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Workshops

Studio workshops are offered in the Winslow Art Center studio, upstairs in the Winslow Mall, downtown Bainbridge Island.
Pre-registration and payment are required for workshops. Registration may be made online or by contacting us at 206-618-3112.

Compelling Points of View: Creative Compositions Using Sketchbook and Camera

William G. Hook

The success of a painting starts with your initial vision before you even pick up a pencil or brush. The key is learning how to understand and capture this vision in your artwork. Bill has always found his sketchbook to be one of his most valuable tools and he uses it as an experimental laboratory where he “plans his successes and hides his failures…” In this workshop Bill will share how he uses his sketchbook and camera to study, plan and create powerful and engaging images. You will learn how to see and develop the painting's potential, starting with a flat or disappointing image and creating a powerful statement from it, engaging the viewers’ interest by manipulating perspective and light. 

Most of the class will be taught in the studio with some exploring of the town to collect images.
Work will be done primarily in pencil and or watercolor depending on the students’ comfort level.  Students will need a sketchbook and camera or phone with a digital display. website

Instructor: William G. Hook
Saturday & Sunday, July 16 - 17
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $300
All media
All Levels
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Abstraction in Oils: Landscape as Source

Jordan Wolfson

This three-day workshop will explore both plein air painting and the process of abstraction. We will work in the mornings in a traditional plein air approach - outdoors developing tonal relationships in response to the landscape, in search of a convincing sense of space and light, as well as different ways of handling and applying paint. In the afternoons we will work indoors on one canvas for the duration of the three days, using our morning paintings as source material for an ongoing and improvisational discovery of abstract painting. Risk and play will be encouraged! Individual attention will be given in a supportive and creative atmosphere. website

Instructor: Jordan Wolfson
Friday - Sunday, July 22 - 24
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $450
Medium: Oils
All Levels
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Open Studio Figure Drawing

This open studio session offers participants the opportunity to practice drawing from the nude model without instruction. The first hour will typically be spent on short gesture poses increasing in length of time, and with longer poses in the last 2 hours. Some figure drawing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Bring your own drawing paper and materials. Easels and tables are available for your use.

Tuesdays, August 2-30, 5 sessions
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $65; Drop-in Fee: $17
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Plein Air Painting

Robin Weiss

This one-day workshop with local plein air artist, Robin Weiss will focus on figures in an outdoor urban environment. Emphasis will be on compositin, value and color. Be sure to bring a portable easel with a limited palette of your preferred colors. In case of inclement weather, you may paint from a photo of your own choosing. Painters of all levels are welcome. website

Instructor: Robin Weiss
Friday, August 12
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $160
Oils or Acrylics
All Levels
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Trusting the Painting Process

Justin Duffus

In this two-day workshop, learn to develop an unpredictable painting while working from a live model. We will explore unconventional methods of manipulating paint and practice responding directly to our true perception of color, form and space. Students will be encouraged to push and pull paint in order to develop a mark making vocabulary in pursuit of realizing their felt sense of reality and atmosphere. website

Instructor: Justin Duffus
Saturday - Sunday, August 20 - 21
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $295 (+ model fee)
Intermediate to Advanced
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Put it Down, Leave it Alone: Plein Air Paintings in 100 Strokes or Less

Tim Deibler

Join Tim Deibler at the Winslow Art Center for an exciting NEW approach to plein air painting. In this class you will be creating your plein air paintings in 100 strokes or less. You will be working deliberately counting each stroke. With no opportunity to fuss, this will force you to have a clear intention in your work. Using a limited palette, you will learn to quickly create vibrant, exciting paintings, while capturing the spirit of the outdoors. website

Instructor: Tim Deibler
Friday - Sunday, August 26 - 28
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $425
Medium: Oils or Acrylics
All Levels
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Oil Bars with Lois Silver

Lois Silver

Discover rich, colorful and surprisingly easy drawing and painting techniques using oilbars without solvents or brushes. Lois Silver will show how to combine drawing and painting skills, emphasizing composition, color and value. Students will learn to incorporate the figure into the painting in a creative narrative manner, using photos from Lois' collection. All levels. website

Instructor: Lois Silver
Saturday & Sunday, November 12 - 13
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $310
All Levels
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Painting Luminous Watercolors

Frank Eber

Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint your watercolors with light, luminosity and atmosphere, by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques on balance and unity, design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium, as they are applicable to oils, acrylics, tempera, pastels, etc. Separate yourself from the watercolor crowd and experience firsthand why his courses are so popular!

A painter's painter, Frank Eber works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observation of the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium. Frank stresses a solid foundation in the basics, “…so that our focus is on creating timeless art. An emotional link is necessary in our work, as well as the connection to the vibrancy of everything we paint.” website

Instructor: Frank Eber
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 15 & 16
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $295
Medium: Watercolor
All Levels
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Relief Block Printing

Theresa Neinas

Have you always wanted to play with sharp tools but your mother wouldn't let you? Learn to use linoleum cutting tools safely and get the results you want. In this overview of relief block printing you'll learn about composition, technique, and individual style, as well as the basics of rolling, and hand printing. In this workshop Therasa will expalain how to adapt this process to a home environment. This is a great opportunity to start working on your holiday gift list. No experience necessary. website

Instructor: Theresa Neinas
Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $295
All Levels
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Pastel Techniques: A 2-Day Intensive Workshop

