Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
July 15-17, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Washi Tape Collages"
Mondays, July 15-29, 2020
 

Create original washi tape collages using authentic Japanese washi tape. Washi Tape is a masking tape made from rice paper and provides an adherence to a variety of surfaces. This course is taught by local artist and educator Lennie Ciliento, who uses washi tape to create pictures depicting everything from wildlife to scenes of everyday city life. Students will learn basic layering, shaping, and cutting techniques which will enable them to independently create one-of-a-kind washi tape collages. The primary focus of the course is on developing techniques to create original washi tape collages. Possessing basic knowledge of drawing and design skills are helpful but not a prerequisite for participation in the course.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Lennie Ciliento
Cost: $135 for Members, $150 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Art of the Buckle"
July 17, 2020
 

Belt buckles may not fit perfectly into the category of jewelry, but they can certainly be considered wearable pieces of art. In this full-day workshop you will learn to make a very personalized belt buckle for yourself or a special someone. Although the examples shown are decidedly Western in look, your challenge will be to create a buckle that reflects your own aesthetic. The common elements will be to have a pierced brass overlay and edge embellishments ... beyond that, the design choices are up to you. Buckles are a great way to showcase a special stone, coin, or other object. Find examples of non-Western buckles with a simple Google search. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Woven Stitch Collagraph Book"
July 17, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on a unique combination of collagraph printmaking – a form of collage – and book structures. Printing plates will be produced with collage and hot glue to create free-flowing designs. There are tremendous opportunities to experiment with textures with this unpredictable, in a good way, method. The plate design is very versatile and durable for continued print runs, providing enough prints for two or more books. The multi-signature book structures will be constructed with open-spine woven stitches, creating a color block effect on the spine. The content will include multiple image repeats from the colllagraph process. These will be manipulated with water media and color pencil to individualize the pages.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Refining and Expanding Wheel Throwing Techniques"
July 17-19, 2020
 

Do you have some experience throwing pottery, but want to ratchet up your skill set – centering more efficiently, working larger, or mastering new shapes? Join Joe in Shake Rag Alley's Sardeson Pottery Studio to refine and expand your throwing techniques during this highly personalized process-oriented workshop. Along with working on the wheel, we will spend the weekend exploring spouts, lids and handles, and looking at examples of outstanding ancient and contemporary pots. Clay is provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Cole
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Bolo Tie"
July 18, 2020
 

The Bolo Tie lies somewhere between necklace and necktie with a definite Southwestern flair to it. The bolo is popping up in fashion shows around the world and is worn by women nearly as much as men. In this class you will learn to make a bolo with all hand-fabricated elements including sterling silver slide and custom tips – no store-bought components! Join the fun and create a new fashion accessory you can enjoy everywhere! Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Encaustic Monotype: India ink Graphite and Carbon Workshop"
July 18-19, 2020
 

This workshop offers artists the opportunity to explore and discover new shapes and ideas while using a “Monochrome Approach.” Mark-making expressions (gestural marks) help direct the artist to focus on process-oriented abstraction using patterns and emotions as a source of inspiration to create a narrative. To begin, we explore the line, negative space and expression through a series of directed exercises using India ink, charcoal and graphite. We then look and discuss the power of color to convey and communicate meanings and content. This workshop will offer discussions/demos, studio painting time, as well as individual critique concerning your own personal direction in your art making.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 505-989-3283


"Strait Ahead – Carquinez Plein Air"
July 18-19, 2020
 

Explore the Carquinez Strait area with a fresh eye towards design, color, and a sense of place in the moment. While reviewing the basics of solid picture-making, push yourself to see the world more abstractly, pushing paint with a sense of freedom. Two days of plein air start with demonstrations to set you up with plenty of painting time and individual attention. Students must have at least some plein air experience and have a proper painting set-up of outdoor easel etc.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $235 Members / $250 Non-Members
Sponsor: Benicia Arts
Website, 707 747-0131


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: Barbed Wire Cuff"
July 19, 2020
 

This barbed wire setting is a great way to show off a special stone and at the same time provide lots of visual interest to the band. This particular design uses triangle wire for strength and comfort. There will be plenty of challenge to your design and fabrication skills. So grab one of your special stones and build this cuff for a custom piece of wearable art. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Poured Painted Surfaces"
July 19, 2020
 

Putting paint on paper can be a mixed bag of unexpected surprises with unknown endings. Pouring paint onto paper will certainly give you combos of astonishingly intense and luminescent colors. This process will also allow you to discover ways to define the space around shapes with contrast and glazed colors. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining imagery of shapes in selected spots. Imagine and paint the space around objects with watercolors and gouache – opaque water-based paint. Work with some very contemporary, good-vibe iridescent, interference, and opaque watercolor techniques to further enhance and embellish the surface. Discover that painting is about discovery and expression at all levels of creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $153
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
July 20-22, 2020
 

Painting a portrait from life can be intimidating, but painting a watercolor portrait from life is just plain crazy!! In this three-day workshop Annette will share her method of madness for painting an expressive watercolor portrait from a live model. There will be a demonstration every morning with plenty of time for students to paint in the afternoon. Individual attention will be given to all students. Annette will cover how to draw a convincing likeness by learning to see facial planes and structure of the human head. She will explain her use of color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork and controlling edges. This workshop is geared toward sharpening drawing skills, having fun, and painting expressively in watercolor. Come prepared to paint outside the lines.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-24, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $ 597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-21, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Portrait and Figure"
July 20-22, 2020
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Bend, OR. Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1095
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Landscape of Northern New England"
July 21-23, 2020
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Guided Open Studio Workshop: Painted Animals"
July 21, 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 participate! $5 materials fee due the day of the class for use of the instructors provided materials, which you will use in addition to a few things you will need to provide yourself.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $36 for Members, $40 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting on Glass"
July 24, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” 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.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $36 for Members, $40 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Surface History: Layered Collage Paintings"
July 24-26, 2020
 

In this three-day workshop, we'll create papers by drawing, painting, and handprinting. These artist papers with the addition of house paint, mark-making materials, and varnish will combine to make exciting abstract mixed media layered paintings. Students learn exciting additive and subtractive techniques for working with layers in order to build a surface history with depth, interest, and mystery. We'll look at images of contemporary collage and mixed media works to find inspiration for interesting color, composition, shapes and lines. Instruction focuses on helping each student pursue their own direction while adding to their art-making skills and to their knowledge of contemporary abstract mixed media work. All experience levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Wearing You Art on Your Sleeves and Everywhere Else"
July 25, 2020
 

Have you been thinking about printing your artwork on fabric? It seems complicated, but Helen will guide you through the process of using Spoonflower, a custom printer that gives artists the ability to design their own fabrics. She'll show you how to do a simple replication of images for projects on cloth, how to put your image in repeat (called tiling and endless other project possibilities like making large-scale wall works, patterns for dolls or stuffed toys, and placement of images for apparel design. This isn't just a lecture; you will actually be doing the work with your own images during class and leave ready to place your Spoonflower order!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Foundation of Portrait Sculpture"
July 27-29, 2020
 

Sculptor Alex Manzanares brings back from Italy the sculpting methods acquired from his years of study in Florence and Rome. In this three-day workshop, students will be sculpting a 3/4-life portrait using water-based clay. Working from a live model, students will learn how to measure accurately, establish and maintain symmetry, identify conceptual planes, and develop a working process of larger to smaller forms. Lectures in this workshop will include information on sculpting tools, key landmarks of the skull, major planes and structures, as well as nuances of the features. Alex will guide you through the entire portrait sculpting process, from the initial clay application, to composition and final finishing techniques, to achieve a likeness of the subject.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Alex Manzanares, www.alexmanzanares.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Guided Open Studio Workshop: Gelli Printing WOW"
July 28, 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! $5 materials fee due the day of the class for use of the instructors provided materials, which you will use in addition to a few things you will need to provide yourself.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $36 for Members, $40 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 28-30, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 29, 2020
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes, and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Thursday. Sign up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Photography 101"
July 29, 2020
 

