Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Nuno Felted Design: Skirt, Dress, Coat"
July 6-9, 2017
 

Charity studied Fashion and Knitwear Design at Nottingham University of Art and Design (UK). She then moved to the Netherlands and employed her unique style and cultural flare to create a new fashion style. Over the years, Charity developed a passion for creating garments using the felting technique. She is constantly researching new materials and new techniques using natural fabrics, raw materials and organic fibers. Her Sharit Ethical Fashion line attracted the attention of Li Edelkoort in Paris and is becoming a recognizable brand in the Netherlands. The focus of this workshop will be on designing and making a one-piece Nuno-felted garment. Students will be working with a very simple pattern that will help them develop their own fashion ideas.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Charity Van De Meer
Cost: $625 plus $115 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Wild Ink - Sketch-Drawing the Environment"
July 8-9, 2017
 

Using his instructional brochure "Wild Ink" as your guide, Hal Dean will guide you through his 10 steps for sketching the environment in ink. Each step builds on techniques to develop drawing and composition skills to create a sketch. The idea behind ‘sketch drawing’ is to develop three dimensional views of what you see or are thinking. Unlike a photograph, street sketching recaptures the entire sensorial experience. We are all artists! Drawing is a craft, and like any craft, its finesse is directly proportional to how much attention is paid toward technique and practice.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Hal Dean, AIA, Emeritus
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting the Portrait with James Tennison"
July 8-11, 2017
 

During this four-day workshop we will be painting a head-and-shoulders portrait from a live model. On the first day I will give a demonstration of my painting procedure and will discuss my approach to capturing a likeness. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of accurate drawing, analyzing the planes of the head, determining correct values, mixing clean flesh tones and controlling hard and soft edges. On the following days, workshop participants will paint from the model and I will give personalized instruction and demonstrate as needed. Painting a portrait is no easy task and it is recommended that students have experience with drawing the head and painting in oils, but all who are truly interested in learning will be welcomed.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: James Tennison, www.jamestennison.com
Cost: $600 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Creating a Series: a Workshop in Drawing and Painting"
July 11 - August 1, 2017
 

Creating a series pushes students to work at a higher artistic level. Decisions regarding design and composition take on greater complexity, as each piece must stand on its own as well as work in conjunction with the set. This workshop is designed to take students through the process of creating a small body of work (5-7 pieces) from conceptualization to completion. Participants will meet over four consecutive weeks for work sessions, critique, support, and discussion of the next step forward. Pieces may be drawings, paintings, or mixed media. This course is for intermediate to advanced students with some background in drawing. Students should come ready to take artistic risks, challenge themselves, and offer meaningful critique to fellow artists.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Alla Prima Figure Painting"
July 13-16, 2017
 

This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. The class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $595 (Plus model fee)
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"New & Exciting Techniques in Watercolor"
July 18-20, 2017
 

Each day, Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic techniques, such as composition and coloring. He then demonstrates his techniques, including 'Color Pouring and Blending'. He stops at different stages so students can practice and retain the painting process. In addition, there will be daily critiques and individual assistance, with lots of time to paint.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lian Zhen
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Poetic Landscape"
July 19-21, 2017
 

Learn methods that will help you look past the overwhelming details of the landscape and compose a well-edited painting with a concise visual message. We’ll also address how to make every stroke count, considering the particulars of how you apply pigment to surface and how the quality of the application will contribute to your painting’s message. A generous, talented, humble and beloved instructor, Barbara welcomes pastel painters and oil painters alike. If you work in both media—great. Barbara takes time to work individually with students at their easels. Her demonstrations are wonderful, informative, and she is full of great tips and tricks she’s learned over her many years as a professional and teaching artist.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, barbarajaenicke.com
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Atmospheric Watercolors"
July 21-24, 2017
 

Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Printmaking for Teens (Ages 13-18)"
July 24-28, 2017
 

Learn the elements of printmaking and explore basic printmaking techniques, including monotype, linocut and transfer printing. We’ll explore each technique separately and then combine them to create varied, textured artwork.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Karen Cornell
Cost: $250, materials included
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Contemporary Abstract Mixed-Media Assemblages: Screen Print, Stitch, & Paint"
July 27-31, 2017
 

