Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Image to Abstract II"
May 4-6, 2018
 

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Paint with oils or acrylics.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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


"Basic Drawing"
Wednesdays, May 30 - June 27, 2018
 

Drawing is the gateway to self expression and it’s never too late to learn. This five-week course covers all the basics starting with how to hold a pencil and ending with choosing your own subject matter. In an atmosphere of support and encouragement, students will acquire skills enabling them to render objects, landscape, and architectural forms. Topics include line, value, composition, and color. Beginning to Intermediate level.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Foundations of Painting"
Wednesdays, May 30 - June 27, 2018
 

This dynamic five-week course is designed for beginners as well as those wanting to brush upon the fundamentals. Using acrylic or oils, students will work from a variety of sources including still life, landscape, and photography. Topics include: composition, materials, color mixing, glazing, impasto, and the power of brush strokes.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Figure Drawing"
Thursdays, May 31 - June 28, 2018
 

Designed for students of all levels, this five-week course covers fundamentals of proportion and anatomy while encouraging individual expression and interpretation. Combing both traditional and contemporary approaches, instruction includes: understanding of form, skeletal, and musculature structure, as well as the figure in space. Students will learn to construct the figure using live models, photography, and principals taken from fashion illustration.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $350 + model fee
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"The Structure of Perception and the Perception of Structure"
June 1-3, 2018
 

This class is intended to push the mid-range to advanced painter even further. Each day brings a concentrated and comprehensive work schedule, but will also be fun and productive. Emphasis will be placed on: 1) examining the perceptual processes in front of nature; 2) the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter and how that takes form graphically; and 3) perhaps most importantly, on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by “finish.” We will not be concerned with making anything pretty, sellable or trophy-like. Daily demonstrations will address how to: establish an immediate formal direction, develop unity, use editorial discrimination, analyze light, and develop color. Drawing and compositional strategy will also be a focus.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Stuart Shils, stuartshils.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting Portrait Sketches with Dominique Medici"
June 8-10, 2018
 

Gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter. The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition is to practice with shorter poses. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses. This is the secret behind all great works. In this class, we will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim. I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Cost: $375 + model fees
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Composing and executing the half-length portrait in 4 days"
June 14-17, 2018
 

The amazing Teresa Oaxaco is returning to Whidbey Island! In this workshop students will work with a four-day, mid length life size pose from the live model with portrait, hands, dynamic costume and still life elements. Compositions, value and color will be discussed. Techniques will involve underpainting, overpainting, impasto and wet into wet effects. Materials, supports, and drying time will be discussed. Teresa will carry a 4 day pose through to completion during the mornings so as to demonstrate the technique overall. Students will receive daily critiques and lectures.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 16-17, 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


"Still Life Drawing with Charcoal / Subtractive Drawing Technique"
June 23-25, 2018
 

In this workshop students will engage in the process of drawing using the technique of subtractive drawing. We will be working on gesso primed paper utilizing a variety of drawing tools including brushes, an array of erasures, sandpaper, exacto knives and turpentine. Beginning with a solid black prepared paper students will render through direct observation the form and light of the still life while giving consideration to just how much visual information is necessary for the image to be convincing.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Evelyn Woods, www.evelynwoodsart.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"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


"Still Life: Structure and Variation"
July 16-20, 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


"Creating a Series: A Workshop in Drawing and Painting"
Tuesdays, July 17 - August 7, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to take students through the process of creating a small body of work (5-7 pieces) from conceptualization to completion. Participants will meet over four consecutive weeks for work sessions, critique, support, and discussion of the next step forward. Pieces may be drawings, paintings, or mixed media.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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


"Painting Animals in Oil"
July 25-28, 2018
 

On the first morning we will meet at my studio in Langley and set out exploring Whidbey Island for animal subjects to paint. There are a wide variety of animals to choose from -- including sheep, cows, horses, alpaca, deer, birds and rabbits -- and we will photograph a selection of these animals for painting reference. After lunch, I will demonstrate my process for painting from photos and my methods and materials for oil painting. Workshop participants will then use the next three days to create a painting (or paintings) of animals they have photographed. Emphasis will be placed on composition, accurate drawing, correct values, fresh color mixtures and edge control. Further painting demonstrations will be provided as needed.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Tennison, www.jamestennison.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"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


