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 with Resin

Charlie Ciali
June 11-15

This workshop is designed for painters who work in all mediums. From watercolor to oil paint, acrylic to encaustic, mixed media to printmaking. Participates are encouraged to bring works in progress or begin new work. Bring your favorite collage elements, paints, three dimensional items and experiment on the many ways resin can be used in your artwork. We will be using a polymer compound and exploring many different applications and how it can be applied to your artwork. Painting between coats of the polymer, sanding it, creating textures, color casting and more. The workshop is geared towards each student finding different ways to use resin in painting. The emphasis is on personal growth in your painting and how the application of resin can enhance your work.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $735
Lab Fee: $100, includes two gallons of resin (may keep what is unused) and support supplies for application, bonding materials, applicators and sanding tools; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Charlie Ciali has served on many Boards and Commissions including the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, Board President of the Arts Institute of Palm Springs High School and President of the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council. He is a Certified Instructor for Encaustikos, a leading supplier of encaustic materials, and a certified instructor for AKUA Inks/Speedball. He has been a repeat invited instructor at Idyllwild Arts and has created and instructs arts programs for grades 2-12 for the Palm Springs Unified School District.

Drawing Portraits the Easy Way

Robert Regis Dvorák
June 15

Learn how to do amazing drawings of faces in just one day. You will amaze your friends and family and most importantly yourself. You will learn the bare bones of portrait drawing – the good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you draw. 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 drawing quickly without a lot of fuss, where to begin and how to proceed, what media to use for the best results, and how to practice to increase your skill. No matter what your background, this workshop will have you drawing faces and loving it.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $185
Lab Fee: $16, includes shared drawing materials, paper, handouts. Brush available on site for $6; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 16 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 paintings in 24 one-man shows and many other group exhibits in the US and abroad. www.youcreate.com and www.globesketcher.com

Drawing Without Fear

Robert Regis Dvorák
June 16

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.
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák, see bio in Drawing Portraits the Easy Way

Painting the Figure Simply and Beautifully in Watercolor

Robert Regis Dvorák
June 17

This class will be directed to the spontaneous representation of the male and female figure in watercolor. There will be a strong emphasis on the use of color, white space and composition. Color mixing from a limited palette, light, shade, shadow, brush techniques, graded washes, foreshortening, facial details, lost and found edges, and proportion will be demonstrated and practiced. We will work from professional models. No matter how much previous instruction you have had, this class will have you seeing and painting the figure in a new way. This class is for you if you would like to learn some easy techniques for painting the figure quickly, want more confidence and skill painting figures in watercolor, and if you want to paint the figure loose and free.

Skill Level: Some experience with watercolor and drawing the figure recommended.
Tuition: $185
Lab Fee: $25, includes model fees and some sketch paper; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák, see bio in Drawing Portraits the Easy Way

Travel Drawing and Painting

Robert Regis Dvorák
June 18

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; simplify 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 cafés, 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 bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák, see bio in Drawing Portraits the Easy Way

Painting Nature in the Eco Age

Constance Mallinson
June 18-22

This class is designed for students who want to move beyond plein air landscape painting to depicting nature with ecological issues in mind. We will explore how certain juxtapositions of objects with the natural world can create powerful metaphors and allegories for an environment impacted by human behaviors. In classroom critiques we will share ideas about how art can become a means to new dialogues concerning attitudes towards nature. For inspiration, Constance will introduce examples of contemporary painting that express ways of seeing nature that promote respect for nature and awareness of interconnectedness with the human world. You will then create personal still lifes from natural and mass-produced detritus found in the area around Idyllwild to work from in the classroom. Using either a unique 3D collage technique with an emphasis on realistic rendering, or creating backgrounds from outside sources such as photographs for painting your collected materials, you will learn new and unconventional compositional approaches. In addition, you will strengthen your painting skills through individual classroom demonstrations and discussions with the instructor, and learn how to engage critical themes in painting. Two modest sized works will be completed during the course.

