The Workshop Series at CANVAS ArtSpace features an exciting range of creative topics taught by visiting artists from the local region, and across the United States. Guest artist/instructors share their specialized knowledge, tips & tricks, and passion for creating!
All skill levels! Year round!
Join one of our workshops to discover new concepts, mediums and techniques, or to bring your artistic skills to the next level -- all while engaging in an enriching environment of like-minded, passionate learners.
Explore our Workshop Series Calendar below, and check back often to be the first to see newly announced workshops.
Watercolor for Beginners
October 6, 10 AM - 3 PM
(30 min break for lunch)
Instructor: Gena Hawk
Skill Level: Beginner
Fee: $50 (materials included)
This watercolor workshop will focus on introductory concepts including washes, glazing, masking, and general approaches to the art of mixing color. We will discuss bringing a beginner's mind to your art, as well as ways to "go with the flow" and enjoy the meditative qualities of watercolor.
Each student will create several studies and two finished watercolor paintings, one of a mountain landscape, and another of an autumn leaf. All materials will be provided!
October 13, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Instructor: Joel & Jennifer Edwards
Skill Level: All Levels
Fee: $60 (materials included)
In this workshop, students will learn traditional printmaking techniques using linoleum blocks and water-based inks. Each participant will learn to carve a block using their own original artwork (or use one of our designs). We will then practice inking and transferring the design, using various ink colors to achieve different looks. Our final project will be printing a series of 10 note cards on Italian felted paper, blank on the reverse and ready for your personalized message.
Your carved block is yours to take home so you can continue practicing, printing and creating!
No experience necessary! All levels welcome!
October 20, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Instructor: John Cox
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Media: Pencil, paper
Fee: $30 (materials included)
Join professional illustrator and local resident, John Cox, for a two-hour drawing workshop and demonstration. John will help participants to understand how to use fundamental drawing techniques to exaggerate people's best (and worst!) features for a healthy dose of humor and fun.
Each participant will create multiple caricatures, drawing from life and from photographic sources.
John has more than 20 years of commercial experience, drawing cartoons for a number of publications. From hundreds of editorial cartoons produced during the early 2000's, including the popular "Cox & Forkum" political cartoons, to the daily strip, KIRKWOOD, John has developed a loyal following.
Friday, Oct 26 - Saturday, Oct 27
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Instructor: Susan Webb Tregay AWS, NWS
Skill Level: All Levels
Fee: $170 (materials included)
Developing gutsy, coherent backgrounds is the foundation for painting in any media. In this workshop we will achieve those backgrounds through studying tried and true design strategies using demos, lectures, Power Point presentations, handouts and hands-on painting.
We will start by developing a painting of a white object or flower. Each artist can bring something white from home, or we will supply you with something. Sue will take you through the steps of subtle washes, drawing, saving whites with negative painting, designing your background, and finally looking for nuances of color in your white object.
On Saturday, in a second painting, we will combine this lesson with Color Strategies punching in color and color vibrations to make a strong, full painting, background and all. (Those who attended the Color Strategies class in spring are encouraged to bring their handouts from that workshop.)
Artists can feel free to bring in existing artwork for an informal critique with Susan. Ever wonder why some of your paintings "sing" while others are just "nice"? This workshop is designed to show you how to make all of your paintings reach that high note through a defined study of successful design strategies. Susan will be able to review your previous works to help you bring them from just nice to irresistible.
Due to Sue’s chemical sensitivities, this workshop will be taught in watercolor only. Bring your own watercolors, or we will supply you. Please, NO PERFUME, OR PERFUMED PRODUCTS such as heavily-scented detergent or Bounce.
About the Artist
Although known locally for her fun acrylic series, Art for Adult Children, Susan Webb Tregay is a painter with 35 years of watercolor experience. She is an award winner and signature member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. The author of two books, she has taught workshops across the country, Canada and Puerto Rico. Her watercolors can be seen at www.Tregay.com.
Learning Parquetry: Mosaic Coasters
December 1, 10 AM - 3 PM
Instructor: David Adler
Skill Level: Beginner
Media: Mixed hard woods
Fee: $70 (materials included)
In this workshop, each participant will create a set of four hand-made wooden coasters using the art of parquetry. A finely crafted set of coasters, made by you, would make a wonderfully thoughtful gift for the holidays!
In parquetry, the artisan uses pieces of solid wood, 1/8" thick or thicker, to form geometric patterns, which are then inlaid upon a craft-quality ply backing board. The geometric patterns are defined by the various colors of differing wood species; no stains, paints or dyes are used.
Each participant will be invited to create their own design, choosing from hundreds of pre-cut pieces of wood. The final product will be sanded, and a protective finish applied, so your coasters will be finished and ready to enjoy at home.
All tools and materials will be supplied by the artist, including an impressive range of wood species, many rare and unusual.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
David Adler is a third generation woodworker, who began working with wood as an art form in 2000. A retired manufacturing engineer, David found himself drawn to developing novel techniques for manipulating wood, and mastering the unique tools and mechanisms used for parquetry. He works with over 170 different species of wood, and finds visual inspiration from his wife, who is a quilter.
Zentangle: Holiday Stars
November 17, 1 - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Susan Goodman
Skill Level: Beginner
Media: Pen & Ink
Fee: $50 (includes a take-home Zentangle drawing kit)
Join instructor Susan Goodman in a fun and relaxing atmosphere to discover how the Zentangle Method can teach you to unwind while creating beautiful images. With Susan's guidance, you will learn about this meditative art form which uses elemental strokes in repetitive patterns to create zen-inspired art.
You will then use your new skills to create a one-of-a-kind Zentangle Star Ornament, complete with coordinating ribbon.
Each participant will bring home a Zentangle drawing kit and star ornament template so you will have everything you need to continue to develop your Zentangle practice (and make more ornaments!) These beautiful hand-made ornaments make wonderful gifts.