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Adult Workshops  

Upcoming events

    • 06/04/2018
    • 06/08/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    This 5-day workshop will begin with simple exercises that utilize both observation and invented processes to explore the basic building blocks of image making, line, form, color/value and surface. 

    Drawing can be fast, flexible and instructional; putting those tendencies into high gear will promote paintings that have the freshness of a drawing but also the deep color, materiality and presence of painting. 

    Using the drawings as a blueprint or catalyst, we will work the images into oil or acrylic paintings that extend the original intention into full blown color studies. 

    This workshop will be both challenging and fun as you discover the infinite freedom of abstraction! 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 06/04/2018
    • 06/08/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Come relax, play and explore amazing possibilities with a wide variety of art materials in this unique 5-day workshop with mixed media artist Lea Anderson! 

    Each day will begin with a new adventure in color, texture and surface with a range of exciting mediums including beeswax, acrylic, collage, ink, and small-scale paper sculpture. 

    Students will come away with several original artworks as well as a plethora of inspirational ideas for future art practice. 

    A $25 materials fee should be paid to the instructor for unique supplies. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 06/09/2018
    • 06/10/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Color is relative. One color will look different depending on what color it is next to, which creates infinite variations.  

    In this workshop we will explore color through exercises and experimentation using a variety of media, including paint and paper collage.  We will look at different color combinations commonly used in art and design as well as explore color mixing using gouache.  

    We will also make a number of color studies using paper.  Some projects will be more formal theory exercises, and some projects will be personalized artworks. 

    The class is open to the absolute beginners as well as the more experienced artist, there is always something new to learn when it comes to color. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 06/11/2018
    • 06/15/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Designed to take one painting from conception to completion, this workshop provides students with the opportunity to work with a composition including two models for an entire week. 

    Cynthia will guide you step-by-step through the various phases of constructing a successful oil painting. The first day will be spent producing value and design studies as well as working to achieve a pleasing color harmony as a means of cultivating a strong idea. 

    The class will explore gesture and structure, the balance of masses and shapes, compositional strategies, as well as visual and color relationships – all in order to develop an intriguing concept for a painting. Once the concept is firmly established, students will then have 4 days to take their idea and move on to the finished work using the various studies as their own visual road map for executing a well designed figure painting. 

    Cynthia will also demonstrate different ways of rendering in hopes of helping each student gain confidence, reduce fear, and learn to develop and trust their own creative voice. 

    A $40 model fee should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 06/18/2018
    • 06/22/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Do you find it difficult to look at your own paintings objectively? Do question whether or not your paintings are finished? 

    Self observation is critical in artistic development, but artists are often so close to their own work they are unable to see it clearly. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with the tools you need to be your own constructive critic. 

    The process of self assessment will include understanding your purpose in starting a painting and what approach you are using. We will also explore how to develop a composition, visual dynamics and how to use the concept of color/contrast. 

    Using these tools will help you work more confidently and help you take the next steps to becoming the painter you want to be. 

    Please bring a sketchbook/notebook and pen to the first class meeting as well as one finished piece that best represents your work. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

    • 06/18/2018
    • 06/22/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Have you always had an interest in illustrating books for children? Are you curious about the different types of children’s books and inner workings of the industry? 

    Come spend the week with award-winning author and illustrator, Neecy Twinem, who will guide you through the world of children’s books. 

    Working from a provided poem or short manuscript, we will cover the process from concept, to thumbnails, to sketches and final artwork. 

    She will show you different ways you can brainstorm ideas. You will learn what works for the different age levels and the trends in the market. 

    Most of all you will have fun exploring different techniques that can be used. You don’t have to be a painter, as illustration can be in any medium, from collage, to scratchboard, to acrylic. 

    If you have a simple story that you would like to work from, please bring it as well as your personal artwork for feedback. Neecy works with each student individually to guide you to positive solutions to your story concept. 

    This workshop is open to all levels. Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


    • 07/05/2018
    • 07/08/2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to paint in watercolor using multiple transparent layers for ultimate depth in their work, with the goal of painting more realistically. 

    Students will learn the basics of handling watercolor paints and brushes, and explore a variety of techniques (glazing, layering, methods for saving the white of the paper, juxtaposition of color, key techniques in creating the perfect neutral color, softening and/or losing a few edges, the importance of incorporating the background-color as foreground-shadows, and others). 

    Our painting subject will be a few small still lifes created first from an actual still life model and then from a photo. We will also touch on the basic fundamentals of composition, contrast of values, the essentials of a good initial drawing, how to achieve perfect chiaroscuro and working from great vs. bad photo references. 

    Several technical demonstrations will complement your studio work. The goal of this class is to give students the basic tools necessary to begin their own personal work, using transparent layers. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 07/09/2018
    • 07/13/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Join artist Frank Fuchs for a new way of looking at recording your travels beyond snapping a photo with your phone. 

