with Gail Bokor
A different approach to applying paint! Exciting results from doing dirty pours, to swiping, to a more controlled approach, you will watch "paint play" as pigments merge together to form shapes and cells. Using acrylic, watercolor and even tempera paint, you will see almost immediate results, and may take your paintings as far as your experience will let you. This workshop is geared to all levels of creative experience. Warning: highly addictive!
with Sharon Griffes Tarr
In a good painting, the artist expresses what is important to them in a meaningful way. An artist’s personal process is fundamental in supporting the manner in which a painting speaks to an audience. In this workshop, students will discover how to begin and maintain a painterly looseness and how and when to build suggested definition where it counts for masterful story-telling. The workshop will conclude with the instructor’s popular visual critique of painting on acetate over-layed on a student’s work to correct errors and add emphasis where needed.
with Cedar Kindy
Have you ever want to paint the mystical light of the forest? This one day workshop uses several of Nita Engle’s watercolor techniques which does just that. The techniques we will explore are wet on wet, throwing paint, floating color, spraying, and flooding. While this approach is intuitive, the second layer of painting is more thought out and controlled. In this particular painting we will articulate trees in a forest, which are backlit and reflected in the water. Watercolor will be the dominate medium, but we may use pastel to create opaque overlays in the reflections, or paint a heron on the banks. No experience is necessary. Experienced painters will loosen up in their approach. All supplies are included.
with Gail Bokor
Polyptych means “many panels” and this workshop includes six 8”x8” wooden panels. We will use use mixed media techniques with acrylic paints, while creating individual paintings using design formats and compositional challenges. Each panel will stand alone as a work of art. However placing them together in two rows using line, color, shape, and texture panels will be visually joined them to create a 24”x16” polyptych. You can use it for an art puzzle on a coffee table or adhere it to a panel and frame. A two-day workshop is challenging to the beginner or advanced artist.
with Richard Jordan
In this two day workshop, Richard Jordan, Director of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan, will share his approach to painting convincing water, point out common mistakes and how to avoid them. He will paint classroom and lakeside demonstrations and give one on one instruction as well as group wide critiques.
with Connie Kuhnle
No need to fear putting that beautiful structure in your painting or avoiding those inviting charming scenes because they contain buildings. In this workshop Connie will discuss and demonstrate how architecture can add interest to your painting, some simple perspective principles that will help you to "make it look right". How to make structures sit naturally in the landscape, and the importance of reflected light and more!
with Kathleen Kalinowski
Learn more than just the basics of composition for planning and designing your landscape painting using photos. Starting with identifying the concept and story, then design with proportion, line and values. Know what to edit out and what to change to make a compelling composition based on your photos. Practice and learn how to simplify a good work flow using a number of compositional design elements on a variety of subjects.
with Eva Stramer Nichols
Discover easy techniques to painting fresh, luminous flowers in watercolor. Work with glazing, wet-into-wet, dry brushing, negative painting, lost and found edges and other unique watercolor techniques. Learn to use color theory, composition and design to make your florals shine. All levels welcome.