Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Realistic Still Life Painting"
Wednesdays, July 6 - August 10, 2022

Still life is a fascinating and useful introduction to oil painting, offering opportunities to explore color mixing, varied paint application methods, and techniques for creating light, shadow, and volume to impart a sense of realism. Experienced artists will appreciate the genre as a means of both growing their skills and experimenting with composition and subject matter to suggest ideas or meaning. Instruction will focus on selecting objects and arranging compositions, establishing lighting to create focus and drama, and applying and blending oil color to create volume and painterly effects.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Botanical Drawing & Painting Intensive"
July 11-15, 2022

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee for floral subjects, provided.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: $405
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Watercolor Still Life With Flowers"
August 5, 2022

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. 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

"Dazzling Florals in Colored Pencil"
August 26, 2022

Colored pencil is blossoming as a gorgeous, easily-handled, non-toxic art medium. Kristy Kutch is the author of two colored pencil techniques books and is featured in four instructional films. She is an upbeat, supportive instructor who welcomes students with all levels of experience. With an emphasis on floral art with waxy (non-watercolor) pencils, students will undertake their own paintings, as these works are aptly called. Kristy offers demonstrations, personal attention, and a wealth of information. An array of materials, such as paper, blenders and sample pencils, will also be given to participants. Come and be inspired!
Location: Plymouth, Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Ann Kutch
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Heartland Artists' Organization
Website, email, 574-936-9515

"Back to Tradition"
August 26-28, 2022

Though there are more convenient tools available today, some artists still cherish an old-style, crow quill pen nib and a bottle of ink. Certain characteristics of this ancient medium are so charming that botanical artist, Heeyoung Kim, doesn’t want to trade them for the convenience of more modern technical pens. During this workshop, she will share her techniques and tips using selected seasonal botanical specimens as subjects. Drawing with permanent, black ink may seem intimidating, but with Heeyoung's step-by-step guidance, you will gain confidence and will experience the artistic versatility of this humble medium.
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Heeyoung Kim
Cost: $435 (OSA Members) / $495 (Non-Members)
Sponsor: Oregon Society of Artists
Website, email, (503) 228-0706

"Expressive Realism: Landscape, Still-life, and Figurative"
September 22-24, 2022

Join us for this “Three day ~ Three subject” workshop focused on the importance of design and paint handling while exploring the differences and similarities of Landscape, Still-Life, and Figurative subject matter. In his workshops Randall Sexton is frequently asked to help people “loosen-up” with their brushwork. Yes indeed, Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature… It is recognizable whether you know it or not….but brushes aren’t the only way to this endgame. A solid understanding of the fundamentals of good design will bolster your ability to paint more expressive and exciting work. Oil/Acrylic, All Levels Welcome.
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, 831.620.2955


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