Classes in the Back Door Studio
Claudia Herber, our
Back Door Studio Coordinator
Currents Classes - Register Today - Any Time
Two day class: $185*
Enjoy playing with the luscious texture and versatility of oil pastel. This workshop focuses on using oil pastels combined with colored pencils, painting mediums such as acrylic and watercolor &how they interact with various substrates and GOLDEN textures and paints. We will experiment with grounds and a variety of surfaces to change the way oil pastels behave. We'll explore creation of imagery that evolves intuitively rather than intentionally. This class is for both beginners and those more experienced. Bring your own ideas for subject matter or use those supplied in class. Receive a materials list upon registration.
Learn the basics and gain control from the Oregon GOLDEN Working Artist--Corrine Loomis Dietz! Acrylic paint, mediums and gels have evolved into one of the most versatile and durable painting options for artists today. Investigate gesso, grounds and the surfaces we work on. Discover the secrets to cleanly mix color as you explore delicate transparent glazes, watercolor-like washes and thick, juicy impasto applications. Expand your personal techniques and solve the mystery of acrylic painting in this intensive 4 hour workshop! Bring an old hand towel and a Strathmore series 400 - 9x12 mix media pad. All paint, mediums and gels are supplied by GOLDEN Artist Colors!
Enjoy a delightful day learning how these wonderful watercolor pencils easily create fine lines and texture in paintings and sketchbooks. Learn dry and wet techniques, tonal foundation glazing and toothbrush texture with step-by-step instruction. Have fun creating a color chart and vase painting with your watercolor pencils. All levels of painting experience welcome.
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All materials included, just bring a painting shirt or apron, and lunch or snack.
Spend a day painting water scenes: ocean waves, beaches, lake and water. We'll explore techniques and creativity in a low-pressure, friendly setting, with emphasis on techniques and creativity. You will paint a still water scene and a seascape.
Let's go beyond blue skies! We'll take on the wide variety of sky scenes you want to use in your landscape paintings. A variety of colors, clouds, and techniques will enhance your creativity. We'll paint a sunset and a cloudscape in class. This is a low-pressure, fast-paced session to enhance your creativity.
The unique Monotype process uses a combination of painting and printmaking techniques. The result is a one-of-a-kind image that is developed on a gelli plate and then transferred to paper. We will use hand transfers (without a printing press) that you'll be able to do at home. Golden's new OPEN Acrylic works great for monotype. It stays wet 10 times longer than regular acrylics giving you plenty of time to develop your ideas. We'll explore additive and subtractive techniques. All paints and mediums supplied by Golden.
This four week workshop is devoted to learning and applying some elementary dramaturgical processes of professional-level theatre: 1. Understanding scripts, 2. Investigating production values, 3. Applying research to a production, 4. Discussing and evaluating dramaturgical concepts using actual scripts of your choosing (or own writing). This cutting edge class requires writing and theatre experience. Adult material. Serious high school students with parental permission only will be accepted. No electronics.
One day workshop: $140*
Use Coupon Code 190824EarlyBird
Hone your own unique style by working with familiar concepts in new ways. Rene will demo with a portrait, but you may choose any subject with strong, simple value shapes darks, lights and mid-tones. DAY 1: "PLAY" with exercises for pushing the envelope of expression. Paint with personality and individuality. “Mistakes” are good! We’ll make quick studies, including a quick value study for a guide. We'll also pour paint over treated paper for backgrounds. DAY 2: Reevaluate design choices as we use our sketches and studies as inspiration for painting with a limited color palette over the poured backgrounds. Learn how to effectively layer darks and how easily you can lift on treated paper. Make several starts of the same subject to explore different possibilities. Class ends with an art share.
Learn how to do a wild and colorful self-portrait in the abstract style of Picasso. You can also do a portrait of a friend, child or pet with a good close-up head photo to work from. 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 magnifying mirror on a self- standing base if you have one.
Learn to create unique textured patterns using different elements to produce dynamic results with watercolor. This workshop will also emphasize composition and design principles. Day one: Prepare one or two starts using a unique texturing process. Day two: Lay down the foundation on painting starts using plant materials, herbs, legumes, salt, stones and other elements. Observe how watercolor pigments react, leaving beautiful patterns on your paper. Day three: Work toward finishing one or two of your pieces.
Discover the beauty and technical effectiveness of painting in acrylics. The workshop will cover all aspects of painting with this extremely versatile and tactile medium. We will practice brushwork, paint mixing and application. In this fun, encouraging atmosphere, everyone from beginners to more advanced painters, will benefit from learning how to create acrylic paintings with emphasis on your own artistic interpretation. If you have supplies, please bring them. Select materials to sample, plus assorted paper and canvas will be available.
Use Coupon Code 191019EarlyBird
Expand your artist's tool box! The dremel is a magical tool that lets you drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish, and grind materials such as glass, plastic, wood, metal, tile, and more. In this two-day class you’ll work with hard and soft materials using dozens of bits contained in the tool box purchased from the instructor. You'll make a small book filled with all the samples you created in various materials. This class will help you to create in a whole new way! Great for book artists, printmakers, jewelers, sculptors, or anyone wanting to work with materials beyond paper and fabric. All skill levels are welcome. Sign up early, class size is limited.
In this workshop we’ll use texture to create expressive paintings in water media. A textural substrate may be the first place the artist enhances and supports their concept. Texture creates a sense of depth and makes a painting more dynamic. Texture can be applied under the painting, over the paint or even collaged or applied later. DAY 1: You will make a value study and then design and sketch a subject over a textured background after watching these demonstrations: 1. Making highly textured watercolor paper using gesso; 2. Pouring paint over textured paper for a background start; 3. Making a quick drawing, painting over the texture with watercolor. DAY 2: There will be a design lesson and slide talk. You will then experiment with different types of texture and design and work on paintings with instructor’s guidance. Class will end with an art share to celebrate our successes and consider what we might improve.
Use Coupon Code 200118EarlyBird
Learn to paint more loosely and simplify your color mixing during this three-day oil painting workshop with Eugene artist Sarah Sedwick. Working from a live model, we’ll use the famous Zorn palette - three colors plus white - to create beautiful, naturalistic skin tones. There are many benefits to using a limited palette, and the technique can be applied to any kind of painting you want to do - landscape, still life, even abstract! The alla prima painting style, in which a work is begun and finished in one or two sittings, while the paint is still wet, is lots of fun and perfect for exploring the portrait in oils. A combination of demonstrations, short exercises, and longer-duration paintings will familiarize you with Sarah’s approach to the portrait. Instruction will be in oils, but acrylics are also welcome. Beginning to advanced artists, ages 15+.