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"Photography 101: Through the Lens"
March 4, 2024
 

Do you love snapping photographs but consider yourself an amateur? Do you own a nice camera but don't know how to use it or, maybe you know how to use it but only it's basic functions? Well look no farther for help because this class was designed specifically for you! Academy instructor and Lowcountry photographer Kendra Natter will help students learn the different functions of their digital camera so that they know how to use it in the most efficient manner going forward.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, March 4-25, 2024
 

Paint with the medium (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel) of your choice in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos, techniques, and critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism, or something more modern is all welcome. This class is appropriate for beginner painters, intermediate painters and advanced painters of any medium and style. The main purpose of this course is one-on-one assistance from the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Washi Tape Collage"
March 5-7, 2024
 

Washi Tape is a not-very-sticky masking tape made from rice paper. It comes in rolls of solid colors, as well as patterns, and provides adherence to a variety of surfaces. This course is taught by local artist Joan Moreau McKeever, who is here to teach you how to create your very own realistic or abstract collages using washi tape! Students will learn the technique of creating with this new art form. Landscapes, Flowers, People, Abstracts.... No limit! Washi Tape is primarily used for crafting, but in this workshop, we are going to take it to a whole new level! No experience necessary!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Joan Moreau McKeever
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Very Beginner Watercolor Painting"
March 6, 2024
 

If you have ever wanted to try to paint in vibrant, transparent watercolor but didn't know how to start, this is the class that will introduce you to classic watercolors and the methods used to create fluid, pleasing results. Learn all the basics from a former university art professor to get you started on an exciting journey. This workshop will cover: paints - and how to set up your color palette, brushes, types and weights of watercolor paper, color mixing, brushwork and care of materials. Come prepared to paint as Alex leads you from design to still life. Detailed information handouts are included and all your materials to use in this workshop are supplied for a $20 fee!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Acrylics or Oil: Making Your Mark with Palette Knife and Impasto Texture"
March 9, 2024
 

This is your opportunity to learn how to use various shape palette knives and a paint-loaded brush to obtain texture and glassy smoothness in your paintings. Be prepared to paint along with Alex as she demonstrates palette knife and sgraffito techniques for various subjects: sky, water, trees, flowers and marsh. The morning focus will be to practice mixing and layering and getting comfortable using the palette knife to really get your shapes and forms to come to life. In the afternoon, we will paint from life in the studio and from your reference photos or your imagination. The objective is to capture the spirit of the composition's colors and textures through simple use of palette knife and loaded brush.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Very Beginner Watercolor Painting"
March 10, 2024
 

If you have ever wanted to try to paint in vibrant, transparent watercolor but didn't know how to start, this is the class that will introduce you to classic watercolors and the methods used to create fluid, pleasing results. Learn all the basics from a former university art professor to get you started on an exciting journey. This workshop will cover: paints - and how to set up your color palette, brushes, types and weights of watercolor paper, color mixing, brushwork and care of materials. Come prepared to paint as Alex leads you from design to still life. Detailed information handouts are included and all your materials to use in this workshop are supplied for a $20 fee!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Learn How to Knit a Simple Shaw"
March 12, 2024
 

Learn how to knit a beautiful shawl newly offered class with published fashion designer, Berta Karapetyan. Each student will create a beautiful shawl! This is a fabulous class for those who already know how to knit and pearl. Join us in this low-stress, encouraging environment and take your skill to the next level! Students should bring $40 cash for materials, which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Berta Karapetyan
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic Garden Stepping Stones"
March 12 & 15, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 2 Half-Day Class and create your own personalized mosaic 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, the second day the instructor will give a grouting demonstration and let students make finishing touches. The instructor will complete grouting for the students and finished pieces will be ready for pickup the following week. The price of this workshop includes all of your materials, just bring yourself. We recommend wearing long sleeves, pants and close toed shoes!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Contour Drawing - the ABC's of All Art"
March 12, 2024
 