"One Thousand Collages Abstraction and the Figure - Without a Model"
August 3-5, 2018
 

An exploration of pure abstraction and the abstraction in the figure through collage. We will draw and paint by means of collage. What we put down on paper are real things that we can adjust, just as we pose the model in our studio. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life. Next, we will move into the third dimension and make figures from corrugated cardboard. We will work with them and, with our rediscovered freedom, without them. All on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting, and ultimately, a more real picture of what we find beautiful in the human figure and the world.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Ken Kewley, kenkewley.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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


"Modern Impressionism In Action"
August 16-19, 2018
 

Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to our subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. His workshop will be conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Students of all skill levels in oil & acrylic are welcome.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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 + a lab fee of $25
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Rose Painting Workshop"
August 22-24, 2018
 

Garden roses are some of the most beautiful forms in the botanical world. They have been cultivated for centuries and bear little resemblance to the stiff generic varieties that are commonly available. In this intensive workshop painters will have an opportunity to study their complex geometry and exquisite color subtlety. The course will include an indirect method of painting and the introduction of a specific limited palette. A brief slide lecture on the history of the genre will inspire us as we explore this timeless motif. Previous painting experience is encouraged.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Kathleen Speranza
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
September 21-23, 2018
 

In this plein air workshop, James will share how he captures the incredible awareness of light and atmosphere which hallmark his paintings, making them glow with an ethereal, lively vitality. Demonstrations will show how he makes artistic decisions in the painting process in order to capture a striking sense of realism in some areas, while diverging into an orchestral arrangement of tone and color in others, which dissolves away from form altogether, yet maintain a wonderful harmony. The workshop requires nothing beyond a thirst to improve one’s painting skills and basic plein air supplies: easel/pochade box, limited palette of colors, brushes, and panels. James welcomes students of all levels into his classes.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Kroner, www.jameskroner.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
September 28-30, 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


"Frans Hals: Birth of the Painterly Portrait"
October 4-7, 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: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Robert Liberace, robertliberace.com
Cost: $895 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Watercolor Workshop"
October 19-21, 2018
 

This three-day workshop will be held in my studio on Whidbey Island in Langley and will focus on painting a still life in watercolor. On the first morning I will give a demonstration of my approach to painting in this medium that I enjoy so much. I will discuss my preferred methods and materials and the importance of the fundamentals of solid drawing and composition. We will also explore the unique properties that watercolor has to offer. After a lunch break, workshop participants will begin their paintings from a still life set up. Painting will continue for the following two days. Personal attention will be given to each participant and further demonstration will be provided as needed.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Tennison, www.jamestennison.com
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Painting the Still-Life"
October 27-28, 2018
 

Come and enjoy a fun and informative studio workshop with award-winning, Oregon-based artist Eric Jacobsen. In this workshop you will concentrate on the basic fundamentals of making a good still-life painting, choosing a subject, making a great design, editing the scene, and more. Eric will focus on simplifying and how to put energy and emotion into your paintings. The workshop will consist of informal lectures, demonstrations, critiques as well as plenty of individual instruction.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Eric Jacobsen, jacobsenfineart.com
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Composition through Still Life"
November 1-4, 2018
 

In this workshop we will use still life to explore composition. We will consider the geometry of the arrangement, viewpoint, color, value relationships and balance in a series of small painted studies, working toward a composition that is constructed as a whole unit. Focus will be placed on satisfying and accurate drawing, value and color relationships. The workshop will be taught through lecture, demonstration and critique.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Zoey Frank, zoeyfrank.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"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


"How to prepare a panel with rabbit skin glue and real gesso.... for oil or egg tempera"
November 10, 2018
 

Making your panels from scratch may seem time consuming and esoteric, but it is the best way to get exactly the panels you want. By making a batch of panels all at the same time, you can make a year’s worth of panels in a couple days. This class will cover materials, sources, and methods for making a plain real gesso panel for egg tempera or a linen/canvas covered one for oils. Those who want to make their own panels during class can pay a supply fee of $15. I will also have a small supply of “starter kits” for sale at the class, to make some panels of your own.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Anne Belov
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"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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