a bag of free GOLDEN product samples to take home.
Sunday, October 28:
9:00am-11:00am Speedball: Screen Print Your Own T-Shirt! – With Stacey Kelley
In this class, you will learn how to make your own stencil and print your own T-Shirt in minutes! Taught by factory expert Stacey Kelley.
9:00am-11:00am Marabu: Fun with Mixed Media – With Frances Tyler
For over 150 years, Marabu has been producing fine artist materials. Join Artist Educator Frances Tyler for a Marabu Mixed Media Workshop! She'll be sharing tips, tricks and project ideas on versatile Marabu products including Easy Marble, Art Crayons, Art Sprays and more. We'll complete a fun hands-on project that you get to keep!
11:45am-1:15pm Liquitex: Explore Paints, Mediums and Tools! - With Nick Scrimenti
When it comes to acrylics, Liquitex started it all in 1955. In this demonstration, attendees will be introduced to the acrylic brand that has been on the forefront of innovation for over 50 years. Plus, Nick will introduce their NEW Acrylic Gouache! As the #1 acrylic in the world Liquitex is the only brand to offer the most diverse range of professional products including five unique ranges of professional acrylic colors, innovative mediums, and a revolutionary range of painting tools to meet the needs of every artist. This demo is all about getting people excited about the endless possibilities of acrylic color and mediums so they can go right into the studio with tons of new ideas. Each attendee will receive a sample pack of Liquitex Artist Materials!
1:45pm-3:45pm Ampersand: Exploring Exciting Surfaces & New Techniques! – With Elaine Salazar
Explore exciting surface techniques that will help your paintings explode with color, nuance, and detail. In this hands-on workshop, led by Ampersand’s founder Elaine Salazar, all participants will try different techniques on several Ampersand panels and complete a final piece working in alcohol inks. Plus, a bonus offer – all participants get to frame their piece with the new Floaterframe right in the workshop! Whether a mixed media, oil, acrylic, graphite, or watercolor artist – you will be sure to take away new ideas and new methods from this workshop. A great time will be had by all!
Explore Alcohol Ink, Textile Paint & More!
The leading manufacturer of textile paints, mixed media and craft products. Factory Expert, Lynn Busch returns for Hands On demonstrations featuring Dye-Na Flo, Pearl Ex Pigments and their line of Alcohol Inks.
Paper Paradise: Explore Fine Artist Papers
Strathmore and Canson Papers
Paper Expert, Tom Brighton will be on hand to explain the vast variety of paper available from the largest paper company in USA.
Discover the Endless Possibilities of Paint Markers
These non-toxic, Water-Based Paint Markers can be used on almost any surface giving artists, kids, mural artists and crafters endless opportunities to create. They can be used on paper, terra-cotta, plastic, metal, textile, wood, ceramic, porcelain and glass! Art Materials Expert, Patrick Armstrong from Macphersons will have plenty of markers for you to sample.
Handwrite, Paint, Decorate, Draw and More!
The power to express! Sakura is the creator of Gelly Roll, Micron Pens, Cray Pas, Identi-Pen and so much more. Come and try them all with Art Materials Expert, Abe Hammer and Zentangle Artist, Lynn Noga.
Paint with Gamblin Oil Colors and Mediums
Gamblin Artist Colors
Their mission is to lead Oil Painting and Printmaking into the future. Their luscious colors and contemporary mediums are true to historic working properties, yet safer and more permanent. Gamblin Art Instructor, Rachael McCampbell will be demonstrating and answering your questions.
Black Ink-Graphic Products Company
Join Artist, Beth Grubb for Hands On demonstrations and learn how to use these amazing decorative papers from around the world.
General Pencil Company
Featured in the TV series, “How It’s Made”, this family owned business from New Jersey has been making pencils and more since 1889. Come and try them out with art materials expert, Stephen Thomas.
Lettering Enamels & Pinstriping!
1 Shot has been the benchmark for Lettering Enamels since 1948. Come and watch expert Pinstriper and Local Plaza Instructor, Rick Harris.
