Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Bring Something to Mosaic"
February 13, 14, 17
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 3-Half-Day workshop perfect for students of any level! Do you have an old wooden tray or a small accent table or old window frame or sign? In this class students will learn the basic techniques of mosaic art using stained glass and other media to revive and upcycle something worn. Note: Price includes all materials. Just bring yourself and your item! Items should not exceed 160 square inches (12" x 12") and need to be at least 1/4" thick.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Create & Collaborate: Oil & Cold Wax Retreat"
February 18-19, 2023
 

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa. Join with other artists for two days of working with cold wax medium. This open exploration is for anyone that has taken previous cold wax classes and wants to come together and share ideas, tips, tricks, and community. This is not a guided, instructional workshop; instead it is a gathering time and space for artists to connect. Students may start new paintings or work on pieces already under way. No materials provided, so bring your own. While this is not an instructional session, Rick will be available to share ideas and techniques and answer questions.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rick Ross
Cost: $120
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"One Day Intro To Encaustic Painting Workshop"
February 19, 2023
 

Curious about what encaustic paints are and how to get started with them? In this one day introductory workshop we will begin to explore the possibilities of the encaustic medium. Encaustic painting draws in artists from a wide variety of medium, such as mixed media, photographers, printmakers, painter and much more. We will work on the basics of working in this paint, as well as fusing tools and setting up a studio workspace. This workshop will give students a taste of what is possible with the medium. Most supplies are included in the workshop fee, see supply list for additional items.
 
Location: La Grange, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $150-160
Sponsor: La Grange Art League
Website, email, 708-352-3101


"The Red Door is Open: Collaborative Artmaking"
February 20-22, 2023
 

The Red Door is Open project involves visual artists, musicians and writer/storytellers. Once a group is assembled, the process encourages: Musicians to respond to visual or written work, creating new music through improvisation. Visual artists to respond to music or written work with quick form art projects. Writers to respond to music or visual art with a written piece. Collectively, the group, depending on disciplines and interests, decides on the format for their next exploration. Robert Hitz facilitates and sets the groundwork for the group. At the close of the collaborative adventure, the class sets the stage for a culminating showcase event.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Robert Hitz
Cost: $120 / $100 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Wedding Cookies"
February 22, 2023
 

Looking for a special way to announce your engagement or invite your friends to be a bridesmaid? We have a perfect solution with these beautiful cookies. Also, perfect to serve at wedding showers. You can design them to match your dress (or the bride's dress)! Pastry Chef, Jami Wright will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating. We’ll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Glass Mosaic Stepping Stones"
March 1-2, 2023
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 2-Half Day Class and create your own personalized glass stepping stone for your yard or to gift. Instructor Ryan McGivern will teach students to use tools to cut or use pre-made tiles to make a decorative focal point for your home. The first day of this workshop, students will design, cut and glue, and on the second day, students will grout and finish their pieces. Note: Price includes all materials. Just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Paper Marbling 101"
March 4, 2023
 

Paper marbling is an easy and fun way of creating beautiful artwork. Pigments are floated on a viscous water-based solution and then transferred to prepared paper. The result is a one of a kind creation of color, swirls and unique organic patterns. In this session, participants will learn about how marbling works including a discussion on prep work (which will have already been done), supplies (provided) and the tools used (also provided). Students will choose the pigments, design and create seven pieces of marbled paper! *Paper will need time to dry. Students will have to return to the studio to pick up finished pieces later in the day or the following week*
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jo MacDonald
Cost: $30
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Mosaics From Start to Finish: Framed Mirrors"
Mondays, March 6-27, 2023
 

Do you ever wonder how to make those cool mosaic mirrors you see in fancy hotels and restaurants? Local artist and instructor, Ryan McGivern, will teach students to use stained glass and mixed media to create their very own mosaic mirror frame. Students can choose from a plethora of materials, and are free to bring old buttons, jewelry, game pieces, and small figurines of their own to include in their finished project as well. Ryan will lead students from start to finish using pre-cut frames and students will leave with a completed project! Price includes all materials. Students are welcome and encouraged to bring old jewelry, game pieces, buttons, small figurines or other discarded yet treasured items to use.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Be a Cold Wax Boss"
March 18-20, 2023
 

Take your cold wax art to the next level. In this inspiring, intensive workshop, explore creative techniques in oil and cold wax. Learn to effectively and efficiently work in a series, creating strong, dynamic paintings in your own artistic style.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Leslie Miller and Dianna Fritzler
Cost: $535
Sponsor: Tubac School of Fine Art
Website, email, 520-398-2589