    Students will learn quick on-site sketching and watercolor painting techniques with very portable and easy to use materials. 

    Frank will share tips on how and where to set up, how to compose your sketch focusing on a specific area and how to use abbreviated marks and strokes to catch the impression of the moment. He will also present options for creating your personalized watercolor travel kit. 

    Individual instruction will be given to each student. Students will be encouraged to complete a series of quickly executed sketches/paintings. 

    Please sign up early, class size is limited. 

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    • 07/14/2018
    • 07/15/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Monotypes, dry-point engraving and lino-block printing are all creative approaches to the printmaking process. They offer the flexibility and freedom to creating prints often using drawing and painting techniques. 

    Monotypes and block printing unlike other printing methods, do not require a press while dry-point engraving does. They all offer the exciting freedom to work with a variety of materials and methods that give you the opportunity to create with spontaneous and often surprising results. 

    We will explore a variety of techniques and impressions that can be created by combining these techniques and simple materials to achieve a creative understanding of printmaking.  

    This course will offer versatile printing methods for seasoned artists and beginners alike. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 07/16/2018
    • 07/20/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Join John Reger for an in depth study of the fundamentals of academic ‘long-pose’ life drawing.  This drawing workshop will be an introduction to the manual, procedural, and analytical techniques of a refined, articulate, realistic approach to pencil drawing. 

    Students will be presented with an immersive drawing experience in the belief that the most effective learning tool is the multi-level experience of drawing itself.  

    Participants will be introduced to a refined, articulate drawing style in which drawings are built up methodically through a succession of linear and tonal stages: (1) the envelope: a simple, foundational shape encompassing the whole figure, (2) the block-in: the complex, abstract shape of the figure, (3) the contour: the specific, linear description of the silhouette of the figure, (4) drawing on the inside: the tonal description of the form of the body within the confines of the contour.  The focus is on patience, craft, observation, and understanding of drawing principles. 

    This workshop is suitable for artists of all levels who wish to develop an understanding of the classical tradition of realistic figure drawing. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 07/23/2018
    • 07/27/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Join Mary Sweet for this rare opportunity to learn this ancient yet simple technique. 

    No press is needed as students learn to employ traditional Japanese methods in woodblock printing.  

    Students at all levels are welcome! Working by hand, we will use kento marks for registration, barens and watercolors for ink. 

    After carving the blocks students will have the opportunity to print either black and white or several colors using a reduction method. 

    Once this method is understood, students will be able to continue on their own. 

    Please sign up early, class size is limited.

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    • 07/30/2018
    • 08/03/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    One of the oldest of painting mediums, egg tempera’s deliberate and linear technique was the perfect one for the spiritual, conceptual approach of medieval and early Renaissance artists. 

    Today interest in egg tempera continues to grow as it has many advantages; it is water-based, non-toxic (based on the pigments used), and permanent. Within these specifications there is a wide variety of methods and style in which one could work. 

    During this workshop, students will experience a deliberate contemporary approach of portrait genre painting using egg tempera. 

    Participants will learn important aspects of the medium such as how to make and properly temper fresh paint, methods and application of paint and gold leaf, incorporation of design elements, as well as exploring possibilities with mixed-media application. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/28/2018
    • 09/30/2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery
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    Perhaps you’ve learned the basics of painting and you are looking for new inspiration or maybe you have a newly discovered love of painting and you want to work toward making real progress with solid instruction. 

    We invite you to join J. Waid Griffin for three amazing days of painting in the spectacular landscape surrounding Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Pecos, New Mexico. 

    Waid will apply his vast knowledge of landscape painting and guide you through every step toward creating great paintings plein air. Students will receive six hours of instruction each day on the beautiful grounds of the Monastery with access to studio space for critique and additional painting time in the evening. 

    The lessons will cover many aspects of the process of on location painting such as: how to SEE, how to analyze and depict the light source(s) and how to select your subject. 

    The tuition includes all costs; your room and 3 meals per day, so all you have to do is eat, sleep, and paint! 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 11/12/2018
    • 11/15/2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Whether you work in oil or pastel, Stephanie Birdsall is the perfect instructor for those who really want to move to the next stage in their development as artists. 

    Working one on one, she helps each student find the right solution to any challenge that might arise in painting. Students will then learn to identify and work through each obstacle on their own. 

    Understanding, mixing and working with clean, beautiful color, while developing confidence in your own painting is essential. 

    Refining edges and taking into account all the shapes involved in setting up a successful composition are some of the most important elements in a beautiful painting, regardless of subject matter. It's about painting what you really see . . . and not what you think you see. 

    This intensive workshop will provide participants with a range of new skills and the time to put them into practice. Come with an open mind, a sense of humor and be prepared to work hard and have fun! We will be working from natural objects from life. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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