Calendar 2015-10-02T14:07:05-04:00
Jul 31 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 3:00 pm

When you attend one of Helga’s dozen or so workshops that she teaches in a year, you are immersed in creativity and art.  Helga has a way of inspiring the artist in you.  You will never receive the same workshop twice because she is constantly practicing with new techniques, subject matter, and media.  A typical watercolor workshop teaches you how to create realism and then stretches your imagination to take you further into to world of originality with your painting.

Helga’s daily teaching format from 9am to 4pm each day will consist of demonstrations, critique, and most of all individual guidance.  She teaches to all levels of experience.  She enjoys opening the eyes of the beginner, encouraging the intermediate, and exploring the more creative abilities of the advanced student. The cost of this workshop is $295.

For more information please visit Helga’s website

or contact her office manager



Katriel Srebnik-“Painting Costumes and Clothed Figures” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – Aug 3 @ 3:00 pm

“Secrets” used by Classical through contemporary painting Masters are introduced and demonstrated: establishing the composition, light and dark masses, and the proportions and structure of the head and figure; selecting and mixing colors on the palette and the canvas; painting convincing flesh tones; understanding and rendering folds and different materials of clothing in a painterly manner; capturing the effects of light and atmosphere; alla prima brush and palette knife techniques; and helpful studio tips.

The workshop is open to artists of all levels, from beginner to professional. Demonstrations will be in oil. After each demonstration, Srebnik will work with each student individually.

David Sharpe-“Light and Shadow-Painting the Emotional Landscape” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – Aug 16 @ 3:00 pm
We all see  and admire painting that is charged with emotion- from it’s simple design to its  atmospheric play of light and shadow and subtle colour. Paintings that seem effortlessly composed and done. Paintings without a lot of  colour theatrics but subtle shades and shapes of the land.   Over 5 days I’ll show you how I do it and give you the tools and techniques you can apply to deepen your own work emotionally. It takes plein air to a slightly higher plane of ‘less is more’ expression.
Over 5 days we’ll cover:
– the history of what I define as emotional painting by examining and really breaking down what the past masters knew and put down, and look at and evaluate the techniques of  some of the modern masters who in my opinion are doing the best work today and how they do it.
-An understanding of how light works as it hits the earth’s forms throughout the day and a plus- the basics of painting the  elusive night especially the elusive night palette.
-The  huge importance of ‘design’  in your composition- how to invent and visually edit what’s there’ and important tips on what NOT to put in! We’ll look at designing with shadow shapes and light shapes for dramatic effect.
-The importance of value and how it gives life to form. We’ll do  exercises in black and white then colour. Again we’ll  look at how the masters did it and how some do it today.
-Preferring the reserve of a limited palette, we’ll  look at my palette and I’ll show you how I use it in my work. I’ll show you how to guickly ‘rough in’ approximate colour and value to get a sense of your painting.
-We’ll look at the importance of  drawing before you paint and the importance  of the ‘thumbnail’ or the roadmap to better design.
The first 3 days will cover these fundamentals with me doing demos in the morning then after lunch you’ll apply what I’ve shown you to your own work- outside if the weather permits but from your photos if not.
The last 2 days will be me demoing in the mornings going over the principles again and you painting in the afternoon as I do one on ones with you. And one evening will be devoted to painting a nocturne so let’s hope for a moon!
As an added bonus I’ll show you how to use your iPad to make faster and more creative decisions on your work  on the fly in the field. I’ll also contact each student before hand to scope out exactly what you want to improve so I can make sure I’m teaching you  what’s important to you personally.
The cost of this workshop is $525.

Keiko Tanabe-“Keep it Simple and Strong” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – Aug 17 @ 3:00 pm

All levels (basic knowledge & some previous experiences strongly recommended to benefit from this workshop)

This workshop is designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make a watercolor painting that is simple yet strong.  The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere.  The process of simplification begins with visualization.  In representational art, this ability to see the end result of a painting, through the mind’s eye, is instrumental in realizing an artist’s vision.  The ability to do so and quickly is especially useful when painting en plein air.  Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko will show you how to take the initial inspiration, through the simplification process, to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content.

Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior, which will be demonstrated in a manner that is more representational and impressionistic rather than abstract.

The introduction focuses on the fundamentals including getting to know our materials and seeing things with an artist’s eye. The areas of topic covered in this workshop include: the importance of tonal value studies, how to do a preliminary drawing, how to edit a complex subject, what makes a good design, understanding of relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling.  We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting (for an outdoor workshop).  Each day there will be a small exercise which will then be applied to a painting later in the day.  Keiko will do two demonstrations a day.  There will be plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session on a daily basis.  A class critique will be conducted at the end of each day.  An amount of time spent indoors and outdoors will be determined by the organizer and the instructor.  The cost of this workshop is $460.