This is a beginner's class that teaches the basic fundamentals of photography. Students will learn the different functions and settings and will become familiar with using their digital cameras. Students will practice basic point and shoot techniques in this studio photography class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $135 for Members, $150 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Shenandoah Valley Painting Retreat"
July 29 - August 3, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
July 30, 2020
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 31, 2020
 

Watercolors have the reputation of being the most challenging painting medium. The unforgiving white of the paper and the uncontrollable nature of water make it intimidating. Through exercises participants will learn how forgiving white paper can be and how to control water and pigment. Focusing on color and composition, participants will practice techniques while creating a series of abstract paintings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Fiber Sculpting"
July 31 - August 2, 2020
 

I want to challenge you to see fabric and soft sculpture in a new way, to step outside our preconceived ideas of what is textile art. Using hand stitching and alternative techniques, we will be creating organic shapes inspired by creative exercises and our natural environment. We will explore combining found objects with fiber to create unique textures and embellishments. After we have generated lots of shapes and components to choose from we will approach the process like an assemblage, combining the individual pieces to create a larger abstract sculpture on top of a rigid armature. Intuition and spontaneity will be our companions. This class is completely accessible to the beginner and yet can also challenge the more advanced student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clarissa Callesen
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor Still Life with Flowers"
August 1, 2020
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Skies 101"
August 1, 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).
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor Unleashed! White Flower in Transparent Watercolor"
August 1, 2020
 

Learn to use light, airy washes in multiple transparent colors to paint a white flower in all the colors of the rainbow, yet appear as a “white” flower, with the sun shining through its translucent petals. Students will use rich, clean, darker values to set off those beautiful white blooms. A photo will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to paint from their own reference material. There will be demos, instruction at all levels, one-on-one critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.JulieGilbertPollard.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
August 2-7, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook for a four-day plein air workshop. George stresses alla prima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. The workshop will include live demonstrations and individual attention. One afternoon will include a 3-hour visit to the nationally renowned Clark Art Institute. There George will share his extensive knowledge of art history with participants as he highlights techniques used by masters in composition, brushstrokes and color. George is a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous plein air competitions and awards all over the country for his oils and watercolors . He also teaches plein air classes, nationally.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Pre-College Intensives: Cast Drawing & Painting"
August 3-7, 2020
 

Drawing in the Academic manner from plaster casts is a traditional and effective way to learn to draw accurately from observation. PAFA’s beautiful and historic Cast Hall contains life-size copies of antique and Renaissance sculpture – a unique resource that has been part of PAFA’s curriculum for over 200 years. Master the drawing elements of gesture, proportion, volume, anatomy, tone, and composition with charcoal and colored chalk on toned paper. Progress to oil painting materials and techniques using a limited palette. Ideal for all levels, with options to draw- or paint-only based on experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolor"
Mondays, August 3-24, 2020
 

Paint with the medium (acrylic, oil, or watercolor) 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: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Composing the Landscape"
August 4-6, 2020
 

In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas, tomnicholasgallery.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Finders Keepers, A Watercolor Workshop"
August 5, 2020
 

Our Focus in this workshop will be studying the unique, natural shapes of treasures discovered on the beach. We will paint sea shells, driftwood, pebbles and other items with attention to their lines, shapes and textures.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting the Quality of Light in Oil Landscapes"
August 5-7, 2020
 

Bring life to your landscape paintings through a dynamic presence of light! Learn how a subject’s form can come alive through structuring light and shadow families. This workshop has a strong emphasis on developing a foundation of practical and useful techniques to structure the light and dark values in landscapes. With a focus on emphasizing the quality of light, palette and color mixing strategies will be included to assure a harmonious and unified painting. Discussions, demonstrations, and helpful visual displays are utilized. Personalized instruction is also given throughout the class to students at their individual skill levels. Students should bring their own landscape photographs for reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Flitner, www.davidflitner.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pursuing Pastel"
Thursdays, August 6-27, 2020
 

Pastel painting on sanded paper with under painting in alcohol, mineral spirits or water will be demonstrated with daily individual help. Subjects start with simple still life for beginners. Experienced students will work independently with individual critique from the instructors.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Don & Joyce Nagel
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Basics of Ceramics"
Thursdays, August 6 - September 10, 2020
 

Learn the essentials of working with clay! Start from the very beginning in this series of six sessions. You’ll progress through a wide variety of processes, from making pinch pots through coil techniques, and finish up with throwing experience on the potter’s wheel. The nature of various clay bodies will be addressed in addition to a discussion of the chemistry of glazes. Materials fee includes clay, use of tools, glazes and firings. Plan to go home with a number of fun, finished, and functional items!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White and Katie White
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Revolutionary Pendant"
August 6-7, 2020
 

Take your ring-making skills to another dimension by creating a dynamic piece with independently moving parts. Students will learn the tricks that will make this seemingly impossible soldering job easier. We will finish off the piece by adding interest with a double-sided semi-precious stone bead. Soldering and ring-making experience required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Small Stitched Landscape"
August 7, 2020
 

Create a simple landscape using recycled fabrics sourced from designers' showrooms. We will be helping the environment by keeping great fabrics out of our landfills while creating unique decor and gifts. Hand stitching grasses, trees, and flowers will personalize our creations. Materials fee includes threads, heavy fusible, edge sealant, and fabulous fabrics.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Tangle Philly: A Retreat of Creative Mindfulness"
August 7-9, 2020
 

Most people can name a specific moment in their lives when something changed it forever. For artists and writers, we agree that learning and creating in community has enriched our lives in so many different ways. We have experienced fun, personal, mental and emotional life-changing growth. Around the world, we explore adding Zentangle to our mixed media art and use it as an opening exercise in our writing practice. It is intentional, abstract art and a safe place to create, even when you aren’t an artist. Conscious Creations Art Studio, in Exton, is the home of Philly Area Zentangle® (2012) This retreat weekend promises to enlighten, broaden skills, and enhance your creative spirit.
 
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Cost: $500.00
Sponsor: Conscious Creations Art Studio
Website, email, 484-889-8668


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
August 8, 2020
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium there is. Most artists think of them as “crayons” because their first exposure to them is with a student grade version. Misconceptions and bad first experiences abound. The truth is oil pastels are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from lush landscapes to eye-popping abstracts. You may even drop oil and acrylic paints altogether and join the growing number of converts to this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Animal Sculpture – Realistic and Abstract Techniques in Clay"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Join Jennifer Mally for a two-day workshop exploring techniques to create two different ceramic animal sculptures. The first day we will explore how to make a realistic animal sculpture by building an armature and accurately forming an animal from its bone and muscle structure. The second day we play with abstraction by cutting out representational animal shapes from plywood. We will slump-form a left and a right side of an animal and put the sides together to create a free-standing 3-D animal that can be altered and embellished. Included in the class are 25 lbs. of high-fire stoneware clay for each student along with all tools and materials. Jennifer will offer demos and bring handouts and reference books.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Mally
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Creating Art Cloth with Resists"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Design and create the perfect fabric for your quilt project, home decor, or clothing. We will use several products to create marks that will resist dyes or paints. Techniques will include stencils, stamps, and free-hand drawing or brushing. No fabric-dyeing experience is required. Materials fee includes 2 yards fabric, all dyes, paints, and chemicals, use of instructor's stencils and stamps.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $1255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Leather Playdate"
August 8, 2020
 

