Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
April 22-24, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
May 13-16, 2020
 

Award Winning Artist Workshops was created for artists with a desire to study with the highest caliber instructors. Join California artist Randall Sexton at the McDowell Arts Center for a 4-Day workshop in "Expressive Brushwork." Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature... It is recognizable whether you know it or not. Think of painting as if weaving a tapestry…overlapping the negative shapes with positive shapes (and visa versa) to create the edges of shapes….and to define the shapes in the process.
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"Abstract Drawing and Painting on Unconventional Surfaces"
June 14-19, 2020
 

In this workshop students will prepare their supports using a variety of materials (cement, plaster, collaged papers) as ground layers for painting and drawing. Then using pigment sticks, carbon, charcoal, paint (oil or acrylic), a variety of mediums with the student’s choice of oil based media or water base, (cold wax, alkyds, solvents for oil, or water based mediums for acrylic – oil pigment sticks may be used with oil painting or as a top layer on acrylics). All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $700 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Advanced Painting"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Take your painting to a higher level of commitment and meaningfulness with Lisa Pressman’s Master Class. Lisa is known for her intuitive and conceptual abstract paintings – always with a subconscious narrative that reveals itself along the way. She has a unique gift of working with her students and helping them to discover underlying themes or emotions in their work. Her workshops are often transformative, as she helps her students excavate what is “really going on” in their work. Our focus will be on content, inspirations and moving out of your comfort zone. We will be revisiting the fundamentals of design along with “freeing up” exercises, group collaborations, power points and demos that show new ways to approach your paintings.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $900 + $95 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting: Simplify the Landscape"
June 21-26, 2020
 

How do we select places to paint? How do we compose and adjust relationships in the landscape to fit our ideas of an invented reality? We will begin drawing from direct observation, composing quick sketches to simplify the landscape. We will discuss perspective, scale shifts, light source, value and space – all integral concepts to composing a compelling drawing. Paintings will be made later in the day, working from the same location. The light will change but the overall composition will remain. The personal approach of each student will infuse paintings that are invented and abstracted representations of the landscape. Classroom discussions will focus on other landscape painters who use a variety of ideas around color and abstraction in their work.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Celia Reisman
Cost: $675 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting: Interiors / Exteriors with the Figure"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

In this workshop, we will weave the figure into the fabric of the painting. We will use color to structure space and establish atmosphere, both interior and exterior. Into this light condition we will integrate the Figure. We will work with the model in-doors with windows, and out-doors in a nearby garden. Our processes will combine drawing and painting from direct observation, and working in the studio from our studies done from life. We will create specific light with color, painting to painting, and within one work. We will ask, what happens when exterior and interior light meet? On what part of the painting do we wish to focus?
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Louise Bourne
Cost: $600 + $95 lab fee (includes model fee)
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 10-11, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art Alliance of Greensboro
Website, email, 336-373-2725


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 15-17, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Paint Bigger: From the Ground Up"
August 6-11, 2020
 

By using unconventional materials (rags, sticks, scrapers) as well as brushes we are given the opportunity to loosen our grips on what we think painting should be. Gestural movement, mark making, shape and color will all be explored and how we create a composition. This is not limited to just abstraction. Landscape- abstract landscape- how we approach a portrait all will be considered. We will however use our imaginations as a reference point. Relying on memory of place or emotions to be our guide. Content will be explored and encouraged as an intuitive and organic process. We will still our minds through morning meditations that are focused on connecting to your inner muse.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Lauren Mantecón
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $25
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"4 X 4: Abstraction By Design"
August 6-11, 2020
 

In this 4 1/2 – day workshop we will be creating a modular (4 over 4) panel installation. Each panel should work on their own and be integral to the installation as well. We will establish a limited color palette with both our collage papers and paint. This parameter allows us to fully focus on our design, mark making and balance skills, as well as allowing a manageable interplay between our panels.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Michael Schemchuk
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $65
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 16-18, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 4-6, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 14-15, 2020
 

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 also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art of the Carolinas
Website, email


 

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