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced oil painting skills, and ability to render objects and materials in a studio set up.
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $15, includes shared class materials; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Constance Mallinson is a painter with a career spanning 45 years. She has been included in many group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The San Jose Museum, the Pomona Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Metro, and many private and corporate collections. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, a City of Los Angeles Artist Grant, and has taught every aspect of painting at universities and colleges throughout Southern California. www.constancemallinson.com

Reclaiming Creativity

Explorations in the Art and Craft of Drawing and Painting

David Reid-Marr
June 18-22

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. Returning students welcome – there will be new exercises and techniques to explore.

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 bring additional materials.
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

Intuitive Expressive Painting: Imagining the Unimaginable

Jesse Reno
June 25-29

In this mixed-media painting class you will learn to create paintings that emerge from an abstract base of markings, colors, line, and shape to form expressive and organic creations. You will learn painting and mark-making techniques that will encourage imagery and connection to your work. Through a series of painting exercises, you will explore and express your ideas by imagining what could be created from abstraction rather than confining your ideas to predetermined outcomes.

Within the process, we will create narrative dialogue by noting what we see and feel in our work. Through the practice of subtractive painting we will remove the parts that are no longer relevant or keep us trapped from progress. This teaches us choice and freedom to change direction in our work. We continually build layers within our paintings combining fragments of past ideas with the new until we arrive at a feeling of completion. Through this engagement we learn to experiment, take risks, re-associate our work from perspectives unconfined by our expectations. This allows us to see things clearly and move to a more expressed and personal engagement when painting.

Using simple materials and techniques you will be free to express yourself within your paintings in new ways – finding yourself as a painter from the raw base of art, learning your personal likes dislikes, connecting you to your practice and imagery from a position of experimentation and instinct, and teaching you to imagine the unimaginable.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $735
Lab Fee: $25, includes a kit with non-toxic acrylic paints, assorted oil pastels, colored pencil, five sheets 18” x 24″ Bristol paper; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Jesse Reno is a self-taught mixed-media painter. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and exhibiting his works since 2000. Jesse has amassed more than 3,000 paintings in the last 12 years, and has exhibited his work extensively across the US, France and Mexico. Jesse’s work has been covered in various art publications including Juxtapoz, Artnews, Artension, and Somerset Studio. One of his largest works can be seen in Winnipeg, Canada where he was commissioned by the Province of Manitoba to create a 25’ x 40’ mural as a reminder of the cultural importance of the Native American people in the region. www.jessereno.com

Watercolor for All

Margaret Scanlan
June 25 – 29

Expect a solid work and joy-filled week of watercolor study, overflowing with sequential, no-failure exercises, interesting experiences and experiments, and quite a bit of color theory. Learn or refine your skills using washes, glazes, multiple layers, lifting techniques, wet on wet and wet on dry methods. Expect to go home, at the end of the week, with tools of a life-time and an exquisite watercolor – or two or three. This class is suitable for true beginners (haven’t held a brush since kindergarten), experienced watercolorists, and everyone in between.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $735
Lab fee: $75, includes watercolor, acrylics, and paper; you may be asked to bring additional 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 US 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.

Oil Painting

John Brosio
July 2-6

Your course will begin with a start-to-finish oil painting demonstration that will inspire you to pursue and engage your own personal inquiry. Discover new ways to sneak up on the process through demonstrations of thumbnail drawing, composition, small color studies, and limited palette paintings. Learn techniques of glazing and scumbling and how to apply them to longer track oil painting. You will receive personal instruction and be encouraged to work on your own sketchbook. Paint abstractly or representationally with the use of still life, live models and the abundant landscape!

As you develop your own paintings, you will be encouraged to explore and employ ideas and techniques from masters including Wayne Thiebaud, John Singer Sargent, Velazquez, Richard Diebenkorn, Frank Auerbach, Edward Hopper, Luc Tuymans, and more. Slide presentations on pictorial space, discussions of John’s work, and after-class interactions will inspire you to think about your own work.

Students desiring to bring work that is already in progress are encouraged to do so.

Skill Level: Drawing and painting experience preferred
Tuition: $735
Lab Fee: $50, includes model fees and group supplies; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

John Brosio earned a BFA at University of California, Davis, with further studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as well as the George Lucas Industrial Light and Magic facility in California. John has exhibited his paintings nationally in both solo and group shows. He teaches at the Laguna College of Art and Design and exhibits with Arcadia Contemporary in Los Angeles. www.johnbrosio.com