Contour lines are the essence of every piece of art so this class will teach you how to see contour lines in everyday objects, and more importantly, how to draw contours to improve your art! Join us for this exciting workshop and learn all types of tips and techniques to improve your artwork! In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $10 cash with them to pay the instructor for materials, all of which will be provided for you. This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Pine Needle Basket Making (Intermediate Level)"
March 14, 2024
 

Join local pine needle basket maker Karen McCarthy for this exciting half-day workshop designed for students who have taken a beginner pine needle basket class or who are already familiar with making pine needle baskets. Students can bring in new or unfinished work and will learn how to start a basket around different bases, how to do a variety of stitches, and how to add beads or other findings. If you'd like to start a basket around your own cabachon or a unique piece of jewelry or something else, the instructor will email instructions after you register for the class. In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Karen McCarthy
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Photographing Sunrise: Fish Haul Beach"
March 15, 2024
 

Do you love the beauty of sunrise and sunset as much as us? Have you ever snapped photographs with your phone and wished you knew exactly what angle to use to take your photograph to the next level? This 3-hour workshop with Academy instructor and Lowcountry photographer, Kendra Natter, will help you learn how to capture the best sunrise photographs every time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Pet Portraits 101"
March 16, 2024
 

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. Addison will discuss composition, color mixing, shadows, layering and more while focusing on painting your furry friends! Sign up today and don't miss out! This course is designed for all levels of students. Students will paint from their own printed reference photos for this workshop. Addison will be using heavy acrylics for this workshop! Those using other mediums are welcome to join, however, the processes Addison uses may not be applicable to your medium due to transparency and/or drying times. The use of heavy acrylics is highly encouraged.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting with Pastels"
Mondays, March 18 - April 1, 2024
 

Join instructor Robert Wortmann for this 3-week pastel course designed for those who want to learn about the pastel medium! In this course, students will first explore the variety of soft pastels and the surfaces that can be used to create paintings. These exercises will be used to get students to quickly familiarize themselves with the medium. Then Robert will show and encourage students to experiment with techniques that we can use to create the results we desire. After these steps, students will create their own original works with the help and guidance of the instructor. This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level pastel students. The instructor will adjust lessons according to each students skill level.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert Wortmann
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Blowing Flowers using Alcohol Inks"
March 19, 2024
 

Alcohol inks have such a color intensity & personality unmatched by other mediums. It’s so exciting to watch the inks move & flow & it happens right in your hands! Each painting is totally unique, bright & powerful. Anyone can do it…no need to have experience. Julie will walk you through the steps to beautiful vibrant paintings. We'll be using the inks on Yupo paper as well as on tiles for amazing effects! We’ll also be experimenting with blowing flowers in alcohol inks to create amazing art! This ink is acid-free, fade-resistant & fast-drying. Come & have fun blowing flowers with inks. You'll take home many little gems of paintings as well as some on tiles!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Landscapes in Alcohol Inks"
March 19, 2024
 

Alcohol inks have such a color intensity & personality unmatched by other mediums. It’s so exciting to watch the inks move & flow & it happens right in your hands! Each painting is totally unique, bright & powerful. Anyone can do it…no need to have experience. Julie will walk you through the steps to beautiful vibrant paintings. We'll be using the inks on Yupo paper as well as on tiles for amazing effects! We’ll also be experimenting with blowing flowers in alcohol inks to create amazing art! This ink is acid-free, fade-resistant & fast-drying. Come & have fun creating beautiful landscape paintings with inks. You'll take home many little gems of paintings as well as some on tiles!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Neuro-Graphic Therapeutic Paintings"
March 19, 2024
 

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! In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $10 cash to pay the instructor for materials, which she will provide for you. This workshop is appropriate for true beginners, intermediate, or advanced artists who are looking for a laid-back experience and a style to help you refresh your brain and make beautiful art at the same time.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Block Printing Magic"
March 19, 2024
 

