Workshops by Media
Emerald Art Center is proud to present workshops from leading artists and is dedicated to inspiring creativity in both adults and children, artists and non-artists. By offering workshops suited to all levels, ages and in a variety of mediums, our goal is both to nurture developing artists and to challenge established artists in a friendly, supportive environment.
For more information about each workshop in a category, click or tap on the image. For workshops listed by month, see below.
You can register online directly from each workshop you select. Please see more options for registration and other details at “Register for Workshops.”
Workshop By Month
“Expression of Light” Teresa enjoys giving as much knowledge and understanding of the pastel medium as possible in the intensive workshop scenario. Explaining her technique and approach, her demonstrations are in-depth and developed. She often chooses to work with photos she has not previously used, allowing the workshop participants to watch (as though in her studio) as she works through and resolves different issues during the painting process.
“Still Life and Landscapes” In this workshop we will paint the still life from still life setups and landscapes from our photos. Although each day’s demonstration is done in oils, participants can paint in either oils or acrylics. I will show how to produce vibrant and exciting colors. The demo will consist of painting the picture from start to finish with ample explanation of the procedure and the thoughts and decisions that one makes through the process. The rest of the day participants will paint while the instructor provides one-on-one attention.
Join Tony Allain as he shares some of his working methods in this workshop, concentrating on painting land and seascapes that are filled with color and light. We will explore the use of direct strokes on a textured surface to emphasize “brushwork”. We will learn how to simplify our approach to achieve exciting impressionistic paintings. This workshop is for those willing to go through the door marked ‘leaving the comfort zone’ and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application.
Join Rene Eisenbart to make beautiful marbled patterns, then incorporate them into your artwork as visual texture, using collage or direct painting tapping into your own personal imagery. Experiment with acrylic mediums to create 3-dimensional texture with subjects of your choosing – possibly and expressive portrait, botanical or creature. Plan to work on several paintings during the workshop. Leave with one or two ready-to-frame paintings, several starts and paper you’ve marbled for future work.
“Watercolor Secrets Revealed” Join Tom Lynch for this exciting watercolor workshop. You will learn new techniques; how to plan for success; build a successful painting; and to put drama, emotion and conviction into your art. This award winning artist will show you how to push the limits of color, contrast and light. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting.
“Opalescent Layers of Color” In this watercolor workshop, Jeannie will teach students how she works with limited palette of only 3 staining transparent watercolor hues to craft clean and translucent paintings. Students will learn Jeannie’s techniques – how to mingle color on dry paper and on wet, how to create amazing mixes of color through layering.
“Let Watercolor Do It’s Thing” One of the wonderful qualities of watercolor is it’s ability to run, flow and mix to create beautiful images and shapes…all by itself. The goal of this workshop is to encourage those of you who want to loosen up, take a deep breath and let watercolor do it’s thing and to introduce newbies to do it’s thing. Your experience as a painter doesn’t matter. Your willingness to let the paint and paper take you on a journey does.
“Keeping it Fresh, Making it Bold, Making it Yours” What would it be like to find your authentic voice, if you could imbue your artwork with an emotional quality that is genuinely, recognizably yours? In this workshop, we will identify your very personal and unique approach, reveal that which you are drawn to, and why, on the deepest of levels, allowing you to paint more confidently.
Thank you to Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyard for their sponsorship of our workshops.
For Visiting Artists
Place to Stay While Attending a Workshop at Emerald Art Center
Members Janet and Rich of Sterling Graphics have a lovely space for rent as an AirBnb in Springfield called Evergreen House at: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8862088 It is located less than 5 minutes away from the center.