Painting Classes

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Painting Classes

Using Procreate to Make Your Painting Better - A Beginner's Guide

Instructor: Lauren Everett Finn

The Procreate app is a powerful tool, and is the perfect method to quickly and easily figure out what’s wrong with your in-process paintings.

Member Price: $15.00

Non-Member Price: $18.00

Available Spaces: Unlimited

 
Batik Workshop at Warren Hill Lavender Farm - with Jennifer Flynn

NOTE:  This workshop will be on location at Jennifer and Don Flynn's Lavender Farm on Warren Rd. Email or call Oliver Art Center for directions prior to date of workshop.

Discover the ancient fiber art of Batik. Batik means wax writing. We will work on fabrics using Hot Melted Wax to create resist and Various Dye Baths to create colors, with a traditional dye dipping method. 10-student maximum. This will be a two-day class (consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday).

Materials will be provided.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Sat June 15, 2024

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $85.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Batik Workshop at Warren Hill Lavender Farm - with Jennifer Flynn

NOTE:  This workshop will be on location at Jennifer and Don Flynn's Lavender Farm on Warren Rd. Email or call Oliver Art Center for directions prior to date of workshop.

Discover the ancient fiber art of Batik. Batik means wax writing. We will work on fabrics using Hot Melted Wax to create resist and Various Dye Baths to create colors, with a traditional dye dipping method. 10-student maximum. This will be a two-day class (consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday).

Materials will be provided.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Thu June 27, 2024

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $85.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Batik Workshop at Warren Hill Lavender Farm - with Jennifer Flynn

NOTE:  This workshop will be on location at Jennifer and Don Flynn's Lavender Farm on Warren Rd. Email or call Oliver Art Center for directions prior to date of workshop.

Discover the ancient fiber art of Batik. Batik means wax writing. We will work on fabrics using Hot Melted Wax to create resist and Various Dye Baths to create colors, with a traditional dye dipping method. 10-student maximum. This will be a two-day class (consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday).

Materials will be provided.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Sat July 13, 2024

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $85.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Batik Workshop at Warren Hill Lavender Farm - with Jennifer Flynn

NOTE:  This workshop will be on location at Jennifer and Don Flynn's Lavender Farm on Warren Rd. Email or call Oliver Art Center for directions prior to date of workshop.

Discover the ancient fiber art of Batik. Batik means wax writing. We will work on fabrics using Hot Melted Wax to create resist and Various Dye Baths to create colors, with a traditional dye dipping method. 10-student maximum. This will be a two-day class (consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday).

Materials will be provided.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Thu July 25, 2024

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $85.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Watercolor with Cedar Kindy - Dune Shadows

This is a great class for beginners, because there is a little drawing involved, other than some intersecting lines. Several watercolor techniques will be learned: Variegated washes, wet on wet and dry brush. The dunes are high keyed, so the focus will be to paint their shadows in light washes of subtle blue and purple grays. The sky is painted wet on wet. The grasses are painted with a fan brush or dry brushed. Experience painters will learn  to paint high keyed  and not paint the shadows too dark.

All supplies included!

Wed August 7, 2024

Member Price: $63.00

Non-Member Price: $70.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Watercolor and Gouache with Cedar Kindy - Elberta Lookout

Paint the beautiful look out over Elberta Beach.  A great class for beginners to learn the basic steps of painting a landscape in watercolor.  Traditional watercolor techniques such as wet on wet, variegated washes, lifting out, dry brush, and more will be explored.  Primarily painting in transparent watercolors, we will add finishing touches of white gouache in the style of Winslow Homer. Experienced painters will be challenged to keep colors clean and transparent.

All supplies included!

Wed August 7, 2024

Member Price: $63.00

Non-Member Price: $70.00

Available Spaces: 12

 
Watercolor and Gouache with Cedar Kindy - Sweet Peas and Poplars

This is a great workshop for beginning artists to learn how to paint in an impressionistic style. Learn traditional watercolor techniques for painting the background, such as wet on wet, lifting out, sprayng and dry brush. The second layer of the painting is applying pastels in short overlapping strokes. Experienced painters will explore the juxtapositions of color, which is the essence of Impressionism.

All supplies included.

Thu August 8, 2024

Member Price: $104.00

Non-Member Price: $115.00

Available Spaces: 11

 
Batik Workshop at Warren Hill Lavender Farm - with Jennifer Flynn

NOTE:  This workshop will be on location at Jennifer and Don Flynn's Lavender Farm on Warren Rd. Email or call Oliver Art Center for directions prior to date of workshop.

Discover the ancient fiber art of Batik. Batik means wax writing. We will work on fabrics using Hot Melted Wax to create resist and Various Dye Baths to create colors, with a traditional dye dipping method. 10-student maximum. This will be a two-day class (consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday).

Materials will be provided.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Sat August 10, 2024

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $85.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Watercolor and Gouache with Cedar Kindy - Beach Fences

Let's paint the path to the beach! The half buried picket fence on a beach is iconic as the lighthouse on the coast. In this painting it creates great shadows and a path down to the water's edge. Beginners can draw freehand, or transfer a drawing of the fence and shoreline. This workshop will teach the basic steps of painting a landscape, the fundamental techniques of watercolor, and using white gouache to highlight. Experienced painters can create their own composition, using the fence as the primary subject matter.

All supplies included !

Wed August 14, 2024

Member Price: $63.00

Non-Member Price: $70.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Watercolor and Gouache with Cedar Kindy - Michigan Coastline

Paint the Michigan coastline in a simple step by step lesson. Easy to follow for beginners, while learning the basics of watercolor such as wet on wet, variegated washes, lifting out, and dry brush. White gouache, aka opaque watercolor, will be used as a highlight. Experienced painters will find this simple process adaptable to painting plein air.

All supplies included!

Wed August 14, 2024

Member Price: $63.00

Non-Member Price: $70.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Watercolor and Pastel with Cedar Kindy - Autumn River

Color me a river! This workshop is almost about abstract painting, because its primary
focus is on the shapes off autumn color. A very fun class for beginners because it is an
intuitive exploration of color, involving very little drawing. Emphasis will be on learning
the basic watercolor techniques of wet on wet, spraying, lifting out and dry brush.
The application of pastel on top of the watercolor background, will further create the
illusion of the trees’ canopy and their reflections in the river. Put a few geese or a
kayak in the river and call it finished!

All supplies included

Thu August 15, 2024

Member Price: $104.00

Non-Member Price: $115.00

Available Spaces: 7

 
Batik Workshop at Warren Hill Lavender Farm - with Jennifer Flynn

NOTE:  This workshop will be on location at Jennifer and Don Flynn's Lavender Farm on Warren Rd. Email or call Oliver Art Center for directions prior to date of workshop.

Discover the ancient fiber art of Batik. Batik means wax writing. We will work on fabrics using Hot Melted Wax to create resist and Various Dye Baths to create colors, with a traditional dye dipping method. 10-student maximum. This will be a two-day class (consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday).

Materials will be provided.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Thu August 22, 2024

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $85.00

Available Spaces: 5