Watercolor Workshop with Andy Evansen

Date/Time: Monday-Wednesday, January 22-24, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Andy Evansen
There seems to be a never-ending quest for watercolor painters to ‘loosen up.’ However, to paint loosely, artists need to have confidence in their abilities and a willingness to let go of details; two things that are hard to achieve. This 3-day workshop will explore ways to simplify a scene into larger shapes to help students paint more boldly. Value studies are emphasized from the outset. Andy will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures. By the end of the class, each student should have enough information to help them on their path to painting impressionistic watercolors.

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Painted, Wrapped, Bundled & Bound Workshop

Date/Time: Thursday & Friday, February 22 & 23, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Jeanne Larson
In this mixed media workshop, you will paint small works of art on paper that will be bound together into beautiful bundles of personal expression. Along with collected bits of your favorite poetry, your paintings and ephemera , you will build layers of stories that will be bound with fibers, textured and handmade papers, found materials from nature and wire. You will use collage, acrylic paint and many other mixed media techniques, as well as several methods of cold connection to assemble these art bundles.

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Digging Deep Inside

Date/Time: Wednesday-Friday, February 21-23, 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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Wooden Spoon Carving

Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, February 17 & 24, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fred Livesay
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 day. $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. Bring a lunch from home.

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Abstract Expressions in Mixed Media/Collage

Date/Time: Monday-Wednesday May 21-23, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Shirley Blake
Collage is an ancient art enjoying resurgence in the fine art arena. Join Shirley for an adventure into the limitless expression possible using mixed media as your base. This opportunity for creative work is non-intimidating and expansive for all levels of artists. The workshop focuses on making and using various handmade papers with a variety of materials, mixed media, and acrylic paints. Each session (morning and afternoon) will be on different collage methods and techniques. The instructor will give step-by-step demonstrations with guidance on combinations for maximum impact in your collage. Individual help and critique is a part of each class. To accommodate travel plans for the artist, please register for this class at least 3 weeks in advance.

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