Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Value, Shape, and Color"
October 3-5, 2017

This three-day watercolor workshop in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon with instructor Mary Marquiss will focus on three design elements – value, shape and color - building blocks that create strong paintings. Marquiss will step students through the painting process from start to finish with an emphasis on following personal choices and individual style. Each day will begin by "warming up" on 140-pound cold press watercolor paper with an exercise specific to that day's painting before working on 300-pound cold press watercolor paper. After the morning sessions, Mary will circulate among the students to answer questions and offer suggestions on moving their work forward.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss,
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524

"Western and Native Portraits Workshop"
November 2-5, 2017

Join renowned western portrait painter, Joe Netherwood, for a workshop that will enlighten and entertain your artistic pursuits! Discover the spiritual essence of the human face and how to make it your own through Joe's guidance. Joe will help you discover painting abilities you didn't know you have! Find out how to put more magic in your art through drawing, design, value and color. Hone your ability to observe, and find out how to create an emotional connection with those who view your art. Along with developing these skills, you will be charmed and entertained by the sense of humor Joe developed while working as a professional stand-up comedian.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Joe Netherwood,
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524

"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 8-10 and/or April 12-14, 2018

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Join us in Santa Fe, NM on the historic plaza.
Location: Santa Fe, Oregon
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572

"Plein Air & Studio Workshop"
May 22-24, 2018

Painting the landscape in the studio and in the field each has its own limitations. As landscape artists, our objective must be to learn how to best utilize the advantages, and how to compensate for the inherent disadvantages, of each. This workshop will take place in both in the studio and at a nearby outdoor location, and students will practice exercises that will focus on the skills most crucial to each venue. Much of what we'll cover will emphasize simplifying the landscape into a concise visual message, looking past the overwhelming details of the landscape, especially in the beginning stages, and composing a well-edited painting. Instructor demos will be in the studio, and will include both oil and pastel.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke,
Cost: $435 until March 22; $485 after March 22
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524

"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
June 11-15, 2018

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall,
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524

"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
July 10-13, 2018

The majestic Oregon coast is calling! Kristy Kutch, author and longtime workshop instructor, invites you for four fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and water soluble colored pencils, plus watercolor crayons, will be featured, even combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of related materials. Students receive a generous supply of products, including new items on the art scene. Classes are held (ocean-view classroom) at Newport Visual Arts Center. (Contact Kristy to register, not the Visual Arts Center.) Kristy Kutch is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, as well as 4 instructional DVDs.
Location: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $290, including welcome lunch, snacks, drinks
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688

"Wet or Dry: the Amazing Range of the Colored Pencil"
July 18-19, 2018

You are invited to scenic, historic Astoria, Oregon, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean! Learn from Kristy Kutch, refining colored pencil techniques. Both waxy/oily and water soluble colored pencils are featured, even combining the two types of pencils for "painterly" results. Offering frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with a surprising variety of materials which are colored pencil compatible. Each student receives a generous supply of take-home products, including new additions to the art scene. Classes are held at Astoria Art Loft, directly above a wonderful art-supply store. Kristy Kutch is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, plus 4 instructional DVDs.
Location: Astoria, Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Astoria Art Loft
Website, email, 503-791-8444 or 503-338-6174

"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
November 8-10, 2018

Expand upon the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, The New Colored Pencil, and the artist in 4 instructional DVDs, has taught over 200 colored pencil workshops. She provides an informative, supportive, and enjoyable atmosphere. Waxy "traditional" and water soluble pencils will be included, with fascinating "painterly" techniques for both types of pencils. Water soluble wax pastels, often called "watercolor crayons", will also be featured. Explore a range of compatible papers and boards- supplied as free samples- which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. There will be demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of take-home supplies for each student.
Location: Springfield (near Eugene), Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Website, email, 541-726-8595


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