Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Open Painting with Dennis Lake"
Mondays, April 6-27, 2020
 

Paint with the medium (oil, WC, acrylic) of your choice in a relaxed Spring atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in your own source material, work on new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos, techniques and individual critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism or something more modern are all welcome.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Intuitively: Watercolor Plein Air Landscape"
Mondays, April 6-27, 2020
 

This plein air course’s focus is how to paint intuitively by employing fresh, loose brushwork while simplifying the complex elements of the landscape. We will examine the property of light and how it reveals form and color while using each to achieve atmospheric perspective. Demonstrations and critiques form part of each class. We will paint at various outdoor locations—weather permitting. First class will meet at Academy.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Mark Making with Joanna Chalson"
Tuesdays, April 7-28, 2020
 

This class will be a creative journey to broaden your outlook using the textural element of the mark. We will use and compose with various mediums and uncommon mark makers. Discover the mark and enhance your personal artwork.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joanna Chalson
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Adult Guided Open Studio, Name Designs"
April 7, 2020
 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore mixed media and design a personalized Name Design piece incorporarting character traits, typography and creative elements. This is the perfect course to get more familiar with art media.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Name Designs with Mrs. Debi West"
April 7, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Participants will have the opportunity to explore mixed media and design a personalized Name Design piece incorporarting character traits, typography and creative elements. This is the perfect course to get more familiar with art media.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Art of the Quick Sketch with Ink & Watercolor"
Fridays, April 10 - May 1, 2020
 

Satisfy your desire to draw the scene --and your craving for color! Quick and colorful materials, methods and techniques enable the artist on the go to capture the moment in a lively painted sketch. For the beginner, a great introduction to painting in a simple yet structured format. For the advanced student, a great way to gather information for later larger works. Studio and outdoor sessions with demos, individual attention, and critiques.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Sculpture on the Beach: Clay & Sandcasting"
April 11, 2020
 

This course in low relief sculpture looks at achieving dynamic results using two very different mold mediums—sand and clay. Learn use of tools, technique, methods, and considerations for low relief forms followed by the fascinating method of plaster casting. We will work in both the studio and at the beach. (Alex is an experienced sculptor working in stone, wood, clay and plaster.) All materials provided for a $10 supply fee paid directly to the instructor the day of the workshop.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creating with Clay"
April 13, 14, 28, 2020
 

This class is available to both beginning students and those with some experience. Beginning students will be guided through the creating of one or two pieces of pottery, which will be textured and glazed in the subsequent workshops. Students with prior experience will work with the instructor towards their goal. Materials cost of $35 due the day of class for all materials & firing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Barb Snow
Cost: $200 / $180 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Sea & Sky in Palette Knife"
April 17, 2020
 

In this one day workshop we will focus on the Seascape, with a beautiful sky overhead. Learn to use the palette knife to infuse light and energy into the subject. Follow along with the instructor’s demo or bring your own similar reference to work from.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: James Lewis
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Adult Guided Open Studio, Contour Hand Studies"
April 21, 2020
 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore mixed media and learn more about the importance of contour line in art works. Exploring glue, chalk pastel and mixed media has never looked so good! All abilities invited to come and play!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Gotta Hand it to you, Drawing 101"
April 21, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Participants will have the opportunity to explore mixed media and learn more about the importance of contour line in art works. Exploring glue, chalk pastel and mixed media has never looked so good! All abilities invited to come and play!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Eyes on the Skies, a Watercolor Workshop"
April 22, 2020
 

Learn to paint clouds of all shapes, sizes and colors! We'll also look to the skies, especially in the lowcountry, where they are mesmerizing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
April 24, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x6” 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, I will take them to my studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later (Friday, May 1st). $12 supply fee payable to the instructor the day of the workshop for all materials needed.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Skies 101"
April 25, 2020
 

Join international artist and instructor Addison Palmer for this exciting class and learn how to perfect painting skies. Addison will give a lot of one on one individual attention in this class. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice (oil or acrylic). Addison works primarily in acrylic.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Flower Day"
April 27, 2020
 

