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

Encaustic Painting with Mixed Media

Linda Robertson
June 9-13

Encaustic is the art of painting with molten beeswax mixed with colored pigments and resin. The results are like no other medium—mysterious, deep, and translucent.

In this workshop you will combine beeswax with different media including paper, pastel, oil, watercolor, shellac, stencils, stamps and more using wax in an assortment of vivid colors. You can also collage with wax instead of glue to incorporate thin papers, fabric and dried plants once you get used to working with the wax. Come with an open mind and ready to make exciting new work in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Don’t worry if you haven’t tried anything like this before, the medium is very forgiving. This workshop is easily accessible for someone who has never tried encaustic painting before, but there will also be rich, personalized instruction for those who have more experience. Many materials will be available for you to experiment with and you can work in any style you choose.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $775
Lab Fee: $75, includes – encaustic medium and encaustic paint, use of all tools and other shared items, 7 small panels; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 10 students

Linda Robertson is a nationally recognized artist, art instructor and the author of the Embracing Encaustic book series. She has exhibited her work nationally and taught workshops for over a decade. Linda has been a featured speaker and instructor at schools and art conferences in the US and Canada and her paintings have been published in numerous books and periodicals. Her work pairs modern materials with ancient techniques to produce a luminous surface that captures and reflects light.  http://www.LindaRobertsonArts.com

Spontaneous Drawing and Watercolor

Robert Regis Dvorák
June 14-15

Have fun drawing and painting watercolor with freedom and ease. Capitalizing on a spontaneous approach to drawing and watercolor, this workshop will give you a sequence of easy exercises designed to give you confidence and success every time on your own.

You will learn techniques for drawing and painting people, skies, still life and landscape subjects; drawing skills to set up your paintings; simple color theory; 10 things you should leave out of every drawing and painting; 10 ways to create the illusion of depth in any drawing or painting; principles to know and use every time you draw or paint; to relax and have fun creativing drawing and watercolor subjects; foundation of skills so that you can continue to make spontaneous drawings and watercolor paintings for a lifetime.

Through an awareness of nature and the practice of deliberate action, you will explore the drawing and painting experience with a variety of drawing instruments and brush techniques. This workshop will save you months of trial and error so that drawing and watercolor painting can delight and fascinate you for years to come no matter what your skill or background–beginner or accomplished painter–this workshop will have you making drawings and painting watercolors in new and exciting ways.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $370
Lab Fee: $60, includes a 9” x 12” drawing pad, The Pocket Drawing Book, drawing materials, ink, one full sheet of 140# cold press watercolor paper 22” x 30”, travel watercolor set with 10 colors, Chinese round calligraphy brush, a hake brush, and a kneaded eraser.
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for the last 35 years. He has authored and illustrated:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, The Magic of Drawing and others. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a former professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and UC Berkeley. www.youcreate.com www.globesketcher.com

Travel Drawing and Painting

Robert Regis Dvorák
June 16

Want to make your next trip the most rewarding of all?  Take a sketchbook with you and rather than point and click your camera, take a few extra minutes to make some fine quick sketches and color them with watercolor.  Drawing and painting while traveling is fun and will increase your perception and enjoyment. Traveling with a sketch book can also open doors to interesting adventures and new friendships.  You will return home with priceless memories.

This class will show you how to quickly draw people, architecture, water, trees, and landscape; simplify your material—capture essence; prepare, pack, what materials to bring; be comfortable and relaxed sketching and painting in public; draw and paint in cafes, restaurants, on the street, on a cruise, on airplanes and boats; and draw and paint in public with or without discovery.

You will 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: $195
Lab Fee: $25, includes all drawing materials, handouts, a 160 page travel sketch pad and The Pocket Drawing Book. You will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for the last 35 years. He has authored and illustrated:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, The Magic of Drawing and others. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a former professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and UC Berkeley. www.youcreate.com www.globesketcher.com

Plein Air Idyllwild!

Bill Cramer
June 17 – 19

This will be an enjoyable and intense plein air workshop painting on-site in the mountain landscape near the city of Idyllwild, CA. You will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three dimensional landscape onto a two dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $370
Lab Fee: No 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. www.billcramerstudio.com www.instagram.com/billcramerart www.facebook.com/billcramerfineart

Non-traditional Watercolor and Acrylic Painting

What Can I Do with All Those Unique Things I’ve Collected

Bruce Bobick
June 17 – 21

This workshop will focus upon the incorporation of non-traditional materials into traditional watercolor painting on paper or acrylic painting on canvas. You may use various papers, fabrics, and any other three-dimensional materials, such as lace, wooden skewers, diabetic test strips, twine, rope, ribbon, beads, and more. You’ll learn you can use almost any three-dimensional form found in superstores and retail craft shops, that can be attached to paper or canvas by gluing, hand-sewing, stapling, or other methods.

The principles of design and composition will be stressed as a means of creating unified, balanced works and to prevent your pieces from becoming chaotic. In addition, we will explore how every non-traditional element, no matter how common in reality, when incorporated into a painting, has the possibility of becoming a unique symbol.