In this mixed-media interdisciplinary workshop, we will be creating wall art by drawing upon techniques from both the textile and the fine art traditions. Pavlos will be sharing his signature mixed-media assemblage style while workshop participants will be learning and combining two thickened dye textural screen printing techniques using thickened dyes as well as a third more painterly screen printing technique. We will stitch found objects, fabric scraps, or recycled art before (or after) screen printing onto a canvas with a 3” profile creating drama using our screen printed marks as a template for our work. This workshop holds special interest for mixed media artists, soft sculpture makers, fiber artists (quilters and surface designers), screen printers, and painters.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Pavlos Mayakis
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creative Iphoneography"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

In this workshop, we step outside the role of photographer and into that of an artist. We will push the limits of how we see by isolating textures, forms, and shapes and approach our new work by learning to let our intuition be our guide. We work in a spontaneous and playful way, creating work that surprises and excites us. And, we’ll do this using the iPhone and iPad. Whidbey Island is a compelling place for photographers and a perfect location for our exploration. The richness of the light, colors, and textures provides inspiration. Through lectures and daily assignments, you will learn to create compelling multi-layered imagery and begin discovering the work that inspires you.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karen Divine
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"An Odyssey in Art Journaling – A Mixed-Media Adventure"
August 1-3, 2017
 

In this workshop we will explore exciting mixed-media and collage techniques that will enhance your art experiences in refreshing and exciting ways. In just three days you will create an amazing stack journal using gesso, a variety of paints, ephemera, inks, recyclable materials, and much more. Everyone has a story to tell through art. You might already have a million ideas to express or perhaps you do not have a clue. Maybe you even have a fear of the blank white page. With Brian and John you are guaranteed to find and express your art story. Not only will you learn exciting techniques, but you will have an opportunity to help form a new mixed-media community of eager artists.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Brian Kasstle and John Arbuckle
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Vision It! Capture it! Finish It!"
August 3-6, 2017
 

In this workshop we will explore the three phases of artful image creation. There will be daily location shooting, where John will work with you to achieve the images that spark your inner artist and tell your story. The field shooting sessions will be followed by midday critique sessions to hone in on effective ways to improve your images. During the afternoon sessions you will learn powerful post-processing techniques create images that will capture the viewer’s imagination. Join us for a week of exploration into the powerful storytelling ability of photographs in the beautiful setting of Whidbey Island.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Hummel
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Speed Portrait Painting with Dominique Medici"
August 5-6, 2017
 

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 short 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 of only 6 colors.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Dominique Medici, www.dominiquemedici.com
Cost: $250 plus model fees
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Sculpting Hollow Form: Application of Partial Felt Density"
August 5-8, 2017
 

Wool fiber is typically wrapped around either a pre-existing form such as a ball or balloon or a 2-D flat resist made from a variety of materials impenetrable by the fibers in order to felt hollow forms. In addition to the shape of the resist, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area and circumferential fulling can provide more control to sculpt desired forms. Participants will make partially felted sheets of wool fiber in varying thicknesses and states of structural integrity to apply as distinct shapes in their fiber layout. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lisa Klakulak
Cost: $500 plus $40 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Photography as Source for the Artist: Possibilities and Perils"
August 5-6, 2017
 

Many, if not most, artists use photography at some point as source material for their work. Thanks to technology, cameras, and the internet, we have a wealth of visual resources. Unfortunately, art based on photographic images is often overworked, excessively detailed, and can look like a photographic copy. This multi-media drawing workshop explores multiple strategies and techniques encouraging the use of photographic source as a springboard, rather than a restriction, for self-expression. Using lecture, discussion, demos, critique, and drawing techniques, this intensive course teaches students how to use photographic reference as the point of departure for creativity.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Figure Drawing for Teens (Ages 13-18)"
August 7-10, 2017
 

Drawing the model, students will hone their drawing skills and explore contour drawing, negative space, and sighting for visual perspective, along with value and composition. Each class will begin with quick gestural drawings, then progress to longer poses. Students will investigate the formal issues of drawing while working with a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal and ink. We’ll end the week with a large, life-size drawing of the model.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Karen Cornell
Cost: $260, materials & model fee included
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Color, Texture, Feeling"
August 7-10, 2017
 

