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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. Workshop

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. Workshop

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. Workshop

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. Workshop

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). Workshop

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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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. Workshop

Instructor: Felicia Forte
Friday - Sunday, April 27 - 29, 2018
10:000 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $480
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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. Workshop

Instructor: Mitch Albala
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 - 17, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $350
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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) Workshop

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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