Explore leather working while creating custom, leather cuff bracelets. Students will learn to cut, dye, braid, and finish leather for a professional look. Then we will add a little metal stamping to the leather. Projects may be customized by each student to suit their taste. There will be enough time to finish 3-4 bracelets depending on designs chosen by the student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Separation Anxiety"
August 9, 2020
 

Learn two enamel techniques in one class! This all-day class will allow students the opportunity to experiment with the differences between the two techniques (separation enamel and crackle enamel) to create a kaleidoscope of colors and designs. We will use several layers of enamel and several torch firings to achieve these effects. An understanding of basic torch-fired enamel techniques is required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $197
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art of the Picture Book"
August 9-14, 2020
 

Children's books are simple. Anyone can create one, right? But looks are deceiving. Picture books are a uniquely challenging and potent art form, where both words and images work in tandem to create a story. For anyone eager to acquire or deepen the necessary skills--from inception of an idea to a working manuscript—Art of the Picture Book is an ideal opportunity. Award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh is the author of many titles, including Separate Is Never Equal, Pancho Rabbit and The Coyote, and The Princess and the Warrior. His latest book, Soldier For Equality, received an honorable mention for writing from the Pura Belpré Award earlier this year.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Duncan Tonatiuh
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Creating with Clay"
August 10, 11, 24, 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. Price includes all materials!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Barb Snow
Cost: $215 for Members, $235 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Pre-College Intensives: Drawing 2: Life Drawing"
August 10-14, 2020
 

Figure drawing is one of the most time-honored methods of art training and a great way to rapidly produce valuable work for a portfolio. Work in charcoal and graphite directly from the life model in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportions and anatomy. Prerequisite: Drawing (Section 1 or 2), Portrait Drawing & Painting or other basic drawing experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models. This class is provisionally being offered in-person, with the understanding that the changing context of Covid-19 may require a transition to online learning.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Contemporary Still Life"
August 10-12, 2020
 

This three-day workshop will offer the student the opportunity to study with guidance from an accomplished painter of the still life subject. The class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums, including oil or acrylic paint, watercolor, pastel and drawing mediums. Students may choose to paint many small studies or work on larger arrangements for longer periods of time. Goal setting will be individualized. Whether seeking foundational skills or wishing to shake things up a bit, this class and this subject is for you! Topics including drawing, value organization, color, edges, design and paint application will be addressed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"6 Day Art Retreat in Virginia with Jan-Willem Boer"
August 13-18, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Quick Sketch Crash Course"
August 13, 2020
 

Students will explore rhythms of the human form using charcoal as their medium. They will draw the figure from short poses, focusing on capturing essential elements to convey action, movement, and weight distribution. Students will learn how to identify the flow or lines of the body that activate the figure and add life to their drawings. The class will also focus on methods to improve drawing dexterity and sensitivity, and explore different types of mark making including linear and mass conceptions of the form.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Dickson, www.mattdickson.net
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Alcohol Inks on Glass"
August 14, 2020
 

This fun class will allow you to create custom glass pieces using colorful alcohol inks! During this workshop, you will create 2 flat panels and a dish using alcohol inks and be able to take your projects home with you. $15 materials fee due the day of the class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $36 for Members, $40 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Sculpting the Figure with Brian Booth Craig in Oakland, California"
August 15-18, 2020
 

Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in bronze. Sculpting from life, his work translates classically derived figures into contemporary icons. This workshop will cover the basic techniques of sculpting the figure in clay working from the live model using a 1/3 life size scale armature. Emphasis will be placed on the linear and volumetric proportions, basic anatomy, composition, gesture, and direct observation techniques. Brian’s teaching methods include lectures, presentations, discussions, and demonstrations.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com)
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"The Beautiful Basics of Bezel Setting"
August 15, 2020
 

Learn to make a simple bezel-set pendant for an oval or round cabochon (domed/non-faceted) stone in sterling silver. We will cover how to make a full bezel cup and attach a wire bail. Measuring, fitting, soldering, filing, and finishing will be covered. Materials fee includes all supplies to make the pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Summer Still Life: Confidence with Color"
August 15 & 22, 2020
 

Light changes quickly. Learn a color-first approach designed for artists to simplify form and paint color directly. Open up your palette and learn skills in the studio that you can later bring outdoors. Learn to simplify and invent. Move beyond painting what you see to creating with color. Class meets 9am-4pm on Saturday August 15th and Saturday August 22nd.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Embossed Enameled Pendants"
August 16, 2020
 

Create a round pin or pendant by cutting out richly patterned and grooved copper foil, forming it into a graceful dome, then coating it in layers of colored glass. You will also get a chance to try your hand at texturing copper using a rolling mill. All materials and tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Kami Mendlik: Color Relativity and Mentorship Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

This unique retreat is four days of painting, designed to develop YOU creatively, practically, spiritually, and personally. All levels of painters are welcome, however intermediate to advanced-level artists will gain the most from this retreat. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Eddie Soloway: A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local, natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself less focused on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Painting the Head from Life"
August 17-20, 2020
 

Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. To benefit most from this class an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The workshop will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, and every student will get individual instruction at their easel. While most of the demos/instruction are geared for oil painters, acrylic artists, familiar with their medium, will also benefit and are welcome. A full color booklet of class notes is included.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Flower Day"
August 17, 2020
 

The subject is flowers. Draw or paint from a flower still-life set up by instructor or bring your own favorite flowers. Demo of value planning in sketch book and thoughts on creating a colorful abstract, demo of impressionist style painting from the still life. The student may simply practice drawing flower forms or create a painting or realistic work in the medium of their choice. Individual help as you draw, plan and paint. Instructor will phone each student before class starts to discuss their goal.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Delicollage"
August 17, 2020
 

Deli paper – we've all tried it! But you've probably never done the things with it that we will do in this class. Students will learn to shave pastels, and to add metallic powders and thin Asian papers to their collages. High-flow acrylic paint will be used to add abstract writing as well as Pollock-like drips and splashes. We will create a huge pile of collage papers! We will then choose our favorites and build an abstract collage suitable for framing. You'll learn a lot about acrylic paints and mediums in the process and go home with a lot of papers for future use!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 18-20, 2020
 

Stewart Burgess White is a painter with a long list of accolades including Signature membership in The American Watercolor Society (AWS). Stewart will provide a presentation on how to create paintings that simplify complicated subject matter with an emphasis on composition and line. From landscapes to urban industrial scenes. Color choices and mark-making will also be addressed during the process. Students will practice in Plein Air in the surrounding area.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Stewart Burgess White
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Photograph Hilton Head"
August 18, 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 tips on how to capture the best images in the field. Students will spend 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 for Members, $200 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
August 19-23, 2020
 

We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing, then combine our papers into final works. Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered. All base mediums and paints as well as eco-dye supplies will be provided, but students will be encouraged to bring a variety of found papers and other materials to use. No prior experience with encaustic painting required, but general art-making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sculpting the Portrait with Brian Booth Craig in Oakland, California"
August 20-23, 2020
 

Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in bronze. Sculpting from life, his work translates classically derived figures into contemporary icons. This workshop will cover the traditional technique of sculpting a portrait from life. Students will model a ~3/4 life-size portrait in clay working from the model. Emphasis is placed on direct observation, basic anatomy, proportions of the individual, and the use of light to reveal clear form and structure. Brian’s teaching methods include lectures, presentations, discussions, and demonstrations.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com)
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"The Fundamentals of Painting"
August 21-22, 2020
 

This workshop will go over the fundamentals of painting with emphasis on portrait. Students will utilize preliminary studies in charcoal and transition into painting within these two days. Students will learn how to paint form and capture the essence of the sitter. The focus will be on simplification by minimal use of values and using a variety of edges to create form. The methods used in the workshop can also be used in painting most subject matters. Personalized and individual critiques will take place while the model is posing, to ensure live feedback. Remelle will go over techniques and methods on how to paint from life.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Remelle Tanhueco
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Experimental Collage"
August 22-23, 2020
 

This action packed class will expand your concept of collage. You will begin with a process I call Scribble to Structure. This is a mixed media process on paper that will loosen up your creative muscles. You will be working with pencils, paints, pastels and paper. You will learn some unusual ways to move the paint. Color combinations and composition skills will be explored. This is one of my favorite ways to begin a creative journey. On day two you expand your vocabulary with new materials for collage including fabrics and transparent papers you will create. You will learn how to make your collages look like Encaustic if you wish, and how to get crackles to stay on papers too.
 
