Adult Workshops

Adult workshops in all media are scheduled in the Winter and Spring. Most of the workshops feature local instructors in their preferred media. Recent workshops have included abstract collage and acrylic, oil painting, water color, drawing, photography and ceramics. The workshops are generally two to four days. Many are on weekdays, but some are evening and weekends. Two or three times a year, we invite nationally and regionally well known artists to conduct special workshops that broaden the range of instruction.

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Adult Workshops:

Beginner’s Oil Painting II: The Next Level

Instructor:  Cate Kauffman
October 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3pm 
Prerequisite: This class is particularly designed to meet the needs of students who have completed the Beginner’s Oil Painting class previously offered by this instructor.
We will work from a Still Life rather than from a photograph. The instructor will emphasize development of a pleasing and functional composition, establishing values, color mixing, and brush control.
Members $80 / Non-Members $90 
Maximum 10 students

Christmas Cookie Plate

Instructor:  Lynn Savarese
Friday, October 18   1-4 pm
Project pick up date: Tuesday, October 22   1-4 pm
Make a 9 x 7 rectangular serving plate for your Christmas cookies.  This workshop takes basic glass fusing to the next level with a 6 mm slumped serving piece, embellished with a Christmas design.  In this workshop, students will cut the blanks for their piece using various glass cutting tools and learn the basics of kiln shaping glass in a mold.  This project requires two separate firings.   After a brief discussion on safety and hot glass properties students will watch a short demonstration before creating their own unique serving tray.  After the panels are complete, students will load them into the kiln for firing, with project pick up the following week.  Students will have the option of red or green base glass and will have the option to incorporate dichroic glass at an additional cost.  All materials will be provided ($55 fee).
The workshop will be held in the instructor’s studio.  Participants must wear closed toed shoes.  Students will receive directions to the studio after signing up.
Maximum 5 students 
Members $95 / Non-Members $105
Materials Fee:  $55

Elegant Silk Screen Glass Candle Shelter 

Instructor:  Lynn Savarese
November 7  1-3 pm and November 14   1-4 pm
Project pick up date November 21  1-4 pm
Using a new technique with glass and powdered glass enamels, students will silk screen a scene onto a 7 x 13 clear glass blank.    During day one of this workshop, students will cut a blank from clear glass and silk screen a design with glass enamels.   Once the silk screen is applied to the glass blank, students will load their project into the kiln for the initial firing.  During day two of this workshop, students will embellish their creation with color, using frit, stringers, noodles, virtigraph and/or glass enamel paints, after which the project will be fired a second time, and finally placed on a candle shelter mold and slumped.  This project requires three firings. Both days will include a brief discussion on safety and hot glass properties, after which students will watch a short demonstration before creating their own silk screen.  All materials will be provided ($67 fee).
The workshop will be held in the instructor’s studio.  Participants must wear closed toed shoes.  Students will receive directions to the studio after signing up.
Maximum 5 students
Members $95 / Non-Members $105
Materials Fee:  $67

Open Studio

Instructor:  Brenda Sylvia
October 2, 9, 16, 23 / November 6, 13, 20   
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Open to artists of all levels to work in any medium except oils (unless you are not using solvents with them). A still life will be set up, but you’re welcome to bring your own objects or photographs to work from. Please bring your own materials and refreshments. Tabletop easels will be provided. RAL artist Brenda Sylvia will be monitoring, drawing, painting, and offering suggestions and encouragement. Come join us creating art in a fun, supportive environment.
Members $15  /  Non-Members $20 per evening
Maximum 6 students

Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor

Instructor: Doug Mock
Thursdays, October - May, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Join Doug for an exciting line-up of watercolor classes that will engage your creativity, push your artistic limits and help you achieve greater results in your work.
Classes will run monthly with each month focusing on a new, and often challenging area of focus. Each week class will begin with a demonstration followed by artists working independently and painting subjects that will reinforce the challenge of the day. Weekly classes will focus on mastering technique, mixing color, choosing subject matter and utilizing effective design and composition.
Artists will sign up and commit by the month. Choose as many months/areas of study as you wish...take your watercolor skill to the next level...and have a fun and rewarding experience with your fellow artists!
These classes are designed for the artist that has experience, knowledge and confidence with watercolor/water media.
Maximum 10 students