Explore one of the oldest, yet most versatile, of artistic media. Relief block printing is a fascinating method to make multiple original prints of your graphic image by carving the forms and patterns into linoleum or soft latex block. Your carved design is only the beginning. Create many wonderful originals with variations of color layers as we ink the block and then print it with single and multiple images overlaid. The resultant image changes as we use various ink and paper colors and mask sections of the block before printing. Imagine the possibilities! Materials for multiple prints and blocks, including a pre-cut mat to highlight one of your prints are provided for a $20 fee.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mixed Media: Incredible Dragonflies"
March 20, 2024
 

You'll create an amazing dragonfly 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 two amazing 3-dimensional pieces of art! Students should bring $20 cash to pay instructor for materials, which will all be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Amazing Watercolors"
March 20-22, 2024
 

Join us for this exciting class with Minnesota based instructor, Julie Schroeder. Discover and energize your inner artist and loosen up with exciting new watercolor techniques. Using color, texture, layering, expressive mark making, as well as pouring & splattering, we'll be experimenting with different Arches papers & working with dry & fresh paint in tubes. We'll also use some stamps, stencils & other interesting materials. We will be doing some experimenting with pouring watercolors as well! This class is perfect for all levels of experience. Come & have some fun, pouring & splattering paint & prepare to be amazed at the outcome.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Julie Schroeder
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"All about Art and Where to StART"
March 20, 2024
 

This class is for those who would like to work in art but do not know where to start and/or with what mediums. We will start with pencils, charcoal and work our way through watercolor, acrylic, pastels and oil and any others that students may be interested in. Barb will explain the pros and cons of each of the mediums including prices points and other materials you'll need for that medium, including, brushes, surfaces and framing. At the end of the session, students will have time to try them all on a small scale. In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials, all of which she will provide to you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Barb Snow
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Acrylic & Palette Knife: Ocean Sunset Sail"
March 21, 2024
 

Come & have an amazing time creating a wonderful ocean sunset & sailboat scene. You'll see just how easy it is to blend colors using a palette knife. 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 learn how to layer your paint and a achieve 3-dimensional look using a palette knife. Students should bring $20 cash to pay the 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


"Painting on Glass"
March 22, 2024
 

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


"Photograph the Lowcountry: Savannah Wildlife Refuge"
March 22, 2024
 

Have you always loved snapping pictures of our beautiful Lowcountry, but consider yourself an amateur? Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a little more knowledge on how to capture the best photographs every time? Well worry no longer because this class was specifically designed for people like you! Join local instructor and photographer, Kendra Natter, and learn the ins and outs of capturing the best photographs every time! In this course, Kendra will take students to some of the Lowcountry's most iconic spots and help them capture moments they'll be able to re-live forever. Beaufort County Wildlife Refuge is a drive through refuge. We will caravan through, making frequent stops to walk off the trail and capture more.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mini Mosaics"
March 23, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting half-day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own mosaic 5" square with mixed media, glass and found objects. Ryan will show students how to design & execute the creation of their own personal one-of-a-kind gift or keepsake. The instructor will grout the works, and have them ready for pickup by Friday of the following week (March 29, 2024, pickup from 10am to 2pm). In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $30 cash to pay the instructor for materials, all of which will be provided for you. We recommend wearing long sleeves and pants, and close toed shoes to this workshop.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Impressionist Oil Painting: How to Paint Fast with Oils"
March 26-28, 2024
 

Learn how to paint quickly in oils with wet-on-wet or alla prima in an impressionistic way. Carol will share her process for first blocking in large simple shapes before laying down colors. You will learn how to define values, identify your light source, establish a point of focus, and how to use color effectively in your paintings. You will learn how to crop and interpret your reference photographs for strong composition and understand the relationships between value, color temperature and color intensity. These methods will allow participants to quickly paint a fresh, loose looking painting! Students will practice using their own photo resources. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Knitting I"
March 26, 2024
 

Learn basic techniques such as casting on, knitting and purling, and decrease stitches in this newly offered introduction class with published fashion designer, Berta Karapetyan. This is a fabulous class for those with absolutely zero experience, so join us in this low-stress, encouraging environment and take the first steps into learning a new skill! In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $15 cash to pay for materials, which will all be provided for you by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Berta Karapetyan
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Crochet I"
March 26, 2024
 

