Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography"
September 22-24, 2017
 

It is critical to the growth of a fine art photographer to understand what comes next after creating an image and that today, photographers make work in projects–a series of images that tell a story or explore a subject in depth. This workshop provides an insight into the world of photography and helps photographers package themselves and their work in a professional manner. Throughout the workshop portfolios will be shaped and edited. Participants will learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. Students will learn about photography competitions, how submit to publications and prepare work for exhibition. Information about grants, portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Nuno Butterfly Scarflette"
September 23-24, 2017
 

In this class you will learn how to make a beautiful nuno collage scarf. Learn the fundamentals of nuno felting along with some of the unique techniques even the top felt makers use! You will be making a sandwich of silk/wool/silk with very little wool so you will have a masterpiece even after one class. I will take all the mystery out of nuno felting and you will go home with your very own treasure. You will learn how to make nuno dreadlocks, ruffles, eyes and edges. Experience Level: Some nuno experience; advanced beginner to intermediate.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. Each student will complete a variety of forms, something they want to create. Students will be asked to bring some of their own favorite cast off materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students need to be familiar with using hand and power tools like drills, band saws, and sanders.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $675; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Essence of Light Oil Painting"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Brian Davis will demonstrate the approach to painting in oils that has made his floral paintings renowned. He will talk about choosing a subject, composition, the use of a value painting, and the techniques of oil painting that contribute to the look of his works. You will watch Brian as he goes through the process of bringing a painting to life. You will also work on your piece. Brian will be there to answer questions and assist you with the creation of your class painting. For those who are interested, he will answer questions dealing with the art business.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Brian Davis
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Marble Surface Design on Felt / Nunofelt Seamless Garment"
September 27-29, 2017
 

Learn the instructor’s latest technique inspired by amazing surfaces of marbles in nature. Class starts with discussion on the power of the natural patterns and how it can be incorporated in our wearable art pieces. Learn the layering technique to mimic nature’s perfect designs. After understanding the concept by making a sample, a seamless vest or tunic will be finished by the end of the class. Wet felting experience is preferred.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Cost: $395 plus $80 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Pinot and Printmaking"
October 1, 2017
 

Come play, explore, and have fun learning geli prints in a stress free and lively environment with local Mixed Media artist Linda Schrock.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Linda Schrock
Cost: $45 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire and Tie-dye with Indigo"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Students will learn 3 processes for dying fabric: the Batik process of creating designs in wax resist using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber; the Adire Eleko process of creating designs using cassava paste (also called yucca), a small broom, and a chicken feather; and the Tie-Dye process of using raffia to tie and then dye the fabric. The primary dye I use in my workshops is Indigo. It has been used as a dye in Africa for at least 2000 years. Indigo is an organic substance, it comes from the indigo plant which grows wild in Nigeria. It is used for medicine as well (it cures an upset stomach) and is also painted on houses to ward off viruses.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Gasali Adeymo
Cost: $625 plus Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Light Sculpture or Illuminated Paper"
October 5-8, 2017
 

Paper is an incredibly versatile lightweight sculptural material: you can bend it, fold it, tear it and enhance its luminosity by layering, folding and cutting. In this workshop, we will begin with tradition and then add our own twists. Learn to make Japanese chochin, a collapsible lantern form and shoji screen panels that can be connected with a cool Japanese hinge to form a folding screen or lantern. Discover ways to illuminate paper utilizing electric lamp parts and natural light. Explore ways to use reed, balsa wood and simple hand tools to create a series of light sculptures. Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Cost: $500 plus $55 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Vibrant Watercolor Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

The primary goal is understanding how to control water to paint in watercolor. Understanding the process and learning techniques will help you to achieve the result you want in the final painting. The hands on experience in every step, starts with demonstration of each step, and will allow artists to experience the limitless possibilities for creating watercolor paintings of beauty and joy.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Soon Warren
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Felting Foundations for Three Dimensional Vessels"
October 12-14, 2017
 

This workshop is designed for those interested in learning three-dimensional felting. It will cover basic layout, felting techniques and how to use a flat resist pattern to create a hollow form vessel. Instruction will also include many surface design elements, as well as how to refine and display your work. Each vessel will have its own unique and creative attitude.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Art of Coiling Baskets and Sculptural Forms"
October 20-22, 2017
 

