Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
This 3-day watercolor workshop will focus on a variety of approaches to loosen up in applying watercolor to paper. Each morning and afternoon, there will be a different lesson. The goal of this experience is to bombard the student with as many loosen-up exercises as possible within a three day period. Paintings that are started in class can be finished at home (optional) and brought in the next day for a critique. Each lesson will be demonstrated by the instructor and step-by-step handouts will be given. This workshop is meant for the experienced watercolor painter.
Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Tuesday, July 11, 6:00-9:00 PM
Paint a beautiful landscape. Learn to use watercolor in fun and exciting ways! This motivating class is great for beginners with watercolor experience as well as artists who are continuing to develop their personal style.
Friday-Sunday, July 14-16, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
This woodcarving class will use rough-outs from various Caricature Carvers of America carvers like PJ Driscoll, Gerald Sears, Harold Enlow, Phil & Vicki Bishop, and Stu Martin. Instruction will be given in the areas of physical anatomy, proportion, and proper techniques used in caricature carving. The rough-outs will vary from realistic to western caricatures.
Saturday, July 15, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Summer brings splendiferous flowers to Minnesota. Learn to paint Minnesota’s state flower (Showy Lady Slipper) and Morning Glories in the sumi-e way, using ink watercolor, rice paper, and bamboo brushes. In this class you will learn and refine your skills in a non-intimidating and fun environment. You’ll also receive lots of encouragement as you develop your own personal approach. Class includes demonstration and open painting time. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome – watercolorists and other painters will also find this useful. Bring photos of showy lady slippers and morning glories for inspiration. $20 supply fee payable to instructor. Please see supply list for additional items you will need. Bring a lunch.
Saturday, July 22, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
This workshop will help you learn to paint a realism-style “alla prima” or “all at once” portrait in roughly three hours, using value and color to communicate the light and shadow that gives dimension and drama to a portrait. This workshop will teach you how to draw an underpainting in oil that guides your subsequent color work, how to mix the basic values of skin tone color and build on your underpainting, and the finishing touches that bring life to a painting. In the morning session Suzann will explain her approach to alla prima portraiture and demonstrate painting a full-color portrait from a live model. After an hour lunch break, the afternoon session will feature hands-on practice painting from a live clothed model and one-on-one guidance. Prior drawing and painting experience is suggested. Model fee included. Bring a lunch.
Monday, July 24, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Learn to create encaustic effects using acrylic materials. Mimic the soft, luminous effect of beeswax by applying multiple layers of various acrylic gels and mediums and paint. Bury images and patterns deep below the surface and create lovely soft transparent and translucent layers. Become familiar with faux encaustic wax formulas and give your work a whole new feeling. Create the wax-like look of encaustics with the durability of acrylics. Open to all levels of painting experience. $10 materials fee paid to instructor.
Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
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!
Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
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.
Saturdays, August 19 & 26, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Spoon carving is what might be called a gateway to green woodworking. Seemingly simple, the spoon is a seductive and functional piece of sculpture deeply rooted in the common wooden culture of our ancestors. Spoons reached their highest forms of development in Scandinavia where they were in daily use from well before the Viking era until the 1950s in rural areas. During your two day exploration, you will learn traditional safe knife strokes and safe practices from one of this country’s best spoon carvers. You will begin on a small project, then move to spoons. Discussion and hands-on demonstrations will focus on design, proportions, knife sharpening, decorating and finishing. This class requires some hand strength. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch each week. $20 material fee includes tool usage, practice wood, and spoon blanks. If desired, students may bring their own tools. Bring your favorite old or new wooden spoons to share with the class.
Dinner & meeting: Saturday, August 19, 4:00-7:00 PM
Loading & firing: Friday-Sunday, October 27-29
Unloading: Saturday, November 4, 4:00-7:00 PM
Wood fire your pottery with Zac Spates at his beautiful, newly built pottery studio 25 minutes east of White Bear Lake in Hudson, Wisconsin. Class participants will learn how to load and fire Zac’s small anagama wood kiln. Participants can continue with their normally scheduled classes (or take Tuesday Evening Clay with Zac) to create the work to be fired. The class will meet two months before the firing to see the Zac’s kiln/studio and to discuss clay and glaze surfaces, wadding techniques, etc. in preparation for the firing. The loading and firing will happen over a Friday-Sunday weekend, and the kiln will be unloaded the following weekend. While it is not required to be onsite for the entire firing and unloading, participants are encouraged to help as much as they are able. No wood fire experience necessary.