By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various "raw" materials the end result in abstract painting is the creative accomplishment. This method presents the magnetism that is the abstraction to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and, above all, emotion play off of each other when creating the piece. There is adventure in not knowing where you are going with it until you get there! You will become enlightened as you journey through this process. You must be able to let go of all painting habits to gain the knowledge of layering textures, color and feelings. Executing shapes by utilizing positive and negative space will be discussed. This is the cultivation that nurtures our souls.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jan Sitts, www.jansitts.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting the Bluffs of Whidbey with Mike Hernandez in Gouache or Oil"
August 11-13, 2017
 

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 anyone interested in painting plein air and 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 Friday 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
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Abstraction from Nature: Small to Big"
August 11-13, 2017
 

This 3 day studio class is designed to help you with finding your voice and gaining freedom in paint. We explore all of the characteristics that make a great painting: intent, paint, color, mark making, drawing, shape, edge, methods and materials and we do it at the fun sizes, 30×30 to 40×40 on the easel or on the floor. This class will start with the same processes as in all my classes, small studies to larger studies to big stuff. The big paintings are done with house paints, acrylics, tempera, whatever is cheap and plentiful. We also will be using different tools to create with; brooms, mops, sponges, brushes, squeegees, and more.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Explore, Create, and Resinate Jewelry"
August 11-12, 2017
 

Join Mixed-Media Artist Jen Cushman for two days of resin exploration to learn the basics and beyond of working with ICE Resin, a jeweler’s grade two-part epoxy resin. We’ll explore small collage techniques combining imagery, text and inclusions encapsulated in crystal clear resin. Each bezel will be as unique as the artist who makes it. On Day 2, we’ll delve into wire, metal and fiber techniques to create a finished jewelry set (necklace and bracelet and/or necklace and earrings) combined with our cured resin components. Even if you have zero jewelry-making experience, you can enjoy this workshop and create wearable art. For those with intermediate jewelry making skills, instructor has cold connection samples that you can work toward.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Cost: $270 plus $35 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Deep Dive Journal; Collage, Color and Resin Casting"
August 13, 2017
 

In this process-oriented workshop, students will learn new resin techniques such as casting found objects and transforming them into tromp l’oeil artifacts; substrate surface design with texture, acrylic paint and water soluble crayons; and journal construction by deconstructing a hardback book. Three-dimensional objects shown in art sample are made from cast resin and are indicative of the types of pieces we will create and alter during the workshop. Techniques taught have many applications for mixed-media collage and assemblage work.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Cost: $145 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels"
August 14-17, 2017
 

We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: under-paintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastel diluted with rubbing alcohol. (No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.) We will be layering both dry and wet processes. Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium!
 
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Instructor: Mira White
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Modern Impressionism-In-Action"
August 17-20, 2017
 

Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to our subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. His workshop will be conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Students of all skill levels in oil & acrylic are welcome.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Figure and Portrait with Zhaoming Wu"
August 19-22, 2017
 

In this workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional “painterly” technique of oil painting. It will be applied to figure painting in an “alla prima” approach. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and understanding light on form. It will include the process of producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. Students will be led into figure painting practice by observing Zhaoming’s demonstrations along with individual instruction, and critiques. Zhaoming’s understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint in a loose manner, developing his own concept and personal style. His workshop is special and limited to a very few throughout the year.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Zhaoming Wu, www.zhaomingwu.com
Cost: $780 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Watercolors from A to Z"
August 21-25, 2017
 

This will be a watercolor workshop for all skill levels. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. I will begin each day with a demonstration painting so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles. My preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting will a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. Each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sterling Edwards, www.sterlingedwards.com
Cost: $895
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Pastel Landscape, from Plein Air to Studio"
August 25-27, 2017
 

This 3-day workshop will focus on gathering information through field sketches, small plein air paintings and color studies that will be used as your inspiration for further studio work. We will utilize the basics of composition and color in the field to inform and create more expressive, meaningful pieces in the studio.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Lyn Asselta, lynasselta.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"The Art of Wet Felt Making: Making Large and Decorative Wall Hangings"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

