Intensive Workshops

3 days or longer

Beginner Oil Painting with Mark VanderVinne  Mar 29-31, $180: This workshop will cover the basics of oil painting by explaining the different materials, what to look for in brushes, mediums, painting surfaces, and the difference between professional and student grade paints. Using demonstrations, lectures, painting from simple still lifes and your own photos, and personalized one-on-one instruction, you will learn how to see like an artist and paint shapes to create the illusion of objects and form. Mark will show you how to work with oils instead of against them, so you will feel more comfortable when approaching your next painting. 

Capturing the Light” with Lynn Ferris July 12-14, $350: Bring your work to the next level. Light and shadow shouldn’t be afterthoughts in our paintings. In fact, good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways to take a painting from ordinary to extraordinary. In her signature workshop “Capturing the Light”, Lynn will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matter. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention.

Watercolor with Lian Zhen  Sept 6-8, $200: Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods including “Color Pouring and Blending” and “Paint Around (negative painting)”. He shows how to mix colors on watercolor papers, as well as letting the pigments painting themselves. Only three primary colors will be used.

There are 4-6 demos each day with student practices between, so that they can absorb and assimilate the lessons. In critiques Lian helps students by touching up their paintings. At end of workshop students may be able to finish couple of paintings, or learn enough techniques to complete them later. 

“Creative Color—Loose and Vibrant” with Ken Hosmer  Sept 10-13, $330: Students learn to creatively interpret subjects with color freedom; learn to lead the eye through your painting with light and dark pathways; learn to simplify subjects to create dynamic compositions. Daily painting demonstrations focus on landscape type subjects with animals, figures, buildings or water.  Painting demonstrations will be in traditional oil, however students may work in either oil or acrylic.

Ken is highly respected for his calm, supportive demeanor as he skillfully verbalizes exactly what your painting needs for improvement. This makes the class ideal for both beginning and advanced students.