Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Abstract Painting 101"
December 7, 2022
 

Did you know that there's a difference between abstract art and non-representational art? Well now you do, so come learn all about these two contemporary art forms and create your own painting!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic Pendants"
December 9, 2022
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting One-Day workshop where students will create their very own beautiful one-of-a-kind mosaic pendant! Students will learn to use the proper tools and materials to construct a small stainless steel and glass pendant. Whether you have experience with mosaics or not, this class, for students of all levels, is sure to be one for the books! Students should bring $25 for all materials, which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
December 9, 2022
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” or 8”x 8” plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students should bring $15 cash for materials the day of the workshop, which will be provided for you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Jewelry Making, Polymer Clay Beads"
December 10-11, 2022
 

Join jeweler and potter, Jami Wright, as she teaches the ins and outs of Polymer clay and guides you step-by-step in creating your own gorgeous beads with one-of-a-kind designs! Not interested in beads? Even though we'll be learning how to make beads in this course, polymer clay is extremely versatile, and Jami will share other ideas and ways that you can create with it. All supplies are included in the cost... Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Pet Portraits 101"
December 10, 2022
 

Join nationally and internationally acclaimed artist and instructor, Addison Palmer, for this 1-day painting workshop where you will learn the keys to painting your pet in a realistic manner. Students will paint from their own printed reference photos for this workshop in Heavy Acrylics.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Jewelry Making, Polymer Clay Beads"
December 13-14, 2022
 

Join jeweler and potter, Jami Wright, as she teaches the ins and outs of Polymer clay and guides you step-by-step in creating your own gorgeous beads with one-of-a-kind designs! Not interested in beads? Even though we'll be learning how to make beads in this course, polymer clay is extremely versatile, and Jami will share other ideas and ways that you can create with it. All supplies are included in the cost... Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Here's the Scoop - The Elements of Art Matter"
December 13, 2022
 

The elements of art are the building blocks of all art so come and learn all about them and how they can be used to create, as well as enhance your art! Ice cream cones never looked so good!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Introduction to Drawing with Graphite"
December 15, 2022
 

This class will introduce the student to the basic materials and tools needed for learning how to draw with graphite pencils. Whether you are an absolute beginner or returning for a refresher course this one-day class will focus on “How to get started” in using these materials confidently. You will be introduced to a full range of pencil grades and why and when to use them. Through the use of exercises and discussion, we will practice the techniques that can take you to the next level of drawing. This course will touch upon seeing, rather than remembering, shapes. You will learn how to see the world around you differently through these observations and practice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Laura Schuler
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic Minis"
December 16, 2022
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting One-Day workshop where students will design & execute the creation of their own personal one-of-a-kind mosaic mini piece! Students will learn to use the proper tools and materials to construct a small mini mosaic piece. Whether you have experience with mosaics or not, this class, for students of all levels, is sure to be one for the books! Students should bring $40 for all materials, which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Edible Art Series - Winter Wonderland Themed Cookies"
December 28, 2022
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
January 13, 2023
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” or 8”x 8” plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students should bring $15 cash for materials the day of the workshop, which will be provided for you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels at Honey Horn Plantation"
January 14, 2023
 

Spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration at Honey Horn Plantation, on Oyster Bay Dock. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light source, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Pouring"
January 16-18, 2023
 

The techniques of watercolor pouring give a glowing luminous and fluid effect to paintings. Come and have fun, pouring and dropping paint while you watch the spontaneity of watercolor. Julie will demonstrate 2 different scenes, and provide the images for you to use. You may choose to paint your own subject if you bring reference photos. We will use masking fluid at the various stages of each pour to build up the values in a layering process. In the final stage we will use brushes to complete finishing details. Join us and let Julie teach you this awesome technique of pouring watercolors! Students should bring $55 cash to pay the instructor, who will provide all of the materials you'll need!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mixed Media: Birds of a Feather"
January 19, 2023
 

On a 12" x 16" canvas we'll create an amazing bird painting choosing your own colors. We will be using torn papers, napkins, stencils, gesso, glue, paint, pastels, lace, glitter and a variety of other fun materials. By layering paint, papers, fabrics and stenciling, you’ll create an amazing dimensional piece of art! No experience necessary, all supplies included.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Acrylic & Palette Knife: A Field of Sunflowers"
January 19, 2023
 

