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Art Workshops

Studio workshops are offered in the Winslow Art Center studio in the Winslow Mall, downtown Bainbridge Island, a short walk from the Seattle ferry. Pre-registration is required for workshops. Registration may be made online or by contacting us at 206-618-3112.

Color in Action - An Acrylics Workshop

Dianna Shyne

Put your color knowledge to work to create exciting acrylic paintings that sing! Dianna Shyne will guide you as you apply your new-found color techniques to your own paintings. There will be a morning color lesson and painting demo, followed by an afternoon of painting in the studio. All levels!

Instructor: Dianna Shyne
Friday, April 25
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $150
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Gesture Drawing Intensive

Sarah Bixler

Draw with vigor as you capture the human figure quickly through gesture drawing! The purpose of gesture drawing is to capture the essence of a subject, rather than to present a realistic rendering of details. Using basic drawing materials and working from the live model, learn to look for movement, weight and form in order to create dynamic drawings that capture movement. Poses will range from a white-knuckled 30 seconds to a luxurious 20 minutes. All levels are welcome, whether you are experienced with drawing the human figure or have never drawn before!

Instructor: Sarah Bixler
Saturday, May 3
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $145
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Painting the Still Life

David Riedel

Join Oregon master painter David Riedel for this three-day intensive and learn how to creatively sense the heart of your painting subject without just "copying". Using the still-life as your vehicle, Riedel will show you how to create depth and atmosphere, as well as how to use color, value, edges, and good drawing sense to create a vibrant still-life painting. Discover how to paint a still life that represents a painterly, creative response, rather than one based on copying "stuff on a table". You will start by establishing the main idea of your painting, and then create an illusion of depth and atmosphere by developing the big shapes. Each participant may do several studies or pursue one, more in-depth work. Paint in oils or acrylics. All levels welcome.

Oregon artist David Riedel's education as a painter began at the Art Students League in New York City. Among the many fine instructors at the League that David studied under, David Leffel was his primary influence. Riedel's education has continued with workshops in still-life and landscape painting. He lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon. His work is shown at Total Arts Gallery in Taos, New Mexico and at Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon.

Instructor: David Riedel
Friday - Sunday
May 16 - 18
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $395
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Perspective Drawing Intensive

Sarah Bixler

Learn the principals of perspective in order to uncover them in the world around you. Apply the structure you observe to your drawings and paintings, creating believable form by combining what you know about an object with what you see. We will discuss one, two and three point perspective, but will avoid drawing any railroad tracks! Instead we will find these logical situations in the messy world around us: cars, buildings, trees… even ourselves!

Instructor: Sarah Bixler
Friday, May 23
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $135
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Value Sketching With Markers

Darrell Anderson

We often see things: movements, shapes, landscapes or people, that we would like to remember and recreate; light coming in a window that illuminates a bouquet of flowers; a dramatic setting sun catches a sailboat just right; a group of trees standing out against the sky. A fast way to capture these inspirational moments is by creating marker drawings. Darrell Anderson will teach you how to quickly translate the visual world into artistic expression, using toned markers. These drawings are wonderful by themselves, or as the foundation for more extensive works of art. This workshop entails a full day of drawing and instruction. All skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Darrell Anderson
Saturday, May 24
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $145
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Creating Form and Distance in Acrylics

Dianna Shyne

Learn to create form and distance in your acrylic paintings with the help of award-winning artist Dianna Shyne. Discover Dianna's easy-to-learn techniques for creating the illusion of distance, identifying compositional shapes, creating mood, and much more. All levels. Acrylics only!

Instructor: Dianna Shyne
Friday, May 30
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $150
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Plein Air Watercolor on Bainbridge Island
Tom Hoffman

Learn how to capture the tranquil vistas of Eagle Harbor in watercolor with well-known Seattle painter, author and instructor Tom Hoffmann. Within walking distance of the ferry on Bainbridge Island there are many excellent sites for plein air painting. Our headquarters will be the Winslow Art Center, where we can also work indoors.

Instructor: Tom Hoffman
Friday - Sunday
June 6 - 8
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $375
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Sketching With Gouache
Henry Stinson

Learn the fundamentals of sketching and painting in gouache with Henry Stinson. Gouache (gwash) is an opaque waterbased paint. It lends itself beautifully to painting quickly out of doors... The perfect tool for the traveling artist. Discover interesting venues on Bainbridge Island for experimenting with this versatile medium.

Instructor: Henry Stinson
Friday, June 13
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $150
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Plein Air Essentials - Moving Your Art Forward Quickly
Valerie Collymore

In this two-day workshop, contemporary impressionist artist Valerie Collymore will share the essential fundamentals required for moving your art forward quickly. Starting in the studio, then moving out-of-doors, Collymore will show you how to mix the color you want quickly, achieve color harmony in your work, and understand and use values to greatly improve your artwork. Learn techniques to achieve a looser, more impressionistic painting style and learn how to deal with edges. Discover how to use the science of vision to improve your artwork and draw in the viewer’s attention. Gain skills in organizing your thoughts as a painter and increasing your art vocabulary to better communicate concepts when discussing artwork during critiques.

