Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Coiled Basketry Weaving with Linda Conroy"
January 13, 2018
 

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn. In this class, students will learn to make a coiled basket using various materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. We will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. Bring a small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses if you need them. All other materials are supplied.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Cost: $60
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $595; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Stone Carving"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Metal Sculpture"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

This course focuses on metal sculpture fabrication and construction, gas and arc welding, brazing, and forging. Basic equipment will be provided, and all techniques will be demonstrated. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Egg Tempera Painting"
Sundays, January 28 - February 25, 2018
 

Learn traditional egg yolk tempera painting in the spirit of George Tooker and Andrew Wyeth, as well as contemporary mixed media techniques. Create luminous still life paintings through transparent and translucent methods. Incorporate contemporary mixed media techniques using linseed oil, watercolor, gum Arabic and pen & ink for unique effects. The $25 materials fee covers pigments and basic materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: Non-Credit: $295; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Matting and Framing Works on Paper"
February 3, 2018
 

View a complete demonstration of all the procedures required to properly prepare your work for framing, from cutting and hinging mats, to fitting and final assembly including glazing. Employ these procedures on your own framing project under the supervision of the instructor. In the event of inclement weather, this workshop will take place on Saturday, February 10.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: Non-Credit: $95, Lab Fee: $10
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


"Encaustic Painting Workshop"
February 10-11, 2018
 

Encaustic painting is the technique of painting with hot tinted beeswax, seen in ancient Egyptian portraiture as well as the work of modern/contemporary artists. Learn all aspects of this fascinating process. Open to all levels, and a versatile adjacent medium for oil/acrylic painters seeking to explore texture and layering. The $35 materials fee covers beeswax, basic pigments and use of hot plates.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: Non-Credit: $195; Materials Fee: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Shodo: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy"
Wednesdays, March 14 - April 18, 2018
 

Shodo originated in China 3,500 years ago and has developed as a fine art using simple tools: brush, ink and paper. Learn the various styles and techniques of Shodo along with its history and appreciation. Urauchi – the Japanese traditional paper-backing/mounting methods –will be used to enhance finished work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mayumi Tomii
Cost: Non-Credit: $225; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"3-day Encaustic Workshop"
April 4-6, 2018
 

Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $349 supplies included
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"3-day Encaustic Workshop"
April 17-19, 2018
 

Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $349 supplies included
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"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


"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


"3-day Encaustic Workshop"
May 7-9, 2018
 

Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $349 supplies included
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


"Books with a Textile Twist"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Do you have drawers full of fabric samples from surface design classes, beautiful textiles found on your travels, stunning finds from resale shops or cherished calico left over from grandma’s quilting days? This exciting book making class will introduce you to bookbinding techniques – that will incorporate your textiles as the covers. The week will be filled with creating 4 to 5 different and useful blank books. We’ll tea dye pages for a Perfect Bound notebook; use the french link stitch to create a hard cover sketchbook, learn long stitch binding for a sturdy journal and more!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen
Cost: $725 plus $75 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Fine Art Book"
June 20-22, 2018
 

Join Keron Psillas for an intensive three days of book-making. Keron is an award-winning, internationally published author, photographer and designer, as well as a mentor to a growing body of students. This course will delve into the workflow to create a Blurb book, using Blurb software and Lightroom, as well as overall discussion about printing and publishing options. Keron will share insights, tips, and critical thinking about layout and design that stem from her 20 years in the printing and publishing industry before she became a professional photographer. Keron will also spend time individually with participants working on projects, and there will be time for you to shoot the lovely environment of Whidbey Island.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"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


"Nihonga: Then and Now"
August 13-17, 2018
 

This workshop is an introductory Nihonga (traditional Japanese mineral pigment painting) class with the addition of instructor’s proprietary Western applications. We will make paint and grounds from organic and inorganic matter like cured shells, precious minerals, exotic soils, pine soot, indigo, insect secretions and silica with several natural binders. Metallic leafing, oxidation techniques will be covered. Students will learn ancient paper sizing and mounting techniques. Emphasis will be on the creation of multi-layered paintings stemming from non-toxic, ancient practices that embody the power to nurture the spirit. Traditional and abstract painters welcome.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Judith Kruger, www.judithkruger.com
Cost: $700 plus $180 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


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

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


"3-day Encaustic Workshop"
October 9-11, 2018
 

Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $349 supplies included
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"The Pam & Mary Beth Art Journal Road Show"
October 13-15, 2018
 

In this three day workshop, Pam Carriker and Mary Beth Shaw spill the tricks of the Art Journal by offering processes that range from beginner to advanced. This class is a ‘journey’ that is ever-changing and evolving with new techniques so it is always new and fresh. Starting with backgrounds to making collage parts to color management and composition and even interactive pages, the sky is the limit! Mary Beth and Pam volley back and forth comparing and contrasting a variety of techniques and media including all their latest ideas. Join them for the quintessential Art Journal experience!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Pam Carriker and Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $500 plus $20 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Gilded Inspirations: Using Metallics and Pigments to Embellish Dyed Creations"
October 17-18, 2018
 

Most of you will have had the opportunity to view, or even handle, exquisitely embellished Japanese textiles. So often these include embroidery and gold leafing, or even gold-leafing over embroidery. In this course we will be discussing a broad range of laminates, including gold, platinum, lacquer, and pigments. John will cover a range of traditional techniques used to apply gold leaf and other precious metals to your woven goods. The materials fee covers everything you will need in class as well as a DVD with hand outs. While the lessons will be taught without the use of actual precious metals (bronze powders and Dutch gold will be used instead), some real gold and silver will be available for purchase.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Marshall
Cost: $395 plus $110 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"3-day Encaustic Workshop"
October 23-25, 2018
 

Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Cost: $349 supplies included
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


 

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