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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.

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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. See more of Michele Usibelli's work on her website.

Instructor: Michele Usibelli
Medium: Oil, Acrylic & Gouache
Friday - Sunday, April 22 - 24
10
:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $375

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Paper Paintings – Collage with Hand Painted Paper

Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Join internationally-known collage artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire for a 3-day intensive workshop, and learn her unique techniques for creating torn paper paintings. 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
9:
30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $495

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Watercolor Wild

Mike Kowalski

In this 2-day intensive with Mike Kowalski, learn how to define a subject and work it into a painting. Mike will discuss materials and techniques for working in watercolor, and will provide daily demonstrations and group critiques. Class participants will receive a handout outlining supplies needed and an outline of the course details. Students will strive to do two paintings per day. Beginning students may wish to use a sketchbook and or watercolor sketchbook. By the end of the weekend you will have a number of great sketches, finished watercolor pieces, and most importantly, you will have gained more experience and knowledge through painting. website

Day One: Emphasis will be on learning to open your eyes to the innumerable subject matter an urban setting provides. We will look for and paint subject matter in and around Winslow; shop windows, cafe umbrellas, and architecture will be your inspiration.

Day Two: The effects of light and water will be our emphasis for the day, as you explore the Bainbridge Island waterfront. The WAC studio will be available to us just a few blocks away.

Instructor: Mike Kowalski
Friday & Saturday, May 6 - 7
9:
00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $295

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Value Sketching with Markers

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, May 14
9
:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150

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The Liberating Line

Anne Samuel Lewis

Explore your individual expression in an ‘un’drawing class. Enjoy the inventive and organic experience of making lines and marks without the judgment of drawing. A variety of tools, mediums and resources inspire fun exercises and projects. Loosen-up, enrich your line vocabulary and increase your comfort with one of the essential elements of art. website

Instructor: Anne Samuel Lewis
Sunday, May 15
10
:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $145

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Sketching in Watercolor and Ink

Lisa Snow Lady

Capture the essence of flowers, foliage, and your surroundings in this three-session class/workshop 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. Beginning in the classroom with fun warm-up exercises, you will travel outdoors to capture beautiful Bainbridge Island as weather permits. A simple supply list will be provided. All levels welcome. See more of Lisa's work here.

Instructor: Lisa Snow Lady
Thursdays, May 19, 26, & June 2
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Cost: $295
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Painting with Encaustic Pen

Larry Calkins

Painting with an encaustic pen is a quiet meditation on process and discovery. It favors patience and deliberateness. What appeals is the slow build up of wax, stroke by stroke, layer upon layer, adding colors bit by bit and carefully mixing them directly on the panel. This method lends itself especially well to working on a small surface. For example, the encaustic painters of Greece, who developed this process, seldom made pictures larger than the average head. Instructor will provide small wooden surfaces, the use of pen tools, colored beeswax and lots of inspiration for your forays into this popular technique.

Instructor: Larry Calkins
Saturday & Sunday, May 21-22
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Cost: $295 (Plus supply fee)
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Bringing the Outdoors In: Painting Expressive
Landscapes in the Studio

Eric Jacobsen

Come and enjoy a fun and informative studio workshop with award-winning, Oregon-based artist Eric Jacobsen. In this workshop you will concentrate on the basic fundamentals of making a good painting using reference photos- choosing a subject, making a great design, editing the scene, and more. Eric will focus on simplifying the landscape and on how to put energy and emotion into your paintings. The workshop will consist of informal lectures, demonstrations, critiques as well as plenty of individual instruction. website

Instructor: Eric Jacobsen
Saturday & Sunday, June 4 - 5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Cost: $310
Paint in Oils or Acrylics
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The Figure in Plein Air

Darrell Anderson

Learn to see reflected light and color in plein air figure painting. Working from the clothed model, Darrell Anderson will demonstrate his process for painting the figure outside, then assist participants as they complete their own paintings. This one-day workshop will be conducted out of doors with a live model. All levels of experience are welcome. website

Instructor: Darrell Anderson
Saturday, June 12
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Cost: $160 + Model Fee
Paint in Oils, Acrylics, Gouache or Pastels
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Plein Air Painting

Jane Hunt

Come study with Jane Hunt, award-winning painter faculty member of the Plein Air Convention. In this comprehensive two-day plein air workshop we will be working on location to create oil studies. All areas of the process will be covered, with a particular emphasis on composition and values. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, and lots of painting time and individual attention. Open to all levels. website

What you will learn:

  • How to choose an effective focal point How to deal with the
    changing light
  • Composition strategies for the field
  • How to create and stick to a value plan
  • How to simplify your palette and mix colorful greys to unify your painting
  • How to use atmosphere and perspective to your advantage
  • How to gather what you need for larger studio pieces
  • And much more…

Instructor: Jane Hunt
Saturday & Sunday, June 25 - 26
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Cost: $295
Paint in oil, acrylic or pastel. Demos will be done in oil.
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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
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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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Composition & Color: Painting Landscapes in Pastels

Susan Ogilvie

In this workshop, learn the fundamentals of painting the landscape with pastels with award-winning pastel painter Susan Ogilvie. You will be "painting the soul of the subject, not the details.” Through daily demos, Susan will share tips for developing powerful compositions using shapes and value, and show you how to combine colors to create dynamic results. She will focus on structures, water elements, and seasonal changes in the landscape, encouraging students to try new ways of looking at their subject as they discover new techniques for using pastels. There will be plenty of time to practice what you have learned. Susan will give individual instruction and critiques along the way. All skill levels are welcome. website

Instructor: Susan Ogilvie
Friday & Saturday, July 30 - 31
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $310
All levels
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Painting Quickly in Plein Air

Hai-Ou Hou

Learn to paint quickly in this fun 3-day intensive workshop with dynamic, award-winning artist Hai-Ou Hou! This class is perfectly timed to prepare you physically and mentally for painting quickly in plein air, as well as preparing you for painting other subjects. This workshop will take place mainly in the Winslow Art Center studio. Hai-Ou, Owner of the Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Kent Island, Maryland, has adapted a powerful abstract aesthetic of impressionist painting for creating intensely colored, highly textured and provocative art en plein air. In this workshop, Hou will focus on the key elements of quick painting in plein air, and share tricks and secrets for finishing a plein air painting in less than two-hours. She will share the tricks for keeping your color bright but not raw, and subtle but not muddy, helping to make your painting more expressive and appealing. This workshop is for all levels and all media. website

Instructor: Hai-Ou Hou
Wednesday - Friday, August 3 - 5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $450
Medium: Paint in Any Medium
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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 composition, 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
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Trusting the Painting Process

Justin Duffus

Workshop information to come. website

Instructor: Justin Duffus
Saturday - Sunday, August 20 - 21
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $295
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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
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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
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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

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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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



 

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