Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"The Figure and the Landscape"
May 30 - June 4, 2022

Have you been struggling with adding a figure into a scene…or been curious about painting from life en plein air? Come join Randall Sexton for this unique workshop experience in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at the natural serene world of Dillman’s Bay Resort. The class will focus on the fundamentals of plein air for two days and then experience the joy of working on location from life with a model(s). Open to all levels the demonstrations will be done in oil, but the workshop is open to other mediums as well. Beginning students must have some experience with plein air (mainly to insure that you have proper equipment and experience working outside. Hope you can join us!
Location: Luc du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Sponsor: Dillman's Bay Resort
Website, email, 715-588-3143

"Soft Pastel Interpretations"
June 18 and/or June 19, 2022

June 18: Do More in Soft Pastel! This workshop is geared toward those who have already taken introductory pastel workshops, are fairly accomplished and comfortable with the medium, and have competent drawing skills. Work toward increasing your artistry through learning new techniques, advanced color theory, and consider design and content in developing your images. June 19: Soft Pastel Interpretations. The versatile medium of soft pastel is perfect for exploration of technique and style! Create three entirely different paintings based on a single photograph. We’ll be using different color palettes, papers and methods of application on each piece, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. This workshop is for all skill levels, but basic drawing skills are necessary.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kay Brathol-Hostvet
Cost: Saturday $95, Sunday $105, or both for $180
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Discovering Cyanotype Photography"
June 25, 2022

This half-day, partially outdoor workshop will explore the history of cyanotypes (a camera-less photography process) as well as offer lots of time for hands-on exploration of this media. We will work with pretreated fabric and pretreated watercolor paper to create dual sided imagery and wet cyanotypes. We’ll be using a variety of materials for inspiration including leaves, flowers, stencils, kitchen spices, bubbles and more! All materials are included for this workshop. Feel free to bring inspirational items from home to use (lace doily, pressed flowers, or other flat materials work well). As part of this class will be outside, please bring a hat or sunscreen as appropriate.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Angela Johnson
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Watercolor Landscapes"
August 3, 2022

Translate the beauty of nature into watercolor paintings by learning to paint skies, trees, water, mountains, and rocks. This intermediate class will help you learn how to develop a strategy for building depth in your work and how to focus the center of interest using color and value. Lessons on technique for building texture, and how to use masking to pressure the white of the page, will be covered. This is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"Watercolor Painting: Landscapes, Skies, and Water"
September 17-18, 2022

Treat yourself to two days of painting with Lee Mothes! Beginners and returning students are welcome, as well as anyone who wants to try new techniques. Lee will start by demonstrating watercolor techniques in capturing cloud patterns, sunlight-on-water, landforms, foliage, and the sense of distance in hills or mountains. Then the class will start painting. Lee will help each student with setting up colors on a palette, how to use brushes, create washes with colors, plus offer tips on perspective and composition. You may choose to work in graphite pencil, color pencils or ink along with watercolor. Lee will provide a list of drawing and watercolor supplies.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lee Mothes
Cost: $165
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


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