Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Wine and Wire Wrapping"
November 19, 2017
 

Come watch and participate in this interactive demo with local artist Cyndy Jensen all while sharing some wine and fellowship with other artists. The history of wire wrapping can be traced back to 1446 BC. This particular craft has lasted because it is the only known metal jewelry craft done without soldering or casting. Participants will bend, twist, snip and curl wire securely around a stone and or cabochon to create a unique pendant. Beads can also be added if desired.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Cyndy Jensen
Cost: $45
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"Abstract Photography on Whidbey Island"
January 19-20, 2018
 

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. 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. We will also spend time on our classroom discussing the results and using software to take our work to the next level.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
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


"Art Transfers onto Beeswax"
February 3, 2018
 

Encaustics, the use of beeswax, is literally hot today, especially among the buyers of wall art. And it is one way to eliminate the cost of framing. Learn how to show your art as an encaustic no matter what your medium, 2d or 3d, painting to photography, graphite to pastels, ceramics to jewelry. The key is the technique of transferring your art onto beeswax. Bring 10 laser photocopies of your original art sized 5-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches or smaller to the workshop and go home with at least 5 finished panels ready.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Ray Pfortner
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Doing Business With Your Art"
February 4, 2018
 

In this digital age the opportunities for doing more business with your art are enormous. But it means going far beyond the original. Explore the possibilities in a series of topics from the 20 fundamental and practical tips to making your art more a business and making and selling merchandise, to pricing and exhibiting, to licensing to third parties to marketing and promotion. Bring 10 examples of your art along with any products you have made with your art for a group brainstorming session on what other directions you might take. For all visual artists working in all mediums, 2d and 3d, from acrylics to pastels, graphite to watercolor, photography to ceramics, sculpture to jewelry.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Ray Pfortner
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting the Story in Still Life"
February 9-11, 2018
 

Every painting, even the humble still life, has a story in it. It's told by what subject we choose to paint, how we present that subject, and how we paint it. Finding what interests us in a subject and how we connect to it drives that story, and directs how the painting is made. We’ll work on small still life paintings to explore the process—from thumbnail sketches, lighting the subject, considerations of composition, to the application of paint to build form with light, color and mark. We will walk the line between technique and intuition, using the still life as a way to explore paint, and why we make art.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Scott Conary
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Scarf with Pine Needles"
March 2-4, 2018
 

Pine-Needle technique is the unique technique of wet felt making. I was inspired by the pine needles spread on the snow one winter morning. Pine Needles is lacy fine felt, it is very soft and delicate but strong enough to wear. This is something only your clever hands can do and this is what I love. We combine the fabric and get a 3 dimensional effect. It is fascinating to discover what wool can do for the fabric.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Leiko Uchihiyama
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Nuno Felt Scarf / Stole with Pine Needles"
March 5-7, 2018
 

Pine-Needle technique is the unique technique of wet felt making. I was inspired by the pine needles spread on the snow one winter morning. Pine Needles is lacy fine felt, it is very soft and delicate but strong enough to wear. This is something only your clever hands can do and this is what I love. We combine the fabric and get a 3 dimensional effect. It is fascinating to discover what wool can do for the fabric.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Leiko Uchihiyama
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Contemporary Approaches to Mixed Media Art"
March 12-15, 2018
 

Joan is especially gifted in helping students gain more freedom in the creative process and discover their own unique artistic voice. Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. You’ll learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. You’ll explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, mixing and utilizing neutrals for softer, more ethereal abstracts. We’ll touch on notions of confidence, procrastination, vulnerability, curiosity, courage, talent, play, inspiration, intuition, your mean critic, metaphor, symbolic elements, competition, marketing, your belief systems, finding balance, and more! There’ll be plenty of time for “playing” and creating along with individual attention and guidance.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $500 plus $10 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Essentials of Composition for Representational Painters"
March 16-18, 2018
 

For many artists, composition remains the most elusive area of their practice. Why? Because its energies are fundamentally abstract and often hidden beneath the surface of the painting. The goal of this workshop is to make the invisible visible — to discover the underlying energies that drive a composition. We will take a “real world” approach to composition by learning to work with the shapes and forces we actually see. Working from both photographs and life, with practical exercises, ongoing critiques, and analysis of master compositions, you will learn: how value differences are used to identify the shapes a composition is built upon; the essential principle of intervals; the power of the “picture window” in selection and arrangement; movement and directional energy; and how to activate negative space.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Sculpted Hats"
April 4-6, 2018
 

In this workshop we’ll push the boundaries of the felt hat making process. We’ll construct a complex resist template and learn about layering techniques that serves our goals the best, building in extra parts that will affect the shrinkage and the final shape. Additional techniques will be taught, when and how to add more details to the piece. There will be an emphasis on final shaping and finishing. Material fee: $35 (covers app. 14 oz fine dyed merino wool and floor liner for pattern making). Experience level: from advanced beginners to advanced.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile Kovacs
Cost: $395 plus $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting the Dynamic Still Life"
April 6-8, 2018
 

