Painting Workshop Description
Spend a week moving between lavish days of abstract painting instruction, and days spent exploring nature and other local sites of interest. This experience is the perfect balance between creative work and play, and combines the pleasures of a 3-Day Abstract Painting workshop with 3 days of leisurely scheduled field trips.
The outline of this workshop is loosely patterned after the traditional Atelier model, where a professional painter works with a small number of students to train them in visual fine arts. We've developed a meaningfully structured practicum with many different learning levels in mind, to challenge students of all backgrounds and skill levels within a single class. This enables students to focus on personal learning goals of their choice and discretion in a safe and nurturing environment, without the pressure to produce great art. This lightly free-form approach supports students returning again and again, for the purposes of honing key skills and maturing overall painting expertise and experience.
Over 3 alternating days in the studio, create a personal masterpiece from the ground up using essential painting and composition skills and a design-driven methodology. Working with a range of art materials and a focus on form, color, and texture, apply principles and aesthetic considerations of good design to your project. Explore the art and science of color mixing, glazing, and popular textural techniques at your personal interest level and pace. No need for art materials, tools etcetera – all are conveniently provided. Catered lunches, healthy snacks, and Happy Hour Socials at the end of each studio day, offer an ideal balance of creative expression and socializing in a safe, collaborative environment. This workshop is appropriate for the beginner to experienced painter alike, and strives to meet you where you are in your personal practice and stage of painting experience.
Field trip days include waterfront strolls and gentle hikes to spectacular vistas in Mt. Baker National Forest, a gourmet picnic lunch at Artist Point, and a trip to scenic Nooksack Falls and Picture Lake. Delightful cultural encounters in Bellingham include light boutique shopping, trips to Mindport Exhibits, the Spark Museum, and the Smithsonian affiliated Lightcatcher Museum, along with a visit to Bellingham's popular Farmer's Market - a curiosity feast worthy of inspiring painterly ideas. Intimate hosted lunches and dinners at some of Bellingham’s finest eateries provide a relaxing backdrop for conversation, connection and social interaction. Schedule on sightseeing days is somewhat flexible, and typically structured around activity, needs, and specific interests of individual groups.