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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.

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Mastering Skies & Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil, Pastel or Acrylic

Michael Story

Master your landscape painting in this 3-day workshop, using the sky and water as a dramatic design element in your painting's composition. The workshop begins with an I-Pad step-by-step presentation showing a progression of Michael's painting techniques from start to finish. You’ll begin
your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. Starting with shadow colors, you'll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you'll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work. Website

Instructor: Michael Story
Friday - Sunday, February 24 - 26
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $395
All Levels
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Gouache Portraits

Sarah Bixler

Gouache is a flexible, portable and opaque water-based medium that allows you to practice color observations on the go. We will explore practical color-theory as it relates to the portrait model and their environment, using a structured vocabulary of value, temperature and intensity. This approach will free you to use color purposefully and imaginatively in your paintings, rather than being tied to mixing a specific color from observation. This is an invaluable tool, whether you want to work abstractly or from observation. Students will practice seeing the model as a whole, blocking in strong compositions using limited palettes of color shapes. Examples of color use from contemporary and historical artists will further your understanding of color relationships in this concentrated 2-day workshop. See more of the instructor's work here.

Instructor: Sarah Bixler
Sundays, March 5 & March 12
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $250 + Model Fee
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Value Sketching with Markers—One Day Workshop

Darrell Anderson

We often see things, such as light coming in a window that illuminates a bouquet of flowers, a dramatic setting sun that catches a sailboat just right, a group of trees standing out against the sky, and feel that we would like to remember and recreate them. 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. Website

Instructor: Darrell Anderson
Saturday, March 25
:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150

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Studio Painting with Michele Usibelli

Michele Usibelli

In this intense two-day workshop, students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio pieces. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. See more of Michele Usibelli's work on her website.

Instructor: Michele Usibelli
Medium: Oil, Acrylic & Gouache
Saturday - Sunday, April 1 - 2
:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $375

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Capturing the Figure and Portrait in Grayscale Pastel

Elana Hagler

Join Elana Hagler for this 3-day intensive workshop focusing on depicting the figure and portrait through the use of both line and tone. This way of working emphasizes large spatial relationships, and can be adapted to either a loose and very gestural approach, or to the most highly-detailed, developed pastel drawings. We will focus on pastel application, proportion, gesture, composition, problem-solving, creating a feeling of light and air, and attaining visual harmony. The workshop will include demonstrations of both figure and portrait drawing. Website

Instructor: Elana Hagler
Friday - Sunday, April 7 - 9
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$395 + model fee
All Levels
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Image to Abstract

Mark Daniel Nelson

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Paint with oils or acrylics. Website

Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson
Friday - Sunday, April 21 - 23
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $395
Oils or Acrylics
All Levels
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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
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $295
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Plein Air Landscape Painting

Terry Miura

Painting directly from observation is a difficult task under the best of circumstances. When we are outdoors, the problems are amplified due to uncontrollable factors such as the weather and the constantly moving light. The challenges don't stop there. Out on location, there is just an overwhelming amount of visual information that needs to be analyzed, processed and translated onto canvas in a limited amount of time. It's confusing and frustrating, and yet you keep going back for more, because you know it can be done. Website

Instructor: Terry Miura
Friday - Sunday, May 19 - 21
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $425
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Botanical Sketching in Watercolor and Ink

Lisa Snow Lady

Capture the essence of flowers, foliage, and your surroundings in this two-day class using simple, quick techniques and portable materials. You will be guided in an intuitive approach to sketching with pen, layering watercolor washes, and gathering tips that can be applied to everyday sketching. The first day we work in the classroom beginning with fun warm-up exercises starting with pen and moving onto color. In the next session we will travel to the beautiful Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge to work from seasonal flora. Website

Instructor: Lisa Snow Lady
Fridays, May 26 & June 2
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $230 (includes admission to Blooded Reserve)
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Plein Air Painting with Eric Jacobsen

Eric Jacobsen

Loosen up your style and paint expressive landscapes. This workshop is disigned to help painters of all levels, from beginner on up. The focus will be on organizing and simplifying your subject and on making key decisions that will enable you to successfully paint the landscape. Demonstrations will be given. Website

Instructor: Eric Jacobsen
Saturday - Sunday, June 10 - 11
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $310
All Levels
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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. Website

Instructor: Larry Moore
Friday - Sunday, June 23 - 25
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. Website

Instructor: David Shevlino
Wednesday - Saturday, July 13 - 16
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $595 (Plus model fee)
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The Poetic Landscape

Barbara Jaenicke, OPA, AIS, PSA, IAPS/EP

Learn methods that will help you look past the overwhelming details of the landscape and compose a well-edited painting with a concise visual message. We’ll also address how to make every stroke count, considering the particulars of how you apply pigment to surface and how the quality of the application will contribute to your painting’s message. A generous, talented, humble and beloved instructor, Barbara welcomes pastel painters and oil painters alike. If you work in both media—great. Barbara takes time to work individually with students at their easels. Her demonstrations are wonderful, informative, and she is full of great tips and tricks she’s learned over her many years as a professional and teaching artist. Website

Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Wednesday - Friday, July 19 - 21
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $400
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Modern Impressionism-In-Action

Colley Whisson

Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to our subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. His workshop will be conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Students of ALL skill levels in OIL & ACRYLIC are welcome. website

Instructor: Colley Whisson
Thursday - Sunday, August 17 - 20
Cost: $650
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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: Lyn Asselta
Friday - Sunday, August 25 - 27
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. Website

“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
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $480 (Plus model fee)
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