Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling"
December 2-3, 2017
 

Comics is a kind of alchemy, blending text and images on the page to tell stories that make powerful impressions. Words and pictures play off of each other and swap roles in ways that provide the author a powerful range of expression. Learn how to master the basics of this rich visual language through a series of short exercises and slideshows. Investigate the principles of panel-to-panel storytelling, view examples of page and book design, and survey the traditional tools of the trade: India ink, pens and brushes, and bristol board.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Matt Madden
Cost: $495, Lab Fee: $15
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Business Skills for Artists"
February 10-11, 2018
 

Day 1: Portfolio Building and Promotions for Artists ~ Re-Presenting Yourself. Your portfolio is the core of your promotional material. Focus on the essential elements: sharpening your artist statement, tailoring your artistic résumés, and selecting and formatting your work samples. Day 2: Marketing and Social Media Basics for Artists ~ Visibility Tools and Strategies. Learn core functionality, best practices and exercises to help you build an online strategy for your artistic business as you consider using such tools as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy, and Instagram.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"The Portrait and The Figure"
May 8-10, 2018
 

Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"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


"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


"The Portrait and The Figure"
September 13-15, 2018
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Indianapolis, IN. Using live clothed models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


 

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