Learn basic crochet stitches including chain, single crochet, double crochet and a little flower. Students will all make their first baby hat in this newly offered introduction class with published fashion designer, Berta Karapetyan. This is a fabulous offering for those with absolutely zero experience, so join us in this low-stress, encouraging environment and take the first steps into learning a new skill! Students should bring $15 cash to pay for materials, which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Berta Karapetyan
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creative Collage"
March 26, 2024
 

Join 25+ year professional educator and Art League Academy instructor, Debi West, for this exciting half-day workshop! All levels of students will enjoy this workshop where participants will learn the art of collage, which you will love! Debi will help students create a collage by focusing on composition, color, value, lines, shape and negative space! You do not want to miss this awesome class! This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Art Critiques with Art Cornell"
April 4, 2024
 

Art Cornell will be offering 90-minute critique sessions for artists of all level, medium, and styles. Join us at Art League Academy and bring up to 3 pieces of your artwork with you. Maybe you're stuck, maybe there's something you want to change but you just can't figure it out, or maybe you just want another person to tell you to put down the brush and step away from the completed work, whatever the case may be, this session is for you! Art will share his 20+ years of experience with you! Critique sessions are open to the first 12 registrants to ensure enough time for each person! Sign up now, we hope to see you there!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Art Cornell
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Photography 101: Through the Lens"
April 5, 2024
 

Do you love snapping photographs but consider yourself an amateur? Do you own a nice camera but don't know how to use it or, maybe you know how to use it but only it's basic functions? Well look no farther for help because this class was designed specifically for you! Academy instructor and Lowcountry photographer Kendra Natter will help students learn the different functions of their digital camera so that they know how to use it in the most efficient manner going forward.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic A Mermaid, Turtle, Sailboat or Blank Ornament"
April 6, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting half-day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own mosaic ornament with mixed media, glass and found objects. Ryan will show students how to design & execute the creation of their own personal one-of-a-kind gift or keepsake. The instructor will grout the works, and have them ready for pickup by Friday of the following week (April 12, 2024). In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $25 cash to pay the instructor for materials. Students can opt to bring an extra $10 if they wish to complete 2 ornaments. Please wear long sleeves, pants and close toed shoes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Transparency for Water & Glass in Oils and Acrylics"
April 8, 2024
 

Oil and acrylic colors can achieve that transparent - almost watercolor - look with deep, jewel-like colors. The addition of a paint medium specific to oils or acrylics along with the application of specific techniques, methods and color combinations, will result in transparent depth and illusion. Whether painting in an abstract or realistic form, transparency can create the illusion of water and glass, or any subject. Spontaneity of method and color mixing for the subject will be achieved through technique exercises and demonstration. All levels of experience are welcome!!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mixed Media Magic"
April 9, 2024
 

Join Debi as she walks you through dry and wet media and the joy that comes when those media come together! If you're looking to add some wow factors to your own body of work, taking it to that next level, or, if you want to learn a few new techniques, this is the perfect class for you! In addition to the registration cost, students should bring $15 cash to pay the instructor directly for materials you will need that will be provided for you. This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic A Hurricane Candle Holder to Create A LED Luminary"
April 9 & 12, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting workshop perfect for students of any level! This two-day workshop covers the basics for making a one-of-a-kind LED mosaic luminary. Using pre-cut glass and mixed media, students will create a glowing masterpiece for their homes! Price includes all materials, just bring yourself! We recommend wearing long sleeves and pants and close toed shoes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Crochet II"
April 9, 2024
 

Learn how to crochet granny squares and then how to connect them together. Students will learn this process and then connect their squares to make a beautiful scarf, blanket or sweater! This workshop is designed for students that have had some experience with crochet. As you can see, the project cost is more extensive, because the project is larger and entails much more material. In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $45 cash to pay for your materials, which will all be provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Berta Karapetyan
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Knitting II"
April 9, 2024
 

