Beauty in the Detail

Students will grow and gain confidence in their artistic expression while creating new, originals works. Experiment with different techniques and methods offered by our dynamic faculty, while exploring the infinite possibilities of construction and composition alongside a diverse class of like-minded young artists.

Ages 14-18

Digital Photography Workshop

Ages 14–18

June 29-July 10, 2020
Two-week session

This beginner digital photography course is meant to help you master your digital camera and phone camera. You will learn the basic functions of your camera so you can begin to shoot in manual mode, as well as aperture priority and shutter priority mode, capturing higher-quality images of the people and places around you. You will learn Photoshop, Lightroom and useful photography apps on your phone. 

Idyllwild Arts Academy instructor Shaunna Lehr will show you how to see the world like a photographer, understanding lighting, composition and framing. She will work with you, reviewing your photos and helping you improve as you complete the program. By the time you finish, you will have the skills and know-how to take professional-quality photographs.

Tuition: $1,200
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Faculty: Shaunna Lehr


Exploring Acrylic Painting

Ages 14–18

June 29 – July 3, 2020
one-week 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.

The course will be organized into five days, each with quick exercises, more in-depth assignments and larger projects. There will be pre-recorded demos, live viewings with questions and discussion, as well as live Zoom painting sessions as a group. Work will be posted in a group gallery for written comments and critique. 

Tuition: $625
Lab fees: $0
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Skill Level: All levels
Faculty: Jessie Dodington

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.”

Instagram: @JessieDodingtonArt
Facebook: Jessie Dodington Art

What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Any electronic device that has access to the internet (phone, tablet, computer, iPod, etc.) 
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins
  • A variety of synthetic brushes
  • Supplies you will need: (from or sometimes Amazon if Dickblick is sold out)

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