Painting & Drawing

Be inspired by professional artist-instructors who are accomplished in their fields and will share their expertise in a range of techniques, media, and styles. Workshops are tailored for all levels of proficiency – from beginners to professional artists.

Courses

Painting the Landscape with Pastel

Aaron Schuerr

June 11–13
Three-day session

Get ready to explore the beautiful Idyllwild campus and the surrounding countryside in this plein air pastel painting workshop with award-winning artist Aaron Schuerr. Enjoy the beauty and challenge of painting in the field, and then learn how field studies can be used as a reference for studio paintings. Use outdoor time to focus on simplification, fresh color, accurate drawing, dynamic composition, and discovering the story within the seeming complexity of nature.

Back in the studio, analyze the plein air work and dig into the nuances of color, value, and composition. Learn charcoal preparatory drawing as a fun and inventive way to plan a studio pastel.

This class will include demonstrations in the field and studio, friendly critiques, and plenty of one-on-one time. Start from the thumbnail sketch and work through flat-color plane exercises before diving into longer plein air pastel sessions. Focus on process over product, and learn to see in new and dynamic ways and work simply, directly, and with confidence.

Skill level: All levels, experience helpful

Tuition: $495

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 15 students

Aaron Schuerr’s painting adventures have ranged from the California coast to the deserts to the mountains of Montana to remote villages in Morocco. He is a regular contributor to The Pastel Journal and has four instructional videos to his credit. He has taught workshops across the US and abroad, and is a signature member of The American Impressionist Society and The Pastel Society of America. His work can be viewed at The Legacy Gallery, The Mission Gallery, and online at www.aaronschuerr.com.

Reclaiming Creativity: Explorations in the Art and Craft of Drawing and Painting

David Reid-Marr

June 11-15
Five-day session

An immersive workshop designed for (but not limited to) students who have an interest in painting and drawing but who have been unable to follow this interest fully. You will learn the craft and formal aspects of both mediums and apply these understandings to create a strong individual voice. You will document the process in your sketchbook, an essential artist’s tool, and explore the symbiotic relationship between drawing and painting. Your day will be divided equally between the two disciplines as well as between play and exploration. Discover how these aspects are supported by a thorough knowledge of methods and materials, including acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, oil sticks, pen and ink, charcoal, and graphite. In addition to using traditional drawing and painting tools, you will experiment with alternative implements.

Skill level: All levels (+ passion), no formal experience or drawing skills necessary

Tuition: $735

Lab Fee: $25, includes supplemental paints, drawing materials, painting supports; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

David Reid-Marr graduated from Maidstone College of Art with a BFA and received his MFA in painting and art history from Royal College of Art, London. During his time at art college he studied with David Hockney, Anthony Caro and Francis Bacon. He is currently Visual Arts chair at Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he teaches painting and drawing. He exhibits nationally and internationally, and has recently published a book on arts education. www.reid-marr.com.

Drawing Without Fear

Robert Regis Dvorák

June 16
One-day session

Does the thought of drawing make you want to hide under the bed? Let go of the limitations, learn to draw without cold sweats, panic attacks, or embarrassment! The art of drawing is fun and easy to learn when you get beyond the fear of failure. In this easy, unique drawing class you will be in for some surprises. This enjoyable day should remove your drawing phobias and open your creative expression for a lifetime of drawing pleasure.

You will learn to draw with feeling and fun as well as how to loosen up and be free. Understand how to discuss a drawing without being critical, and discover some great ways to teach drawing to adults and children. Free yourself to discover your world drawing—traveling, at home, in boring meetings, anytime, anyplace. Robert will use his book, Drawing Without Fear, as a workshop guide. The carefully planned sequence of information and hands-on drawing exercises, with a wide variety of media, will free your creative hand and eye.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $185

Lab Fee: $40, includes acid-free 80lb/30 sheet sketch pad, the book Drawing Without Fear, and all drawing materials

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting easy to learn for the young and old for 35 years. A popular speaker on all subjects of creativity for educators and business people, his books include Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Magic of Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Travel Drawing and Painting, and The Pocket Drawing Book. He has been an architectural designer, and a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and UC Berkeley. He has exhibited his drawings and painting in 24 one-man shows and many other group exhibits in the USA and abroad. www.youcreate.com and www.globesketcher.com.

The Magic of Watercolor

Robert Regis Dvorák

June 17 -18
Two-day session

You can paint watercolors when you discover the magic of the medium! Learn the secrets—everything from the foundation basics to more advanced techniques. Instruction will include different brush techniques, mixing any color, changing color values and painting people, landscapes, trees, still life and abstracts. Learn to take advantage of the white paper and achieve luminous transparent washes

Learn to use lively watercolors to express your creativity and nourish your heart and soul through in-class demonstrations and comprehensive reference guides. Whether you are traveling, vacationing, on a weekend outing, or painting in your home, you easily will learn to incorporate these skills. Enjoy a lifetime of watercolor painting pleasure.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $360

Lab Fee: $35, includes watercolor paper block, Chinese watercolor brush, Hake Brush, portable travel palette of watercolors, and additional materials; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting easy to learn for the young and old for 35 years. A popular speaker on all subjects of creativity for educators and business people, his books include Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Magic of Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Travel Drawing and Painting, and The Pocket Drawing Book. He has been an architectural designer, and a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and UC Berkeley.