In the medium of your choice, draw or paint from several flower setups done by the instructor, or bring your own bouquet of your favorite flowers. The instructor will do a drawing demo and painting demo in pastel. This workshop will include lots of individual help in planning your drawing and/or painting. You may start from an abstracted image and tighten details as much or as little as you wish. The idea is to bring your joy of the color of spring to the viewer.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Adult Guided Open Studio, Still Life Drawing Fun"
April 28, 2020
 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore mixed media and learn about the art of seeing as we draw small still life drawings and get creative with media. Exploring, playing and experimenting often makes for the best art work so you don't want to miss this one!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Still Life Drawings"
April 28, 2020
 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore mixed media and learn about the art of seeing as we draw small still life drawings and get creative with media. Exploring, playing and experimenting often makes for the best art work so you don't want to miss this one!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Fruit, Faces & Figures"
Mondays, May 4-18, 2020
 

Demos and individual help each day as you draw and/or paint in the medium of your choice the specified subject of the day. Day 1: Still-life with fruit to draw and/or paint with initial sketchbook decisions to design your finished product. Day 2: Draw or paint head profiles. Day 3: Warm up with quick gesture drawings of the figure and contour drawings. Then draw or paint from a 2-hour pose with a model.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $120 / $108 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Adult Guided Open Studio, Gelli Printing Wow"
May 5, 2020
 

Learning how to use gelli plates to print abstract work has never been easier. Come learn how to explore colors and textures that will make for exciting background and collage pages for your journal and drawings. This is going to be super fun!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Gelli Printing Fun"
May 5, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Learning how to use gelli plates to print abstract work has never been easier. Come learn how to explore colors and textures that will make for exciting background and collage pages for your journal and drawings. This is going to be super fun!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Photographing the Lowcountry"
May 6-8, 2020
 

This is an intermediate to advanced level class geared towards students who are already familiar with their cameras and the basics of capturing images in a studio setting. In this class, Kendra will take students to various parts of the island to teach techniques and camera equipment’s on how to capture the best images in the field. Students will spend the first two days in the field and the third day at the Art Academy reviewing and critiquing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $180 / $162 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Landscapes, The Next Step"
Thursdays, May 7-28, 2020
 

Come paint in the medium of your choice. Demonstrations and individual help will be given each day. Week 1: Review of students' current work. We will discuss what each student hopes to improve. We will work from photograph references, doing value studies, underpainting, work on color and color perspective. Week 2 & 3: There will be group critique and review of our current progress. Instructors will work with individuals as needed. We will work on pushing color and scale for creating visual depth. Week 4: Students will work on completing their paintings. We will do a final group critique and review of class objectives.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce & Don Nagel
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drawing 101"
May 9, 2020
 

Learn the fundamentals of drawing in this exciting workshop with internationally acclaimed artist and instructor Addison Palmer. Optional $15 materials fee to have everything (except an apron) provided for the workshop, just bring yourself.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Klimt Inspired Trees"
May 12, 2020
 

Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Finders Keepers, a Watercolor Workshop"
May 13, 2020
 

A walk on the beach can yield fascinating treasures. Twine, shells, fish, pebbles and more combined to create a still life of lines, shapes and textures will be our focus for this exciting one day workshop!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Using Abstract Thinking to Create Illustrative Paintings"
May 19-21, 2020
 

Painting is learning to see. Often, we paint what we think we see because we all have preconceived notions of what something looks like. However, to really paint what you see, you must break down everything you are looking at into just abstract shapes. Aline is known for her vivid paintings and creative use of color. Working from their own photo references, students will transform these into pastel or oil paintings using the principles of color and design. Along with daily painting demonstrations, Aline will emphasize experimenting with different colors and interesting strokes. Let’s say goodbye to overworked tight pastels and oils and learn to create loose, bold but still illustrative paintings. Aline gives personal attention throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Aline Ordman
Cost: $400 / $360 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Self Portrait Fun"
May 19, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
May 22, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x6” 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, I will take them to my studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later (Friday, May 28th). $12 supply fee payable to the instructor the day of the workshop for all materials needed.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Adult Guided Open Studio, Visual Journal Explorations"
May 26, 2020
 

