B. McDermott

R. Hyndman

 

   J. Mitchel

2017 PAINTING, DRAWING, & PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS


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June 19–23

Experimental Printmaking

Instructor: Roger Hyndman

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday-Friday 

Explore several different forms of printmaking, including solarplate printmaking, relief printmaking, found nature objects, and monotype printmaking. Learn how printmaking is a highly versatile and expressive medium, transforming original ideas into multiple images. We will focus on utilizing the tools of the printmaker, your potential and creativity as an artist, the simplicity of plate processing, and producing creative artwork. You will be introduced to a variety of printmaking techniques and practices, and participate in critiques. Learn how to explore the unique sensitivity of printmaking using an intaglio press and pin press to create and print your images. The workshop will conclude with a class exhibit, critique, and celebration.

Roger Hyndman has conducted numerous workshops for artists, arts councils, arts organizations, professional organizations, and school districts. He has engaged in artist residencies at arts organizations, colleges, and regional schools. Roger’s partnership and teaching experience includes the View (a multi-arts center in Old Forge, New York), Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Yates County Arts Center, Mid-Hudson Teacher Center and State University of New York at New Paltz, Hartwick College, University of New Hampshire, Fletcher Farm School, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Sagamore Great Camp, and the Saratoga Arts Council. Roger has organized and coordinated travel across the United States, Canada, Italy, Sicily, Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Scotland, and France. Several of his recent intaglio prints reflect the influence of his travels across the United States, Europe, and the Tuscan countryside. Visit Roger’s website at www.solarprintmaking.com.


June 19–23

Encaustic Storytelling: Incorporating Encaustic with Mixed Media

Instructor: Marge Luttrell

All Levels*

$595 Member | $625 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

There is not another medium that lends itself to collage the way encaustic painting does. Wax creates a surface that provides collage with not just encapsulation, but a natural translucent quality along with an incredible textural vocabulary. But more importantly, we will address how collage can become an integral part of what you are trying to say with your art. Whether you want to explore the ambiguous or directly pull from fantasy, dreams or your personal history, the goal is to take you in a new direction that will encourage you to think conceptually and find ways to express who you are through the marriage of these two mediums.

* We will cover the basics, so if you are new to encaustic, no worries—we will get you up to scratch.

Marge Luttrell is a studio artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. She has over 40 years’ experience as a mixed media artist and has taught encaustic workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as well as many other fine craft schools. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Michelle Grabner. She is a transplanted New Jersey girl who is happy that she ended up in Tennessee.


June 26–30 | Teen Week

The Power of a Series: Creating a Small Body of Related Pieces

Instructor: Josh Mitchel

Beginner, Grades 9–12

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Focusing on creating a small series of 3 to 5 related works through direct observation of a still life, you will explore traditional methods of oil painting—including a subtractive imprimatura (umber wipeout paintings)—and strategies of developing an oil painting through a process of layers. Discussions will cover basic color mixing through a limited pallet, properties of color temperature, and fundamental compositional elements. The instruction provided is intended to serve as a foundation for a more sophisticated future practice. You are encouraged to share and discuss your work as well as bring past work to share with the group for feedback. Creativity is encouraged and deviation from the outline is allowed!

Josh Mitchel is a Pittsburgh born artist who earned his BFA in studio arts from Indiana University in 1997, his BFA in interior architecture from the Design institute of San Diego in 2008, and his MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Formally a high-school art teacher, Josh returned to graduate school after a decade on the west coast to mature as an artist and actualize dreams of teaching in higher education. Josh was recently published in the February international edition of Fresh Paint magazine as well as featured on the cover of the Local Pittsburgh to be released in June. Josh has received juror’s awards from the 104th annual Erie Spring Show, 79th Annual Spring Show at the Butler Institute of American Art, and a Best in Show for the 49th Annual Juried Show at the Meadville Council on the Arts. Working primarily on a large scale in oils, Josh investigates the complex relationships and struggles within ourselves. His work is deeply rooted in drawing and a respect for academic training. Heavily inspired by the figure, Josh’s models often serve as both surrogates for autobiographical content and as symbols with empathy revolving around the human condition.


