Workshops and Dabblers

Workshops

SPECIAL EVENT!
Study with celebrated artist Desmond O’Hagan!
September 30, 2022 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
October 1, 2022 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Instructor: Desmond O-Hagan

LOUISVILLE ART CENTER
801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $190.00
BAG/Partner $215.00
​Non-member $240.00

In this workshop you will explore the art of Interpreting Light. This approach can be explored in both landscapes and urbanscapes as well as a variety of other subject matter.

We begin with a digital slide show of Desmond’s work, including step-by-steps of works in progress. Lecture topics include “infusing light” and conveying energy with your technique. Everything is designed to help you reach the next level in your painting.

Desmond O’Hagan workshops are for all levels of oil and pastel painters as well as acrylic, gouache, and other opaque mediums. The workshop is designed for students to experiment outside their comfort zone and achieve the next level in their painting. Workshop will include lectures on a variety of art topics and daily demo.

Desmond O’Hagan was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and was raised in the United States.  He enjoys working in a variety of media, but his primary focus is pastels and oils.  Constantly challenging himself has translated into a fulfilling career in fine art encompassing several one-man shows and participation in group exhibitions in the United States, Japan, China, and France. 

Artist Network Article about Desmond O’Hagan LINK

Southwest Art Article LINK

Some of Desmond’s work:

DESMOND O’HAGAN WORKSHOP MATERIALS LIST

All participants should have:
• paper towels, cleanup supplies and brushes or app and an easel.
• Two medium thick point magic markers (black and medium grey) and a few sheets of regular white paper.
• A good variety of photographs including figurative, landscape, urbanscape, etc.

PASTELS:
Set of soft pastels with a good variety of dark, medium, and light colors (no oil pastels or NuPastels) The brands I use are Unison, Rembrandt, Sennelier, and Jack Richeson soft pastels. If interested (but not necessary for the workshop), I recently designed a pastel set for Jack Rich- eson Co. called DESMOND O’HAGAN ESSENTIAL PASTELS which can be purchased at Dakota Arts and Judson
Art Outfitters:

https://www.dakotapastels.com/product/RichesonHR40DesmondOHagan?cat=242&idsku=18890
https://www.judsonsart.com/products/desmond-ohagan-essential-pastel-set-40?pos=40&
sid=9929f09df&_ss=r


Bring a drop cloth, pastel paper of choice (not too heavily sanded), easel, drawing board support for pastel paper, and photographs from which to work.

OILS:
The colors I use are Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Viridian, Burnt Sien- na, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Light, and Titanium White.

Please use water soluble oils or have odorless thinner for painting.

ACRYLICS:
Have the same colors available that are mentioned for oils or a set that includes similar colors. Have supports, canvasses or panels ready to paint on.

GOUACHE:
Have the same colors available or a set that includes similar colors. Have supports, canvasses or panels ready to paint on.

Member $190.00
BAG/Partner $215.00
​Non-member $240.00

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. Discount code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.

Oct. 15, 2022, 2022 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Instructor: Sandy Day Selbert

LOUISVILLE ART CENTER
801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $55.00
AG/Partner $65.00
​Non-member $75.00

$15 Materials Fee

Have you wanted to create diaphanous, deeply layered paintings as you’ve seen in cold wax and oil paintings, but don’t want to deal with mineral spirits clean up and long drying times? Have you oohed and awed over translucent, filmy encaustic, but didn’t want to heat wax in your studio?

Water based Cold Wax Medium will allow you to create similar effects and more without any solvents or heat. Powerwax can be mixed with any water based paints and clean-up is with hot water and dish soap

Learn to mix water based cold wax medium with acrylic and so many other things. Your imagination is your only limit! 

Sandy Day Selbert

Sandy spent the majority of her adult life living in Colorado and working in the fine wine import business.  She traveled extensively throughout the wine producing world, tasting wine and touring properties, always as a student and often as an educator.  There is art in wine.

Sandy is primarily a self-taught artist.  Being the wife of a custom builder, she had many opportunities for artistic endeavors and designed and crafted leaded stained glass windows for each of their houses.  After retirement there were finally available hours to dedicate to self-refection, self-expression and opening new areas of the mind.  She has always been fascinated with the magic of watermedia and decided to learn to paint.  Sandy was invited to join a small group of women artists painting on Ambergris Caye in Belize.  It was the beginning of a new chapter.   Her work is now influenced by many fine Colorado and National Water Media artists, with whom she has studied in workshop.  Sandy continues to seek inspiration through local and national artists, online media and through reading.  She is a Signature Member and Director of Workshops for the Colorado Watercolor Society.

Sandy loves to explore different products and techniques.  She often works in the abstract and has found her own voice by working intuitively and many times in the nonobjective.  Starting with a blank slate; adding shape, form, color, line & texture until the painting takes on its own voice.

