Oil and Cold Wax with Lisa Mann Location: Upstairs Studio
December 14-15, 2019
In this 2 day intensive and interactive workshop Lisa will introduce the process of using oil and cold wax to create meaningful paintings through layering, textures, color, and visual storytelling.
Utilizing oil paints, cold wax medium, pigment sticks, and a variety of tools for texture and collage, both emerging, experienced, and undiscovered artists will explore new ways to create paintings.
In addition to the techniques of working in oils and cold wax medium, we will also cover the fundamentals of abstract art elements to help you evaluate your work. https://www.lisamannfineart.com/home From Thumbnail Sketches to Completion in Watercolor with Yong Hong Zhong Location: Upstairs Studio
January 10-12, 2020
9am - 4pm
Whether you’re a new or veteran watercolor painter, come learn from Yong how to tell a story, evoke emotions, and express your vision with watercolors in a loose painting style. Yong will review basic watercolor techniques and materials before helping you with guided practice in composition and in value studies using thumbnail sketches. You’ll explore dry-on-dry, dry-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and wet-on-wet techniques, and discover how to simplify a scene’s shapes and values. On the third day, you’ll join Yong outdoors to paint en plein air, if weather permits.
http://yonghongzhong.com Procreate - Analog Painting; Digital Experimentation with Ruth Armitage Location: Upstairs Studio
January 25-27, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Learn how digital exploration can expand your painting process. You’ll use the Procreate app and an iPad to plan and alter works in progress. Learn to use this inexpensive app to try out ideas before you execute them in paint. Ruth will begin the workshop with instruction on using the app to draw, paint, and use layers to experiment on photos of paintings in process. You’ll then work on your own projects in your choice of water-based media. Acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media are all welcome. The process of using Procreate encourages growth and exploration. It is an excellent visualization tool for new and advanced artists. Please bring an iPad with a current version of Procreate. An Apple Pencil or stylus is also helpful. https://rutharmitage.com Palette Knife Revelation with Steve Kleier Location: Upstairs Studio
February 7-9, 2020
9:30am - 4pm
Knife painting leads to bold paintings! In this workshop, you will learn the freedom and structure behind making expressive knife paintings with energy and excitement. You’ll use the control of form and color and make them work with big shapes and strong tone. Learn to “maintain control by relinquishing control”. By seeing the nature of the marks, you can use them to make effects. Steve will give demonstrations and offer individual attention as you gain confidence with the palette knife. This workshop is best for people who have some drawing and painting experience. https://stevekleier.com/ Price: Member $ 295.00 | Non-Member $ 335.00 Painting Expressive Landscapes in Oil and Acrylic with Eric Jacobsen Location: Upstairs Studio
February 14-16, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Loosen up your style and paint expressive landscapes in oil and acrylic. Learn to look at a scene with an impressionistic eye and paint to convey a certain mood. In this workshop, you’ll hone your painting skills and expand your creative language. Eric will emphasize risk taking, abstract design, and mark making, which are three necessary components to take your work to the next level and distinguish yourself as an artist. He’ll cover composition, value, design, choosing a motif, identifying and mixing warm and cool colors, and establishing a focal point. Eric will also discuss some dos and don’ts for landscape painters to consider. The workshop will include informal lectures and demonstrations, group critiques, and individual instruction. This workshop is geared to intermediate and advanced level painters.
https://jacobsenfineart.com Price: Member $ 415.00 | Non-Member $ 475.00 Beginners Guide to Pastel Painting with Susan Kuznitsky Location: Upstairs Studio
March 15, 2020
9:30 am - 4 pm
This one day workshop is the perfect opportunity for artists who are curious about the pastel medium. It is a day to explore the joys of pastels to see if you want to dive in further. All you need to bring is a drawing board to accommodate a 9 x 12 piece of sanded pastel paper.The rest will there for you to ‘play’ with.
There will be a demo first. Then you have the option to paint along using the same image as the demo or use your own photo reference. You will try an underpainting technique and then practice layering with hard and soft pastels. https://susankuznitsky.com/ Price: Member $ 95.00 | Non-Member $ 115.00 Simplifying the Watercolor Process with Andy Evansen Location: Upstairs Studio
March 27-29, 2020
9am - 4pm
In the never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor, it’s easy to put too much into our paintings, rather than editing out the non-essential. Painting loosely doesn't just happen; it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. During this workshop, you’ll learn techniques that can speed up this process. Focusing on value studies from the outset, Andy will discuss ways to simplify a scene into large shapes. These large shapes provide you with opportunities to create lost edges in your painting, which is essential to take full advantage of the medium. You’ll move on to create your paintings in color, with a lot of individual help from Andy along the way. All skill levels welcome
https://evansenartstudio.com Back to Tradition: Exploring Pen-and-Ink Techniques with Heeyoung Kim Location: Upstairs Studio
April 16-18, 2020
9:30am - 4:30pm
Using old-style pens and bottles of ink in this workshop, you’ll learn how to draw seasonal botanical specimens. Although more modern tools are available today, artists still cherish this ancient way to capture nature. Drawing with permanent black ink may seem intimidating, but with step-by-step guidance, you’ll gain confidence in techniques and composition. Everyone will experience the artistic versatility of this humble medium to create realistic botanical art and feel a connection to artists throughout history. All skill levels welcome
www.heeyoungkim.net Price: Member $ 375.00 | Non-Member $ 435.00 Creating Your Natural Pigment Paints - Discovering Their Unique Beauty with Anji Grainger Location: Upstairs Studio
May 1-3, 2020
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Natural pigments produce interesting and wonderful results. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to mix pure powdered pigment with fixatives and make your own unique paints, like the masters of old. In class you’ll work with the pigments, learn how to create workable paint, and compare the natural pigments to manufactured paints from tubes. You’ll create paintings using only the mixed, natural pigments and will learn fun techniques to create unusual outcomes. Anji will supply the natural pigments, and you may purchase your own powdered pigments from her resource list. A basic understanding of painting techniques is required, and the workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced artists.