Location: Palisade, Colorado
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Collage Society
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Reversible Fine Silver Lentil or Pebble Bead"
August 22, 2020
 

Make your own unique, fine-silver, reversible lentil or pebble bead pendant and wear it home. Sherry will show you the basics of working with precious metal clay silver and how to combine two parts to make a seamless bead using "dry construction." You can choose to add one or two fire-in-place stones, add texture, or leave it plain like a small river stone. You will work with the clay, syringe, and paste. Sherry will demonstrate firing PMC with a small butane torch in case you wish to continue at home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Natural Stones Set in Silver Metal Clay"
August 23, 2020
 

Create a fine silver bezel setting for a natural, non-firable stone cabochon that you will add to your textured silver metal clay pendant. Sherry will teach you how to use fine silver bezel wire and metal clay to create your bezel, how to account for shrinkage, how to fire your pendant, how to set your stone and polish and patina (optional) your own beautiful pendant. Bring your own natural cabochon or purchase one from the instructor, who will have a variety of sizes and prices available. Students must have taken a previous class with Sherry or get her approval for other experience. Materials fee paid to instructor includes 25g metal clay, bezel wire.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor Technique for Dynamic Landscape Paintings"
August 23-28, 2020
 

There are relatively few ways to apply watercolor to paper. This workshop focuses on adapting the handful of techniques to your landscape paintings. We’ll work to create rich visual sensations that reveal your own vision of the landscape. We’ll start by examining and understanding the basic techniques and exploring the visual possibilities of each. Then we’ll apply these techniques to convey symbolism and meaning, and for providing the paintings with a rich dynamism. Tony is a Signature Member of both the New England and Vermont Watercolor Societies, and an Artist Member of the North Shore Arts Association and New York’s venerable Salmagundi Club. He works from his studio in Bennington, Vermont.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Impression and Design Plein Air Workshop"
August 25-27, 2020
 

We will inevitably be chasing the light and seeing beyond what is there, always looking for more, to capture the sensation of the place. It all comes down to design and interpretation. Utilizing and building on what nature gives us but not being a slave to it. We will be working to simplify our shapes, really push to explore our use of temperatures and color along with controlling our values as well as our edges. Composition and design underlie all of these along with our drawing which will be our foundation. We will look to make our paintings fresh, vibrant, and full of light and color. Not being a slave to what is there but knowing how to interpret it.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Ken DeWaard
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Spirit Protectors: A Metal Figurative Assemblage"
August 27-28, 2020
 

I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can't seem to stop. I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. Next, I will share my favorite tips and tricks to achieve balance, contrast, and a powerful composition. You will learn simple cold connection techniques – no glue here. Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 27, 2020
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way to work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment of the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 27, 2020
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
August 27-30, 2020
 

Master your landscape painting and join South Carolina artist Michael Story for this four day workshop as we use the sky and water as a dramatic design element in our painting’s composition. You’’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work. He will demonstrate and provide photo reference to paint from if desired along with color exercises you may complete after the workshop. For more information, visit michaelstory.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Michael Story
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $575 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"The Birds and the Beeswax Book"
August 28, 2020
 

Let's create a beautiful mixed media collage on the cover of our gorgeous, handmade journal and embellish with metal doo-dads, ribbon, and various collage paper and found items. We'll use one of my favorite mediums: Beeswax! Not only is it a yummy-smelling, awesome medium to work with, it's also great for creating translucent and opaque layers and adhering lightweight collage items to create a unique, textured look (both physically and visually)! The insides of our pages will be watercolor paper and we'll embellish them with lace, ribbons, trims, fabric, and more to create a book bursting with color, texture, and layers!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Three Letter Words"
August 28, 2020
 

Some words are mighty though only three letters: sky, all, now, you. They call up imagery the second you hear them. In this class, we will transfer (or you can make your own) letterforms to small canvas, and add imagery that calls to us. The technique we will use is dry brush, and involves painting the negatives instead of the positives. It is a silhouetting of sorts, an illustration technique that is handy because it is a fast and easy way to work, and a good exercise in seeing shapes. Our palette will be limited, as will our vocabulary of images, so you can easily do this in one day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Texture Meets Metal"
August 28, 2020
 

Students in this class will do some simple metal etching on small squares of copper or brass. These completed metal pieces will then be embedded in a textural surface. Molding paste on cradled panel with stencils will be used to create the textured surface. This surface will be painted with the student's choice of colors. Color theory and composition will be discussed to help students create a beautiful and unusual art piece!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting on Glass"
August 28, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” 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.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $36 for Members, $40 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Organics Plus Abstracts: Working in a Series"
August 29, 2020
 

I have a love of combining organic shapes/images (flowers, birds, leaves, etc) with abstract backgrounds. I even like to throw some geometrics and patterns in there for fun! I'll show you how to create abstract backgrounds and add organic images and geometric patterns to form something lovely and unique. We'll learn how to use all my favorite materials and techniques as we create, grow and just have a good time! You'll explore acrylic paint, texture paste, paint pens, stamps, stencils and more. We'll talk about what colors to use and how to create a pleasing composition.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Vintage Metal Deck: Taking the Mystery Out of Working with Metal"
August 29-30, 2020
 

Transform ordinary metal into a fabulous thick, chunky, beautifully embellished deck of cards! You will receive 10 flat pieces of metal, each 6” x 3”, to transform into beautiful works of art. We will explore a variety of ways to use and distress metal, cloth, paper, and found objects. And you will learn a plethora of new ideas and techniques!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Mermaid Assemblage"
August 29, 2020
 

In this class we will use an antique porcelain doll to make a mermaid. It is embellished with vintage rhinestones and special wash painting techniques. A frame will be painted and embellished to hold our mermaid. Everything is supplied to make the mermaid and the frame including the rhinestones. You only need to bring items to embellish your frame (possible items include shells, plastic undersea animal toys, jewels).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"An Intimate Atlas"
August 29-30, 2020
 

Humans have been making maps for thousands of years: It is an urge some of us can't resist. Using collage, illustration, journaling, paint, paper, and other mixed media, we will create "maps" of our life experience that can record our journeys of the past, future, backyards, hopes, dreams, and mythological places. We will make varied maps and a book to contain them, and discuss the historical and contemporary treatments of maps and mapmaking. Making maps of your life leads to both wonderful art and self-discovery. We'll explore our journeys with color, curiosity, poetry, and permission to illustrate your own path in your own way.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Upcycled Mixed-Media Collage Cards"
August 29, 2020
 

Create one-of-a-kind, hand-stitched cards that mix "old-timey" photos with whimsical verse. We will start by creating our own collage background papers using old paper, inks, paint, and mark making. Then we will learn how to assemble the mini-little portraits that are mounted onto 4" x 5" note cards. Use them to send an extra special message to someone you love or as a portable work of art. Materials fee includes everything needed to make 10 cards. You may bring additional paper, digital images or ephemera to use to personalize your work. Basic sewing machine knowledge is helpful but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Molding Paste and the Book"
August 29, 2020
 

