Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting Portrait Sketches with Dominique Medici"
June 8-10, 2018
 

Gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter. The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition is to practice with shorter poses. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses. This is the secret behind all great works. In this class, we will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim. I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Cost: $375 + model fees
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Composing and executing the half-length portrait in 4 days"
June 14-17, 2018
 

The amazing Teresa Oaxaco is returning to Whidbey Island! In this workshop students will work with a four-day, mid length life size pose from the live model with portrait, hands, dynamic costume and still life elements. Compositions, value and color will be discussed. Techniques will involve underpainting, overpainting, impasto and wet into wet effects. Materials, supports, and drying time will be discussed. Teresa will carry a 4 day pose through to completion during the mornings so as to demonstrate the technique overall. Students will receive daily critiques and lectures.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 16-17, 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


"Still Life Drawing with Charcoal / Subtractive Drawing Technique"
June 23-25, 2018
 

In this workshop students will engage in the process of drawing using the technique of subtractive drawing. We will be working on gesso primed paper utilizing a variety of drawing tools including brushes, an array of erasures, sandpaper, exacto knives and turpentine. Beginning with a solid black prepared paper students will render through direct observation the form and light of the still life while giving consideration to just how much visual information is necessary for the image to be convincing.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Evelyn Woods, www.evelynwoodsart.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Plein Air with TJ Cunningham"
July 16-19, 2018
 

During this comprehensive landscape class both plein air and studio painting will be thoroughly discussed. Often, work created in the studio lacks the energy of paintings created outdoors from direct observation. However, time constraints generally limit the design, finish, and size of a plein air piece. TJ will give daily plein air demonstrations and individual attention to each student over this four day workshop. We will spend time outdoors painting Whidbey Island landscape, barns, buildings, boats and more.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: TJ Cunningham, www.cunninghamfineart.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"The Visual Journal"
July 21-22, 2018
 

The visual journal can tap valuable inner resources to discover self-guidance as an artist. The primary goal is to enhance your ability to find the inspiration, the spirit of play, and the creative flow to establish the daily practice of image making as fun exploration. We will employ practices to deepen your perception, and hone the craft of editing and expressing. Through journaling one discovers art making as an integral part of life and as an ongoing personal dialogue, giving the artist a wealth of ideas to work from in the studio. This approach is especially valuable when traveling and wishing to record memories — making the opportunity to slow down, draw! --and allow new experiences to leave a deeper impression.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Quincy Anderson
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Painting Animals in Oil"
July 25-28, 2018
 

On the first morning we will meet at my studio in Langley and set out exploring Whidbey Island for animal subjects to paint. There are a wide variety of animals to choose from -- including sheep, cows, horses, alpaca, deer, birds and rabbits -- and we will photograph a selection of these animals for painting reference. After lunch, I will demonstrate my process for painting from photos and my methods and materials for oil painting. Workshop participants will then use the next three days to create a painting (or paintings) of animals they have photographed. Emphasis will be placed on composition, accurate drawing, correct values, fresh color mixtures and edge control. Further painting demonstrations will be provided as needed.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Tennison, www.jamestennison.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Figure in the Environment"
August 2-5, 2018
 

We will learn how to bring together work from life, from studies, and from photos to create convincing paintings of a figure in an environment. We will first work in the field to create an oil study from life of an external environment. We will then move inside and work with the model from life. Using our oil sketch and photos for our environment reference, we will place the figure in a believable space. A unified palette will bring cohesion to the picture. I will demo both in the field and from the model, as well as help everyone hands-on to bring expression and control to their figurative work.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kenny Harris, www.kenny-harris.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Plein Air Flower Painting"
August 9-11, 2018
 

This workshop will consist of plein air in some of Whidbey Island's beautiful gardens, and also one or two studio days. I will show you how to simplify a flower scene. I will demo in the morning, and the students will paint in the afternoon. On the second day we will return to the site and I will demo on how to finish a painting. The students will either work on the same painting or start a new one, whichever they prefer. For the studio day, I will again demo, with the focus on how to design a floral still life that has a fresh and natural look with lots of movement. The students then will set up their own still lifes.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Egg Tempera and the Early Renaissance Method of Developing Fleshtones"
August 20-24, 2018
 

