Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"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,
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663

"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,
Cost: $480
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663

"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,
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663

"The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape"
June 16-17, 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,
Cost: $350
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,
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663

"Mentoring Program with Cary Jurriaans"

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,
Cost: $50 whole day; $25 half day
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


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