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INTRODUCTION TO PASTELS WITH DAVID WOLFRAM
One Session, Saturday October 1st 
$60

A good chance for anyone who is thinking of signing up for my pastel class, and for everyone interested about finding out more about the many techniques and materials used by pastel artists today. Topics will include different types of pastels and surfaces, underpainting basics, and mark making. There will be some ‘hands on’ opportunity for attendees to work with different types of pastels on different pastel papers to experience first hand some of the various techniques. Sample materials will be provided.

Contact and registration:

David.wolfram@yahoo.com

310-721-0670

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WATERCOLOR WITH JIM NELSON
Sunday October 2,   9am – 4pm 
$150

2-Day Watercolor Workshop, supply list will be sent to students ahead of class. Still life and portrait demo each morning and students paint after lunch break.

One hour lunch break from 12 – 1pm

$150

Limited to 15 persons

Contact: Jnelson286@gmail.com

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IAN COOKE – Elements of Watercolor
Weekend Tutorial Courses for Beginners
Saturday October 22, 1-4pm | Sunday October 23, 10am – 4pm
Cost $100

This is an introduction to the basics of watercolor to enable new students to join one of our regular classes with the basic knowledge of how to handle this challenging but rewarding medium.

There will be one course in the Fall and another in the Spring. We will talk about recommended materials but we would ask you to have the basics to enable you to take part. Subjects covered will include –

The importance of the proportion of water and paint, handling brushes

Brushes – sable or synthetic, care of brushes

Papers – Rough, cold press or hot press

Paints, colors and setting out your palette

The color wheel and complimentary colors

Warm and cool colors, granulation, transparency, staining, permanency

Mixing – on the palette, the paper and your brush

Highlights, reserving whites, using miskit, white paints, correcting mistakes

Creating volume, shadows and shapes

You will have the opportunity to discover how watercolor works and create some basic compositions of your own. We will stop for lunch and you can bring your own or there is a coffee shop over the road with food. The course will include tutor instruction and demonstration as well as practical work for you to explore techniques.

If you are interested in taking part and learning the Elements of Watercolor please contact Ian Cooke at iancooke49@gmail.com

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NATALIE RICHARDS – Two-Day Intensive Pastel
Saturday October 29 from 1 pm to 7 pm
Sunday October 30 from 9am to 4pm.
Full two day workshop. $200.

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of soft pastels! This intense two-day instructional workshop includes discussions and demonstrations for creating clouds and sky effects in pastel. Under painting techniques for the sky and clouds will also be practiced. We will discuss the importance of value in creating skies within the landscape and will learn and practice ways to see what values our pastels are.

During our two-day workshop, we will also learn how to make our own pastel surface! Class participants will generally work on the subject of sky/clouds during class, however, participants can choose to work on their own studies with assistance at the easel.

To reserve or with questions, contact Natalie Richards at
natalie@paint-by-threads.com

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ROSE CEFALU – Cyanotype Photography
November 20, 9:30 am – 3:30pm

Join Joshua Tree based photographer & artist Rose Cefalu for ½ day of experimental printmaking, known as Cyanotype printing. You will learn about the history of the process along with hands on work producing fine art prints. You’re images will be enlarged to 8 x 10 negatives and will be contacted printed, harnessing the Sun’s UV light and developed in water. You will also do the same process as a photogram, where the image is made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of the light-sensitive cyanotype paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone that depends upon the transparency of the objects used.

Sharing her wealth of knowledge, Rose will start each morning with a brief overview of the process followed by paper coating and a walk in a private location in search of the objects and plant flora students can use in later in the day for photograms. Students will explore the power of image making using this 20th century photograph technique in conventional and unconventional ways. No prior photography experience is needed, all levels welcome.

 

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BOB HANNAH WORKSHOP – Debunking the Myth of Perspective
Saturday December 3, 9:00-4:00
Sunday December 4 , 9:00-4:00
$120

In this workshop we will focus on how to use the elements of perspective, with design and composition to create and enhance your paintings.  There will be demonstrations daily.  Attendees will create a painting(s) with a focus on using these elements.  Photographs will be used for reference.  Handouts will be provided for future reference..

Bob Hannah is an award winning international and national watercolorist.  His paintings have been exhibited around the world in many international exhibitions as well as nationally.  His paintings are in private collections in states across the USA and internationally in Wales, Northern Ireland, France, Belgium, South Africa, Italy and Bulgaria.   He has taught several classes in watercolor as well as given watercolor/sketching workshops in Italy.