Skill level: Familiarity with the use of watercolor or acrylic preferred.
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $55, includes Arches Watercolor Paper, 22″ x 30″, 140 lb. cold press; 5 Minute Quick Cure Epoxy; Liquitex Matte Medium, 8 oz. bottle; 30 Assorted Sewing Needles; Various colored skeins of floss. You may be asked to bring additional materials.
Material List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 12 students

Bruce Bobick earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society in Los Angeles. He has taught painting at the University of West Georgia and at Western Illinois University. Bruce’s work has been included in 230 juried exhibitions, including “Watercolor, U.S.A.” fifteen times. He has held 88 solo exhibitions, the most notable being at the American Cultural Center in Brussels, Belgium. His work has also been included in 102 invitational exhibitions, including “From the Avant-Garde to the Present Day” in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition, his work has won 81 awards; three at the National Watercolor Society’s juried exhibitions, including the Silver Star and 2010 Purchase Award for the NWS Permanent Collection. www.brucebobick.com

Soul Painting: Creativity and Intuition

Alena Hennessy
June 24 – 28

Through guided exercises and visual examples, you will choose a symbolic symbol of animal totem, flower(s), or tree to represent your intention and heart’s desire. You will be able to draw and paint your subject matter along with painting with a variety of media and you will create a consistent series. There is much power and healing that comes from painting in this way, which can serve as a potent and loving symbol and reminder for your life that emanates truth and purity. At the end of the experience, you will walk away with two to four treasured paintings that not only have personal meaning, but are full of technique-based learning along with tapping into your intuition and soul-guides. This workshop is amazing for building depth to your portfolio, while increasing your knowledge on how to make gorgeous work. Alena will be sharing a lot of her tips and secrets with you, and her hope is that you will leave a little more transformed, content, and open to wild possibility.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $30, includes handmade paper, special drawing media, inks, and Alena’s other favorite media; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Material List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 14 students

Alena Hennessy is the author of Cultivating Your Creative Life, The Painting Workbook, Intuitive Painting Workshop, and beloved teacher of the art-making process, both online and at select retreats. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including Dwell, The Washington Post, Somerset Life, Spirituality & Health, ReadyMade, Redbook, Stitch, Victoria, and Natural Health magazine, as well as being featured on Good Morning America and pilot shows for ABC Studios. Her paintings have been exhibited across major cities in the US, along with several museum shows.  www.alenahennessy.com

Watercolor for All

Margaret Scanlan
June 24 – 28

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 lifetime 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: $755
Lab fee: $75 includes watercolors, paper, brushes, etc. – everything you will need.
Material List: Download Here
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, 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). Margaret plays keyboards in a Celtic band, Red-Haired Mary.

Gouache Painting – Color, Light, Landscape

DJ Hall
July 1 – 5

Learn to create a visual memoir using gouache.  Known for her larger-than-life oil paintings, use of color, and capturing light, D.J. has found gouache to be a magnificent medium, an artist’s workhorse, that can be used like oil paint, watercolor, or quick color notation. With gouache, water, and some brushes, you can have a painting studio anywhere and anytime. Capture the moment wherever you are. For several years, D.J.  has maintained visual diaries, painting small, jewel-like windows into her hiking, traveling, and home-life. She will explain how she creates engaging little paintings and books, with an emphasis on:

·         building an efficient gouache kit
·         best ways to capture a scene
·         building strong composition
·         simple lay-in like underpainting
·         use of color
·         capturing light
·         exquisite details
·         narrative sequence

Although these stunning paintings stand on their own, they can become an excellent foundation for developing  larger paintings. Finish the workshop by working
larger, using black illustration board for dusk or night landscapes or botanicals, adding to your artist’s toolbox.

Skill level: All levels
Tuition: $755
Lab fee: $75, includes Moleskin storyboard notebook, Utrecht brushes, palette, Winsor Newton basic gouache colors, black illustration boards, and shared supplies
Enrollment limited to 12 students

DJ Hall earned her BFA at USC. She has had solo exhibitions in New York (O.K. Harris) and  Los Angeles (Koplin del Rio, Craig Krull). And her work has been included in
more than 80 museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the US, Europe, and Japan and featured in many publications. She has worked on extramural projects for film (Spanglish),
theater (Ahmanson), the Los Angeles Airport, and a large trans-historical  project for Context Art Miami 2018 for which she created 14 pieces (various media) in a “visual dialogue”
with Max Pechstein. D.J. has taught at many colleges, including UCLA, Otis, Loyola Marymount University. Her papers are archived in Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Full Circle – Reclaiming Creativity

David Reid-Marr
July 1 – 5

Full circle is a mythic journey, an immersive workshop designed for (but not limited to) students who have a passion for art making but have not been able to follow that passion fully. We will be experimenting with many different mediums and modalities including drawing, painting and land art. We will explore the symbiotic relationship between these mediums, and how that symbiosis can be transformative. There will be a strong emphasis on finding one’s creative voice and developing formal and technical skills to support it.
Returning students are welcome, it is because of you that this workshop is constantly evolving.

Skill level: All levels (+ passion), no formal experience or drawing skills necessary
Tuition: $755
Lab Fee: $35, includes paints, paper, brushes, canvas, drawing implements, model; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
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

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