This course will teach the technique of painting flesh tones in egg tempera painting as it was practiced in 14th and 15th Century Italy. This painting technique requires discipline but pays great dividends to those who learn to master it. The paint is actually applied in cross-hatch strokes. The brilliant and jewel-like surface is often described as luminescent. The paints are made by mixing powdered pigments with the yolk of an egg. This color mixture is applied over a detailed under-drawing thus allowing the artist to separate the painting process into distinct tasks. The artist first composes, draws and establishes the values of the painting in black and white. The painter can now give his or her full attention to issues of color.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Fred Wessel, www.fredwessel.com
Cost: $875 + a lab fee of $25
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
September 21-23, 2018
 

In this plein air workshop, James will share how he captures the incredible awareness of light and atmosphere which hallmark his paintings, making them glow with an ethereal, lively vitality. Demonstrations will show how he makes artistic decisions in the painting process in order to capture a striking sense of realism in some areas, while diverging into an orchestral arrangement of tone and color in others, which dissolves away from form altogether, yet maintain a wonderful harmony. The workshop requires nothing beyond a thirst to improve one’s painting skills and basic plein air supplies: easel/pochade box, limited palette of colors, brushes, and panels. James welcomes students of all levels into his classes.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Kroner, www.jameskroner.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
September 28-30, 2018
 

Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for any artist that would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Sunday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Mike Hernandez, www.mikehernandez-art.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Frans Hals: Birth of the Painterly Portrait"
October 4-7, 2018
 

Frans Hals was the first portrait painter to merge rigorous naturalism with effortless and economical virtuosity. His sublime approach signaled the beginning of alla prima painting and influenced some of the greatest painters of the nineteenth century such as Zorn, Sorolla and Sargent. This class will explore the methods and materials of this great Dutch master and apply them in the studio by creating portraits inspired by his impeccable grace and fluidity.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Robert Liberace, robertliberace.com
Cost: $895 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Watercolor Workshop"
October 19-21, 2018
 

This three-day workshop will be held in my studio on Whidbey Island in Langley and will focus on painting a still life in watercolor. On the first morning I will give a demonstration of my approach to painting in this medium that I enjoy so much. I will discuss my preferred methods and materials and the importance of the fundamentals of solid drawing and composition. We will also explore the unique properties that watercolor has to offer. After a lunch break, workshop participants will begin their paintings from a still life set up. Painting will continue for the following two days. Personal attention will be given to each participant and further demonstration will be provided as needed.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Tennison, www.jamestennison.com
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Composition through Still Life"
November 1-4, 2018
 

In this workshop we will use still life to explore composition. We will consider the geometry of the arrangement, viewpoint, color, value relationships and balance in a series of small painted studies, working toward a composition that is constructed as a whole unit. Focus will be placed on satisfying and accurate drawing, value and color relationships. The workshop will be taught through lecture, demonstration and critique.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Zoey Frank, zoeyfrank.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"How to prepare a panel with rabbit skin glue and real gesso.... for oil or egg tempera"
November 10, 2018
 

Making your panels from scratch may seem time consuming and esoteric, but it is the best way to get exactly the panels you want. By making a batch of panels all at the same time, you can make a year’s worth of panels in a couple days. This class will cover materials, sources, and methods for making a plain real gesso panel for egg tempera or a linen/canvas covered one for oils. Those who want to make their own panels during class can pay a supply fee of $15. I will also have a small supply of “starter kits” for sale at the class, to make some panels of your own.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Anne Belov
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Mentoring Program with Cary Jurriaans"
Ongoing
 

This coaching & mentoring program is for beginners and advanced youth to adult. This is not general instruction but rather a personal approach addressing the needs and goals of the individual at their level. In painting, we begin with a clear understanding of values using a limited palette. Drawing, composition and shading are essential for all observational art. Drawing will start with the basics, master copies and cast drawing.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Cary Jurriaans, caryjurriaans.com
Cost: $50 whole day; $25 half day
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


 

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