Acrylic molding paste can be used to make beautiful textures and designs. The unique book covers created by these processes are quite striking! In this class students will learn and experiment with several molding paste techniques including stenciling, stamping, and scraping. Book covers are created by painting the molding paste and mounting on another piece of book board to form a cover. These covers will then be bound using a long stitch binding with a leather spine. This class will be appropriate for beginner and intermediate book binders. Students will receive personalized instruction and critique throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Flower Child"
August 30, 2020
 

Let's create luscious, layered mixed media portraits but with a little twist. We'll combine floral still life with portraiture with various mixed media materials, tools, and techniques. I'll show you how I like to create a layered portrait full of life and texture. We'll start by creating our own mixed media collage papers and build up each layer step by step. Then we'll build up the background using acrylic paint, oil pastels, spray inks, oil paint sticks, and more. No drawing experience necessary. This class is also great for more advanced students looking to try a new style and get out of their comfort zone. I like to finger paint as well, so prepare to get a little bit messy!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Assemblage Necklaces"
August 30, 2020
 

In this class we will make necklaces out of found objects. We will learn several cold connection techniques. That means no soldering required. We will learn how to make our pieces look antique no matter what they started out as. I will supply ball chain, Apoxie Clay, and paint. I will also bring a selection of parts for sale in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 30, 2020
 

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies, birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth, and metaphor. You will take away powerful new ideas about process and art making.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Drawing 101"
September 5, 2020
 

Learn the fundamentals of drawing in this exciting workshop with internationally acclaimed artist and instructor Addison Palmer.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Cold Wax Painting from Start to Finish"
September 8-9, 2020
 

We will discuss the various tools and materials used in this popular medium. There will be morning and afternoon demonstrations. Students are encouraged to to have several projects started on the first day, so they can dry a little overnight for work the second day. We will experiment with texture. Students can start with acrylics, if they wish, and build up with oil and cold wax, or they can start and continue with oil and cold wax. Oil/cold wax is an exciting medium with many possibilities. My goal is for students to explore and learn to develop their own techniques.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Mary Montague Sikes
Cost: $207 for Members, $230 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Alcohol Inks on Glass"
September 8, 2020
 

This fun class will allow you to create custom glass pieces using colorful alcohol inks! During this workshop, you will create 2 flat panels and a dish using alcohol inks and be able to take your projects home with you. $15 materials fee due the day of the class.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $36 for Members, $40 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Stix n Stonz"
September 11, 2020
 

Create dramatic textures by fusing multiple layers of silver wire to a silver base. Embellish the piece with tube sets for added glamour. Students will create a pendant and a ring while learning to fuse silver without melting, a huge cost and time saver!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Faux Channel Setting"
September 12, 2020
 

Create two faux channel-set rings by encasing a strand of semi-precious stones and a strand of soldered tube-sets in an inside-out sheet of textured metal. Students will learn roll printing, soldering, fabrication, stone setting, and finishing.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Oil Pastels"
September 12-13, 2020
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three-dimensional effects, and to layer with Holbein and Sennelier oil pastels. Scrape away oil pastel to reveal previous layers. Add oil pastel to build up the painting surface and color quality. We'll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique and how to unleash your imagination. Must have some art experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sandra Duran Wilson: Awakening Your Creative Soul"
September 13-17, 2020
 

Learn about acrylic painting mediums and how to use them to enhance you vision, extend your paints, and create amazing texture while developing your own personal vocabulary of mark-making. Participants will have four wonderful days of digging deep into purpose and creating with intention, while learning new techniques to shape and fit your own vision and release whatever is holding you back from realizing your artistic dreams and desires. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings of being in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Open Box Bezel Pendant"
September 13, 2020
 

This class offers students the opportunity to create a variation on the traditional box pendant by building an open frame. Students will learn roll printing, hollow form construction, bezel sizing, stone setting, and multiple-step soldering while creating a one-of-a-kind statement pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Exploring Lowcountry Marshland in Watercolor"
September 15, 2020
 

Meandering thru Lowcountry Marshland, we will use reference materials provided in class, to capture the fauna grass and waterways unique to this environment.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Exploring Lowcountry Marshland in Watercolor"
September 15, 2020
 

Meandering thru Lowcountry Marshland, we will use reference materials provided in class, to capture the fauna grass and waterways unique to this environment.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 16-19, 2020
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 16-18, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $395
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Capturing Small Cabochons through Wire Weaving"
September 17-20, 2020
 

This four-day class is a melding of several techniques that will enhance your woven designs. The first day will be devoted to learning the modified soumak weave and having fun experimenting with fusing on top of the weave. The next three days we will learn two ways to capture small 6mm cabochons. The first method is my take on channel setting and the second is making a custom woven bezel. When you are done you will have a lovely gem-encrusted bracelet.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Thompson
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Plein Air with the Nagels"
Thursdays, September 17 & 24, 2020
 

First Day: Sketch and /or paint on the grounds of the Coastal Museum. Day 2: sketch or paint at Dolphin Head in Hilton Head Plantation. Instructors will phone each student ahead to hear their goals for the outing. Demo and orientation before each student selects his or her own view to paint. One instructor will keep working on demo and both will circulate to help individuals as the afternoon progresses.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Don & Joyce Nagel
Cost: $90 for Members, $100 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Rug Hooking Retreat: Using Swatches and Color Planning Your Rugs"
September 18-20, 2020
 

Come join us for three days of hooking fun with your friends. This class will enlighten your color-planning skills through assistance on the project of your choice and several mini lessons throughout the weekend. Learn more about color and value using the gray scale, hooking with swatches, feathering technique from 3-8 cut, choosing the wool for your project, and wool dyeing information. Also available will be a large selection of wool, hand-dyed wool, 6-8 value dyed swatches and rug hooking supplies. On Sunday morning, we will have a rug throw-down to view all the workshop rug results and take a class picture. Teresa will also have an optional evening presentation on the Guatemalan Rug Hooking Trip/Experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Steele
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Charcoal: Expressive Mark-Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing"
September 18-19, 2020
 

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


"Boundweave: Weaving a Flower Garden"
September 19-20, 2020
 

Weave floral images in Boundweave, using beautiful colored wool on a cotton warp. Learn about the history of this fascinating weft-faced weave, how the structure of the warp is organized to allow the creation of pattern, and how to draw your own designs. Boundweave motifs are traditionally used to make striking wall hangings and rugs. Since the looms will be already warped, you'll be ready to weave right away when you arrive. In the two-day workshop you will complete a small project that includes several woven flowers! This workshop is perfect for beginners and still exciting for more advanced weavers wanting to learn a new technique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennie Hawkey
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Colored Pencil: The Drama of Realism and Abstraction in One"
September 19-20, 2020
 

Contrast has always been an effective tool to engage viewers. In this two-day workshop we'll focus on a realistic drawing style using a unique layering technique to produce meticulous detail and color accuracy, then gradually transform to an abstract style. The paper will be dark in color with subject choices emerging in increasing light and color from the dark abstracted background. The technique is easy to learn, easy to do ... just takes time. We'll begin with a sample of colored pencil artists' works, then you'll complete a sampler experimenting with application techniques. You'll then begin an individualized artwork using your chosen subject matter, design and composition, and leave the workshop confident to complete the drawing on your own.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $208
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Robert Sturman: Mastering the Art of Yoga Photography"
September 20-24, 2020
 

