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Last Gasp of Summer: 15 Workshops Before Labor Day

The Jumpstart in Ceramics workshop is coming up August 26.

We don’t want to ruin your day and say that summer’s almost over.

So instead, we’ll phrase it like this: there’s still time for more creativity before Labor Day! We have 15 different workshops going on in the next couple of weeks, starting as soon as this Friday.

One- and two-day workshops take place over the weekend, while the handful of longer workshops take place during the week: perfect for a relaxing staycation. (Are you ready for Fall already? Find the full catalog on this page.)

One-day workshops

Basic Photographic Lighting Tools (August 19): A must-take for any photographer thinking of investing in lighting equipment.

Photograph by Robin Reid, who teaches the Photographic Lighting Tools workshop in her studio

Creative Encounter: The 30 in 30 (August 26): The day starts with 30 drawing in 30 minutes, then progresses into critique and longer (but still intuitive) pieces.

Jewelry: Fold Forming For Beginners (August 26): Produce sample pieces with each of the folding techniques, with an eye toward creating future finished pieces.

Jumpstart in Ceramics (August 26): Have (supervised) fun in the pottery studio and try something new.

Pastel by Lisa Semerad, who teaches Creative Encounter: The Birth of Whimsy

Creative Encounter: The Birth of Whimsy (August 27): For the other workshop in our Creative Encounter series, students can work in any medium as they think outside the box.

Two-day workshops

The Figure in Silverpoint (August 19–20): Learn how artists drew before graphite.

Student work from Tamryn McDermott’s 21st Century Basketry workshop

21st Century Basketry: Coiling and Plaiting (August 19–20): Learn more about this workshop in this blog post.

Jumpstart in Enameling (August 19–20): Our Jumpstarts are designed to be a short, sweet introduction to a new art form for beginners.

Flowers From Photos (August 26–27): Paint flowers on a large scale by working from photographs.

Watercolor by Alice Kale, who teaches Flowers From Photos

Mastering Color (August 26–27): Learn practical color theory as you mix colors using acrylic paints.

Mixed Media Narrative Triptych (August 26–27): Start with three small wooden panels, add personal images, and paint to create a narrative triptych.

Mosaic Stepping Stones (August 26–27): Create a mosaic that can survive rain, wind, snow, and boots.

Three-day workshops

Draw the Portrait/Sculpt the Portrait (August 21–23): For intermediate artists; each day begins with sculpture and moves on to drawing.

Painting in Thomas, West Virginia

Week-long workshops

A Week in Thomas, West Virginia (August 21–25): Led by three instructors, participants can study painting or sculpture as they wish.

Design and Composition for Abstract Acrylic (August 21–25): Work on developing a whole view of the process of your work, and avoid common traps for abstract artists.

You can view the full, brand-new catalog online.

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