Calendar 2015-10-02T14:07:05-04:00
Howard Friedland-Expanding the “Dynamic Range of Your Paintings” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm

Learn how you can design your paintings to be more appealing and compelling, using tried and true secrets of the Masters.

This 4 day studio class will teach you the methods and use of materials to create more Dynamic Paintings.

He will cover:

  • Design and Notan
  • Muted to Chromatic Color
  • Color Harmony
  • Use of Transparent and Opaque Pigments
  • Brush and Palette knife techniques to emulate various textures
  • Strengthening your Focal Point with Detail
  • And other creative problem solving techniques

Howard is a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America.

Any questions please call Kathy at (616) 897-7842, ext. 352.


Susan Blackwood-“FIGURES ‘DOING’ + PAINTING MOTION AND TELLING A STORY” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm

Humans move and our lives tell stories. This workshop will help you capture not only the figure, but how best to “Tell the Story” in your paintings. It will cover photographing your subject, arranging the composition, and how to direct the eye for the greatest message. We will discuss motion and creating a sense of movement and emotion through the control and choosing color, edges and values.

Susan Blackwood has a passion for teaching artists. Her combination of enthusiasm, encouragement and knowledge is the hallmark of her teaching. She has been a professional artist and instructor since the early ‘70s.  For 32 years, she was a professional watercolorist. In 2003 she ventured forth into the thick and gooey medium of oils and loves it, too. Her watercolors and oils have been in many national shows and museums, winning top awards. In 2010 she won Best of Show at the American Women Artists National Exhibition. To see more of her paintings and for a more complete biography, go to

Marc Hanson-“Exploring Your Painting Skills in Open Air 1 and 2” (two workshops with a day in between, take them both or take them individually) @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
Session One – July 8-10, Session Two – July 12-14

Marc has agreed to do two three day workshops with a day in between to rest.  We have included a cost for both first, and then listed them separately in the ticket area.  Session One – July 8-10, Session Two – July 12-14.  For those who take both sets of workshops, the second one will be a continuation of the first.  There will be a 10% discount for taking both.

“This workshop is two sets of three days of painting outside in the landscape, for painters of all levels, working in oils, pastels or acrylics.   I work in all three of those mediums on location and in the studio, and am happy to see artists in my workshops with either of the three.

Since we all come to painting with a lot of information and history of our own, it’s not possible for me to know each individual students’ experience and abilities. I’ve designed my workshops so that it doesn’t matter if you’ve been painting for half of your life, or for half of the last month, each student will benefit from the exercises I’ve designed. They will help to strengthen your current abilities, and expose those skills that need strengthening. I work with each individual student at their own level, spend a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. I demo everything that I ask you to do.

You’ll leave the workshop having spent either 3 days, or 6 days studying the basic elements of painting… Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design… with one other element, possibly the most important one of all… Concept… being explored and discussed at length.  I’ve designed a number of exercises that focus on the importance of Value to Design, Color, and Concept. From there we’ll move into simple Color and Design issues, including how to use all of those, and Edges, to emphasize your Concept, what it is you want to say to the viewer in your painting.

You may not go home with paintings that need framing, but you will go home with a portfolio full of valuable exercises that you can refer back to as you move forward in your own painting process.  All I ask is that you come with an inquisitive and open mind, and the Art Spirit within you.”

The cost of each workshop is $450, or $850 for both.

Tom Lynch-“Watercolor Secrets Revealed by Tom Lynch” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – Jul 20 @ 3:00 pm
Tom’s objective is to show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor.  You will learn new techniques; how to plan for success; build a successful painting; and to put drama, emotion, and conviction into your art.  This award winning artist will show you how to push the limits of color, contrast, and light.  Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting.  He has an organized program, with lots of visuals, that sets a goal for each day and sees that each student has an example and understanding of that day’s lesson.  You will see daily demonstrations with detailed explanations of all the how’s and why’s, followed by plenty of individual attention, and a positive critique session.  Past students have said of his workshops… “Rather than coming out with perfect little copies of what Tom does, I came out with a wealth of watercolor techniques which I can utilize in my painting.” “The best workshop I have ever had”… “Never a dull moment”… “Learned more in one day than I have in years”… “Patient, positive and knowledgeable.”  The cost of this workshop is $480.
Donna Zagotta-Adding the You Factor to Painting 2@Franciscan Life Process Center
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm
The emphasis of this lively workshop is getting past the “explanation factor” and zeroing in on the most important factor of all in your work – the you factor! You will learn how to create and rely on a personal rather than a rule-based approach to composition and the formal elements – a key ingredient in turning everyday subjects into creative, imaginative, and expressive paintings. Each day’s lesson will focus on an individual aspect for getting there: seeing and personalizing shapes, structuring abstract compositions, putting together creative color schemes, inventing imaginative ways to work with lines, textures, patterns and more. Donna will discuss the importance of choosing a painting medium that works in tandem with your personality and that allows for spontaneity, improvisation, correction, and revision. She will be using watercolor and white gouache in her demonstrations, but students are free to work in any media. Participants should bring reference materials to work on during the week – sketches, still life set-ups, or photos (please only photos you have taken yourself).
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.