Caricature Woodcarving Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, October 14-15, 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Morris Anderson
This woodcarving class will be 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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Watercolor Landscapes Workshop with Nels Femrite

Date/Time: 5 Tuesdays: September 12 – October 10, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Nels Femrite
These sessions will be geared to beginning and intermediate level artists. They will contain a general overview of watercolor landscape art. There will be many demonstrations and my fellow artists may choose to paint along with me. We will be discussing painting from photographs, color mixing, elements of design and techniques with an emphasis on drawing and composition.

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Press Mold Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 10, 12:30PM – 3:30PM

Joshua Woof
Come learn how to make your own open-face press-molds/sprigs by mixing and pouring plaster. You will make one relief or shape for this workshop. Materials are included.

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Concrete Sculpture Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10 – Saturday 10:00AM – 5:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Wouterina De Raad
Learn to make a concrete statue in this 2-day workshop. Wouterina will teach her own techniques, not offered in books or schools. During the first day of this workshop, we will make a multi-layered metal form, which will be cemented on the following day. You will learn how to cut and shape metal lath and when and how to use reinforcements. There will be a demonstration on various cementing techniques, discussions on cement formulas, and what pigments to use for coloring cement. Wouterina has a technique to create concrete environments without any welding. With this knowledge you can create benches in any shape you like, that can seat as many people as you want, as well as outdoor adobe style fireplaces, fences and arches that light up, life size sculptures, bird baths, planters, and smaller objects. All materials and tools are provided.

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Travel Photography Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday – Thursday, October 17-19, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Doug Beasley
Go beyond pretty postcard travel images to photographs with depth, meaning and mystery. Learn to make pictures that reflect the truth of your own experience. In this course, lectures, demonstrations, slide shows, assignments, discussions, and critiques will show you how to create photographs that can tell a more personal visual story. Topics include methods for approaching and photographing people from different cultures, working with natural or available light, deciding when and how to supplement with flash. See how pacing, rhythm and sequencing of your image files or prints can create a more dynamic presentation. Attention also will be paid to equipment choices, including balancing weight and versatility, and the virtues of simplicity. This workshop is appropriate to all levels, beginning to professional, who have already mastered basic camera skills and value content, creativity and vision over equipment.

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Mosaic Workshop

Wouterina De Raad
Learn the basic skills of mosaic tiling. Learn how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, and what materials and adhesives to use for subzero climates. There will be a grouting demonstration and discussions on cement formulas and how to use pigments and texture a cement surface. You provide the object or sculpture to be decorated. All other materials and tools are provided.

Bring from home: An object or sculpture to decorate, garden gloves with a thin Nitrile palm (Atlas gloves are Wouterina’s recommendation), a dust mask or scarf, safety glasses, and a lunch.

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, October 7-8, Saturday 10:00AM – 5:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Open Studio Time:  Sunday 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Tuition: $175 Member/$219 Non-Member
Material Fee: $20 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teens, All Levels

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Introduction to Stained Glass

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17, Saturday 10:00AM – 3:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Kim Bakken-Parr & Lee Parr
This introductory class will give students the opportunity to learn the copper-foil stained glass technique. On day one, students will decide on the pattern of their piece. Pattern sheets are available for use, or students can design their own pattern. Glass is chosen and the pieces are cut using glass cutters, grinders, and saws. On day two students will solder their pieces together and attach copper wire for handing. Students can bring a special piece of glass they want to incorporate into the design. No experience in glass cutting is necessary, but it is helpful. All tools are provided, just bring a lunch. Long hair needs to be pulled back; long pants and close-toed shoes are required.

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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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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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