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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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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 moving light. The overwhelming amount of information that needs to be analyzed, and translated into a visual language is enough to drive any student to want to throw in the towel. Sound familiar?

In this 3-day workshop, you will learn logical ways to recognize and solve most of these problems, by breaking them down into smaller, manageable steps. You'll also learn logical ways to approach design, value structure, color, and edges, through demos and field studies. If you find that you get overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated when painting the landscape, or if you simply want to get better at solving visual problems in a logical way, this workshop will help you get to the next level!

Tuition includes your very own copy of Terry Miura's 80 page full-color, fully illustrated companion textbook, En Plein Air; Painting Wisdom I’ve Collected the Hard Way (So You Don’t Have To). All levels. (In adverse weather, we will work indoors using photos and sketches as references) See more images

Instructor: Terry Miura
Friday-Sunday, May 1-3
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $450
All Levels

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The Three C’s: Concept, Composition and Color
(All mediums)

Jeannie Grisham

Learn the three c’s- concept, composition and color- from Pacific Northwest artist Jeannie Grisham. Having exhibited and won top awards both nationally and internationally, Grisham has learned a thing or two about creating strong statements in her paintings, ones that attract a judge’s eye. In this fun, two-day workshop, Jeannie will guide you in your own painting journey, from idea to final masterpiece. Explore how the 3-c’s can work for you! All levels.

Instructor: Jeannie Grisham
Friday-Saturday, May 8-9
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $275
All Levels

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Understanding Composition through Shape and Notan

Mitch Albala

Every composition is fundamentally an arrangement of abstract shapes. To take command of our compositions, we must first be able to identify and manipulate those shapes. The notan is a unique type of study that gives us access to the most essential energies of a composition through an arrangement of dark and light patterns. Notan is a Japanese word that means “light-dark harmony.” This strict dark-light arrangement has a unique way of revealing the underlying structure of a composition, thereby allowing us to take an active role in the manipulation of the compositional energies. Working first from masterworks, then photographs, and finally from life (still lives) in both painting, drawing and collage exercises, you will learn to identify the notan and, most importantly, to "think in notan" — to make better choices in the formative stages of your work in order to bring greater order and power to your compositions. Note: This is not a class that teaches Asian-style painting; rather, it explores a universal principle that is applicable to all types of painting and drawing.

Understanding Composition through Shape and Notan is the only workshop of it's type. It is redefining the way the notan is used by contemporary artists and is a powerful introduction to the world of composition. Read more about the notan workshop at the instructor’s Notan workshop page.

Instructor: Mitch Albala
Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $290
All Levels

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Capturing Nature in Ink and Watercolor

Paula Ensign

Nature provides beautiful scenes in all directions. From tiny wildflowers to majestic mountains, subjects abound in the Pacific Northwest. In this workshop we will take time for close observation as we study the line, form and texture of the natural world. Whether keeping a journal or creating finished pieces of art, ink and watercolor is a winning combination. Develop your skills and explore new techniques as you work from drawing a simple subject to a full landscape. website

Instructor: Paula Ensign
Saturday & Sunday, May 30-31
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $250
All Levels
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Plein Air Painting (Oils, Watercolor or Acrylics)

Paula Ensign

Imagine yourself standing outside on beautiful day painting the scene before you. If you’ve always wanted to try painting en plein air, this is the workshop for you. Learn about equipment that is efficient and light weight, discover essential items to carry in your pack, plus find out how to cope with challenges, interruptions and ever-changing weather. We will cover how to select a subject, prepare thumbnail sketches, complete a painting on site and include plenty of one-on-one instruction. The first day will be indoors for discussion and demo. The second and third day will offer painting opportunities at nearby locations in Winslow.

Paula will be demoing and painting in oil. She is also an accomplished watercolorist and will demo in watercolor upon request. Acrylic painters are also welcome. website

Instructor: Paula Ensign
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, June 3-5
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $350
All Levels
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Plein Air Painting (Oils, Watercolor or Acrylics) –
Continue learning with 3 more single day outings
on Bainbridge

Paula Ensign

Imagine yourself standing outside on beautiful day painting the scene before you. If you’ve always wanted to try painting en plein air, this is the workshop for you. Learn about equipment that is efficient and light weight, discover essential items to carry in your pack, plus find out how to cope with challenges, interruptions and ever-changing weather. We will cover how to select a subject, prepare thumbnail sketches, complete a painting on site and include plenty of one-on-one instruction. The first day will be indoors for discussion and demo. The second and third day will offer painting opportunities at nearby locations in Winslow. Paula will doing demos in oils. She is also an accomplished watercolorist and will demo in watercolor upon request. Acrylic painters are also welcome. website

Instructor: Paula Ensign
Fridays, June 12, 19 & 26
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $300 ($125 per day)
All Levels
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Painting the Human Form (oils or acrylics)