During this workshop, you can expect key master tips, instructor demos, opportunities for hands-on learning, personal attention, and an approach which highly simplifies a great deal of complex information (a skill acquired during Collymore's former profession as a physician). Valerie will show you how to use the psychology of art to overcome blocks, help you find your personal style and become more productive. Valerie’s principals are essential to students who have never worked with her before, as well as to those who wish to advance their knowledge gleaned in her previous workshops. All levels.

Instructor: Valerie Collymore
Friday & Saturday
June 13 & 14
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $250 (one-day only: $145)
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Preparing Plein Air Painting in Acrylics -
An In Studio Workshop

Dianna Shyne

Do you want to learn the principals of painting on location in acrylics, but don't know where to begin? Dianna Shyne will give you a jump start in learning how to paint out-of-doors in acrylics. From what gear to buy and how to set it up, to learning the basics of working in open air, Dianna will give you the confidence you need to tackle this specific art form. All levels!

Instructor: Dianna Shyne
Friday, June 20
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $150
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Encaustic Printmaking (Limited to 6)

Victoria Harrison

Join Victoria Harrison for a two-day, beginning session, creating monotypes (one-of-a-kind prints) with pigmented beeswax and Japanese paper on a heated aluminum printing plate. This class is all about playing and exploring with the medium – no prerequisites! Class time will include a mix of demonstrations and mostly hands-on work. Go home with a variety of prints including a printed rice paper scroll. This technique creates gentle surprises and aha moments, resulting in beautiful abstracted images. Encaustic printmaking encourages go-with-the-flow spontaneous work, particularly excellent for the artist who wants to loosen up, and great for the non-artist who wants a new experience. Perfect for anyone who has the urge to play and explore.

Encaustic printmaking involves a heated surface, anywhere from a pancake griddle to a professional aluminum printing palette, without the use of a printing press. Pigmented beeswax is applied directly to the warm plate, and moved around with a variety of tools – kitchen spatula, string, brushes - whatever the imagination can drum up. A sheet of paper is laid on the surface of wax, and lifted to create a monotype of beeswax imbedded in paper. The variations, created with the use of a wide variety of tools (from the kitchen, the art store, the paint store, found objects), which are provided during class time, are endless.

A supplies fee is paid directly to the instructor and INCLUDES ALL SUPPLIES. Due 2 weeks prior to class-time, the fee includes a generous supply of Japanese/rice papers (sumi-e, masa and a 12’ scroll) and machine-made “interleaving”.  Also included is the use of a variety of “R&F” and “Enkaustikos” pigmented beeswax and the use of professional palettes needed for printing.  No need to purchase anything, other than a small list of optional items found at your home - details to be emailed to the student upon registration. Specialty rice papers (kitikata, kozo, rives) will be available for purchase during class-time if you would like to use these papers in addition to those provided. 

Instructor: Victoria Harrison
Saturday & Sunday
June 21 & 22
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $260
+ $60 Supply Fee Paid to Instructor
Limited to 6 participants
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Painting Chrome and Metal
Jennifer Diehl

Have you always seen the beauty and inspiration in a piece of glass or a shiny metal object, but seem to shy away from them when it comes to putting that piece in a painting? Would you like to have the confidence to include such things in your work? This class will give you the know-how to approach painting chrome and glass with just as much confidence as you would anything else. Through demonstrations, lectures and hands on experience, you will learn the techniques to achieve the reflective light and color that make metal and glass so beautiful. Plus, you will have a lot of fun! Paint in oils or acrylics. All levels.

Instructor: Jennifer Diehl
Friday - Sunday
June 27 - 29
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $325
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Plein Air Painting in Acrylics

Dianna Shyne

Learn the art of plein air painting in acrylics with award-winning Impressionist painter Dianna Shyne! Learn about simplification and massing of shapes, design, composition, color harmony and values, and more! Both days will begin with in studio instruction at Winslow Art Center, then we will go outside and paint! We will end each day back in the studio for discussion and critique sessions. All levels. Acrylics only! Winslow Art Center's studio space is available in the event of foul weather.

Instructor: Dianna Shyne
Friday & Saturday
July 18 & 19
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $295
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Design Intensive
Jennifer Diehl

The most important aspect of a painting is how the viewer experiences the piece. This class goes into great depth as to how to create that experience through all aspects of design. We will spend each day working on hands on activities to help better understand unity, variety, emphasis, eye movement, color in design, Notan, design in still life, landscape, etc., etc., etc. Be prepared for an intense workout in design.

Design is the single most important thing in a painting. It has the first impact on a viewer by directing the viewer’s eye through the painting to experience the entirety of the piece based on how you (the artist) have chosen to show them what you have to say. This set of workshops goes into great depth, exploring design concepts with hands on learning. You will spend most of each day learning a concept, and then applying it through exercises that were created to enhance your understanding.

Instructor: Jennifer Diehl
Friday - Sunday
October 17 - 19
November 14 - 16
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost per weekend: $325
Take both weekends: $590
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