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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 2022

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

Winter/Spring 2023

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

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
9:00am–12:00pm Judy Buckvold and 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 2022

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

Winter/Spring 2023

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

Summer 2022

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

Still-life painting
Painting by Bridget Ertelt

With Bridget Ertelt

As a practicing painter you may have heard the quote, “Value does all of the work, but color gets all of the credit!” Though this is true, in this workshop Bridget hopes to help students discover that color does a whole lot of work, too. The workshop will start with color definitions, discussion of the color wheel, and color-mixing exercises you can work on to improve your color seeing. Then students will advance to the practical application of these skills by painting a “block-in” of color notes for a simple still life. The second and third days will focus on understanding how the color of the light source affects your subject. Students will paint a still life under a warm light source and then paint the same still life again the following day under a cool light source to study color temperature. If you are intrigued by color and would like a few more tools to think about practical application of color in your work, Bridget would love to work with you. Some understanding of value will be helpful as value will be discussed, but the focus of the class will be on color.

Length: 3 days
Tuition: $300

Spring 2023

Dates Time Instructor
Friday 11:00am–5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00am–5:00pm Bridget Ertelt

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

Outdoor figurative painting
And Water by Andy Sjodin

With Andy Sjodin

This workshop will be a process and preliminary work focused class that will take place over the course of two weekends. The objective of the workshop will be the creation of preliminary work needed to execute a finished outdoor composition involving a clothed figure. Two Saturday afternoons will be spent out “in the field” working from a live model to create sketches, develop color studies, and gather reference images (photographs). Two Sunday afternoons will be spent working in-studio from the created reference materials to develop a well thought out, smaller scale, full-color composition. The goal by the end of the workshop will be for students to have on-hand the necessary preliminary work and knowledge to create a finished outdoor figurative composition back in their own studios.

Supply list:

  • a variety of smaller panels or canvases, 12” x 16” and smaller
  • oil-painting equipment (paints, brushes, tarp, palette, paper towels, etc.)
  • French easel or other portable outdoor painting easel
  • sketchpad
  • sketching implements (pencils, pens, charcoal, erasers, etc.)
  • notebook and pen (for note taking)
  • camera

Andy will contact the students closer to the time of the workshop to briefly go over the supply list and location for the outdoor portion of the workshop.

Length: 4 days
Tuition: $400

Spring 2023

Dates Time Instructor
1:00pm–5:00pm Andy Sjodin

Landscape Workshops

See our Landscape Study page for more landscape workshops.