Join published fashion designer Berta Karapetyan for this continuance of Knitting I and create a Ribbed scarf. This workshop is designed for students that have had some experience with knitting. As you can see, the project cost is more extensive, because the project is larger and entails much more material. In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $45 cash to pay for your materials, which will all be provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Berta Karapetyan
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Photographing the Lowcountry: Hunting Island State Park"
April 10, 2024
 

Have you always loved snapping pictures of our beautiful Lowcountry, but consider yourself an amateur? Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a little more knowledge on how to capture the best photographs every time? Well worry no longer because this class was specifically designed for people like you! Join local instructor and photographer, Kendra Natter, and learn the ins and outs of capturing the best photographs every time! In this course, Kendra will take students to some of Bluffton's most iconic spots and help them capture moments they'll be able to re-live forever.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Landscape: The Complete Approach to Working Loosely en Plein Air"
Thursdays, April 11-25, 2024
 

Get inspired at the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn as we paint on site each afternoon. There are wonderful marsh vistas, beautiful flowers, old homestead buildings and stables, along with some of South Carolina's oldest trees. We will choose a new vista each class. Alex will start the class with a demonstration on what to look for and how to compose the scene in a loose, balanced and lively manner. Lessons focus on the basics of transparent watercolor with emphasis on creativity and a unique point of view. Work at your own pace. Individual attention and critiques are an integral part of this course, which is suitable for intermediate and advanced level watercolor painters.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Very Beginner Watercolor Painting"
April 13, 2024
 

If you have ever wanted to try to paint in vibrant, transparent watercolor but didn't know how to start, this is the class that will introduce you to classic watercolors and the methods used to create fluid, pleasing results. Learn all the basics from a former university art professor to get you started on an exciting journey. This workshop will cover: paints - and how to set up your color palette, brushes, types and weights of watercolor paper, color mixing, brushwork and care of materials. Come prepared to paint as Alex leads you from design to still life. Detailed information handouts are included and all your materials to use in this workshop are supplied for a $20 fee!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Create a Beautiful White or Blue Heron on Canvas"
April 20, 2024
 

Join nationally and internationally acclaimed artist and instructor, Addison Palmer, for this 1-day painting workshop where you will paint your own beautiful white or blue heron. Tips and techniques will be shared as Addison discusses, shape, value, contrast, color mixing, shadow and more! Students of all levels will enjoy this workshop and leave with a completed painting! This workshop is designed for students of all levels. Students should provide their own heron reference photograph(s) for this workshop. Addison will be using heavy acrylics for this workshop! Those using other mediums are welcome to join, however, the processes Addison uses may not be applicable to your medium due to transparency and/or drying times. Use of heavy acrylics is highly encouraged.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Paint Your Pets"
April 23, 2024
 

Join 25+ year professional educator, Debi West, for this exciting half-day workshop! Paint or Draw in the medium of your choice your pet or your favorite animal as Debi shows you different tips and techniques to make your painting playful but fantastic! Both beginners and seasoned artists will enjoy this low-pressure workshop as Debi encourages students to try new techniques with your drawing and measuring that might be outside of your comfort zone, but will result in a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Learn to Crochet a Sunny Hat"
April 23, 2024
 

Students will learn how to make a crochet sunny hat in this intermediate crochet course. This course is designed specifically for folks who already know how to crochet. Students should bring $35 cash for materials, which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Berta Karapetyan
Cost: $65
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"A Conversation with The Landscape, a Pastel Workshop"
May 1-3, 2024
 

Really getting to know a landscape, instead of just identifying elements of it, makes us better, more sensitive landscape painters. Each landscape has a personality and something to say. It’s when we begin to really understand why a landscape draws us in and captures our imagination that we become better able to advance from simply copying the obvious aspects of the landscape to incorporating mood and atmosphere and those hard-to-define qualities that take a landscape painting from average to extraordinary. The studio portion of this workshop will focus on learning ways to create paintings that have their own voice, and the optional plein air day will focus on gathering thoughts and information, along with creating small paintings for future reference material.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"A Conversation With The Landscape, 1-Day of Plein Air Painting with Pastels"
May 4, 2024
 