June 26–30 | Teen Week

Intaglio Printmaking

Instructor: Roger Hyndman

Beginner, Grades 9–12

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Explore the unique sensitivity of intaglio—solar printmaking—using an intaglio press to create limited edition etchings. You will be introduced to a variety of techniques, printmaking practices, and participation in critiques. The workshop will conclude with a class exhibit, critique, and celebration. Solar printmaking will appeal to artists of all media, such as printmakers, photographers, and painters.

Roger Hyndman has conducted numerous workshops for artists, arts councils, arts organizations, professional organizations, and school districts. He has engaged in artist residencies at arts organizations, colleges, and regional schools. Roger’s partnership and teaching experience includes the View (a multi-arts center in Old Forge, New York), Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Yates County Arts Center, Mid-Hudson Teacher Center and State University of New York at New Paltz, Hartwick College, University of New Hampshire, Fletcher Farm School, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Sagamore Great Camp, and the Saratoga Arts Council. Roger has organized and coordinated travel across the United States, Canada, Italy, Sicily, Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Scotland, and France. Several of his recent intaglio prints reflect the influence of his travels across the United States, Europe, and the Tuscan countryside.


July 28–30

Painting Small and Often

Instructor: Brooke Rothshank

Beginner

$275 Member | $305 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Push the boundaries of your productivity! Create intimate paintings that capture moments from your time at Touchstone! An introduction in daily miniature painting, this detail focused session will cover small composition design, use of watercolor compared to other mediums, and the value of artistic accountability and production with an emphasis on completing daily work and the possibility of preparing both miniature and full size frames. Daily demonstrations and one-on-one instruction will address the needs of students with different levels of experience.

Brooke Rothshank has been working as a studio artist since 2002. She is a painter/illustrator working in a variety of media, including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and egg tempera paint. Brooke’s work as a miniature artist has been exhibited around the country and featured in both Miniature Collector and Dollhouse Miniatures magazines. Brooke has illustrated three children’s book for Herald Press, and is currently working on a fourth illustration project that she is pursuing independently.

Brooke’s painting work has been exhibited at the Penland Gallery, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Chicago International Miniature Show, and elsewhere. Brooke is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the International Guild of Miniature Artists. She has regularly taught miniature portrait painting for the International Guild of Miniature Artisans School in Castine, Maine since 2010. She has also been awarded artisan status, and an independent study grant from IGMA.


August 4–6

Drawing Made Easy

Instructor: Marianne Hilke

Beginner–Intermediate

$275 Member | $305 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Build a great drawing with a good foundation! We will focus on helping you to see, understand, and make strong visual decisions as well as build good working skills. You will learn about papers, pencil techniques, textures, perspective, and more. Demonstrations and references will help you visualize problem solving and process better.

Marianne Hilke comes from a family of artisans, all extremely creative in their own areas. Her early art education began in Pittsburgh at the Ivy School of Art, and then continued at the Rhode Island School of Photography. However, her most valuable instruction occurred in Rome, Italy, where she studied art and developed a passion for painting. While living in southern California for several years, Marianne attended classes at art schools, galleries, and museums as well as took private lessons to develop new skills and to update old ones. After graduating from photography school, Marianne worked in the graphic arts field for various companies. With her photography background, she started the restoration department for a photographic company in Santa Ana, California and continued to watch it grow into a successful enterprise. She also worked in Los Angeles as lead computerized color artist for a large fabric and design company; this experience tremendously improved her understanding color and how to use it. In the mid-1990s, Marianne was asked to establish an art department for a private school in North Palm Springs, California. She was 1 of 2 art teachers for grades 3 to 12, and also started and marketed the adult education program. Marianne returned to school and earned a license in geriatric studies at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, with the goal of using art with the elderly and those with Alzheimer’s. She continues to teach all ages and pass along art skills to those who attend her classes. Marianne lives in western Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the Butler Institute of American Art, Phipps Conservatory, the Hoyt, and other organizations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California.


