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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 206-618-3112.

Paint Itty Bitty Masterpieces in Acrylics

Dianna Shyne

Create itty bitty masterpieces in acrylics using the 6" square as your format. Learn optical techniques for creating form and design as you practice your brushwork and mixed media techniques. These tiny creations can be given as holiday gifts. All levels. (Painting panels available for purchase at the workshop.)

Instructor: Dianna Shyne
Friday-Saturday, December 4-5
:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $295
All Levels

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Beyond Mud – Techniques of Working
Wet-Into-Wet with Oil

Mitchell 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 session, you’ll do a painting of your own choosing, where you’ll practice the wet-into-wet technique under Mitchell’s guidance.

Instructor: Mitchell Albala
Saturday, March 5, 2016
:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $160

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Studio Painting with Michele Usibelli

Michele Usibelli

In this intense three-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.

Instructor: Michele Usibelli
Medium: Oil, Acrylic & Gouache
Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2016
:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $375

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Paper Paintings – Collage with Hand Painted Paper

Elizabeth St. Hilaire

In this intense, 3-day workshop, students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will learn to make a beautiful palette of colors with various papers and create an under-painting and collage with paper for an exciting final finish. Working with photographic reference, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value, color and collage application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, just like in traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. All levels. See more images.

Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1, 2016
30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $495

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Color and Energy Workshop (Oils or Acrylics)

Karen O’Neil

"The still lifes of Karen O’Neil make you want to enjoy the good things in life: to take a bite out of ripe fleshy fruit, to mix tea with lemon and honey and drink it from a cup, to take a candy from a bowl and to smell the fragance of flowers in a vase..." The Highway is my Home Blog

Join Woodstock, New York based artist/educator Karen O'Neil for this four-day painting intensive. Working from still life, students are encouraged to work with larger brushes, and to simplify form. Focus is on the study of atmospheric effects of light on color. Building form with value and color will be emphasized. The relationship of color theory to representational painting will be discussed. All levels welcome. See more of Karen's work here.

Instructor: Karen O’Neil
Thursday-Sunday, May 12-15, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $495
All Levels
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Rescheduled – Dates to be Announced
Encaustic & Paper: A Journey through Monotype
& Mixed Media

Karen Chaussabel

Join encaustic monotype and mixed media artist Karen Chaussabel for a 2 day exploration of encaustic monotype printing on paper. Encaustic paint is made with melted wax, resin, and an addition of oil paints or pigments. When applied to a hot plate, the fluid quality of encaustic is revealed. Combine it with paper, and a whole world of possibilities opens up! Oil sticks, pastels, pencil and pen can be added to create dimension and turn your print into a mixed media piece. We will make some of our own encaustic paint that we'll use as well as pre-made encaustic paint with a variety of papers provided for experimentation. Creating encaustic monotype prints can result in happy surprises that invite creativity and improvisation! website

Materials are included in the workshop but you are welcome to bring your own. If you have unfinished or no longer loved watercolor, acrylic, pastel pieces on paper, bring them! You will have the opportunity to give them a new life! We will do our best to be tidy but its best to wear an apron or studio
friendly attire! We will take a break for lunch.

Instructor: Karen Chaussabel
Cost: $295 + Supply fee of $25
All Levels
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