Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"The Six Essential Skill Sets of Drawing"
March 23-25, 2018
 

In this three-day intensive workshop, California artist David Lobenberg will cover the six primary skill sets of drawing: angles, proportion, position, contours, values, and shapes. David will present, discuss, and demonstrate each skill set, then follow up with an exercise specifically designed to effectively practice each. The presentation order of skill sets is designed to be cumulative, so participants can continue to practice previously taught skills in their exercises as they simultaneously work with the most recently taught skills. Participants will be provided with visual learning tools and handouts as part of the workshop format. This class is for the novice who wants to learn how to draw, as well as for those who struggle with drawing and want to become better at it.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: David Lobenberg, lobenbergart.com
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Advance Your Pastel and Oil Painting Techniques"
April 13-15, 2018
 

This three-day course will include: A slide presentation and lecture on painting in pastels and oils including people, still-life, interiors, urbanscapes, and landscapes; Discussions on painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting style, and working methods unique to pastels and oils; Demos emphasizing composition, color, and technique; and Daily individual critiques of students’ works in progress. Additional topics explored include solving common painting problems, experimenting with new approaches to painting, working from photographs, studio lighting, framing pastels and oils, and making use of the internet in your career. Also included is a lecture on creative ways to promote and sell your art. This course is designed for each student to work at his/her own pace in pastels and or oils.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Desmond O’Hagan, desmondohagan.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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