Join artist Sarah Sedwick, and discover how much fun still life painting can be! During this three-day workshop, we will focus on the essentials of realistic painting, while keeping our brushwork loose and painterly. We’ll explore fundamentals of color mixing, using Sarah’s simple palette of eight colors, and address composition and still life setup, learning to look at traditional subjects in a new way. Simple, colorful arrangements are a great way to hone your artistic vision, delve into color, composition, and brushwork, and bring fresh energy to your studio routine. Instruction will be in oils, and students are encouraged to use them in class, but acrylics are also welcome. Watersoluble oils are not recommended.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, sarahsedwick.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Earth, Wind, Fire"
April 20-24, 2018
 

Practices of intimate visual-journaling cultivate insight into the nature of the creative process and its multiple relations to emotional stories of loss and mend. Enriched by self trust and acceptance, images, photos, paper, paint, words, pen, line, thread, and many unconventional tools and materials entwine to make expressive, complex and extremely personal books. It’s all about one’s willingness to reveal vulnerability and rawness for the sake of true creative freedom, newness, and a deep sense of interconnectedness to all. Experiencing honest and joyous journeys takes precedence over producing beautiful outcomes. Ultimately, this process is about depicting the fluidity of life, about effortlessly carrying one’s self from one place to another and about connecting to a larger world than our own.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Orly Avineri
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Landscape Painting: Smart Starts Using Underpainting to Build Value, Composition and Color"
April 21-22, 2018
 

We invest a great deal of effort in finishing a painting, but the success of a painting hinges on a well thought out start. This workshop focuses on the critical first steps of a painting. An underpainting (or “block-in”) is a holistic method that works out issues of composition, value, and even preliminary color at the very start. This “smart start” can avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework the painting later on. On Saturday, we explore the traditional monochromatic block-in, which serves as a primer on values. On Sunday, we learn the technique for the color-block method: building the composition with color blocks based on a well-defined value study. You’ll add successive layers to each of your starts.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Big Ink: Surface Design + Garment Construction"
April 26-29, 2018
 

Big Ink is all about creating bold dramatic surfaces on garments that engage the wearer and the viewer. This is design that celebrates life and movement! We explore sumi-e ink drawing on silks fabrics for depth and line, plus exciting fibre fringes that are both elegant and exotic. Garment design will be covered encompassing colour, form and fit, plus seamless garment construction for feltmaking. We will cover using resist additions, wire and cord for additional shaping and fit. Participants can make either a dress, vest, skirt or small jacket.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Fiona Duthie
Cost: $500 plus $120 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait"
April 27-29, 2018
 

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials—ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in and with which she gained her skill with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction. Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher—with 9 years of teaching experience, she interacts with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Joomchi"
April 28-29, 2018
 

Learn the ancient Korean technique of joomchi or felted paper. In this context the word ‘felted’ means that this method of fusing papers uses some of the same hand tools and styles of manipulation that one can use in making felt from wool fiber. In both cases, the main tools are the hands and water. Having studied papermaking for several years and traveled extensively in Asia I will also talk about the uses of paper in traditional rural societies in Korea and Japan. We’ll build collages without glue or other usual methods of adhesion, relying instead on the natural process of papermaking. Then we can shape the papers into a 3 dimensional form or cast the assembled layers into strong, stiff shapes.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Zia Gipson
Cost: $270 plus $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Collaging the Book: Making Abstract Collage from Discarded Books"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

This 5 day workshop is an exploration into deconstructing discarded books and altering these materials for imaginative and surprising collage art. We will review 2D design fundamentals for abstract art, as well as common structures that can be a starting point for your work in collage. Discussion of tools and materials will be followed by a demonstration of collage construction techniques. Students will be constructing collages from altered book elements that I provide. Subsequent days they will be making their own. We will also be using thinned down acrylic to tint papers and also more opaque paint to obscure any print on the page.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $625 plus $25 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Portrait in Pastel"
Wednesdays, May 2-30, 2018
 

You will work with a live model and nail down the important elements in getting a resemblance every time. Dealing with anatomy, proportion, perspective and composition we also address color and value. All students will receive individual attention. There will be brief demonstrations from an experienced teacher and Master Pastellist.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Annette Hanna
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
May 4-6, 2018
 

Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for any artist that would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Sunday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandez-art.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Exploring Opposites"
May 15-19, 2018
 

Composition means the arrangements of elements and their relationships to one another within the framework of your painting or collage (or any art form). There are so many factors – color, line, shape, contrast, focal area, movement, etc. – that it is hard to get a handle on it. Approaching composition from the standpoint of Exploring Opposites can be an enlightening way to tackle the subject. We will explore the elements and principles of composition in terms of pairs of opposites: bright/dull; large/small; textured/smooth; busy/quiet, and so forth. You will come away with the tools to create dynamic works of art, and a deeper understanding of how to use the Yin and Yang of composition! We will be working in acrylic paint, collage, and drawing materials.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jane Davies
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"Creative Soul"
May 18-20, 2018
 

In this 3 day workshop you will get the best of both worlds! Melody Ross’s Brave Girls Soul Restoration and No Excuses Art courses. As a Brave Girls Certified Instructor I will guide you through several life changing Soul Restoration courses that will open your heart and spirit while giving you tools to be the creative soul you were meant to be. We will explore drawing, painting, journaling and collage through my No Excuses Art Method. You will create a sacred art journal that will house your journey and become your Creative Soul Guide Book. This workshop will nurture your creative soul and artistic spirit and you will leave with a renewed sense of self and confidence.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Gina Armfield
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Felted Vessels"
May 18-21, 2018
 

