Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Lian Quan Zhen Watercolor Workshop"
April 22-24, 2019

Learn composition and color along with Lian's unique method including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around". You'll learn how to mix colors right on the watercolor paper, as well as letting the pigments painting themselves. Only three primary colors will be used. Join Lian for his unique approach!
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"One-week ceramics Immersion for Professional Artists"
June 17-21, 2019

Take your craft to a new level with our one-week intensives, packing 30 hours of class into five days. Delve into a concentrated topic or process, led by an expert in her field. Topic: Uncanny Animal Heads. Discover Lindsay Pichaske's techniques for building life-sized ceramic animals. Explore the animal head in clay, learning solid construction with pipe armature, slab building, and sculpting facial features. Create a life-sized animal head. Lindsay Pichaske is a 2011-2012 Taunt Fellow, and has been awarded the NCECA Emerging Artist Award and the Maryland Individual Artist Award. See her work at Course information: Immersion Workshops: Ceramic Topics ADS438, CRN45061 June 17-21, Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. w/ 1 hour lunch break. Registration begins April 1.
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Instructor: Lindsay Pichaske
Cost: $400 for Maryland residents, $625 out-of-state
Sponsor: Community Arts at Montgomery College
Website, email, 240-567-5806

"Drawing and Painting Animals (Ages 6-8)"
July 29 - August 1, 2019

In this workshop, students will learn how to use fundamental art elements to accurately draw and paint their favorite animals. Photo references, as well as possible class visits from furry, scaly, or feathered friends will provide inspiration throughout the week. Children will use graphite, oil pastel, watercolor, tempera, and more to capture these animals and their environments.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Songbirds in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 3, 2019

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class, however, I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963

"Birds and Blooms"
August 12-16, 2019

Collaging exotic birds in mixed media. An impressionistic painted backdrop sets the stage for exotic birds in colorful collaged plumage with a variety of media. Learn to create collage papers exclusively with Gelli Plate mono printing techniques. In addition to collage we will experiment with adding (and subtracting) charcoal, watercolor pencil, metallic leaf, pigment pens, and found objects such as string, yarn, wrappers, feathers, and anything else a magpie might steal!
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire,
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054

"Layering the Light with Rita Kirkman"
November 6-8, 2019

Infuse your pastel paintings with the life and warmth of sunlight with Kirkman's creative under-painting technique. By completing several small paintings you will quickly grasp the concepts of value and temperature that create a believable and beautiful impression of light! Related principles such as design and color will inspire discussion, as well as how to creatively interpret your photos and stay productive in your busy lifestyle.
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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