Meet Arlene Beck, MDA
Hi! I am Arlene Beck. I have been a decorative artist since 1978. In 1984 I began teaching decorative art classes and published my first pattern packets. I continue to design and publish packets, and at this time have more than one hundred designs, several being carried by Viking Woodcrafts Inc.
I began painting in oils and when acrylics came into vogue began painting with acrylics. Once I saw the Certification Program at the NSTDP Convention in Chicago in 1985 it became a goal to participate in the program. I feel I began my education after making that decision. I studied and painted with as many Certified Decorative Artists and Master Decorative Artists as I could, attending NSTDP annual convention, regional conventions, as well as local chapter seminars. I painted my first certification board in 1986 and I passed the last Master Decorative Artist level in 1995. I have taught in the Master Keys Program, served as a judge, clerk and on the design committee for the certification program.
Designing to teach continues to be my greatest objective. I travel teach nationally and internationally and at national and regional conventions. I offer more intensive color and theory classes in my home area about four times a year. I teach locally a more "artsy" or studio class twice a week. . Click on seminars for more information. Please email me for more information on classes here or my travel teaching schedule.
I enjoy all painting mediums, but work mainly in acrylics and oils. Many of my designs I have taught both in acrylic and in oils.
I have had articles published in several decorative painting magazines including The Decorative Painter and Decorative Artists Workbook, Tole World, written three decorative art instruction books, Gifts for the Fifth Season, Gifts From My Country Garden, and Painting Realistic Flowers In Acrylic, a great reference book for decorative artists. I have contributed to several decorative publications, the latest being Painting With The Pros, published by Leisure Arts.
Whenever I design a new project my first thoughts concern what I am going to teach my students with the project. I always find this my greatest inspiration and challenge.