We will make highly decorative, thick, durable felt with turned edges, of any shape or form using traditional “Wet-felting” methods. Built up using Finnwool batt, wet-out and felted to completion using a combination of hand and rolling techniques. A fusion of fibre blending and “painting” are used to translate the participant’s design into felt. Learn a high degree of control of colour, design and form, without any supplementary cutting, sewing, or needle felting. The emphasis is on quality and control. This method and technique can be applied to many other ways of feltmaking. “…from here you can go anywhere…” We ask all participants to have some kind of design idea prepared before the workshop begins. A rough sketch and basic colour plan is enough.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karoliina Arvilommi and Roderick Welch
Cost: $650 plus $50-75 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Studies in Light: Exploring Sorolla"
August 28-31, 2017
 

This workshop explores the great Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla and his unique and dynamic approach to painting. Students look at and practice Sorolla’s special manner of paint handling and color approach. Using bold modern colors, students learn the different characteristics of his highly chromatic palette. This workshop includes the study of the portrait and figure, both costumed and nude.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Cost: $895 plus model fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Learn the Tools of Travel Photography - Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival"
September 6-11, 2017
 

Making exceptional travel photographs requires skills in many different types of photography, from street to still-life work to portraits. The best travel photographers are versatile in their skills and fluid in their process, using minimal gear to achieve a maximum of results. This workshop covers the following topics: the traveling photographer’s camera and bag; being in the right place at the right time; varying the time of day and understanding light; portraying people; composition; stopping action vs. showing motion; framing and scaling; tripods; using the appropriate lens; flash basics. We have selected the nationally recognized Wooden Boat Festival held in the neighboring town of Port Townsend as our photographic venue. Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review.
 
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Instructor: David Wells
Cost: $1,000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"In the Thick Of It: Working with Thickened Dyes and Discharge"
September 9-13, 2017
 

When fiber reactive dyes are thickened, they can be used in a very painterly way. We will investigate textural mark making and personal imagery through the use of artist-made tools. Each day, you will create a new tool set with which to print, derived from your personal iconography. Tools will include carved rubber and foam stamps, as well as stencils and masks. Carol will discuss the use of creating stencils with craft cutters as well as by hand. Thermofax screens and the use of Gelli plates with dye will round out the tool box. As well as layering color by printing, some students may choose to use a thickened discharge agent to remove color with some of the same tools.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting Barns and Buildings on Whidbey Island with TJ Cunningham"
September 9-12, 2017
 

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. The focus of this class will be the process of taking information from both life studies and photographs and combining them into authentic, fully realized, studio paintings - bringing the best of both worlds together. TJ will give daily demonstrations and individual attention to each student over this four day workshop. We will spend most of the time outdoors painting Whidbey Island barns en plein air then finish the paintings in the studio.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 11-14, 2017
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun!
 
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost:
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396


"Experiments in Mixed Media, Part I"
September 11-13, 2017
 

This workshop will feature a series of projects that explore different mixed media techniques. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol’s approach for abstract works, using “sandwiches” of mixed media materials, takes the pain and agony out of starting an abstract piece. You will learn about a variety of materials and techniques, such as preparation of Tyvek, painting on aluminum foil, embossed foils, combusted origami foil, rusted iron paint, making your own unique collage papers, making unique focal medallions using air dry clay and Plaster of Paris, inexpensive substitutes for pricey art materials, and much more. Carol will also discuss composition and color theory, various kinds of supports, how to attach collage elements, and presentation options for a finished piece.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Cost: $625 plus $15 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Experiments in Mixed Media, Part II"
September 14-15, 2017
 

This workshop may be taken with, or separately, from Part I. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol’s abstracted tree paintings are very popular and her step by step approach makes for a very high rate of student success. Emphasis will be placed on tonal relationships of dark on light, and light on dark. You will make fantastic foliage with course pumice gel and crackle paste, and you will use a variety of specialty papers to add texture, and create vibrant colorful landscapes. Carol’s Effortless Abstracts are a unique approach to abstraction that takes your left brain out of the equation. The random aspect of this method makes for delightfully unexpected results.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Cost: $270 plus $15 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks"
September 14-17, 2017
 

I have a passion for textures, especially textures found in nature. In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We’ll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Beauty of Imperfection – Reveal the Magic"
September 15-17, 2017
 

