Create a Custom Art Class

Pick a date!
Various Instructors
Create a custom class and enjoy a creative, lively day or evening of art, laughter, and friendships. Absolutely no artistic ability required for fun with a group of friends. Bring favorite drinks and appetizers to spice up the class! Gather a group and call the office to set up dates. There is a 6 person minimum for a custom class.

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Open Studio: Artist to Artist

13 Fridays, June 2-August 25, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
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12 Mondays, June 5-August 28, 6:00-8:30 PM
No Instructor

Get to know other artists. Grow in knowledge, support, and community by creating together in any medium. Work on your own project with your own supplies. No instruction will be provided; this is an opportunity for open studio with like-minded artists. Bringing snacks is encouraged. Registration is required to attend this class.

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Soar! Mixed Media Mentoring

Monday mornings in June – August
Susan Hartzell Vannelli

This class is for those who would like to complete a piece of art, an unfinished painting, pastel, watercolor, drawing, collage, or whatever! This instructor will mentor and help you with a new way of seeing your creative abilities, get you started on a new piece of work, and inspire you to press on and work in a series. Please bring supplies and a project. The instructor will have demonstrations each week for optional projects.

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Mentoring for All Mediums

Monday afternoons in June – August
Susan Hartzell Vannelli

This class is for those who would like to complete a piece of art, an unfinished painting, pastel, watercolor, drawing, collage, or whatever! This instructor will mentor and help you with a new way of seeing your creative abilities, get you started on a new piece of work, and inspire you to press on and work in a series. Please bring supplies and a project. The instructor will have demonstrations each week for optional projects.

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From Sketch to Print; Plein Air to Studio

3 Thursdays, June 15-29, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Robyn L. Smith

Class will meet at a Conservatory, Arboretum, or local garden (location TBA) for the first class to sketch the plants, birds, and insects directly from life. Allow the buzzing biosystem with the butterflies, the flowers, the bees, and the birds to inhabit your drawings. We will have a short introduction to block printing during the first class as well. For the second class, we will meet at WBCA and create a woodblock print from your sketches, which you will already have drawn directly onto the wood. In this class you will learn to carve your block and to prepare it for printing. For the third class, we will complete any unfinished carving at WBCA and then make several prints of your selected image.

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Alcohol Ink Painting for Beginners

Thursday, June 22, 12:30-4:30 PM
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Saturday, August 5, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Debra Dresler

Come join the fun with this fairly new art medium that can be used to create glowing paintings, gorgeous ceramic tiles, and more. Unpredictable, wildly colorful, vibrant inks are used on non-porous surfaces including metal, plastic, glass, Yupo paper, black glossy paper, and tile. The possibilities are endless! The colors are fluid pigment mixed with alcohol that can be used full strength for intense bursts of color or diluted for a subtle look similar to watercolor washes. They are intermixable and can be brush painted, dropped, dripped, stamped, or spattered. This fun class with introduce you to the medium by crafting 2 ceramic tiles. We will do one floral, and one utilizing stamps and washes. Framing and finishing options will be discussed. $12 material fee covers all supplies, or you may purchase your own Ranger Ink complete kit (available at Hobby Lobby and Michaels).

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Painting with Encaustic

Friday, July 28, 12:30-3:30 PM
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Saturday, July 29, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Sylvia Benson
Join in on a new endeavor of working with hot beeswax which contains a resin as a hardening agent and pigments of many colors. It is called encaustic, an ancient art form dating back to the Greeks, which was revived by Jasper Johns and has gained popularity since the 90s. This medium is exciting because of its flexibility and versatility. Wax can be moved with a hot air gun, textured with tools, imbedded with beautiful paper, and turned into a collage. Step-by-step instruction and individual attention will help you develop your painting in this wonderful medium. $20 material fee covers all materials to make one painting; students who wish to make more can buy extra materials for an additional fee. Classes are limited to 6 students; sign up early!

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Painting Birds with Lots of Texture!

Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Karen Knutson

Back for her third summer workshop at WBCA, Karen Knutson loves to introduce students to fun techniques and stretch their imagination into making their paintings semi-abstract. In this workshop we will be making our own stencils using a glue gun. Then we will paint illusionary birds and have fun with color exploration. Another day, we will pour water on a charcoal surface and then incorporating a bird of your choice onto the charcoal surface. Karen will be demonstrating a cardinal, but you can pick your own subject. Collage will be incorporated into an abstract design on the third day, and again, birds will be the subject of this painting, but just the outside shape of the bird. No drawing necessary for this workshop. Get ready to learn so many new textural tricks! Fun to incorporate into any subject for future paintings!

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Digging Deep Inside

Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Calvin deRuyter

In this Watermedia/Mixed Media workshop, we will explore how to translate your emotions and channel that energy into your work. Some of the instruction will be based on various concepts of “Expressive Drawing”–how that can translate to your beginning point, or into your finished artwork. We will explore the expressive nature of line, shape, color, and texture and how you might use them to communicate your message to your viewers and collectors through your finished artwork. All experience levels are welcome, but come prepared to really stretch your artistic vision in an attempt to move beyond your current thinking.

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Pocket Sketching

Wednesday-Friday, September 20-22, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Kath Macaulay

This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, or sitting in a café. Students will learn to capture what they think they see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper, and a small paint set. This class is ideal for the timid beginner to learn to paint fearlessly in public, and for the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions, and no clean-up. To quote a former student at Canyon Ranch, “You just changed my life: I can do this!” $40 material fee covers paint set, paper, water soluble pen, and water container. Please sign up at least 2 weeks in advance for this class.

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