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beautiful art of yoga with acclaimed photographer Robert Sturman. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Sturman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Plein Air Painting at the Grand Canyon: Arizona"
September 21-25, 2020
 

Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? During the workshop, students will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for five days with special access to the views! Mitch Baird will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” subjects and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting -composition, drawing, value, color, and edges- will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority, as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting The Figure With Expression"
September 23-26, 2020
 

In this class we’ll focus on figurative painting from a live model and photos. We’ll explore techniques for creating colorful, abstract patterns with a sense of movement and energy by first making a quick underpainting in acrylic, then painting into it with oil paint. For photo reference, I encourage using images with energy and motion in them, i.e. athletes, boxers, dancers, etc. Large brushes and a plastic scraper will be used to apply paint generously and to also scrape away to reveal the underlying acrylic underpainting. I’ll also be talking about edges and how blurring the line between main subject and background helps in creating an abstract pattern of forms, color and dynamism.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 24-27, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Artisan Expo
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Bold and Uninhibited: Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
September 25-27, 2020
 

Paint abstract pieces adventurously and intuitively in this three-day workshop! We'll work on oil paper and wood panels to create with joy and abandon. I'll show you all the basics as well as many of my favorite techniques. You'll explore the layering process to create richly colored and textured pieces. You'll also create quick and daring works on paper. We'll use a variety of tools to experiment with texture and layers. We'll cover preparing your panels, including with Venetian plaster for added texture. You'll learn ways to present your pieces and will leave with some finished pieces and with work in progress. Whether you're new to the medium or experienced, you'll find something in this workshop to inspire you.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting on Glass"
September 25, 2020
 

This fun workshop gives you the chance to play with glass! You will create your own 13”x 6” 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.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kathy Oda
Cost: $36 for Members, $40 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Moku Hanga: An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
October 2-4, 2020
 

Moku Hanga, meaning "wood print," is a simple, centuries-old Japanese technique employing water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper, and fine-grained wood. Many Western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks, and toxic solvents. By contrast, Moku Hanga utilizes only a few simple tools, a small work space, and is entirely water-based. Alfred will teach you to hand-carve and print your unique drawing from fine-grained Shina Plywood onto beautiful Japanese paper, a skill you can continue to use to make prints for many years. No experience necessary. You are encouraged to bring photos or drawings you can use in creating your print.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $385
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hidden Settings for Colored Pencil on Copper"
October 3-4, 2020
 

In this class the student will first learn to apply colored pencil on copper to create their own work of art. We will then construct a frame with embellishments out of sterling silver and small stones that allows us to set the piece from the back. This frame and setting technique secures and protects the drawing while appearing to float with no visible attachments.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Karg
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 7-9, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Merced, California
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Merced Arts Center
Website, email, 209-388-1090


"Autumn Painting Retreat in Virginia"
October 8-13, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"David Cheifetz - Still Life Composition and Painting"
October 9-11, 2020
 

This workshop will explore a powerful and rational approach to still life composition and oil painting techniques with brushes and palette knives. David adjusts his advice according to each person’s ability – from raw beginner to advanced professional. However, more advanced students will find it easier to focus on the subtleties of composition. A solid drawing background is highly recommended.
 
Location: Broadlands, Virginia
Instructor: David Cheifetz
Cost: $595
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Fly Away Home: Creating a Mixed Media Artist Book"
October 9-11, 2020
 

Gather to create a book that is dedicated to the birds, insects, and the winged creatures that we all love. We will begin with texturing our pages, using gesso and modeling paste. Then we will scratch and scrape and mark our surfaces in unique ways. Next, we will add color and collage to our pages, using all my favorite techniques and my nature-based stencil designs, and make our own stamps. Lastly, we will add our focal points and details that will make our pages sing, including hand stitching and some more detailed mark making. We will use a very simple technique to bind our pages into a single artist book that tells your own unique story.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout
Cost: $440
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
October 10, 2020
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using precious metal clay silver and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it's fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You'll also learn to torch-fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch-fire those. Materials fee paid to instructor in class includes silver metal clay, use of silver paste and syringe, appropriate stone, disposables, and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Precious Metal Clay and Dichroic Glass"
October 11, 2020
 

In this fun class you will combine dichroic glass with its ethereal opal-like quality with PMC to make amazing fine silver and glass pendants or earrings. Although a kiln is necessary to work with PMC and glass, Sherry will give you lots of information on torch firing so you can continue to create with PMC at home if you wish. A materials fee (to be determined depending on fluctuating silver prices) will be payable to the instructor in class and will provide everything you need: precious metal clay, paste and syringe, glass cabs, and printed instructions.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Michael Sturlin: Forged Bracelets"
October 11-15, 2020
 

Refine your metalsmithing skills and create an expressive series of hand wrought stacking cuffs and dramatic forged bangle bracelets. In this retreat, students will refine their hammer skills as they forge, bend, shape planish, and texture metal, creating a vocabulary of sculptural forms as a visual reference library. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Sturlin
Cost: $985
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
October 14-17, 2020
 

Award Winning Artist Workshops was created for artists with a desire to study with the highest caliber instructors. Join California artist Randall Sexton at the McDowell Arts Center for a 4-Day workshop in "Expressive Brushwork." Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature... It is recognizable whether you know it or not. Think of painting as if weaving a tapestry…overlapping the negative shapes with positive shapes (and visa versa) to create the edges of shapes….and to define the shapes in the process.
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"From Dawn to Dusk, Capturing Light in Oils"
October 20-22, 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: $315 for Members, $350 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"East Meets West: Chinese and Watercolor Painting"
October 22-25, 2020
 

Learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as the theory of the Asian Art, and using the techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings (spontaneous style, half-detail-half-spontaneous style). Explore Zhen’s techniques “Color Pouring and Blending”, as well as learning basic techniques such as composition and coloring. There are 4-6 demos each day with student practices between that allow students to learn easier. There are critique sessions in which Zhen helps students by touching up their paintings. Skill Level: Open to all level students. Visit his website lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $475 Museum members/$525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Believing Art, Process and Series - Collage"
October 22-25, 2020
 

Students will explore surface techniques building their own collage palette that will stretch new awareness and growth. Everyone will be working with harmony, values, differences, and the relationships of design elements, each pulling from their own feelings, experiences of inter-connectedness to mind, body, spirit. Emphasis will be on working in a series. As we get older, we grow self-conscious and judgmental, believing that art is not good unless it's realistically recognizable. Collage, design, and mixed media offer up a playful experimental atmosphere that is safe for all to find a deeper meaning to the art-making process. Students' collage works will emerge and evolve on watercolor paper and wood panel, fused with heat and tack-iron method.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Mixed Media Ultimate Weekend"
October 23-25, 2020
 

This workshop is for 3 days and I will bring the plaster and wax, Ampersand has the Claybord panels and I will send you a short supply list. We begin with Plaster, Wax and Wow, a learning journey on getting acrylic gels and plaster to play well together. You will create incredible layers on top of Claybord. We will even build on fabrics with plaster and then everything gets sealed with wax. So luscious. The second project is called Color Mixing for Composition. You will super charge your color and composition vocabulary and experience how to use color as your composition tool. The third project is called Deep Focus and s will strengthen your creative muscle with practices to use every day.
 
Location: Buda, Texas
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Ampersand
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
October 26-29, 2020
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
November 2-4, 2020
 

The New Jersey shore beckons you! Explore the possibilities that can literally be drawn from the point of a colored pencil- or watercolor pencil! With vast choices of surfaces, blending tools, and techniques, colored pencil yields a tremendous range of effects: shimmer and shine, saturated intensity, sparkling highlights, even fluid, transparent effects. This promises to be an enjoyable workshop in a beautiful, historic Victorian mansion near the Atlantic Ocean. Kristy is an experienced, upbeat, supportive instructor who is the author of two colored pencil books and the featured artist in four DVDs. She has taught over 200 workshops, readily making her students feel at home, whatever their experience.
 
