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
Painting Life with Life: life as in people and animals, and life as in energy and excitement. Join Bev Jozwiak for this workshop is a no-nonsense approach to watercolor. It focuses on answering the many questions artists constantly ask; Why is my work muddy? How can I loosen up? It is designed to help students at every skill level, to master techniques, and work on design and color. Learn to paint boldly, think outside the box and paint outside the lines, with examples of basic color mixing including luscious greens, glowing whites, great grays and rich blacks. Develop good composition and strong values. Help with recipes for great skin tones, good ways to paint hair, how to choose good photographs to work from and more!
“The ABC’s of Abstraction” Use your choice of media as you join Ruth for an in-depth exploration of abstract painting. You’ll learn how limiting your means of expression can free you to explore painting ideas. Refine your visual language and experiment with simple exercises for unleashing your creative potential. Discover ways to get new ideas and where to start on your journey to paint more abstractly. You’ll learn how to translate your ideas using both elements and principles of design and the ‘mental game’ in art-making.
“Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal” The workshop will cover basic beginning steps through advance finishing techniques needed to create a portrait in a contemporary realist style. Students will learn how to use fundamental elements such as light, value, composition, edge and drawing to create realistic portraits. The class will cover many different charcoal materials that can be used to achieve varying textures and depth as well as the methods to handle them.
“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.
“Stepping Out in Watercolor Plein Air” Join Vinita in exploring the light and capturing the moment spontaneously in watercolor. Learn to paint with freedom and confidence while painting on location. Vinita will be demonstrating on how to select a scene, chose a composition, mix colors from life, simplify the subject and more. The workshop will include instructor demonstrations, step by step painting exercises, and individual painting time with one on one assistance. If you’re not already enchanted with plein air painting, you will be after this workshop!
“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.
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.