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.

Full Circle: Reclaiming Our Creativity

David Reid-Marr
June 15-19
Five-day session

This workshop is a journey through various aspects of art-making, including drawing, painting, collage, 3D work, and documentation, with the goal of rediscovering our innate creativity and expressing that creativity through transformational and highly personal images.  

Our days will be divided between drawing each morning and painting, collage and sculptural elements in the afternoons. The course is a blend of formal training and individual and collective exploration. Because of the exploratory nature of our time together, you will keep a sketchbook/diary in which your creative process (specifically the challenges and insights of that process) is documented. You will create a capstone project of your choice!

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $40 – This workshop’s $40 lab fee includes paper, charcoal, pencils, paints, gesso, brushes, canvas, sculpture supplies. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 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.

Website: www.reid-marr.com

Plein Air to Studio

Bill Cramer
June 15 – 19
Five-day session

This workshop is aimed at understanding the relationship between plein air and studio painting to discover how the two activities complement each other. You’ll explore the idea that taking your on-site paintings into the studio is not simply used to create larger, more detailed paintings, but is the key in keeping our work vital and fresh.   

We’ll begin outside in the beautiful mountains around Idyllwild, where you’ll explore the approaches and advantages of plein air painting and how being on-site is the best way for an artist to really study what’s out there. In this workshop, seeing and gathering ideas is just as important as coming home with a decent plein air painting.    

Later, with your plein air work and new understanding of nature in hand, you’ll see how these source materials can inform what we do in the studio. Emphasis will be placed on using the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of nature. Focus will be placed on design, editing and other creative methods to produce original work that is as vibrant as the landscapes that inspired it.  

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced. All students should have experience with plein air landscape painting in the medium of their choice.
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: This workshop has no lab fee. You will be asked to bring all materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Bill Cramer is best known for his striking oil paintings of the American West. Growing up in the West, Bill always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art. After receiving a University of California fine arts degree, he moved to Arizona, where he discovered the delight and challenges of plein air painting.  Bill works in a style best described as impressionistic realism, where strong brushwork and colors are used to express the vitality and beauty of the natural world.

Website: www.billcramerstudio.com 

Instagram: @billcramerart

Facebook: Bill Cramer Fine Art

Painting Abstract Watercolors

Robert Regis Dvorák
June 19
One-day session

This could be the most valuable watercolor workshop you will ever take. It will make you see all your painting endeavors as abstract compositions full of energy, drama, light, and color. Using a variety of creative watercolor techniques you will paint beautiful abstract paintings. You will learn: 

  • how to create new ideas for paintings
  • exciting ways to experiment with watercolor
  • a variety of composition secrets
  • how to exaggerate your colors and create drama
  • masking, brush techniques, and alternatives to the brush
  • the correct use of sprays and spatters to create colorful textures.

Beginning students as well as those with previous watercolor instruction will find this workshop new, valuable and exciting. In a relaxed, safe painting environment you will learn to use your imagination to deliberately paint abstract watercolors.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $195
Lab Fee: $15 – This workshop’s $15 lab fee includes watercolor paper, mouth atomizer, color handout, and some shared materials. You will be asked to bring watercolor paints and additional materials; a few watercolor sets will be available for purchase in class for $18.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák is a watercolor artist and public speaker on creativity.  His books include Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, and Selling Art 101. He has been a featured artist in American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. He has had 24 one-man shows of his work and has been featured in many group shows. He is frequently asked to do watercolor demonstrations and to judge art exhibitions.

Website: www.youcreate.com 

Instagram: @robert.regis.dvorak

Portrait Drawing & Painting the Easy Way

Robert Regis Dvorák
June 20 – 21
Two-day session

If you have always wanted to be able to draw or paint portraits in watercolor, join this workshop!  Most people who try drawing or painting portraits don’t know how to begin, and end up practicing the wrong way. Through this workshop, you will learn good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability every time you draw or paint a portrait. You will learn:

  • easy to remember portrait proportions 
  • how to take advantage of lighting so that your faces don’t look flat
  • how to make your layouts quickly without a lot of fuss
  • how to draw and paint the eyes and mouth so that your portraits look alive
  • use of different media for black and white portraits – in ink, in pencil, and in charcoal for the best results
  • what colors to use for different skin tones
  • how to draw a caricature
  • and more!

Learn how to do amazing drawings of faces – surprise your friends and family and most importantly, yourself.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $370
Lab Fee: $25 – This workshop’s $25 lab fee includes drawing supplies (pens, pencils, ink, charcoal), drawing and watercolor paper, and color handouts. You will be asked to bring watercolor paints and additional materials; travel watercolor sets ($18) and brush ($6) will be available for purchase in class.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák is a watercolor artist and public speaker on creativity.  His books include Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, and Selling Art 101. He has been a featured artist in American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. He has had 24 one-man shows of his work and has been featured in many group shows. He is frequently asked to do watercolor demonstrations and to judge art exhibitions.

Website: www.youcreate.com 

Instagram: @robert.regis.dvorak

The Perfect Union: Paint & Collage

Holly Roberts
June 29 – July 3
Five-day session

The process of painting opens the creative door for many of us, getting us out of our heads by letting our hands guide the creative process. By starting with paint, we learn to lay down the first layer of our image, which then determines the images to follow, applied through either direct gluing or the often tricky, but exciting, transfer processes. 

Anything goes in this class when it comes to putting materials together: the magic comes in making it work to produce a strong, cohesive image. You will learn to paint abstractly and expressively, working much of the time without brushes. We will focus on different ways to apply paint, including but not limited to pouring, scraping, imprinting and using one surface to inform another. 