Painting the Human Face—Feature by Feature 

October 3,10, 17, 24, & 31
Each week we will study a specific feature of the human face and then learn to paint it; eyes, ears, nose, mouth, lips (open with teeth and closed). Doug will demonstrate painting only 1 feature each week and then artists will paint that same feature in class and during the upcoming week.
Members $215.50 / Non-Members $237.50

Painting Bold & Creative Backgrounds

November 7, 14 & 21
Choosing the best background and/or color can be challenging for many artists. During this session, Doug will explain how he chooses his bold and colorful backgrounds and will demonstrate a different one each week.
Members $127.50 / Non-Members $142.50

Watercolor 201: for Beginners

Instructor: Doug Mock
Fridays, October 11 - November 15, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
This program is for the beginning watercolor artist who has had introductory classes in the medium but still 
needs additional training in technique, color selection, color mixing, choosing subject matter and improved 
confidence.   
On week 1 we will have a general review of watercolor; the supplies necessary, the techniques most  
frequently used and the challenges most often faced as a new watercolor artist.  Each week thereafter, Doug  will perform a 30-45 minute demonstration for students to observe.  These demonstrations will use very easy subjects and will allow the class to focus on one specific/critical technique required to master the medium.  Artists will then be given the same subject/activity to perform in class and to complete during the week ahead. 
Specific skills we will learn include: painting solid washes of color, mastering graduated washes, creating color plans with the color wheel, choosing colors that make sense, mixing colors with confidence, multiple glazes/washes to create a luminous glow, how to use photographs to find effective compositions, how to edit for simplicity.
Maximum 10 students
Member $225 / Non-member $255

Beginning Alcohol Inks – Level 1

Instructor:  Joan Willoughby
Nov. 5, Tuesday, 1 pm – 4 pm
Alcohol Inks are a form of painting with special inks containing an alcohol base on a non- porous surface. You do not need to be an artist to enjoy this type of painting, but beware; once you start it becomes very addicting and you will want to learn more and more about painting with them.
Joan has been doing Alcohol Ink paintings during the past 6 years and has won several awards for some of the paintings. She sees painting with inks as a cooperative adventure with the inks because they often have a mind of their own, so you just need to coax them along. However, if you decide that what you have done is not to your liking, it is easy to erase them and start again. You just need to give yourself the freedom to explore. It is possible to do representational art with the inks; however, this course will focus on just letting go and being more abstract. A beginning supply kit will be available for the attendees to use, but a few extra supplies will need to be brought as well.  Most of these will be available from what you have in your home.  Students should bring an apron and protective gloves.
Members $50  /  Non-Members $60 
Materials Fee $25
Sign up deadline: Oct. 29 aximum 10 students

Alcohol Inks – Level 2

Instructor:  Joan Willoughby
Nov. 12, Tuesday, 1 pm – 4 pm
Attendees of this class should have some experience with handling alcohol inks. We will be expanding on techniques learned in Level one, learn about painting with more realism, using color theory and expanding on the colors used in the first level, trying out other tools to move the paint. We will also learn about adding fixatives to the painting.
Attendees should bring the kits they purchased in level one. Some additional materials will be needed.
Attendees should bring an apron or painting shirt, protective gloves, inks they may have on hand.
Other materials will be provided.
Members $50  /  Non-Members $60 
Materials Fee $20
Sign up deadline: Oct. 29 / Maximum 10 students