Steven R. Hill

Learn pastel application techniques with award-winning artist Steve Hill of Lopez Island, Washington. Steve offers workshops that are high energy, very organized and full of important information and techniques for using pastels to create successful landscape paintings. These same techniques spill-over readily for still-life, figurative and abstract work. Expect to come away with a whole new vocabulary of painting skills and be ready to surprise yourself. Values, colors, textures, line, rhythms, hard edges, soft edges, no edges, focal points and non-focal points will all be covered. Steve will do narrated demonstrations each day and then work with each student individually to keep your paintings on-track while you learn to explore this versatile, colorful medium. website

Day 1: Work on “pastel stroke exercise” routines to explore fundamental ways to use this medium with confidence and gain technical skill. You will quickly learn how, why and when to apply different stick pressures, change stroke directions, layer and blend colors, with both hard and soft pastel sticks. Loose hatch, cross hatch, flicks and blends are all here. Using Linear Strokes vs Side Strokes will all make sense form the beginning to end of these exercises and give you the skills that take can weeks, months, or even years to learn on your own. These are simple, direct and very easy to do because they focus solely on getting a “feel” for pastels, not on your drawing skills or painting ability. End the day doing small “single object” still-life paintings to render each form with light, background and shadows.
Day 2: Focus on creating landscape paintings (using reference photos) and working from small value/composition studies done in black, grey and white. You will use a reference photo as a jumping-off point to re-create, edit and begin your first landscape painting in pastel.”

Instructor: Steven R. Hill
Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $310
All Levels
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Workshops 2017

Beyond Mud: Techniques for Working Wet-Into-Wet with Oils

Mitch Albala

Every oil painter, at one time or another, has experienced the frustration of working in oil. We love its buttery consistency and blend-ability, but those are the same qualities that can lead to overworking and “mud.” Keeping your colors fresh and clear is not something that happens by accident – it's a practice that involves a series of technical maneuvers that you must learn to apply with every stroke. This workshop covers everything you need to start improving your wet-into-wet practice: the the law of thin > thicker > thickest, layering order, paint consistency, transparency and opacity, touch, and the right kinds of brushes to use. The morning session is devoted to several practice exercises that introduce the techniques. Then in the the afternoon, you'll do a painting of your own choosing, practicing the wet-into-wet technique under Mitchell's guidance. See more of the instructor's work on his website.

Instructor: Mitch Albala
Saturday, January 21, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $160
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Building Landscape Harmony with Color Strategies, Limited Palettes
and Color Groups

Mitch Albala

Landscape is an endless source of color inspiration, yet successful landscape painting is only partially about referencing the colors we see in nature. More often than not, a successful depiction of landscape light is based on the implementation of a color strategy or “color plan.” Although we will reference photos in this workshop, we never copy photographic color; instead, we learn to build color harmony by becoming color strategists and inventors.

In a series of guided exercises, this workshop will cover:

  • how spectrum-based relationships like complementary, analogous, and triadic can serve as the foundation of a strategy
  • how limited palettes help direct a strategy and keep color mixtures more unified
  • how landscapes can have greater color unity with the use of “color groups” — two or three basic color families into which all the other colors may be grouped
  • the different ways we approach color en plein air and in the studio
  • the proper way to reference photographs, so as not to become “copyists”

You can work with your own photographs or work with those provided by the instructor. Detailed tips for selecting reference photos for the workshop will be provided before the workshop. Level: This is not a class for first-time painters; however, it is ideally suited for plein air or studio landscape painters who want to expand their color vocabulary. website

Instructor: Mitch Albala
Saturday-Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $295
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Abstraction from Nature: Small to Big

Larry Moore

This 3 day studio class is designed to help you with finding your voice and gaining freedom in paint. We explore all of the characteristics that make a great painting: intent, paint, color, mark making, drawing, shape, edge, methods and materials and we do it at the fun sizes, 30×30 to 40×40 on the easel or on the floor. This class will start with the same processes as in all my classes, small studies to larger studies to big stuff. The big paintings are done with house paints, acrylics, tempera, whatever is cheap and plentiful. We also will be using different tools to create with; brooms, mops, sponges, brushes, squeegees, and more.

Instructor: Larry Moore
Wednesday - Saturday, June 23 - 25, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $450
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Alla Prima Figure Painting

David Shevlino

This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.

Instructor: David Shevlino
Wednesday - Saturday, July 13 - 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $595 (Plus model fee)
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The Pastel Landscape, from Plein Air to Studio

Lyn Asselta, PSA, IAPS MC

This 3-day workshop will focus on gathering information through field sketches, small plein air paintings and color studies that will be used as your inspiration for further studio work. We will utilize the basics of composition and color in the field to inform and create more expressive, meaningful pieces in the studio. website

Instructor: David Shevlino
Friday - Sunday, August 25 - 27, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $395
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Alla Prima Portrait Painting

Felicia Forte

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary.

“Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked – start another. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost. Put off finish – make a lot of starts. It is so hard and so long before a student comes to a realization that these few, large, simple spots in right relations are the most important things in the study of painting. They are the fundamentals of all painting. Paint the color tones as they come against each other, and make them sing, vibrate.” —Charles W. Hawthorne, “Hawthorne on Painting”

Instructor: Felicia Forte
Saturday & Sunday, September 15 - 17, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $480 (Plus model fee)
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Also coming in 2017

Lyn Asselta
Colley Whisson
Mike Kowalski
Terry Muira
Hai-Ou Hou



 

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