Come & have an amazing time creating some wonderful fields of flowers. We'll be using some really rich and creamy paints to have a lot of textures, interesting effects, (some almost like acrylic pouring) and 3-D effects. You’ll see just how easy it is to layer paint and a achieve 3-dimensional look using a palette knife. We’ll be painting on a square canvas to create fields of sunflowers. Students should bring $15 cash to pay instructor who will provide all materials needed.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Blowing Flowers in Alcohol Inks"
January 21, 2023
 

Join guest instructor and Minnesota based artist Julie Schroeder for this exciting workshop that will make you fall in love with Alcohol Inks! In this workshop, we will be exploring with the alcohol inks medium and will be focusing specifically on techniques used to create gorgeous floral pieces. These sessions are perfect for beginners or those are familiar with alcohol inks! We hope you're able to join us and channel your inner creativeness! Please bring $15 cash to pay the instructor for all materials, which will be provided for you!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Stained Glass 101: Gorgeous Window Panels"
January 24-26, 2023
 

Students will create their own Stained Glass Window Panel in this all levels course! Instructor Cynthia Buckley will teach students the ins and outs of stained glass and each student will leave with a stunning window panel ready for hanging! Class size is limited to ensure individual attention. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes are recommended. All materials and the use of tools included.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Cynthia Buckley
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Building Blocks to Successful Oil Paintings"
January 31 - February 2, 2023
 

“Building Blocks to Successful Oil Paintings” is a class wherein students will practice the foundational principles of good painting. No matter what level of experience one has, there are certain fundamentals that are always found in a beautiful painting: an idea or story, pleasing composition/design, interesting shapes accurately painted, accurate values, harmonious colors, varied edge treatments, depth through perspective. In this class we will explore these fundamentals and apply them each day. I will be easel-side frequently to view your progress and answer your questions. I will also demonstrate some of the principles in front of the class each day. At the end of each day, I will conduct a “soft” critique of students’ works for learning purposes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Gary Baughman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Create Your Own Coloring Book"
February 1, 2023
 

Join us and learn about contour lines and how to create a themed coloring book based off of personal photos or images. This is always a fun way to capture special moments and/or create a unique gift! Students should bring $10 cash to pay for materials, which will all be provided for you!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Stained Glass Valentines"
February 4, 2023
 

Students will choose from pre-cut glass pieces and work with the instructor to follow step by step in creating their own personal stained glass valentine. This course is an appropriate introduction to stained glass, however, experienced students may wish to join too. Students should bring $35 cash to pay instructor for materials.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Cynthia Buckley
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Open Abstract Class in Non-Objective Abstract and Representational Abstract Landscape"
Wednesdays, February 8 - March 1, 2023
 

This course is appropriate for all artists wishing to advance their level of understanding and capabilities in abstract work. It is for intermediate and advanced students who have an art background and/or have been in previous abstract classes, or who have been doing abstract work. Non-objective abstract work is without any true identity in the representative world. It is a pure creation of expression. Representational landscape as the name implies is work that is recognizable, done in an abstract or different way. This course will be taught in heavy acrylics.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Abstract Exploration with Acrylics"
February 9, 2023
 

Join instructor Andrea Smith for a new class on abstract exploration! Abstraction is a unique form of expression and there are zero rules! Emotion, Texture and Imagination take center stage. This class is a judgement-free zone where students will have the opportunity to explore their own style and try new techniques. Vivid color, happy accidents and artistic risk-taking are encouraged. This class is designed for beginners and intermediate students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Andrea Smith
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Bootcamp - 2-Days of Wonderful Watercolors"
February 10-11, 2023
 

Join artist and guest instructor, Catherine Hillis for this exciting 2-Day watercolor workshop for beginner or intermediate students! Whether you want to learn some basic skills of watercolor painting, or you need a "tune up," join Catherine Hillis for two days of nothing but watercolor painting. Review the best materials and how to use them and care for them. Move on to basic technique and learn a little about basic composition and design. Your instructor will guide you to complete a well-designed watercolor painting based on your own photographic references. If you've been feeling frustrated with your painting technique, this workshop is for you. Students bring supplies, lunch, snacks, drinks, photographs to work from, etc.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Catherine Hillis
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor - Paint En Plein Air"
February 14, 2023
 