This class offers the basics and advanced techniques of coiling to create baskets and sculptural forms. Students will all start their basket around a polished stone, then each student can go in their own desired direction. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced coiler, you’re certain to learn lots of exciting basketry skills. Nadine individualizes her instruction to each student’s interest such as sculptural work, mastering shaping, fancy stitches, lids, weaving around anything with holes (walnut slices), teneriffe, use of wire for more design options, coiling around antlers, inserting beads between coils, and much more. Pine needles and Irish linen provided but other plant materials can later be used. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Nadine Spier, www.nadinespier.com
Cost: $425 plus $52 Material Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Natural Dye Master Class"
October 23-27, 2017
 

Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore natural dyes. This 5 day class will cover the basics of using natural dyes including: Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates; How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that grows in the rain forests of Indonesia); How to get a range of colors and beautiful blacks; Both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and thickened surface applications; Discharging mordants; Setting mordants …and more!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Cost: $850; Material Fee: $50
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Beyond Mud – Techniques of Working Wet-Into-Wet with Oil"
October 28-29, 2017
 

Every oil painter, at one time or another, has experienced the frustration of working in oil. We love its buttery consistency and blend-ability, but those are the same qualities that can lead to overworking and “mud.” Keeping your colors fresh and clear is not something that happens by accident – it’s a practice that involves a series of technical maneuvers that you must learn to apply with every stroke. This workshop covers everything you need to start improving your wet-into-wet practice: layering order and the principle of “thin … thicker … thickest”, paint consistency, transparency and opacity, pressure and touch, and the right kinds of brushes to use. You’ll practice several techniques and then do a painting of your own choosing, under Mitchell’s guidance.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $300 plus $10 Supplies Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Egg Tempera Painting"
October 29 - November 2, 2017
 

Egg Tempera has unsurpassed luminosity. Dozens of glazes and scumbles can be applied in a day, and yet the medium also allows for meticulous linear detailing. This comprehensive five-day workshop, taught by an internationally recognized tempera painter, offers the opportunity for in-depth work in egg tempera: students will spend five full days working on a painting of their own design. Koo will help with the initial planning stages, provide on-going discussion and critiques, give painting demonstrations, and discuss the important design elements of old master painting. Demonstrations presented in this workshop include: painting a portrait in egg tempera; creating granite, marble, and other textured surface; decorative and geometric patterns; incised lettering; oil glazing over tempera; and more. Open to all levels of painters.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Koo Schadler, www.kooschadler.com
Cost: $690, plus $70 materials fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"What Color is Gray?"
November 1-2, 2017
 

Gray is a very confusing term in Art. What does it mean? Is it a color or many colors? How do you make and use them? What benefit are they? In this workshop we will demystify grays and use them to make our paintings more dynamic and colorful. For three days we will be working inside the studio using photos and still life setups to explore the world of color by mixing and using grays.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Tim Deibler, timdeibler.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Abstract Photography on Whidbey Island"
November 3-4, 2017
 

Whidbey Island is known for its quaint town, picturesque ocean views and pristine beaches. We will take this to a new level and explore the other side of Whidbey. Finding and learning to see abstracts or what could be called photo art is an interesting and provocative experience. Many of the techniques used are those we rely on every day, however we'll explore new techniques and learn to see a bit differently. We will cover long exposure photography, using shutter speeds and zoom lenses to create interesting effect on commonly photographed subjects as well as the use of special techniques to create the abstract. We will spend time in the field in locations from beaches to junk yards learning to see the abstract in photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting Dynamic Animal Portraits"
November 3-5, 2017
 

Learn the painting techniques of renowned Santa Fe animal artist Linda St.Clair. Discover how Linda uses color temperature, as well as lost and found edges, to create exciting animal paintings that capture emotion. Learn what to leave out and what to put in. Each day will include artist demos and lots of one-on-one attention. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Linda tries to reach everyone, wherever they are in the painting process. Paint in oils or acrylics.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Linda St. Clair, www.lindastclair.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Pinot and Printmaking"
November 5, 2017
 

Come play, explore, and have fun learning geli prints in a stress free and lively environment with local Mixed Media artist Linda Schrock.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Linda Schrock
Cost: $45 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Oil Painting Workshop"
November 10-12, 2017
 

This three-day oil painting workshop will focus on specific observational skills to help you create more efficient, lively, and accurate alla-prima portrait paintings from life. Elizabeth will demonstrate time-saving techniques with a contemporary palette to achieve painterly results that reflect the sitter’s uniqueness. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and fresh color, with demos and helpful individual feedback throughout. Each day, new concepts will be discussed that will help build your skill set and application of paint. Special attention will also be given to anatomy and the dynamics of color and light. Each day we will work with a new model so we can practice achieving the individual characteristics that lead to a solid likeness and a successful portrait study.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Elizabeth Zanzinger, www.ezanzinger.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Exploring the Light of Tonalism"
November 18-19, 2017
 

