How To Draw Faces

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 19, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Suzann Beck
This workshop emphasizes placing and drawing the features of the face accurately, including:
• How to analyze light and shadow, and create a light effect.
• How to map the features of the face.
• Common errors in portrait drawing.
Both the morning and afternoon sessions will include demos covering the principles of drawing a face and hands-on experience drawing from sculptor’s casts and a live model.

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Taking It All In: A Studio Landscape Oil Painting Workshop

Date/Time: Monday – Wednesday, March 25 – 27, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Painting a landscape in the studio is a contemplative experience. At its best, we are stretching a moment, reflecting more deeply upon a place, and expanding a mood. We will be taking our original inspiration through the process of making drawings and studies in preparation for the final painting. This process will improve our compositions, enrich our understanding of the scene, and clarify why we’ve chosen our subject. By bringing that work inside, we can sort through what is working and what is in the way. This can offer lessons for your next outdoor experience to gather reference material. While you are painting, I will provide assistance with questions, suggestions, and examples. You can get a feel for my work at

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Wooden Spoon Carving

Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, March 30 & April 6, 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 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.

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Aluminum Casting Workshop

Date/Time: *this class is being rescheduled for summer 2019

Kelly Ludeking
Create a 3-D sculpture in aluminum using an oil-based clay process. Using oil-based clay, you will carve and create your sculpture. The next day, the class will divide up to meet at staggered times and make a sandblock mold for their piece. The next Saturday the aluminum will be poured into the molds and when it cools, the sculpture will be cleaned up and ready to take home.

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Caricature Woodcarving Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday – Sunday, May 18 – May 19, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Morris Anderson
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.

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Mindfulness and Creativity in Poetry and Art

Date/Time:   *This class is currently being rescheduled

Greta Gaard, Ph.D. in English, MSW in Clinical Social Work & Mina Leierwood, M.A. in Education
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, both good writing and expressive art address life’s greatest questions through a grounded awareness of sensations, environments, other beings, and earthly elements. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice accompanied by the practices of reading and writing poetry, and creating art.

In the morning session, we will read short poems that use mindfulness as a lens on life itself — poems by Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Lynn Ungar, David Wagoner, Naomi Shihab Nye — discussing these poems in terms of form, metaphor, sensory detail, rhythm and stanzas. The format alternates mindful poetry reading, reflection, discussion, and the practice of mindful poetry-writing.

In the afternoon session, participants will explore paper, ink, watercolor and assemblage to reflect and expound upon their written works. No artistic experience is necessary, only a sense of curiosity is needed. We’ll be learning to trust our intuitive, artist-selves, and with a little coaxing, your inner spirit is sure to come and play. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a complementary pairing of poetry and art.

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Loose, Lush, Landscapes

Date/Time: Friday, April 5, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Bonnie Cutts
Approach landscape painting using personal photos for subject matter, and see what fun adding lots of color and texture can be! Come and paint all day in a loose way, applying bold, big brushstrokes with a lot of paint, and/or pour paint for an interesting effect. You will learn to add texture with gels and figure out which gel best suits you as you create little paintings packed with emotion. The focus of the class will be on capturing larger shapes rather than details as you simplify the landscape images. You will be encouraged to work quickly with big brush strokes or swiftly apply paint with a palette knife. Have fun using paint mixed with gels to create thick, textural paintings filled with lots of energy. Class will warm up with quick drawings to define shapes and forms in the landscape image to be painted. Each student will finish several small paintings during the class, all with a different feel depending on the acrylic materials used. All levels of painting experience are welcome. $10 Materials fee paid to instructor.

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Abstract Landscape Palette Knife Painting in Oil

Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Suzann Beck
Enjoy the freedom and supple qualities of oil painting with a palette knife as you learn to paint an abstract landscape from one of your favorite photos. The workshop will feature technique and landscape demonstrations with hands-on explorations in the morning, and in the afternoon, student work from photo reference. Bring a lunch.

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Mini Oil Painting Retreat: Painting with Mary Jo Van Dell

Date/Time: Wednesday – Thursday, May 1 & 2, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mary Jo Van Dell
Head up to charming Marine on St Croix for a painting workshop with Mary Jo Van Dell. Walking outside in the scenic St. Croix area, you will learn how to capture the photos you need and then edit them down to make a wonderful painting of the outdoors, inside Mary Jo’s inspirational gallery located above the General Store. You will learn how to make a better composition and transform an idea into a painting. The day will start with coffee and includes a lunch break downstairs at the deli or a restaurant nearby.

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One-of-a-Kind Wall Quilt

Date/Time: Monday, April 1, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Susan Stein
Use orphan quilt, embroidery, cross stitch, or printed squares to make an easy and fun quilt that is totally original. Making easy-to-piece four inch filler blocks expands on your theme squares so you have a nicely sized wall hanging in no time.

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