Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
April 12-14, 2018
 

Calvin Liang will be teaching a 3 day workshop with one day of outdoor painting. Two days will be spent working on a single studio painting based on photos you take on location. Calvin will begin with a demonstration then he will spend time with each student throughout the rest of the day. It is recommended to bring a laptop or tablet for the studio days. Alternatively, you may have color prints of your reference photos printed locally. Plein art painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. Students will also learn how to simplify the subject matter and get the best possible results in a short time.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Calvin Liang, calvinliangfineart.com
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Landscape Painting: Smart Starts Using Underpainting to Build Value, Composition and Color"
April 21-22, 2018
 

We invest a great deal of effort in finishing a painting, but the success of a painting hinges on a well thought out start. This workshop focuses on the critical first steps of a painting. An underpainting (or “block-in”) is a holistic method that works out issues of composition, value, and even preliminary color at the very start. This “smart start” can avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework the painting later on. On Saturday, we explore the traditional monochromatic block-in, which serves as a primer on values. On Sunday, we learn the technique for the color-block method: building the composition with color blocks based on a well-defined value study. You’ll add successive layers to each of your starts.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Plein Air Painting Workshop"
May 4-6, 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


"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 3-5, 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


"Landscapes on the Loose"
June 19-20, 2018
 

In this workshop students will learn: Ways to create bold, loose and impetuous paintings and not pains-taking ones; How to use the important “artistic license” to suggest trees, rocks, beaches, branches, grasses, fields, flowers, skies and water; About aerial perspective to keep things loose and easy; To identify what attracts them to that landscape and then how to translate that focus into a painting; How to remove clutter — and add space; To recognize barriers to seeing creatively and free up visual exploration. Students will have time to work on their own with plenty of support as they gain insight into a new way of looking at loosening up landscape paintings.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Camilleri, www.christinecamilleri.com
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Exploring the Brilliant Light of Luminism"
July 12-15, 2018
 

Luminism is a painting style that began in 1850 and included American painters, such as John Frederick Kensett, as well as great British painters such as J. M. W. Turner. In Luminism the atmospheric light of a scene is as much the subject matter of the painting as the landscape itself. In this workshop you will learn how to create a luminist color palette and how to organize your compositional structure to maximize the atmospheric effects of light. 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. There will be demonstrations, long and short painting exercises and a brief historical summary of Luminism.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Patrick Howe
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Watercolor Workshop"
July 16-20, 2018
 

In this workshop Joyce will teach you how to create a unique visual language from common symbols found in the landscape! You will paint a collection of easy elements like a variety of fence types, country roads and paths, tree forms, clouds, windows, grasses, barn doors, wildflowers and more! Then you will use your new symbols to create paintings from your imagination! Emphasis will be on concepts, techniques and strategies for turning ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor. Joyce teaches simple easy-to-learn methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Joyce Hicks
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"Landscape Painting Essentials: From the Inside Out"
July 26-29, 2018
 

Working both in the studio and outdoors, this workshop takes a step-by-step approach to learning the essential concepts of landscape painting. The workshop is structured into two daily sessions. Morning sessions for the first three days take place in the relaxed, controlled setting of the studio. Then, in the afternoon session, we head outdoors to practice the morning’s lesson live, en plein air. The fourth day is an all plein air day. Topics include site selection and limited focus, composition, simplification and massing, starting a painting with a simple color-based block-in, and color strategies. Enjoy in-class critiques and lots of personalized guidance from the instructor. This is not a workshop for first-time painters (those who have never painted or mixed color).
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 1-4, 2018
 

Lois’ class will focus on developing color perception, using rich color for expressing atmosphere and light. She will encourage better control of masses and values, while showing how color also enhances design in your painting compositions. Lois’ workshop is based on her book, and her system, that teaches how to interpret light in landscape and incorporating it into your painting with amazingly quick results. Lois believes in the importance of strong and colorful starts as the foundation for great color in painting. She starts each morning and afternoon painting session with a demo explaining exactly what to look for and how to proceed; carefully building from each lesson to make the learning curve easier and concise. Open to all mediums.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Lois Griffel
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"Landscape/Seacapes Impressionist Style with Pastels"
October 3-6, 2018
 

Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, and some of the great American, French, and Tonalist painters did just that. In these classes we will discover the techniques they used to make their paintings great master works that have stood the test of time.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Doug House
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


 

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