Classes in the Back Door Studio

Maria's Fabric Dyeing Class

Watercolor Painters

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Sepha & Nadya's Red Thread Class

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Currents Classes - Register Today - Any Time

Saturday, June 30,
10:30am - 3:30pm
One day Workshop: $95

Have FUN  'putting it all together’ in this acrylic workshop. Learn techniques for directly transferring images onto a surface. Explore a range of acrylic materials as you create your one of a kind piece of art. Discover the transparent and opaque pigments characteristics to define the image. Explore positive and negative space, assigning of collage materials and an assortment of GOLDEN gels and pastes. You are asked to bring an 11" x 14" American Easel wood panel. All other supplies provided by Corrine, who will bring everything except the kitchen sink!

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Sat/Sun, July 14 /15, 10am - 3pm
Two day Workshop: $160*
Supply list available or pay $20
for supplies from instructor
*Early Bird Discount: $130
Use Coupon Code 1827EarlyBird
if you sign up by Jun 14, 2018
  Create a luminous ground for landscape or abstract using a blend of oil paint, medium and beeswax. Layers are rubbed, scraped, textured and built with magical results. Surprises come to the surface when colors blend; under-paintings pop through. As you begin, we will cover the basics of composition. Expect to work on 6 to 8 pieces during the class. There’s usually no problem with oil scent as there is only a tiny amount of oil paint in each layer.
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Sat/Sun, Aug 11/12,10am-3pm
Two day Workshop: $150*
Supply list available or pay $20
for studio kit from instructor
*Early Bird Discount: $125
Use Coupon Code 1829EarlyBird
if you sign up by July 11, 2018
Sepha is wandering through Oregon and will be in the studio for two days of fun loose watercolors. Join her for a wet and wild time playing in the paint and learning new ways to use your brushes and colors. Beginning
and experienced painters welcome. Come and play while she is in town!
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Sat & Sun, Aug 25 & 26, 10am - 3pm
Two day Workshop: $160*
+$10 materials fee to instructor
*Early Bird Discount: $130
Use Coupon Code  
if you sign up by July 25, 2018

Interested in becoming more abstracted in your paintings, or just love abstract but don't know where to start? This class will guide you! In this two-day workshop we will discuss the principles of abstraction and composition and interpret what we have studied in several paintings. Beginners and more seasoned artists will loosen up and work abstractly. But most important, we will have fun and enjoy working collaboratively in the studio. Work in the medium you are most comfortable with or go with Lynne’s supply list!

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Sat, Sept 8th & Sat, Sept 15 th ,
10am – 4pm
Two 6-hour classes: $150
+ $20 supply fee to instructor 
*Early Bird Discount: $125
Use Coupon Code 180908EarlyBird
if you sign up by Aug. 8, 2018
In this two-day class, students will discover how to make magic happen when they transfer the actual colors from leaves onto fabric and paper. Because this magical process does not happen overnight, there will be one week between the two classes. Students’ patience will be rewarded! We will also play with some natural dyes. Class will be held on location outside Lafayette. Supply list available at registration.
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Sat/Sun, Sept 15 /16, 9 am-4 pm
Two day Workshop: $275*
+ $30 materials fee to instructor 
*Early Bird Discount: $250
Use Coupon Code 180915EarlyBird
if you sign up by Aug. 10, 2018
Embrace getting messy while successfully integrating your love of color, mark-making, and spontaneity with the challenge of creating whimsically elegant contemporary hand painted and silk screened fabrics. Practicing Kerr’s deconstruction techniques, makes this one workshop where you are guaranteed to go home with a heap of great stuff for your stash! With a large room to play in, you can work at almost any size you wish. Sign up now, this class will fill up fast!
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Sat., Sept 22, 11 am-3 pm
Four Hour Class: $40
+ $15 materials fee to instructor  

Learn how to do a wild and colorful self-portrait collage in the abstract style of Picasso. We will talk about color, abstraction and have fun turning your own face into abstract art! All supplies included. Beginners and Intermediate students welcome. Bring a large magnifying mirror on a self-standing base if you have one.

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Saturday., September. 29,
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
One day Workshop: $95

We will investigate the palette of Henri Matisse using a group of Modern pigments to replace Historical hues. Matisse was known for using complementary pairs in this period. We will explore color mixing through a variety of exercises aimed at developing a color journal. These will include building a color wheel, following Henri's brush strokes of "Madame Matisse" and reproducing an abstract painting using your creative license. These color notes will guide you in future work and are part of the Golden Teaching Triad series “The Color Journal”. All supplies are included.

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Sat & Sun, Oct. 14 & 15, 9am - 4pm
2 Day Workshop $185*
+ $50 materials fee to instructor.
* Early Bird Discount: $160
Use Coupon Code
181014Early Bird
if you sign up by Sept. 14, 2018
In this transforming 2 day workshop, learn how to use the magic, amazing Dremel tool. Learn how to drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish and grind craft materials such as glass, plastic, metals, clay, wood, tile and more. You will be able to try your hand at working with various materials and learning how to use numerous bits for different purposes and effects. You will be making pages for your sample book for later reference. Great for book artists, printmakers, jewelers, sculptors and hobbyists. The materials fee includes a wood case containing 228 rotary bits for the dremel tool. It includes all the precut materials for class, glass, mirror, tile, wood, metals, polymer, and plexiglass. plus componenents for making a book.  
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Monday, Oct. 16, 9am - 4pm
1 Day Workshop $95
+ $30 materials fee to instructor.
Create a stunning work of art using the Amazing Dremel to etch on glass. While glass is elegant and mysterious, working on glass is easy as drawing or tracing on paper. In this fun class, you will be introduced to the rotary Dremel tool. You will practice with different bits, and then move on to an 8"x10" piece of thick, heavy-weight glass. Your design can be abstract or realistic. Finished pieces can be framed or free-standing. The skills you learn can be applied to dishes, vases, glazed ceramics, wine bottles, and more. This is a good project class to complement "The Amazing Dremel" class which covers a wider range of materials and techniques. No experience necessary. The materials fee covers practice glass and 1 piece of 8"x 10" x 1/4" glass and a selection of bits that are yours to keep, plus some unusual bits, misc tools and coloring media.
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