"Make Your Own Mosaic Pendants"
March 22, 2023
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting Half-Day workshop perfect for students of any level! Students will make their very own mosaic necklace pendant with mixed media, glass and found objects. Ryan will show students how to design & execute the creation of their own personal one-of-a-kind mosaic pendant! The instructor will grout the works, and have them ready for pickup the next week. Out-of-Town visitors can pay a $5 flat rate fee to have their pieces shipped to them. Note: Price includes all materials. Just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Encaustic Collage"
March 25, 2023
 

Create a collage using hot wax, rice papers of different colors and values, printed papers, screen, and small wood pieces. In addition, there will be oil sticks, crayons, stamps, and markers to use for drawing onto the encaustic collage. All materials included.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Pamela Kostmayer
Cost: $160 / $130 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Airbrush Painting Techniques"
March 30 - April 1, 2023
 

The Pastrana beginner airbrush course is intended for students who are newcomers or novices with limited or no experience in airbrushing. This workshop covers the basic principles of airbrushing, along with drills and exercises for airbrush control. This airbrush class is aimed at artists and craftsmen or women who are talented in their field but want to add another unique skill set such as airbrushing to their repertoire. This workshop is also intended for those who have some limited experience in airbrushing and want to reinforce and strengthen their understanding, knowledge, and practice in this particular field. For more information, visit pastranaunlimited.com. All materials and use of equipment included during the workshop.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Pastrana
Cost: $825 Museum members/ $875 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Power of Black and White: Intro to Scratchboard"
April 1-2, 2023
 

The process of scratchboard is as basic as drawing with a pencil. The artist uses a knife instead of a pencil and applies the strokes to a panel coated with black india ink over white clay instead of applying to white paper. With each stroke of the knife blade, a scratch removes the black ink revealing the white beneath. We’ll be initially inspired by viewing contemporary scratchboard artists’ works, then do an exercise to gain confidence in removing a wide range of black and creating those grey tones, and finally on the second day we’ll do a quick review of composition and be starting our own artworks using our chosen subject matter and an excellent composition.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Beach Bookmarks"
April 5, 2023
 

As the summer approaches and your reading list grows, you'll want to make some lovely beach inspired painted bookmarks! Learn painting techniques and enjoy exploring through these fun mini art works! Students should bring $10 cash to pay for materials, which will all be provided for you!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Journey Into the Great Round"
April 8, 2023
 

Journey into the Great Round is a yoga, meditation and philosophy class. As artists, we recognize there is a rhythm to our creative process. There are some days we are energized and full of inspiration, and there are other days when we feel stuck and exhausted. Understanding these rhythms and cycles is critical in finding your flow and sustaining a creative practice without getting frustrated and feeling defeated. We will move through an all-levels yoga class and guided meditation which embodies this journey. Learn how to navigate the ups and downs that are inevitable in all journeys (artistic, relationship, work, parenthood, creative projects, loss, etc.) and understand it is ultimately about personal growth.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Marlene Koenig
Cost: $75 / $60 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Water Gilding"
April 21 & 22, 2023
 

Come to a once in a lifetime workshop with master craftsman and nationally acclaimed artist Alan Shuptrine! Learn the historical background of this lost art of water gilding and discuss the art of the frame by taking a tour through the museum’s collection and viewing frames on display. Then head to the Museum Academy studios and learn water gilding with 22 kt. genuine gold leaf. At the end of the class, students will leave with their own water gilded and finished frame. Alan Shuptrine is also recognized as a nationally renowned artist for his sensitive and detailed paintings in watercolor and oil. His accomplishments in master craftsmanship with gold leaf are in museums nationwide. For more information, visit alanshuptrine.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $475 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Photo + Encaustic: Ethereal Markings and Monochrome"
June 20-23, 2023
 

This workshop is designed for both painters and photographers interested in gaining new skills and pushing the boundaries of their studio practice through the combination of encaustic, collage, and black and white photography. Explore a range of subject matter, paper rusting techniques, and methods for mixing media to create dynamic hybrid artworks. Begin by utilizing various methods of underdrawings to bring in pattern and additional detail to the work, such as wood burning tools, inks, oil paints, and encaustic. Focus is placed on incorporating embedded photo prints on thin papers such as tissue and Japanese papers, as well as image transfers to create final work that is both ethereal and richly detailed in its layers. Individualized feedback is provided
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $590 | Non-Members: $620
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920.868.3455


"Encaustic Painting: Basics, Methods, and Materials"
September 9-10, 2023
 

Alternating between demonstrations and working time, learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore basic painting techniques and fusing methods. If you have current pieces made in another medium, please bring for a discussion on how to translate or enhance the work with encaustic paints. All paints and tools are supplied. Designed for students new to the encaustic medium, this workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the materials, working methods, and safety of encaustic painting. Gain a solid foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $270 | Non-Members: $295
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920.868.3455


 

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