Learn to create your own unique felt vessels. Find out how the different types of wool perform and enhance each of the two methods you will learn. In this 4-day class you will learn how to create stunning, sturdy vessels; how to sculpt the felt you’ve created; carve out images; and your options for illumination. You will dye silk to coordinate with your design plans. Plan to use beads, pearls, metal pieces and stones for embellishment.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Janet King
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"Matisse as Muse"
June 4-8, 2018
 

Matisse is our muse and starting off point in this intense workshop. After “deconstructing” Matisse, use your imagery to explore deconstructed screen-printing, charcoal, pastels, water-soluble media and textile paint. Learn how to make the “fugitive” materials such as charcoal and pastels permanent (even washable) on fabric and how to combine them with dye printed fabrics. We will cover oh so much in our five days; plan to be completely, but happily, exhausted and full of new ideas at the end.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kerr Grabowski
Cost: $725 plus $60 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Photography of Intent"
June 4-8, 2018
 

Join veteran instructor and long-time assistant to Sam Abell and Arthur Meyerson for an expansive week of photography! Through tips, techniques and critical thinking about your photography, Keron will help you deepen the joy and purpose in your photography. Creating intent and building strength in communicating that intent are key ideas in the course. Getting your work seen, publishing photo books, experimenting with layers and compositing, and examining short and long term photo projects are some of the other topics explored during this dynamic week. There is time each day for photographing and daily critiques of work along with one-on-one sessions to support your unique voice. Come join us and expand the possibilities for your photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Books with a Textile Twist"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Do you have drawers full of fabric samples from surface design classes, beautiful textiles found on your travels, stunning finds from resale shops or cherished calico left over from grandma’s quilting days? This exciting book making class will introduce you to bookbinding techniques – that will incorporate your textiles as the covers. The week will be filled with creating 4 to 5 different and useful blank books. We’ll tea dye pages for a Perfect Bound notebook; use the french link stitch to create a hard cover sketchbook, learn long stitch binding for a sturdy journal and more!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen
Cost: $725 plus $75 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Color of Light"
June 12-16, 2018
 

This renowned workshop is designed for both amateur and professional photographers who wish to strengthen their ability to see and work in color. Through daily shooting assignments, critiques and discussions, participants acquire techniques to become more sensitive to light and its effects on color, composition, texture, pattern, and design. While covering the use and quality of natural light, the main focus is on investigating color from a personal point of view. Arthur guides and inspires participants to help refine an individual style for creative fulfillment. The workshop begins with an intensive review of each participant’s images and a discussion of personal and career goals. Arthur leads group critiques and spends individual time with each participant addressing their photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Arthur Meyerson
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Landscapes on the Loose"
June 19-20, 2018
 

In this workshop students will learn: Ways to create bold, loose and impetuous paintings and not pains-taking ones; How to use the important “artistic license” to suggest trees, rocks, beaches, branches, grasses, fields, flowers, skies and water; About aerial perspective to keep things loose and easy; To identify what attracts them to that landscape and then how to translate that focus into a painting; How to remove clutter — and add space; To recognize barriers to seeing creatively and free up visual exploration. Students will have time to work on their own with plenty of support as they gain insight into a new way of looking at loosening up landscape paintings.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Camilleri, www.christinecamilleri.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Fine Art Book"
June 20-22, 2018
 

Join Keron Psillas for an intensive three days of book-making. Keron is an award-winning, internationally published author, photographer and designer, as well as a mentor to a growing body of students. This course will delve into the workflow to create a Blurb book, using Blurb software and Lightroom, as well as overall discussion about printing and publishing options. Keron will share insights, tips, and critical thinking about layout and design that stem from her 20 years in the printing and publishing industry before she became a professional photographer. Keron will also spend time individually with participants working on projects, and there will be time for you to shoot the lovely environment of Whidbey Island.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Pocket Sketching"
June 22-24, 2018
 

Famous for Pocket Sketching, Kath has built this format so you can work quickly indoors or plein air (outdoors on location), fearlessly in public. The equipment is so compact no one notices you and you learn to be finished within 25 minutes. It’s so portable you can use it hiking, biking, at the opera and on airport layovers. No mess. No clean-up. You capture what you think you see: the magic the camera can’t catch. And you are totally, mindfully involved. With focal point exercises you learn how to filter in what caught your eye and leave out all that confusing ‘stuff’.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kath Maccaulay
Cost: $395 plus $45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Shibori: A Change of Surface: Working on Paper, Leather, Industrial Felt"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Change the substrate and all assumptions are off. Come join us to explore working with these different materials using shibori, painting, and block printing. Indigo, thickened indigo paste, indigo discharge, kakishibu, and mordant printing offer a wide range of possibilities. We will compare with more traditional fabrics, processes, and dyes. We will create samples and accessories, art paper for portfolios or books. Ana Lisa will bring Japanese samples of Indigo shibori and her own examples of non-traditional fabrics.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Layered Media: Expanding Your Vocabulary with Cold Wax and Mixed Media"
June 25-29, 2018
 