Come and experience the wonderful world of visual journals. Documenting your life through collage, drawing, painting and text is fun and important and participants will have the opportunity to explore a huge range of art media. This is always a popular class. No experience required.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Watercolor Flower Bouquets"
May 26, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"What You Need To Know About Plein Air Painting"
May 29, 2020
 

During this one-day intensive, TJ Cunningham will share the essentials he has gleaned from a decade of plein air painting. The class will cover how to paint moving shadows, which colors to look for when you start and finish a painting, capturing the color of the light with speed and accuracy, and much, much more! The setting will be a private, ocean-front residence in Sea Pines on Hilton Head. This intensive workshop is limited to 9 in size so sign up now, as it will fill fast.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Cost: $210 / $189 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Open Watercolor Painting"
Mondays, June 1-22, 2020
 

Learn to paint with and improve your watercolor paintings. Bring your own source material (photos, sketches) and work with instructor guidance and critiques. Some instructor demo, but individual guidance emphasized.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Just Drawing"
Mondays, June 1-22, 2020
 

For beginners and those who love to “just draw” or want to brush up on drawing what they see. Students will have practice, daily demos and individual instruction emphasing drawing what you see using considerations in proportion, value or toning and perspective.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce & Don Nagel
Cost: $160 / $144 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Adult Guided Open Studio, Painted Animals"
June 2, 2020
 

This is a popular class in that students will be guided on how to draw, measure and paint their pets or a favorite animal! Sign up soon because this class always fills up fast. All levels are invited to particpate!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Painted Animals and Pattern Fun"
June 2, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Pastel with the Nagels"
Thursdays, June 4-25, 2020
 

Note: There is no class on June 18th. Demos and individual help each day. Day 1: Beginners will do a color wheel and simple still life. Others may wish to work from their photo reference. Value studies, under painting, color and color perspective. Day 2: Group critique and review of current progress. Instructors will work with individuals as needed. Pushing color and scale for creating visual depth in landscape. Day 3: Students to complete their painting. Group critique.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce & Don Nagel
Cost: $120 / $108 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creating a Strong Painting"
June 6, 2020
 

In this hands-on workshop, students are encouraged to bring in pieces of work they've recently completed or are in progress of but feel stuck. Addison will demonstrate while providing as much feedback and critique as you wish and will give tips and techniques to help you finish incomplete paintings and take paintings previously completed to the next level. Students will follow along and create their own paintings from their own references using the tips and techniques provided. There will be plenty of time for lots of Q&A in this class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Summer Beach Art"
June 9, 2020
 

Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"From Dawn to Dusk, Capturing Light in Oils"
June 16-18, 2020
 

Join award-winning artist Peggy Ellis for this exciting workshop! We will explore capturing light with step by step techniques and tips; including starting with a strong composition, value studies and color harmony.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Peggy Ellis
Cost: $350 / $315 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Textures in Watercolor"
June 24, 2020
 

Learn to paint weathered wood, hair, rusted metal, rock and other textures. Tips and techniques to create convincing textures in your representational watercolor paintings will be given along with lots of one on one help and demonstrations.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $80 / $72 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
June 26, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x6” 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, I will take them to my studio, fire them in the kiln and then return the finished plates to the Academy for you to pick up a week later (Friday, July 3). $12 supply fee payable to the instructor the day of the workshop for all materials needed.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Adult Guided Open Studio, Painted Fruit"
June 30, 2020
 

Learn how to draw and paint fruit in this fun class that encourages the exploration of media. From drawing skills using contour lines and measuring to adding values through color harmonies, the final works are always delicously wonderful!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Fruit Bowl Fun"
June 30, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Learn how to draw and paint fruit in this fun class that encourages the exploration of media. From drawing skills using contour lines and measuring to adding values through color harmonies, the final works are always delicously wonderful!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


 

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