Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


 

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