August 7–11

East Meets the West: Chinese Painting and Watercolor

Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen

All Levels

$645 Member | $675 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Learn the theories of Asian Art and how to use Chinese brushes, inks, and colors. You will use these experiences and techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings: spontaneous and detail with spontaneous style (excluding painting such subjects as bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid, and plum blossom). You will also learn basic watercolor painting techniques, such as composition and coloring; methods include "color pouring and blending" and "paint around." There are 4 to 6 short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. By the end of the workshop, you will finish several paintings or learn enough techniques to complete them later.

Lian Quan Zhen is a popular watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. Formerly a family physician in Canton Province, China, Lian started sketching and painting in his childhood. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. He has exhibited in the United States, Hong Kong, and China and has an international following. His paintings are in many institutional and private collections, including the MIT Museum.

Lian taught watercolor outdoor sketching at the University of California at Berkeley as well as watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationally and in Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, China, South Africa, and Australia. He has been an invited juror for watercolor societies’ exhibitions in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Arizona, and Kentucky; and other local shows. Lian has four books published by North Light Books that have been distributed internationally.


August 14–18

Reducing the Landscape: Reduction Woodcuts Inspired by Location

Instructor: Val Lucas

Beginner–Intermediate*

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Learn to carve and print reduction woodcuts, both by hand with a baren and by using an etching press. You will sketch a simplified landscape from observation to create a small edition of woodcut prints. Reduction prints allow for color layering and build up, as well as intricate detail and mark making, all from a single wood block. We will also cover tool sharpening, block selection, and editioning. You will ultimately produce a small edition of a 4 to 5 color reduction prints.

* Some printmaking experience preferred, but not necessary.

Val Lucas is a woodcut artist and letterpress printer living in rural Monkton, Maryland. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, she began collecting and restoring letterpresses and building a print shop to allow her to create posters, cards, and prints combining woodcut images with historic typefaces and graphic styles. Her print work is inspired by her time spent in the garden and looking after the chickens.


August 21–25

“Leaf” it to Nature Printing: New and Traditional Techniques

Instructor: Gudrun Garkisch

All Levels

$545 Member | $575 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Open your eyes to a new world of wonders as you learn traditional and new techniques for directly transferring the intricate design of leaves, grasses, ferns, and grasses to paper and fabric. The traditional nature printing technique involves rolling ink or brushing paint on a natural object, placing it on a surface, and applying pressure with hands, feet, a rolling pin, or an etching press to transfer the image. New techniques are solar exposure facilitated by acrylic paint, and using jelly plates for nature monotypes. The techniques can be applied to scientific or imaginative illustrations, or used for decorative purposes. Using what you will learn in this class, you can illustrate a garden or travel log, your diary, children’s books, or poetry; print note cards; embellish your walls, clothing, or table and bed linens; or re-purpose stained cloth by printing over it. A limited scholarship specifically for this workshop is available through the Robert Little Scholarship Fund.

Gudrun Garkisch studied with Robert Little and continues in his tradition of teaching at Touchstone Center for Crafts, where he re-introduced the art of nature printing to America. Gudrun has been printing for 30 years and has participated in juried international exhibits and won statewide awards. She is a member of the international Nature Printing Society and the Pittsburgh Print Group, and has conducted classes for diverse civic centers and YWCAs, and workshops at the annual meeting of the Nature Printing Society. Gudrun was the 1996 Touchstone Artist of the Year.


August 25–27

Imprimatura: The Dynamism of Subtractive Painting

Instructor: Josh Mitchel

All Levels

$275 Member | $305 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

We will focuses on creating work from observation using the lost method of imprimatura (wipeout painting). Heavily rooted in honing observational skills and a sensitivity to value, this method serves as a stand-alone or a foundation for an underpainting. The class will also explore traditional methods of oil painting and strategies of developing an oil painting through a process of layers. Course discourse will cover basic color mixing through a limited pallet, properties of color temperature, and fundamental compositional elements. The instruction provided throughout the weekend is intended to serve as foundation for a more sophisticated future practice. You are encouraged to share and discuss your work as well as bring past work to share with the group for feedback.