 

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NATALIE RICHARDS – Landscape Embroidery
Stitch the “Best of Fall” Needle Art Workshop
Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$100

To reserve or with questions, contact Natalie Richards at

natalie@paint-by-threads.com

Learn the fine art of hand embroidery with Roycroft Master Artisan, Natalie Richards. Class participants will stitch a limited-edition hand painting landscape. This particular landscape won Juror’s Choice Award at the 48th Annual Redlands Art Association Multi-Media Show. No drawing, painting or stitching experience needed! The class will provide the beginner and the most experienced of embroiderers, classic techniques to master and use in a fine needle art landscape that will be suitable for framing. Basic embroidery stitches will be taught to “fill our canvas” with textures to represent trees and foliage. Participants will learn how to create the: back stitch, satin stitch, French knots, seed stitch, and thread painting. Stitches and techniques will be taught and practiced during the class time. This class will cover basic embroidery stitches and an introduction to the fine art of landscape embroidery.

Materials Provided:

Materials provided in this workshop include a Landscape Embroidery Kit with a hand painted background (6” by 4”). All kits will include ample silk and cotton threads, a needle and printed/photo with illustrated instructions.

Participants will need to have:

Embroidery Scissors (scissors will be available for purchase)
A small (4 or 5 inch) embroidery hoop (hardwood embroidery hoops will be available for purchase)
Notebook and pen for taking notes

 

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ROSE CEFALU – Cyanotype Photography
Saturday, January 8, 9:30 am – 3:30pm

Join Joshua Tree based photographer & artist Rose Cefalu for ½ day of experimental printmaking, known as Cyanotype printing. You will learn about the history of the process along with hands on work producing fine art prints. You’re images will be enlarged to 8 x 10 negatives and will be contacted printed, harnessing the Sun’s UV light and developed in water. You will also do the same process as a photogram, where the image is made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of the light-sensitive cyanotype paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone that depends upon the transparency of the objects used.

Sharing her wealth of knowledge, Rose will start each morning with a brief overview of the process followed by paper coating and a walk in a private location in search of the objects and plant flora students can use in later in the day for photograms. Students will explore the power of image making using this 20th century photograph technique in conventional and unconventional ways. No prior photography experience is needed, all levels welcome.

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JESSICA SCHIFFMAN – Drawing the Head
Saturday January 21st 1:00 – 4:00
Sunday 22nd 9 – 4:00 with a lunch break
$150

 

In order to create accurate and believable portraits, you need to understand the planes and proportions of the head and neck as well as the structure of the various features. What happens when the head is tilted up or down? What about shading and shadows? Facial expressions? This workshop will fill the gaps in your knowledge and boost your confidence as an artist.

Saturday will begin with a teacher demo. We will study master paintings and photos and draw from our imagination and from photo reference. Bring a photo of a friend or family member, and we will create a detailed portrait the second day.

Students at all levels can benefit from this workshop.

To reserve, or with inquiries, contact Jessica Schiffman at jscaschiffman@gmail.com

 

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WORKSHOP: JESSICA SCHIFFMAN – Plein Air Painting
Saturday February 4 and Sunday February 5
9:00 – 4:00 and Sunday 9 – 4:00 with a lunch break
$200

To reserve, or with inquiries, contact Jessica Schiffman at jscaschiffman@gmail.com


Painting the landscape from life is thrilling and can be challenging as well. The world is filled with an infinite variety of color and value, and an overwhelming amount of detail. Patterns of shadow and light are changing each moment.

This workshop will help you to simplify and organize what you see, and go on to create satisfying, dynamic paintings with strong, logical dark and light patterns. Topics will include composition, focal point, perspective, and value (dark and light), as well as color theory.

We will also focus on managing oil paint. We will explore underpainting, painting ala prima (layering wet paint without making mud), mixing paint, and more.

Some painting experience is advised.

Bio

Jessica Schiffman has been a working artist for nearly thirty years. Her paintings, including hundreds of plein air studies, as well as abstract and figurative paintings, are widely collected, and she has also created murals and illustrated numerous children’s books. She has taught workshops and classes at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs, the Create Center for the Arts in Palm Desert, the Trilogy Country Club, Sunnylands, the Annenberg Estate, Shadow Hills Country Club, The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree, and outdoors in Idyllwild. She studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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WATERCOLOR WITH JIM NELSON
Saturday February 18,  1 – 4pm
Sunday February 19,   9:30am – 3:30pm 
$150

2-Day Watercolor Workshop, supply list will be sent to students ahead of class. Still life and portrait demo each morning and students paint after lunch break.