Join artist and guest instructor, Catherine Hillis for this exciting 1-day plein air watercolor workshop for beginner and intermediate students! Everybody's talkin' about plein air painting. What is it? What equipment do you use? How do you start a painting? What steps are involved? And how do you know when you're done? Meet instructor Catherine Hillis in beautiful Hilton Head, SC and learn the in's and out's of plein air painting. Ms. Hillis has been on the national plein air circuit for several years now, painting across the country. She'll share tips about equipment and how to approach working in the field. You'll learn how to select a spot and Hillis will provide multiple demonstrations as well as personal coaching.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Catherine Hillis
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels at Shelter Cove Community Park"
February 21, 2023
 

Spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration on the raised lawn at Shelter Cove Community Park. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light sources, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
February 23, 2023
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” or 8”x 8” plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students should bring $15 cash for materials the day of the workshop, which will be provided for you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Neuro-Graphic Therapeutic Paintings"
March 1, 2023
 

Come and learn about this relaxing and peaceful art making trend that not only makes for beautiful paintings, but allows you to get into the zen! Students should bring $10 cash to pay for materials, which will all be provided for you!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"1-Day Open Abstract Workshop in Non-Objective Abstract and Representational Abstract Landscapes"
March 8, 2023
 

This newly added workshop is a compacted version of Art's 3-Week February course and is appropriate for all artists wishing to advance their level of understanding and capabilities in abstract work. It is for intermediate and advanced students who have an art background and/or have been in previous abstract classes, or who have been doing abstract work. Non-objective abstract work is without any true identity in the representative world. It is a pure creation of expression. Representational landscape as the name implies is work that is recognizable, done in an abstract or different way. This workshop will be taught in heavy acrylics.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Introduction to Stained Glass"
March 13-15, 2023
 

Students will create their own Stained Glass Window Panel in this all levels course! Instructor Cynthia Buckley will teach students the ins and outs of stained glass and each student will leave with a stunning window panel ready for hanging! Class size is limited to ensure individual attention. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes are recommended. All materials and the use of tools included.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Cynthia Buckley
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
March 24, 2023
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” or 8”x 8” plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students should bring $15 cash for materials the day of the workshop, which will be provided for you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Beach Bookmarks"
April 5, 2023
 

As the summer approaches and your reading list grows, you'll want to make some lovely beach inspired painted bookmarks! Learn painting techniques and enjoy exploring through these fun mini art works! Students should bring $10 cash to pay for materials, which will all be provided for you!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"How To Create Pastel Paintings with Vibrant Colors"
April 26-27, 2023
 

Learn how to paint with pastels in brilliant color! Carol will share how she creates color vibration in her pastel paintings. The class will start with a full pastel painting demonstration each morning. You will learn how to work with your photos to create a strong composition, define your values, create an underpainting, identify a light source, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color and paper effectively to create a mood for your painting. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"One Day of Plein Air with Pastels at Veterans Memorial Park"
April 28, 2023
 

Expand on your classroom skills and spend a lovely day outside learning how to paint with pastels in plein air! The class will start with a pastel painting demonstration on the boardwalk at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Carol will share how she creates brilliant color vibration in her pastel paintings. You will learn how to focus in on a strong composition, define your values, identify your light source, create a point of focus, and how to see and use color effectively in plein air. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from real life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback throughout the day.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
April 28, 2023
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” or 8”x 8” plate using glass as your canvas. No painting experience necessary! This is a fun workshop so bring a friend and create something new! Once you’ve finished your creations, Kathy will take them to her studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later. Students should bring $15 cash for materials the day of the workshop, which will be provided for you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Private Pottery Wheel or Handbuilding Lessons"
Ongoing
 

Ever wanted to try your hand at throwing clay on the wheel? Want to make a cup or bowl that you can proudly call your own? One-on-One lessons are a perfect way for students of all levels, even beginners, to gain experience and learn to elevate your work using additive and subtractive techniques to modify your forms. Sign up for private, one-on-one wheel lessons (or Handbuilding) with Art League instructor and local potter, Jami Wright. Call Art League Academy to schedule a time that works for you! Students should bring $25 cash for materials the day of the lesson, which will be provided for you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


 

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