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Freedom to Paint


with Deena Ball

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 20, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

If you thoroughly understand the subject matter you are painting then you can paint with abandon and enjoy all the wonderful things that watercolor paint can do. In this workshop, we will spend our time coming up with individual methods to thoroughly understand our subject matter, compositional studies, value sketches, color studies and harnessing the power of creating a notan. Students will practice using these tools and then painting with abandon in limited time frames. References will be your own photos or sketches. Please note: This is a one day 8 hour watercolor workshop for intermediate and advanced levels. Students should be using professional tube watercolors, good quality brushes and surfaces. Bring your own lunch/snacks.

Paint Night: The Brook Trout


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next session starts Jul 25, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Paint Night w/ Shirley! Like they say, a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. Come join us and learn to paint this beautiful and colorful freshwater Brook Trout. Shirley Anderson will lead you step by step through the process and teach you a few painting tips and techniques. Canvas and paints are supplied.

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Paint Night: Flowers on Wine Glasses


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 6, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Paint Night w/ Shirley! Have you ever wanted to paint on a wine glass? Come join us and paint a set of 4 (no stem) wine glasses with beautiful flowers. This class is designed for beginners. Shirley Anderson will lead you step by step through the process of creating a gorgeous set of wine glasses for yourself or as a special gift. This class has an additional materials fee for supplies of $20, payable to the instructor on the night of the workshop.

Cattail Sun Hats
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Cattail Sun Hats


with Zack Rouda

Cattails (genus Typha) are wetland plants with a unique flowering spike, and flat leaves that reach heights of 3 to 10 feet. They are one of the most common plants in large marshes and on the edge of ponds. Two species are most common in US: broad leaved cattail (T. latifolia) and narrow leaf cattail (T. angustifolia). Cattails are a wonderful plant: beautiful, edible in several forms, and excellent for weaving. Euell Gibbons famously referred to cattails as "the supermarket of the swamp." Cattail leaves can be used for baskets, cordage, sleeping mats, and much more. Learn to identify, gather regeneratively, process, store and weave with cattails. We'll use cattails to weave a sun hat that will be lightweight, comfortable, and a beautiful work of art. You may want to pack a lunch for yourself to eat.

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