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.

Adult Workshops:

Open Studio

Instructor: Brenda Sylvia
Wednesdays starting May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 6 - 8:30pm
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 for working from life and you are welcome to bring your own objects or photographs to work from.  Bring your own materials and refreshments.  Tabletop easels will be provided.  RAL artist Brenda Sylvia will be available for instruction, encouragement, and demonstrations. Come join us to have fun with your art in a nourishing, supportive environment.
Please sign up in advance
Restricted to 11 artists per session.
Bring your own materials
$15 per night members / $20 per night non-members

Watercolor Painting for the Intermediate/Advanced Artist

Instructor: Doug Mock
Thursdays, Apr 25 - May 30, 2 – 4:30pm 
This exciting class is designed for the artist that has experience, knowledge and confidence with the watercolor medium. Working from your own reference materials artists will learn to use a variety of tools, techniques and skills necessary to make improvements to each painting.  We will study the organization of shapes, use of design elements and create thumbnail sketches to insure effective composition.  We will discuss the importance of planning for and executing paintings that take advantage of color, bold brush strokes and new approaches to bring each painting to life.  Individual attention will be provided to each student. Come join the fun!
Members  $225 / Non-Members  $255

The Joy of Color with Acrylics

Instructor: Brenda M. Sylvia 
June 6 & 7, Thursday and Friday, 9:30am - 3:30 pm
(with an hour lunch break at noon) 
“Color is the place when our brain and the universe meet.” Paul Klee
This class is not strictly a color theory class and is open to all levels. Its about having fun with paint! If already paint, you will learn how to use and enjoy more vibrant color in your paintings. In the workshop, I will instruct about color intensity, complimentary colors, and warm versus cool colors to name a few. We will be working from colorful still life arrangements so we will also cover a bit of the basics of planning a composition and learning to be inspired by what you see. Color is an characteristic of human visual perception. In the real world, light creates the colors and forms we see. In our paintings, the colors and values we apply to the canvas create the light and form. In this two day workshop we will focus on the joys of painting with color. We all know color can create a mood and an emotional response in an artwork. In this workshop, we are going to focus on JOY, both in the workshop itself, and in the paintings we create.
Brenda will provide a supply list which will include some basic acrylic colors, brushes, and small canvases. She will provide some extra fun acrylic colors for use in the workshop.
Members $125 / Non-Members $140

Oil Painting for Beginners

Cate Kauffman, Instructor
July 13 & 14, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 3 pm
Maximum 6 students. Minimum 2 students
Oil painting is often considered to be both the “ultimate” way to paint and seems mysterious and incredibly messy. This beginner’s class will introduce you to basic techniques that will help you get off on the right foot and give you the opportunity to experience these wonderful paints without a lot of expense or struggle. Oils are both forgiving and challenging but are loved by many artists.
This beginner’s class will introduce you to the basic techniques of oil painting using the safest oil products on the market today. There are real oil paints, not water-soluble oils (which are a different product and require different materials and handling). 
On Day 1 we will cover the differences between painting surfaces, differences in different oil paint companies, toxic vs non-toxic paints and solvents, different kinds of oil brushes. We will discuss and demonstrate, and practice the difference between glazing and impasto painting, using a palette knife and how to stain your surface and why, terms like “fat over lean”,  and how to get your composition blocked out quickly. We will learn how to clean and store your brushes properly. 
On Day 2 we will cover the differences in mediums available, color mixing, and students will have the opportunity to use their stained surfaces to paint an actual painting. We will discuss transporting your wet paintings and how to store your completed paintings as well as studio organization and safety tips.
Receive material list when you register at the gallery. 
Members $80 / Non Members $90

Expressive Painting in Oil & Cold Wax Medium

Instructor: Lisa Boardwine
August 26 & 27, Monday & Tuesday, 10am - 4pm
Place: Dream Fields - Kilmarnock
Join us for a 2-day workshop to express your personal voice using oil and cold wax medium.
This is a beginner-to-intermediate workshop.
Introductory techniques, for oil & cold wax, will be demoed as needed, for those new to the medium.
This workshop is for artists who want to learn how to create a good foundation, texture, and layers with oil and cold wax and also for those who want to continue exploration into pushing your paintings further. An emphasis will be on creating paintings with powerful composition and unique color mixes. We will be working on panels and paper, doing various exercises to explore the concepts of sophisticated color mixes, good compositional design and what you want to express in your paintings! This workshop will offer discussions/demos, studio painting time, as well as individual critique concerning your own personal direction in your art making. A fun and informative workshop experience!
I suggest you bring pre-gessoed panels- 12”x12” to work on and a pad of Arches Oil Paper (9x12 or 12x16), also bring a yoga mat to cover floor under your table (safer than tarps).  We must protect the Dream Fields floors
Complete supply list will be provided upon registration.
Registration deadline- August 9th, 2019.
Members $295 / Non-Members $315

Beginning Drawing

Instructor: Brenda M. Sylvia
September 11, 18 & 25, 10am - 3:00pm
“Drawing is vision on paper.” Andrew Loomis
No matter what medium you ultimately fall in love with, one of the basic skills every artist needs is the ability to draw. Even the most experienced painters can find it beneficial to work on their drawing skills. This class will not only help you develop your technical drawing skills but it will also improve your observational skills. We will begin the workshop learning the basics such as mark making, value, and creating form with using graphite pencils. Our exercises will include creating contour drawings, gesture drawings, and texture in your drawings. We will learn about composition, positive/negative space, perspective and proportions. As your skill increases we will experiment using more expressive lines within your drawings. Later on we will progress to trying out other drawing mediums such as pen and charcoal. You are encouraged to have a sketchbook for completing small homework assignments between classes. Brenda will provide a basic materials list and will supply some of the media we will try out in the later sessions. Artists are requested to arrive 15 minutes early for set up.
Members $140 / Non-Members $150