Travel Drawing & Painting

Robert Regis Dvorák

June 19
One-day session

Make your next trip the most rewarding of all. Leave the smartphone and take your sketchbook. Learn to take just a few minutes to make some fine, quick sketches and color them with watercolor. Drawing and painting is fun and will increase your perception and enjoyment. Traveling with a sketch book can also open doors to interesting adventures and new friendships, and you will return home with priceless memories.

Among the skills you will learn are how to quickly draw people, architecture, water, trees, and landscape; simplifying your material to capture essence; and how to choose, prepare, and pack the right materials. Robert will teach you how to be comfortable and relaxed sketching and painting in public so that you can draw and paint in cafes, restaurants, on the street, on a cruise, on airplanes and boats. He’ll even give you tips so you can draw and paint in public without discovery. Practice simple techniques for drawing and painting in class using projected color travel images and other methods. Make your future travel experiences satisfying and unforgettable!

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $185

Lab Fee: $25, includes drawing materials, travel sketch pad, and The Pocket Drawing Book. Travel watercolor set available on site for $16; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting easy to learn for the young and old for 35 years. A popular speaker on all subjects of creativity for educators and business people, his books include Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Magic of Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Travel Drawing and Painting, and The Pocket Drawing Book. He has been an architectural designer, and a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and UC Berkeley.

Encaustic Painting

Charlie Ciali

June 19-23
Five-day session

Beginners and seasoned encaustic artists are welcomed in this exploration of encaustic painting. Learn how to make beautiful transparent paintings using this ancient technique of painting with wax mixed with pigment, dating back more than 4,000 years. You will learn the basics of encaustic painting, including how to make paint, commercial paints and their applications, supports, grounds and techniques. Learn from demonstrations on how to apply, fuse, glaze, create smooth and textured surfaces, introduce mixed media to your work, photo transfers and more. The possibilities of encaustic painting as a creative expression are endless and exciting.

Skill level: All levels

Tuition: $735

Lab Fee: $75, includes 1 lb. encaustic medium, pigments, several boards, tools for shared use. Enkaustikos pigments and supplies. Bring your substrates if you like, as well as mixed media items to incorporate. Additional medium available for purchase on site for $25 per pound. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Charlie Ciali works in encaustic painting and printmaking. He received the 2009 Best in Show and 2008 First Place at the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council Exhibition. He is active in the arts community serving on the Board for the Artist Council, and is a board past president. He has served as a Palm Springs Public Arts commissioner and as president of the Arts Institute at Palm Springs High School. He owns and operates Ciali Studios, open to artists for open studio sessions. charliepsca@gmail.com.

Scratching the Surface: Creativity as Authentic Expression

Stephanie Lee

June 19-23
Five-day session

Leave your authentic, creative mark on this world! Learn to cultivate trust in your innate creative voice and genius. Explore color and shape, light and shadow, form and obscurity, and storytelling through imagery. You will create studies in texture and color on various surfaces, working wide and close, scratching away at the internal surface conversations that prevent you from showing up in your full radiance. Experiment with many surface-altering techniques according to the impulses and curiosity that rise to the surface. All these dynamic elements – paint, wood, paper, plaster, and inks – will be finished with luminous layers of encaustic to create a dreamlike quality to work that cannot be achieved with a brush and collage alone. Expect to work on multiple and various works of art to support you in your continued creative journey to showing up in full creative expression in life. Though technical instruction is integral, this workshop is not designed for artists focused on technical approaches.

Skill level: All levels

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $20, includes plasters and plaster products, extra specific substrates, paper and ephemera, and other various mediums including paints, gel mediums. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 15 students

Stephanie Lee is a plaster artist and metalsmith who teaches to sold-out classes in the US, internationally and online. Her first bestselling book, Semiprecious Salvage: Creating Found Art Jewelry hit the shelves in 2008 and her second bestselling book, Plaster Studio (co-authored with Judy Wise) was published in 2011. She has been featured in multiple publications and has created numerous popular ebooks packed with video and written instruction. www.stephanieleeart.com.