Fong Baatz

During this two-day workshop, Fong Baatz will lead you through the process of creating a dynamic figure painting. Learn to create convincing and compelling human forms and a sense of environmental space. All levels. website

Instructor: fong Baatz
Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $295
All Levels
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Colored Pencil Boot Camp

John Ursillo

Learn about the rising medium of colored pencil from the ground up with Whidbey Island color pencil artist John Ursillo. This one-day workshop, suitable for both beginner and advanced levels, will consist of a full day of instruction covering practical exercises and projects that start with the fundamentals and extend to in-depth, advanced techniques for colored pencil. Students will learn about the different applications of the medium, from traditional to alternative surfaces, use of watercolor pencils, and non-toxic solvent enhancement of wax colored pencils. Also included will be instruction on building the colored pencil project, from conception to final presentation. Fully illustrated class study guides and some basic materials will be provided. John Ursillo is an accomplished colored pencil artist holding Signature Status in the National Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). His techniques have been published in both CPSA and national sources. website

Instructor: John Ursillo
Saturday, June 27
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150
All Levels
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Pattern and Collage

Anne Samuel Lewis

Explore the dynamic duo of pattern and collage. Experiment with simple forms of printmaking to add motif, rhythm, and texture to your collage repertoire. Playing with pattern is a great exercise to increase your sense of design and composition. Discover the role pattern and print can play to enhance your collage work. website

Instructor: Anne Samuel Lewis
Sunday, June 28
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $145
All Levels
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Painting the Vibrant Still Life

Sarah Sedwick

Join Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick for a two-day painting intensive. Focus in the workshop will be on the still life as a tool to expand your painting practice. Working in oils, delve into color, composition, and brushwork and explore traditional subjects – and some non-traditional ones – in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Sarah will do daily demos, followed by plenty of painting time and lots of individual attention. You’ll be doing sketches, quick exercises, and more finished pieces as well. Each day will include a mini-critique at the end of each day - 30 minutes or so to step back, look at work together, and discuss. Ideal for students of all levels who are comfortable with oil paint. See more of Sarah's work here.

Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
July 10, Evening Demo and Reception ($20 for non-workshop participants)
Cost: $395 (includes Friday evening demo and reception)
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The Figure and Portrait in Monoytpe

Dawn Emerson

Monotypes are called “The Painterly Print"... Degas was the first to explore using the monotype to explore color and composition. In this 3-day workshop, nationally-acclaimed artist Dawn Emerson will teach composition and the elements of drawing and painting through monotypes. Days one and two, students will draw and print from a clothed model or photographs to learn the basics of additive, subtractive, and trace methods of monotype. You will examine how Degas used these prints to explore color by adding pastel and mixed media. Regardless of your preferred subject, experience with monotypes can enhance your appreciation for mark making and design. See more of Dawn's work here.

Instructor: Dawn Emerson
Friday-Sunday, July 17-19
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $395 (most supplies are included)
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Expressive Drawing & Design in Landscape

Anita Lehmann

Whether you want to learn how to draw, rekindle your creative imagination, or broaden your drawing skills, this class will free your ‘inner artist.’ Noted Northwest architect and teaching artist Anita Lehmann will guide you through stimulating exercises, focusing on expressive drawing, a free-form, abstract approach that any eager artist can master. Concepts covered: line, mark, shape, texture and tone, and critical design concepts related to dynamic mark-making. Once we initially investigate these specifically dynamic drawing concepts, we will apply these to landscape painting and drawing processes. You'll never look at landscape and drawing the same way again! website

Instructor: Anita Lehmann
Friday-Saturday, July 24-25
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $295
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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. here.

Instructor: Anne Samuel Lewis
Saturday, August 1
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $145
All Levels
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Plein Air Watercolor

Anita Lehmann

Develop an understanding of transparent watercolor while working en plein air in the amazing landscape of Bainbridge Island with noted Northwest architect and teaching artist,Anita Lehmann. Discover watercolor's four variables- color, value, composition and wetness- and importantly, the beauty of the paint and it’s ability to describe and evoke! All levels. website

Instructor: Anita Lehmann
Friday, August 7
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $150
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Alla Prima Portrait Painting: Paint the Big Shapes & Capture Likeness

Aaron Coberly

In this two-day workshop with Seattle artist Aaron Coberly, learn how to capture the most essential qualities of a portrait by learning to paint broadly but accurately. This intensive class will include Aaron's demonstrations and individual critiques to guide students in meeting their goals. website

Instructor: Aaron Coberly
Saturday-Sunday, August 22-23
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $295
All Levels
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Paper Paintings – Collage with Hand Painted Paper

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson

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 Nelson
Friday-Sunday, September 4-6
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $425
All Levels

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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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