This workshop will focus on a painting approach using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. The techniques of using of cold wax along with the other materials will be the focus. A variety of tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational – and students will be encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark making. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $750 plus $25 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Travel Magazine Story"
June 28 - July 1, 2018
 

Led by a professional travel photographer and art director, this workshop describes the process of a travel magazine story, from inception to print. The planning that goes into shooting a travel story, necessary and preferred equipment, tips for working on the ground in foreign countries, and submitting images to the client magazine. On the magazine side, photo editing and layout concerns will be described as a peek into the magazine editing process. During the course of the workshop, students will shoot a travel story on Whidbey Island, making use of the surrounding natural and cultural beauty. Photos will be critiqued daily as each student works towards completing a photo story. Individual portfolio review sessions will be available.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kevin Miyazaki & Korena Bolding Sinnett
Cost: $1200
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Still Life: Structure and Variation"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Still life will be the starting point for exploration of pictorial structure, space and invention. This will lead us to create images in the simplest terms: a series of shapes and colors made of paint (not a beach ball or a flower). We will generate permutations of the chosen motif through reduction and analysis. As we walk the line between accuracy and abstraction, we will see through and around the meaning of things to grasp relationships between objects and space. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic or oil paint, and collage. The personal voice of each painter will come through in the diverse results. Looking at historical and contemporary still life paintings will place the practice in a larger context.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Catherine Kehoe, www.catherinekehoe.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Exploring the Brilliant Light of Luminism"
July 12-15, 2018
 

Luminism is a painting style that began in 1850 and included American painters, such as John Frederick Kensett, as well as great British painters such as J. M. W. Turner. In Luminism the atmospheric light of a scene is as much the subject matter of the painting as the landscape itself. In this workshop you will learn how to create a luminist color palette and how to organize your compositional structure to maximize the atmospheric effects of light. 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. There will be demonstrations, long and short painting exercises and a brief historical summary of Luminism.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Patrick Howe
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Venetian Plaster and Acrylic Mixed Media Paintings"
July 12-15, 2018
 

Venetian Plaster plays well with acrylics, and here is the secret: one stays put when wet and the other can be removed. Simple, but there are many tips and tricks for combining the two. We are going to learn how to apply the plaster onto fabrics and then crackle the surface. You will learn how to create a background on panel using acrylic gels and pastes, layer color, add plaster and then start excavating. It is like a treasure hunt. I love this because it uses both sides of the creative brain. You follow the techniques, but then you intuitively layer and excavate. These techniques may be applied to any painting style.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $625 plus $30 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Ro-zome: Patterns and Textures"
July 14-16, 2018
 

Rozome, the Japanese wax-resist process, has caught the interest of fiber artists around the world. It’s the rozome artists’ techniques in shading, control, and luminosity that set their work apart from the batik of other countries. In this special workshop you will explore the textural and pattern possibilities of Japanese ro-etching (wax etching), ro-fubuki (wax snowstorm), ro-roller (rolled wax pattern), momo-otoshi (rub and remove), shikibiki (wax trailing), ro-kata (wax stencil), han-bosen (half-resist) and bokashi, the Japanese shading technique that makes work glow with luminosity. You will work with the sansei-senryo acid dyes of the kimono industry and the natural dyes of soy and beeswax. All the wax and dye techniques taught are applicable to either silk or cotton fabric.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kiranada Benjamin
Cost: $400 plus $45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Watercolor Workshop"
July 16-20, 2018
 

In this workshop Joyce will teach you how to create a unique visual language from common symbols found in the landscape! You will paint a collection of easy elements like a variety of fence types, country roads and paths, tree forms, clouds, windows, grasses, barn doors, wildflowers and more! Then you will use your new symbols to create paintings from your imagination! Emphasis will be on concepts, techniques and strategies for turning ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor. Joyce teaches simple easy-to-learn methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Joyce Hicks
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Abstract Acrylic Painting and the Spirit in Nature"
July 16-19, 2018
 

In this 4 day workshop you will practice abstract acrylic painting techniques that are connected to the spirit in nature. We will begin by identifying our spiritual and emotional connection to the four elements earth, air, fire and water. We will identify how each of these elements is sensed and perceived and then translated into abstract painting. Instruction will include demonstrations in acrylic painting techniques including painting with rust to create the patina of age, sumi ink and Stabillo pencils to create expressive mark making, handmade stenciling and printing to create patterns. The results are alive, authentic and exhilarating. Unveil the mysteries of abstraction by practicing techniques in form, rhythm and motion. Each student will receive individual instruction and group critique.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Diane Williams & Chuck Potter
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Plein Air with TJ Cunningham"
July 16-19, 2018
 

During this comprehensive landscape class both plein air and studio painting will be thoroughly discussed. Often, work created in the studio lacks the energy of paintings created outdoors from direct observation. However, time constraints generally limit the design, finish, and size of a plein air piece. TJ will give daily plein air demonstrations and individual attention to each student over this four day workshop. We will spend time outdoors painting Whidbey Island landscape, barns, buildings, boats and more.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: TJ Cunningham, www.cunninghamfineart.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Ro-kata Intensive II: Wax-Resist Stencil"
July 18-22, 2018
 

