Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Watercolor: Painting the Essence"
July 17-19, 2017
 

Barabara's workshops are for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas yet still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. Students receive tools to stimulate their creative imagination to produce original designs in their own personal statements. Nechis demonstrates a different method or idea each day, using various techniques to show you how to construct original paintings from both source material and your imagination. You may work with either abstract or realistic forms. Daily demonstrations and critiques leave ample time for painting and individual assistance.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Barbara Nechis, barbaranechis.com
Cost: $459
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Mixed Media Encaustic: Line and Grid"
September 5-8, 2017
 

Taught from an alternative, experimental approach. Lines lead the eye and communicate information through variation in width, direction, density, length and character. They are as integral to any composition as the composition itself. Despite the incredible versatility of the encaustic medium, there is a limit to the techniques available in which to incorporate line. This workshop explores line and linear language far beyond the usual methods and materials to include the use of tjanting tools, masks, drawing with horse and human hair, branding with heated metal and wood burning tools, as well as creating your own grids, laces and lace like forms using free motion sewing machine embroidery on water soluble stabilizer. Also, a bonus demo of working with candle/incense to make marks.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner, lorraineglessner.net
Cost: $650 includes supply fee
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Watercolor: Big & Bold"
September 11-15, 2017
 

Learn Birgit's big & bold techniques, and create your own designs. We will take a morning field trip to gather source material at the beach down the street. With our numerous sketches and photos we will walk back to the studio and learn how to compose effective and exciting designs to paint large watercolors. Whatever the subject matter - students are always amazed with their results in Birgit's class. Birgit is always on hand for any assistance with the process. Have fun putting the water back into watercolor, watch color move as if by magic and learn to simplify what you see and say more with less. Open to all skill levels, but knowledge of watercolor is helpful.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Birgit O'Connor, www.birgitoconnor.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Fast, Loose and Bold Painting"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Through a series of targeted exercises you will learn to paint confidently, using brilliant color, gestural brushwork and strong compositions. Whether you're a beginner or an accomplished artist, some of the skills you'll hone in this workshop include: how to see limited values clearly; how to translate your design into exciting and endless color possibilities; bravura brushwork and eliminating needless brushstrokes; how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes; the importance of grays & colorful grays; and more! Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start - to create dramatic, eye-catching paintings/compositions with ease and confidence. Patti has received numerous national awards and scholarships, and is represented in galleries from NY, NY to Carmel, CA.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Patti Mollica, pattimollica.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Lisa Pressman Cold Wax Workshop"
October 3-6, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on a painting approach using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational – and students will be encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark making. The techniques of using cold wax along with the other materials will be the focus. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Lisa Pressman, www.lisapressman.net
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Watercolor: Uniquely Contemporary Figurative Design"
October 9-13, 2017
 

In Jeannie’s watercolor workshops she shares the many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged and inspired to hone your own unique style and improve upon your current skills. You will also discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond simple illustration to create paintings worthy of exhibition. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, effective cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project, such as exploring unconventional ways of representation, figures with obscured and intertwined backgrounds, etc. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Watercolor: Fast & Loose"
October 16-20, 2017
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Discussions will be easily understood and very helpful. It is recommended that the student have some previous watercolor experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe and supportive environment. Daily individual and group critiques enhance the learning experience. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"3-day Encaustic Workshop"
October 25-27, 2017
 

Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $299 supplies included
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"3-day Encaustic Workshop"
November 13-15, 2017
 

Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $299 supplies included
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


 

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