Light it Up! Digital Art Projection
Products for the Creative Mind! Come and try one of their Light Pads and Digital Projectors with the guidance of Factory Expert, Paul Anderson.
Take Your Drawing to the Next Level
Join Artist, Ophelia Staton, as she demonstrates the versatility of the Derwent line of Drawing products. From Colored Pencils to Water-soluble Media, the versatility of Derwent Products will delight the crowd.
The Magic of Mica: Adding Shine to Your Watercolors
Finetec Watercolors are made with mica, a natural product that offers a wide variety of metallic shades, from gold and silver to iridescent, shining pearl colors. These color sets can be dissolved with water and applied with a brush. Ideal for creating special effects and highlighting, they adhere to all absorbent surfaces, such as paper, wood and more!
Learn Asian Brush Painting
Featuring their line of Sumi-E watercolors, inks, brushes, papers and more! Sumi-e is a unique type of East Asian brush painting and you’ll learn tons of techniques.
Come and try the world’s finest airbrushes. Airbrushes will be set up for hands on experiment. Artist and Instructor, Michael Mucker will show you the basis of operating an airbrush. Plus, make your own FREE T-Shirt! (while supplies last).
Learn the Art of Painting with Hot Wax
Come and learn about Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Artists and Instructors, Jean Parker and Stacey Kelley will demonstrate this exciting medium.
Spray Paint Spectacular!
Try your hand at Montana Spray Paint and watch as Troy Duff creates an outside mural!
Make & Bake: Sculpting with Polymer Clay
Join Artist, Mindy Baker in making your own personal Polymer Clay piece! Polymer clay is a prime material for projects, mixed media, sculptures and crafts — whether you’re a beginner, a longtime lover of clay or just looking to get your hands moving. With its soft, pliable, workable and versatile nature, the possibilities of crafting with Sculpey® clay are endless. You can create DIY home décor, fun figurines, beautiful jewelry, amazing structures or easy crafts. When baked in a regular oven, it becomes rock hard.
Pick the Perfect Sketchbook
Stillman & Birn
This company stands out in the crowded sketchbook market, offering a unique collection of archival quality, premium sketchbooks designed to work with many different kinds of media. Come and meet Michael Kalman, owner and creator of these premium sketchbooks (Sunday only).
Local Plaza Instructors include:
Jean Parker will demonstrate R&F Encaustic Wax, Ampersand Panels, and PanPastels.
Gayle Levee will demonstrate Rembrandt Oils, Silver Brush and New Wave Palettes.
Tim Pafford will feature Fine-Tec Pearlescent Colors, Opaque Watercolors, Colored Pencils and more!
Lynn Noga will demonstrate Zentangle using Sakura Micron Pens and Strathmore Zentangle Tiles.
Elizabeth Sanford will demonstrate water colors and mixed media including Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton.
Rick Harris will demonstrate 1 Shot Lettering Enamels and Mack Pinstriping Brushes.
Olga Alexeeva will demonstrate Acrylic and attendees will participate in a group painting.
Ashley Mintz will demonstrate Art Journaling with mixed media.
Shelley Snow will demonstrate watercolor using Arches Watercolor paper and Winsor Newton Water Colors.
Michael Mucker will demonstrate Iwata Airbrushes.
Carolyn Beehler will demonstrate Paper Painting (Saturday only).
Channel to Channel with Dustin Hedrick featuring live model drawing (Saturday only).
Mural Commencement: Watch students from Watkins College of Art paint a mural on the façade of our very own Middleton Street location!
Demonstrating for Centennial Arts Center:
Sandy Spain - Beginning Acrylics
Mar Augelli - Print Making with Speedball Art Products
Darlen Shadden - Charcoal portraits and pastels
Pam Irvin and Didi McCollum - Leaf Prints (Saturday from 11:00am to 1:30pm only)
Harry Denson - Palette Knife Painting (Sunday only)
Art Groups & Organizations:
Nashville Calligraphers Guild
Tennessee Watercolor Society
Origami Club of Nashville
Centennial Art Center