https://www.bluepansycottage.com Watercolor from the Heart with Carol Carter Location: Upstairs Studio
June 12-14, 2020
9:30am - 4:30pm
Learn how to paint with fluidity during this watercolor workshop. You’ll work on brilliance of colors and purity in paint application as you practice your skills. Can you juxtapose colors to make them appear to vibrate? You’ll be inspired by Carol’s daily demonstrations and experiments to create wet, loose watercolors while you learn about color, water, design, and value. Carol will focus on imagery, content, point of view, and taking risks. Afternoons will include individual instruction and group critique, and Carol will discuss and take questions on marketing and using social media to build your artistic career. Intermediate to advanced painting level
www.carol-carter.com Alla Prima Portrait Painting with Joanne Mehl Location: Upstairs Studio
June 26-28, 2020
9:30am - 4:30pm
Join Joanne for this workshop where you’ll develop the fundamental skills of alla prima portrait painting. You’ll apply oil paint to the canvas wet into wet, mixing most of the color on the canvas. From seeing and blocking in a quick and accurate drawing to mastering warm/cool balance and lifelike flesh tones, you’ll develop the skills for creating evocative alla prima portraits. You’ll be immersed in creating paintings from start to finish and will benefit from demonstrations, personal attention, and painting a live model. All skill levels welcome, but Some previous oil painting experience would be helpful. www.joannemehl.com Add Structure to your Pastel Landscape or Cityscape with Nancie King Mertz Location: Upstairs Studio
July 10-12, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whether you’re a big-city or small-town fan, this pastel workshop will turn your favorite views of buildings and structures into dramatic, expressive paintings. Examine space, perspective, and design through practical hands-on lessons that will help you build confidence. Nancie will start each day with a short demonstration clarifying techniques and sharing pointers on perspective and composing a scene. From there, you’ll have one-on-one guidance from Nancie as you complete two or more paintings each day. Open to all levels. nanciekingmertz.com Price: Member $ 350.00 | Non-Member $ 410.00 Painting Life with Life with Bev Jozwiak Location: Upstairs Studio
July 18-19, 2020
9:30am - 4:30pm
In this no-nonsense watercolor workshop, you’ll learn to paint boldly, think outside the box, and paint outside the lines. You’ll get the answers to many questions that artists often ask, like “Why is my work muddy? How can I loosen up?” No matter what your skill level, Bev’s demonstrations and individual attention will help you master techniques of strong composition, design, values, and color. Bev will show examples of basic color mixing, including creating luscious greens, glowing white, great grays, rich blacks, and a variety of skin tones. The subject matter will be primarily human figures, birds, and animals, but you can use your own photo references. www.bevjozwiak.com Location Sketching in Watercolor: A Plein Air Workshop with Shari Blaukopf Location: Upstairs Studio
August 14-16, 2020
9am - 4pm
If you want to paint successfully outdoors, this plein air workshop is for you. You’ll learn a variety of skills to help you feel confident while sketching on location — capturing people, places, and things in drawings that evoke the time and the place. You’ll return home with your own book filled with fresh and colorful sketches. As part of a small group, you’ll watch plenty of demonstrations and receive individual attention while working on value, color, composition, ink work, vignettes, lettering, simplifying a scene, and keeping watercolors fresh. Each day of capturing urban scenes in the city of Portland will end with a review and a critique.
www.blaukopfwatercolours.com The Figure Demystified with Terry Miura Location: Upstairs Studio
September 10-13, 2020
9am - 4pm
The human figure is arguably the most difficult subject matter for an artist. The complexity and the unforgiving nature of the motif is intimidating for many artists. This workshop aims to demystify figure drawing and painting using a live model, and presents a logical process to allow you to tackle this subject matter with a much deeper understanding and confidence.
