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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.

Drawing with Ink and Watercolor

Paula Ensign

Come explore the possibilities of ink and watercolor on paper. This workshop will start with line drawing, move through composition techniques and finish with detailed works of art. Ink is a versatile medium; combined with watercolor there is endless potential for creativity. Paula will share her personal technique of precise vertical lines and fluid watercolor washes. Her nurturing teaching style inspires confidence and creates a fun learning environment. Some drawing experience helpful. See more images

Instructor: Paula Ensign
Saturday & Sunday, February 28 & March 1
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $250
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Portraits by Pushing Pencil and Paint

Darrell Anderson

The landscape of the human face can be so exciting for an artist.  Subtle individual expressions yield an endless source of inspiration.  Knowing something about how to efficiently capture this information will assist you in producing portraits with less labor and more accuracy…..and greater artistic beauty.   Using a combination of demonstrations, lecture, photographs and models, this course will help you to breathe life into your work.  A  Friday evening demonstration will be followed by two full days of information and creative work. See more images

Instructor: Darrell Anderson
Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $275 + $30 model fee
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Your World In Lines: Keeping A Journal That Inspires

Sheila Bender and Carolyn Terry

There are many ways to keep a journal. Writing teacher Sheila Bender and artist Carolyn Terry have designed a workshop that will jump-start beginning journal writers and challenge experienced ones to go further into creating beautiful and meaningful journal pages. Over the two days of the workshop, Sheila will give instruction in how to write journal entries that are descriptive, engaging and evocative. Carolyn will demonstrate how to incorporate your own drawings, paintings and collected memorabilia into attractive pages.

This workshop, designed to expand your artful practice, includes prompts and techniques for recording the world through your senses. You will be writing and using art materials in a journal of your choice. A list of materials that will be provided and materials you may want to bring will be provided.

Instructors: Sheila Bender and Carolyn Terry
Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $250
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Value Sketching with Markers

Darrell Anderson

We often see things: movements, shapes, landscapes or people, that we would like to remember and recreate; light coming in a window that illuminates a bouquet of flowers; a dramatic setting sun catches a sailboat just right; a group of trees standing out against the sky. 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. See more images

Instructor: Darrell Anderson
Saturday, March 21
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $145
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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
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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
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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
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New 2015 Dates TBA

A Design Intensive for Artists of All Mediums

Jennifer Diehl

Design is the single most important thing in a painting. It has the first impact on a viewer by directing the viewer’s eye through the painting to experience the entirety of the piece based on what you, the artist, have chosen to say. This workshop goes into great depth to show you how design influences painting. You will spend most of each day learning a concept, and then applying it through exercises that were created to enhance your understanding. The exercises will help you understand unity, variety, emphasis, eye movement, color in design, Notan, design in still life, landscape, etc. Be prepared for an intense design workout!

Instructor: Jennifer Diehl
Dates: TBA
Cost: $325
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