Really getting to know a landscape, instead of just identifying elements of it, makes us better, more sensitive landscape painters. Each landscape has a personality and something to say. It’s when we begin to really understand why a landscape draws us in and captures our imagination that we become better able to advance from simply copying the obvious aspects of the landscape to incorporating mood and atmosphere and those hard-to-define qualities that take a landscape painting from average to extraordinary. The studio portion of this workshop will focus on learning ways to create paintings that have their own voice, and the optional plein air day will focus on gathering thoughts and information, along with creating small paintings for future reference material.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Lyn Asselta
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Magic of the Visual Journal"
May 7, 2024
 

Every artist should have a visual journal (aka a sketchbook) but once they have one, then what? Debi will share the ways she creates visual journals that act as learning tools, scrapbooks, travel memories and a storehouse for creative ideas! This class is perfect for students of all levels - you don't want to miss this one! In addition to the registration fee, students should bring a visual journal (new or old with blank pages), any memories or items they want to collage into their journal, and $10 cash to pay the instructor for the rest of the materials that you'll need, which she will provide for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mosaic Side Tables"
Thursdays, May 9-23, 2024
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 3-week class where students will learn to create a beautiful mosaic side table suitable for a plant or cup of coffee! Price includes all materials, just bring yourself. We recommend long sleeves and pants and close toed shoes. This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting with Pastels"
Fridays, May 10-24, 2024
 

Join instructor Robert Wortmann for this 3-week pastel course designed for those who want to learn about the pastel medium! In this course, students will first explore the variety of soft pastels and the surfaces that can be used to create paintings. These exercises will be used to get students to quickly familiarize themselves with the medium. Then Robert will show and encourage students to experiment with techniques that we can use to create the results we desire. After these steps, students will create their own original works with the help and guidance of the instructor. This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level pastel students. The instructor will adjust lessons according to each students skill level.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert Wortmann
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creating Dynamic Still Life Paintings in Oil"
May 13-15, 2024
 

Still life painting can be highly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating. Perhaps your past attempts to paint fruit have looked flat and formless. Maybe the colors in your flowers have appeared "chalky" or "muddy." Perhaps you've struggled to arrange a good still life in the first place! If these difficulties sound familiar, I'm excited to show you how to conquer these challenges and many more in this information-packed workshop. Learn how to identify and accurately capture the most subtle color changes. Learn how to make fruit and other objects look 3-D. And learn how to draw your viewer's eye from across the room with the 5 Principles for Powerful Paintings!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air Painting the Landscapes in Oil"
May 16, 2024
 

Stepping outside and painting the landscape can be exhilarating, but it can also feel overwhelming! In this plein air workshop, I will share the powerful principles you need to break down a scene into manageable chunks, establish your center of interest or "focal point" and create a dynamic, engaging composition. I'll begin the workshop with a demonstration of key plein air principles. In the afternoon, you'll be able to paint the landscape, and I will offer my thoughts and assistance. Please join me for this fun, informative plein air workshop in the great outdoors.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Step by Step Painting: Carolina Wren"
May 18, 2024
 

Join nationally and internationally acclaimed artist and instructor, Addison Palmer, for this 1-day painting workshop where you will paint your own beautiful Carolina Wren. Tips and techniques will be shared as Addison discusses, shape, value, contrast, color mixing, shadow and more! Students of all levels will enjoy this workshop and leave with a completed painting! This workshop is designed for students of all levels. Addison will be using heavy acrylics for this workshop! Those using other mediums are welcome to join, however, the processes Addison uses may not be applicable to your medium due to transparency and/or drying times. Use of heavy acrylics is highly encouraged.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Trees"
May 21, 2024
 

Join Debi as she walks you through dry and wet media and the joy that comes when those media come together! If you're looking to add some wow factors to your own body of work, taking it to that next level, or, if you want to learn a few new techniques, this is the perfect class for you! In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $10 cash to pay the instructor for the materials that you'll need, which she will provide for you. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
May 24, 2024
 