I dare you to be brave while exploring your inner voice, letting go of perfection and playing with a variety of materials to create bold expressive works of art. Using timed exercises to loosen up and reveal your innate intuition forces us to use bold strokes with wild abandon, creating happy little accidents that ‘Reveal the Magic.’ Students will work from landscape photos, still life objects and florals, and weather permitting, do some plein air sketching. Along with a variety of soft and hard pastels, and sanded pastel paper, other materials like ink, markers, brushes and graphite will be used. We will use a contemporary impressionist and abstract style as we explore shapes, composition, positive and negative space, and color.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jen Evenhus
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Black & White Photography: The Art of Seeing"
September 15-17, 2017
 

This workshop in Black & White photography will emphasize the cultivation of a poetic eye. Accordingly, an interpretive style will be advocated. And to reinforce this approach a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of composition and design will be provided as we consider the role of line, shape, texture, and depth along with light and time. Field excursions with the instructor will be conducted in Coupeville & vicinity. These field sessions will provide an opportunity for classroom evaluation. As well, one on one sessions with instructor Robert Stahl will be available to review material brought to the workshop (digital files and/or prints). Come join us for this stimulating workshop on the art of seeing deeply in Black and White.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Robert Stahl
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Alla Prima Portrait Painting"
September 15-17, 2017
 

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Cost: $480 plus model fee
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Nuno Collage Cowl Neck Ever Changing Poncho"
September 18-21, 2017
 

In this 4 day class you will learn how to make a beautiful nuno collage Cowl Neck Poncho. Learn the fundamentals of Seamless Felting along with making inserts or godets. You will be making a sandwich of silk/wool/silk with very little wool which you can wear in many ways! Not only is it reversible from inside to out, front to back, side to side but that beautiful cowl neck can be worn up as a collar. You will also be learning how to calculate your shrinkage percentages when we make our sample. Some Nuno Felting experience required.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Story Pages"
September 19-21, 2017
 

We will combine symbols from Eastern cultures, Africa, Grafitti, modern artists, calligraphers and mark makers from all of time. We will reinvent and reinterpret them to fit our own stories. You are invited to play with color, paper, texture, paints, and patterns in a room full of other enthusiastic painters. We will use shells, sticks, sponges, stencils, crayons, pastels, and our imaginations while guided to create unique papers that tell our stories through symbols, signs, marks and creative lines. The papers end up with layers of lovely textures, while retaining a soft, velvety surface, perfect for making books, text pages, cards and collage. They are stand-alone pieces or can be deconstructed to insert into a book of stories.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Cost: $395 plus $12 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Eyes Wide Open"
September 20-24, 2017
 

Eyes Wide Open is a workshop designed to develop your seeing from what is right in front of your eyes into the world of abstractions, reflections, layers, movement, and then deeper into the realm of concepts and imagination. This workshop can be based in the city or the natural world. Visual presentations, hands-on exercises, and photographic assignments create a very full and experience-based workshop. The workshop is open to anyone with a camera. To participate in the image reviews, you need to have a working knowledge of your camera and the digital workflow necessary to edit your images.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography"
September 22-24, 2017
 

It is critical to the growth of a fine art photographer to understand what comes next after creating an image and that today, photographers make work in projects–a series of images that tell a story or explore a subject in depth. This workshop provides an insight into the world of photography and helps photographers package themselves and their work in a professional manner. Throughout the workshop portfolios will be shaped and edited. Participants will learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. Students will learn about photography competitions, how submit to publications and prepare work for exhibition. Information about grants, portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Nuno Butterfly Scarflette"
September 23-24, 2017
 

In this class you will learn how to make a beautiful nuno collage scarf. Learn the fundamentals of nuno felting along with some of the unique techniques even the top felt makers use! You will be making a sandwich of silk/wool/silk with very little wool so you will have a masterpiece even after one class. I will take all the mystery out of nuno felting and you will go home with your very own treasure. You will learn how to make nuno dreadlocks, ruffles, eyes and edges. Experience Level: Some nuno experience; advanced beginner to intermediate.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Essence of Light Oil Painting"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Brian Davis will demonstrate the approach to painting in oils that has made his floral paintings renowned. He will talk about choosing a subject, composition, the use of a value painting, and the techniques of oil painting that contribute to the look of his works. You will watch Brian as he goes through the process of bringing a painting to life. You will also work on your piece. Brian will be there to answer questions and assist you with the creation of your class painting. For those who are interested, he will answer questions dealing with the art business.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Brian Davis
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. Each student will complete a variety of forms, something they want to create. Students will be asked to bring some of their own favorite cast off materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students need to be familiar with using hand and power tools like drills, band saws, and sanders.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $675; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Resilient Heart"
September 25-29, 2017
 

