PAINTING INTO ABSTRACTION

Marianne Mitchell
Intermediate Level
This workshop focuses on accessing personal expression in abstraction and understanding how to use visual language to create work that expresses your unique voice. You’ll be introduced to starting a painting in “Reckless Abandon” and gain clarity about your abstract voice through demonstrations and discussions emphasizing the interrelationship between emotional expression, composition, and painting technique. Oil paint will be used for demos and technical discussions. Other paint mediums welcome. Click here for recommended supply list.

Workshop meets February 9 – 11, 2024
Friday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA60 $510 (VBMA members $430)
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NEW! OCTOPUS SCULPTURE

Sandy Bachmann
All Levels
Students will create an octopus using the hand-building method. Instructions will be given on how to sculpt the head and tentacles, and how to attach them securely. Students are encouraged to bring pictures. Once it is bisque fired, students will return to paint on the glaze and get it ready for the final firing. Students will learn how to work with clay tools, attach pieces, and the difference between glazes and underglazes. All materials will be supplied, but students may bring any of their own tools if desired.

Workshop meets February 5 and February 19, 2024
Mondays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 5
#WA67 $200 (VBMA members $170)
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PHOTO FUN!

Jeremiah Jenner
Beginner Level
Aspiring photographers will learn how to take better photos on their cell phones or digital cameras. The instructor will go over basic camera or cell phone settings along with varied artistic lessons such as color and composition, creative abstracts, portrait lighting, and basic editing with apps such as Photoshop and Snapseed. Each class will have a review and group critique of the previous lesson as they share creative ideas and photos with one another. Click here for recommended supply list.

Workshop meets February 16 – 18, 2024
Friday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 4
#WA55 $190 (VBMA members $160)
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NEW! ABSTRACTING NATURE

Monique Carr
All Levels
Students will take the plunge into abstraction by taking their floral and seascape with clouds paintings to new and exciting directions! The instructor will teach painting loosely with confidence and will help students discover their unique style. Students will discover possibilities with new tools, be open to imagination, and learn to trust intuitions (instead of copying a photo). And most of all…students will have FUN in the process! Click here for recommended supply list.

Workshop meets February 17 – 18, 2024
Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA61 $385 (VBMA members $295)
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NEW! COASTAL MANDALA DECORATIVE BOWL

Sandy Bachmann
All Levels
Students will create a bowl using the hand-building method with a slab of clay. Instructions will be given on how to use a stencil on the clay with underglazes and/or slip to create their design. Once it is bisque fired, students will return to paint on the glaze and get it ready for the final firing. Students will learn how to work with clay tools, attach pieces for the foot, and the difference between slip, glazes and underglazes. All materials will be supplied. There are a few coastal stencils and a few mandala stencils to choose from. Students may bring their own stencils and tools if desired. Stencils should not be larger than 10 x 10 inches.

Workshop meets February 26 and March 11, 2024
Mondays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 5
#WA68 $200 (VBMA members $170)
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NEW! PAINTING SEASCAPES, BEACHES, AND DUNES IN OIL

Douglas David
All Levels
This workshop will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to seascapes, beaches, and dunes. The students will learn how to build the wave, capture the motion of the sea, and better understand the colors in the sand. Photos to paint from will be provided and each day’s demo will include simple discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, and learning how to not overwork the painting. The instructor will go over capturing the time of day, atmosphere, the break of the wave, and the various atmospheric conditions. Students will produce several studies and one to two larger paintings. Click here for recommended supply list.

Workshop meets March 1 – 3, 2024
Friday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA62 $510 (VBMA members $430)
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NEW! CAPTURING LIGHT AND MOVEMENT WITH PASTEL: WAVES AND BEACHES

Jane Robbins
All Levels
In this workshop students will tackle the challenges of capturing the light and drama of waves and beach scenes, from shifting light and movement to achieving color variation, translucence, and texture. The workshop will explore the anatomy of waves; color, temperature, and value in water and sand; techniques for composition; underpainting; clean color handling; and painting foam, spray, sparkle, grasses, and reflections on wet sand. Each day will include direct instruction with notes on aspects of seascape painting; demos; extensive individual guidance; and painting review/evaluations. Click here for recommended supply list.