Location: Island Heights, New Jersey
Instructor: Kristy A. Kutch
Sponsor: Ocean County Artists' Guild
Website, email, 732-998-8286


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 4-6, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
November 5-8, 2020
 

This 3 1/2 day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax. The workshop blends demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. You will gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussions focus on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Painting the landscape in abstract allows for individual and unique interpretation of what you see in a scene. Through distilling and simplifying the elements, your paintings become a translation of your experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Stone Capturing Setting Stones Without Solder"
November 7, 2020
 

Capture setting stones – no solder involved. Beginning with basic materials – two sheets of copper and a cabochon stone – texture the front piece of your pendant and cut an opening for the stone. Learn about micro fasteners, drilling proper sized holes, using spacers and, most importantly, how to attach the front piece to the back piece with your stone trapped between. Create a second pendant using either another a cabochon or a faceted stone. Create depth by recessing the stone and using rivets to complete the capture.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
November 7, 2020
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in a small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up, and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next you'll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Portrait and The Figure"
November 8-15, 2020
 

Picture yourself sitting at Mary Whytes' dinner table in Mary's home. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to know the artist up close. Come paint and tour with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Southern activities! Come, learn of Mary's beginning on John's Island, with a trip down Bohicket Road and the inspiration behind her life's work.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 All inclusive
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Discover the Pure Joy of Intuitive Abstract Painting"
November 9-10, 2020
 

Discover the pure joy of painting intuitive abstract painting with Golden Fluid Acrylics plus watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules depends entirely on understanding design and color theory, so these will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time will help you in finding your direction and what it takes to pull an abstract painting together.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $225 for Members | $255 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Secrets of Painting Reflections in Transparent Watercolor"
November 11-12, 2020
 

In this workshop Steve will give students the tools to create painterly and believable watercolors; but more importantly, he seeks to take them beyond merely “copying” their subject. “An artist needs to also paint from his heart and seek to communicate the emotional and spiritual beauty of God’s creation.” Steve paints and teaches in a very straightforward traditional manner because he believes he can most honestly say what he wants to with his brush and juicy watercolor paint. Workshop participants will learn about light and color and the way watercolor behaves, dealing with dark values in watercolor, painting reflections and much, much more. Steve has enjoyed teaching watercolor for over 40 years.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $225 for Members | $255 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Extraordinary Objects"
November 13-15, 2020
 

Over the course of three intensive days, we will delve into the meanings found objects bring to assemblages. We will discuss the process of collection and the power of the souvenir as we go out in the field to scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques and students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and what drives the sculptures they create. Some basic experience in creating assemblages is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 14-15, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art of the Carolinas
Website, email


"Re-Covering Your ArtFull Self: Altered Book Workshop"
November 18-22, 2020
 

Spend 4-1/2 fun-filled days with internationally known artist LorriMarie Jenkins, learning mixed media techniques. Transform an old book into an amazing 3-D art piece. Explore layering, adding secret doors, pockets, windows, and learn collage building tips. LorriMarie encourages you to leave “perfection” at the door and to be playful during this ArtFull event. No prior “art” experience needed! Show up with your book and your favorite images…then enjoy the journey of the Altered Book Workshop.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: LorriMarie Jenkins, lorrimariejenkins.com
Cost: $575 for Members | $635 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Beauty of the Mark"
January 18-20, 2021
 

In this three-day workshop students will do exercises that will help them to make their own unique marks as a surprise element for their work. Journey with Teresa and explore the beauty of the mark and then to build upon that markmaking process taking that work to a whole new level. Students will play with these ideas along with the possibilities that will open up as they work transparently and with opaque paint. Anything goes: landscapes, still life, figurative work or abstract, this workshop will engage intuitive creativity. Demos, group discussion and constructive critiques are a part of this workshop. This workshop is for acrylic based and watercolor based artists.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Teresa Kirk, www.teresakirk.com
Cost: $390 for Members | $430 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Portraits & Figures in Watercolor"
February 1-2, 2021
 

Whyte teaches color mixing, drawing, composition, getting a likeness and creating dynamic works. Students will be painting the figure from life. Each day starts with a painting demonstration. Students will paint with one on one assistance and encouragement from the instructor. Gain insights on marketing and the business side of being an artist. Students will be painting from live models in the studio.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Mary Whyte, www.marywhyte.com
Cost: $825 for Members | $855 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Color, Light & Form: Still Life Painting in Oil"
February 5 & 6, 2021
 

Color, Light & Form are the building blocks that form the foundation of paintings that work, no matter the subject matter. Working from a still life set up, students will learn how skillful manipulation of these elements can create work that resonates with the viewer. Students will investigate the importance of edges, color harmonies and compositional elements found in good paintings. Rediscover the basics of making a beautiful painting! Helen Vaughn – As a painter, I am continually fascinated by the properties of color, light, and shadow as they affect both the image and my own sense of time, place and inner harmony. For more information, visit helenvaughn.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Helen Vaughn, helenvaughn.com
Cost: $300 Museum members/ $325 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting"
February 8-10, 2021
 

Burridge’s popular “Loosen Up” workshops nurture individual success and personal enrichment with a big emphasis on daily painting projects at your own pace. It is stress-free, but be warned; you could end up with too much enthusiasm for painting. This Burridge flagship workshop offers a variety of painting subjects for everyone. Designed for the professional painter who is stuck in a style as well as for the novice who wants to conquer their fear of painting. Starting each day with multiple, small “warm-up painting exercises” and up to larger-format paintings, Burridge’s positive approach towards the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up, have fun again and paint more! Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Robert Burridge, robertburridge.com
Cost: $450 for Members | $490 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Art Marketing: The Business of Selling Your Art Lecture Series"
February 9-11, 2021
 

Three informative lectures on marketing yourself, your work, and your brand presented by Kate Burridge. Want to sell your Art? Kate will answer your questions - "Do this! ... not that," is the focus of these workshops, all geared to help you be a successfully selling artist. February 9: Artist Self-Promotion, Websites & Social Media. February 10: Basic Training: Pricing, Commissions and Solo Exhibitions. February 11: Working with Galleries.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kate Burridge
Cost: $125 for Members | $155 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage"
February 11-14, 2021
 

Creative tearing and paint splashing starts off this all new “Loosen Up Workshop.” Also, you will learn how to begin a new fresh body of work with your own artistic voice and point of view. Think “artist retreat,” producing a body of work, a series of paintings or your conceptual solo show. Robert Burridge, along with his famous daily handouts, demos and lectures, helps and guides you to paint the way you have always wanted to paint. Daily, you can expect warmup paint sketching, brief painting and lecture demos, constructive critiques and plenty of time to work on personal projects. Come prepared to paint!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Robert Burridge, robertburridge.com
Cost: $560 for Members | $640 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Animals in Watercolor"
February 22-23, 2021
 

Depict the majestic nature of animals with a focus on emotive compositions. Dylan will guide the workshop in how to create more than a likeness of the subject but to also convey a mood and message. Using sketches to establish a synchronized order of importance, learn how to make artistic decisions to create an effective composition and communicate what is important to the viewer. Daily demonstrations on how to use color studies and the principals of creating depth and realism as well as Dylan’s signature technique for achieving beautiful skin tones by juxtaposing colors will all be covered in this intensive two-day workshop.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Dylan Scott Pierce
Cost: $275 for Members | $305 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Waterbirds in Watercolor"
February 24-25, 2021
 

