Introduction to the Alla Prima Portrait

Saturday, July 22, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck

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.

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Encaustic Effects with Acrylics

Monday, July 24, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Bonnie Cutts

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.

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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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Wooden Spoon Carving

Saturdays, August 19 & 26, 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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Woodfire Exploration

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
Zac Spates

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.

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Plein Air Workshop

Tuesday-Thursday, August 22-24, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Lisa Stauffer

Explore painting outside and capture the beauty of August in Minnesota. Instructor demonstrations will be in pastels, but feel free to join the class and explore plein air (outdoor) painting in whatever medium you feel comfortable with. The basics of outdoor painting will be discussed throughout the workshop, as well as topics including choosing your subject, design and compositional considerations, the importance of accurate drawing, painting fundamentals, and more. Delve into the effective application of color, value, intensity, and temperature. This will be a gentle introduction to the joys of the plein air experience and will include time inside the studio as well as outdoors, weather allowing. Instructor demonstrations, personal assistance, and group critiques will give us a chance to learn as we explore plein air painting in a fun and supportive environment. Visit lisastauffer.com to view examples of Lisa’s work.

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Drawing Pet Portraits in Pastel Pencil

August 29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck
Learn the basics of creating fur effects in pastel pencil and create a “head and shoulders” portrait of your pet from one of your own photos. The workshop will feature a demonstration in the morning session with hands-on student work in the afternoon. Students will learn how to draw an initial sketch and transfer it to pastel paper, and how to build fur in a step-by-step process. Attention will be paid to drawing accuracy and rendering light effect. Painting and drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour at noon, please bring a lunch.

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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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Abstract Expressions in Mixed Media/Collage

Monday-Wednesday, September 25-27, 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, please register for this class at least 3 weeks in advance.

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