Joyce Hicks AWS-Transforming The Landscape In Watercolor @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm

joycehicks2Joyce brings her passion and love for teaching to inspire and motivate in a fun, fast-paced workshop. Emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. Joyce teaches simple easy to learn methods that will appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. You will learn from clear explanations about the reasoning behind artistic decisions and visually from daily step by step demonstrations. You will become more comfortable with the watercolor medium while learning to distill and simplify scenes from inspiration to finished work of art. Once technical aspects have also been mastered your confidence will show and your own

Signature Style will begin to emerge for works of art that are uniquely yours.


Joyce Hicks AWS-Create Beautiful Landscapes from Easy-To-Paint Shapes @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – Mar 7 @ 3:00 pm

joycehicks3In this workshop Joyce will teach you how to create a unique visual language from common symbols found in the landscape! You will begin painting a reference journal of easy elements like a variety of fence types, country roads and paths, tree forms, clouds, windows, grasses, barn doors, wildflowers and more! Then you will use your new symbols to create paintings from your imagination! Emphasis will be on concepts, techniques and strategies for turning ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor. Joyce teaches simple easy-to-learn methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration. You will learn from clear explanations her reasoning behind artistic decisions and visually from daily step-by-step demonstrations. She will show you how easy it is to deconstruct complicated subjects making them easier to paint and her simple steps for turning boring landscape scenes into exciting works of art. Afternoons are devoted to one-on-one time with students. She brings her passion and love for teaching to inspire and motivate in a fun, fast-paced workshop.

Prosopon School Of Iconology-Dmitrii and Tatiana Berestova-Icon Painting @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm

iconStudents are introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of icon writing. Interpretations of iconographic symbolism and the theological and anthropological basis of each step of the process are presented in parallel to the technical instruction. By the end of an intensive workshop, the beginner completes writing of an icon. No artistic experience is required of the beginning student.  The Prosopon School does not hold the preparation of professional icon writers as its foremost purpose, although such a possibility is not excluded. The main goal of study is rather to cultivate a clearer consciousness of the Image of God according to which man was created. The student is (re)introduced to the teaching of the Church through the language of line, light, and color. Notions are drawn from Scripture, Tradition, and Patristic thought. Through the visual language of the icon, the student may move toward a better vision of the self, the world, and the Divine. By writing an icon, the student works toward the reestablishment of the original untarnished condition of man’s image in a disciplined way.”

The cost for returning students is $100 less than for the beginning students since the returning students will be bringing their own boards with the gilding completed before the class.


Andy Evansen-Painting Stronger Watercolors @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm

evansenThere seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor. I hear it from my students all the time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings, and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important. Painting loosely doesn’t just happen, it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time.  However, there are techniques that can speed up this process. In my workshop, we’ll discuss ways to simplify a scene into larger shapes that will help you paint more boldly.  Value studies are emphasized from the outset.  I will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures.  By the end of the class, each student should have enough information to help them on their path to painting impressionistic watercolors.


Felicia Forte-Alla Prima Portrait Painting @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm

allaprimaAlla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control.

With demonstration and (gentle – use this word if you think the word “critique” alone will be off putting) critique Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint  with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary.

“Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked – start another. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost. Put off finish – make a lot of starts. It is so hard and so long before a student comes to a realization that these few large simple spots in right relations are the most important things in the study of painting. They are the fundamentals of all painting. Paint the color tones as they come against each other, and make them sing, vibrate.”

—Charles W. Hawthorne , “Hawthorne on Painting”-



Barbara Schilling-Taking Your Still Life/Floral to the Next Level @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
May 4 @ 9:00 am – May 6 @ 3:00 pm

schillingThis workshop is designed to encompass both the novice and the experienced Painter that would like to better understand how to work with all the elements involved in creating a successful still life painting in oils.  If you have taken a workshop from me in the past I will be introducing more information as well as reinforcing what was covered in the “Sculpting a Still Life in Oils” workshop.

As an instructor it is my goal to help each painter move forward from the level they personally are at.  At the beginning of the workshop I will be asking you to tell me what you are wanting to learn! Bring your questions!!

Some things I will be covering include:

  • Creating a successful composition
  • Understanding and working with transparent and opaque, thick and thin paint
  • Improving your drawing skills
  • Better understanding the importance of value
  • Using lost and sharp edges to create the illusion of depth and dimension

The workshop will include demos and hand outs based on what the class needs and wishes are.

Robert Spooner-Beyond Basics, The Search For Your Inner Voice @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
May 4 @ 9:00 am – May 6 @ 3:00 pm

spoonerMy workshops are about building skill sets. Whether you’re a figurative, plein air, still life, or landscape painter, you have to have a visual vocabulary, a foundation if you much on how to take a painting from concept to completion. I start with a lecture and demonstration on the first day where I take the class thru concepts of color, shape and value to point-to-point relationship drawing. This lecture provides a vocabulary for which the class is on the same playing field for the remainder of the workshop.

We begin with these principles and apply them a class participation painting. This piece usually is a still life (could be plein air) but most important is to direct the class thru the piece with a hands-on approach. Classes (paintings) are followed up with self and instructor critiques. Students are encouraged to critique one another’s pieces during this time.

Each day we expand deeper into the principles, take on bigger visual problems. So each day we have two paintings or problems to solve. Lunch is about one hour.

Each day concludes with a wrap-up, critique and review.


Jeffrey Hein-Painting A Masterful Portrait @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
May 18 @ 9:00 am – May 20 @ 3:00 pm

heinThere are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it’s not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker’s compositional and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff demonstrates daily he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis in an effort to help each student complete the workshop a better portrait painter.  For students who have already studied with Jeff he will bring you to your next level of painting.

Kathleen Mooney, The Power of Abstraction @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
May 18 @ 9:00 am – May 20 @ 3:00 pm

See the Energabstracty of Abstraction transform an inspiration image in 3 variations – lightly abstracted, symbolic essence, and non-representational. Mooney will share valuable insights as she makes her way through 3 real-time demos using water media and her multi-layered approach to award winning art creation.

This workshop is three fun filled days of taking your existing paintings through the Continuum of Abstraction. Along the way you will gain powerful engagement for you – the artist and your audience.

Learn how to grab and hold the eye of the viewer or juror. Explore the enchantment of imperfection and the lure of the unexpected.

Your paintings will gain energy and excitement as you learn how to add the power of abstraction — to even the most the most realistic rendering!  There will be a $15 fee for supplies.


Bryce Liston-Painting the Draped Figure @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – Jun 3 @ 3:00 pm

drapedfigureThis workshop, focusing on the draped figure, will explore the fundamentals of working from life. Students will learn how to confidently and systematically approach the complexities of the most difficult yet most rewarding of all subjects….the human form. Students will work directly with the live model, first in a series of short alla prima poses focusing on the essential building blocks of art (shape, value, color, edge, and drawing).

The workshop will then move into longer poses focusing on composition/design, concept and color harmony. The knowledge of color harmony is an important step in understanding the relationship between the subject and the surrounding environment. We will also discuss how to successfully use photos to help complete a gallery painting. The course will include demonstrations, group critiques and discussions with as much individual instruction as possible.

Student Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Medium: Oil, Charcoal