Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


""Lush and Lively Colored Pencil""
July 11-14, 2017
 

The majestic Oregon coast is calling! Kristy Kutch, author and longtime workshop instructor, invites you for four fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and watersoluble colored pencils, plus watercolor crayons, will be featured, even combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of related materials. Students receive a generous supply of products, including new items on the art scene. Classes are held (ocean-view classroom) at Newport Visual Arts Center. (Contact Kristy to register, not the Visual Arts Center.) Kristy Kutch is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. Fee includes welcome lunch and snacks.
 
Location: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


""Exploring Colored Pencil Techniques""
July 18-19, 2017
 

Plan a sojourn in historic Astoria, Oregon, where the majestic Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The Astoria Art Loft (above Dots 'n Doodles art supply store) welcomes you to two wonderful days with artist/ author Kristy Kutch. An upbeat, supportive, nationally-known workshop teacher, Kristy introduces and demonstrates techniques for wax-based (“dry”) and watersoluble colored pencils and wax pastels on a variety of surfaces. Included are many aspects of this vibrant medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Kristy is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil and is featured in four instructional colored pencil DVDs. Plan for this memorable summer workshop!
 
Location: Astoria, Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $225 includes a generous array of sample products
Sponsor: Astoria Art Loft
Website, email, 503-791-8444


"Chasing the Light"
July 26-28, 2017
 

This workshop will include discussions on pastel painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting styles and working methods unique to pastels. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing composition, colour and technique. Using direct strokes on a textured surface to emphasize 'brushwork' we will learn how to simplify and achieve exciting impressionistic paintings that give our subjects a bit of punch! We will experiment with ways to introduce colour and light into our work. Each day will start with a demonstration with heaps of challenges and loads of individual help at the easel. Daily and individual critiques of students' work in progress will also take place.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Tony Allain, tonyallainfineart.com
Cost: $450 by June 16th; $550 after June 16th
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"The Importance of Tone"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Modern Impressionism In Action"
August 12-15, 2017
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $625 by July 1; $675 after July 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
August 14-18, 2017
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Learn to get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! His works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
August 21-25, 2017
 

Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"Gardens of Portland"
August 26-27, 2017
 

Field locations: Swan Island Dahlias & Portland Japanese Garden. These two locations, though drastically different offer some of the best possible experience for both landscape and close up photography. This is certainly not the Grand Canyon, or Death Valley National Park, where the expanse is the order of the day. Here we will learn to take our time, look, see and take in the beauty all around us, and “work the subject” to come away with nothing less than amazing, almost surreal images. If you own a macro lens, certainly bring it. However, great close up images are available with all lenses available. Great images can be made with telephoto lenses. I strongly suggest using a tripod.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"100 Drawings, Paintings, and Explorations"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

How do you make good art? How do you make art that is truly yours? Jane's view is that there are no tricks, gimmicks, or shortcuts to this elusive goal: it just takes a lot of art making to cultivate your inner awareness of who you are as an artist. Fortunately, making a lot of art is fun, if you can let go of the expectations and negative voices (that inner critic!) that get in your way. In this workshop we will focus on quantity – making a lot of pieces from a given starting point. By focusing on quantity, you begin to let go of the constant judgment and evaluation.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Jane Davies
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


""Value, Shape, and Color""
October 3-5, 2017
 

Mary Marquiss works primarily in watercolor because the fluid nature of the medium invites surprises. Her work emphasizes strong shape and color as primary design elements with a full range of values - from light transparency to dark pigment. Using the five design elements of color, shape, value, texture and line, Mary will step you through a different painting each day in this workshop. A wide range of watercolor techniques and experimentation will be emphasized. Students will also learn how to work with a limited palette in order to strengthen their paintings, allowing colors to mix on the paper.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395 by August 1; $445 after August 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


 

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