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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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Beyond Mud: Techniques in Working
Wet-Into-Wet with Oils

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. See more of Mitchell Albala's work on his website.

Instructor: Mitchell Albala
Saturday, March 5
9
:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $160

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Good Color Vibrations

Millard (Mick) Davis

How did the French Impressionists make their paintings so vibrant and luminous? Learn to do the same in this indoor workshop. You will begin with color exercises emphasizing color temperature contrasts to gain an understanding of color theory. Then you will apply this in still life set-ups with additional instruction in composition. Learn the compositional secret a renowned juried competition judge uses to award prizes. Then you will be the judge during lunch slide shows to augment principles of instruction with examples (good and maybe not) from the history of painting. It is guaranteed that you will look at paintings (hopefully your own included) differently after applying yourself in this workshop.

Instructor: Millard (Mick) Davisi
Medium: Oil or Acrylic
Wednesday - Friday, April 6 - 8
9
:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $375

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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 and is 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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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 3-1/2 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
Tuesday - Friday, May 10 - 13 (half-day critique on Friday)
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $450
All Levels
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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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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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Plein Air Painting

Jane Hunt

Come study with Jane Hunt, award-winning painter faculty member of the Plein Air Convention. In this comprehensive three 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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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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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
Cost: $295
Medium: Watercolor
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
Cost: $310
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All Levels
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