Registrations for workshops requires a yearly membership which covers administration costs. You will receive email updates on our latest offerings. General membership is $40. Student and senior memberships are $25. Family memberships are $60. Registrations can be accomplished online or you can mail in a check with the registration form here (PDF Registration Form).

Deposit/Cancellation Policy at bottom.

3 Feb.

Capturing Animals in Their Environment in Oils

with  Mara Sfara

3-day workshop

Feb. 3-5, 2023

9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Learn what is important in painting animals in oils: from your source image, select your best composition, plotting out your background information. Mara will delve into color range choices and textural layering. 
She will teach you the secrets to eliciting an emotional reaction from your viewer and how to tell your animals story.

Fee : $295. with membership
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24 Feb 23

Portrait Drawing on Toned Paper

with  Kathryn Engberg

3-day workshop

Feb. 24 - 26, 2023

9:30 am - 4:00 pm


In this three day workshop, artists will capture the live model by drawing on toned paper. The use of toned paper allows the artist to work more quickly and create a broader value range. Artists will be guided through their drawings with demos, lectures, and individual critiques. Focus will be placed on capturing an accurate likeness of the model and light effect, rendering convincingly three dimensional form, and gaining an understanding of the different mediums and confidence in the techniques of drawing on toned paper.

Fee : $335 with membership
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10 March

The Botanical Watercolor

with  Jessica Daigle

3-day workshop

March 10 - 12, 2023

9:30 am - 4:00 pm


In this three-day workshop, students will develop essential skills in botanical art using watercolor as the medium. Students will begin by learning how to observe, record and capture important details of the botanical specimen's form, colors and signifying attributes. During this time, the instructor will provide tips and techniques for developing the sketch that is both compositionally interesting and informative. 

On the second day students will learn how to transpose sketches to the final watercolor paper. They will begin by applying watercolor using a graded wash. Techniques will than be shown how to charge a watercolor wash to achieve a seamless gradient in color. Additional watercolor techniques will be demonstrated such as layering and glazing.

On the final day students will work to complete the final textual layer of the plant utilizing a dry brush technique. The instructor will also spend some time demonstrating how to correct mistakes that are common to watercolor painting. Finally the class will have an opportunity to learn from each other as we review our completed works. 

Fee : $295. with membership
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5 Feb

Figure Painting / Drawing Long Pose

with  Pete Anderson

1-day model session

Sunday, February 5, 2023

10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Model fee included. Bring your own materials. Monitored by Figure Drawing instructor Pete Anderson, but non-instructional.

Fee : $25 with membership
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Deposit / Cancellation Policy

Deposits are required for all classes and workshops in the amount of half the tuition to secure limited spots. Full payment is due two weeks before the start of the session. All cancellations must be made 2 weeks before the start of a class or workshop. We are not responsible for issuing refunds, credits or transfers for classes/workshops missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control.  If a workshop is cancelled by us, you will receive a refund.

All requested refunds (within 2 weeks of the start of the class or workshop) from online payments will be returned via check. A 5% refund fee will be subtracted from the amount paid through online payments. 

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