This Ro-kata class offers many possibilities for creative, innovative design work on silk with Japanese acid dyes. Using Japanese kata-zome stencil-dyeing history for inspiration, we will further explore the four ways of interpreting one design in a cut stencil and add exploration of other design motifs, from floral to architecture to single image stencils. Throughout the week we will look at textural printing, shadow image, and matrix use. The class will include slides of Japanese kata-zome/ro-zome design for background information as well as actual examples from Kiranada’s collection. Come join us.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kiranada Benjamin
Cost: $650 plus $35-45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Visual Journal"
July 21-22, 2018
 

The visual journal can tap valuable inner resources to discover self-guidance as an artist. The primary goal is to enhance your ability to find the inspiration, the spirit of play, and the creative flow to establish the daily practice of image making as fun exploration. We will employ practices to deepen your perception, and hone the craft of editing and expressing. Through journaling one discovers art making as an integral part of life and as an ongoing personal dialogue, giving the artist a wealth of ideas to work from in the studio. This approach is especially valuable when traveling and wishing to record memories — making the opportunity to slow down, draw! --and allow new experiences to leave a deeper impression.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Quincy Anderson
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture"
July 21-24, 2018
 

In my California Vibe workshop, you will learn watercolor portraiture that goes beyond the norm with super expressive paint applications and wildly intense colors. You will learn: how to take dramatic, stylistic photographs with camera, smart phone, or computer pad; a simple technique to trace contour outlines from your photographs that can be easily transferred to any size of watercolor paper; to render head structure and facial features economically and with minimal brush strokes; to use a minimal color palette and the four basic water/pigment consistencies to render strong value contrasts, subtle tints, and intense hues.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: David Lobenburg
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Landscape Painting Essentials: From the Inside Out"
July 24-27, 2018
 

Working both in the studio and outdoors, this workshop takes a step-by-step approach to learning the essential concepts of landscape painting. The workshop is structured into two daily sessions. Morning sessions for the first three days take place in the relaxed, controlled setting of the studio. Then, in the afternoon session, we head outdoors to practice the morning’s lesson live, en plein air. The fourth day is an all plein air day. Topics include site selection and limited focus, composition, simplification and massing, starting a painting with a simple color-based block-in, and color strategies. Enjoy in-class critiques and lots of personalized guidance from the instructor. This is not a workshop for first-time painters (those who have never painted or mixed color).
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 1-4, 2018
 

Lois’ class will focus on developing color perception, using rich color for expressing atmosphere and light. She will encourage better control of masses and values, while showing how color also enhances design in your painting compositions. Lois’ workshop is based on her book, and her system, that teaches how to interpret light in landscape and incorporating it into your painting with amazingly quick results. Lois believes in the importance of strong and colorful starts as the foundation for great color in painting. She starts each morning and afternoon painting session with a demo explaining exactly what to look for and how to proceed; carefully building from each lesson to make the learning curve easier and concise. Open to all mediums.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lois Griffel
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Fusion of Botanical Print & Natural Dyes"
August 2-6, 2018
 

In this workshop we are going to explore botanical printing and how to create well planned and designed textile. Through trials and error and a lot of sampling, students will get to know a variety of plants and their potential effect (Color, tannin, discharge and negative). Students will learn how to combine them together and create a composition with an impressive 3D look, to maximize this potential and develop it further into well designed fabrics. On the technical side, we are going to explore mordanting, dyeing with various plant dyes and different printing techniques.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Irit Dulman
Cost: $850 plus $120 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"Creating Visionary Photographs"
August 7-8, 2018
 

Students learn to take a concept, plan a photo shoot, and create the photograph depicting the concept. This process spans all types of photography, including wildlife, landscape, portraits, and art. The process includes developing a personal “style”, and using the equipment of the trade to accomplish the photographic vision of the photographer. Workshop includes exercises to help “see” the potential of a photographic opportunity, in-camera techniques, and digital darkroom techniques. Students need to bring all their photographic equipment (camera body, lenses, filters, monopod / tripod, flashes, reflectors, shutter releases,etc.). It would be nice if they had a laptop computer to bring, but not necessary.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karen Ulvestad
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Art Journaling: Three Journals in Three Days"
August 7-9, 2018
 

Come along on an art journey as we meander through the world of mixed media and collage with artist John Nelson Arbuckle. In this workshop you will explore exciting mixed-media and collage techniques that will enhance your art experiences in refreshing and exciting ways. In just three days you will create three art journals using paper, gesso, a variety of paints, ephemera, inks, recyclable materials, and much more. Everyone has a story to tell through art. Let’s tell yours!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Arbuckle
Cost: $395 plus $25 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"Candy Box Sampler: Approaching Woven Objects and Vessels in Innovative Ways"
August 9-12, 2018
 

This class will explore mixed media in small scale layering processes with basic basketry skills. Stitching, cold connections, and limited wax options will be combined with interesting and unusual tactile materials such as bike tubes, metal measuring tape, Pacific kelp, paper, and rusty tidbits including local on-site organic collections and more. The class allows students to engage in creative play, gain off-beat skills, develop dialog for future innovation in one’s own personal designs, and refine the technique of working with repetitive layers and materials of all kinds. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Shannon Weber
Cost: $500 plus $75 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Cold Wax Oils"
August 13-17, 2018
 

