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January Jumpstarts: 10 Workshops to Start the New Year Right

Rose Glow VII by Rachel Collins, who teaches the Jumpstart in Watercolor (below)

Winter classes start soon, but did you know The Art League offers more than just nine-week classes?

Workshops are a great way to dip your toe into something new. The 10 workshops below are Jumpstarts: one- or two-day workshops that serve as an introduction to a new medium for beginners. You could even gift one of these for the holidays with an Art League gift card!

10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Winter

Jumpstart in Watercolor: Rachel Collins shows you the ropes. This is for absolute watercolor beginners or those who need a refresher; some drawing experience is helpful. (January 3–4, $195)

Introduction to Encaustic: Beverly Ryan teaches this ancient medium, a mix of wax and pigment (seen in the video above). This is a great opportunity to try encaustic without buying the tools and equipment yourself. (January 6–7, $330)

Jumpstart in Ceramics: One day with clay! Our ceramics chair Blair Meerfeld teaches this short, fun jumpstart. (January 6, $50)

Painting by Art League sumi-é instructor Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz

Jumpstart In East Asian Ink Painting – Sumi-E: The traditions of sumi-e stretch back 1,000 years, but you can pick up the basics in two days with Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz. This is appropriate for an absolute beginner or a painter in another medium. (January 6–7, $195)

Jumpstart in Hand Stitching: Make marks with needle and thread! Julie Booth teaches this workshop in basic stitching with some printing and painting techniques as well. (January 6–7, $195)

Hard Rock Trio, pastel, by Nancy Freeman

Jumpstart in Pastels: A chance to try out soft pastels without buying a set. Dive into this fast, bright, colorful medium with Nancy Freeman! (January 6–7, $195)

Jumpstart in Nuno Felting: With master felter Renate Maile-Moskowitz, learn about nuno felting. It’s a lightweight, drapable felt that’s fashion forward. (January 6, $125)

Photograph by Alison Duvall

Jumpstart in Photography: Alison Duvall introduces the rest of your camera — that is, everything beyond auto mode. A great workshop for a traveler who wants to take home more artistic photos! (January 6–7, $185)

Jumpstart in Wet Felting: You have two choices for this introduction to handmade wool felt. (Renate Maile-Moskowitz teaches both.) Option 1 meets January 8 and 15 for three hours each evening. Option 2 meets January 8 only for six hours. ($100)

Is your interest piqued? These are only a handful of the over 200 classes and workshops this winter. Browse our full catalog for more!

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