Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Studio Oil Workshop: Landscape Painting"
February 26-28, 2019
 

In this workshop, Silas will share his process to simplify the landscape using strong design concepts to capture the essence of the scene. He will start each day with a lecture, followed by a painting demonstration that illustrates the point of the lecture. The remainder of the day, Silas will give students individual attention, and demonstrate as needed. Weather permitting; Silas will do a plein air painting demonstration at a local site, late in the day on the second day of the workshop. Whether it is getting over one hurdle or advancing twenty steps, Silas’ workshops are designed to help everyone from beginner to seasoned painter become better painters, better observers, and better problem solvers.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Silas Thompson, www.silasthompsonfineart.com
Cost: $395 by Jan 15; $445 after Jan 15
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Landscapes Rediscovered"
May 6-8, 2019
 

Sarah B. Hansen’s main objective in painting is to convey a connection to nature through its most elemental shapes. Using suggested patterns from an underlying gesso texture, she captures this feeling by establishing strong color schemes, dynamic compositions, and gestural strokes using various tools. During the course of this workshop, Sarah will discuss the value of compositions, structure of natural forms, and development of color schemes. You will learn how to “see” landscape forms as masses of interlocking shapes and values, thus creating an abstract, yet recognizable landscape painting. She will walk you through the challenging aspects of using watercolor and gouache paint; applying color without disturbing previous layers, understanding water to paint ratio, blending, and incorporating mixed media.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Sarah B. Hansen, www.sarahbhansen.com
Cost: $375 by Mar 1; $425 after Mar 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Exploring Abstraction in Pastels & Mixed Media"
May 13-16, 2019
 

Have you always wanted to work abstractly but did not know how to begin? Then this workshop is for you! Award winning, Master Pastelist Debora Stewart will lead artists through a thorough process of developing abstractions from start to finish. Workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Debora Stewart, www.deborastewart.com
Cost: $545 by Feb 13; $595 after Feb 13
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Portraits in Watercolor"
June 3-7, 2019
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $750 by Apr 3; $800 after Apr 3
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Design & Texture in Watercolor"
June 10-12, 2019
 

Mary invites each painter to come to this workshop open to the spontaneous nature of watercolor. Allow the playful elements of this medium to show up in your work, enjoy the process of learning and leave judgment behind. Marquiss teaches watercolor, collage and design classes with an emphasis on individual style. She has received numerous awards from the Oregon Watercolor Society and was a Signature Artist for the Deschutes Children's Foundation in Bend. Marquiss was the Artist in Residence at High Lakes Elementary School for three years and a founding member of the Tumalo Art Gallery in Bend, Oregon. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Marquiss, www.marymarquiss.com
Cost: $395 by Apr 10; $445 after Apr 10
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"The Joy of Watercolor!"
September 3-6, 2019
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevent us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value and have fun doing it! You will feel immensely inspired and free of the myth-inflicted fear of watercolor. Stella will guide students working from their own photographs or sketches. Each morning starts with Stella doing a demo, followed by one-on-one instruction with each student throughout the day, leaving enough time to finish a painting a day!
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Cost: $475 by Jul 1; $525 after Jul 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Modern Impressionism in Action"
September 30 - October 3, 2019
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $645 by May 30, $695 after May 30
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


 

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