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Still-life painting
Turkish Coffee by Nora Dereli

Students: If you have attended an Atelier class, bring your artwork, framed and ready to hang with eye hooks in back and labeled with your name, title of artwork, medium, instructor name, your address and phone number, to The Atelier by 10:00pm, Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Thursday, December 1, 2022. Artwork must have been produced in class with an Atelier instructor. No late entries. We will attempt to hang all artwork, but if there are too many entries for our walls, the teachers reserve the right to choose which artwork is shown. Work should be picked up immediately following the show.

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Three-part painting study

With Michael Chelich

Artists of the past and present have benefited greatly when they employed a procedure of trial and error to bring about their creations. This process helped artists tap into the artist's conceptual abilities and develop imagery that more fully realized their completed works of art. This lecture will reveal the compositional development of a painting from start to finish. By showing the preliminary thumbnail sketches, black-and-white studies, and color sketches of Mike's own work and that of other artists, students will learn to organize their thoughts and feelings into pictorial imagery that best suits their creative expression. This lecture will show examples of still life, portraiture, landscape, and narrative figurative artwork.

Lecture will be held online via Zoom.

Tuition: $45


Date Time Instructor
1:00pm–5:00pm Michael Chelich

Comparison of two self portraits

With Michael Chelich

This lecture will exhibit how artists of the past and present have practiced copying to not only develop their own skills but also to help generate imagery for their own artwork. In addition, this lecture includes additional material and the conclusion to the preceding "Procedure of Composition" lecture.

Lecture will be held online via Zoom.

Tuition: $45


Date Time Instructor
1:00pm–4:00pm Michael Chelich

Photo of a paintings on a wall

With fine art consultant Joy Wolfe & estate and probate attorney Tamara Block

This is part two of an ongoing discussion on the responsibility of owning artwork and having an art collection management system in place. Do you have an estate plan in place and know who will receive your precious collection? Is your collection documented and appraised? Do your children want it? Collecting is an individual and very personal experience. Knowing what you have, its current value, documentation and provenance, insurance, art storage, conservation and de-accessioning are some of the myriad of issues when owning artwork.

Joy and Tamara both have worked with clients that have art collections or family members who were artists. Every individual has a unique set of circumstances they are working with when estate planning. If there is a large collection of artworks, the collector should develop a strategy for deaccessioning the collection. There are many things to consider such as capital gains, selling expenses, deciding to gift or sell, and the tax considerations for each.

Being a collector herself, a consultant and advocate for artists, Joy has been involved in all areas of art collecting, managing collections, as well as being an interior designer and custom picture framer for over 35 years. She works with art institutions as a liaison to provide training to her clients in preservation and conservation when handling art collections.

Tammy Block is a licensed attorney in both Minnesota (admitted in 1998) and South Dakota (admitted in 2000) with a practice that serves clients in a relationship based model. She has over 20 years of legal experience working with clients in estate planning, real estate and small business matters. She travels within two hours of the Twin Cities to serve clients in a broad geographic area. Her goal is to provide families and individuals with a sense of security and to make the process easy to understand.

Whether you are an artist, significant other, family member or art collector, this course is for you. They will provide an overview of the resources available and a comprehensive plan to move forward in documenting your collection, protecting your assets, and strategies you can implement to feel confident in your decisions.

Tuition: $50

Date Time Instructor
10:00am–1:00pm Joy Wolfe

Imaginative painting
Water Elemental by Christine Mitzuk

With Christine Mitzuk

This is a basic workshop for Adobe Photoshop as an art tool. Photoshop can be a helpful tool in preparing a drawing for a traditional/analog picture, or in making digital art. It can be used in conjunction with your knowledge of drawing and other art fundamentals to create your artistic vision. In this workshop you will be introduced to Photoshop and some ways Christine uses some of the basic tools within it as part of her art making process.

During the Friday morning lecture/demonstration, Christine will talk about the tools and demonstrate several ways she uses them. There will be time for questions. During the rest of the workshop, you’ll be coached through introductory exercises to explore how to use these tools for yourself. This is an opportunity to learn from and ask questions of an experienced Photoshop user. Christine will also suggest ways to continue to practice on your own. About a week before the workshop, Christine will supply files for the exercises to registered full workshop attendees.

Please note: Minimal technical assistance will be available, if needed, during the workshop.

Depending on the situation at the time, masks may be required for both the lecture and workshop.

The workshop does not include any software or hardware.

Requirements: You must:

  • be familiar with navigating and using your device
  • download and open the supplied files in Photoshop before the workshop
  • have your own laptop or other device that can handle Photoshop (if using a laptop, a pressure sensitive pen tablet is recommended)
  • have a subscription to Photoshop, or must own a previous version of Photoshop (Subscriptions can be as low as $9.99/month)

Strongly recommended: If using Photoshop on a laptop or similar device, a Wacom drawing tablet or similar is strongly recommended. Christine uses a Wacom Intuos (small size, price starts around $70.00). Some local resources include: Best Buy, Micro Center, Device Pitstop.

Christine has been using Photoshop since the mid 90s, first as a student at the U of MN, then through her graphic design career. She continues to use it as a professional artist and illustrator as as part of her traditional painting process and for digital paintings.

Full 3-day workshop, including lecture with demo
Length: 3 days
Tuition: $400
Limit: 10 students

Register for full workshop

Lecture with demo only
Length: 1 day
Tuition: $75
Limit: 30 students

Register for lecture only

Date Time Description Instructor
9:00am–4:00pm Full workshop Christine Mitzuk
9:00am–12:00pm Lecture and demo only Christine Mitzuk

Photo of Joy Wolfe working on a frame

By Joy Wolfe of Fine Art Advocates

This class includes a lecture and hands-on workshop. Joy's lecture will discuss how to present your art professionally on an artist's budget, designing an efficient workspace, and the basic tools of the trade needed to repurpose and craft beautiful one-of-a-kind frames. She will give a demonstration on constructing a frame, glass cutting, and assembling a framed piece of art with basic framing tools. You will walk away with a list of tools and knowledge to create your own winning combinations.

Joy Wolfe had a custom framing business for many years and also worked as an interior designer helping her clients with art and framing selections. Many of her past clients were established painters in Minnesota. She is well versed in creating beautiful and stimulating aesthetics with fine art as the focus. She has had the pleasure of working alongside artists at every level and now chooses to work with emerging artists who are looking to grow their art into a business.

Length: 1 day
Tuition: $50

Date Time Instructor
10:00am–2:00pm Joy Wolfe

Paintings, prints, books

Books, frames, art materials, easels, and more

We have newly donated items for this annual sale which includes choice art books, frames, prints, art materials, easels and more. We also have a variety of picture moulding for sale and well as heavy duty stretcher bars used for creating canvases. First come, first served.

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