Some of Sandy’s work:

Sandra will supply ($15 Materials Fee):

  • Powertex PowerWax cold wax medium to use in class
  • acrylic paints
  • watercolor powders
  • graphite powder
  • metal leaf
  • collage papers
  • textural tools and more.
  • Each person will receive:
  • an 11” x 14” piece of 300lb watercolor paper
  • an 11” x 14” canvas board to work on and take home.  

*Sandy is not sponsored or affiliated with any art suppliers and all products used are by personal choice and to share materials experiences.

What you will need to bring:

  • A board suitable for taping an 11”x 14” piece of 300 lb Watercolor paper
  • A palette suitable for CWM and acrylic paint ( this can be as simple as a small stiff board taped with freezer paper Shiny side up). The paper can be scraped and reused or tossed after use.
  • Masking tape
  • An old credit card or room key that can be cut up
  • Scissors
  • Any scraping tools that you may own
  • Any palette knifes that you have plastic or metal
  • Any water based paints of your own that you would like to try with CWM
  • Several old acrylic brushes 
  • Silicone or plastic bowl scrapers (raid your kitchen drawers)
  • Brayer
  • A Messermeister Silicone bowl scraper **If you think you will continue with this technique the Messermeister is my #1 most important tool. It is available at Amazon or at Messermeister (Click HERE)If you buy it and don’t like painting with it you can send it to your kitchen as a bowl scraper!

What you will take home:

  • 2 cold wax medium paintings on 300lbs watercolor paper
  • 1 or 2 cold wax medium paintings on canvas board
  • A bundle of ideas and an uncontrollable urge to PLAY with art supplies!

What is Powerwax from Powertexcreation.com

  • Powerwax is a cold water-based wax. This cold wax doesn’t smell or irritates the eyes, which can be an issue with bee wax.
  • Powerwax is like a gel medium which dries transparent when no color pigments or paint is added.
  • Powertex wax is an artist quality medium that can be diluted with water and be mixed with acrylic paint, pigment powders, metallic pigments, sand, dyes and other compatible art materials. The proportions of medium to pigment depend largely on the characteristics of the pigments and the desired effects.
  • Powder pigments will appear more intense then when dry.
  • It is also possible to scratch into wet or dry wax.
  • Dry time depends on the thickness of the wax layer.
  • Once dry you can polish your artwork with a soft cloth which gives it a deeper satin sheen.
  • Wash tools with warm water and soap.
  • Contains no VOC.

Member $55.00
AG/Partner $65.00
​Non-member $75.00

$15 Materials Fee due when workshop starts.

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. Discount code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.

December 3, 2022 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Instructor: Annie Gifford

LOUISVILLE ART CENTER
801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $55.00
AG/Partner $65.00
​Non-member $75.00

Come join us for some fun sharing our common enthusiasm for art!

In this workshop, we will divide a picture of a rose into 9 segments, and each segment will be painted with a different color scheme or technique. The end result will resemble a subtle patchwork quilt. We will experiment with a variety of materials to create interesting textures in our paintings as well as explore ways to mix exciting neutrals and grays that have a different “twist”.

Students will bring their own painting materials, and I will supply the photo we will be using as inspiration as well as some supplies to share. I’ll demonstrate each technique as we go along. The techniques we will be working with best lend themselves to watercolor but could be tried with acrylics.

I look forward to painting together!

Annie

Anne Gifford paints with watercolor where she builds
successive layers of color to create her vibrant, rich, and detailed paintings.
She has lived in Boulder since 1976 and finds inspiration in the natural beauty of Colorado. Light, shadows, rocks, water, mountains, canyons, wildlife and whimsy are all part of her subject matter as she brings her own unique vision to her work.

She is an award winning artist and the eight time poster artist for the
Bolder Boulder 10K Memorial Day Race.
Among other awards, her paintings have been chosen to represent
the 150th Anniversary of Boulder County
and the 40th Anniversary of Boulder County Open Space.
She was an artist/owner of the Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery,
where she displayed her work and networked with local artists for over 40 years.

One of the most rewarding aspects of her long career is that it has provided her
with the opportunity to bring joy into the lives of others with her artwork,
and that is why she paints.