This beginner/intermediate course starts with the basics of working abstractly with cold wax and then builds from there. In addition to continued work on more advanced techniques, this course helps artists develop their visual vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on composition and the fundamentals of art: value, color, line, shape, form, and texture, along with basic concepts of abstraction. Participants develop an understanding of supports, tools, materials, and techniques, including: using cold wax medium with oils, dry pigments, and other additives; using a squeegee, brayer, palette knife, and other nontraditional tools; working wet-in-wet; and the development of rich texture using direct application, transfer techniques, solvent/pigment pours, and reductive techniques. Participants also develop essential skills for self-critique and tools for improving their art.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jerry McLaughlin
Cost: $650 plus $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Nihonga: Then and Now"
August 13-17, 2018
 

This workshop is an introductory Nihonga (traditional Japanese mineral pigment painting) class with the addition of instructor’s proprietary Western applications. We will make paint and grounds from organic and inorganic matter like cured shells, precious minerals, exotic soils, pine soot, indigo, insect secretions and silica with several natural binders. Metallic leafing, oxidation techniques will be covered. Students will learn ancient paper sizing and mounting techniques. Emphasis will be on the creation of multi-layered paintings stemming from non-toxic, ancient practices that embody the power to nurture the spirit. Traditional and abstract painters welcome.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Judith Kruger, www.judithkruger.com
Cost: $700 plus $180 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Egg Tempera and the Early Renaissance Method of Developing Fleshtones"
August 20-24, 2018
 

This course will teach the technique of painting flesh tones in egg tempera painting as it was practiced in 14th and 15th Century Italy. This painting technique requires discipline but pays great dividends to those who learn to master it. The paint is actually applied in cross-hatch strokes. The brilliant and jewel-like surface is often described as luminescent. The paints are made by mixing powdered pigments with the yolk of an egg. This color mixture is applied over a detailed under-drawing thus allowing the artist to separate the painting process into distinct tasks. The artist first composes, draws and establishes the values of the painting in black and white. The painter can now give his or her full attention to issues of color.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Fred Wessel, www.fredwessel.com
Cost: $875
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting"
August 20-23, 2018
 

If the word “experimentation” causes your artistic juices to start flowing, then this is the workshop for you. Jo bases her fun filled workshop on the belief that if you approach your art with a playful attitude, you will be more apt to keep making art, and the more art you make, the better your art will be. To facilitate this attitude of experimentation and exploration, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are no larger than 10” x 10”. By working in this small manner, you will have more freedom to enjoy the process, learn the technique, and move away from your usual way of working. Jo will ignite your passion for “possibility” and rekindle your joy in the painting process.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jo Toye
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing"
August 22-26, 2018
 

In this fiber workshop we will be delving into the relationship between color and light in fabric, creating cloth that can convey pure, glowing color, that appears luminous when used, and creating partnered hues that are less glowing, less luminous, to be used as contrast in compositions. To this end, students will learn three methods of creating flat/glowing pairs in hand dyed cloth with Procion MX dyes, using color recipes provided as well as color inspiration they bring from personal inspiration files such as paint chips, photographs, and swatches. In addition, we will learn four ways to create solid or nearly solid fabrics—two using low water immersion techniques and two using machines.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650 plus $50 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creative Techniques & Personal Expression"
August 22-26, 2018
 

Join Nikon Legend behind the lens, Tony Sweet, and award winning nature photographer Susan Milestone, on a creative photography workshop on Whidbey Island, focusing on landscapes, flowers, and Coupeville. There will be daily location shooting, where Sue and Tony will be helping you to achieve the image you are imagining, critique sessions, compositional creativity, and software presentations. This workshop is limited to just 12 students, allowing much greater access to Tony and Susan. Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of exposure and to know how to operate their equipment. Bring a laptop computer with RAW processing and image editing software (Photoshop or Elements) in order to prepare images for critique, and any plugins you have.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Tony Sweet & Susan Milestone
Cost: $1,000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Machine Felting Master Class"
August 27-31, 2018
 

As always the principal emphasis during the class is how to control your materials, using the Felting Frame to do all the hard work. Control of line, colour and form. Another major aspect of this master class is interpreting and composing the images by painting and drawing with wool fibres. Other principles covered are fine workmanship and felting quality. During the class we will touch on a few different artistic techniques such as composition, proportion and colour theory as necessary. Learn to play with colours and contrast, light and shade, not forgetting colour contrast and composition. We’ll help you find your focal point in the design, and work around it until you find a comfortable balance. Do something that inspires you!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karoliina Arvilommi
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Color, Texture, Feeling"
September 6-9, 2018
 

By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various “raw” materials the end result in abstract painting is the creative accomplishment. This method presents the magnetism that is the abstraction to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and, above all, emotion play off of each other when creating the piece. There is adventure in not knowing where you are going with it until you get there! You will become enlightened as you journey through this process. You must be able to let go of all painting habits to gain the knowledge of layering textures, color and feelings. Executing shapes by utilizing positive and negative space will be discussed. This is the cultivation that nurtures our souls.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jan Sitts
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography"
September 7-9, 2018
 