Workshop meets March 8 – 10, 2024
Friday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA63 $510 (VBMA members $430)
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KNIFE TO MEET YOU

Paige Speight
All Levels
This workshop will introduce the palette knife as the main painting tool for new and experienced oil painters and will focus on creating oil portraits from observation and photographs, while embracing improvisation. Students will explore creative mark-making and unusual color to create up to three expressive portraits. Some previous painting or drawing experience is recommended, but not required. Click here for recommended supply list.

Workshop meets March 15 – 17, 2024
Friday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA64 $510 (VBMA members $430)
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NEW! TEXTURED FLOWER/ORCHID WALL POT

Sandy Bachmann
All levels
In this workshop students will create a wall pot that can be used for orchids, or any other plant, from a slab of clay. Different textures and molds will be available or students may choose to bring their own. Once it is bisque fired, students will return to paint on the glazes of choice. Materials are included.

Workshop meets March 18 and April 1, 2024
Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 5
#24SP-54 $85 (VBMA members $70)
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NEW! FAIRY HOUSE FOR HOME OR GARDEN

Sandy Bachmann
Intermediate to advanced levels
In this workshop, students will create an adorable fairy house to decorate the home or garden. Students may bring pictures and ideas for inspiration, or use the ones provided to decorate. Different textures and molds will be available or students may choose to bring their own. Once it is bisque fired, students will return to paint on the glazes of choice. Materials are included.

Workshop meets March 25 and April 8, 2024
Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 5
#24SP-55 $100 (VBMA members $85)
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NEW! I DO BELIEVE IN FAIRIES!

Sandy Bachmann
Intermediate to advanced levels
As a follow-up to the Fairy House workshop, or as stand-alone class, students will create two Fairies for the home or garden. Different textures and molds will be available or students may choose to bring their own. Once it is bisque fired, students will return to paint on the glazes of choice. Materials are included.

Workshop meets April 15 and April 29, 2024
Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 5
#24SP-56 $85(VBMA members $70)
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NEW! PAINTING THE PORTRAIT FROM LIFE

Katherine Gailbraith
Intermediate to advanced levels
The focus of this workshop is to train the eye to see accurate relationships and to translate them in paint in order to achieve a beautiful painting that is also a portrait. To that end, special attention will be given to intent, gesture, line, and edges. The instructor will help each student gain an understanding of the planes of the face and figure and the values and temperatures in the colors of the skin in order to accurately express the image of the model. Students will work from photographs.

Workshop meets April 19 – 21, 2024
Friday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#24SP-53 $510 (VBMA members $430)
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NEW! COILED ORCHID POT

Sandy Bachmann
All levels
Learn to make an orchid pot (or a plant pot) from coils of clay. If you are an orchid lover, you know that they like to attach their roots to the pots. If you prefer, you may choose to close the pot up completely for use with any plant. We will use slump molds and bowls for shaping the pot. You can decorate it for a holiday or special occasion using various stamps, molds and textures. Once it is bisque fired, students will return to paint on the glazes of choice. Materials are included.

Workshop meets April 22 and May 6, 2024
Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 5
#24SP-57 $85 (VBMA members $70)
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NEW! VASE CREATION

Sandy Bachmann
All levels
In this workshop, students will create a vase from a slab of clay and use various textures, stamps and molds to decorate the vase as you wish. Once it is bisque fired, you will return to paint on the glaze and get it ready for the final firing. Students will learn how to work with a clay slab, attach decorations (sprigs), learn how to create a clay rose, and the difference between glazes and underglazes. Materials are included.

Workshop meets May 13 and May 20, 2024
Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 5
#24SP-58 $100 (VBMA members $85)
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Winter term runs from January 8 – March 17, 2024