See Annie’s work on her website: www.annegifford.com

Some of Annie’s work:

Suggested Watercolor Supply List


Good places to shop in Boulder: Guiry’s, Michaels
*140# or heavier watercolor paper. Either an individual sheet taped to a painting board (which can be anything from a
scrap of smooth cardboard to the nice plastic watercolor backing boards sold at art stores). Pre-made watercolor blocks
(pads) with the gummed edges to hold the sheets together work fine, too. I have been happy with Arches and Lanaquarelle
brands of paper. Here are my favorite Arches pads: https://www.guirys.com/arches-w-c-block-10×14-300-cp

  • Watercolor brushes of your choice. A good starter set would be a #3 round, a #6 or #8 round, and a 1/2” flat brush.
    Don’t go for the ultra cheap sets…..the brush can be synthetic but needs to retain some firmness when wet. I like the lower
    cost Simply Simmons brushes with a pearly white handle….an awesome brush for the price! If you want to add in a few
    specialty brushes, I also enjoy my “rake” brush for grassy details, hair, and textures, etc. (I’ll show you my rake brush in
    class.)
  • A container for water to paint with
  • A handful of paper towels
  • *Masking tape
  • *Art masking fluid (be sure it says removable….NOT the permanent variety) Two favorites of mine are the Windsor Newton
    removable art masking fluid and the Incredible White Mask liquid frisket. https://www.guirys.com/wn-art-masking-fluid-75ml
  • A few toothpicks and an old, retired paintbrush to apply the masking fluid with.
  • A baggie of table and/or kosher salt. The more types of salt, the better: black, pink, and the large ice cream maker salt
    all achieve a variety of fun effects.
  • A @ 10” x 10”-ish square of both waxed paper and saran wrap, or at least the saran wrap (these are both great for
    creating texture).
  • a small piece of sponge, a cut up kitchen sponge is fine, larger sea sponges are good, too
  • a Palette to mix paint. White plastic palettes have individual wells or recesses to separate the colors. Here is the one that
    I use: https://www.guirys.com/craftech-w-c-palette-9×12
  • Paints: Tubes are often richer in color, but boxes are fine if that is what you have or prefer. If you are trying to avoid a
    huge investment, buying a prepackaged watercolor tube set with 8 – 10 basic colors in it is a good option to consider. I
    like Windsor Newton or Holbein’s artist series tube paints. The Windsor Newton student grade tube paints are less
    expensive and work well enough, too, but some colors are not as pure as in the artist series. I have indicated below the
    colors that are worth buying in the artist series.

    If you already have some supplies, just use what you have and we’ll go from there. If you like using the tubes, I’ve listed
    my favorite colors, and as you continue to paint, I’m sure you will find some of your own. If you would prefer to start with
    the minimum number of colors that are necessary, I have marked the ones from which most colors can be mixed with an
    asterisk. Those would be the colors to purchase first.
    *Cadmium and/or Lemon Yellow
    Cadmium Red
    Opera Rose
    Alizarin Red or Permanent Rose
    *Ultramarine Blue
    Cobalt Blue
    Verditer Blue
    *Cerulean Blue (get the artist series as opposed to student grade…more $ but worth it)
    *Prussian Blue or Phtalocyanine Blue
    Raw Sienna
    Burnt Sienna
    *Burnt Umber
    Cobalt Violet
    *Quinacridone Magenta
    Quinacridone Gold
    *Naples Yellow (get the artist series)
    Sap Green
    *Viridian Green
    Raw Umber
    *Payne’s Gray

Member $55.00
AG/Partner $65.00
​Non-member $75.00

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. Discount code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.

Dabblers

Member $20.00 | AG/Partner $25.00 | Non-member $30.00
LAA and BAG Members: User your member code during check-out for a discounted price.

LAA and BAG Members: To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. Discount code can be found in your membership confirmation email and in the Member Center on the website.

RESCHEDULED to MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 9 am-12 pm

Instructor: Elaine Riley

LOUISVILLE ART CENTER
801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027

Member $20.00
AG/Partner $25.00
​Non-member $30.00

LAA and BAG Members:
To get the discounted price, use your member code during check-out. Discount code is in your membership confirmation email.

Zen Line Drawing is all about drawing lines to create beautiful patterns that can be combined to produce a piece of art on paper, wood, glass, cards, and so much more. In this workshop, you will learn how to deconstruct and draw designs, combine various designs into a pleasing composition, and learn how to get started on multiple substrates.   No art experience is necessary, and supplies are few. So, join the workshop and discover this relaxing, fun, and creative method of Zen Line Drawing.  

Some of Elaine’s work:

Recommended:

  • Micron pen (black) in sizes 1, 3, and 5. They can be purchased in a pack with these sizes or individually at art supply stores.
  • 8 ½ x 11 notebook, white paper. Sketch paper works fine. No lined or graph paper, please.
  • #2 Pencil and eraser

Questions? Fill out the below form and click Send. Helen Harrison will reply.

Note: Full refunds, less credit card fees if paid by buyer, are available up to four weeks before the beginning of the workshop. After that, the student must find a replacement and negotiate payment with the replacement. If you need to cancel, contact us. The team may be able to help find a replacement.