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Workshops

Charcoal cast drawing
Madonna by Stacy Andrews Inglorion

The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts' workshops are offered in July, October and March. The workshops give part-time students a taste of the intensity and momentum offered in the full-time program. It has been a successful way for potential full-time students to experience the instruction given by The Atelier teaching staff.

The day-to-day study in this program creates momentum for individual growth. We give intense one-on-one instruction tailored to individual needs.

Students begin by drawing a plaster cast or still life in charcoal, developing their ability to render accurate proportions and value relationships. As students progress, they are introduced to the fundamentals of oil and/or pastel techniques, composition and color.

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $225

Fall 2024

Dates Time Instructor
9:00am–12:00pm Kenneth Schweiger and Jeff Limke

Winter/Spring 2024

Dates Time Instructor
9:00am–12:00pm Jairid Rossow

Summer 2024

Dates Time Instructor
9:00am–12:00pm Kenneth Schweiger

Figure drawing
Pencil drawing by Dale Redpath

The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts' workshops are offered in July, October and March. The workshops give part-time students a taste of the intensity and momentum offered in the full-time program. It has been a successful way for potential full-time students to experience the instruction given by The Atelier teaching staff.

The day-to-day study in this program creates momentum for individual growth. We give intense one-on-one instruction tailored to individual needs.

Life drawing is at the core of any serious program of fine arts. In the class, students draw from the figure in pencil. Each drawing is created over a period of several sessions, developing the student's eye for accurate proportions, gesture and anatomy.

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $250

Fall 2024

Dates Time Instructor
1:00pm–4:00pm Cyd Wicker

Winter/Spring 2024

Dates Time Instructor
1:00pm–4:00pm Cyd Wicker and Laura Tundel

Summer 2024

Dates Time Instructor
1:00pm–4:00pm Cyd Wicker

Landscape painting
Field Road and Meadowlarks by Mary Pettis

With Mary Pettis

John F. Carlson, in his groundbreaking 1929 book, Elementary Principles of Landscape Painting, urges us to study the expressive properties of line, mass, and color. He states that it is a delusion to think that if a painter can merely “copy nature” well enough, he is creating a work of art, that he has to merely get a certain “likeness” of the things before him. He states that, rather, a painter must see through his motif, into its significance, and then choose his means accordingly. But how does one do that?

This workshop is designed to answer that question. We will plant the seeds of creative expression; we will impart a solid means to analyze and consider the quality of interest that a motif holds for us: the IDEA!

We will learn how to single out that transmittable, personal impression of some ONE QUALITY in the quantity before us, and get closer in our quest to understand and create true works of art! Each day of the 3-day workshop begins with a lecture and/or demo. Afternoons we paint outdoors.

All levels welcome.

Full lecture and workshop
Length: 3 days
Tuition: $500
Limit: 17 students

Register for full lecture and workshop

First morning lecture only
Length: 1 day
Tuition: $75
Limit: 40 students

Register for first morning lecture only

Date Time Description Instructor
9:00am–5:00pm Full lecture & workshop Mary Pettis
9:00am–1:00pm First morning lecture only Mary Pettis

Imaginative painting

Imaginative painting
Green Conjurer by Christine Mitzuk

With Christine Mitzuk

If you'd like to learn more about the convenience and possibilities of digital tools like Photoshop, then this workshop is for you. Christine will teach you some of the essential digital skills she uses for her digital and traditional art making. Learn about different color modes for making art for print or on screen, “frankensteining” your reference, using a pencil drawing as a base for a digital painting, altering your sketch digitally to explore composition and value design, and drawing and painting digitally. We will not be using any AI/ML image generation tools. You will also be given suggestions to continue to practice on your own. About a week before the workshop, registrants will receive access to the workshop files.

The majority of our projects will be done using Photoshop. To avoid getting locked into a year-long Photoshop subscription, I recommend using the 7-day free trial of Photoshop for this workshop. We'll also look at alternatives to Photoshop that cost less.

Please direct questions to Christine.Mitzuk@TheAtelier.org

Some technical assistance will be available. The workshop does not include any software or hardware.

Requirements: You must:

  • be familiar with navigating and using your device
  • have your own laptop that can handle Photoshop (a touchscreen laptop or external pressure-sensitive tablet with pen like a Wacom Intuos is strongly recommended)
  • download the supplied files in Photoshop before the workshop
  • be able to connect to the internet using The Atelier's Wi-Fi

Strongly recommended: If using Photoshop on a laptop, 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, and painting digitally for over a decade. She continues to use it as a professional artist and illustrator as part of her traditional painting process and for digital paintings.

Length: 3 days
Tuition: $300
Limit: 10 students

Register

Date Time Instructor
Fri., 1:00pm–4:00pm, Sat. & Sun., 9:00am–4:00pm Christine Mitzuk

Imaginative painting
Wolf Monuments by Christine Mitzuk

Let your imagination fly! Get a taste of illustration during this week long workshop. We’ll work to develop a strong drawing for an imaginative piece based upon an existing story or your own idea. Topics covered will include composition, brainstorming, thumbnails, research, sketch development, and studies for value and color. Emphasis will be placed on composition, and storytelling. For the first class please bring a sketchbook, and your preferred drawing tools. If you have a laptop or other device with internet access, bring that too for reference research. If you have a specific project in mind, please contact Christine (Christine.Mitzuk@TheAtelier.org).

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $250

Summer 2024

Dates Time Instructor
9:00am–12:00pm Christine Mitzuk

Figure painting

With Stephen C. Bush

In this workshop, students will work short figure poses to master the quick figure study. Students will learn the value of decision making and how to prioritize those decisions. Working the quick pose will create the opportunity for students to make fast decisions, which will better prepare the student to make intelligent decisions when faced with a longer pose.

Supply list

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $500

Summer 2024

Dates Time Instructors
9:00am–4:00pm Stephen Bush

Painting
Uplift by Gregory Manchess

With Gregory Manchess

This is a 3-day weekend workshop where we study ideas and plan pictures that can grab and captivate our audience. We'll be exploring composition through generating copious amounts of thumbnail sketches; refining, changing, and enhancing our ideas through drawing; and, finally, developing a large loose sketch, based on the previous explorative sketches, to take home for a finished painting.

Fundamentals of composition, value, and picture design are stressed throughout. This is where we discover who we are: marks on paper, with the barest minimum of lines, will flush out and flesh out an idea that lingers just beneath our awareness. As students progress from thumbnails to sketches, we'll also touch on when and how to use reference. On the third day Greg will demonstrate color comps, and students will begin to explore rough color sketches to aid them in the development of their picture beyond this workshop.

Much frustration and head-scratching ensues while we struggle to do our best, but Greg hasn't had a student yet that hasn't come away with an epiphany or two about their work. And we'll have lots of fun in the discovery process. Come with no fear—you're in good hands.

Workshop supply list

Full lecture, demonstration and workshop
Length: 3 days
Tuition: $500
Limit: 10 students

Register for full lecture and workshop

Lecture and demonstration only
Length: 1 day
Tuition: $100
Limit: 30 students

Register lecture & demonstration only

Date Time Description Instructor
9:00am–4:00pm Full lecture, demonstration & workshop Gregory Manchess
9:00am–12:00pm Lecture & demonstration only Gregory Manchess

Landscape Workshops

See our Landscape Study page for more landscape workshops.