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. Learn how to submit to publications, photography competitions, 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


"Troubleshooting in Wet Feltmaking: Advanced Felt-Saving Techinques"
September 12, 2018
 

Have you ever felted a piece and you thought it wasn’t successful? Did the silk not stick to the wool? Did you cut the wrong side of the slippers? Are the edges of the felt ruffly and uneven? Did the embellishments separate from the felt? Did the design not turn out the way it was planned? Have you ever started a project but did not really have the time to finish up? Bring your unfinished/unsuccessful piece(s) to the class. We’ll group the items with similarities and discuss all the possibilities to save them and give them a new life using a variety of felt-saving techniques. Then you'll work on your own, with one-on-one counseling.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile Kovacs
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Felted Bag with Woven Inlay"
September 13-14, 2018
 

In this workshop participants will learn how to marry weaving and feltmaking, highlighting both technique’s nature in just one object. On day one, we’ll make samples of the variations of the technique. You’ll learn the way to create round cords and flat straps and experiment with different weaving techniqes embedded in felt. On the second day you’ll felt a seamless bag with a woven design.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile Kovacs
Cost: $270 plus $30 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Glacier National Park"
September 13-17, 2018
 

During late September, the snow begins to dust the steep mountains of Glacier National Park, and most of the tourists have gone home. Deer and elk can still be spotted, and bear, moose, bighorn, and mountain goat still roam the park in full view. Beginning on the western side of the park we’ll photograph some of the spectacular scenery along the Continental Divide. Moving to the eastern half, we’ll concentrate on the landscape filled with colorful aspen, hike to spectacular waterfalls and lands dotted with beautiful lakes. For some of the areas we will photograph, plan on occasional light hiking up to 2 miles each way.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: David Cobb
Cost: $600 plus $40 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Printmaking Without a Press"
September 14-18, 2018
 

In this workshop students learn how to make high quality original prints without a press, and with easy soap and water cleanup. Using Golden Open acrylic paints and other water-based media, several methods of printmaking without a press will be presented with clear step-by-step demonstrations. Students can also combine these methods for unlimited potential, using lighter weight papers for collage and other paper arts, or heavier printmaking paper for finished art prints. Lightweight fabrics can also be used. Playful experimentation and fun are encouraged in this workshop! Demonstrations and individual discussions will help each student to create work using their own aesthetic ideas.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Suzanne Siegel
Cost: $395 plus $5 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"Photography as Meditation"
September 28-30, 2018
 

This workshop will examine how photography can be a form of meditation. Both deal with the present moment and call for a high degree of awareness. After a review of Zen and its connection to the arts we will see the relevance of Eastern thought to the photographic process. As well, the workshop will explore how learning to trust one’s ‘intuition’, directly relates to being more creative with a camera. And by cultivating a mindful attitude of ‘inner calm’ participants will find their work strengthened and more expressive. Field excursions in and around Coupeville will provide opportunities to nurture ‘slowness’ as an attribute of a more meditative approach to image-making. Join us for this stimulating workshop on taking your photography to a more contemplative level.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Robert Stahl
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Frans Hals: Birth of the Painterly Portrait"
October 3-7, 2018
 

Frans Hals was the first portrait painter to merge rigorous naturalism with effortless and economical virtuosity. His sublime approach signaled the beginning of alla prima painting and influenced some of the greatest painters of the nineteenth century such as Zorn, Sorolla and Sargent. This class will explore the methods and materials of this great Dutch master and apply them in the studio by creating portraits inspired by his impeccable grace and fluidity.
 
Location: Hummelo, Washington
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Cost: $950 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Landscape/Seacapes Impressionist Style with Pastels"
October 3-6, 2018
 

Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, and some of the great American, French, and Tonalist painters did just that. In these classes we will discover the techniques they used to make their paintings great master works that have stood the test of time.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Doug House
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Spontaneous Stitch"
October 4-5, 2018
 

There is something enchanting about hand-stitching. We are drawn to stitch and can almost feel the vitality of the person who created the sewn marks. The purpose of this workshop is to guide you through lively exercises for making your own work in a spontaneous and fresh manner. The two day session is filled with music, doodling, stitching and fun. I will present ideas and methods through samples, books, powerpoint presentations, and music. Students are encouraged to bring a small sampling (1 to 3) of their own stitched items to share with the group to help each of us gain a sense of community, sharing, and mutual respect. This is a nice kick-start session for building a meditative and purposeful style of hand-stitching.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Mauersberger
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Soulful Photography"
October 5-7, 2018
 

Soulful Photography is a course for anyone who loves to take pictures and wants to take their photography skills to the next level. Learn how to capture images that are not only beautiful, but also a true expression of who you are. Learn how to infuse your creative process with deep thought and feeling, and create images that more successfully connect you with your viewers. The course will introduce techniques in lighting, composition, and exposure, all of which you will be able to practice through numerous hands-on creative assignments. No fancy cameras necessary. Whether you shoot with an SLR, point and shoot, or a smartphone, this course will teach you how to express your creative voice with any tool or device.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Alessandra Cave
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Wrap Workshop"
October 5-8, 2018
 