A tonalist landscape painting typically portrays a twilight sky setting behind hills, meadows and trees, filling the painting with solitude and peaceful warmth. Some have even said that Tonalism carries the fragrance of the spiritual dimension. Tonalism began in 1880’s with the explorations of George Inness, James McNeil Whistler and others. In this workshop you will learn how to create a tonalist color palette, and how to simplify your compositional structure. In a friendly and nonjudgemental classroom environment there will be a balance of structured lessons with a flexibility that accommodates the natural pace and expression of each student. Although tonalism originated with landscape painting, you will also learn how it can be applied to still life and urban subjects.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Patrick Howe
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Pinot and Printmaking"
December 3, 2017
 

Come play, explore, and have fun learning geli prints in a stress free and lively environment with local Mixed Media artist Linda Schrock.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Linda Schrock
Cost: $45 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Lecture: Bad Paintings by Great Artists"
February 2, 2018
 

At popular demand Gary will be back for his 3rd art history presentation at WICA and once again this one promises to be a highly interesting and entertaining event. Gary Faigin has been an educator, lecturer and public speaker for over three decades. His breadth of understanding in the visual arts as a practitioner, historian and educator, combined with his enthusiastic speaking style, make him a warm and accessible speaker for audiences of all ages.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Gary Faigin, www.garyfaigin.com
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Painting from Life"
May 17-21, 2018
 

Max will demonstrate painting procedures and individually critique students work daily. In this workshop we will carefully observe the poetry and uniqueness of the reality (model) we are painting. Attention will be given to Design, Proportion, Values, Color and the mixing of cool and warm colors, and the use and care of materials. Max will discuss concepts, expression of concepts, contemporary realism and the paintings of the Old Masters.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 3-5, 2018
 

In many ways, Impressionism still defines the way contemporary landscape painters approach color. The Impressionists filled their paintings with brilliant color and created an entirely new coloristic metaphor for depicting natural light. In this workshop, you will learn the key to working with this “color-priority” system: that in order for the purer colors to serve as a stand-in for the luminosity of natural light, darker tonalities are rejected in favor of lighter-value colors. Strong value contrasts are replaced by color contrasts. Impressionists worked from life, but in this workshop, we will work from photographs, in the more controlled environment of the studio, where you will be able to absorb lessons at a comfortable pace. Suitable for oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Figure in the Environment"
August 2-5, 2018
 

We will learn how to bring together work from life, from studies, and from photos to create convincing paintings of a figure in an environment. We will first work in the field to create an oil study from life of an external environment. We will then move inside and work with the model from life. Using our oil sketch and photos for our environment reference, we will place the figure in a believable space. A unified palette will bring cohesion to the picture. I will demo both in the field and from the model, as well as help everyone hands-on to bring expression and control to their figurative work.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kenny Harris, www.kenny-harris.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Plein Air Flower Painting"
August 9-11, 2018
 

This workshop will consist of plein air in some of Whidbey Island's beautiful gardens, and also one or two studio days. I will show you how to simplify a flower scene. I will demo in the morning, and the students will paint in the afternoon. On the second day we will return to the site and I will demo on how to finish a painting. The students will either work on the same painting or start a new one, whichever they prefer. For the studio day, I will again demo, with the focus on how to design a floral still life that has a fresh and natural look with lots of movement. The students then will set up their own still lifes.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Painting Flowers"
September 21-23, 2018
 

This workshop will cover how I approach a floral painting from life. Due to the fleeting subject matter, I will walk the students through my entire process. Each morning will be spent discussing basic principles of the block-in and getting the gesture of the flowers from a live demonstration. From there, I will show you on your own work how to plan several steps ahead in your painting to achieve the highest level of finish throughout the course. There will be emphasis given to developing the painting combining the use of optical observation and conceptual form rendering techniques.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Michael Klein, www.michaelkleinpaintings.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Open Painting Studio"
Ongoing
 

Have you wanted to spend more time painting? Has it been difficult to find a block of time or a place to be a bit messy? Join us at Winslow Art Center for our Open Painting Studio. Set aside a few hours to fearlessly drip paint with other painters! All mediums are welcome. Space is limited!
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor:
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Mentoring Program with Cary Jurriaans"
Ongoing
 

This coaching & mentoring program is for beginners and advanced youth to adult. This is not general instruction but rather a personal approach addressing the needs and goals of the individual at their level. In painting, we begin with a clear understanding of values using a limited palette. Drawing, composition and shading are essential for all observational art. Drawing will start with the basics, master copies and cast drawing.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Cary Jurriaans, caryjurriaans.com
Cost: $50 whole day; $25 half day
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


 

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