Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Cold Wax and Oil"
January 27, 2018
 

Tucson artist, Greta Ward will share techniques of working with cold wax medium and oil. It can be scraped, scratched, rubbed, pressed, pushed, added and subtracted. This ancient medium fosters versatility. In this one-day workshop, students have the opportunity to create their own small cold wax and oil pieces on Arches Oil paper. Primarily an oil painter, Greta also works with cold wax and oil, watercolors, assemblage, and stained glass. Greta studied under the inimitable Rebecca Crowell, in both the US and Italy, learning about cold wax and its myriad applications to fine art. The process of adding wax and pigment, then subtracting selectively through scraping, solvents, and other tools seems, the perfect artistic analogy for a life well-lived.
 
Location: Tubac, Arizona
Instructor: Greta Ward
Cost: $175 TCA Members, $200 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Tubac Center of the Arts
Website, email, 520-398-2371


"Mixed Media Drawing"
Saturdays, February 3 - April 7, 2018
 

Explore the dynamic possibilities for your drawings by mixing materials and techniques, guided by traditional and contemporary methods. Combine pastel, chalk, ink and watercolor to create harmonious compositions that promote the subtle contrasting qualities of each medium, while drawing from the still life, figure models and the cityscape. Prior drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sherif Habashi, www.sherifhabashi.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art Transfers onto Beeswax"
February 3, 2018
 

Encaustics, the use of beeswax, is literally hot today, especially among the buyers of wall art. And it is one way to eliminate the cost of framing. Learn how to show your art as an encaustic no matter what your medium, 2d or 3d, painting to photography, graphite to pastels, ceramics to jewelry. The key is the technique of transferring your art onto beeswax. Bring 10 laser photocopies of your original art sized 5-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches or smaller to the workshop and go home with at least 5 finished panels ready.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Ray Pfortner
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Master Class with Stuart Shils: The Life Studio as Painted and Perceptual Space"
February 23-25, 2018
 

Join acclaimed painter Stuart Shils for a three-day painting intensive, focusing on pictorial structure, composition and color. The life model will be the primary subject, with emphasis placed on close-looking, improvisational shorthand and editorial intervention to establish perceptual hierarchy. A day will be devoted to working from reproductions of old and modern masters to interpret their construction and organization of painted space. Acrylic paint will be the main medium, with considerable emphasis on drawing with graphite, crayons and cut-paper collage.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Contemporary Approaches to Mixed Media Art"
March 12-15, 2018
 

Joan is especially gifted in helping students gain more freedom in the creative process and discover their own unique artistic voice. Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. You’ll learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. You’ll explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, mixing and utilizing neutrals for softer, more ethereal abstracts. We’ll touch on notions of confidence, procrastination, vulnerability, curiosity, courage, talent, play, inspiration, intuition, your mean critic, metaphor, symbolic elements, competition, marketing, your belief systems, finding balance, and more! There’ll be plenty of time for “playing” and creating along with individual attention and guidance.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $500 plus $10 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Earth, Wind, Fire"
April 20-24, 2018
 

Practices of intimate visual-journaling cultivate insight into the nature of the creative process and its multiple relations to emotional stories of loss and mend. Enriched by self trust and acceptance, images, photos, paper, paint, words, pen, line, thread, and many unconventional tools and materials entwine to make expressive, complex and extremely personal books. It’s all about one’s willingness to reveal vulnerability and rawness for the sake of true creative freedom, newness, and a deep sense of interconnectedness to all. Experiencing honest and joyous journeys takes precedence over producing beautiful outcomes. Ultimately, this process is about depicting the fluidity of life, about effortlessly carrying one’s self from one place to another and about connecting to a larger world than our own.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Orly Avineri
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Awaken Your True Creativity Mixed Media Retreat"
April 26-29, 2018
 

Join me on a weekend experience designed towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media, you not only spend 3 days creating your own mixed media pieces, the weekend will also include Found objects gathering & photographing at Moonstone Beach, Creativity enhancing yoga breaks (optional), Lunches (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Snacks & Drinks, All art materials, Henna Tattoos…and more.
 
Location: Cambria, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: Before Dec. 28 - $495, After Dec. 28 - $595
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, (626) 470-7278


"Passion for the Palette"
April 28-29, 2018
 

Explore how the science and psychology of color play key roles in composing dynamic visual narratives, and learn how to tailor your palette to support your work’s message. Work from still life arrangements with colored lights for brilliant optical effects with emotional resonance. Open to all media.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Collaging the Book: Making Abstract Collage from Discarded Books"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

This 5 day workshop is an exploration into deconstructing discarded books and altering these materials for imaginative and surprising collage art. We will review 2D design fundamentals for abstract art, as well as common structures that can be a starting point for your work in collage. Discussion of tools and materials will be followed by a demonstration of collage construction techniques. Students will be constructing collages from altered book elements that I provide. Subsequent days they will be making their own. We will also be using thinned down acrylic to tint papers and also more opaque paint to obscure any print on the page.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $625 plus $25 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Jane Davies Acrylic Collage Workshop"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