Josh Mitchel is a Pittsburgh born artist who earned his BFA in studio arts from Indiana University in 1997, his BFA in interior architecture from the Design institute of San Diego in 2008, and his MFA in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Formally a high-school art teacher, Josh returned to graduate school after a decade on the west coast to mature as an artist and actualize dreams of teaching in higher education. Josh was recently published in the February international edition of Fresh Paint magazine as well as featured on the cover of the Local Pittsburgh to be released in June. Josh has received juror’s awards from the 104th annual Erie Spring Show, 79th Annual Spring Show at the Butler Institute of American Art, and a Best in Show for the 49th Annual Juried Show at the Meadville Council on the Arts. Working primarily on a large scale in oils, Josh investigates the complex relationships and struggles within ourselves. His work is deeply rooted in drawing and a respect for academic training. Heavily inspired by the figure, Josh’s models often serve as both surrogates for autobiographical content and as symbols with empathy revolving around the human condition.


September 8–10

Knife Painting in Oils

Instructor: Joyce Werwie Perry

All Levels

$275 Member | $305 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Experience the freedom of the knife and the excitement of expression! Learn how to create texture and contrast of color achieved through the rapid application and detraction of oils with knives. For painters who may or may not have previously tried oils, this workshop will feature a full demonstration, a handout, and personal attention based on each student’s individual needs. Topics for discussion will include what each student wants to achieve in his or her own work, as well as the use of an underpainting, complimentary color contrast, rhythm of application and the movement of paint, and knowing when to stop! One timed exercise is offered to push expediency in the work. Each student chooses his or her own subject matter with Joyce’s assistance and should be able to complete 2 to 3 paintings during the workshop. Find out just how alive your paintings can look!

Joyce Werwie Perry is the owner of Le Poire Fine Art Studio in Pittsburgh where she paints and teaches her unique knife technique to a school of oil painters. She has been on the teaching staff at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley for 12 years and holds workshops in various locations in the tristate area, including Chautauqua Institution in New York. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections including PNC Corporate Towers, West Penn Hospital, Dollar Bank, and the permanent collection at Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Joyce has received several awards from local and national sources, including Douglas Fogle, former curator of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum; and Barbara Jones, curator, Westmoreland Museum of American Art; Faith Ringgold, renowned international artist and Caldecott winner; among others. Joyce is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, Oil Painters of America, and former vice president and exhibitions chairman of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.


September 15–17

Textured Painting

Instructor: Adrienne Heinrich

All Levels

$275 Member | $305 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Break free of traditional approaches to painting! Allow happy accidents, risk taking, and personal explorations. Relax and put fun into your work. More of you may emerge by allowing whatever happens to take place. There are no mistakes!

Adrienne Heinrich exhibits in Washington, DC; New York City; and Pittsburgh, where she was Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' Artist of the Year in 2012. An installation artist, her work alternates between painting and sculpture, allowing one media to feed the other. Adrienne is also Touchstone's 2017 Artist of the Year. 


September 22–24

Painting the Laurel Highlands

Instructor: Harold Frontz

All Levels

$275 Member | $305 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Paint the beauty that abounds in the Laurel Highlands. Subjects will include a variety of landscape elements in and around Touchstone, Ohiopyle, and the Youghiogheny River, including foliage, water features, and rustic buildings. Each day will begin with a demonstration of easy to understand step-by-step painting principles including drawing, composition, values, color properties, and brushwork. Students will have ample opportunity to practice these techniques during the workshop, and receive individual guidance and suggestions during the development of their work.

Harold Frontz is a contemporary, impressionistic artist whose workshops feature a traditional approach that emphasizes important painting principles. Students are taught basic skills and are then free to adapt these principles to their own favorite painting methods. Harold believes that by becoming proficient with the craft of art, each person’s artistic preference can then assert itself with the freedom and confidence that comes with self-assurance. 


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