Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting for the Absolute Beginner"
Wenesdays, February 7 - March 21, 2018
 

Have you always wanted to become a painter but aren’t sure how to start? This six-week course is designed for students who have very little to no painting experience and would like to learn techniques to create fresh, vibrant paintings of any subject in oils or acrylics. Ninalee will introduce you to your art supplies, from brushes to canvas, gesso to varnish. Progressive exercises will be given to explore composition, value, color theory, and shape - helping you discover your innate ability to “see” as an artist. Working from photo reference, students will wrap-up the course by completing a painting of their choice. In a positive, casual, and supportive environment, you will receive one-on-one guidance.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Ninalee Irani, www.nineart.ca
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Essentials of Composition for Representational Painters"
March 16-18, 2018
 

For many artists, composition remains the most elusive area of their practice. Why? Because its energies are fundamentally abstract and often hidden beneath the surface of the painting. The goal of this workshop is to make the invisible visible — to discover the underlying energies that drive a composition. We will take a “real world” approach to composition by learning to work with the shapes and forces we actually see. Working from both photographs and life, with practical exercises, ongoing critiques, and analysis of master compositions, you will learn: how value differences are used to identify the shapes a composition is built upon; the essential principle of intervals; the power of the “picture window” in selection and arrangement; movement and directional energy; and how to activate negative space.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting the Dynamic Still Life"
April 6-8, 2018
 

Join artist Sarah Sedwick, and discover how much fun still life painting can be! During this three-day workshop, we will focus on the essentials of realistic painting, while keeping our brushwork loose and painterly. We’ll explore fundamentals of color mixing, using Sarah’s simple palette of eight colors, and address composition and still life setup, learning to look at traditional subjects in a new way. Simple, colorful arrangements are a great way to hone your artistic vision, delve into color, composition, and brushwork, and bring fresh energy to your studio routine. Instruction will be in oils, and students are encouraged to use them in class, but acrylics are also welcome. Watersoluble oils are not recommended.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, sarahsedwick.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Landscape Painting: Smart Starts Using Underpainting to Build Value, Composition and Color"
April 21-22, 2018
 

We invest a great deal of effort in finishing a painting, but the success of a painting hinges on a well thought out start. This workshop focuses on the critical first steps of a painting. An underpainting (or “block-in”) is a holistic method that works out issues of composition, value, and even preliminary color at the very start. This “smart start” can avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework the painting later on. On Saturday, we explore the traditional monochromatic block-in, which serves as a primer on values. On Sunday, we learn the technique for the color-block method: building the composition with color blocks based on a well-defined value study. You’ll add successive layers to each of your starts.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 3-5, 2018
 

In many ways, Impressionism still defines the way contemporary landscape painters approach color. The Impressionists filled their paintings with brilliant color and created an entirely new coloristic metaphor for depicting natural light. In this workshop, you will learn the key to working with this “color-priority” system: that in order for the purer colors to serve as a stand-in for the luminosity of natural light, darker tonalities are rejected in favor of lighter-value colors. Strong value contrasts are replaced by color contrasts. Impressionists worked from life, but in this workshop, we will work from photographs, in the more controlled environment of the studio, where you will be able to absorb lessons at a comfortable pace. Suitable for oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Landscapes on the Loose"
June 19-20, 2018
 

In this workshop students will learn: Ways to create bold, loose and impetuous paintings and not pains-taking ones; How to use the important “artistic license” to suggest trees, rocks, beaches, branches, grasses, fields, flowers, skies and water; About aerial perspective to keep things loose and easy; To identify what attracts them to that landscape and then how to translate that focus into a painting; How to remove clutter — and add space; To recognize barriers to seeing creatively and free up visual exploration. Students will have time to work on their own with plenty of support as they gain insight into a new way of looking at loosening up landscape paintings.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Camilleri, www.christinecamilleri.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Still Life: Structure and Variation"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Still life will be the starting point for exploration of pictorial structure, space and invention. This will lead us to create images in the simplest terms: a series of shapes and colors made of paint (not a beach ball or a flower). We will generate permutations of the chosen motif through reduction and analysis. As we walk the line between accuracy and abstraction, we will see through and around the meaning of things to grasp relationships between objects and space. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic or oil paint, and collage. The personal voice of each painter will come through in the diverse results. Looking at historical and contemporary still life paintings will place the practice in a larger context.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Catherine Kehoe, www.catherinekehoe.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Venetian Plaster and Acrylic Mixed Media Paintings"
July 12-15, 2018
 

Venetian Plaster plays well with acrylics, and here is the secret: one stays put when wet and the other can be removed. Simple, but there are many tips and tricks for combining the two. We are going to learn how to apply the plaster onto fabrics and then crackle the surface. You will learn how to create a background on panel using acrylic gels and pastes, layer color, add plaster and then start excavating. It is like a treasure hunt. I love this because it uses both sides of the creative brain. You follow the techniques, but then you intuitively layer and excavate. These techniques may be applied to any painting style.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $625 plus $30 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Abstract Acrylic Painting and the Spirit in Nature"
July 16-19, 2018
 

