Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting for the Absolute Beginner"
Wenesdays, February 7 - March 21, 2018
 

Have you always wanted to become a painter but aren’t sure how to start? This six-week course is designed for students who have very little to no painting experience and would like to learn techniques to create fresh, vibrant paintings of any subject in oils or acrylics. Ninalee will introduce you to your art supplies, from brushes to canvas, gesso to varnish. Progressive exercises will be given to explore composition, value, color theory, and shape - helping you discover your innate ability to “see” as an artist. Working from photo reference, students will wrap-up the course by completing a painting of their choice. In a positive, casual, and supportive environment, you will receive one-on-one guidance.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Ninalee Irani, www.nineart.ca
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting the Story in Still Life"
February 9-11, 2018
 

Every painting, even the humble still life, has a story in it. It's told by what subject we choose to paint, how we present that subject, and how we paint it. Finding what interests us in a subject and how we connect to it drives that story, and directs how the painting is made. We’ll work on small still life paintings to explore the process—from thumbnail sketches, lighting the subject, considerations of composition, to the application of paint to build form with light, color and mark. We will walk the line between technique and intuition, using the still life as a way to explore paint, and why we make art.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Scott Conary
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Essentials of Composition for Representational Painters"
March 16-18, 2018
 

For many artists, composition remains the most elusive area of their practice. Why? Because its energies are fundamentally abstract and often hidden beneath the surface of the painting. The goal of this workshop is to make the invisible visible — to discover the underlying energies that drive a composition. We will take a “real world” approach to composition by learning to work with the shapes and forces we actually see. Working from both photographs and life, with practical exercises, ongoing critiques, and analysis of master compositions, you will learn: how value differences are used to identify the shapes a composition is built upon; the essential principle of intervals; the power of the “picture window” in selection and arrangement; movement and directional energy; and how to activate negative space.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting the Dynamic Still Life"
April 6-8, 2018
 

Join artist Sarah Sedwick, and discover how much fun still life painting can be! During this three-day workshop, we will focus on the essentials of realistic painting, while keeping our brushwork loose and painterly. We’ll explore fundamentals of color mixing, using Sarah’s simple palette of eight colors, and address composition and still life setup, learning to look at traditional subjects in a new way. Simple, colorful arrangements are a great way to hone your artistic vision, delve into color, composition, and brushwork, and bring fresh energy to your studio routine. Instruction will be in oils, and students are encouraged to use them in class, but acrylics are also welcome. Watersoluble oils are not recommended.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, sarahsedwick.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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


"Advance Your Pastel and Oil Painting Techniques"
April 13-15, 2018
 

This three-day course will include: A slide presentation and lecture on painting in pastels and oils including people, still-life, interiors, urbanscapes, and landscapes; Discussions on painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting style, and working methods unique to pastels and oils; Demos emphasizing composition, color, and technique; and Daily individual critiques of students’ works in progress. Additional topics explored include solving common painting problems, experimenting with new approaches to painting, working from photographs, studio lighting, framing pastels and oils, and making use of the internet in your career. Also included is a lecture on creative ways to promote and sell your art. This course is designed for each student to work at his/her own pace in pastels and or oils.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Desmond O’Hagan, desmondohagan.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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


"Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait"
April 27-29, 2018
 

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 only on the essentials—ultimately giving 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. In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in and with which she gained her skill with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction. Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher—with 9 years of teaching experience, she interacts with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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


"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


"The Structure of Perception and the Perception of Structure"
June 1-3, 2018
 

This class is intended to push the mid-range to advanced painter even further. Each day brings a concentrated and comprehensive work schedule, but will also be fun and productive. Emphasis will be placed on: 1) examining the perceptual processes in front of nature; 2) the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter and how that takes form graphically; and 3) perhaps most importantly, on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by “finish.” We will not be concerned with making anything pretty, sellable or trophy-like. Daily demonstrations will address how to: establish an immediate formal direction, develop unity, use editorial discrimination, analyze light, and develop color. Drawing and compositional strategy will also be a focus.
 
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Instructor: Stuart Shils, stuartshils.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"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


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

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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


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

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


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

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


"Painting People with Light and Color"
August 17-19, 2018
 

Contemporary impressionist painting “secrets” are introduced and demonstrated: establishing the composition, light and dark masses, and the proportions and structure of the head and figure; capturing the effects of light and atmosphere; expressing vibrant color with alla prima brush strokes; selecting and mixing colors on the palette and the canvas; painting convincing flesh tones; rendering folds and clothing in a painterly manner; and helpful studio tips. Painting in oil is recommended, but acrylic, watercolor and pastel are also accepted.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Katriel Srebnik
Cost: $550 plus Model Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Painting Flowers"
September 21-23, 2018
 

This workshop will cover how I approach a floral painting from life. Due to the fleeting subject matter, I will walk the students through my entire process. Each morning will be spent discussing basic principles of the block-in and getting the gesture of the flowers from a live demonstration. From there, I will show you on your own work how to plan several steps ahead in your painting to achieve the highest level of finish throughout the course. There will be emphasis given to developing the painting combining the use of optical observation and conceptual form rendering techniques.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Michael Klein, www.michaelkleinpaintings.com
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


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

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


"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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