Stanka Kordic-Intuition and Design To Create What’s Next @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – Aug 17 @ 4:00 pm


Indirect oil painting methods work beautifully to breathe new life into old, or not so loved work. Lightly sanding and beginning again with a foundation already in place is a great way to see new directions to follow. In this two day workshop, we will work from pieces previously started and continue with a new composition from there. I will bring my own painting top reimagine, and share my favorite techniques that can be applied to any genre of painting. Acrylic painters also welcomed. Feel free to bring several pieces to work on.

Topics discussed:
How to craft a well designed piece.
Working with textural elements to enhance the composition.
Understanding the power of color harmony to create an emotional impact.
Interpreting source materials rather than copying them literally.

*This workshop geared toward experienced painters.  Fundamentals of painting not covered.

Kathleen Mooney-Acrylic Explorations @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Enjoy a full day to explore some of the unique properties of working with acrylic paints. There are techniques that acrylics are perfectly suited for that will take your paintings in Water media to a new level. Combine acrylics with watercolors, graphite pencil, conte crayon, and stamping layers for a rich surface and a powerful finish!

Kathleen Mooney has been exploring the possibilities for over 2 decades – come share the magic!

Plan on bringing a $15 fee for materials made out to Kathleen Mooney. This $15.00 materials fee includes items that you would have to buy in bulk or spend a lot of time and effort seeking out.  This ensures everyone in the class will have the same standard materials and supplies for this class.  For this class that includes (2) 8×8 canvas panels, a 1 1/2 inch brush, flexible stamping plates, scraping tools, pipettes, Deli Wrap, Graphite pencil, and Conte Crayon.  You may also use additional colors from my bin of acrylics.  The cost of this workshop is $165.

William Mancuso-Watercolor Sketchbook Workshop @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Aug 30 @ 9:00 am – Aug 31 @ 4:00 pm

Wouldn’t you love to paint and draw more? But who’s got time? This workshop will be about making time for watercolor and sketching when it feels like there is no time by working smaller, and using a travel kit that can fit in a pocket, purse, shoulder bag, etc.. I have been working with travel kits since the mid-eighties and can speak directly to the great freedom and sense of accomplishment that comes from working small and often. I will bring each participant a small kit, all ready to go with paint, a waterproof pen, a waterbrush and a watercolor sketchbook. Please plan on bringing a materials cost of $40 to the class.

We’ll tackle a variety of subject matter and discuss ways to approach each in a no time to waste manner incorporating such topics as perspective and composition.  We’ll talk about materials and how to put together a more personalized travel kit, discuss some painting subjects you might not necessarily have considered before and how paying attention to the world around you by sketching it, opens the door to a potentially richer appreciation of the extraordinariness of the ordinary.  Or as Thoreau said “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Painting Workshop on Color and Form by Steven Assael @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Sep 4 @ 9:00 am – Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm

He will discuss both an analytical and emotive approach to painting the human figure with an emphasis on color and value relationships in a related atmosphere. The class will consist of a single long pose in both cool and warm light. The development of form through an observation and interpretation of plane shifts projecting and receding from the eye will be stressed. Aspects of anatomy, proportion and movement will be discussed along with the development of an Ala Prima technique which involves both scumbling and glazing.

The course will involve lectures, demo’s and critiques on a daily basis.

For more information and to register.

Kathleen Mooney – YOUR OWN COLLAGE PAPERS and Acrylics! @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Sep 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Enjoy exploring the unique properties of working with acrylic paints while making and using YOUR OWN CUSTOM COLLAGE PAPERS. There are techniques that acrylics are perfectly suited for that will take your paintings to a new level. Combine acrylics and hand cut stamps with Pacon and deli wrap – then add special techniques for rich collage papers that are UNIQUE to you!

 You will not only make your own unique collage papers, you will be guided through making a custom print block, printing, and then how to use the papers in finished paintings.  See how using your own custom collage papers will make it all seem effortless… Kathleen Mooney has been exploring the possibilities for over 2 decades – come enjoy the magic!

Plan on bringing a $15 fee for materials made out to Kathleen Mooney. This fee includes items that you would have to buy in bulk or spend a lot of time and effort seeking out.  This ensures everyone in the class will have the same standard materials and supplies for this class.  For this class that includes Pacon paper, Deli Wrap, and a block printing blank.  Kathleen will loan you the cutting tool for your block carving and the use of her iron.  The cost of this workshop is $365.

Douglas Fryer-“Unity and Variety: Simplifying and Expanding Compositional Possibilities” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm

Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values; in observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experience.  Through art, subjects become significant to us in a unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually. The artist must be aware of the spacial and formal reality of the subject but also of subtle personal impressions, memories, and symbols that may be inspired by the process, and which comprise the content of the work.

Through lecture and demonstration this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and perhaps surprising ways.

Students will participate in discussions regarding:  the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of symbol and abstraction.  The cost of this workshop is $520.