Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Pen and Ink Enhanced with Color for Dynamic Compositions"
July 30, 2021
 

Satisfy your need to draw the scene and your desire for color during this Demonstration! Discover how to use inks (yes, they are indelible!) in a loose and freeing way without worrying about needing to correct them. Quick and colorful materials, methods, and techniques enable you to capture the moment in a lively ink sketch followed by enhancement with watercolor or colored pencils. This demo is a great introduction to composition and design in a simple yet structured format.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics, Watercolor, Pastel or Charcoal"
Mondays, August 2-23, 2021
 

Paint with the medium of your choice in a relaxed Summertime atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos and techniques in laying out and blocking in your choice of pictures will be discussed. Frequent critiques will be available to assist you. Realism and impressionism techniques will be discussed for use in your painting.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Colored Pencils"
Mondays, August 2-16, 2021
 

Daily demos and individual help will be given in this weekly class while you explore some exciting possibilities with colored pencils on various surfaces. Subjects will range from simple fruit and vegetable still lifes, crystal and glass reflections and shadows, as well as your own favorites.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Linear Perspective for Artists for Dynamic Compositions"
August 13, 2021
 

We all know when an object or structure just doesn’t look right. Linear perspective is a constant that enables us to draw or paint a structure so it will appear to approach or recede in space. Alex will explain and demonstrate both one-point and two-point perspective in a way that is understandable and easy to apply. Draw along with a pencil and paper. Alex’s demo drawings will be sent out to all registrants.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Introduction to Zentangle®"
August 27, 2021
 

“The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns,” according to www.zentangle.com. No prior artistic training or ability is necessary to enjoy this workshop. If you can hold a pen and draw simple shapes, you can learn the patterns used. The process of drawing the repetitive patterns encourages a feeling of relaxed focus, which is beneficial in many ways. Students learn and practice the steps of the Zentangle Method®. Materials fee includes drawing materials for the class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg
Cost: $65.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Zentangle® on Dark Paper"
August 27, 2021
 

Don’t be afraid of the dark! Extending the Zentangle® experience, which uses structured patterns to create beautiful images, the student will be using various media to draw on dark papers and exploring some new and different Zentangle patterns. The process of drawing the repetitive patterns encourages a feeling of relaxed focus, which is beneficial in many ways. Students receive all materials necessary for this class with enough to take with them to continue at home. Experience level: While it is helpful to have created some Zentangle® drawings, it is not a requirement. Beginners are welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg
Cost: $65.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Create Landscapes, Skies, and Water in Watercolor and Pencil"
September 18-19, 2021
 

Treat yourself to two days of painting with Lee Mothes! Beginners are welcome, as well as those who want to try new techniques. Each student will walk out on Sunday with at least one finished painting. Lee will start by demonstrating watercolor techniques in capturing cloud patterns, sunlight-on-water, trees and capturing the feel of distant hills. Then the class will start painting. Lee will help each student with setting up colors on a palette, how to use brushes, create washes with colors, plus offer tips on perspective and composition. You may choose to work in graphite pencil, color pencils or ink along with watercolor. You may also bring pastels, color pencils, or ink pens to explore and play with.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lee Mothes
Cost: $165
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Drawing for Painters"
September 23-25, 2021
 

Most drawing classes focus on making a beautiful drawing. This class is designed for painters and is structured to address the specific drawing skills that are needed for painting. The students will be shown techniques of seeing proportion, angles, relative size and edge. The emphasis will be on helping each student find which approach to drawing will be most effective for them to use.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $280
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Impactful Pencil: Transforming Simple Graphite Works to More"
October 9-10, 2021
 

We’ve all worked with a graphite pencil, even if it’s just signing our names or writing lists. In this workshop we’ll be training our hands and minds to have a sensitivity to the amount of pressure we use to apply that graphite mark so that we can produce impactful drawings that include the full range from white to black. We’ll initially be inspired by seeing other artists’ graphite drawings. We’ll then do an exercise that stretches your comfort zone to practice applying an almost invisible layer of graphite to white paper moving to almost black coverage. We’ll refine this use of a full polarized value range through fairly fast tiny drawings, and on the second day we’ll review composition.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Charcoal: Expressive Mark-Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing"
November 5-6, 2021
 

Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. Students will develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. The class will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions. For more information, visit garychapmanart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Cost: $295 Museum members/ $325 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Nature Journaling: Artist Books"
April 9-10, 2022
 

Learn to make an accordion folded, standing booklet with your nature illustrations on both sides. We’ll start with a 4×6?, 4-panel prefolded accordion style booklet made from watercolor paper. Cynthia will do several demonstrations to show how to draw, use ink pens, paint in watercolor or use watercolor pens, make collage, and add calligraphy. Each person will create a unique nature art booklet that will stand vertically for display. No previous experience needed.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150 + $10 supply fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Value, Value, Value: Introduction to Scratchboard"
May 14-15, 2022
 

Scratchboard, as in black and white photography, draws its drama by including the widest range of light to dark in each “painting.” The process itself is as basic as drawing with a pencil. The artist uses a knife instead of a pencil and applies the strokes to a panel coated with black india ink over white clay instead of applying to white paper. With each stroke of the knife blade, a scratch removes the black ink revealing the white beneath. The challenge is to remember you are creating various grey tones all the way to white (depending on the amount of scratching you do to remove the black). It is a thrill mid-process because your imagery emerges with each stroke.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 12-15, 2022
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in historic, picturesque Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive, upbeat teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests enjoy rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $295, including a class dinner and light snacks, drinks
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


 

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