Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Paint Rural Indiana with Michael Chesley Johnson"
September 29-30, 2017

Join top plein air painter, Michael Chesley Johnson, for painting rural Indiana. Art Barn is home to 60 acres of fields, woods, a pond, barn. Michael will teach you how to capture the moment without sacrificing mood or magic. Each day, you’ll start in the studio learning basic principles and exploring the fundamentals for painting outdoors. Following a demonstration, you will be set free to paint, using the tools Michael has discussed, and he will offer personal help at your easel. Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Signature Membership in the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and Master Signature status Pastel Artists Canada. Juried member Oil Painters of America.
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Art Barn
Website, email, 219-462-9009

"Colored Pencil: Vivid and Versatile"
October 1-3, 2018

Explore colored pencil potential- both traditional (non-watercolor) and watercolor pencils. Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, is also featured in four instructional DVDs. She brings a wealth of experience and a friendly, supportive attitude that bolsters everyone- beginner to veteran. Kristy guides students through many techniques, with frequent demonstrations and access to large demonstrator sets of pencils. Come prepared to take home plenty of samples and goodies, too! This workshop will be held in a peaceful country studio setting with a small group (maximum 12). Students wishing to stay on-site should inquire about lodging at the nearby Lindenwood Retreat Center. Daily lunches are included in the price of the workshop.
Location: Donaldson (near Plymouth), Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Moon Tree Studios, the Center at Donaldson
Website, email, 574-935-1712


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