One hour lunch break from 12 – 1pm

$150

Limited to 15 persons

Contact: Jnelson286@gmail.com

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One-Day Intense Pastel Workshop – Creating Trees
March 12 from 9am to 4pm.
$100

Emerge yourself in the wonderful world of pastels! This intense one-day instructional workshop includes discussions and demonstrations for painting trees in pastel. Under painting techniques for trees will be discussed and practiced. We will discuss warm and cool colors and their importance in creating trees in pastel. You will learn techniques for emerging the edges of trees with the sky, and work on both foliage and bare trees.

Class participants will generally work on the subject (trees) during class, however, participants can choose to work on their own studies with assistance at the easel.

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IAN COOKE – Elements of Watercolor
Weekend Tutorial Courses for Beginners
Saturday March 25, Sunday 26 , 9am – 4pm | Sunday October 23, 10am – 4pm
Cost $125

This is an introduction to the basics of watercolor to enable new students to join one of our regular classes with the basic knowledge of how to handle this challenging but rewarding medium.

There will be one course in the Fall and another in the Spring. We will talk about recommended materials but we would ask you to have the basics to enable you to take part. Subjects covered will include –

The importance of the proportion of water and paint, handling brushes

Brushes – sable or synthetic, care of brushes

Papers – Rough, cold press or hot press

Paints, colors and setting out your palette

The color wheel and complimentary colors

Warm and cool colors, granulation, transparency, staining, permanency

Mixing – on the palette, the paper and your brush

Highlights, reserving whites, using miskit, white paints, correcting mistakes

Creating volume, shadows and shapes

You will have the opportunity to discover how watercolor works and create some basic compositions of your own. We will stop for lunch and you can bring your own or there is a coffee shop over the road with food. The course will include tutor instruction and demonstration as well as practical work for you to explore techniques.

If you are interested in taking part and learning the Elements of Watercolor please contact Ian Cooke at iancooke49@gmail.com

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BOB HANNAH WORKSHOP – Debunking the Myth of Perspective
Saturday April 15, 9:00-4:00
Sunday April 16 , 9:00-4:00
$120

In this workshop we will focus on how to use the elements of perspective, with design and composition to create and enhance your paintings.  There will be demonstrations daily.  Attendees will create a painting(s) with a focus on using these elements.  Photographs will be used for reference.  Handouts will be provided for future reference..

Bob Hannah is an award winning international and national watercolorist.  His paintings have been exhibited around the world in many international exhibitions as well as nationally.  His paintings are in private collections in states across the USA and internationally in Wales, Northern Ireland, France, Belgium, South Africa, Italy and Bulgaria.   He has taught several classes in watercolor as well as given watercolor/sketching workshops in Italy.

 

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Stitch the “Spring Birches” Needle Art Workshop
Saturday, April 30, 2023 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$100

Learn the fine art of hand embroidery with Roycroft Master Artisan, Natalie Richards. Class participants will stitch a landscape of a Birch Forest. No drawing, painting or stitching experience needed! The class will provide the beginner and the most experienced of embroiderers, classic techniques to master and use in a fine needle art landscape that will be suitable for framing. Basic embroidery stitches will be used to “fill our canvas” with textures to represent trees, and foliage. Stitches and techniques will be taught and practiced during the class time.

Materials Provided:

Each participant will receive a Landscape Embroidery Kit with hand sketched and painted background of a Birch Forest with the finished dimensions of 5” by 7.” All kits will include ample silk, cotton and wool threads, needle and printed/photo illustrated instructions.

Participants are encouraged to bring:

▪ Basic Embroidery Scissors (I will have some for purchase).

▪ A small embroidery hoop (hardwood embroidery hoops will be available for purchase).

▪ Notebook and pen for taking notes

To reserve or with questions, contact Natalie Richards at 

natalie@paint-by-threads.com
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NATALIE RICHARDS WORKSHOP –
One-Day Intensive Pastel Workshop: Reflections in Water
Sunday June 4 from 9am to 4pm.
$100.
Emerge yourself in the wonderful world of pastels!  This intense one-day instructional workshop includes discussions and demonstrations for painting water reflections in pastel. Dry painting techniques for water reflections will be discussed and practiced. I will even have Pan Pastels available for us to explore. We will discuss the general rules of reflections and will practice techniques for creating believable water.
Class participants will generally work on the subject (water reflections) during class, however, they may choose to work on their own studies with assistance at the easel.

To reserve or with questions, contact Natalie Richards at 
natalie@paint-by-threads.com

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