Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Painting the Mystical Light in Watercolor (& pastels)"
June 21, 2018

This is a one-day workshop that explores light. Using several of Nita Engle’s watercolor techniques, create the mystical glow of backlit subjects. This approach is perfect for beginners, but also is great for more experienced painters that want to paint more loosely. Techniques are wet on wet, throwing paint, floating color, spraying, and flooding. While this approach is intuitive, the second layer of painting is more thought out and controlled. In this painting we will articulate backlit trees in a forest and reflected in the water. Watercolor will be the dominant medium, but we may use pastel to create opaque overlays in the reflections, or paint a heron on the banks. No experience is necessary. All supplies are included.
Location: Frankfort, Michigan
Instructor: Janet Cedar Kindy
Cost: $120 Non-member, $90 Member
Sponsor: Oliver Art Center
Website, email, (231) 352-4151

"Plein Aire and Studio Watercolor Painting at Sleeping Bear Dunes"
June 26-28, 2018

This workshop includes 2 days in the studio, and 1 day on location at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Returning for the second year, I will be teaching watercolor painting both in studio and on location at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Learn about clean transparent colors, brush stroke simplicity, dynamic composition, basic watercolor techniques including wet-on-wet, graduated washes, lifting out, and dry brush. All supplies included. The focus is on the Michigan coastline: the dunes,their flora, the old outbuildings of the national park, and, of course, Lake Michigan! You will learn to paint quickly and gear up simply so you can begin or continue daily painting on your own! Includes trip to the National Park. Level: Introductory through Advanced
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Instructor: Janet Cedar Kindy
Cost: $445 (nonmember), $395 (member)
Sponsor: Crooked Tree Art Center/ Traverse City
Website, email, 479-601-2337

"Painting the Figure (all media welcome)"
July 30 - August 1, 2018

Award-winning artist, Peggi Kroll-Roberts worked as a fashion and advertising illustrator before making the transition into fine art. Using intense color and value to accentuate her subject, she moved into fine art with a bold palette, a love for small paintings and a very loose style that achieves a lot with a few very energetic brush strokes. She prefers to suggest reality than render it. Peggi will work with students in the medium of their choice - acrylic, watercolor, oil or gouache.
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Peggi Kroll Roberts
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email

"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2018

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842

"Freedom in Watermedia"
September 6-8, 2018

This workshop is designed to help students (beginning, intermediate or advanced) paint in an intuitive manner starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of materials and techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. The process starts with arbitrary mark making. Students will continue working transparent to opaque building layers with watercolor, acrylic, gesso and other materials. There will be ongoing evaluation of work in progress and the use of compositional design elements. It is entirely possible finished work may be figurative or representational but the goal is to produce aesthetically pleasing work which is unique and reflective of the artist’s mind.
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth, NWS
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, (616) 897-7842, Ext. 352


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