Drawing Intensive Weekend

Margaret Scanlan

June 24-25
Two-day session

Whether you draw regularly or haven’t drawn since kindergarten, you can find a meaning-filled framework for significant growth in your drawing ability. The techniques, tricks, and sequential exercises in this structured class can dramatically improve and give confidence to your drawing skills if you are new to drawing. If you have some experience, you may well be drawing at a whole new level of sensitivity and competence after this class. Expect to work hard, learn a lot, and have a very good time. If you’ve ever wanted to draw, or to draw better, this class is for you.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $360

Lab Fee: $25, includes all materials.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Margaret Scanlan is a full-time studio artist in Knoxville, TN, working in acrylic and watercolor, large and small-scale work. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor USA Honor Society. She has taught painting, drawing, and color theory workshops at Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland School, le Petit Bois Gleu and Chateau du Pin in France. Her work is in many private, corporate, and public collections in the U.S. and Europe, including the Huntsville Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum (MO), and Sloan-Kettering Hospital (NY). She also plays keyboards in a Celtic band, Red-Haired Mary.

Watermedia for All: Watercolor and Acrylic

Margaret Scanlan

June 26-30
Five-day session

Experience a week of delicious, intense water media painting. Explore acrylic and watercolor separately and combined. Practice with no-failure exercises and experiments, play with regular and iridescent paints, and experiment with combining watercolor and acrylic on the same paper. You will be free to focus on your favorite water medium. You will explore color theory and new perspectives as key elements of art creation. Margaret’s passion for making art is palpable. Learn to tap into your own energy and employ new tools to take your work to new places.

Skill Level: All levels

Tuition: $735

Lab Fee: $75, includes watercolor, acrylics, and paper.

Enrollment limited to 12 students

Margaret Scanlan is a full-time studio artist in Knoxville, TN, working in acrylic and watercolor, large and small-scale work. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor USA Honor Society. She has taught painting, drawing, and color theory workshops at Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland School, le Petit Bois Gleu and Chateau du Pin in France. Her work is in many private, corporate, and public collections in the U.S. and Europe, including the Huntsville Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum (MO), and Sloan-Kettering Hospital (NY). She also plays keyboards in a Celtic band, Red-Haired Mary.

Narrative Figure Painting: Exploring Connection Between the Body and the Mind

Rebecca Campbell

June 26-30
Five-day session

Explore how figure painting uniquely engages both the intellectual world of ideas and the experiential world of paint. Rebecca will help you identify and articulate your own interests in narrative as they relate to the figure and further help them develop painting processes and techniques that realizes these interests in the language of paint. Rebecca will create a passionate and rich context for your explorations and discussions through daily lectures on the figure in painting history and contemporary art. Begin by using drawing, collage and photography to plan a series of paintings incorporating the figure based on ideas and stories you are curious to explore. Your projects will be enriched with introduction to techniques that refine your ability to paint representationally as well as gestural experiments designed to strengthen your ability to paint expressively in oil and acrylic. Expect to explore your individual strengths and personal vision.

Skill level: Intermediate and advanced painters

Tuition: $735

Lab Fee: $50, includes model fee; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 15 students

Rebecca Campbell has exhibited at L.A. Louver Gallery, Gagosion Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, and ADAA: The Art Show. An assistant professor at CSU Fullerton, she has taught at Art Center College of Design, Claremont Graduate University, Vermont College of Fine Art, and Anderson Ranch. Her work has been featured in ARTnews, Los Angeles Times, ART PAPERS, ARTWORKS Magazine, art ltd., The and Huffington Post, She is represented by L.A. Louver Gallery. www.rebeccacampbell.net.

Painting Luminosity

Marie Thibeault

July 3-7
Five-day session

Increase your understanding and use of color as it applies to painting in oil in this intensive workshop. Combining the best of her popular color and painting courses at CSULB, Marie will focus on mixing a widely expansive vocabulary of color to create light and luminosity. Enhance your understanding of color expression and expand your ability to mix, control and use color and paint application with greater clarity and success.

You will explore key color concepts while in the process of painting, and gain an understanding of how color and paint application create light, meaning, focus, mood and much more. Marie will discuss the most essential aspects of color and help you explore personal approaches to pictorial composition. You will be guided through a process of building small collages that illuminate essential color contrasts, with an emphasis on light, saturation, and proportion of color relationships. Your collages will serve as sources for painting three canvasses. Marie also will discuss painting techniques and approaches such as direct and indirect painting, under painting and glazing. This study of color will be contextualized within the history of painting, and you will learn how to employ color to strengthen your work.

Skill Level: Some painting experience necessary

Tuition: $735

Lab fee: $15, includes shared class materials such as various oil painting mediums; you may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.

Materials List: Download here.

Enrollment limited to 10 students

Marie Thibeault professor of art at California State University, Long Beach, received her BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA at UC Berkeley. Her large abstract paintings are arenas of action, informed by the contemporary landscape in transition and use symbolic color as an expressive force. She has an extensive exhibition record, and has received numerous awards. Recent exhibitions include Engineering at George Gallery Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, and Reference to Geometry at Jose Druis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles. www.mariethibeault.com