Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting With Oil and Cold Wax"
November 4-7, 2021

This 3.5-day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax as an addition to your current oil painting practice. The workshop blends instructor 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 discussion focuses on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques throughout the workshop offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Class size is limited to ensure personal attention and ample one-on-one discussion time with the instructor.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"Painting Horizons: Approaches to Landscape"
November 6-7, 2021

Join Wisconsin artist Danica Oudeans and learn the art of painting landscape. This introductory class will give detailed instruction on how to create inspirational landscapes with acrylic paints. Demonstrations will be given on how to plan your painting, mix colors, select your brush, and focus on a variety of brushwork techniques. All materials are provided to you as part of your registration fee.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danica Oudeans
Cost: $185 (includes all supplies)
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215

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

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

"Photography Basics and Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing"
May 21-22, 2022

Day 1: Field Day at Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. In the field, we’ll cover how to use aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focusing to perfect your compositions and exposures. Day 2: Post-Processing and Adobe Lightroom at River Arts Studio. In the studio, we’ll spend time learning to process the photos you took on Day 1 using Adobe Lightroom. Students should bring their cameras and any necessary cords, laptop and charger, and a notepad.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mike Murray
Cost: $60
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


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