Workshops

Explore your inner artist with a workshop! Artists of all skill levels welcome. Enrollment is limited so call 828-262-3017 and register today! Advanced registration is required.

Still Life Painting: Painting with the left side of your brain
Thursdays, 7-9pm; March 20, 27 & April 3, 10, 17.
Open to the Public

Participants will explore still-life compositions, drapery and nature studies, while expanding their ability to observe and create paintings with successful value, texture, pattern and perspective.

Intro to Portraiture
May 17, 10am-4pm
Open to the public

Participants will learn how to accurately draw and paint a portrait with drawing techniques that can be applied to any subject being portrayed.

Book O'Rama (11014 ART 3532)
May 19-22, 9am-3pm & May 23, 9am-Noon
Open to the Public

This course will cover the foundations of bookmaking and beyond. Participants will make many different blank bookforms, ranging from basic to complex structures that include both glue and sewn methods.

Belt Buckle Necklaces
May 24, 1-3pm
Open to the Public

Create a necklace from up-cycled belt buckles! Participants will choose buckles that have been previously cut from belts. An array of beads will be provided and thin wire will be used to thread the beads onto the buckle and connect with necklace chains.  

Exploring Color in Composition
May 14, 21, 28, 10am-4pm
Open to the Public

Participants in this workshop will be engaged in easy to follow sequential exercises, learning how to manipulate paint with control to get colors that contain the proper value and intensity required in painting

Junque Journals
May 31, 1-4pm
Open to the Public

Participants will create a journal, sketchbook or scrapbook out of recycled items. Participants can bring their own "junque" or some will be provided. 

Gold Leaf & Acrylic Painting
June 7, 10am-4pm
Open to the public

This one-day workshop explores the exciting combination of metallic leaf with acrylic paint. Using gold leaf is a skilled craft, which requires careful attention to detail for the best results. The addition of metallic leaf, whether precious metal or imitation, provides a lustre that paint alone cannot match. 

Tuesday Afternoon Landscapes
May 13, 20, 27 and June 3, 10, 17, 1-4pm
Open to the public

Learn the basics of color mixing and brushwork, plus easy to master techniques for painting skies, trees, water, sunsets and wildlife using acrylic paint. Each week will focus on a different landscape scene or season so participants may come to as many as their schedule allows.

Capturing the Essence of Water
June 21, 10am-4pm
Open to the public

Learn how to paint water’s many different surfaces, including beautiful reflections, colors and restful scenes that take you to your own vacation spot. 

Making Markers Magical
June 23-27; 9am-Noon
Ages 6-10

This workshop focuses on teaching painting techniques using water and the pigment from magic markers. 

Mixed Media and Markers
June 23-27; 1-4pm
Ages 11-14

Participants will combine collage, drawing, marker-painting and printmaking techniques to compose one of a kind representational and non-representational works of art. 

Action Figures
June 30 - July 3; 9am-Noon
Ages 6-11

Children will learn how to capture movement and expressions as we explore the human figure in art.

Self-Reflection
June 30 - July 3; 1-4pm
Ages 12-16

Participants will learn about various modern artists—their work, styles, significance, etc. Students will create a different self-portrait each day in the style of each artist using various mediums and techniques.

Salt Glazing (11017 ART 3540)
June 30, July 1, 2, 5, 9am-4pm
Open to the public

This course will focus and explore various methods of glazing for a salt and reduction kiln. Participants will be shown various glazing techniques that will explore various ways of creating image, pattern and surface. We will talk about slips, glazes, forms, and surface treatments that are particularly responsive to the effects of salt firing.

Plein Air Painting - Getting Started
July 12, 9am-4pm
Open to the Public

This workshop is an introduction to plein air painting. The class will enjoy a day of painting on location while learning some of the basic principles involved in creating art outdoors. Pack a lunch, hat, sunscreen, snacks and bug spray and enjoy painting in the great outdoors! 

Kid's Art Week
July 14-18; 10am-3pm
Ages 7-12

Explore the animal kingdom through art! Children will create mammal masks, underwater-themed water colors, insect prints, felted finger puppets, mixed media collage animals and animal paintings using Mexican folk art amate paper.

Discovering Your Inner Artist
July 21-25, 10am-4pm
Open to the public

This workshop uses painting, drawing and collage techniques to expand and strengthen one’s intuition. These processes allow participants to connect with their own source of creativity, leading to a deeper trust in your own internal guidance. This workshop is designed to expand the creativity of all levels from beginner to accomplished artists.

Drawing and Painting the Human Figure
Fourth Sundays, 2:00pm-5:00pm
open to the public

Local artists Marsha Holmes and Beth Andrews, active members of the High Country Watermedia Society, will be hosting an opportunity for members of the community to gather to draw and paint the human figure.

Mixing it Up: Mixed Media
July 28-30, 10am-4pm
Open to the public

This workshop will cover working with acrylic paints, photo transfers, and multi-media expanding creative imagery.

Painting Botanicals
July 31, 10am-4pm
Open to the public

Participants will paint the beauty of flowering subjects in abstract and detailed ways. Learn the many ways to create stunning images of flowers using watercolor, oils or acrylics.

Beginning Acrylics
August 4-6, 1-3pm
Open to the Public

Participants will learn basic techniques of acrylic painting with an emphasis on landscape.

Mixing It Up: Kids, Art and Books
April 12, May 3, June 14, August 9, 10:30am-Noon
Ages 4-7

Using different mediums like collage, painting and sculpture, kids will study images from popular children’s books to complete an art project. 

Color: A Visual Sensation
August 11-15; 10am-Noon
Ages 6-11

Children will experience the joy of color as they engage in painting exercises that demonstrate principles of color harmony while expressing the movement of light.

Studio Figure Drawing (10474 ART 3537)
August 11-14, 9am-3pm; August 15, 9am-Noon
Open to the public

This course will focus on drawing and painting the human figure from live models. Participants will be led through a series of drawing exercises designed to strengthen familiarity with the figure and increase fluidity of technique leading to more expressive and dynamic mark making.

Introduction to Design
August 11-15; 1-4pm
Ages 11-15

Are your kids interested in graphic design or the visual arts? This is the class for them! We will cover basic design principles, beginning with typography, composition using a grid, black and white studies and color studies.

Painting Animals
August 16, 10am-4pm
Open to the public

Learn how to capture expression in wildlife and present them in a natural setting.  Participants will learn ways to apply paint onto the canvas to achieve accurate color, contrast and interest.

Intro to Encaustics
July 7 & Sept. 20, 10am-4pm
Open to the public

In this one day workshop, participants will learn how to make encaustic wax, mix colors, apply it to the surface, make textures, cover a drawing, create incising fine lines and fuse the wax. Participants will also discuss how to use the wax in mixed media projects and how to transfer images into it. 

Inkalicious Continued
Fridays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Open to the public

Come join the fun as you explore the wonderful world of alcohol inks with folks who participated in the appsummer workshop led by Cathy Taylor.  This is an open studio opportunity with no direct instruction.   Everyone is available to inspire and share ideas with one another.

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