We will explore all ideas about the physical and emotional tales of the heart by way of poetry, stories, journaling and quiet. In our five days we will create a book that contains our sacred offerings to the resilient nature of the heart: a scroll to commemorate our hearts’ journey, a container for small offerings, an accordion book that will be filled with words, textures, poems, maps, sketches, wax rubbings and journaling to honor and acknowledge our resilient hearts. We will learn many techniques including book making, painting and journaling, paper surfaces, and color. We will honor our surroundings and explore our stories of our magnificent surviving selves. Some experience journaling helps.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Cost: $625 plus $22 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Marble Surface Design on Felt / Nunofelt Seamless Garment"
September 27-29, 2017
 

Learn the instructor’s latest technique inspired by amazing surfaces of marbles in nature. Class starts with discussion on the power of the natural patterns and how it can be incorporated in our wearable art pieces. Learn the layering technique to mimic nature’s perfect designs. After understanding the concept by making a sample, a seamless vest or tunic will be finished by the end of the class. Wet felting experience is preferred.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Cost: $395 plus $80 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire and Tie-dye with Indigo"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Students will learn 3 processes for dying fabric: the Batik process of creating designs in wax resist using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber; the Adire Eleko process of creating designs using cassava paste (also called yucca), a small broom, and a chicken feather; and the Tie-Dye process of using raffia to tie and then dye the fabric. The primary dye I use in my workshops is Indigo. It has been used as a dye in Africa for at least 2000 years. Indigo is an organic substance, it comes from the indigo plant which grows wild in Nigeria. It is used for medicine as well (it cures an upset stomach) and is also painted on houses to ward off viruses.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Gasali Adeymo
Cost: $625 plus Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Light Sculpture or Illuminated Paper"
October 5-8, 2017
 

Paper is an incredibly versatile lightweight sculptural material: you can bend it, fold it, tear it and enhance its luminosity by layering, folding and cutting. In this workshop, we will begin with tradition and then add our own twists. Learn to make Japanese chochin, a collapsible lantern form and shoji screen panels that can be connected with a cool Japanese hinge to form a folding screen or lantern. Discover ways to illuminate paper utilizing electric lamp parts and natural light. Explore ways to use reed, balsa wood and simple hand tools to create a series of light sculptures. Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Cost: $500 plus $55 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Vibrant Watercolor Painting"
October 9-12, 2017
 

The primary goal is understanding how to control water to paint in watercolor. Understanding the process and learning techniques will help you to achieve the result you want in the final painting. The hands on experience in every step, starts with demonstration of each step, and will allow artists to experience the limitless possibilities for creating watercolor paintings of beauty and joy.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Soon Warren
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Felting Foundations for Three Dimensional Vessels"
October 12-14, 2017
 

This workshop is designed for those interested in learning three-dimensional felting. It will cover basic layout, felting techniques and how to use a flat resist pattern to create a hollow form vessel. Instruction will also include many surface design elements, as well as how to refine and display your work. Each vessel will have its own unique and creative attitude.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"The Art of Coiling Baskets and Sculptural Forms"
October 20-22, 2017
 

This class offers the basics and advanced techniques of coiling to create baskets and sculptural forms. Students will all start their basket around a polished stone, then each student can go in their own desired direction. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced coiler, you’re certain to learn lots of exciting basketry skills. Nadine individualizes her instruction to each student’s interest such as sculptural work, mastering shaping, fancy stitches, lids, weaving around anything with holes (walnut slices), teneriffe, use of wire for more design options, coiling around antlers, inserting beads between coils, and much more. Pine needles and Irish linen provided but other plant materials can later be used. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Nadine Spier, www.nadinespier.com
Cost: $425 plus $52 Material Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Natural Dye Master Class"
October 23-27, 2017
 

Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore natural dyes. This 5 day class will cover the basics of using natural dyes including: Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates; How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that grows in the rain forests of Indonesia); How to get a range of colors and beautiful blacks; Both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and thickened surface applications; Discharging mordants; Setting mordants …and more!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Cost: $850; Material Fee: $50
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Beyond Mud – Techniques of Working Wet-Into-Wet with Oil"
October 28-29, 2017
 

Every oil painter, at one time or another, has experienced the frustration of working in oil. We love its buttery consistency and blend-ability, but those are the same qualities that can lead to overworking and “mud.” Keeping your colors fresh and clear is not something that happens by accident – it’s a practice that involves a series of technical maneuvers that you must learn to apply with every stroke. This workshop covers everything you need to start improving your wet-into-wet practice: layering order and the principle of “thin … thicker … thickest”, paint consistency, transparency and opacity, pressure and touch, and the right kinds of brushes to use. You’ll practice several techniques and then do a painting of your own choosing, under Mitchell’s guidance.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $300 plus $10 Supplies Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Egg Tempera Painting"
October 29 - November 2, 2017
 

Egg Tempera has unsurpassed luminosity. Dozens of glazes and scumbles can be applied in a day, and yet the medium also allows for meticulous linear detailing. This comprehensive five-day workshop, taught by an internationally recognized tempera painter, offers the opportunity for in-depth work in egg tempera: students will spend five full days working on a painting of their own design. Koo will help with the initial planning stages, provide on-going discussion and critiques, give painting demonstrations, and discuss the important design elements of old master painting. Demonstrations presented in this workshop include: painting a portrait in egg tempera; creating granite, marble, and other textured surface; decorative and geometric patterns; incised lettering; oil glazing over tempera; and more. Open to all levels of painters.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Koo Schadler, www.kooschadler.com
Cost: $690, plus $70 materials fee
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Abstract Photography on Whidbey Island"
November 3-4, 2017
 

Whidbey Island is known for its quaint town, picturesque ocean views and pristine beaches. We will take this to a new level and explore the other side of Whidbey. Finding and learning to see abstracts or what could be called photo art is an interesting and provocative experience. Many of the techniques used are those we rely on every day, however we'll explore new techniques and learn to see a bit differently. We will cover long exposure photography, using shutter speeds and zoom lenses to create interesting effect on commonly photographed subjects as well as the use of special techniques to create the abstract. We will spend time in the field in locations from beaches to junk yards learning to see the abstract in photography.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jack Graham
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Oil Painting Workshop"
November 10-12, 2017
 

This three-day oil painting workshop will focus on specific observational skills to help you create more efficient, lively, and accurate alla-prima portrait paintings from life. Elizabeth will demonstrate time-saving techniques with a contemporary palette to achieve painterly results that reflect the sitter’s uniqueness. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and fresh color, with demos and helpful individual feedback throughout. Each day, new concepts will be discussed that will help build your skill set and application of paint. Special attention will also be given to anatomy and the dynamics of color and light. Each day we will work with a new model so we can practice achieving the individual characteristics that lead to a solid likeness and a successful portrait study.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Elizabeth Zanzinger, www.ezanzinger.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Exploring the Light of Tonalism"
November 18-19, 2017
 

A tonalist landscape painting typically portrays a twilight sky setting behind hills, meadows and trees, filling the painting with solitude and peaceful warmth. Some have even said that Tonalism carries the fragrance of the spiritual dimension. Tonalism began in 1880’s with the explorations of George Inness, James McNeil Whistler and others. In this workshop you will learn how to create a tonalist color palette, and how to simplify your compositional structure. In a friendly and nonjudgemental classroom environment there will be a balance of structured lessons with a flexibility that accommodates the natural pace and expression of each student. Although tonalism originated with landscape painting, you will also learn how it can be applied to still life and urban subjects.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Patrick Howe
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting from Life"
May 17-21, 2018
 

Max will demonstrate painting procedures and individually critique students work daily. In this workshop we will carefully observe the poetry and uniqueness of the reality (model) we are painting. Attention will be given to Design, Proportion, Values, Color and the mixing of cool and warm colors, and the use and care of materials. Max will discuss concepts, expression of concepts, contemporary realism and the paintings of the Old Masters.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Max Ginsburg, www.maxginsburg.com
Cost: $850
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


"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


"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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