We are very excited to offer a variety of premier art workshops in mixed media, watercolors, acrylic and more. Each workshop encourages networking with fellow artists in a studio environment and valuable interaction with instructors.
Watercolor Journey – $500
DAVID SMITH, INSTRUCTOR
Take a Watercolor Journey with David and learn the most valuable watercolor concepts and techniques. This workshop will save you countless hours of trial and error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity. Participants will be provided with reference photos, drawing guides, and step-by-step instruction through all stages of the painting process. The workshop is packed with demos and guided practice. Regardless of your level of experience, whether the subject matter is a country landscape or a Misty Lake, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level.
David will demonstrate a wide variety of techniques, including “wet-on-wet,” “spattering,” “spraying,” and how to link shapes in a composition based on values, while also learning about edge quality of shapes, the importance of different consistencies of paint, and the different moisture qualities of paper – concepts and approaches that will keep your paintings fresh with exciting blends and textures, and keep you inspired and eager to explore your new watercolor capabilities long into the future.
Concepts and Techniques
- Negative Painting
- Pouring Paint
- Using a Palette Knife
- Creating Texture
- Painting with a Sponge
- Masking Methods
- Lifting Paint
- Edge Quality
- Fading out an Edge
- Simplifying a Subject
- Linking/Connecting Shapes
- Developing a Value Study
Mixed Media Smorgasbord – $575
Joan’s class will be a ball-of-fire, fun workshop! She will address how to be selective with all the options on the table (in the studio). You will explore new things and try new combinations, pairing down to the final choices. Joan’s classes in Pensacola always bring fresh ideas to splash onto the canvas! She teaches in such a creative and playful way that you can’t miss coming home with some really neat work.
Join us as we dive into the wonderful world of abstract art, learning how to suggest rather than delineate. You will learn how to work intuitively without even realizing it. She will show us how to charm our way thru our “starts” using shapes, line, and color…all while incorporating the neutrals for which she is so famous.
Looking Through Layers…
Creating Depth with Dimensional Grounds – $350
Join artist Micah Goguen as we explore methods for layering and creating texture with combined media. In this workshop, we will explore methods of painting, collage and photo transfer as a base while adding transparent surface texture to create expressive mark making. We will be working on Ampersand surfaces and using GOLDEN texture grounds.
Participants will leave with an understanding of the following techniques while putting them into practical application. Any reference images or subject matter can be used for this process. Materials will be provided to complete three works. You can use the same reference image for different variations or select three different images. There will be a variety of images to choose from if you do not bring your own. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on image selection and what compositions would best fit this process.
Processes and Options
- Adhering full photo transfers
- Transferring simplified silhouettes
- Creating a basic underpainting
- Collage techniques
- Knowledge and application of grounds and pastes
- Incorporating stencil design
- Using dry media for mark making
Process 1: Use a full black and white photo to adhere as a base. Using fluid acrylics, we will tint and glaze color followed by application of transparent texture ground. Once dry, we will embellish with pastels and other dry media.
Process 2: We will transfer silhouettes of your reference to the panel and then block in with fluid acrylic followed by adhering collage material for added interest. We will apply texture ground with palette knife and also layering with stencil to create more depth. The final layer will be additional mark making with pastels and other dry media.
Process 3: Creating a base layer of abstract design using fluid acrylic, we will then transfer a silhouette of your reference image. Stencil layers of texture ground will be added followed more a more controlled application of dry media.
Guests will see samples of each process on day 1 and can make an informed decision on which application method best suits their existing artistic journey. You can try each process or immerse yourself in one during the course of the workshop. Instructor will demonstrate the steps of each process and each phase throughout the duration of the workshop.
This workshop is great for the artist that has any one of the following goals:
- Interest or experience with collage
- Expresses interest in pastel and other drawing media
- Wants a fresh approach to their process
- Enjoys mixed media application
- Wants to create more depth and interest in their existing work
- Has a desire to incorporate their own photography into their mixed media
- Incorporates stenciling
- Wants to learn about design principles
Finding Your Artistic Language – $225
This energetic and hands-on workshop will target Elements and Principles of Design. These building blocks will be utilized on personal explorations to enhance individual growth as an artist. If you struggle with having a clear definition of your artwork, concerns with expressing a personal artistic language, have challenges knowing if your work is finished or not, this is the workshop for you.
Personal growth and artistic language are developed through rigorous practice and observation. This workshop will give you the key points to use the elements and principles of design to help you develop a consistent body of work in which your personal signature is revealed on each painting, collage or any other work of art.
Wacky Wearable Art – $175
A two day workshop for learning to paint on fabric and design your own wearable art! Using fabric paint, we will design and make wearable art—aprons, T-shirts, and a tote bag. We will design and make some art on the surface of your wardrobe; you will become a walking art exhibition. You will leave with three completed original pieces – completely to your taste. The sky is the limit! Abstracts, portraits, landscapes, fantasy figures, grunge, precise florals, etc, painted/stenciled/stamped by you.
Class will begin with making a sampler for techniques (working with fabric is slightly different than working on paper or canvas). You will get a feel for what paint does to fabric.
Bring ideas for a design on the items you plan to paint. If you need help/inspiration for a design, we’ll work on that in class. Joanne tends to use people and faces in her designs and can provide instructions for that. The possibilities are endless. She will bring some stencils to use; stencils are often a great jump start and also make for interesting backgrounds.
We’re going to be dealing with waiting for paint to dry, so we will work on more than one project at a time. We will have time to share ideas, problem solve individually and as a group, and have a show and tell.
Painting and 2D Mixed Media on Paper – $375
Rick’s workshops are casual and relaxed, but are designed to help expand your painting and collage skills by experimenting with a variety of techniques you can add to your current level of creative skills. Participants will create several works that include “creative” painting techniques on canvas, a variety of mixed media works on paper, and one of a kind creative greeting cards with artistically matching envelopes. Group and individual positive critiques will be given throughout the workshop. Rick will demonstrate on both canvas and paper demonstrating his painting and mixed media methods.
Please arrive about 10 minutes early.
The Painted Collage – $550
Feel the joy of creating your own original collage painting in an experience guided by a Golden Certified Teaching Artist! Jacqueline Sullivan is an expert in the art of acrylic mixed media. In this class she will guide you in combining the art of Abstract Acrylic painting with the art of collage. Class content will include color studies, instruction on various mediums and ways to create your own collage papers. Do you like imagery in your collages? This class will touch on the best type of images and the best way to prepare those images for collage. This five- day class is the perfect opportunity to refine and build your skills in both painting and collage.