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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 206-715-6663.

What Color is Gray?

Tim Deibler

Gray is a very confusing term in Art. What does it mean? Is it a color or many colors? How do you make and use them? What benefit are they? In this workshop we will demystify grays and use them to make our paintings more dynamic and colorful. For three days we will be working inside the studio using photos and still life setups to explore the world of color by mixing and using grays. Website

Instructor: Tim Deibler
Wednesday - Thursday, November 1 - 2
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $295
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All levels
Oils or Acrylics
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Painting Dynamic Animal Portraits

Linda St. Clair

Learn the painting techniques of renowned Santa Fe animal artist Linda St.Clair. Discover how Linda uses color temperature, as well as lost and found edges, to create exciting animal paintings that capture emotion. Learn what to leave out and what to put in. Each day will include artist demos and lots of one-on-one attention. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Linda tries to reach everyone, wherever they are in the painting process. Paint in oils or acrylics. Website

Instructor: Linda St. Clair
Friday - Sunday, November 3 - 5
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $400
All levels
Oils or Acrylics
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Exploring the Light of Tonalism

Patrick Howe

A tonalist landscape painting typically portrays a twilight sky setting behind hills, meadows and trees, filling the painting with solitude and peaceful warmth. Some have even said that Tonalism carries the fragrance of the spiritual dimension. Tonalism began in 1880’s with the explorations of George Inness, James McNeil Whistler and others. In this workshop you will learn how to create a tonalist color palette, and how to simplify your compositional structure in the tonalist manner. In a friendly and nonjudgemental classroom environment there will be a balance of structured lessons with a flexibility that accommodates the natural pace and expression of each student. There will be demonstrations at each stage, long and short painting exercises, and a brief historical summary of tonalism. Although tonalism originated with landscape painting, you will also learn how it can be applied to still life and urban subjects. By the end of this workshop, you will have received all the knowledge you need to paint in the tonalist style. Website

Instructor: Patrick Howe
Saturday and Sunday, November 18 & 19
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $295
All levels
(Paint in oils or acrylics)
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2018 Workshops

Painting the Story in Still Life

Scott Conary

Every painting, even the humble still life, has a story in it. It's told by what subject we choose to paint, how we present that subject, and how we paint it. Finding what interests us in a subject and how we connect to it drives that story, and directs how the painting is made. We’ll work on small still life paintings to explore the process—from thumbnail sketches, lighting the subject, considerations of composition, to the application of paint to build form with light, color and mark. We will walk the line between technique and intuition, using the still life as a way to explore paint, and why we make art. Website

Instructor: Scott Conary
Friday - Sunday, February 9 - 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $400
All Levels
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Essentials of Composition for Representational Painters

Mitchell Albala

For many artists, composition remains the most elusive area of their practice. Why? Because its energies are fundamentally abstract and often hidden beneath the surface of the painting. The goal of this 3-day workshop is to make the invisible visible — to discover the underlying energies that drive a composition. We will take a “real world” approach to composition by learning to work with the shapes and forces we actually see. Working from both photographs and life, with practical exercises, ongoing critiques, and analysis of master compositions, you will learn: how value differences are used to identify the shapes a composition is built upon; the essential principle of intervals; the power of the “picture window” in selection and arrangement; movement and directional energy; and how to activate negative space. Principles like balance, rhythm, unity, and variation are explored, but only as they apply to “real world” representational problems. This workshop is not landscape-specific and is open to all genres (landscape, figurative, still life) and all media (oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel). Website

Instructor: Mitch Albala
Friday - Saturday, March 16 - 18, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $395
Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors or Pastels
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The Six Essential Skill Sets of Drawing

David Lobenberg

In this three-day intensive workshop, California artist David Lobenberg will cover the six primary skill sets of drawing: angles, proportion, position, contours, values, and shapes. David will present, discuss, and demonstrate each skill set, then follow up with an exercise specifically designed to effectively practice each. The presentation order of skill sets is designed to be cumulative, so participants can continue to practice previously taught skills in their exercises as they simultaneously work with the most recently taught skills. Participants will be provided with visual learning tools and handouts as part of the workshop format. This class is for the novice who wants to learn how to draw, as well as for those who struggle with drawing and want to become better at it. Website

Instructor: David Lobenberg
Friday - Sunday, March 23 - 25, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $375
All levels
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Painting the Dynamic Still Life

Sarah Sedwick

Join Eugene, Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick on her first visit to Winslow Art Center, and discover how much fun still life painting can be! During this three-day workshop, we will focus on the essentials of realistic painting, while keeping our brushwork loose and painterly. We’ll explore fundamentals of color mixing, using Sarah’s simple palette of eight colors, and address composition and still life setup, learning to look at traditional subjects in a new way. Simple, colorful arrangements are a great way to hone your artistic vision, delve into color, composition, and brushwork, and bring fresh energy to your studio routine. A combination of demonstrations, short exercises, and longer-duration paintings will familiarize you with Sarah’s approach to the still life. Instruction will be in oils, and students are encouraged to use them in class, but acrylics are also welcome. Watersoluble oils are not recommended. Beginning to advanced artists welcome. Website

Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Friday - Sunday, April 6 - 8, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $395
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Advance Your Pastel and Oil Painting Techniques

Desmond O’Hagan

This three-day course will include the following:

  • A slide presentation and lecture on painting in pastels and oils including people, still-life, interiors, urbanscapes, and landscapes.
  • Discussions on painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting style, and working methods unique to pastels and oils.                                        
  • Demos emphasizing composition, color, and technique.
  • Daily individual critiques of students’ works in progress.                                         

Additional topics explored include solving common painting problems, experimenting with new approaches to painting, working from photographs, studio lighting, framing pastels and oils, and making use of the internet in your career. Also included is a lecture on creative ways to promote and sell your art. This course is designed for each student to work at his/her own pace while enjoying the experience of painting with pastels and or oils. Daily demonstrations. Website

Instructor: Desmond O’Hagan
Friday-Sunday, April 13 - 15, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $595
All Levels
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Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait

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 only on the essentials—ultimately giving 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. In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in and with which she gained her skill with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction. Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher—with 9 years of teaching experience, she interacts with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome. Website

Instructor: Felicia Forte
Friday - Sunday, April 27 - 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $480
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The Structure of Perception and the Perception of Structure

Stuart Shils

This class is intended to push the mid-range to advanced painter further into a kind of visual boot camp. Each day brings a concentrated and comprehensive work schedule, but will also be fun and productive. Emphasis will be placed on: 1) examining the perceptual processes in front of nature; 2) the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter and how that takes form graphically; and 3) perhaps most importantly, on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by “finish.” We will not be concerned with making anything “pretty,” sellable or “trophy-like." There will be a daily demonstration, the point of which will be to discuss via demonstration a cluster of concerns: 1) how to enter into the work and establish an immediate formal direction; 2) what is perceptual unity as opposed to an inventory like description of objects; 3) what is editorial discrimination; 4) how to analyse light; and 5) the development of color on the palette and its relationship to the painting. Drawing and compositional strategy will also be a focus. Regardless of what we think we “know,” before nature each one of us is reminded how much there is still to do and how substantial one’s muscles need to be in order to contend with the complexity of what we see and then with what we invent. This class is designed to rationally examine the structure of the perceptual moment. Website

Instructor: Stuart Shil
Friday - Sunday, June 1- 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $800
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The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape

Mitch Albala

In many ways, Impressionism still defines the way contemporary landscape painters approach color. The Impressionists filled their paintings with brilliant color and created an entirely new coloristic metaphor for depicting natural light. In this workshop, you will learn the key to working with this “color-priority” system: that in order for the purer colors to serve as a stand-in for the luminosity of natural light, darker tonalities are rejected in favor of lighter-value colors. Strong value contrasts are replaced by color contrasts. Impressionists worked from life, but in this workshop, we will work from photographs, in the more controlled environment of the studio, where you will be able to absorb lessons at a comfortable pace. To place the Impressionist color-priority system in context, we begin with an exploration of the “value-priority” systems that preceded Impressionism, such as the Dutch Landscapists. Then, through a series of exercises and paintings, you will learn how this enduring lesson of Impressionism — balancing value and color chromaticity — can bring greater luminosity to your landscape paintings.

Media: Suitable for oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor. Level: This workshop is not suitable for first-time painters (those who have never painted or mixed color at all); however, it is ideally suited for plein air or studio painters who want to strengthen their skills in landscape. Website

Instructor: Mitch Albala
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 - 17, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $350
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Still Life: Structure and Variation

Catherine Kehoe

Still life will be the starting point for exploration of pictorial structure, space and invention. This will lead us to create images in the simplest terms: a series of shapes and colors made of paint (not a beach ball or a flower). We will generate permutations of the chosen motif through reduction and analysis. As we walk the line between accuracy and abstraction, we will see through and around the meaning of things to grasp relationships between objects and space. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic or oil paint, and collage. The personal voice of each painter will come through in the diverse results. Looking at historical and contemporary still life paintings will place the practice in a larger context. Website

Instructor: Catherine Kehoe
Monday-Friday, July 9 - 13, 2018 (5-day intensive)
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $625
All levels
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One Thousand Collages Abstraction and the Figure - Without a Model

Ken Kewley

An exploration of pure abstraction and the abstraction in the figure through collage. We will draw and paint by means of collage. The statements “You cannot make it up” and “You must make it up” are both true. We must let both guide us. What we put down on paper are real things that we can adjust, just as we pose the model in our studio. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life. We will make hundreds of abstract collages. Then we will travel back to kindergarten when we did not need our families to pose in order to draw them, and we will invent figures. Next, we will move into the third dimension and make figures from corrugated cardboard. They will become our models. We will work with them and, with our rediscovered freedom, without them. All on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting, and ultimately, a more real picture of what we find beautiful in the human figure and the world. Website

Instructor: Ken Kewley
Friday-Sunday, August 3 - 5, 2018
Evening Lecture: Thursday, August 2
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $650
All levels
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Paper Paintings Birds & Blooms Workshop

Elizabeth St. Hilaire

During this comprehensive workshop you will learn a unique figurative, mixed media collage technique. Emphasis will be on defining form using light and shadow, and treating every paper tear as a brush stroke. Students will create impressionistic collages that look like paintings. You'll create a hand-painted paper palette through Gelli Plate printing, staining, stamping and patterning, that will be torn up and glued over an acrylic underpainting. Throughout the class we'll focus on learning and growing creatively in a FUN environment. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful. All levels are welcome. (A video tutorial with homework will be emailed to you once workshop minimums have been met) Website

Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Friday - Sunday, November 2 - 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $425
All levels
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