Transform acres of silk into 100 hand-dyed art scarves. Add in original poetry and pattern. Print, cut, stitch and release! These wraps will be given to women living with and surviving cancer in diverse communities. Together we will consider the scarf as canvas; as talisman, as dialogue. Explore words and graphics funneled through basic dye, print and piecing techniques. Discover how pop up studio practices allow the artist to work in unconventional spaces, reaching hidden communities.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Marguerite Gignoux, gignouxart.com
Cost: $650 plus $60 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Zen Houses"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Be a part of a hot new contemporary acrylic painting 2 day workshop hosted by: Author, Instructor, and Mixed Media Artist, Jodi Ohl. Zen Houses is a merging of two of Jodi’s most popular classes: “Zen Painting” and “Funky Little City Scapes” with new twists and turns sure to please artists at every level. Learn Contemporary Painting Techniques on a unique surface, How to draw whimsical illustrations, and Water Media approaches using specialty acrylic paint. Discover how to add depth and character to your painting through tried and true techniques that will enhance your overall painting techniques. Most supplies are included making it easy for students to join in the fun without investing in a lot of new products.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $350 plus $45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Intuitive Stitch"
October 6-8, 2018
 

The class begins by focusing on how we can use free-form drawing to open our minds to our creative selves. The exercises help us to see in new ways and free us from restrictive thoughts. The exercises will flow from drawing to the creation of individual, small, hand-stitched works. We draw in the form of intuitive doodling on paper and translate those marks in stitch.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Mauersberger
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Pam & Mary Beth Art Journal Road Show"
October 13-15, 2018
 

In this three day workshop, Pam Carriker and Mary Beth Shaw spill the tricks of the Art Journal by offering processes that range from beginner to advanced. This class is a ‘journey’ that is ever-changing and evolving with new techniques so it is always new and fresh. Starting with backgrounds to making collage parts to color management and composition and even interactive pages, the sky is the limit! Mary Beth and Pam volley back and forth comparing and contrasting a variety of techniques and media including all their latest ideas. Join them for the quintessential Art Journal experience!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Pam Carriker and Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $500 plus $20 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Tsujihana"
October 14-16, 2018
 

Tsujigahana was an artform so highly prized that it was given as gifts to those one held in most high esteem. We’ll be covering the basics of this inspiring marriage of shibori and hand-painting, relishing the soft and moody blends of colors offered through a range of string-resist techniques, and accented by the crisp lines and delicate shadings hand-painted pigments allow. We’ll be working with natural dyes on silks, cotton, and bast fibers, initially finding inspiration in traditional patterns John has prepared. And as time allows, John will be happy to guide you in developing your own designs. The materials fee covers all consumables and use of John’s equipment, along with a DVD containing hand outs and a great deal more.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Marshall
Cost: $475 plus $90 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Gilded Inspirations: Using Metallics and Pigments to Embellish Dyed Creations"
October 17-18, 2018
 

Most of you will have had the opportunity to view, or even handle, exquisitely embellished Japanese textiles. So often these include embroidery and gold leafing, or even gold-leafing over embroidery. In this course we will be discussing a broad range of laminates, including gold, platinum, lacquer, and pigments. John will cover a range of traditional techniques used to apply gold leaf and other precious metals to your woven goods. The materials fee covers everything you will need in class as well as a DVD with hand outs. While the lessons will be taught without the use of actual precious metals (bronze powders and Dutch gold will be used instead), some real gold and silver will be available for purchase.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Marshall
Cost: $395 plus $110 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Paper Paintings Birds & Blooms Workshop"
November 2-4, 2018
 

During this comprehensive workshop you will learn a unique figurative, mixed media collage technique. Emphasis will be on defining form using light and shadow, and treating every paper tear as a brush stroke. Students will create impressionistic collages that look like paintings. You'll create a hand-painted paper palette through Gelli Plate printing, staining, stamping and patterning, that will be torn up and glued over an acrylic underpainting. Throughout the class we'll focus on learning and growing creatively in a fun environment. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful. All levels are welcome. (A video tutorial with homework will be emailed to you once workshop minimums have been met)
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Monochrome and Americana"
November 16-17, 2018
 

What is hardest for most photographers, but necessary is visualizing the final image. We have so many choices in determining exposure that thinking about how you want the final image to be rendered determine how you initially make the image in the camera. DO you want the sky light or dark? How do you want to render the clouds? How to handle the tonal relationships must be considered. We’ll dwell on this quite extensively. Often in photography we hear the terms High Key and Low Key. We will discuss and learn to apply these traits which are so important when making monochrome images.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Natural Eye"
December 12-16, 2018
 

The week-long Natural Eye workshop weaves together daily eye-opening activities and ideas, fine-tuning technical sessions, time in the field to try the ideas, and daily review of images. All photographers with a working knowledge of their cameras are welcome in this workshop. To participate in image reviews, you will need to bring a laptop, your editing software of choice, card reader, and jump drive. At the end of most days, after class, you will download images onto your laptop, make selections based upon the day’s assignment, convert images to jpegs, rename selected images, place them in a folder, and transfer them to a jump drive for class the next morning.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $1,000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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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