In the first part of the workshop, the emphasis will be on capturing the gesture and depicting form using dry media. Working with short poses, you will focus on analyzing and translating what you see onto paper. In the second half, you will apply this knowledge to painting. Using oils, students will cover techniques to communicate simply, logically, and effectively. Controlling values, colors and edges will be the primary emphasis, as you sharpen your skills and gain a deeper understanding of painting the figure. All skill levels welcome.
https://terrymiura.com/ Selecting Surfaces for Watermedia with Linda Aman Location: Upstairs Studio
September 18-20, 2020
9am - 4pm
If you’re tired of the same surfaces and materials for your watermedia paintings and are ready to explore alternatives, this workshop is perfect for you. Come explore painting on many surfaces and learn how differences in surfaces affect paint saturation, texture, color balances, and luminosity. Watching demonstrations and experimenting on many surfaces using watermedia, you’ll expand your painting possibilities. Which surfaces work well with absorbent grounds, molding pastes, and other textural media? By the conclusion of the workshop, you will have created representational or abstract images and will know how to finish your pieces with varnishes, acrylic sprays, and cold wax. As part of your registration fee, you’ll receive a kit containing all the surfaces, a $50 value. All skill levels welcome, but participants need their own painting supplies. https://amanarts.com/ Mitch Albala's "Color Harmony in Landscape: Understanding and Working with Color Strategies" Location: Upstairs Studio
September 25-27, 2020
9:30am - 4:30pm
To capture the qualities of color and light, landscape painters must modify the colors they see. To guide these color choices in an informed way, painters rely on a color plan or strategy. In this workshop for artists working in oil, acrylic, or pastel, you’ll learn how the colors you see in nature or a photo are just the first step toward a complete color strategy. Through a combination of exercises and small paintings, you’ll learn the practice of color grouping; how to create palettes “tuned” to the particular harmony you are after; how relationships like analogous or complementary colors are just one part of a complete strategy, and the importance of neutral harmonies to help create unified light. This is not a workshop for first-time painters but, is ideally suited for those who work either en plein air or in studio and want to expand their color knowledge. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic and pastel painters.
Here is a link to Mitch Albala's Book "Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice": https://mitchalbala.com/landscape-painting-the-book/ Landscape Painting; Chinese Brush Techniques with Cindy Lommasson Location: Upstairs Studio
October 3-4, 2020
9:30am - 4:30pm
Create unique landscape paintings with Chinese materials and brush strokes during this workshop. Using photo references, you’ll explore numerous ways to depict rocks, mountains, trees, and the ethereal qualities of mist and clouds. You’ll experiment using Sumi ink, Chinese watercolor, and various brushes and papers. You’ll use split brushes for textures of trees and cliffs and coated Chinese papers for wet-in-wet ink and paint application. You’ll also learn an ink monotype technique for abstract backgrounds to complete with brushes and color. Cindy will give daily demonstrations, and everyone will have lots of hands-on practice. All skill levels welcome https://cindylommasson.com Textures in the Landscape with Tom Christopher Location: Upstairs Studio
October 16-18, 2020
9:30am - 4:30pm
Understanding value, color, and texture in landscape painting is at the core of this pastel workshop. Bring in your favorite landscape photographs and plein air sketches to use as reference material. Reference photos will be available, too. Tom will begin each day of the workshop with a demonstration of pastel painting using various textural techniques for underpainting on gator board. He’ll show you how to prepare your own textured surface for pastel painting. Throughout the workshop, you’ll receive instruction on plein air and studio techniques and will be encouraged to bring in previous work for critique. Tom will also discuss networking, gallery representation, and advertising your work. Open to current pastel artists and those new to pastels. tomchristopherartist.com Price: Member $ 385.00 | Non-Member $ 445.00 New to You: Watercolor Basics with Susan Spears Location: Upstairs Studio
October 24-25, 2020
9am - 4pm
If you want to learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to set up a palette, use the color wheel as a guide, and paint with a variety of brushes. Susan will show you how to use the elements of design to compose strong paintings, and you’ll practice using value, harmony, layering, shape, line, and repetition in your work. Learning how to simplify a scene for painting will also be a goal. Susan will provide demonstrations, step-by-step painting instruction, and individual guidance so you can gain confidence using paint, materials, and water.
https://www.susanspearsart.com Intuitive Acrylic Painting with Joan Fullerton Location: Upstairs Studio
November 5-8, 2020
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, to integrate collage imagery, to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and to suggest rather than delineate in this acrylic workshop. You’ll explore working intuitively and responding to what shows up in your work. During the workshop, you’ll learn to mix neutrals for softer, more ethereal abstracts. Class time will include demonstrations, practice, and guidance to help you feel confident being creative in your acrylic art. https://joanfullerton.com/ Creative Collage with René Eisenbart Location: Upstairs Studio
November 13-15, 2020
9:30am - 4:00pm
Collage is a contemporary art form that’s fresh and filled with surprises. In this workshop, you’ll work with a value pattern (light to dark), and then recreate it using paper. The process is an effective vehicle for learning design. You’ll also make various papers using Citrasolv, printing, stamping, and/or stencils. With Rene’s step-by-step guidance, you’ll learn how to seal the collages with acrylic and mount them onto panels. Collage integrates beautifully with watermedia, so you can repurpose your unresolved paintings by adding paper. Once you start down this path, you’ll never again need to throw away a failed painting, and the skills you’ve honed will be useful in your other creative work. All levels welcome