Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting the Figure: Observation, Abstraction & Invention"
April 26-29, 2018
 

Somewhere between strict representation and pure abstraction there is a sweet spot—an approach to figure painting that conveys both the humanity of the sitter and the individual voice of the painter. This three-day workshop will explore avenues leading to this spot. Painting and collage exercises will focus on simplifying and distilling the human form in its everyday environment. We will work from a live model, but also from personal photographs, fashion photography, and reproductions of notable paintings. Slide show presentations of the figurative work of historic and contemporary artists will provide inspiration. This workshop is open to all levels working in all media; however, some prior experience with figurative painting is helpful.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Nancy Gruskin
Cost: $650 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Finding Color, Texture, Light & Composition in the Landscape"
May 30 - June 3, 2018
 

This workshop will give students the opportunity to work outside in the lovely Snow Hill location with marshes, the Pocomoke River and the historic downtown.conventional and unconventional formats while focusing on strengthening drafting and perceptual skills. You will be guided to enhance your sensory awareness of the landscape, particularly with respect to color and texture. You will “find” and mix highly nuanced color palettes directly from the landscape and from natural objects. The class will also explore techniques in creating a variety of textural grounds/surfaces on canvases and panels. Each of us will complete a number of small oil paintings as well as a group of improvisatory drawings.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Mike Dowley
Cost: $600 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Creating Abstract Art"
July 5-8, 2018
 

“Creating Abstract Art” will present imaginative pathways to make unique abstract works of art. Goals for this workshop include: Demonstrating the advantages of working abstractly and how to remove misconceptions about abstract art that unnecessarily limit your creativity. We will explore a wide range of subjects and ideas to inspire your abstract work. Generate a supportive and open teaching atmosphere in this workshop, encouraging students to explore new ideas through abstract painting, drawing and mixed media techniques.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Dean Nimmer
Cost: $600 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Finding The Soul of Forgotten Materials"
October 4-7, 2018
 

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. During this workshop students are invited to think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. We will look at alternative construction methods using wire, screws and basic woodworking techniques to assemble our forms and we will also learn how to sculpt and shape carving foam, which is the armature for each sculpture.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Nihonga: Then And Now"
November 12-16, 2018
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Natural metallics will be introduced for warmth and depth. These arcane processes have been employed for thousands of years on cave walls, screens and scrolls, and aboriginal works. A variety of drawing, painting and collage techniques will be covered to cultivate individualized expression. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological (non-toxic, water-based) work truly nurtures the heart and spirit.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $885 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


 

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