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


"Seeing - The Power of a True Artist"
July 17-19, 2024
 

To be a successful artist, it is essential to see things accurately. Enhancing the skills of perception enables the artist to draw or paint anything! For centuries, artists have utilized various aids to seeing. Participants in this workshop have the opportunity to use these aids, allowing for skillful observation and to recreate what they see on paper or canvas. Various ways to measure, make comparisons, define values, see shapes, and identify colors are explored. Regardless of current abilities, completing this workshop significantly transforms the participant’s capacity to view the world as with “new eyes.” With improved powers of perception, they can create artworks of ever-increasing levels of expertise! This workshop was designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert H. Way
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Expressive Abstracts in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 28-30, 2024
 

This workshop will teach you how to paint with cold wax and oil in an abstract way. You will learn everything I know about this technique. We will work with several abstract compositions and learn about various materials, surface effects and techniques used to create unique pieces. Color harmony will also be part of this workshop. This workshop is geared towards the beginner to intermediate levels. Many demonstrations are given along with personal help and critique. Be sure to bring all supplies the first day!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Linda Benton McCloskey
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Colors & Textures in The Pastel Landscape"
October 11-13, 2024
 

This workshop will elevate your artistic journey with successful strategies for creating painterly landscapes. 10 steps for success will be accentuated. Eve will demonstrate how to choose effective reference photos while activating your scene using underpainting techniques. She will do two demos per day utilizing different techniques. You will learn how to choose dynamic compositions using thumbnails, 3 to 5 simple shapes, values and edges. We will cover harmony, tips for loosening your painting style, art apps for success, as well as many tips and tools. A constructive and encouraging appraisal will wrap up our workshop!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Eve Miller
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Finding Delight in Color"
October 16-18, 2024
 

This workshop reveals secrets even the old masters did not know! Participants discover the source of all color, elevating their powers of observation to permit identification of hues hiding in plain sight. With this heightened skill, students are better able to replicate colors seen without the frustration of endless experimentation, memorizing formulas, recipes, and complicated color systems or “happy accidents.” Special focus is placed on assisting the artist to determine the most suitable pigments for producing paintings of quality and unfailing harmony. This workshop was designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert H. Way
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Ephemeral Subject: Mist & Haze in Soft Pastel"
January 27-29, 2025
 

Thankfully for artists, nature is not just blue skies. In this workshop, learn to create the subtle mysterious effects of mist and haze in your pastel landscape. Emphasis will be on use of tonal values, atmospheric perspective, planes in the landscape and handling of edges. The workshop will begin with a one-hour demo, followed by a tonal value exercise before beginning your pastel masterpiece. Each attendee will have plenty of instruction at their easel. Working from your own photos of mist and haze is encouraged. Each day attendees will leave with a finished painting. I will provide hand-outs for each attendee and specific books I love and refer to.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Regopoulos
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"The Ephemeral Subject: Mist & Haze in Soft Pastel, 1 Day en Plein Air"
January 30, 2025
 

Thankfully for artists, nature is not just blue skies. In this workshop, learn to create the subtle mysterious effects of mist and haze in your pastel landscape. Emphasis will be on use of tonal values, atmospheric perspective, planes in the landscape and handling of edges. The workshop will begin with a one-hour demo, followed by a tonal value exercise before beginning your pastel masterpiece. Each attendee will have plenty of instruction at their easel. Working from your own photos of mist and haze is encouraged. Each day attendees will leave with a finished painting. I will provide hand-outs for each attendee and specific books I love and refer to.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Regopoulos
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drawing the Portrait"
February 13, 2025
 

In this 1-Day workshop, Karen will lead students through her process of drawing the portrait from the initial measurements to the final stages of refining. Using a photo reference, she will begin with teaching strategies to accurately draw the head, place the features and indicate the major light and shadow shapes. Karen will demonstrate how to define the shadow and light regions which give the illusion of form. She will show how she compresses values for a strong design and how she makes corrections throughout, achieving an unmistakable likeness of her subject. Students also have the option to sign up for Karen’s 3-Day follow-up workshop, Painting the Portrait in Pastel.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Karen Wilharm
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


 

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