Skills taught will include, but not be limited to painting, correct adhesion, different transfer processes, and marrying different materials. As you begin to tap into your unconscious through these creative processes, your unique stories will begin to emerge, form and then solidify. The workshop will stress investigation, exploration, and risk in an attempt to marry disparate media such as paint, text, drawings, photographs, and any other material you want to use. 

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $25 – This workshop’s $25 lab fee includes shared materials including gesso, contact paper, parchment paper, sandpaper. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Holly Roberts earned an MFA from Arizona State University, Tempe. Her work is nationally and internationally exhibited and has been published in four monographs. She has twice received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a retrospective of her work, 33 Years, was held at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. Holly lives and works in Corrales, NM.

Website:  www.hollyrobertsstudio.com

Instagram: @hollyrobertsstudio

Facebook: Holly Roberts Art

Blog: Holly Roberts – One Painting at a Time

Watermedia for All: Acrylic & Watercolor

Margaret Scanlan
June 29 – July 3
Five-day session

Experience a delicious week of intense watermedia painting. Explore acrylic and watercolor separately and combined. Components of the class include no-failure exercises and experiments, playing with regular and iridescent paints, and combining watercolor and acrylic on paper. You will be encouraged to focus on your favorite water medium, if you choose. You will painlessly explore color theory; expand wet, dry, and glazing techniques; and experience the joy of a week of laughter and learning. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or haven’t held a brush since kindergarten, you will surely blossom in this workshop!

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $75 – This workshop’s $75 lab fee includes all supplies and materials needed for the workshop.
Enrollment limited to 12 students

Margaret Scanlan is a 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.  For many years she has taught painting, drawing, and color theory workshops at Idyllwild Arts, Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont, Penland, Le Petit Bois Gleu and Chateau du Pin in France. Her work is in many private, corporate, and public collections in the US and Europe, including the Huntsville Museum of Art; Springfield Art Museum; and Sloan-Kettering Hospital, NY.  She plays keyboards in a Celtic Band, Red-Haired Mary.

Color Crush

Marie Thibeault
July 6 – 10
Five-day session

This intensive workshop will fast track your understanding and ability to use color. Designed to combine the best of her popular color and painting courses at CSU Long Beach, Marie will guide you through a workshop that will ensure a deeper understanding of color theory, application and expression. The most essential aspects of color are defined and explored in inventive approaches to pictorial composition.

You will explore color theory and concepts through a guided process of collage and painted studies. The course structure will reference the vibrant history of painting, and you will gain an understanding of how individual color use can enhance and strengthen your own creative work.

We will begin with painted studies and collages that address essential color contrasts, with an emphasis on light, saturation, and proportion of color relationships. These initial composition studies will become the springboard for larger studies tailored to your individual needs.You will become more sensitive to how color creates light, space, focal point and meaning within your work, gaining more power with color expression.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $15 – This workshop’s $15 lab fee includes shared materials such as collage paper, glue, and tools; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Marie Thibeault’s work has been presented most recently in exhibitions at Long Beach Museum of Art, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Von Fraunberg Gallery in Dusseldorf, George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco, and Torrance Art Museum. She has completed residencies at L’Air Arts in Paris, Two Coats of Paint in New York, and the US Thai Exchange Program at Silpakorn University in Bangkok. Her work has been featured in numerous major publications, including New American Paintings, Artillery Magazine, and Art in America. Marie earned a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from UC Berkeley. She is Professor Emerita at CSU Long Beach. 

Website: www.mariethibeault.com

Instagram: @mariethibeaultart

Exploring Acrylic Painting

Jessie Dodington
July 6 – 10
Five-day session

Acrylic is the perfect medium for working intuitively and spontaneously, as well as to practice observational art. This workshop covers a range of acrylic painting techniques, from thin watercolor-like application to thick impasto using brushes, palette knives and other tools. Exercises include color-palette investigations, monochromatic and full-color studies, still-life painting, landscape painting, working from photographic resources, and abstract experimentation. Inspiration will be gleaned from the surrounding nature, poems, online sources, photographs, and your imagination.

Experiment, play, and make recipes for color-mixing, mark-making and compositions in a sketchbook that will become your technical and creative reference book. You will complete studies and finished pieces on different surfaces: mixed-media sketchbook, acrylic paper, and canvas board. 

There will be plenty of creative prompts and technical demos if you prefer more direction, and lots of flexibility if you prefer to work more independently. You will leave this workshop having developed a reference and creative process sketchbook, paint studies that can be turned into larger pieces, and finished works of art. Whether you are brand new to painting or more experienced, this will be a creatively liberating and inspirational week.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $50 – This workshop’s $50 lab fee includes acrylic paint paper pad, 9 x 12″ 24 sheets; Mix Media sketchbook, 10” x 7”, Portrait, 60 Sheets; 3 11×14″ canvas boards; disposable paint palette paper, collapsible water cup; and shared materials. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Jessie Dodington holds an MFA from Texas Tech University, and her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across the US and internationally. She has taught drawing and painting at Eastern New Mexico University and Texas Tech University and teaches painting workshops for children and adults. She is a member of the 806 Collective at the Charles Adams Studio Project and is published in the Journal of the Texas Art Education Association on the topic “Expanded Materiality: Surprise and Serendipity in Art Education.”

Website: www.dodington.us

Instagram: @JessieDodingtonArt

Facebook: Jessie Dodington Art

Twitter: @Dodington

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