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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.

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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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
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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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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, June 17-19
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $395 (most supplies are included)
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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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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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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
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