Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Works & Words"
Tuesdays, February 7-28, 2023
 

Works and Words concentrates on concepts pertaining to why we work, how we work and the results we aim for as artists. Creative and engaging discussion is generated by assignments, critique and slide lectures. Work will be done in each individual’s studio or home and brought to class each week along with notebooks. Assignments will include painting, collage, mixed media. Roberta Marks is a noted Key West artist who works in sculpture, mixed-media, painting, and collage. She has shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Smithsonian Institution and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has lectured in University settings here and in Europe, and is represented in Key West by the Lucky Street Gallery.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Roberta Marks
Cost: $210 / $190 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Bring Something to Mosaic"
February 13, 14, 17
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 3-Half-Day workshop perfect for students of any level! Do you have an old wooden tray or a small accent table or old window frame or sign? In this class students will learn the basic techniques of mosaic art using stained glass and other media to revive and upcycle something worn. Note: Price includes all materials. Just bring yourself and your item! Items should not exceed 160 square inches (12" x 12") and need to be at least 1/4" thick.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Collage with Color"
February 18, 2023
 

Create a collage using rice papers of different colors and values, printed papers, screen, fabric, and wood pieces. Students may also choose to add ink, crayon, markers or oil stick as a final step in finishing their work. All materials included. This class is the second in a progressive series (Jan 21 is the first one), but may also be taken as a stand-alone workshop.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Pamela Kostmayer
Cost: $100 / $70 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Create & Collaborate: Oil & Cold Wax Retreat"
February 18-19, 2023
 

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa. Join with other artists for two days of working with cold wax medium. This open exploration is for anyone that has taken previous cold wax classes and wants to come together and share ideas, tips, tricks, and community. This is not a guided, instructional workshop; instead it is a gathering time and space for artists to connect. Students may start new paintings or work on pieces already under way. No materials provided, so bring your own. While this is not an instructional session, Rick will be available to share ideas and techniques and answer questions.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rick Ross
Cost: $120
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"One Day Intro To Encaustic Painting Workshop"
February 19, 2023
 

Curious about what encaustic paints are and how to get started with them? In this one day introductory workshop we will begin to explore the possibilities of the encaustic medium. Encaustic painting draws in artists from a wide variety of medium, such as mixed media, photographers, printmakers, painter and much more. We will work on the basics of working in this paint, as well as fusing tools and setting up a studio workspace. This workshop will give students a taste of what is possible with the medium. Most supplies are included in the workshop fee, see supply list for additional items.
 
Location: La Grange, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $150-160
Sponsor: La Grange Art League
Website, email, 708-352-3101


"Mixed Media Explorations"
February 22-23, 2023
 

Students will explore various combinations of mixed media with an emphasis on water-soluble paints and mediums. During the workshop, students develop a variety of surfaces and backgrounds grounds. These techniques can be applied to a variety of subject matter, to create a unique artistic statement. Pederson emphasizes design, personal style and beautiful surface quality using both abstract and referential subjects.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Jean Pederson
Cost: $270 / $230 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Collage Therapy"
February 25-26, 2023
 

We all need it every now and then, so why not join Sharon for a session of Collage Therapy? Collage is a wonderful way to celebrate your past, your present, your dreams, your life and your passions. It’s a great way to embrace the things you love and the memories you want to share. It is the art for everyone. Sharon will show you the easy way to start and you will never tire of all the possibilities right at your fingertips, so get ready to experiment! Students will be provided with information about products, content, design, color, composition, texture and techniques galore. It’s all about letting go and having a positive experience with art and expressing yourself through creating.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Sharon DiGiulio
Cost: $240 / $220 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Glass Mosaic Stepping Stones"
March 1-2, 2023
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 2-Half Day Class and create your own personalized glass stepping stone for your yard or to gift. Instructor Ryan McGivern will teach students to use tools to cut or use pre-made tiles to make a decorative focal point for your home. The first day of this workshop, students will design, cut and glue, and on the second day, students will grout and finish their pieces. Note: Price includes all materials. Just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaics From Start to Finish: Framed Mirrors"
Mondays, March 6-27, 2023
 

Do you ever wonder how to make those cool mosaic mirrors you see in fancy hotels and restaurants? Local artist and instructor, Ryan McGivern, will teach students to use stained glass and mixed media to create their very own mosaic mirror frame. Students can choose from a plethora of materials, and are free to bring old buttons, jewelry, game pieces, and small figurines of their own to include in their finished project as well. Ryan will lead students from start to finish using pre-cut frames and students will leave with a completed project! Price includes all materials. Students are welcome and encouraged to bring old jewelry, game pieces, buttons, small figurines or other discarded yet treasured items to use.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Visions of Home"
March 8, 2023
 

Michael Ross leads you through collage techniques to explore the nature of “home”, to complement his exhibition in the Sanger Gallery. All materials included.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Michael Ross
Cost: $90 / $75 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Gelli Plate Printing"
March 10, 2023
 

Gelli plate printing is a fun and accessible way to create beautiful multilayered mono prints that can be used in your next mixed media art project or stand as a piece of artwork on their own. In this class you will learn how to create bands of color and texture and develop your images with stencils, stamping and drawing. Prints are made with acrylic paint and a gelli plate. This gelatinous slab allows you to create beautiful mono types without a press. Unlike traditional woodblock printing, this is not a precise practice and often the results are surprising adding to the fun. Come to appreciate the beauty found in the imperfect and unexpected! All materials included.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Marlene Koenig
Cost: $160 / $140 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Be a Cold Wax Boss"
March 18-20, 2023
 

Take your cold wax art to the next level. In this inspiring, intensive workshop, explore creative techniques in oil and cold wax. Learn to effectively and efficiently work in a series, creating strong, dynamic paintings in your own artistic style.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Leslie Miller and Dianna Fritzler
Cost: $535
Sponsor: Tubac School of Fine Art
Website, email, 520-398-2589


"Encaustic Collage"
March 25, 2023
 

Create a collage using hot wax, rice papers of different colors and values, printed papers, screen, and small wood pieces. In addition, there will be oil sticks, crayons, stamps, and markers to use for drawing onto the encaustic collage. All materials included.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Pamela Kostmayer
Cost: $160 / $130 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Photo + Encaustic: Ethereal Markings and Monochrome"
June 20-23, 2023
 

This workshop is designed for both painters and photographers interested in gaining new skills and pushing the boundaries of their studio practice through the combination of encaustic, collage, and black and white photography. Explore a range of subject matter, paper rusting techniques, and methods for mixing media to create dynamic hybrid artworks. Begin by utilizing various methods of underdrawings to bring in pattern and additional detail to the work, such as wood burning tools, inks, oil paints, and encaustic. Focus is placed on incorporating embedded photo prints on thin papers such as tissue and Japanese papers, as well as image transfers to create final work that is both ethereal and richly detailed in its layers. Individualized feedback is provided
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $590 | Non-Members: $620
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920.868.3455


"Encaustic Painting: Basics, Methods, and Materials"
September 9-10, 2023
 

Alternating between demonstrations and working time, learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore basic painting techniques and fusing methods. If you have current pieces made in another medium, please bring for a discussion on how to translate or enhance the work with encaustic paints. All paints and tools are supplied. Designed for students new to the encaustic medium, this workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the materials, working methods, and safety of encaustic painting. Gain a solid foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $270 | Non-Members: $295
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920.868.3455


 

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