Holiday Flower Arrangements

Instructor:  Sue Ramsey
Nov. 20, Wednesday, 10 am – 12 pm
This is your opportunity to learn how the unique flower arrangements featured at RAL Art Center’s First Fridays and special events such as the 58th Annual Labor Day Art Show are created.  Sue Ramsey will share her special talents for creating beautiful arrangements in a variety of imaginative vessels.
Participants should bring vessels of your choice.  One should be for a low centerpiece and one should be for an arrangement viewed from one side.
Members $30  /  Non-Members $40 
Materials Fee $10
Sign up deadline: Nov. 6
Maximum 10 students

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Instructor:  Judy Burnley
Wednesday, December 4, 6:00 pm or Thursday, December 5, 6:00 pm
Come have some fun creating your own live Christmas wreath.  
All materials furnished.
Enjoy socializing with friends and neighbors, have a glass of wine on us and leave with a beautiful holiday wreath. Absolutely no experience needed!
All Proceeds Go To Support The Art Center
Members $50 / Non-Members $55

Holiday Flower Arrangements

Instructor:  Sue Ramsey
Dec. 13, Friday, 10 am – 12 pm
This is your opportunity to learn how the unique flower arrangements featured at RAL Art Center’s First Fridays and special events such as the 58th Annual Labor Day Art Show are created.  Sue Ramsey will share her special talents for creating beautiful arrangements in a variety of imaginative vessels.
Participants should bring vessels of your choice.  One should be for a low centerpiece and one should be for an arrangement viewed from one side.
Members $30  /  Non-Members $40 
Materials Fee $10
Sign up deadline: Nov. 29 / Maximum 10 students

Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor

Instructor: Doug Mock
Thursdays, January - May, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Join Doug for an exciting line-up of watercolor classes that will engage your creativity, push your artistic limits and help you achieve greater results in your work.
Classes will run monthly with each month focusing on a new, and often challenging area of focus. Each week class will begin with a demonstration followed by artists working independently and painting subjects that will reinforce the challenge of the day. Weekly classes will focus on mastering technique, mixing color, choosing subject matter and utilizing effective design and composition.
Artists will sign up and commit by the month. Choose as many months/areas of study as you wish...take your watercolor skill to the next level...and have a fun and rewarding experience with your fellow artists!
These classes are designed for the artist that has experience, knowledge and confidence with watercolor/water media. Maximum 10 students

Mastering Design & Composition

January 2, 9, 16 & 23 
Most artists obsess about their subject when in fact they should focus on strong de- sign. Design and well developed composition add drama and interest in all successful paintings. During this session artists will learn the key elements to effectively plan for and execute a painting that goes from good to great. You will learn simple tips and employ easy techniques that will have your paintings make a significant impact on the viewer.
Members $170 / Non-Members $190

Painting Dramatic Skies & Clouds

February 6, 13, 20 & 27
This month will focus on painting a variety of skies along with many different cloud structures. Artists will learn what colors to use for intense and colorful sunsets and sunrises as well as for strong and moving cloud structures.
Member $170 / Non-Members $190

Painting Water - River, Stream, Ocean & Lake - Still, Calm, Rough & Moving

March 5, 12, 19 & 26
Painting water can be challenging. What colors should I use? Do I mask? How can I make it interesting? These questions and more will be answered during this month of lessons/activities.
Members $170 / Non-Members $190

Painting the Child’s Portrait

April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 29
Children are so much fun to paint...especially in watercolor! Artists will learn how to mix beautiful and youthful skin tones and plan a portrait for success. During the month Doug will demonstrate how he chooses colors, how he paints highlights and shadows and how he glazes slow and steady to maintain a luminous glow. If you’ve ever wanted to paint your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or any child this is your chance.
Members $215.50 / Non-Members $237.50

Painting Trees - Mixing Spring & Summer Greens

May 7, 14, 21 & 28
The ever challenging color; green! It can be an artists worse nightmare. This month Doug will share his “recipes” for mixing natural and realistic greens. He will demonstrate painting greens in the land- scape and how to achieve correct depth with strong value shifts. Spring is here...learn how to mix and use greens that will bring your paintings to life and read “naturally.”
Members $170 / Non-Members $190