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.”

Workshops by Month

February 2017

“Brown Bag It” Collage workshop.  Creativity in a paper bag.  Explore ways to create texture and interest.  Learn how to apply paper and objects, what ever comes to mind as the work proceeds!  Whether you have experience or not, you’ll learn some of Bev’s techniques and add your personality to your  own work of art.  Come be inspired!

March 2017

“Going Green” Watercolor workshop with award winning artist and instructor Linda Aman.  This workshop is designed to help you develop your eye and skills for using a variety of greens in your art.  We will use premixed greens as well as greens you create.  Some mixes will add warmer or cooler colors to enhance understanding of color theory and the variety you can use to bring harmony in your work.  The painting will concentrate on the techniques for luminous greens in a succulent.

Paint texture, Use Colors and Emphasize Value watercolor workshop.  Dale will emphasize the importance of texture to create interesting vegetation (trees, bushes, grasses and distant hillsides) and skies (especially thunderheads) to give painting depth and contrast.  Dale will provide spray bottles and useful techniques to show the student how to create a variety of textures unique to his paintings.  He will perform a variety of exercises to help students understand value and color.

“Colored Pencil as Mixed Media”  Eileen will demonstrate using pen & ink, watercolor, and colored pencil to create richly detailed art pieces.  You will see how to achieve quick build up of color and value while obtaining beautiful detail.  Learn how to get the best qualities of each medium.

April 2017

Empower your art with texture, color and focus.  Unleash your creativity with Alx Fox!  During this three day workshop, through the use of texture, innovative layering techniques and bold color using acrylics, explore new ways to enhance your creative process with fresh ideas.  This will be an exhilarating time to unleash your passion for creating distinctive works.  Discover mark making to enhance your point of focus.  Loosen up and enjoy the freedom of creating dynamic abstracts with the use of bold blended colors, emphasis will be on discovering your own intuitive way of expression through art.

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!

May 2017

“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.

“Painting with Colored Pencil”  Tired of the same old watercolors?  Fed up with messy oils, acrylics or pastels?  Are you spending more time setting up and cleaning up your art space?  Then discover the exciting, creative and versatile medium of colored pencils.  Yes, colored pencil is a serious art medium with unique properties, and when used with the right teTchnique will allow you  to create art work that looks like any medium you wish.

July 2017

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:   It is located less than 5 minutes away from the center.