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Abstract Art


with Francheskaa Clark

Calendar Jan 9, 2019

Pour the paint. As you "let go" see the abstract movement of shapes, textures, and color mixing. Lines of paint move rhythmically across the canvas. Techniques in the process of POURING will be experienced.

Acrylic Painting


with Michaelin Otis

Calendar Feb 16, 2019

Michaelin Otis is an award winning, nationally known artist, workshop leader, art show juror, and author.  Her very popular book,"Watercolor for the Fun of It - Painting People," was published by North Light Books in 2002.  She is a contributing author for "Drawing and Painting People - The Essential Guide", and has illustrated 8 children's books. The latest book, "Trainman" is being published by the Autism and Asperger Publishing Company.    She owned and operated her own gallery and teaching studio, Avalon Arts, for 18 years in White Bear Lake, MN.  Her compelling portraits have been featured in numerous publications, book covers, magazines and CD covers, as well as a show at S.P.A.S. Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia, in June of 2005.   She has written articles for Watercolor Magazine, Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magic.  She has been featured in many others, including most currently  "Western Art Collector".  Michaelin has won numerous awards and has her signature membership in the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Taos National Society of Watercolors. She has been accepted into numerous national juried shows.   For many years she taught for  H K Holbein art materials at trade shows around the country. She is currently being represented by Manos Gallery, Tubac, AZ. 

Date: February 16-17 Limited to 12 participants. 
Workshop Fees: TCA Members $250, Non-members, $300 (Member discounts will be taken at checkout.)

How to Paint Anything – A New Approach in Oil Painting


with David Simons

Calendar Dec 1, 2018 at 9 am

The workshop will be two days of learning how to see with the painter's eye. In the mornings, get a demonstration by talented painter David Simons. In the afternoons, have time to explore your new skills with individual instruction and tutoring. 

Focus will be spent on brushwork and creating a painting that transcends the subject. 

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with Annie Allen

Calendar Mar 23, 2019

Annie Allen is a visual artist who originates from Havre, Montana. She currently resides in Lincoln, Montana living in the mountains and breathing in the beauty that surrounds her. She is a teacher, a story teller, a promoter of the human spirit. She devotes much of her time to her students, the creation of art, and promoting art in a small town atmosphere. Annie has explored combining different mediums and techniques allowing a rich tapestry of color to prevail in her work. She is on a vision quest rich with layers and textures. 

There was a time in her life when burning occurred…scorching and at the same time cleansing. This resulted in the business name Roasted. Annie established Roasted as an art house where patrons could view art and learn about art in a non-threatening manner. It was a valuable experiment. Roasted transformed her art and her view on life. 

Roasting, surprisingly, keeps moisture in allowing a tenderness (a scientific viewpoint). From this transformation water began to play a vital role in her compositions. Water reveals a softness, an energetic quality to the canvas she paints. Annie combines dyes, acrylics and an energetic vision with journeys on the land. The land produces energy that explodes and translates to the canvas. 

I feel that art is a basic need in all of us. Expressing ourselves through visual arts, dance, music, writing or drama (not to mention many other art forms) is vital for our well-being and exploration of our spiritual side. We are connected to others through energy and vibrations. The arts allow us to be in tune to the energy that surrounds us.

“Connections to humans, to the earth, to the world around us provide the fuel and passion to create meaningful artwork and to explore the world of human emotion.” Annie Allen

Photo to Painting


with Dan Graziano

Calendar Oct 27, 2018 at 9 am

The workshop will discuss techniques to quickly transfer the important elements of a reference photo to the canvas, as well as creating an artistic painting rather than simply rendering a photograph. Beginning with a discussion on the “basics” of oil painting (from materials to paint handling), the workshop will also address the fundamentals of color, value, edges, and perspective. Learn how to use a reference photo and create a loose, expressive and “painterly” painting!

Instruction will include a short painting demo by Dan, with an explanation of his process along the way. Participants will then work from their own photo references incorporating the techniques discussed, with plenty of one-on-one individual instruction throughout the day.

Students supply their own art supplies and equipment - a suggested supply list will be provided upon registration.

Plein Air Drawing


with Rick Wheeler

Calendar Mar 29, 2019 at 9 am

In this workshop, artist, Rick Wheeler will instruct students on drawing techniques for beginning and intermediate students focusing on perspective and composition.

Plein Air Pastels


with Michael Johnson

Calendar Feb 19, 2019

Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location and in the studio. In this workshop, you'll start in the studio with basic principles, and then you'll move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for "capturing the moment" quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic.

Afterward, you'll have the opportunity to practice your new skill with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demonstration plus critiques of student work done in the workshop.

Date: February 20-22, 2019 9am - 4pm Limited to 12 participants. Workshop Fees: TCA Members $325, Non-members, $375 (Member discounts will be taken at checkout.

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