About Your Retreat Hostess, Wanda Patronella

Wanda Patronella

Wanda Patronella, the Woman

  • Bachelors degree in Home Economics Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Art Teaching Certificate
  • Endured heat and humidity in the south for a million years
  • Taught public school for 33 to a zillion years
  • Followed my kids to Denver when I was 57
  • Enjoying a wonderful daughter who has become a doctor
  • Grateful for a son in law that loves my daughter and lil Aidan
  • Nurturing a grand as much as a Mimi can
  • Rooming with the best family imaginable in an absolutely perfect basement

Wanda the Artist

  • Always created…I definitely remember starting at age 6
  • Started crocheting when I was 13
  • Made purses to sell when I was in high school….lucrative
  • Designed and sold necklaces during teaching years
  • Participated in craft booths
  • Took tole painting classes back in the day
  • Started a yard art business with Nancy after retirement (stories!)
  • I paint and design almost every day
  • I teach neighbor kids art each week
  • I paint and create almost every day
  • I belong to 3 different painting groups that are friends
  • Get it? I paint and let loose almost every day
  • I took painting classes at 2 wonderful locations in Denver
  • I teach adult classes Wandi Watercolor Wine
  • Mixed media is my new THING
  • Just discovered using a gel press, so addictive
  • Collage.  Collage.

Wanda, Your Fall Retreat Hostess

Wanda Patronella

I’ll teach the basics of a gel press. You’ll use acrylics and gel medium to make gorgeous papers on deli paper, maps, dictionary paper and text books. (All materials provided.) These papers will be used to create a design that will turn out ready to frame. Such as florals, trees, mountains or animals.

I’ll also provide instruction on making a simple abstract with watercolor paint on yupo paper. (All materials provided.) Haven’t used yupo paper before, you’ll be in for a treat! This will be a short lesson but there will be plenty of time to practice and complete a 5 x 7 piece.

See the retreat teaching schedule