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Date/Time: Saturday, January 9, 2021 , 10:00AM-4:00PM, MST

Artist’s name: Titus Castanza


I’ve been living and working as an artist in Tucson, Arizona for the past fifteen years. I graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design in 2001, had a career as an Illustrator for several years before making my way back to the Sonoran Desert. These days, I’m a humble studio artist, best known for portraiture. My studio is located in the Citizens Artist Warehouse––a bustling collective of over twenty-five artists in Tucson’s thriving Downtown Warehouse Arts District.

Lately, my focus has been large collage pieces where I cut-up my existing paintings and piece them back together to make a larger abstract statement. For me, there are few things more cathartic than taking a knife to my own canvas. It allows me to cut-up the past, piece it back together again, and make new connections.

Between my collages and commissioned portraits, I teach art. Teaching for the past ten years has been an important part of my life’s work and has helped define me as an artist––I very much appreciate the great rewards which come from doing it.

Title of presentation: “Channeling Emotion to Drive the Painting Process”


Description of presentation: This workshop will focus on making emotional decisions while creating a landscape. For this class, there will be some talk of painting fundamentals, but our main focus will be on creating a dialog and using it to find a flow. A dialog based more on our emotional awarenesses, about how we feel about what we see, and how to communicate this visual language as creators. We’ll be exploring different arrangements of shapes, colors, textures, patterns, lines, brushstrokes and values. Hopefully we’ll walk away from this class with a new appreciation for our process as artists, and less of a focus on the finished painting.  

During class I will be talking and demonstrating with oil paints but students are welcome to use acrylics if they prefer. The class is designed around using oils, but those who choose to use acrylics will benefit the same––I am also willing to answer any questions about acrylics during  class.

Medium: Acrylic paint and oil paint

Speaker’s Website: https://tituscastanza.com

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