Capture the grace and beauty of waterbirds while also conveying a mood and message. Using sketches to establish a synchronized order of importance, Dylan will explain how to make artistic decisions to create an effective composition and communicate what is important to the viewer. Daily demonstrations on how to use color studies will help students discover the unexpected ways of expressing one's message. Principles of creating depth and realism will also be demonstrated.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Dylan Scott Pierce
Cost: $275 for Members | $305 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Negative Painting: Transforming Nature"
March 22-24, 2021
 

Get ready to explore painting outside the lines. Kemp guides students in this innovative approach to negative painting with techniques that transform imagery into evocative, stylized paintings that are built with layers of negative shapes. This stimulating workshop offers demonstrations, prepared notes and individual painting time guided by friendly, helpful advice. Subjects will focus on landscapes and birds. Kemp will be working with acrylics but watercolor painters who would like to explore acrylics are welcome!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Kemp, www.lindakemp.com
Cost: $475 for Members | $515 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"A New Spin on Mixed Media"
March 29-31, 2021
 

This is a workshop for the experienced acrylic painter as well as the beginner! Squirting fluid acrylics onto a surface and spreading it with a credit card produces beautiful streaks of color! Karen has experimented with this so much that she has many no fail color formulas to get you off to a great start. Subjects are students' choice, but Karen will be demonstrating contemporary figures and animals. Students will get to doodle to their heart’s content in this workshop. Good design will be emphasized and lots of tricks to make the detail work easier. Students will have no trouble with the drawing, etc. because Karen has some easy tips. We will also be working with several different types of metallic special effects and will be studying Gustav Klimt’s as well as Van Gogh’s paintings!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Karen Knutson, www.karenknutson.com
Cost: $325 for Members | $365 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 4-9, 2021
 

Join me on the scenic magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group, you’ll have plenty of individual attention as we work on value studies, composition, simplifying a scene and capturing the essence of a place.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Jane Slivka: Freedom of Acrylics"
April 5-7, 2021
 

Jane’s love of life bubbles up and over through her motivational artistry approach, as she teaches students to just relax and have a good time. They truly enjoy her outlook and her methodology that enables the connection between the artist and their art to flow openly without reservation. Jane demonstrates and vividly describes to her students how to utilize color with confidence. As a student, you can look forward to painting still life, landscapes, figures, and if time permits, you might even explore the exciting form of abstraction. Jane's students leave with more than a few canvases in hand; they leave with a sense of accomplishment, a new appreciation for their own abilities and the motivation to keep on painting.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Slivka, www.janeslivkagallery.com
Cost: $375 for Members | $415 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
April 26 - May 1, 2021
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
May 1-4, 2021
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $855
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
June 7-10, 2021
 

Come to the majestic north shore of Lake Superior! This course focuses on "painting from a point", using a variety of pencils and surfaces to create dynamic, vividly-drawn paintings. Products used include: watercolor pencils, waxy/oily colored pencils, and wax pastels. Surfaces include papers, boards, and even sanded papers. Featuring an abundance of colored pencils and art materials, this workshop is full to the brim with personal attention, demonstrations, and techniques that are sure to increase your repertoire. Some drawing experience preferred. Kristy Kutch is an experienced workshop instructor, the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil. She is the featured artist on four instructional DVDs. Kristy is also the author of the book The New Colored Pencil.
 
Location: Grand Marais, Minnesota
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Website, email, 218-387-2737


"Watercolor Techniques"
June 12-15, 2021
 

Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 4-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques that you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"The Importance of Tone"
June 16-20, 2021
 

Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"The Emotional Landscape"
June 20-24, 2021
 

Create powerful, emotionally impactful photographs that express a deeper connection to place, and ourselves. All levels of photographers welcome. This retreat is not about making ‘pretty' pictures or ‘postcard’ like records of one’s travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection, then learning to express that connection through our photography. We will be using land, sky and water as well as ourselves to transform an emotional experience into a visual one. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat center amenities. All in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $975 tuition + meals (lodging packages available)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Launching a Masterpiece, Lessons in Perspective"
June 21-23, 2021
 

Let's put paintings in perspective. You want your work to show mastery and a proper drawing will do this and make the journey so enjoyable. Steve Kleier will give you the tools to bring structure and meaning to your paintings. Using traditional and classic art skills that date from the renaissance, you will find proportion, capture the effects of light and create the illusion of depth. Come experience success and be inspired to launch masterpiece after masterpiece. Steve 's past clients include: Nike, Tektronix, US Bank, Stash tea, Microsoft and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 24-28, 2021
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
June 30 - July 3, 2021
 

Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture"
July 5-7, 2021
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Koi Joy"
July 9-11, 2021
 

Are you mezmerized and joyed by the incredibly beaurtiful, ballet-like motion, fluidity and grace of Koi? Come truly express yourself with David Lobenberg's bright colors and new and exciting paint application techniques You will use everything from stencils and pipettes to conte crayon and chalk markers to bring your Koi to life with curving and bending motions which convey these graceful creatures. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Realism Through Design"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Use design to strengthen and enhance your paintings. John will help you in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape or town scene – choosing the subject, adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way and most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights and lots of one-on-one individual help. John is a signature member of the AWS, TWSA, NWS and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Portraits in Watercolor"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Methods in Abstractions"
July 21-25, 2021
 

What does it mean to work in an abstract manner? How does it feel? What does it look like? Amanda will help you find your unique way of translating your gestures into an abstract composition. Using traditional art principles, you will take risks and make informed decisions on the canvas, both in the workshop and long after. We will focus on composition, value, and color, but more importantly, your intuitions will guide the painting to completion. Amanda's work is in private collections worldwide and she blog's, sharing her studio practice, with over 25,000 people worldwide.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
July 27-31, 2021
 

How can you capture that energy and express those fleeting feelings of exhilaration, nostalgia, or serenity on canvas? Amanda will help you transform your reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. She will teach the traditional rules of landscape painting and encourage you to break the rules. We will build unconventional color palettes and create marks and brushstrokes that will surprise ourselves. Come explore abstraction, color and mark-making through the lens of landscape painting. Artists will complete several mini-series of paintings on paper and 5-6 larger paintings on canvas over the course of this workshop.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Sketchbook to Studio, Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 6-10, 2021
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen Bookmaking"
August 8-12, 2021
 

This retreat is about the study of bookmaking as an art form, using dreams and memories to inform the content of your own unique book. In this retreat, we concentrate on using the subconscious to inspire the production of handmade artists' books that balance form and content in provocative ways. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan kae Grant
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Intuitive Explorations with Acrylic and Collage"
August 16-20, 2021
 

Come discover your own unique artistic voice with Joan Fullerton. Learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. Come explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, and utilizing neutrals for more ethereal abstracts! Unconventional methods of instruction will open new avenues of creativity and encourage genuine expression. Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. Joan's work has been in galleries, juried shows and museums since the early 70’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Carol Soderlund: Layers Upon Layers"
August 21-26, 2021
 

Develop experimental approaches to the layering of visual color and texture on cloth. This retreat is suitable for advanced-beginner to advanced level fiber artists. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
September 6-10, 2021
 

Capture the fleeting moments David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 13-16, 2021
 

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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 23-25, 2021
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
October 28 - November 2, 2021
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Pottery Open Studio"
by appointment
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? The Sardeson Pottery Studio is available to anyone who would like to use our space and equipment. The $50 day fee includes access to the wheels, tools and handbuilding gear. Joelle and Katie White will be on hand to give assistance if needed, but you will primarily be working independently. Clay can be purchased at the studio. Firing and glazing may be done by arrangement. Call the Shake Rag Alley office at (608) 987-3292 to make arrangements.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White and Katie White
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


 

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