Discover a whole new world of artistic possibility when you combine collage and paint with modern printmaking techniques (without a press). First we will layer colors, patterns, and textures on the GelliArts gel plate to create gorgeously hand-printed collage papers. Then we will integrate monoprint and collage techniques using masks and stencils, to build images directly on a substrate. The boundaries between painting, monotypes, and collage disappear as you gain a fluidity of process and expanding your repertoire of exciting new means of creative expression.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Lorraine Glessner Encaustic Mixed Media Workshop"
May 14-18, 2018
 

This workshop involves the exploration of encaustic, one of the most exciting and versatile mediums available to the contemporary artist. With an emphasis on mixed-media, the basics are covered as well as a variety of advanced techniques. Participants will also explore the mark-making possibilities of branding, rust printing and composting and are encouraged to respond to these marks utilizing encaustic as well as other media. Participants are encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary by applying these new techniques to their current ideas. Lorraine Glessner, MFA Temple University, is a highly accomplished encaustic artist in high demand for her works and her teachings. Her works have garnered many top awards in impressive shows in addition to Nominee, NICHE Educator of the Year award.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner, lorraineglessner.net
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Creative Soul"
May 18-20, 2018
 

In this 3 day workshop you will get the best of both worlds! Melody Ross’s Brave Girls Soul Restoration and No Excuses Art courses. As a Brave Girls Certified Instructor I will guide you through several life changing Soul Restoration courses that will open your heart and spirit while giving you tools to be the creative soul you were meant to be. We will explore drawing, painting, journaling and collage through my No Excuses Art Method. You will create a sacred art journal that will house your journey and become your Creative Soul Guide Book. This workshop will nurture your creative soul and artistic spirit and you will leave with a renewed sense of self and confidence.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Gina Armfield
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Wondrous Wax: Mixed Media Meets Melted Wax!"
May 25-28, 2018
 

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with melted beeswax on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels, charcoal, graphite and collage. No acrylic media. All Imagery applicable. Use mediums of choice. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists. Beginners in Encaustics are welcome! Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools (griddles, heat guns, torches), practice surfaces and two panels per student.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Mira M. White
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Mendocino Art Center
Website, email, 800-653-3328


"Mixed Media Meets Melted Wax!"
May 25-28, 2018
 

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with melted beeswax on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels, charcoal, graphite and collage. No acrylic media. All Imagery applicable. Use mediums of choice. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists. Beginners in Encaustics are welcome! Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools (griddles, heat guns, torches), practice surfaces and two panels per student.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Mira M. White
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Mendocino Art Center
Website, email, 800-653-3328


"Matisse as Muse"
June 4-8, 2018
 

Matisse is our muse and starting off point in this intense workshop. After “deconstructing” Matisse, use your imagery to explore deconstructed screen-printing, charcoal, pastels, water-soluble media and textile paint. Learn how to make the “fugitive” materials such as charcoal and pastels permanent (even washable) on fabric and how to combine them with dye printed fabrics. We will cover oh so much in our five days; plan to be completely, but happily, exhausted and full of new ideas at the end.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kerr Grabowski
Cost: $725 plus $60 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Stunning Abstracts with Mixed Media & Soft Pastels"
June 18-22, 2018
 

Join Mira for a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: underpaintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastels diluted with rubbing alcohol. Learn to layer in both dry and wet processes. Set yourself free with exuberant mark making on several different types of surfaces as you explore abstract art. This class is open to all levels, including adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium.
 
Location: Cloudcroft, Minnesota
Instructor: Mira M. White
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Website, email, 915-490-5071


"Layered Media: Expanding Your Vocabulary with Cold Wax and Mixed Media"
June 25-29, 2018
 

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. The techniques of using of cold wax along with the other materials will be the focus. A variety of 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. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $750 plus $25 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Still Life: Structure and Variation"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Still life will be the starting point for exploration of pictorial structure, space and invention. This will lead us to create images in the simplest terms: a series of shapes and colors made of paint (not a beach ball or a flower). We will generate permutations of the chosen motif through reduction and analysis. As we walk the line between accuracy and abstraction, we will see through and around the meaning of things to grasp relationships between objects and space. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic or oil paint, and collage. The personal voice of each painter will come through in the diverse results. Looking at historical and contemporary still life paintings will place the practice in a larger context.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Catherine Kehoe, www.catherinekehoe.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Venetian Plaster and Acrylic Mixed Media Paintings"
July 12-15, 2018
 