In this 4 day workshop you will practice abstract acrylic painting techniques that are connected to the spirit in nature. We will begin by identifying our spiritual and emotional connection to the four elements earth, air, fire and water. We will identify how each of these elements is sensed and perceived and then translated into abstract painting. Instruction will include demonstrations in acrylic painting techniques including painting with rust to create the patina of age, sumi ink and Stabillo pencils to create expressive mark making, handmade stenciling and printing to create patterns. The results are alive, authentic and exhilarating. Unveil the mysteries of abstraction by practicing techniques in form, rhythm and motion. Each student will receive individual instruction and group critique.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Diane Williams & Chuck Potter
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Landscape Painting Essentials: From the Inside Out"
July 26-29, 2018
 

Working both in the studio and outdoors, this workshop takes a step-by-step approach to learning the essential concepts of landscape painting. The workshop is structured into two daily sessions. Morning sessions for the first three days take place in the relaxed, controlled setting of the studio. Then, in the afternoon session, we head outdoors to practice the morning’s lesson live, en plein air. The fourth day is an all plein air day. Topics include site selection and limited focus, composition, simplification and massing, starting a painting with a simple color-based block-in, and color strategies. Enjoy in-class critiques and lots of personalized guidance from the instructor. This is not a workshop for first-time painters (those who have never painted or mixed color).
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 1-4, 2018
 

Lois’ class will focus on developing color perception, using rich color for expressing atmosphere and light. She will encourage better control of masses and values, while showing how color also enhances design in your painting compositions. Lois’ workshop is based on her book, and her system, that teaches how to interpret light in landscape and incorporating it into your painting with amazingly quick results. Lois believes in the importance of strong and colorful starts as the foundation for great color in painting. She starts each morning and afternoon painting session with a demo explaining exactly what to look for and how to proceed; carefully building from each lesson to make the learning curve easier and concise. Open to all mediums.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lois Griffel
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting People with Light and Color"
August 17-19, 2018
 

Contemporary impressionist painting “secrets” are introduced and demonstrated: establishing the composition, light and dark masses, and the proportions and structure of the head and figure; capturing the effects of light and atmosphere; expressing vibrant color with alla prima brush strokes; selecting and mixing colors on the palette and the canvas; painting convincing flesh tones; rendering folds and clothing in a painterly manner; and helpful studio tips. Painting in oil is recommended, but acrylic, watercolor and pastel are also accepted.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Katriel Srebnik
Cost: $550 plus Model Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting"
August 20-23, 2018
 

If the word “experimentation” causes your artistic juices to start flowing, then this is the workshop for you. Jo bases her fun filled workshop on the belief that if you approach your art with a playful attitude, you will be more apt to keep making art, and the more art you make, the better your art will be. To facilitate this attitude of experimentation and exploration, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are no larger than 10” x 10”. By working in this small manner, you will have more freedom to enjoy the process, learn the technique, and move away from your usual way of working. Jo will ignite your passion for “possibility” and rekindle your joy in the painting process.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jo Toye
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creating Encaustic Effects with Acrylic Polymer Mediums"
September 21-23, 2018
 

This is a fun and experimental class for artists eager to create paintings using transparent and translucent layers of acrylics and mixed media. Using gels, mediums, and pastes; we will drip, pour, scrape and etch; adding and removing parts of layers to create intrigue and texture in our paintings. Artists may incorporate collage, use stencils, and sketch or paint any scene or object that inspires them. The focus of the workshop will be to learn how to create layers that look like encaustic (wax) using various polymer mediums with acrylic paints. Students are responsible for their own paints, mediums, tools, and substrates. A comprehensive materials list will be provided. Some experience with acrylics recommended.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Deborah Chaney
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Pine Needle Jewelry"
September 29-30, 2018
 

It’s a Set! A unique cuff bracelet coiled with pine needles and embellished with beads. We will utilize a wire form and wrap it with artificial sinew, using the double button hole stitch. Pine needles are then coiled around it using the wheat and fern stitch. The beads will be added using the fagoting stitch. To complement our unique bracelet, we will make a spectacular Pine Needle Pendant. The pendant is created in a similar fashion. Applying the double button hole stitch around a plastic ring, coiling with pine needles and beads. But wait! To finish off our set we need Earrings. Our earrings will be a smaller version of our pendant. All set to go!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Vicky Nickelson
Cost: $270; Supply Fee :$45
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Open Painting Studio"
Ongoing
 

Have you wanted to spend more time painting? Has it been difficult to find a block of time or a place to be a bit messy? Join us at Winslow Art Center for our Open Painting Studio. Set aside a few hours to fearlessly drip paint with other painters! All mediums are welcome. Space is limited!
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor:
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


 

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