Venetian Plaster plays well with acrylics, and here is the secret: one stays put when wet and the other can be removed. Simple, but there are many tips and tricks for combining the two. We are going to learn how to apply the plaster onto fabrics and then crackle the surface. You will learn how to create a background on panel using acrylic gels and pastes, layer color, add plaster and then start excavating. It is like a treasure hunt. I love this because it uses both sides of the creative brain. You follow the techniques, but then you intuitively layer and excavate. These techniques may be applied to any painting style.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $625 plus $30 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Abstract Acrylic Painting and the Spirit in Nature"
July 16-19, 2018
 

In this 4 day workshop you will practice abstract acrylic painting techniques that are connected to the spirit in nature. We will begin by identifying our spiritual and emotional connection to the four elements earth, air, fire and water. We will identify how each of these elements is sensed and perceived and then translated into abstract painting. Instruction will include demonstrations in acrylic painting techniques including painting with rust to create the patina of age, sumi ink and Stabillo pencils to create expressive mark making, handmade stenciling and printing to create patterns. The results are alive, authentic and exhilarating. Unveil the mysteries of abstraction by practicing techniques in form, rhythm and motion. Each student will receive individual instruction and group critique.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Diane Williams & Chuck Potter
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Creating a series: a workshop in drawing and painting"
Tuesdays, July 17 - August 7, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Amy D'Apice, artconspiracy.net
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"One Thousand Collages Abstraction and the Figure - Without a Model"
August 3-5, 2018
 

An exploration of pure abstraction and the abstraction in the figure through collage. We will draw and paint by means of collage. What we put down on paper are real things that we can adjust, just as we pose the model in our studio. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life. Next, we will move into the third dimension and make figures from corrugated cardboard. We will work with them and, with our rediscovered freedom, without them. All on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting, and ultimately, a more real picture of what we find beautiful in the human figure and the world.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Ken Kewley, kenkewley.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Art Journaling: Three Journals in Three Days"
August 7-9, 2018
 

Come along on an art journey as we meander through the world of mixed media and collage with artist John Nelson Arbuckle. In this workshop you 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 three art journals using paper, gesso, a variety of paints, ephemera, inks, recyclable materials, and much more. Everyone has a story to tell through art. Let’s tell yours!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Arbuckle
Cost: $395 plus $25 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Color, Texture, Feeling"
September 6-9, 2018
 

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
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Printmaking Without a Press"
September 14-18, 2018
 

In this workshop students learn how to make high quality original prints without a press, and with easy soap and water cleanup. Using Golden Open acrylic paints and other water-based media, several methods of printmaking without a press will be presented with clear step-by-step demonstrations. Students can also combine these methods for unlimited potential, using lighter weight papers for collage and other paper arts, or heavier printmaking paper for finished art prints. Lightweight fabrics can also be used. Playful experimentation and fun are encouraged in this workshop! Demonstrations and individual discussions will help each student to create work using their own aesthetic ideas.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Suzanne Siegel
Cost: $395 plus $5 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Katherine Chang Liu Workshop: Creativity Mentoring for All Media"
September 16-22, 2018
 

KKatherine teaches one of the most sought after open studio workshops in this country. This is a workshop aiming to sort and focus your efforts as Katherine works with each artist individually providing an in-depth review, discussing with each artist options to make his/her artistic efforts more personal and more in keeping with the artist's strengths. Her students call her "The Art Whisperer" because Katherine gets to each artist's ideas & strengths quickly and guides each artist's development of those ideas with insight and encouragement. Bring what you usually use in your own studio and also the source material you need for your work. Katherine also brings her many Powerpoint programs to feature various topics and developments in contemporary art.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Katherine Chang Liu, www.katherinechangliu.com
Cost: $997
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Zen Houses"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Be a part of a hot new contemporary acrylic painting 2 day workshop hosted by: Author, Instructor, and Mixed Media Artist, Jodi Ohl. Zen Houses is a merging of two of Jodi’s most popular classes: “Zen Painting” and “Funky Little City Scapes” with new twists and turns sure to please artists at every level. Learn Contemporary Painting Techniques on a unique surface, How to draw whimsical illustrations, and Water Media approaches using specialty acrylic paint. Discover how to add depth and character to your painting through tried and true techniques that will enhance your overall painting techniques. Most supplies are included making it easy for students to join in the fun without investing in a lot of new products.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $350 plus $45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Paper Paintings Birds & Blooms Workshop"
November 2-4, 2018
 

During this comprehensive workshop you will learn a unique figurative, mixed media collage technique. Emphasis will be on defining form using light and shadow, and treating every paper tear as a brush stroke. Students will create impressionistic collages that look like paintings. You'll create a hand-painted paper palette through Gelli Plate printing, staining, stamping and patterning, that will be torn up and glued over an acrylic underpainting. Throughout the class we'll focus on learning and growing creatively in a fun environment. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful. All levels are welcome. (A video tutorial with homework will be emailed to you once workshop minimums have been met)
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic"
By Appointment
 

Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways.
 
Location: Houston, Texas
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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